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Back to Liberty City - in more than one way EboMike (3135) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
The great PS2 game shrunk down to portable size. Joshua Price (28) 4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars

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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.0
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.2
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.7
Overall User Score (27 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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Sure, the stripped-down PSP controls make it tough to position the camera in a firefight, and it’s hard to pick off rivals as the targeting system is unwieldy and cruelly flawed. But with a wireless multiplayer mode where you can challenge your mates to a shootout in GTA’s sublime urban sprawl, LCS is one of 2005’s most stunning games and another jewel in the PSP’s crown.
100 (May 07, 2006)
Overall, it may not be the killer app everyone made of it. It's definitely a buy though, as the sheer size of it will keep you going longer than any other game at the moment. The dry black humour will raise more than a few giggles and the intense driving missions will keep you hooked. The inclusion of motorcycles in Liberty City Stories was simply a stroke of genius - Nothing gives you more of a rush than slicing up the road on a PCJ-600 at 90mph. And now you can do it on the go. Groovy.
UOL Jogos (Nov 03, 2005)
Enfim, "Liberty City Stories" parece ter sido projetado para os mesmos consumidores da série nos consoles, porém, apenas um pouco mais de praticidade. Para quem já jogou "Grand Theft Auto III", interessa saber que os cenários são os mesmos, apesar de alguns veículos novos e missões diferentes. Mas nem tanto, pois alguns dos objetivos são virtualmente idênticos nas duas versões. Somente a modalidade multiplayer é uma adição realmente nova, apesar de não ser tão boa quanto o modo de história. A escala do game pode ter diminuído, mas continua tendo a aura de "Grand Theft Auto".
GamePro (Australia) (Jan 10, 2006)
GTA: Liberty City Stories captures everything you know and love about the GTA world and puts it on a handheld so you can take it anywhere and everywhere you go. And you better believe it is still the epitome of mature gaming with all the dodgy sex connotations, drug use, swearing, violence and ridiculously funny social sarcasm which has made the series such a vital and loved component of the games industry. Ok, so the controls take a bit to master and some of the gameplay features of San Andreas are missing, but if you think there is a better experience on the PSP in either single-player of multiplayer capacities, then you're kidding yourself. Liberty City Stories rules.
Rockstar has done it again. The latest chapter in the mighty Grand Theft Auto franchise, Liberty City Stories, is a PSP exclusive that is as good as any of its console cousins. Pack your bags for an extended stay in one of the worst crime-infested s***holes your mother, clergyman or local politician has ever warned you about.
GamePro (US) (Jan 05, 2006)
GTA: Liberty City Stories is the first game in the series to hit the PSP, and you can bet it won't be the last. Given the dismal crop of PSP titles currently available, an original PSP-only GTA game couldn't have arrived at a better time. And the good news is, Liberty City Stories is a real Grand Theft Auto game, through and through.
Mobile Tech Review (Nov, 2005)
Whether you like the GTA series or not, you owe it to yourself to at least give this game a look, if only to appreciate just how far portable gaming has come over the past couple of years. And if you're a fan of GTA, your prayers have been answered because you can now take the GTA experience, in all its glory, with you wherever you go. What more could you ask for?
Game Chronicles (Nov 22, 2006)
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories has PSP Game of the Year written all over it. It’s not often that a console title can make the successful leap to a handheld, but when that handheld version actually surpasses the console in many key factors, you know you have something special. Is LCS reason alone to buy a PSP? I say yes! This game was like coming back home, and GTA is still one of the best ways to blow off steam, rebel against authority, drive fast, and kill indiscriminately, all without really going to jail. Best of all; what happens in Liberty City stays in Liberty City.
Overall it’s hard to imagine that any game in the next year for the PSP that could get much better than this. We are just over six months after launch and to have a game that looks, sounds and feels as impressive as Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is amazing. I was stunned by how well made this game was. Stories certainly is a wonderful achievement for the PSP, but it does have a few drawbacks with the slowdown, camera issues, battery and a lack of online play, but you still can’t be that disappointed as this is the best game on the PSP.
Stuff Magazine (Oct 24, 2005)
No, it's not as deep or rich as San Andreas—considering the fact that finishing San Andreas is still on our to-do list, maybe it was a little too deep and rich in retrospect—but Liberty City Stories fits surprisingly well onto the PSP. The hell are you still reading this for, bird-brain? Get thou to the nearest game store and buy!
