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Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (PlayStation 2)

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Games Radar
However, there is one last detail that made us forgive and forget all about the lack of multiplayer modes: Liberty City Stories is arriving on store shelves with a sticker price of $20. That's right - $20. So yeah; there's no multiplayer, and other GTA games are bigger or have more famous voice actors and more well-known soundtracks. But $20 for a fairly fresh GTA game on PS2 seems amazingly fair to us. You might not need this if you've played the PSP LCS - though the clearer graphics and better controls easily make this the preferred version - but everyone else should already be on the way to the store.
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Cheat Code Central
Liberty City Stories is a summer time treat for PS2 owners who haven't played the PSP version. Even though it's an almost direct port, the control system is vastly improved on the PS2 and the budget price just seals the deal for this full length GTA adventure. Pack your bags for Liberty City and paint the town red.
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Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine (OPM)
First things first: Let's get the obvious question out of the way. Why would you want to play this version of Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories if you've already played the PSP game? Well, to be completely honest, you wouldn't. More than 900,000 people have bought the handheld version for $49.99 since it was released last October, which means there's a good chance that many of you already know what it has to offer. That said, given the popularity of the franchise, there are doubtless millions who have yet to experience Toni Cipriani's adventures and are now being given the perfect excuse to do so, thanks to the crazycheap $20 price point.
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1UP
It will, no doubt, be terribly fashionable to make jokes at the expense of Liberty City Stories on the PS2 over the next few weeks. The fact that it's a handheld game that has, in effect, been dumbed down slightly in its transition to a "real" console will probably be the subject of endless podcasts, blogs, and editorials. To be fair, the PS2 version is only $20. (Which raises a whole host of other questions -- like, "Why is the same game on the PSP $49.99?") So, if you're not one of the 900,000 people who bought the portable version, but are one of the 12 million rabid GTA fans out there -- it should go some way to scratching that particular type of itch. Cheaply.
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games xtreme
Any fans of Grand Theft Auto will feel right at home with this, and it should even appeal to any gamer. People who own the PSP version though will not need to worry about buying this as there are no major differences in the two versions.
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Gaming Target
Taking the PSP completely out of the equation, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is definitely a smaller, less involving game than San Andreas was, and for many, regardless of price, it won't be a worthy purchase. For everyone else who has yet to play the game, at $20 there's instant appeal to return to Liberty City and see how things are 3 years before GTA III came along and made PS2 a success. The port has come off fairly well, aside from the sloppy and dark graphics, and even for a 'stripped-down' game, it's got 50 hours of play in it somewhere. The most hardcore of GTA fans probably played it on PSP the first time around, but if you didn't, there's no reason to not take another vacation to Liberty City – GTA is GTA, and for a GTA game, it's still a great title – and for such a low price, it's a can't miss experience and the biggest & best PS2 release of the summer.
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Game Informer Magazine
I love Grand Theft Auto, and last year’s PSP hit Liberty City Stories was a fine addition to the GTA canon. While it was easily the best PSP title to date at the time it was released, it also managed to prove a couple of important things. One, it showed that not only could the PSP handle a huge, open-world game that held its own with the console versions, it could also implement a fun and engaging multiplayer component to the mix. Two, it demonstrated that, although we’ve come to expect new worlds and characters from each new GTA, that there is plenty of fun left in some of the time periods and locales from past games.
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Futuregamez.net
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories was a great title on the PSP, made even more exciting by the fact that there are few other games that come close in terms of size and scale. Unfortunately that isn't the case on Playstation 2 with several other games surpassing this effort in both areas - as well as technical proficiency. Still, this is a very enjoyable title and while there haven't been many changes to the game - we lose multi-player but gain a bit graphically - it's still great value at only $AU49.95. It's hard to ignore this title and we do recommend you add GTA: Liberty City Stories to your PS2 collection if you don't have the PSP version.
