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Grand Theft Auto Vice City.
I remember playing vice city for ages when i first played it on both playstation 2 and the pc, although compared to modern games the physics and cars are not as realistic that was never the point for me. I liked the ability to drive through the windows of the second floor of sunshine autos i believe the name was. what i have always liked about vice city is also the ability to be able to mod the game and one of the most fun mods that i have ever played on vice city was the BTTF Hill Valley mod, which added into the game the ability to time travel and try to recreate the back to the future movies.
The missions in Vice city where always entertaining and i believe one of my favorite mission was being able to blow up a construction site with a remote control vehicle which is something which you would never dream of doing in real life. I also liked how if you so pleased you could drive around and free roam instead of doing any missions and though you would eventually do some of the missions to be able unlock more islands, i still remember trying to get up to speed along the beach in a car and being able to see the people panicking. This is something that alot of modern games seem to be missing the ability to go around doing what you want and not being forced to complete missions. this is especially useful for when you are struggling with a mission because you can let off some stress by going on a killing spree or deciding to drive along the pavement.
I always liked a good police chase in games and i like the fact that in this game it is the police chasing you instead of in the usual sense that you would be the cop trying to catch a criminal. i also like the wanted rating system which means that the more crimes you commit the tougher it is to escape which is what would happen in real life which helps to add more realism to the game. whenever i see a vhs player i can't help but think of vice city and if it doesn't work make sure it is plugged in before hitting it.
I also like how they added the ability to be able to purchase properties which was absent in gta iii which meant that you could have safe houses closer to you. i also like the ability to be able to collect money from in front of you safe houses which meant that if you were low on money you could leave the game active while you go do something else to let the money build up. although for some properties to be able earn the money there are missions that you need to complete, such as with the "ice cream" company which is eliminating the competition. the gta games have always picked up on real issues, such as in gtaiii with the mafia and gang crime.
The game does have some glitches that have never really been fixed such as when you can end up falling through the map which in my opinion is properly why there is a suicide cheat. it seems to me this is a case where the developers could not really solve the problem so they created a escape for you. I think in some ways this is a redeeming factor for this glitch because you do get a way out, although you would wish that it wouldn't mean that you would lose some money which you might have been planning to use to buy a better weapon.
i especially hate the bug which can cause the sound to disappear which seems to make the game seem more boring because when there is no sound you don't find it as fun. the graphics are not as good as i would like them to be but for me that is acceptable for a game that was released in 2002. i believe that all of the good features about this game in my opinion help to outweigh the bad features of it which makes me much more willing to buy it.
Being a female, to some, it would be quite strange for me to like Grand Theft Auto games - or even try and give a review on one... but being a huge fan of the GTA series since childwood back in the days of when the first games came out on the first playstation, I believe I have enough experiance to give it my best try!
Vaguely I do remember trying this particular game for the first time on the Playstation 2 and that I was excited after already playing and completing the previous games of GTA 1, 2 & 3. I am reviewing the PC version today and I can confirm there is no differences between the Playstation and PC platforms - sound, missions and picture do not change... and in regards to playing the game on the PC you can use your keyboard to play - or you can also use a Playstation / immatation of a Playstation controllor to play.
For those of you who have been locked away in a cupboard for the last 15 years - the Grand Theft Auto series is to date one of the most popular games out there for every type of console going - The series was first created in the UK and previous to Vice City you had the first 2D versions of the games GTA 1, GTA 2 & GTA London (GTA London was an optional expansion for GTA 1) and then you had the first 3D GTA game - GTA 3 (set in the gloomy crime ridden city of Liberty City). The aim and purpose of the game is that you start off as a dogdy charecter who does odd jobs such as stealing cars and injuring / killing enemies for the big crime bosses to be paid with cash. You then complete all the missions to finish the game - the earlier games were based mainly on car theft which is how they acquired the name, but the most latest versions of the games are more general crime based - which to me is great because it offers a bit more excitement and things to do than the older ones. One thing I love about GTA is the fact that you don't actually have to carry out the missions and play the game as you are supposed to - you can just run round killing people and stealing cars to pass the time. Which is great for people who aren't into these games as much. Being truthful I started out playing the game by just running around causing havoc and I eventually got into the missions and started playing!