TotalPlayStation (Nov 01, 2005)
Sure, there are some targeting issues, but aside from that, this is a brilliant execution of the basic concepts on a system that nobody thought would be possible. This is the very definition of a must-have game, and the reason to own a PSP.
The only area where the game comes up a bit short is in ofter animation-less story sequences. It may be on a handheld system, but fans should consider this the next installment in the illustrious GTA franchise.
GamersMark (Dec 07, 2005)
Grand Theft Auto has finally made its way to a portable system in pure 3D. Only possible by taking advantage of the Playstation Portable’s technology, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is an amazing transition of this generation’s Grand Theft Auto games from console to handheld. Regarded as the first major release on the PSP, Liberty City Stories is a major reason for owning the pricey handheld.
Don't be fooled by its size. LCS delivers the full GTA experience in the palm of your hand. Definitely worth the time and money if you own a PSP. If you don't, LCS alone almost justifies buying one if you're a hardcore GTA fanboy like me.
Gaming Target (Nov 04, 2005)
Ask any GTA fan what their favorite in-game city is, and chances are they'll tell you Liberty City. After all, most of the GTA fanbase got their start with Grand Theft Auto III and that famous town, even though Vice City was a bit larger, and San Andreas was not a city but instead a state, the old LC was always the most beloved. Obviously Rockstar has a soft spot for Liberty as well, since here we are again, 4 years after GTA III hit, with Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories exclusively on PSP.
Portable Review (Oct 30, 2005)
Overall, I'd say that this is one of the best representations of the series on a portable system and by far one of the best PSP games to date. To be sure, this is the PSP's "killer app" that everyone has been looking for. Most people don't know about the underground emulation scene on the PSP so the fact that you have to update to 2.0 for the game to work won't be much of an issue at all. This is the first game I can honestly say is worth it's price tag of $49.99.
93 (Dec 02, 2005)
En realidad no ofrece mucho más de lo que ya hemos visto en otras entregas, pero por méritos propios se convierte, sino en el mejor, en uno de los mejores del catálogo de PSP. Si además te gusta la saga, no deberías dejarlo pasar. Imprescindible.
Here it is folks, the game that will likely make a large group of you actually buy a PSP. Rockstar is careful with its flagship franchise, and this title reflects the effort that it puts into all its GTA games. This is not a half-assed port; this is a full-on game chock full of all the unlockables, side-missions, and over-the-top action you've come to expect from Rockstar.
IC-Games (Nov 06, 2005)
If you are the type that just glances at the score and the summery, we have decided to save you some time. PSP game of the year? Without a doubt. The game might not be fault free but very few games are, and what Grand Theft Auto does well is hide shortcomings with some of the greatest gameplay seen in decades.
PGNx Media (Nov 03, 2006)
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories won’t make you a believer in the franchise if you didn’t understand why people play Grand Theft Auto so avidly. However, for the millions of us that do, having a new story and an excuse to spend more time in Vice City is more than enough. Despite its flaws, it’s hard to have more fun than you could have with Vice City Stories.
92 (Jan 02, 2005)
Riesige Umgebungen, nahezu uneingeschränkte Bewegungsfreiheit, spannende Geschichten, Abwechslung en masse, Spaß für dutzende Stunden... all diese Vorzüge definieren grob eine der erfolgreichsten Serien der Videospielgeschichte: Grand Theft Auto! Nach unzähligen Erfolgen auf den Heimkonsolen dieser Welt macht sich Rockstar nun auf, auch den Handheldmarkt zu erobern und schickt seinen ersten PSP-Sprößling in die Schlacht. Doch kann "Grand Theft Auto Liberty City Stories" wirklich mit seinen "großen Brüdern" mithalten?!
GameZone (Nov 04, 2005)
I have to admit that I was skeptical when Rockstar announced that they were bringing their much-loved and controversial Grand Theft Auto series to the PSP. It’s not that I didn’t think they’d bring a game true to the franchise (the recent Grand Theft Auto for the Game Boy Advance was brilliant) but I didn’t think they’d be able to offer an experience that was a nearly as compelling or as similar to the series’ third game or Vice City or even San Andreas for that matter. Boy was I wrong. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories for the PSP is everything we could have asked for in a game that offers all the things we love about the console games. Really, this is the reason you and your PSP will not be seen apart for a very long time.
Soon after I began playing the PSP's first entry in the Grand Theft Auto series, I stopped on a street corner in Liberty City's Hepburn Heights neighborhood and took in the scene: Some elderly pedestrians shuffle by. A biker knocks over a crossing pedestrian, who gets up, jacks the closest car, and takes off.'s good to be home.
