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I was very surprised as to how good this game was. Having got Liberty City Stories before this, I wasn't expecting much, because there wasn't much new on Liberty City Stories. Oh how wrong I was!
Firstly, the graphics were really good, even better than other GTA games for the PS2, although this led to slight lagness in places, and sometimes I had to wait for a minute halfway through a mission with a pink "loading" sign in the middle.
The missions are similar to previous GTA games, but some take a lot longer than others, and some are a lot harder, and it's good to have varied difficulty like GTA offers.
Moreover, when you are not doing missions, new to the GTA series is a feature where you build a business empire, ranging from Money Laundering to Loan Sharking. There are 6 businesses to choose from, and everyday you get money from your businesses regardless if you do the business' missions or not.
Moreover you're also able to rob shops (something you couldn't do in Liberty City Stories), and you can ride motorbikes and helicopters/planes.
This definitely warrants an 18 rating, because the storylines are very mature in places, but it is a very good and entertaining (although very unrealistic) storyline nevertheless.
Having got this for £2.50 from a second-hand video shop, it was definitely worth the money; even the current £12.99 price at amazon.co.uk is a very price, and I definitely recommend buying this.
Grand Theft Auto Vice City Stories is an action game for the Playstation 2 developed by Rockstar Games.
The game follows a new character Vic Vance who works for the army and his corrupt commanding officer Martinez who keeps asking you to perform questionable actions which eventually gets you discharged from the army and sent back into to Vice City where you meet up with your brother Lance Vance (pioneer of the famous Lance Vance Dance!) who does return to the series from the original GTA Vice City. The story then follows the brothers rise to power in Vice City and features many amusing characters to work for and to converse with.
The Grand Theft Auto formula is a well known one at this point and you will go on the same type of missions that you always have done ranging from killing a bunch of gang members, getting in to car chases, evading the police. As usual you get to roam around Vice City which looks better than ever before and in addition to the story missions you can take part in side missions such as becoming a vigilante, taxi driver, street racer and so on or just go crazy and slaughter everyone in sight!
The game adds back in a couple of features and adds some new ones that weren't present in Liberty City Stories as now you can return to the skies and control helicopters which is just as fun as it ever was. The melee combat system has received some upgrades like San Andreas and you can do some more hand to hand moves including some more wrestling inspired ones.
You can also take part in gang warfare like in San Andreas mixed a little with the Godfather as you can take over rival gangs businesses, simply by slaughtering them and then put your own business which will help you out as it earns money.
Graphics are slightly better than the PS2 original but not up to the standard of newer Playstation 2 games, the voice over is good from all characters and the radio has a great mix of tunes and hilarious chat shows to keep you entertained.
While it doesn't add much to the GTA formula it is still a really fun title and a must play if you are a fan of the series.
This has to be one of the best Grand Theft Auto games released. The landscape/graphics are fantastic, there's a great range of cars (plus motorbikes, jet skiis, helicopters, fire engines, you name it...!) and the missions are all entertaining.
Missions are generally pitched at about the right level of difficulty - ie you'll struggle at first but none are so impossible that you'll get bored of trying over and over again and give up.
One of my favourite features is the side mission of building up an empire. This involves taking over rival gangs empire sites and then completing several mini tasks to establish your reputation in things such as robbery, smuggling and drugs!
The plot is entertaining and varied, and there's a really good range of side missions to keep you entertained. Getting that elusive 100% completion rate will definitely take you a long time on this game.
Highly recommend this as a good, entertaining game which has enough elements to keep even experienced players entertained for ages.
People often claim that San Andreas is by far the best game in the GTA series so far, however Vice City Stories was and remains my favourite game of all time. I dont know what it is about the game, maybe its the realistic structure of Vice City mixed with the awesome missions, realistic escape from the cops and fun adventures to go on.
My favourite part in the game was secretly making my way to the other island early. You are not meant to be able to go to the other island without completing a certain number of missions however I grabbed a lorry, drove it next to the closed gates and jumped over the side, just knowing id escaped the dullness of being in Vice City's main island for so long, it was great to know I was on the other island with so much to explore.
On the beach, the diving bit is really realistic, a lot of people are walking along the bridge (which I kindly run over on the way) and diving off. There is a lighthouse and it just gives the realistic feel to the game, its awesome.
The missions are perfect in difficulty because they are actually POSSIBLE to complete although some are rather a challenge (I love challenges).
I like the storyline and the characters they made, that Martinez is a right annoying character, you really want to take him down, and Marty, the wife beater and murderer, you definitly want to take him down.
The gameplay is awesome, you can store lots of weapons at once from guns to knifes to chainsaws and the game never crashes for me.
You really enjoy taking Vic Vance on this journey from being kicked out of the army, to fighting crime. Its a really good game and my favourite of all time.
COPYRIGHT KENNYWALKER - DooYoo
Vice City, 1984. Opportunity abounds in a city emerging from the swamps, its growth fueled by the violent power struggle in a lucrative drugs trade. Construction is everywhere as a shining metropolis rises from foundations of crime and betrayal.As a soldier, Vic Vance has always protected his dysfunctional family, his country, himself. One bad decision later and that job is about to get much harder. Kicked out onto the streets of a city torn between glamour and gluttony, Vic is faced with a stark choice - build an empire or be crushed.