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Grand Theft Auto (GTA) Vice City was produced by Rockstar games in 2002. To save the game requires an 8mb memory card with 500k of free space. The age rating on this game is over 18's. The game is single player only and cannot be played online.
In the box is a large Vice City map with a poster on the reverse and a Vice City tour guide which is a manual set out to look like a tourist guide book.
It's 1986 in Vice City and Tommy Vencetti is being released from doing a long stretch in prison for crimes committed when working for gang boss Sonny Forelli.
Sonny "helps Tommy out" by giving him a job when he gets out. His first job is a drug deal which doesn't go to plan and he ends up fleeing from a shootout with no drugs and no money! Sonny is not happy, so Tommy get started trying to get Tommy's money back.
Tommy earns money by doing jobs and missions all over Vice City. The missions are marked on the on screen radar by the initial of the contact who has set the mission. There are many types of mission including driving missions, stealing and killing targets. Some of the missions have specific criteria, such as killing someone but making sure it looks like a car accident. Other missions may be timed. It's not very easy to get the jobs done with the police and rival gang members always after Tommy. Trying to get through them without being killed or arrested can be quite tough!
Weapons such as screwdrivers and hammers can be bought in the hardware store, guns can be bought in 'Ammunation'. Some weapons are also dotted around the city to pick up, if you kill someone who is armed you can then pick up their weapon or ammunition.
If you get busted by the police or wake up in the hospital, your weapons will be taken from you so you will have to acquire new ones. If you're stuck for a weapon you can punch enemies or knock them down driving a vehicle.
There are a few ways to get around in Vice City including driving a car or boat, riding a motorcycle and flying a plane. The driving experience is quite good and realistic. For a small fee you can also hop in a taxi when you come out of hospital which will take you back to the previous mission mark on your radar which is really handy if you are repeatedly getting killed in the same mission.
You can also get around on foot, but it is much better for short distances only as you can't run for long and it does seem to take ages if you have far to go.
Your home to start with is a hotel, this is where you can save your game at any time apart from in the middle of a mission. As you progress through the game, properties will become available for you to buy, making it much faster and easier to save as you get more and more property you will have less far to travel to a save spot.
Your health is shown on screen as a number next to a heart. 100 is the maximum health. Picking up body armour will add another 100 protection. Hearts can be found around the city to restore your health to maximum.
I enjoyed this game, not as much as some other GTA's, but it is better than a lot of games for the Playstation 2 console.
I particularly like the extra little jobs dotted around the city such as collecting hidden packages and rampages (killing a set number of people in a time limit of a couple of minutes).
The graphics aren't great but I do like some of the effects such as the realism of the sun shining in your eyes when driving and rain drops on your screen. The graphics are very poor in comparison to newer games, but not terrible for a 12 year old game.
The sound effects are good, there is plenty of dialect, interesting cut scenes and a choice of radio stations when in a vehicle.
There are plenty of missions and lots to keep you occupied so it's not a game you are going to complete or get bored of in a few hours.
The game isn't really suitable for young gamers as it has a lot of violence, strong language and criminal activity.
Whilst I'd much rather play GTA San Andreas (superb game) or one of the newer releases in the series, I don't mind playing this now and again for a change. Not bad at all!
---When I bought this product---
By the time I finished Grand Theft Auto 3 I found out that Grand Theft Auto Vice City was due very soon for release, I think I borrowed it off a neighbor when it was first released and bought it for myself shortly after.
---Story, Characters and atmosphere---
The story in this game is set in 1986 Vice City, the fictional version of Miami and contains many themes from various movies such as Scarface, Carlito's Way, Blow and the TV show Miami Vice.
The main character is known as Tommy Vercetti (voiced by Ray Liotta) having just been released from prison after serving 15 years for killing eleven men (and gaining the nickname "the Harwood Butcher"), he is sent to Vice City by his boss Sonny Forelli (voice by Tom Sizemore) due to his fear that his presence in Liberty City would cause problems with the business and is sent to participate in a drug deal that does not go smoothly.
As the game is set in the 1980s many of the characters and pedestrians are seen wearing 80s style clothes, the cars are parody versions of cars that would have been available in that time period, the radio stations are all heavily based around the music available at the time (including tracks such as "Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles" and "I just died in your arms tonight by Foreigner").