91 (Dec 06, 2005)
Mit Grand Theft Auto Liberty City Stories landen die Entwickler von Rockstar Games auf Sonys PSP einen ähnlichen Hit, wie damals mit GTA 3 auf der Playstation 2. Fans des Genres kommen nicht um dieses Spiel herum – im Gegensatz zu vielen anderen PSP Spielen ist das Spiel nicht nur technisch ausgereift und relativ frei von Ladezeiten, sondern es kommt auch noch mit einer eigenständigen Story und neuen Missionen daher. Der gelungene Mehrspielermodus rundet das Gangstervergnügen zudem gekonnt ab. Wir sprechen eine klare Kaufempfehlung aus!
Even with obvious signs that the game is overly ambitious for the handheld console, Liberty City Stories is quite enjoyable. While the game retreads familiar territory, in more way than one, it does offer enough for fans to sit down a play for hours on end. The story may not be too in depth and the characters don't endear themselves as previous titles do, but for those that bought a PSP, Liberty City Stories pays off big.
Gaming Nexus (Nov 10, 2005)
With a lengthy story, exciting multiplayer modes, and plenty of white-knuckle action, Liberty City Stories offers just about everything you could want from a Grand Theft Auto game. It has a few quirks, but is easily one of the best portable games of the year!
91 (Oct 28, 2005)
The game is leaps and bounds above any other PSP title on the market. Definitely a must buy for any PSP owner.
91 (Nov 30, 2005)
Ihr habt eine PSP? Dann raus mit euch, Geld gezückt, Liberty City Stories gekauft! Der neueste GTA-Teil ist für mich das erste wirklich Muss für Sonys Handheld: das Aussehen, das Spielgefühl, die großartige Atmosphäre von GTA 3 wurde perfekt eingefangen; LCS ist kein Klein-GTA wie GTA Advance, sondern ein ausgewachsenes Grand Theft Auto, das sich da in eurer Hosentasche tummelt! Noch nie musste ich innerhalb einer Spielesession so oft den PSP-Akku nachladen - gut, das mag gegen den Akku sprechen, aber es spricht definitiv für das Spiel. Okay, die Story ist nicht die gelungenste und gelegentlich fühlt sich LCS einfach wie ein GTA3-Add-On mit einigen Verbesserungen aus Vice City an. Doch trotz der bekannten Stadt ist es ein selbständiges Game, die gut 70 Missionen halten euch mindestens 20 Stunden beschäftigt – und danach warten nochmal so viele Bonus- und Nebenaufträge! Ein großartiges Spielerlebnis, das sich kein GTA-Fan entgehen lassen sollte!
Game Shark (Nov 22, 2005)
The game has a high replay value and provides a reasonable amount of play time. If you have a PSP and are over 18, you need to pick up this game as it really showcases what the PSP can do, and you’ll have a great time being a thug.
Defunct Games (Nov 10, 2005)
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is not perfect, the controls are a little loose and some of the missions are painfully lame, but that shouldn't steer you away from checking out the biggest, most ambitious PSP game so far. With its multiplayer mode, mini games, and lengthy story, this is one portable game that will keep you going for dozens of hours. Jack Thompson may not appreciate how impressive this first-generation PSP game is, but that shouldn't stop you from journeying back to Liberty City for one hell of an adventure!
Gaming Age (Oct 28, 2005)
The PSP has been missing a true killer app since its launch in the spring. Arguably, there have been a number of great games for Sony's powerful portable, but nothing really mind-blowingly huge and high profile. Until Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, of course. Without even getting into any details, if you have any interest in the Grand Theft Auto series and own a PSP; close your browser, head to a store, and pick up LCS right now. If you don't have a PSP, buy one (and a copy of the game, of course).
Game Revolution (Nov 09, 2005)
Love 'em, hate 'em, or completely misunderstand them, just don't call the GTA games overrated. They are not. Since redefining free-form gaming with the revolutionary GTA 3 , the series has managed to not only win every major video game award in the book, but has glided through the typically inhospitable hallways of GR like that nerdy kid in the corner of your math class, acing each test without breaking a sweat or a pencil. We hate how much we like these games.
Meristation (Dec 05, 2005)
¿Es GTA un título que justifica la compra de PSP por si sólo? Pues francemente, no ¿Es el mejor juego de PSP? Pues si no lo es, es uno de los tres mejores. Liberty City Stories es una experiencia portátil única, al nivel de los GTA de sobremesa, cosa que sabrá ser apreciada por los usuarios de PSP. Pero de ahí a que un único juego justifique la compra de la consola hay un trecho.
