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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (PSP)

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Description

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.

Screenshots

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories PSP Vic's wardrobe
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories PSP Driving around the barracks with a sweet bike
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories PSP Things like this happen all the time
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories PSP Paramedic missions now have checkpoints

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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User Reviews

GTA in your hands Mario Duenaz (32) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

The Press Says

GameCola.net Feb, 2007 9 out of 10 90
GameTrailers 2006 9 out of 10 90
Extreme Gamer Nov 18, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Nov 02, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Atomic Gamer Nov 06, 2006 88 out of 100 88
Game Freaks 365 Jan 13, 2007 8.7 out of 10 87
Game Infowire Jan 18, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpot Nov 03, 2006 8.4 out of 10 84
Modojo Nov 09, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Worth Playing Dec 07, 2006 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

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.

Awards

  • Golden Joystick Awards
    • 2007 - Handheld Game of the Year

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TigerFury007 (983) added Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (PSP) on Dec 25, 2006
Other platforms contributed by Fred VT (15113) and Kabushi (116517)