First impressions of the game from the box is simply that it looks a lot more exciting and not as gritty and gloomy as the previous games. Thankfully when you start off the game it does live up to your expectations. Vice City appears to be a sunny happy place, lots of pretty beachs and brightly coloured buildings with lots of happy people walking round in flip flops and bikini's - Vice City is based loosely on Miami, Florida and in my opinion the creaters of GTA did the game justice in this respect. However like the previous GTA games you soon see that Vice City is also a crime playground and is yours for the taking.
The storyline in this game is great - you play a charecter called Tommy who has just been released from prison in the year 1986. In the video clip shown at the begginning of the game shows Tommy loses a lot of money in a drug deal that goes wrong, and the game follows Tommy as he tries to get this money back and doesn't let anyone or anything stand in his way. As the game goes on you meet a lot of other crime bosses and carry out a lot of different missions to find out where the money is that you have lost.
I have counted out and work out if you include the missions you get with the purchased buildings in all there is round about 60 missions to get through - so the game can keep you happily playing for hours, days or weeks - depending on how commited you are to these games.
What makes Vice City so different to the other games (my favourite part) is the ability to purchase buildings which generate more money for you daily throughout the game - however you need to pass certain missions to be given the oppertunity to buy these - and with these purchased buildings also come with extra missions to complete... I don't know why but buying a lap dancing place or a nightclub just gives the game that bit of originality compared to the others.
Other features you get in the game such as the previous ones, you have to have the cars! The previous GTA games had less than 90 cars per game whereas Vice City has over 110 - due the Miami type setting the cars are mainly topless and sporty numbers - you then get other random things like trucks, pizza delivery mopeds, taxi's, fire trucks, public transport buses and police cars - the mopeds, taxi's, fire trucks, public transport buses and police cars like some of the other GTA games also have their own mini missions tied into them meaning you can earn extra money by doing little jobs if you manage to get hold of one of them. Another nice touch is that you can also drive/steal helicopters and boats in this game.
As well as the different cars and other things, the other thing you always have to have in the GTA games is a weapon - the weapons in Vice City range from meat cleavers to rocket launchers. In all there are between 40-50 weapons which become available in the game and you can just use these to cause havoc on the public or to do missions - your choice wherever your mood takes you!
The most humourous bits of the GTA games have to be the radio stations - but Vice City seems to have toned down the humour and replaced with great radio stations playing 80's music from artists such as Frankie goes to Hollywood, Michael Jackson and Kate Bush - definetely one of the best points of the game has to be this music.
GTA is always going to be one of them game series' that sucks in a lot of critism - many murderers have claimed over the years that playing GTA caused them to lose their minds and shoot dead their friends and families due to the games violent content. To me this is far fetched - fair enough there is a lot of swearing and violence throughout the game but its nowhere near as gory as other games out there. Everything in moderation but with that in mind if my daughter ever got to the point of wanting to play it - I don't even let her see me play it at the moment due to her age - I would be very wary.
One thing that makes playing this on the PC different and better in comparrison to the Playstation is the fact that you can modify with great ease - there are plenty of free mods available online where when downloaded you can add new cars, new city features as well as lots of other different things created by the players - not the creators of the game. Considering the game was released 10 years ago there are still a lot of players out there who create mods and play on this game to this day.
Compared to the newer GTA games the picture isn't the best by anyones standards but for the standard of 10 years ago when the game was brought out it isn't exactly poor. One thing you need to remember is GTA 1, GTA LONDON AND GTA 2 were all 2D birds eye view games which had really poor quality - Vice City is the 2nd game in 3D from GTA and gets better as each game comes out.
Being absolutely 100% honest, Vice City is my favourite GTA game of all time so far due to the originality of the scenary, originality of the 80's sound track and the things you can do as mentioned above that you don't see in the other games of the series. The only thing I don't like about this game on the PC platform is that I prefer to play it on the playstation - when on the Playstation it isn't as fiddly and complicated to use the controls especially if you decide to play the PC version using just your keyboard only (which I wouldn't recommend, buy a game pad or use your Playstation 3 controllor)
Recommended requirements for GTA Vice City
Intel Pentium IV or AMD Athlon XP processor 256(+) MB of RAM
16 speed CD / DVD drive
1.55 GB of free hard disk space
(+ 635 MB if video card does NOT support DirectX Texture Compression)
64(+) MB video card with DirectX 9.0 compatible drivers ("GeForce 3" / "Radeon 8500" or better with DirectX Texture Compression support)
DirectX 9.0 compatible sound card with surround sound
Gamepad (USB or Joystick Port)
Keyboard & Mouse
The box also states that it is supported up to Windows XP but I can advise you my laptop is windows 7 and I have never encountered any issues.