Softpedia (Nov 24, 2006)
The game comes with a poster of Liberty City having on the other side a map of this town of sin and vice. I don't know how the producers managed to squeeze the whole GTA 3 universe in such a small device called UMD. There must be some sort of black magic involved... And what's more, the loading times are not big at all. Here we are gamers, we're enjoying a production where you can pick up prostitutes from the street and crash and flip cars around for points. Gangster, pimp, mobster, Don,'s what the people that grew up watching The Godfather will like to become. And please's only a game!
Boomtown (Nov 17, 2005)
However, for the next generation of GTA I hope Rockstar will think about where it wants to take the franchise. It’s still fun, and the shedding of all the excess weight found in San Andreas did the game good – more is not always better. But we’ve been here many times now. Will we keep buying return tickets?
Thunderbolt Games (Nov 04, 2005)
Every inch as perfect as we could have imagined, Rockstar have done it again. GTA: LCS is the absolute pinnacle of PSP entertainment, with enough variety to appeal to a wide audience and comedy to outsell the legend Bill Hicks himself (well, maybe). Essential purchase? This should be tacked, taped and stapled to the forehead of every single PSP owner out there.
90 (Nov 30, 2005)
Nothing is perfect and even GTA LCS has its flaws. The controls feel a little awkward due to the shortage of buttons in comparison the console controller, and some of the missions feel a little basic. The cop response isn't quite as overwhelming as in the console GTA's, but overall GTA Liberty City Stories is not only an amazing technical achievement but an awesome portable game worth any PSP owner's £35.
Rockstar has somehow managed to stuff everything that you love about Grand Theft Auto onto a tiny UMD disk. It may have a few quirks, issues, and annoyances, but overall Liberty City Stories provides for a lot of very enjoyable gaming. Suffice it to say that if you’re a Grand Theft Auto fan you’ll love the game. Even if you’re new to GTA, you will probably enjoy it. It is the class of the PSP system and a game that every action fan with a PSP should have in his or her library.
Video Games Daily (Nov 03, 2005)
The singleplayer mission may well just be a 'greatest hits' of past GTAs, and in terms of structure and mission length isn't exactly suited to a handheld machine, but this is still GTA people, come on, it's worth a punt regardless. The multiplayer hi-jinks make this an essential purchase... and just in time for Christmas too, who'd have thunk...
Jolt (UK) (Nov 30, 2005)
Nothing is perfect and even GTA LCS has its flaws. The controls feel a little awkward due to the shortage of buttons in comparison the console controller, and some of the missions feel a little basic. The cop response isn't quite as overwhelming as in the console GTA's, but overall GTA Liberty City Stories is not only an amazing technical achievement but an awesome portable game worth any PSP owner's £35.
Wham! gaming (Nov 11, 2005)
It’s really a no-brainer if you’re thinking about picking up the latest GTA game. A sure bet on any platform, GTA on the PSP is the beginning of a portable revolution, setting the bar even higher for any future games that dare challenge it as king of the PSP. Whether you want single or multiplayer, racing or shooting, structure or freedom, you’ll find it all here in abundance.
USA Today (Nov 11, 2005)
Mature gamers who enjoy the contentious game play and open-ended mission structure found in past Grand Theft Auto games will not be disappointed with this competent hand-held version. And if this title is any indication of what the PSP is capable of, the future looks bright for the portable platform.
GamerDad (Nov 18, 2005)
The game is good enough to transcend minor issues, and you enjoy working to master the controls all in the name of making it to the next mission, seeing what happens next, unlocking more content and hardware. Add to that mix the unique addition of a multiplayer mode (using ad hoc local wireless) with multiple game types, and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is a very good game that all adult PSP owners should definitely check out.
Gamestyle (Jul 26, 2006)
Though rough around the edges, it's hard to stop playing Liberty City Stories - there's just something so indescribably fun about it. This is no kids' game, yet one can hardly help giggling like a child as they mercilessly decapitate helpless pedestrians with a sniper rifle and then steal a tank when the army is called in, using the gun turret to propel themselves forward, causing city-wide havoc. A brand new city, and a bit more spit and polish, would make this absolutely essential; for now it's merely the best version of GTA3 money can buy.
