Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (PlayStation 2)

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Vice City Stories is a prequel to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2 years earlier) and it is the sequel to Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. Set in 1984, players take on the role of Vic Vance, an army soldier who loves his country, family, and himself. One bad decision turns everything around and he is kicked onto the streets of a tough city. He has to build an empire to survive, or be left to die. Together with his brother Lance, a drug addict, the siblings try to take over Vice City.

Just like other GTA titles, gameplay consists of third-person shooting and driving sequences in an open environment. You will meet new enemies and gangs, and old foes. The missions require you to kill with a selection of weapons, steal vehicles such as a car, a boat, or a plane, rob to make it big, or just to have fun. New features for the portable version include swimming, and side missions such as Air Rescue, Vigilante, Firefighter, and Paramedic.

Similar to San Andreas' gang wars, this title has an Empire mode. To make money, you have to take over businesses from other gangs. By attacking and damaging rival businesses, it will be put up for sale, for you to take over. With a new building constructed, you can then choose an activity such as prostitution, drugs, protection racket, smuggling, robbery, or work as a loan shark. These activities earn money and the location in the city influences the revenue.

Multiplayer is available over Wi-Fi with ten different game modes, either focusing on fighting (Vice City Survivor), businesses (Empire Takedown), racing (Street Rage), stealing/selling (Grand Theft Auto), capture the flag game types, or games centered around a single vehicle such as a tank.


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories PlayStation 2 Brought back to the streets of Vice City once again.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories PlayStation 2 Helicopters are not the only aircraft available to fly.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories PlayStation 2 An ATV for tearing up some people's yards.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories PlayStation 2 A hovercraft race!

Alternate Titles

  • "俠盜獵車手:罪惡城市" -- Taiwan title
  • "GTA: Vice City Stories" -- Informal title
  • "GTA:VCS" -- Abbreviated title

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A step back in time and a step back for the series. Big John WV (25498) 2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars
Perfect for Misogynist lasttoblame (393) 2.29 Stars2.29 Stars2.29 Stars2.29 Stars2.29 Stars

Critic Reviews

GotNext Apr 03, 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameZone Mar 15, 2007 8.4 out of 10 84
Defunct Games May 04, 2007 80 out of 100 80 Mar 12, 2007 76 out of 100 76
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) Mar 13, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
Cheat Code Central 2007 3.7 out of 5 74
GameDaily Mar 15, 2007 7 out of 10 70
GameCell UK 2007 7 out of 10 70 Mar 07, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Bordersdown Aug, 2007 6 out of 10 60


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German version

In the German version there are a number of changes:
  • People on the ground can't be hurt with melee weapons
  • All blood effects and decapitations were removed
  • There are no bloody tire tracks when driving over a corpse
  • Killed people don't leave money behind
  • The two body count and the special attacks statistics were removed.


  • 4Players
    • 2006 – #3 Best PSP Game of the Year
    • 2006 – #2 Best Licensed Soundtrack of the Year
  • Golden Joystick Awards
    • 2007 - Handheld Game of the Year

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