The game also feels like you are really in the 1980s when traveling around Vice City whether on foot, motorbike, car or even a Golf Cart.
The combat in this game features a system known as auto aim so that when you press the aim button on the controller Tommy points his gun at the nearest target, you can also cycle between targets after killing the first target rather than having to aim again.
There are various types of cars available to drive within the game, there are various sports cars (e.g. Cheetah), hatchbacks (e.g. Sentinel), station wagons (e.g. Perennial) trucks (Benson) and vans (Rumpo) available to choose from, there are also various government (Police, Paramedic, Fire Truck etc) vehicles to choose from including modified versions of cars mentioned above (such as the police version of the Cheetah), there is also the Rhino tank used by the army which can be commandeered at any point during the game (once a 6 star wanted level is gained).
There are also a few motorbikes available such as the Freeway (Chopper style bike), PCJ 600 (Superbike), Faggio (Scooter or Moped) and the Sanchez (Dirt Bike).
Boats are also available to acquire from various ports around the city and are available in the forms of Speedboats, Yachts and Shipping boats, helicopters and Planes (Only Sea Planes) are also hidden in the city for you to "borrow" whenever necessary.
I enjoyed this game very much the first time I played it and have owned it on PS2, Xbox and PC, I would highly recommend this game to anyone who might not have played this game yet and give this a 5/5.
I remember buying this game on release in 2002, it had a good year of longevity with me, i bought all the radio soundtrack CD's and then stopped playing for a while. I started picking it up again on the PS3 recently just for memories sake, and playing this game a full 10 years on is just nostalgia, i remember everything, the map, the stores, where to buy things, where cars are, what places look like. I actually know the map better than my own local city!
The game has a very small map but for a PS2 game is actually reasonable for its disc size. The graphics were mind boggling at the time and today are not comparable, so i will make all efforts to talk about this games performance in terms of what it was like in 2002. The sound is very interesting because you can get very clear speeches from the characters which all sound very different, yet the sound effects like explosions and fires had not moved on from GTA 3 and sounded very unrealistic. they had removed that stupid echoing sound in tunnels though, and there are plenty more hilarious remarks that get shouted from pedestrians on the street.
Vice City has a long storyline which is very in depth and involved which really gets you thinking about what could happen next. You don't get involved with a criminal underworld too much unlike in GTA III but i think a storyline from vice city put into a modern game would still make sense. It is based in the 1980's but what i mean is if this exact storyline was placed in a game released in 2012 it would still work, it would still be a great competitive storyline to other new games. It's no wonder they made an xbox "classics" version...
The game has a great number of cars which are simply cheap rip offs of real world cars like the infernus is a rip off of the 1980's Lamborghini Diablo and the comet is supposed to be a porsche (as has been seen in future GTA games) but white strikes me is that they kept most of these cars in future games such as the panama which featured in GTA III, Vice City and San Andreas. The Comet which is still in GTA 4 and will be in GTA 5 this year. You get a nostalgia sense playing this game and i still love playing it ten years after release. It's a classic game that will never get old.
Grand Theft Auto Vice City is 6th installment in the GTA franchise, and the direct follow up to Grand Theft Auto 3, although this game includes almost no, if any, references to GTA 3, and in fact is set in the eighties, in a different city, Vice City, and includes completely different characters. Vice City is only the second edition in the series to be set in the 3rd person format, and although an improvement on the PS1 editions, when compared to GTA3, I am going to say from the outset that I didnt find this game as simulating as GTA 3.
Unlike the previous game, you get to find out the name of the character you are playing, Tommy, who, similarly has escaped from prison, must execute missions and tasks for member of the cities mafia, earning money and weapons, amongst other things as rewards. I found the plot to the game to be very boring, and didnt enjoy it much. Although fun in parts, I often found myself continuing to play, only in order to complete the game. The most enjoyable thing in Vice City is the freedom of the character, to be able to wonder the city, drive, kill, use weapons, explore and the like, however this is also an advantage of the other games in the series, and not set to this game on its own. One disadvantage I would describe, and this is really silly I know, but I would the graphics in the game to be hampered by the amount of sunshine displayed in the city, which could just be me.