PlayDevil (Jan 13, 2006)
After playing hours, days, weeks, I came to the conclusion that right now there is NO better game for Sony's PSP then this one. "GTA: Liberty City Stories" is the most complete, amazing, stunning game availabe for the PSP and if you were not convinced in either buying a PSP or the game, then you must be now! The game is truly GTA in the palm of your hands combined with excellent gameplay, replay, gorgeous graphics and fantastic music/sound. GTA LCS is another masterpiece coming from developer Rockstar and it really shows what the PSP was made for!
Certainly not everything is hunky dory in Liberty City, primarily due to the camera and lock on troubles, but while these will frustrate you at a few points during your time with the game, they aren't dealbreakers by any stretch. Everything you loved about Rockstar's flagship title is present and accounted for. Liberty City Stories is a full-fledged GTA adventure with all of the trimmings and more, thanks to the robust and entertaining multiplayer mode. Featuring hours upon hours of playability, the only reason you shouldn't be buying this game for your PSP is because you're under 17. All others should rush out immediately and get a ticket to Liberty City. It's a dirty, disgusting place but someone's got to make it worse.
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is as good, if not better than GTA III on the PS2. That’s not to say that GTA III wasn’t pretty much THE most amazing gaming experience at the time, but in so many ways, the small but beautifully formed PSP outshines that gaming landmark, not least because you can play it whilst crimping off a length. Liberty City looks almost exactly the same, but because of the timeframe (set before the events in GTA III) some buildings are not yet there, or are under construction.
AceGamez (Nov 29, 2005)
Unless you've been sleeping with the fishes for the past decade, you'll know what the GTA series is all about and exactly why it's so bloody popular. Offering the player nothing but freedom, you normally start off doing low paid, low profile missions to scrape by - until you prove your worth and eventually work your way up in the gangster ranks. Missions only play a small role in GTA games though; it's the unlimited sidetracks and possibilities that make the Grand Theft Auto series just what it today - a unique masterpiece. There's nothing quite like it, and those games that dare to imitate the genre that GTA has created are 'taken care of' quickly and quietly. Liberty City Stories is the first Grand Theft Auto game for the new PSP platform. Chances are, if you've managed to get hold of a PSP in this mad Christmas rush and you've paid megabucks for one, then you're going to get this game. Quite honestly, you'd be a fool not to!
Darkstation (Oct 17, 2005)
Grand Theft Auto has been one of the most talked about video games in 2005, not only for its game, but also for that damaging Hot Coffee fiasco of San Andreas. Sure this brought up quite a bit of controversy and quite a bit of a stir among politicians, but I think a lot of GTA fans have been looking forward to the latest GTA adventure for the PSP in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. Is this the same great game on a smaller screen? Read our full review to find out!
90 (Dec 11, 2005)
So this is it. The game which Sony is hoping will push millions upon millions of PSP's into homes around the world this Christmas. There's little argument that GTA: Liberty City Stories is an ambitious project, for several reasons. Firstly the PSP has a slower CPU then the PS2 meaning developers had to be careful not to be seen to be taking shortcuts or filling the game with slowdown.
It’s hard to believe that Grand Theft Auto III was released four years ago, banned and then re-released shortly after. The game has spawned many imitations and ultimately none have come close to matching the original. The title finally made an appearance on the Game Boy Advance last year, and it’s simply incredible how far gaming has come since then. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is the first time the series has made an appearance on a handheld in 3D - is the experience just as fresh, memorable and addictive as the console versions, or have we been seriously disappointed?
Extreme Gamer (Dec 19, 2005)
Liberty City Stories is a brand new GTA experience for the PSP and surprisingly it works so well that you won't even miss your PS2. Liberty City Stories isn't the next Grand Theft Auto episode you have been waiting for, but it will tie you over until then.
Yahoo! Games (Nov 26, 2005)
Every installment in the Grand Theft Auto series is met with as much fanfare and hype as any motion picture or television series premiere. That is, of course, because this is the best-selling action game series of all time. GTA is as much a critical success as it is a monetary one, and for good reason: These games spawn free-roaming gameplay, high production values, and are among the most ambitious titles ever released. With Liberty City Stories on the PSP, the result can once again only be considered a bulls-eye.
Tom Jones, what a fine specimen of a man. Voice of the people, scourge of Las Vegas and at the top of the charts for over four decades. But you'd never see Mr. Jones battering an underworld druglord with the bonnet of a police car, would you? Which is funny because Grand Theft Auto is just as popular and doesn't even feature a Welshman, let alone the unbeatable combo of a hairy chest and Speedos. Perhaps its only ommission.