Price & Availability
I have noticed when you look at this game in shops the price can still be quite high even considering how old the game is however you can buy it a lot cheaper online - currently priced at £4.75 including postage from Amazon.
Grand Theft Auto games are well known for the violence and yet they offer players much more in terms of what you need to do.
On the PC this game is much better then it is on the Playstation 2 in my view, I have played this game on both consoles and there is a few good points and negative ones as well.
The game is about you playing as Tommy Vercetti and you are out of jail aiming to find who put you there but you have to try and do jobs or missions as they are called in the game from random bosses who want you to gain a reputation in the city but also earn some hard earned cash.
You play missions by listening to what needs to be done such as blowing up cars or killing random people and you do these correctly you win money and a new job opens up. Your aim is to try and make sure you get your character to run the city in his own way and terms.
The game does not just have guns and violence you have car races to complete so circuits you can play on which earn you extra money or perhaps you want to buy some businesses and all those have money you can receive as well.
You can buy a boat yard, taxi company, ice cream makers and a film studio to name a few and you get to drive around in some fantastic vehicles as well.
The game has two islands separated by bridges and on the Playstation 2 the game would freeze for a few moments whilst crossing a bridge on the computer this does not happen. The good point about having this game on the computer is the graphics are much sharper and better to look at and the controls although slightly different are similar.
You need to use the keyboard to control vehicles and understand how to move your character and aim at people but you can alter which buttons perform what movement which is very good for people like me who have specific keys on a keyboard they like to use on games.
The speed at which the game is running at is fantastic and not only that but the sound is great as well. You can change the volume settings as well if you wish. You can get body armour and extra health when playing the game as well to help your character survive.
You also have other mini things to do like ambulance, police and fire engine missions and you have taxi and pizza boy as well. You have random kill frenzies hidden around and even unique jumps and hidden objects.
You can go around just exploring the city and aim to have random fun because you do not have to accept missions you get calls or told where to meet someone so you can do some exploring as well which is always nice and your able to have plenty of fun especially in shopping malls.
I like the part where you have random missions which are near some gang areas and some of the references to the missions which are all named can relate to things we know like 'No Escape' which is a film and you get a decent radio signal in every vehicle which allows you to listen to whatever music you wish.
I think the game would have been so much more fun if you could swim and if they made the island bigger compared to the playstation 2 version. I know this game really does take control of your computer because it holds up so much memory and it also seems to be a game which can lock up as well so constantly saving is a prime concern.
I would recommend the game as it is constantly on the go and even though the controls are the main weak spot in the game everything else is excellent and a replica to the Playstation 2 game.
There is swearing on the game which can sometimes get out of hand with some characters on the street constantly sending abuse to you and you also get some blood but that clears up pretty quickly most of the time.
I paid just £8 for this a few months ago and it was worth every single penny and remember it has taken 800MB of my PC memory up so that is a very key thing to remember with this purchase and the rating is 18 so advisible to try and keep away from children.
Well, I don't have much to say about this game... It's great! The gameplay is much better than GTA 3's one. The character's name is Tommy Vercetti, a.k.a. "The Harwood Butcher", a Forelli Family's hitman. When young, he worked at a Print Works with his father, but later started working on the Liberty City's organizated crime. His boss, Sonny Forelli, sent him to kill one man at Harwood, portland. When he arrived there, there were eleven men waiting for him. Altrough, he killed all of them and has been arrested by the LCPD. That was in 1971. 15 years later, Tommy is released form the jail, and starts working for the Forellis again. He is sent to Vice City to do a drug deal with the Vance Crime Family, represented by Victor and Lance Vance. Tommy, Harry, Lee and Ken Rosenberg were representating the Forelli Family. But, when the deal was ocurring, some hitmen appeared and killed everyone, except Tommy, Ken and Lance. Now Tommy have to find who ambushed the deal, do his payback and recover the Forellis' money he lost.