I bought this game, like many, when it firt came out, and remember playing a lot for it, around £30 at the time, which back then was a lot for a computer game compared to what is charged today. However, now, if you were to go into any used gaming shop, you could most probably pick it up for only a couple of pounds, I know for example that you can get it on Amazon for £5. I would go as far as saying I wouldnt recommend it, but it would be at the top of any best gaming list of mine. Considering at how little it costs these days, I dont think it would hurt to give it a try, although with the fanbase GTA has, those reading this probably already have played it.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is a third person action-adventure game released in 2002 by Rockstar Games. It is the sixth game overall in the Grand Theft Auto series and the second 3D game in the series after GTA III. The game is set in the 1980s in the fictional Vice City which is modelled on Miami. You take on the role of Tommy Vercetti, a member of the Mafia who has just been released from prison. You do various jobs for the gangsters and criminals around Vice City, eventually working your way up in the criminal underworld.
The game is similar in style to the other 3D games in the GTA series. It is an open world style game so that you are free to explore the world and complete missions whenever you like and in any order. Like the other games, your freedom to do what you like is unrestricted. You can go around stealing cars, killing people with all kinds of weapons, generally causing mayhem and unlike GTA 3, Vice City has the addition of motorbikes which is a fun touch. The graphics are really good and the city is well-designed with a retro feel to it. The Hawaiian shirts, Colombian drug dealers and huge guns definitely pay homage to Scarface but it is by no means a rip-off. The plot is really entertaining, full of larger than life characters and some really good missions including a rooftop chase on motorbikes and one in which you have to chase someone across a golf course in a golf buggy and kill him. The gameplay is very good, as the controls are the same as all the other GTA games and are easy to get to grips with.
It's not as the good as the more recent instalments in the series but it is a really enjoyable and entertaining game. The storyline is good with some great missions. The graphics and scenery are amazing and the gameplay is also good. It can be purchased for about £25 on Amazon.
Although it already looks like I've left, today I am writing my last review for Dooyoo - for the time being, anyhow. This is a review of the PS2 game 'Grand Theft Auto: Vice City', although the game is also available on PC and Xbox, and this review should suffice should you be interested on purchasing the game for either of those platforms. It was released in Europe on November 8th 2008 by Rockstar North.
-==- Plot -==-
GTA: Vice City is set in the late 1980s. You are Tommy Vercetti, and you have just been released from prison. Sent to Vice City by Sonny Forelli (Tommy's boss), a cocaine deal goes pear-shaped, which results in a big loss of money. Sonny, furious with the news, orders you to get the money back...and this is where the game begins. With the help of his lawyer Ken Rosenberg (a recreation of Pacino's character's lawyer in 'Carlito's Way'), Tommy must make himself known in Vice City in order to somehow get enough money to reimburse his boss. In an attempt to do this, you, as a player, must direct Tommy Vercetti to perform various missions for certain characters.
But, this isn't a linear game. Rather, GTA: Vice City is a 'sandbox' game, in that although you have to complete missions, the order in which you do so is up to you (to a certain extent). In the meantime, there is unlimited freelance gameplay. In this time, you can explore the city and...well, do quite a lot of things. Walk around; take a vehicle and drive; buy food, weaponry or hardware; work as a taxi driver, paramedic, police officer, fireman or a pizza boy; visit a shooting range; play mini-games and races; killing innocent bystanders...the list goes on. There are a wide variety of elements to enjoy in GTA: Vice City, and even whilst not focusing on the missions, you can have hours of enjoyable gameplay. I'm not sure how killing innocent bystanders is considered hours of enjoyable gameplay, but I always bear in mind that these aren't real people...
-==- Frankie Says... -==-
As mentioned earlier, GTA: Vice City is set in the late 1980s, and the portrayal of the 80s culture is a vital element to the game - a sense of realism, and nostalgia for the older players of the game. Vice City is designed to resemble Miami, Florida in the 80s, and what you see are classic cars, some fantastic attires (white blazers, legwarmers and the like) and bright colours across the city. I didn't even exist in the 1980s, but I am sure that Rockstar North were careful to avoid any anachronisms!