Passing judgment on Liberty City Stories requires you to consider the game in two very different ways. The first, as a remarkable example of what can be done on the PSP when a developer really puts its mind to it, reveals a magnificent game that will no doubt long be a benchmark on the system. It is a fully blown, no-holds-barred Grand Theft Auto experience with all the trimmings nipped, tucked, and tweaked for a handheld.
1UP (Oct 24, 2005)
Portable GTA? Oh sweet land of liberty!
90 (UK) (Nov 04, 2005)
There are two ways to look at this GTA on PSP malarkey: 1) It's dull and unadventurous. 2) It's huge, vibrant and full of endeavour. It is, by design, witty, varied and hugely endearing. There's a reason I'm not bored of the GTA formula yet, and why none of the clones have overtaken Rockstar: the most important rules that govern the world are very effective. You will be able to drive cars like a stuntman, and they will only break if you treat them like wrecking balls or flip them on their backs.
Worth Playing (Nov 17, 2005)
I am a happy little critic today! I finally own a game that I can take on the road and piss off the Conservative Right when I'm out and about. Foul language, drug running, hookers and all the good old-fashioned fun that comes with a Grand Theft Auto title are jam-packed into GTA: Liberty City Stories for your PSP.
IGN (Oct 24, 2005)
Few games actually change the way you feel about a platform. They take the established standard and tear it to pieces. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City (LCS) Stories is one such game. It takes the preconceptions about what a handheld can do and totally ignores them. It provides an experience so large and so complex that it's a wonder that it actually runs at all. The GTA series has always succeeded in sheer scope and complexity, and thankfully, it's no different on the as a handheld. There are no hardcore sacrifices, either. LCS uses the same kind of intricate 3D engine that put the series (and the developer) on the map with GTA III.
GameSpy (Oct 26, 2005)
Although it's not perfect, there's no denying that Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is the most ambitious title to hit the PSP to date. The amount of content in the game is simply amazing and, like the console games, you'll find yourself playing even after you've completed the main story. The developers did a great job of making the game look and feel just like the console game, too, without sacrificing any of the things that made the series great. If you're a PSP owner, this is the game you've been waiting for.
PSX Extreme (Nov 09, 2005)
The PSP has had many good games (Ridge Racer, Burnout Legends, Virtua Tennis, Hot Shots Golf) but nothing that could be considered a “killer app.” In other words, there hasn’t been a game that has been so good that people have had to go out and buy the system just to play that game. Sony and Rockstar hope that Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories will do for the PSP what the GTA franchise did for the PS2. There’s no question that GTA: LCS is a remarkable achievement from a technical standpoint.
The constant streaming of level and audio content makes it impossible for this game to be what we would consider a battery saver. GTA: LCS is one of the best titles for the PSP and is great for anyone who isn't offended easily by violence, and almost always has access to a power outlet.
Daily Game (Dec 11, 2005)
I must admit that I never thought a game with the kind of scale and freestyle gameplay that made the Grand Theft Auto franchise such a hit could be done justice on a portable game system. But surprisingly, although Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories for the PSP has some flaws, all things considered it is just as good as, and in some ways even better, that its console and PC counterparts.
Game Over Online (Dec 02, 2005)
There are few franchises that have become as influential for the game industry as the Grand Theft Auto series. On the one hand, it's expanded the scope of the 3D action title immeasurably, layering the main storyline with numerous side missions and hidden secrets in a persistent world. It's also managed to fit in more fast-paced shooting, driving and other content on a single disc than seems physically possible on either the PS2 or the Xbox. Now the GTA franchise expands its turf much like your in-game character, leaping onto the PSP for a taste of crime wherever you might be. Prepare to write your own chapter of crime as we explore Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.
GameSpot (Oct 28, 2006)
Liberty City Stories has its share of minor issues, but it gets enough of the GTA look and feel in there to be an exciting portable game overall.
Un titre exceptionnellement réussi, résultat d'un exploit technique inespéré. Bref, un jeu qui vous enflammera votre regard quand vous en reparlerez, avec nostalgie, dans quelques années.
PlayFrance (Dec 06, 2005)
Le passage de la série Grand Theft Auto à la PSP est une réussite quasiment totale sur le plan de la réalisation : seuls le système de visée et les quelques gels d’écran occasionnels viennent ternir le tableau. De même, on est très vite absorbé par le scénario et l’envie de connaître la suite des aventures de Toni ne faiblit jamais ! En revanche, il est regrettable que Rockstar n’ait pu ou voulu proposer aux joueurs PSP un environnement inédit : même si Liberty City est une aire de jeu complète, le fait d’y avoir déjà passé de nombreuses heures sur PS2 nuit quelque peu au plaisir de jeu. En outre, quitte à proposer la même ville, on aurait aimé pouvoir la survoler comme par le passé !