If there is one thing that you feel when playing Grand Theft Auto Vice City, it is the feeling of actually being there in Miami around the 1980s. It is really a pleasant environment for a game. It is such a revolutionary game that gives you the freedom to be whoever you want or whatever you want to do. The surrounding literally lets you do pretty much whatever you please.
The advance physics of the game also makes the actions or crashes more realistic and impressive. There is no telling what can happen with the game since, the game is not straightforward game as a whole, they are continuation of consequences as a result of your actions that you might have taken earlier in the game. Once of the great thing about this game is the ability to change the way you completed a mission perhaps and see what would have happens if you did this instead of that, etc. It really gets you creative into thinking about the endless ways which you can use to complete the objects.
When you first play the game, and watch intro with its images and music, you know you're going to be in a for one wild ride.
You get a believable character that goes through a well written storyline, that seems realistic enough. There are many twist and turn sin the story line which you will find out for yourself through the outcomes of mission which then brings you to the completion of the game.
But really, the surroundings and supporting characters are downright believable. The quality of the graphics is really highly detailed and the reactions of the other residents of vice city are really interesting. For example, when you steal a car, the radio station being played would be more or less related to the type of car and its owner. There is even realistic aspects about the radio stations that play songs that were popular at the time. One of the unofficial aspect of the game would be the ability to insert and play your own MP3 files which can be any song you wish to listen to while playing the game.
This game has a high resolution setting with textures that are very detailed and also with great sound effect. The player is only a single player, which means you would be focusing the story missions by yourself, but there are still loads of things to experience and find out throughout the entire game.
As a whole this game is just very sharp and clever.
To be honest with you there were only two reasons that made me played this game at the beginning. At the end I didn't have the reason to stop.
Now first one was Jenna Jameson who lent her voice of one of the characters. The second one was that I was bored and I wonted to play a simple, relaxing game with no rules to obey. As it turned out GTA - Vice City was perfect for that.
Now lets see what you do in the game. You play a character that's fresh out of jail. His name is Tommy Vercetti (voiced by Ray Liotta). You came to Vice City - city that is totally controlled by organized crime and you make it yours. Step by step. You do stuff for the crime bosses, they do stuff for you. You can do illegal or legal stuff, you can save people you can people. You can do almost everything you wont, with anything you wont. Drive a car, bike, airplane,...
As I said Ray Liotta has voiced on of the characters, and the others, well they are done by William Fichtner, Tom Sizemore, Dennis Hopper, Burt Reynolds, Danny Trejo, Gary Busey, Fairuza Balk. To name a few. When not listening the dialog, you can listen the license 80' music. And the sound is perfect. Graphics are good to, controls are to be a little criticized- sometimes it's hard to control the vehicle with keyboard and mouse, so this could be better. And this is the only thing that I could say that is not good. Anything else is great.
And yes it is not suitable for kids or people that could be easily shocked, or don't like violent games.
Grand Theft Auto - Vice City (PC)
Having just made it back onto the streets of Liberty City after a long stretch in maximum security, Tommy Vercetti is sent to Vice City by his old boss, Sonny Forelli. They were understandably nervous about his re-appearance in Liberty City, so a trip down south seemed like a good idea. But all does not go smoothly upon his arrival in the glamorous, hedonistic metropolis of Vice City. He's set up and is left with no money and no merchandise. Sonny wants his money back, but the biker gangs, Cuban gangsters, and corrupt politicians stand in his way. Most of Vice City seems to want Tommy dead. His only answer is to fight back and take over the city himself.
The variety of weapons and vehicles is amazing. There are many missions in the game, which are good sources of money and unlock new outfits/safehouses. But you don't have to do the missions, you can roam around vice city and wreak havoc in your path. I love being naughty and getting chased by the cops! There are also races, RC car races, RC plane checkpoint races, insane jumps, hidden packages and safehouses and businesses to buy. Also, once you buy a business it unlocks a whole set of missions that spawn there.
You can also download multiplayer clients and play this game online with other GTA fans on different servers. (Deathmatch or RPG) which is also extremely fun.
