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 This officer should have called in sick today.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories PlayStation 2 Vic, messing around at the airport.
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 Vic's luxurious pad in Vice Point

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

Game Over Online Mar 16, 2007 85 out of 100 85 Mar 20, 2007 84 out of 100 84
AceGamez 2007 8 out of 10 80 Apr 05, 2007 78 out of 100 78
Jolt (UK) Apr 05, 2007 7.7 out of 10 77
IGN Mar 06, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
GameCell UK 2007 7 out of 10 70
Gamernode Mar 13, 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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