Those elements aside, one of the main areas that people loved about the game was the soundtrack. In the majority of vehicles in the game, players have access to a variety of radio stations that provide music of the time. And what a fantastic compilation of music! There are radio stations for everybody's liking (well, as long as you like music from the 1980s...). Flash FM provides an array of pop tracks from the era, whilst Radio Espantoso offers some fantastic Latin Jazz music. V-Rock gives the player opportunity to listen to some heavy rock and metal music, and Wave 103: new romantics. Some of my favourite tracks on the game are: 'I Ran' by A Flock of Seagulls, 'Africa' by Toto, 'Running with the Night' by Lionel Richie, 'She Sells Sanctuary' by The Cult and 'Kids in America' by Kim Wilde. Of course the PC version of the game allowed you to add your own tracks to the radio station, but that takes the fun away, doesn't it? I had no awareness of 80s music before playing the game, but I love the era now! It's such a great aspect to the game, and adds a cultural element that creates a sense of realism, and like I mentioned earlier, nostalgia for the older players.
-==- 'You Got Big Cojones!' -==-
GTA: Vice City has everything. Story, setting, gameplay, graphics (for the time), length, replayability, extras...I really love the game. I wouldn't say that it is my favourite game to play, although it is certainly up there, but I feel it is the finest achievement of any computer game in the 'noughties'. It is very well constructed, and offers hours upon hours of fun!
Many elements are very derivative in this game. Main influences (or direct lifts, in some cases) include 'Scarface', 'Carlito's Way' and 'Miami Vice'. It acts as a foundation for Rockstar North's designing process, and what we get is a great end result. The story is lengthy and involving. If you watch the cutscenes, which are far better directed (and less cringy) than GTA III's, you become interested in what is actually going on instead of just performing random missions. The missions themselves never get boring. I've played many a game where missions just become repetitive, all in the same format, but GTA: Vice City certainly mixes it up quite a lot. I loved playing the majority of the missions (though I'm useless at the racing ones!).
And after a mission, you can put the story on hold for as long as you want, and go for a roam around the city. This allows you to drag the game on for as long as you want - and even after you've completed the story, there's still plenty left to do. 100 'hidden packages' are stashed around the city for you to find (with prizes for every 10 you find), there are vehicle stunts for you to pull, mini games to complete and plenty of other things on offer. I've never completed the game 100% because there is just so much to do! Like I say, the game has everything!
Let us bear in mind that GTA: Vice City was released in 2002. This is quite a few years before the next generation of gaming hit our shelves (the likes of PS3, Xbox 360...), so looking back now, there are certain aspects that don't look as impressive. First and foremost: graphics. There isn't a heck of a lot of detail in the graphics, but for the time, they were pretty decent. But one thing that helps the general aesthetic of the game is the design of the city, and weather. Being designed to look like Miami, there are a lot of colours across the city, and a beach with a hotel/bar strip at the seafront. And when it's sunny, it can look beautiful. It's such a great experience riding full speed on a motorbike down the seafront strip when the sun is close to setting. It adds to the aura, and enhances the gameplay quite considerably.
It is hard not to compare GTA: Vice City with its predecessor and successor: 'GTA III' and 'GTA: San Andreas' respectively. In my opinion, it blows 'GTA III' out of the water! Now 'GTA: San Andreas' is often regarded as the best game the PS2 has seen. Personally, I prefer GTA: Vice City, and this is mainly due to its areas of simplicity ('GTA: San Andreas' featured many realistic extras), setting and aura, and the culture (just love the 80s after playing this game!). I feel that GTA: Vice City is a great experience as well as a great game.
There are criticisms with this game, however. I mentioned earlier about killing people...well, believe it or not, that caused a lot of controversy, not to mention the gang rivalries, sex references, swearing, drugs and prostitution suggestions in the game. This is far from being an innocent game. It does have a rating of 18+ (so I really shouldn't have been playing it back when it was released - or for the 7 years after that!), and it is an appropriate certificate. The game isn't mindless, however. It is intelligent and well constructed, and if you don't mind running a few people over and seeing some heads blown off, then I think you might quite enjoy this game...