This game is also avaliable on Playstation and a different version of it (Vice City Stories) on the PSP and Xbox.
[Where can I buy it.]
You can purchase this game from any of the high street game retailers. Also online. It is quite old now so you should be able to pick it up for a very cheap price.
Buy this game! (If you liked GTA3 - even just a little! Or if you started the GTA series through San Andreas, still, go and buy it!) It is so much fun.
Overall, this is one great game. Pleanty to do and see. Lots of missions that will keep you entertained for hours.
Vice City takes place prior to GTA3. You take on the role of Tommy Vercetti, a Mafia hitman who has just been released from prison. Shortly after this you are to make a drug deal on behalf of your Mafia family, the Forrellis. Unfortunately the deal goes bad and you lose the cocaine and the money so you set out to retrieve both. The stoyline in VC is much tighter than that of GTA3.
The style of play of GTA Vice City is very similar to that of GTA3. There are however some differences. In VC you can now buy buildings which you're able to enter and new missions will be unlocked when you do. There are also more weapons and vehicles (motorbikes etc).
Although the game is set on islands your character cannot swim so you'll have to be very careful about how far into the water you go. The controls on the PC are near perfect apart from when driving. Performing a driveby using the mouse is terrible.
Graphically the game was very good for its time and you'll still be satisfied now. The voice acting is pretty much perfect and the music and sound in general is also very good. There's plenty of replay value and lasting appeal due to the sheer number of missions. The gameplay would be spot on if not for the awkwardness of the controls when trying to shoot whilst driving. Overall its certainly an improvement on GTA3, well worth the money.
I have posted this review on Ciao.
the overview of this game is you start out as this drug dude named tommy vercetti a guy thats like the transporter and what happens is something has happened to the drugs he was meant to get to vice city. now you do different missions to find out what happened and save the business. very violent
Basically, In Grand Theft Auto, Vice City, you start as the character of Tommy Vercetti and then gradually do missions for various different people and start to develop your reputation around the island. Eventually you will unlock the other islands. Once you have unlocked the other islands you do missions to try and take over Diaz's gang which means you own his estate and you can invest your money in businesses for example the ice cream factory and taxi company. The graphics are really good on the PC and it takes up only about 4GB which is good for this type of game. The story is similar with the other Vice City games just graphics are different because of it being on the computer.
In Grand Theft Auto, Vice City, start as the character of Tommy Vercetti who is an-ex Mafia employee who was doing time in prison but then escapes whilst transferring to another prison.
You start out in Vice City with little or no money, the huge terrain of buildings canals, rivers, skyscrapers, beaches, islands slowly unwind as you progress through the game. The overall aim is to take over the city. This general objective is taken care of mostly via the main story script, but there are many sub-threads that I will describe later that inter-weave with the main plot, this in my opinion offers unseen levels of flexibility in how you approach and complete the game, and adds so much longevity to gameplay, as it can constantly adapt to your needs/moods etc. Benn doing a mission for two hours to no avail? Wanna jump in your sports car and go run down a load of pedestrians, then get out beat someone up, go shoot a few cops? Hold up the local shopping mall? You can do exactly what you want to do when you want to do it (It is only when you are in the middle of a specific objective, that you need to either complete or fail it in order to unlock the ability to save down the game or visit your properties etc). (OK admittedly this game is not for minors, or any unsafe or easily influenced member of society, and I would rate the age limit as only 16years+ to play this game, however I am not the censoring body!!)
There are tons of different things to do you can either follow the main story script, take on other mission threads from individuals you meet along the way, take on various jobs to earn cash, explore the area on/in bikes, cars, jeeps, planes, helicopters or speedboats. Though stealing some vehicles will get you into more trouble than others ie, a fire engine!! However getting into some of these non-public vehicles will trigger the "Vehicle Missions", and not all will get you too much trouble, ie the pizza delivery moped, or stealing a taxi. You can also go off finding the hidden packages (find all 100 to unlock all the available cheats) or take on the "jumps challenge", the "Stunts Challenge", the "Rampage Challenges" offering various levels of berserked slaughtering of various social groups in different locations using different weapons, ie Take out 25 people in the shopping mall with a sniper rifle in two minutes. You can even just go around beating people up, getting chased by the police, and just be a general pest to society.