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GamePro (US)
If you've played the PSP version, then you know that LCS is another commendable extension of the GTA franchise. It has a better story and more interesting plot lines than GTA 3 and Vice City, though San Andreas outdoes it in terms of character development -- well, with the main characters at least. LCS follows Leone mafia member Toni Cipriani through his many adventures in the three islands of the city: Portland, Staunton Island, and Shoreside Vale. You'll meet familiar characters such as Salvatore Leone (Toni's boss), Donald Love, and 8-Ball, as well incur several run-ins with the ol' Triads and Yakuza. And, as expected, there are lots of new characters to meet along the way; women, the mayor, and even Toni's mom (we soon find out Toni is an interesting breed of mama's boy).
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Gaming Age
I have to say, I'm still partial to the PSP version since it was the platform the game was designed around to begin with. And of course, a big part of the reason I also loved the original was because it was "portable", a fact that the anti-PSP brigade seems to conveniently overlook. But for $19.99, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is an absolute steal, and there's no way a non-PSP owning GTA fan (or bored summer gamer) should pass it up.
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Game Vortex
All in all, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is another fine addition in the stellar library of the PS2, and long line of classic GTA titles to grace its screen. With a new storyline, and the same old solid gameplay, sounds, and graphics, this title looks to spread this glory even further. Plus, a $20 price tag out the gate ain’t too shabby either. My suggestion, go pick this title up - especially if you don’t have any other GTA title. Considering most rentals these days are $7 or more, it makes more sense to just buy it, savor every moment, and save some money in the long run.
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Gamernode
All in all, LCS is a wonderful game. Although it introduces nothing new to the series, LCS stands well as a sequel to a game that started a video game revolution. Those interested in finding out where the continuation of the story takes Tony will find themselves caught up in another mess to clean up, and more people to run over. Though the PS2 game excludes some fun multiplayer features, it,s a good bang for the low cost price of only twenty bucks... after all, it's Grand Theft Auto.
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Lawrence
One of the biggest issues I had with the PSP version of LCS was the controls. The lack of a right analog stick was a noticeable annoyance, and the missing shoulder buttons made some situations more difficult (targeting, drive-bys, etc). This console release thankfully fixes those problems. Considering the fact that it’s available for $19.99, it’s an obvious recommendation for the hordes of GTA fans. Those that have become tired of the format of the series probably won’t be as enthusiastic about it, however.
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PGNx Media
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories has a number of mishaps and annoyances, some of them which are borderline frustration. On the PlayStation Portable this was forgiven because GTA: LCS brought a console-like Grand Theft Auto experience to the handheld. These problems are less excusable on the PS2 especially compared to the recent games in the series. However, if you haven’t played Liberty City Stories, you’ll find enough good in the game to justify the $20 price tag.
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GameZone
The impact Grand Theft Auto III for the PlayStation 2 made on the game industry was overwhelming to the point that the “sandbox” gameplay influenced other games on several other consoles including the next-generation of consoles. The series itself evolved with Vice City and the controversial gaming masterpiece that is San Andreas but the series most impressive addition came in the form of Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories for the Sony PSP. Liberty City Stories not only brought many of the things we love about the series but it was also an entertaining story true to the crime stories of past GTA games. Therefore, for those who might have missed it the first time or do not own Sony’s portable gaming machine, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is a return to one of our favorite cities.
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Gamesmania
Mit GTA Liberty City Stories wurde ein für PSP Verhältnisse sehr guter Titel auf die Playstation 2 portiert. Fans der Serie bekommen neue, herausfordernde Missionen geboten, müssen sich dafür jedoch mit den technischen Schwächen abfinden. Der günstige Verkaufspreis ist wohl ein Eingeständnis für die offensichtlichen Defizite. Trotzdem ist das Spiel ein guter Vertreter der beliebten Serie und bietet ausreichend Spielspaß für kleines Geld. Schade nur, dass der gelungene Mehrspielermodus nicht auch seinen Weg auf die Heimkonsole gefunden hat.
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TotalVideoGames (TVG)
The question you have to ultimately ask yourself is whether you need more GTA. For the many fanatics out there having GTA: Liberty City Stories in the collection is essential just for completions sake, so in this regard the PS2 adaptation certainly serves a purpose and at a price that fits; however, it makes no claims about pushing the series forwards and does feel slightly aged on the PS2, leaving the storyline and characters as the major pull through the game. Should you pick up GTA: Liberty City Stories, well that all depends on how much of a GTA fanatic you consider yourself to be.