-==- Conclusion -==-
GTA: Vice City is a classic. It is now 8 years old, so is getting on a bit, but it remains one of my favourite computer games of all time. I personally feel it is the best game of the 00s, although there are some games that I enjoy playing more. You can purchase the game as part of a triple pack (featuring 'GTA III' and 'GTA: San Andreas') for around £15 on Amazon, but on its own it is fairly cheap too. If you haven't played the game, and it sounds like something you might enjoy, buy it! You won't regret it.
Grand theft auto Vice City was the first real game in this franchise many years ago which sort of made a true impact in how we saw the game.
The game was about you playing a character and you have just got out of jail and you are out to do whatever it takes to take over the city and reclaim not only pride but status as well.
Luckily throughout the game you're told what to do and this does help because you get to steal cars and drive them around and the cars you can steal range from slow land rover type vehicles to classic sports cars.
You can drive to destinations where you might find weapons and ammo and this helps you take out local gangs in missions. The missions is the main part of the game you get telephone calls to do tasks and if you do them you get rewarded with plenty of cash and if you die you just start over from the last mission you did.
The game is violent because you can beat people up for the fun of it and you can shot anyone you wish and even wind up the police should you wish. As you continue to do missions the other side of the level opens across a few bridges and you drive boats and are in control of aircraft as well.
You cannot swim so death is certain as you fall into water but the amount of speed you can build up is fantastic. Your missions can make you rich and you can buy local taxi firms and ice cream making places to help you become more successful and as you continue to play the game you meet new gangs who are friendly and there is many more things to do as well.
You have ambulance missions to save people who are injured and vigilante missions to destroy people and many smaller tasks.
You have goals you can achieve such as unique jumps which give you plenty of money and there is cheats for the game but you want to try and do things without cheating if possible.
The game gets really silly when you cross a bridge or by water to the other side of the island and end up with the game stopping because it wants to reload the new side of the island which is annoying if you're sort of doing a mission it can put you off.
The weapons you use are guns and knives and even bombs as well and this is done with you chucking or aiming at people but you can also obtain police bribes, armour and even extra health as well.
The game graphics are better but they could be really good but this is available on the Playstation 2 so people need to remember that fact and also the game play as mentioned above is frustrating when you are driving and the game freezes so it can upload a different section of the island.
I would say this game is not for the younger people but more teenagers as you do encounter violence even from people on the street and there is plenty of swearing and stuff taking place as well.
After vastly enjoying Grand Theft Auto 3 it was pretty much a given that I would get Grand Theft Auto : Vice City.
Grand Theft Auto 3 was set in modern day Liberty City and Vice City takes us to Vice City in the 80's.
Your character Tommy Vercetti has just returned to Liberty City after serving a long stretch for killing a made mafia boss. His boss Sonny Forelli sends him to Vice City for a huge drug deal which obviously goes wrong leaving Tommy to try and earn money to pay his boss back.
The first thing you'll notice is how different this game looks to it's predecessor. Liberty City was a bleak grey environment but Vice City is very bright and colourful been as it's based on Miami.
The game does play very much like GTA 3 and all the original extra things return like Rampages, Stunt Jumps, Vehicle Missions etc so you won't get lost for things to do but this game does have a whole bunch of cool stuff.
Motorbikes finally return for this game as well as helicopters and even a plane that can land on water.
Property development plays a big part in this game, after completing a certain mission you can buy properties, some of these just provide a new save point but some contain a mission strand or make you do something in order for them to start generating cash for you.
The properties that you can buy include a strip joint, a print works and even a porn studio.
The soundtrack includes classic 80's songs by Hall and Oates, Iron Maiden, Mr Mister and much more which creates a perfect 80's atmosphere.
The police are even more tenacious in this game and once you his a 3 star wanted leved the 'Miami Vice' style detectives start chasing you down but you can still head to a pay and spray to remove the wanted level but this only suspends it. If you commit a crime during this suspended period it just restores your wanted level.
2 new features in this game really do impress me though.
The police will occasionally drop stinger traps on the ground which will burst your car tyres. You try driving on 4 flat tyres.
Jumping from vehicles
In GTA 3 you had wo wait for your car to stop before you could get out which was quite annoying if you were driving really fast in a car that was on fire, not a problem in Vice City. If your car catches fire, just accelerate then jump. You will take a little damage but thats much better than been totally wiped out.