Even just cruising around in a recently "acquired" vehicle, listening to the radio, is fantastic. On this note I should add that the music is one of the best features and really does keep you playing and playing and playing. Listen to the various tunes on the airwaves - these are GREAT and really do make the game head and shoulders above anything else you will play, it just makes it very conducive, and adds so much longevity to the gameplayers interest to keep on playing. Anyone who is in their twenties to thirties, should recognise a lot of the songs, its real retro Miami Vice style kind of music. To name a few, fat Larry's Band - Act Like you know, Michael Jackson's Billie Jean, Jan Hammer's Miami Vice's Theme tune, Luther Vandross' Give Me the Reason. The false adverts in between on some channels get a little annoying due to stupidty/repitiveness but its live-able.
Back to getting chased by the cops (sorry this review is hard to write, because the game is just one huge intertwined story - it is almost like living another life!!) so anyway...The attention you receive from the police is rated from 1 to 5 stars. 1 is not that bad and will have police chasing you only if they are in certain range of you, this would be simply for minor offences, beating up on someone or stealing a regular car, or knocking someone over. (I know - not very "minor" but hey this is Vice City!!) but the AI of the cops is not that great - and it also depends on luck and timing, as to whether you get caught. More major offences like going berserk in a shopping mall killing everyone in sight will get you more stars, 3 means the cops are all out, 4 means the FBI join in and 5 stars gets the military on your back as well. Trust me anything more than 3 stars - and you really are writing your own death certificate. That said there are specific icons scattered around that will bring this down by 1 star for each icon you collect. You can also take cars to the the Pay 'n Spray shops, and mostly this will get the heat off your back - but not always.
It is a great game and the stats page lists absolutely everything you have done - and is real geek heaven for stat-lovers.
A "MUST" for any PC owner, a very enjoyable game and one that will keep you occupied for a long period of time.
Thanks for reading my review
I think it is a very good game because it have lots of good things it have good graphic , nice gameplay and very good cost All buy it because yuo can't get better game then this this is best game ever it is beautiful and i can't don't play it It have all things waht the game can need it is fantastic is is realy realy fantastic I bought it and i'm saying only one word Buy It
I've now played Grand Theft Auto: Vice City on the PS2 and the PC and decided to write a review on the PC format as it's simply the best of the two.
In Vice City you play as Tommy Vercetti, a newly released tough guy who soon goes back to his old routine of law-breaking. Tommy is almost killed in a drug deal gone wrong and you basically have to get back your drug money and dispose of the men who have double crossed you. You'll go on random killing sprees and eventually see yourself (well, Tommy) as head of the Vice City mafia. Doesn't sound like much of a plot but when you're playing you'll find out there are so many twists and turns, not to mention complex missions, that you'll have plenty to do without having to worry about spectacular storylines!
As you'd expect you can highjack and drive vehicles from all over Vice City. Motorbike or truck, boat or helicopter, skateboard or Lotus - the choice is yours. All vehicles handle beautifully and after a bit of practise you'll be whizzing round Vice City like you've been doing it all your life. Brilliant fun.
Vice City for the PC uses basic mouse and keyboard controls, which I actually find make the cars easier to control than using the pad of the PS2. Firing is made easier and more accurate using the mouse, while the arrow keys are put to good use when you're chasing your many enemies around the streets of Vice City on foot. There is the option of plugging in a gamepad but to be honest I see little point when the default controls are so simple.
There aren't too many people to get to know in Vice City, Tommy meets the occasional character (solicitors and the like) to help him in his missions but apart from those it's passing members of the public that you'll see most. All characters are superbly detailed whether they're important to the story or not, which is refreshing when you're used to playing PC games that contain dismal faceless crowds.
As a sequel to the excellent GTA3, the first thing you'll notice is the scene and setting of the story is a vast improvement on the dull grey Liberty City setting of the previous game. Colours are fantastic, bright and sharp and this particularly comes through when viewing the neon signs which are littered Vegas-style through the game. Graphics are actually better in this PC version of Vice City than in it's PS2 counterpart. Another bonus of playing on this format is the fact you can pull the camera back to check out more of your surroundings, even when viewing a wide distance textures and colours are still good.