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UOL Jogos
"Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories" é uma cópia fiel da edição para PSP. Mas se no portátil a dimensão do jogo impressionava, tudo isso parece bem modesto no PS2, e o intuito da produtora parece ser a imensa popularidade do videogame. Ou seja, sem nenhum extra, os que já jogaram a edição para portátil não tem rigorosamente nenhum motivo para refazer a aventura. Ainda que tenha uma escala menor, "Liberty City Stories" ainda é um "GTA". Melhor ainda com um preço econômico, que beira os US$ 20.
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TTGamer
GTA Liberty City Stories gives fans more of what they wanted before the next game in 2007. If you go in not expecting a brand new GTA you will find a nice cheap filler full of action and storyline to keep you going for a little while at least – easily a bargain for its AU$50 price tag.
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videogamer.com
Discerning GTA fans will notice that Rockstar's latest isn't quite up to the hugely high standard that the first three PlayStation 2 games have set, but Liberty City Stories is still a GTA game, and ticks most of the boxes. This isn't a follow-up to San Andreas, and as long as you go into the game knowing that you're playing a game originally designed for the PSP, you'll find it hard to spend £20 on a better purchase this summer.
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TotalPlayStation
So the game looks a mess; it runs with the clunkiness of hastily-assembled quick-and-dirty port. It's still Liberty City Stories at heart, which means you get to rip around on a crotch rocket, you get to see some buildings before they were built in GTA III (or, blow some others up as the case may be), explore more of Shoreside Vale, and experience the formation of what would later be the world of Grand Theft Auto III from an entirely new perspective.

Since the core game is the same, I invite you to check out our full review of the PSP version, where I gushed over the thing in plenty of detail. The adage of "you get what you pay for" holds true here, and despite some technical shortcomings, this is a GTA worth checking out. And really, for $20 and a good 50 hours of stuff to do, there's probably no better bang for your buck.
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Boomtown
It's a fun little romp that returns to some of the classic elements of the GTA series after the stylistic bump in the road that was San Andreas. And thanks to this game I get to write something positive about the GTA series instead of the latest bonkers rant from Jack Thompson. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories does exactly what it says on the tin, and does it well.
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GotNext
Despite a few bumps on the road, Liberty City Stories ends up being a solid and fun game. Liberty City was always a well-designed playground, and its re-use ends up feeling like a homecoming. The annoying glitches are overwhelmed by the sheer addictive nature of the gameplay, whether it's looking for trouble or going on any of the dozens of missions. There's always something else to do.
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Game Over Online
Does LCS on the PS2 offer the usual GTA goodness? Yes, but its quality bar is way lower than you might be used to. It’s the best $20 worth of GTA you could ask for, and it will serve as a nice stop-gap title before GTAIV sees the light of day. If players understand the scaled-down nature of this budget title before they delve into it, they’re bound to enjoy most of it. The best way to explain Liberty City Stories (either on the PSP or PS2) is by calling it Diet GTA. What is there is very likeable, but it will leave a bad aftertaste in the mouth of some of its users.
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Gameplanet
Even though it does seem like the makers are just trying to cash in because it is a straight copy to console, Liberty City Stories does have some benefits. With all the niggles in the latest installment of GTA on PS2, this one is still a great game to have.
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GameCell UK
Regardless of the idiotic and annoying targeting/lock on system (it’s so bad that it will needlessly get you killed at least once and made me swear like a chav) the overall experience is pure GTA, with all its joys; superb individual vehicle handling, comic book violence, variety, freedom and irreverent humour in game and on the radio stations (the soundtrack isn’t great but the radio is still well worth a listen). If you’re new to GTA games then I’d say don’t start with this one (get Vice City first), but if you’re a fan (and most normal people are) then you obviously need to play this instalment through. Some control issues and a feeling that it could have been so much more if it had been given the full ”San Andreas treatment” don’t stop this from being one of the best games of the year so far, and light years ahead of most of the humourless, unimaginative and jaded rubbish out there.