85 (Nov 30, 2005)
Malgré ses nombreuses similitudes avec GTA 3, GTA Liberty City Stories est un vrai nouvel épisode qui prouve encore une fois toute l'efficacité du gameplay de la série. On ne se lasse pas des poursuites en bagnoles, des fusillades et de l'ambiance mafieuse qui plane au-dessus de tout ça. Liberty City marque donc un nouveau départ sur la console portable de Sony, et on attend impatiemment de voir la suite.
Press Start Online (Jul 19, 2006)
Liberty City Stories remains an excellent adaptation of the series though, despite issues with the control system and the difficulty curve. The fundamental strengths of Grand Theft Auto as a series remain, with satirical humour, aptly selected music and gameplay so deliciously linear as to remain pick-up-and-play. The result is a world of Grand Theft Auto which is all the more accessible and much closer to the freedom the series has always strived to achieve. Grand Theft Auto on the toilet is freedom my friends, whether you choose to multitask or not.
Grand Theft Auto, the granddaddy of all controversial series, has made its way to Sony’s Playstation Portable. Undeterred by the recent “Hot Coffee” scandal, the folks at Rockstar Games have taken their flagship series and shrunk it down to a bite-sized UMD disc. Make no mistake, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories retains all of the free roaming gameplay and expansive environments as its console brethren, but sacrifices with a slight dip in graphical quality and an even more awkward control scheme due to the PSP’s button layout. Even so, the ability to take GTA’s highly immersive experience portable is priceless, thus making GTA: LCS a must-own title for the PSP.
Gamers Europe (Dec 23, 2005)
Overall then, it’s a great game - but more than that, it’s a fantastic achievement. This is full-on, full-size GTA running on a handheld. Something most of us would probably have thought impossible back when GTA III originally came out. There are a few rough edges that stop this getting a top score, but they don’t harm the sheer amount of fun you can have with this title. And if there’s a Vice City Stories in the pipeline, you can reserve me my copy now.
Netjak (Jan 10, 2006)
It's not surprising that Liberty City Stories is still one of the PSP's top selling titles. With the popularity that Rockstar has accumulated over the years with its critically acclaimed Grand Theft Auto series, it wouldn't be hard to make a mediocre product, slap the GTA label on it and still have the game top the charts. Thankfully, Rockstar still makes the quality of their products a top priority and Liberty City Stories is a true reflection of their great talent and ability to adapt in the industry.
Gamer 2.0 (Jan 03, 2006)
The Grand Theft Auto series has come an extraordinarily long way in the first half of this decade. It started off as one of the most forgettable, less-than-stellar crime-spree games and became what is likely to be remembered as one of, if not the absolute greatest action-adventure franchises to ever grace the industry.
80 (Jun 04, 2007)
Quoi qu’il en soit, cet UMD n’en reste pas moins une référence incontournable sur la PSP, l’un des meilleurs jeux d’action à la troisième personne sur le support, doté de plus d’une durée de vie phénoménale lorsque l’on s’y plonge sérieusement.
Modojo (Oct 30, 2005)
I originally wanted to slap it with a seemingly deserved three out of five, but every time that I'd come close I would blaze through the city on a bike, run over someone with a fire truck, or laugh at one of the excellent radio commercials or talk show sequences. Unlike the rabid fans I'm not sleeping with Liberty City Stories but I am enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would, and for that reason alone, I'm awarding it with a four.
Bordersdown (Dec, 2005)
There can be no denying that in terms of sheer enjoyment and worth, the game delivers exactly what its pre-release promised. As ever with GTA, the flaws and problems can be overlooked for the sheer amount of things which do work, though what Liberty City Stories shows more than any other recent title in the series, is that this can’t go on forever.
Liberty City Stories is the killer application the PSP needed at launch. It is no less a killer app now. I just wanted to see this game at the PSP launch. It has been rumored that LCS has been in development for over two years after all. This is defiantly the game to pick up for Christmas if you have a PSP owner on your list. It is not often that a portable game packs more game play then its console brother.