Audio is typical to the GTA franchise with a good range of radio stations to listen to while driving, commentary on the stations is realistic and entertaining. Voices are perfectly suited to the characters, with Tommy being voiced by the ultra talented Ray Liotta who is, in my opinion, the perfect choice for a mafioso wannabe!
In short, if you fancy Vice City for your collection head over to Amazon where you can pick up a copy for £19.99 or check Ebay. It's definitely worth buying as it's definitely as (if not more) addictive than the previous Grand Theft Auto offerings.
Don't forget there's plenty of 'adult content' in GTA: Vice City so it's had an 18 certificate slapped on it. Shooting a prostitute might seem great fun to us but not so for your average 7 year old...
You'll need to have Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows Me or Windows XP on your computer to play the game.
For those who have played GTA3 on the PC:
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is a lesson in how to take a game which is already bordering on genius and improving it. If you enjoyed GTA3, then you will love Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Go and buy it now. No excuses.
For those who have not played GTA3 on the PC:
Vice City is a game played in the third person perspective (rather like Tomb Raider). In this game, you play an ex-convict called Tommy Vercetti (voiced by Ray Liotta) who is just out of prison and has been sent to Vice City (i.e. Miami) by his 'boss' to expand their operation down there. However, your very first drug deal is ambushed by persons unknown and only you, your lawyer and one of the other people with whom you were dealing manage to escape.
You're obviously annoyed at being taken in, your boss in Liberty City wants his money back and you're obviously on the make at the same time, so things are going to get mighty interesting in Vice City...
So that's it. You're in Vice City, you know no-one apart from your lawyer, and you've practically no money to speak of. It's up to you to achieve your goals of getting revenge on the ambushers, sticking one to your boss for letting you rot in jail for 15 years and making as much cash as is possible and by any means necessary.
Sounds fun? You have no idea how much!
The game is broken down into two main types. The first is the free roaming section where you can run around Vice City, exploring. The other is the plot developing missions where you make acquaintances, usually by killing someone or stealing something for them. Between these two game modes, you'll be entertained for a long, long time.
I found the mission difficulty to be set at just the right difficulty level. I didn't waltz through the missions easily, but neither did I have to repeat all of them a dozen times over before progressing. Even if you do get stuck, you aren't restricted to trying to complete that mission in order to progress. You can go off exploring the city taking other missions or trying to find the hidden secrets. An idea of how much there is to do in Vice City is demonstrated by the statistics screen. The few times I've played the game from scratch to story mission completion, I've usually only actually completed around 50% of the game! There are loads of things to do regarding finding secret items, secret mission and various challenges.
There are new additions to the GTA series. You can, for the first time, own property if you can afford to buy it. Certain buildings are for sale throughout the city, some are available immediately (cash allowing, that is) and others only come onto the market as it were once certain missions are completed. These properties then become places to park your car (if there's a garage) and save your game. Its also possible to go into some buildings, but not all of them. Some of the missions require it. Later in the game, some properties eventually lead to missions and eventually end up becoming sources of income. An example of this is a film studio where you get a few missions in order to help a budding film director make adult-orientated movies with actress 'Candy Suxxx'. Once these are completed, the studio generates cash for you to collect every now and again.
Graphically, it's a lot better than GTA 3. The original GTA 3 graphics engine was ropey at best, but it's been tweaked and improved upon to provide a better, more stable visual experience. With the game set in Miami ummm... Vice City, the game is also a lot more colourful than GTA 3's Liberty (New York) City as you might expect. Just like the real Miami, there are plenty of pastel coloured buildings, neon signs etc. The weather effects are still impressive and the day/night cycle still provides graphical variety as the city lights up as the sun goes down.
The one aspect of Vice City that I found really impressive was the user interface and controls. Quite often in games, part of the learning curve is actually getting to grips with the controls and the general "feel" of the game. With Vice City, I was able to really get into the game right from the beginning without worrying too much about the learning curve. This might have had something to do with the fact that the controls and user interface are practically identical to the original GTA 3 which I had played to death.
Even without previous GTA 3 experience, getting to grips with the game will take no time. Controls can be adjusted to suit your needs at any time with various control methods on offer (although I chose to stick with the tried and tested mouse/keyboard combination). The user interface remains similar to that of GTA 3. You have your clock which simulates real time (1 second real time is one minute of game time) for use when you're told to show up at a specific spot at a certain time , plus to control the day/night cycles. The wanted level, cash display etc. is all reminiscent of the original GTA 3 and extremely easy to read.