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AceGamez
Don’t expect Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories to be as good as San Andreas and you’ll be happy, that’s the bottom line. When you shell out half the price of a regular game for GTA: LCS, you really are getting a good deal, and if you never played GTA III then it’s a great deal! Plus it looks great sat alongside the other three GTA titles, with similarly themed box art! Sorry, that’s the collector/pack-rat inside of me coming out... Liberty City Stories is a great expansion of the Liberty story and backdrop, and gives PS2 owners the fix they need while they wait for the next instalment, Grand Theft Auto IV, which is still over a year away, leaving plenty of time for the release of another GTA game like, say, Vice City Stories… Go on, Rockstar – you know you want to!
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Eurogamer.net (UK)
As was the case on PSP then, LCS is thoroughly familiar. The point is that you don't mind. We're not sick of the formula, and what's here is a fine distillation of the series' high points to date. A lack of flourish and invention, along with a tired set of on-foot mechanics, rob it of a higher mark - but too much stands in its favour not to recommend it.
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3DAvenue
GTA Liberty City Stories gives fans more of what they wanted before the next game in 2007. If you go in not expecting a brand new GTA you will find a nice cheap filler full of action and storyline to keep you going for a little while at least – easily a bargain for its AU$50 price tag.
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IGN
The first title Rockstar Games developed for the PSP set a new standard for handhelds. No real surprise there. Its previous efforts, mainly the seminal GTA III, did pretty much the same thing for the PS2 back in 2001. Each presented virtual playgrounds bursting with crime, corruption and intrigue -- and they each flaunted an overwhelming sense of style and sleaze. It's a blend that proved very successful, both from a critical and commercial standpoint.
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Game Chronicles
LCS is still an enjoyable game and one that every GTA fan needs to play. Hopefully you have a PSP so you can play it the way it was intended. If not, the PS2 version will offer a suitable replacement as long as you don’t know what you are missing.
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NZGamer
It’s not that Liberty City Stories is a bad game. As a flagship title for a handheld system, it must have been a very impressive addition to the PSP gaming library. Unfortunately, seasoned PS2 owners and Grand Theft Auto enthusiasts have come to expect more from their favorite series. This game retains the core gameplay of the previous titles while taking out most of the extra stuff, leaving you with a decent character embarking on the adventure that will define his career. It really boils down to what you want from your Grand Theft Auto games; fans of San Andreas will likely despise this game for its simplistic style, while others will appreciate this game for what it offers. Don’t buy this game expecting it to be something revolutionary or amazing. Liberty City Stories will never live up to its console-based brethren, but exist in its own little handheld-ported niche.
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Jolt (UK)
In the grand scheme of things, we’d probably rate GTA: Liberty City stories as being somewhere between GTA III and GTA: Vice City. That should give you some level of guidance when considering whether or not the £20 asking price is worth it. For the completist it certainly is, and if supports further development of PSP titles, we’re not complaining, but in all honesty, if you really want to play Liberty City Stories and haven’t yet, you should consider biting the bullet and getting the PSP version.
77
Daily Game
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is a worthwhile extension to modern classic that deserves play. While the PlayStation 2 version isn't nearly as impressive as the original release on PlayStation Portable, it manages to improve with better controls and a budget price. Murky visuals and rather short missions prevent it from being in the same league as other Grand Theft Auto titles, but it is nevertheless enjoyable. For those who have played through the PSP version, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories doesn't hold much else for you on PlayStation 2; yet, those who haven't jumped onto this latest crime spree are recommended to pick it up.
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PSX Extreme
If you're a fan of any previous Grand Theft Auto games, and you didn't play Liberty City Stories on the PSP, there's no reason that you won't have a great time with this game - especially at $20. If you played the heck out of the game on the PSP, there's really no reason to play it again on the PSP, as it hasn't really been improved in any way. Don't think of it as a sequel to San Andreas; think of it as an inexpensive way to pass the time while waiting for GTA to appear on the PlayStation 3.