G4 TV: X-Play (Jan 03, 2006)
Fans of the Grand Theft Auto series will no doubt welcome a return to the city that skyrocketed the series into the stratosphere. It's been far too long since we visited Liberty City, with its surly inhabitants, mobbed-up elite, and sleazy red-light district. And while Liberty City Stories sits precariously on the line between sequel and rehash, the same could be said about Vice City and San Andreas as well, and there's no denying that each of those were trips worth taking.
GameDaily (Dec 05, 2005)
To read other reviews that are polluting the Internet's very digital fabric, it's quite obvious that most journalists have a warped sense of reality, because to them, Rockstar's latest gangster adventure, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories was forged by a god that just so happened to let us mere mortals delight in its sheer brilliance. But as I played this game (and thoroughly enjoyed it), I just didn't see this apparent immortal craftsmanship. Therefore, I'm not going to BS you and use this review as a vehicle to gush like an open wound. Liberty City Stories is a solid game and a great addition to the PSP's growing library. Period.
GamesRadar (Feb 21, 2006)
Four years ago, Grand Theft Auto III changed the way people think about video games, introducing gamers to free-form gameplay and a decidedly adult tone. And while Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories takes us back to the same old territory, it's just as revolutionary. Not because the things it does are new or innovative, but because it does them on a handheld.
Gamezine (Jan 18, 2006)
Si GTA LCS est clairement bluffant à regarder tourner sur PSP, il n’en reste pas moins qu’il n’apporte pas grand chose à tous ceux qui se sont déjà essayés aux précédents GTA. Ceci dit, l’adaptation sur console portable est plutôt réussie grâce à des missions qui sont raccourcies et à un mode multijoueur inédit. Bref, les fans se demandent quand ils auront droit à un tout nouveau GTA. Si vous ne vous êtes jamais essayé aux GTA (et que vous avez plus de 18 ans), foncez car il s’agit quand même d’un des meilleurs jeux PSP à l’heure actuelle.
GamingExcellence (Jun 23, 2006)
Grand Theft Auto fans can finally take their hooker-clubbing, gun-toting, crime-spree action on the run, with Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories on the PSP. It essentially takes the series’ well-known formula of a sandbox-style form of gameplay, and brings it to the handheld. Anyone who’s ever played a Grand Theft Auto game will know exactly what LCS is all about. You, Toni Cipriani, a small-time criminal, must rise your way through the ranks of crime, taking over Liberty City. Yes, Liberty City. If you’ve played Grand Theft Auto III, you’ll likely find this exceedingly similar in location, as it takes place in the exact same place, albeit prior to the events of GTA III.
70 (GAF) (Jan 06, 2006)
When the PSP first launched, it seemed to lack a true "hit". Of course there are hits in comparison to the current PSP library, such as WipEout Pure, Ridge Racer, and Lumines, but there were no Devil May Crys Socoms, or GTAs. Well, obviously that's changed now with Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories out at retail, but is it that AAA title that the PSP really needed at launch?
Game Critics (Jan 04, 2006)
The most common bit of praise that will probably be heaped on Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is how well it has made the jump to a portable system. Where it stumbles is that it has brought every one of the Grand Theft Auto (GTA) series' faults along too, before adding a few new ones of its own—problems that are only magnified by the game's portability.
The Next Level (Nov 15, 2005)
Liberty City Stories is a great Grand Theft Auto game, but it's really not going to be fun unless you have the time to sit down and dig into it. If you're going to do that, you might as well play either of the San Andreas console iterations and enjoy all the gameplay additions that we've become accustomed to in the last four years.
Game Critics (Jan 11, 2006)
While it's true that I did hand out my one and only ten to San Andreas, it's safe to say that Liberty City Stories is no San Andreas. Newcomers to GTA might get some mileage out of this UMD, but it'll offer nothing to anyone who's already had their fill of Rockstar's premier franchise. In fact, this game is the perfect example of why porting and one-offing PS2 games to the PSP is a poor strategy. I don't want the same kind of experience that I already get at home, I want to see ideas that take advantage of this new platform. Lukewarm software that rehashes old offerings ain't gonna cut it.
60 (Oct 24, 2005)
Have you ever eaten a perfect cheeseburger? A burger so fresh, so tender that it absolutely dwarfs everything ever eaten before it… with melted cheese softly dripping off the edges, lettuce freshly cut bringing a slight crisp to the overall texture, and a tomato so ripe you could eat it like an apple. This perfect burger might have cost a little bit more money than you are used to, but it was well worth its price. After eating such a fine piece of beef, how can one go back to eating the greasy, low-grade McDonald’s double cheeseburger?