I found that controlling the vehicles was also extremely easy to do. The physics engine in the game has resulted in cars handling less realistically than you might expect, but that enables you to pull off fancy moves that you might see in the movies anyway like sliding your car around the corner when being chased by the police, or riding your motorbike up a flight of steps in taking a shortcut etc.
There are a wide variety of vehicles involved in the missions that you will eventually find in and around Vice City. New to the series are motorbikes and aircraft (although there was a secret plane in GTA 3). You have now got access to boats, cars, motorbikes, planes and helicopters. The variety of transport also helps with the longevity of the game as you have many different options to choose from when travelling from one part of the city to another. Each of these handle differently, so it pays to consider each vehicle for the job at hand. Some cars may be fast and manoeuvrable, but are easily damaged or destroyed whereas others can take more damage, but may be harder to control or slow.
Getting back to the attention to detail, I was initially surprised to hear Tommy Vercetti speak using Ray Liotta's voice. Progressing through the story and the missions though, and more and more famous voices came from character's mouths. When you have a cast list that contains people like Lee Majors, Dennis Hopper, Burt Reynolds and many, many more, you can be sure that the voice acting is up to scratch.
As with the previous game, you have to keep your eyes open for the pop culture references. They are littered throughout the city and the game itself is based heavily on Scarface with a liberal dose of Miami Vice thrown in (including the casting of Philip Michael Thomas, or "Tubbs" from the series). Two of the missions are called "Cop Land" and "No Escape" which are two Ray Liotta films. Spotting the pop culture references simply reinforces the attention to detail that has been lavished upon the game, and they're usually quite funny, too.
While playing the game, it's hard not to really appreciate the attention to detail that's been used when putting together Vice City. The radio stations are simply one example with plenty of hilarious DJ chatter and phone-ins in between the music (which is proper 80s music from real bands) plus you also have the option of incorporating your own music by copying shortcuts to your mp3s into a special folder. I took this option after a while as the music started to get very repetitive (although I didn't listen to all the radio stations which typically only play one type of music).
As with GTA 3, completing the story missions does not mean that the game has finished. I would be surprised if, on completion of the final story mission, that you were any more than 60% complete. There are plenty of other things to do in order to bump up your percentage if you choose to continue playing. There are 100 secret packages to find through Vice City, cars can be stolen and brought to a shop for redistribution plus other missions that would be familiar to GTA 3 players such as taxi missions, vigilante missions or ambulance missions plus the new pizza delivery mission.
Overall, I really enjoyed this. To be honest, I didn't expect to given the 80s setting, but Rockstar have done themselves proud with a humourous, adult-themed game that has bags of playability and longevity. If you play the game to 100% completion, it's not unfeasible to think that you could be playing for over 50 hours. For a game that you can buy these days for fifteen quid or less, I think that's a bargain.
The game ran really well on my PC, which was a surprise, seeing as the original GTA was very temperamental. The graphics are excellent, the sound (including music and voice acting) is flawless and the playability (the important part) was outstanding.
Vice City has a BBFC rating of 18.
Rockstar's recommended PC Specs:
Processor: Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon
Memory: 256 MB
Operating System: Windows 98 or later
Graphics card: Radeon 8500 series/GeForce 3 series or better
Soundcard: Direct X: 9.0 compatible sound card
Direct X: 9.0
Processor: AMD Duron 1.3 GHz
Memory: 704 MB
Operating System: Windows XP Professional
Graphics card: Leadtek GeForce 4 MX440
Soundcard: SoundBlaster Live! 5.1 Platinum
Direct X: 9.0
Believe it or not I not played any GTA before and I didnt know what, Ive heard lots of good things about it. So I bought the game with excitement and I was not to be dissappointed, from the very begining , intro, to playing the game the graphics take your breath away. I did find the controls a little difficult to get used, but they becoame secind nature after 30 mins or so. The game is brilliant from the gameply, graphics, sound and to the whole idea of the game. It was so much better than I expected, and I was ont he game none stop for hours and hours, and I not finished it yet, but hey I dont do complrting games :)