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Meristation
Liberty City Stories es un capítulo atípico en la serie. Si se le exige estar al mismo nivel que el exponente San Andreas, no dará la talla por su concepción originalmente portátil y diferencias en el desarrollo. Pero si se tienen en cuenta sus antecedentes y se le acepta tal y como es, todos los seguidores de la serie acabarán disfrutando esta carismática continuación de GTAIII. No se debe esperar un apartado gráfico mucho más allá de esta tercera parte, algo que supondrá un esfuerzo debido al paso de los años y a lo bien acostumbrados que Rockstar nos ha tenido en el pasado, lo mismo que con los añadidos que se implementaron sobre CJ.
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PlayFrance
Au final, même si ce Grand Theft Auto reste un bon jeu il se révèle inutile pour les possesseurs de la version PSP. L’intérêt est encore faible pour les connaisseurs de GTA III qui sont certainement passés chez CJ à San Andreas. Seuls les néophytes de cette série trouveront là un terrain de jeu plein de surprises. Que de regrets lorsque l’on pense à tout ce qui aurait pu être ajouté à ce jeu avec un peu plus de temps! Rockstar North n’a toutefois pas osé nous proposer ces aventures à 60€, mais à 30. Cette conversion PS2 reste donc tout de même une belle poule aux œufs d’or.
75
Deeko
For a price of $19.99, those who don't own a PSP or are a fan of the series should definitely pick this up as an appetizer for the upcoming Grand Theft Auto: IV for the PS3.
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Armchair Empire, The
In the end, though, Liberty City Stories does manage to provide some good times. While the game isn’t as robust as, say, Vice City or San Andreas, there is still plenty to keep one’s self busy, and the $20US price tag certainly doesn’t hurt either.
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Worth Playing
Games aren't to be judged solely on how they are as standalone titles any more; these days, a game can't get a score without being put on trial against its peers. Liberty City Stories is entirely playable and excelled in its initial format on the PSP, where it was uncontested. As a first romp into the world of 3D Grand Theft Auto games, it's still worth taking a look at, too. However, both Vice City and San Andreas are better games, and GTA3, if you can find it, will provide almost identical play for a good $5 to $10 less. Even at its bargain bin price of a single Jackson, Liberty City Stories is outclassed by every single one of its competitors on the PlayStation 2.
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Jeuxvideo.com
C'est vrai, on aurait préféré un nouveau GTA. C'est vrai aussi que l'adaptation de la PSP vers la PS2 n'est pas ce qu'il y a de mieux en terme de réalisation et de contenu. Cela dit, ce GTA-là parvient à garder quasiment intact le charme de la série. Alors même si on peste contre les choses qu'on aurait aimé trouver (de meilleurs graphismes, plus de voitures et de motos, des objectifs plus nombreux), on se surprend à ne plus lâcher la manette et à enchaîner mission sur mission. La série tourne peut-être en rond, mais elle parvient une nouvelle fois à nous entraîner dans sla danse avec elle.
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Gamer 2.0
If this is going to be your first GTA game you may want to skip this outing and start at the beginning of the GTA revolution, that being the Grand Theft Auto III. You can find it for the same price, or even less if you shop the used racks. Conversely, if you’ve wanted to re-explore Liberty City and don’t have a PSP, this is the game for you. Despite most of the game being less than phenomenal, it still is a good game and doesn’t do much wrong to the series. It’s a game that is absolutely worth the price charged, but definitely not worth anything more than that. GTA: Liberty City Stories is a short, less-than-perfect experience that could have used another year or so in the oven for fine-tuning. It’s a dish best served on a handheld where standards are lower.
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VicioJuegos.com
En conclusión, Liberty City Stories como expansión no resulta mala, si bien es una pena que no se hayan podido incluir más detalles, como algunas misiones extra- más largas y complejas- en la conversión a PS2. Tampoco se ha mantenido, lamentablemente, ninguna variación del modo multijugador de PSP, lo cual hace que la versión en consola pequeña sea francamente superior, y no solamente por su naturaleza portátil. El resultado final es un juego que por si solo resulta bastante limitado y ciertamente corto, pero que por aparecer a un precio reducido ya no puede decirse que sea mala compra. Si lo que buscas es una expansión de GTA3, esto te gustará. Si por otro lado lo que quieres es un nuevo GTA, te vas a llevar una buena decepción.
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GameSpot
The Grand Theft Auto series and the PlayStation 2 have gone hand in hand, which each game debuting on the PS2 before it travels to other consoles. That all changed with the release of last year's side story, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. This game, designed to take advantage of the PSP's hardware, was an impressive technical feat, managing to pack in a lot of what made the "big" GTA games so memorable. But it fell short in a few key spots, most notably the story, the characters, and the series' biting sense of style and satire. That stuff was easy to overlook when you could carry Liberty City around in your back pocket. But on the PS2, where you can compare it directly to the three Grand Theft Auto games that have appeared there, the whole package is significantly less interesting, even considering the PS2 port's budget price.
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GameDaily
Liberty City Stories is by no means a terrible game, as it still manages to deliver most of the goods we remember from the PSP effort we went through last year in console form. But it could've used a little bit of touching-up to go along with its terrific price, so that the game could've gotten the same kind of respect and recognition that its previous chapters received. It's time for Rockstar to go back to work on something new, something blazing, something that shifted the paradigm just like GTA III did years ago, and I have a good feeling they can do it with next year's forthcoming fourth chapter. In the meantime, give Liberty City a second visit on rental and then decide if it deserves a permanent residence with you.
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Video Games Daily
If it's wasn't for the budget price, it would be much more difficult to look past the flaws inherent in this port. The whole project smacks of squeezing more money out of the work Rockstar Leeds did. I've got no problem with this. What I do have a problem with is the frustration that comes with playing Grand Theft Auto games sometimes. If you're the type of person who loved the last three console games (and, most importantly, you didn't play the PSP version), pick this one up. As long as you keep in mind that what you're playing was meant for the portable and you didn't spend all that much money to buy this one, you'll be fine.
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Thunderbolt Games
It’s not that Liberty City Stories is a bad game. As a flagship title for a handheld system, it must have been a very impressive addition to the PSP gaming library. Unfortunately, seasoned PS2 owners and Grand Theft Auto enthusiasts have come to expect more from their favorite series. This game retains the core gameplay of the previous titles while taking out most of the extra stuff, leaving you with a decent character embarking on the adventure that will define his career. It really boils down to what you want from your Grand Theft Auto games; fans of San Andreas will likely despise this game for its simplistic style, while others will appreciate this game for what it offers. Don’t buy this game expecting it to be something revolutionary or amazing. Liberty City Stories will never live up to its console-based brethren, but exist in its own little handheld-ported niche.
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PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
Grand Theft Auto Liberty City Stories was an enjoyable game on the PSP and it's still enjoyable on the PlayStation 2, but so are the other three Grand Theft Auto titles on the PlayStation 2. A rather pointless port but still an enjoyable game available at a budget price point.
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GamingExcellence
At the end of the day, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is still a lot of fun to play given that most game play elements that fans have come to enjoy are intact. Unfortunately, key elements of the franchise's presentation that made past installments in the series so memorable don't show up here. Heads should roll at Rockstar for the lame soundtrack. I wasn't expecting any huge improvements on other games in the series, but I didn't anticipate such a let down either. I guess we'll have to wait for a next generation GTA game in order to see the bar raised for this genre of game. As it stands this entry is a significant downgrade from others in the series after playing San Andreas. Rent it if you have to see how Tony Cipriani's story plays out, but take it from a GTA nut – it's not a bad game, but you won't find it on my GTA wall of fame anytime soon.
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Fragland.net
I can imagine that a conversation like the fictional one above somehow started development on the PS2 port of last year's widely celebrated PSP game Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. But hey: mission accomplished: for several weeks now, LCS is doing well in the sales charts of the US and Europe, in large part due to its low retail price of 25$/20€.
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GameSpy
For those unfamiliar with the storyline, LCS puts players in the shoes of wiseguy Toni Cipriani circa 1998, a few years before the events of Grand Theft Auto III. He's back in town after laying low and returns to do some work for Salvatore Leone and a variety of other characters familiar to anyone who's played any of the GTA games. It's essentially another link within a highly self-referential universe. It bridges certain plotline and character gaps between GTA III, Vice City, and San Andreas, although at its core, the simplicity of both missions and storyline make it feel most like the first PS2 title than the last two, while its gameplay feels straight out of Vice City.
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Gamer.nl
Ports van de PS2 naar de PSP zijn meer regel dan uitzondering. Het is dan ook verrassend dat een game als Gran Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories naar de PS2 wordt geport. Het lijkt in ieder geval een trend te gaan worden, want verschillende ontwikkelaars zijn inmiddels bezig games te porten van de PSP naar de PS2. De gelijkenis in hardware, plus het extra geld dat men kan krijgen, zijn hiervan waarschijnlijk de oorzaak. Inherent aan PSP games is echter wel dat deze moeten inleveren op een aantal opties zoals graphics en gameplay. Laten we kijken of Rockstar deze omzetting heeft gebruikt om van de handheld-versie van Liberty City Stories wel een volwaardige consolegame te maken.
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Gamer Within
In many cases, the original is always the best, which can be a perfect summary for the arrival of Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories on the PS2. When played on the PSP, the game can be considered as being a technical feat, and is a perfect offering of GTA-goodness for gamers on the go. With the core design of the game being targeted towards a handheld platform, however, throwing the game onto a console platform without making any significant changes or improvements does feel rather awkward. Given the recent treat of San Andreas that we have all been treated to, going back and playing a game that doesn’t offer half of the welcomed innovations that San Andreas included feels like a step backward. For true fans of the series, Liberty City Stories is the best fix of free-roaming, violent and humorous action that you’re going to get for some time – as long as you haven’t already played the game on the PSP.
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Game Shark
So, even at $19.99, is Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories worth the money? I’d have to give a qualified. “yes.” Sure it is a cheap way for Rockstar to give fans a dose of GTA and make a few shekels while we all wait for Grand Theft Auto 4 on the next gen consoles, but if you like GTA in any of its PS2-or-later versions and have tired of the same missions over and over, I don’t think you’ll be really disappointed with GTA: Liberty City Stories’ slightly inferior production values. There is nothing new here in gameplay, but you’ll probably enjoy the new missions. A solid but unspectacular B- score.
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Game Revolution
While we’re on the subject of worth, the $20 price tag definitely makes this package more compelling. Liberty City Stories is unequivocally the lamest GTA to appear on the PS2, the first real blemish on its hitherto clean record, but that doesn’t make it a bad game. All the criminal insanity you’ve come to know and love from this series is here, warts and all, and considering the low cost, that’s nothing to scoff at. Then again, the lack of new content and rough graphics make this the first GTA not worth breaking a kneecap over.
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Defunct Games
If you've never played the PSP version of Liberty City Stories then by all means check this PlayStation 2 port out. However, I found that the PSP version of the game was just a much better experience, not to mention that it features sharper graphics and your own homemade soundtrack. For $20 the game may be worth buying for collectors of the series, just don't expect anything on the same level of San Andreas or Vice City.
59
Netjak
So I guess if you preferred the gameplay of GTA III or Vice City over San Andreas, then this is probably a good deal for you. Others might want to give this a rental just to blow through the story. Just don't expect anything ground-breaking you've come to expect from the GTA series, or else you'll be sorely disappointed like I was, even at the sub-$20 price point.
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Snackbar-Games.com
Even though the game is budget priced, I recommend renting it. With the lack of added features, the fact remains that it is "just a port" and that it is not too long compared to other GTA games… it simply can't justify a purchase for me.
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G4 TV: X-Play
The rest of the Grand Theft Auto series is dirt cheap now, and offers better gameplay in a far more massive world, with vastly superior graphics. So, unless you have absolutely maxed out on all things GTA, it’s unlikely that Liberty City Stories will be anything but a minor curiosity. For the price, it’s worth a look for fans (especially those who never had the chance to play the PSP version), but don’t expect a full-on Grand Theft Auto experience.
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Gaming Nexus
Liberty City Stories is a great PSP game that didn't need to be ported to the PlayStation 2. If you're in the market for a Grand Theft Auto game on Sony's current generation console it's better you stick with Vice City or San Andreas.