I'll just let you know some of the areas you can purchase that give you extra missions.
This car garage gives you an Import/Export garage as well as lets you take part in street races.
Gives you access to some cool missions as well as a plane than can land on water.
Their is much more to this game but I think I shall let you know find it yourself, needless to say this game is fun.
GTA Vice city was released in 2002 on the Ps2 which I also think was the best platform to go with the gta franchise.
As the user you play the role of Tommy Vercetti who had recently served many years in jail for killing a number of people. He joins an organisation and his job is to do deals with drugs over the watchful eye of the leader ( sonny forelli ).
As you go through the game you will face a number of tasks and it is up to you to get them done. During this time you will earn money for the jobs that you do and you will be able to purchase things to build your own empire.
The difficulty of the game can vary depending on how you set out to play the game. If you go round shooting everyone in view you will find that the police will be after you all the time. If you would rather just walk around and do nothing then this without doubt is not the game for you.
When this was brand new it was selling for around £40 but I think you could easily find this on the ps2 now for around £10 as a lot more games and platforms have been released since then.
Overall I rate this as the best GTA game of all time as it gives you everything you could ever want from an action game. In my opinion this really was GTA as it's peak and if you like action you will without doubt like this. If you have never played this game but leave yourself intrigued by it I recommend spending the £10 on it to try it because this is as good as it got for GTA and believe me it was incredible.
Grand Theft Auto Vice City is a classic game. It's set in a nostalgic area of which no other games have been so ambitious to attempt. The 80s Miami theme setting echos that of classic gangster epic scarface and this game truly delivers. The story of the rise to power, revenge and violence is extremely gripping and keeps your attention from beginning to end. The missions are exiting, occasionally difficult or repetitive but these little rarities can be overlooked. The City is the real star of this game, there is lots to do, not only the old school taxi missions, you can push drugs from an ice cream van or once you gain access to the attack helicopter you can bring mean justice from the skies. The graphics are beautiful and realistic too, the tropical wonderland of Vice city is a truly memorable location which will leave you not feeling as though you've played a game but gone on a violent rampage through a tropical paradise.
Yes its old but it never gets boring. Following on from GTA3, Vice City does not disappoint and continues the great violence and hazardous driving that we all know and love. During the game, you have the choice of going on a free-style rampage around the city, killing everyone and blowing up every car you see or, you have the option of completing several missions within the game. During free-style, there are also "hidden" mission that you can complete such as collecting all hidden packages or jumping all unique jumps, completing them gives you "prizes" to help you on your way.
In the game, you play a ex-prisoner called Tommy Vaceti who is envolved in a drug deal witch goes wrong, he then has to earn the money to pay off the drugs for his old friend. However, during the game, Tommy decides that, with the help of his washed up lawyer and over various characters, to rise up the ranks and be the gangster boss of Vice City and gain as much money and respect as he can.
The game has a variety of guns and cars. The guns range from small pistols to heat seeking missiles and the cars range from a small golf caddy to the armies Hunter helicopter.
You are also able to buy properties in the game; these properties can simply just be a place to save your game and park your car however, other places provide you with missions to complete (such as the Malibu Club which has missions leading up to a big bank robbery that you carry out).
Because of all the crimes being committed, police are a big problem for you, when you commit a crime such as running someone over, you gain a star (the higher the stars, the more you are wanted by police). Each star gains a new level of people looking for you: one star is police on foot and the odd police car, 2 stars is police cars, 3 stars is police helicopter, 4 stars is undercover cops, 5 stars is FBI and 6 stars is the army, if you have six stars, run.
You also have the ability to change your clothes in the game, this can reduce the amount of stars you have and is also needed to complete some missions. Also, wether your clubbing someone to death with a golf club or sniping from a building, you can look good doing it.
Even though its an old game, it is still worth buying if you are into the random violence genre. I can complete this game over and over and never tire of it, a highly recommended PS2 game for over 18's.
The best GTA game of all time to play was this one if you ask me. You would take control of Tommy a character in the game and take over the city.
You basically work for other men (gangsters) and take out the cops,other gangsters in the process of taking over. For every mission you finish you are rewarded with cash which can be used to buy weapons which is important.
A sea plane for the first time ever was included in the game and a helicopter could be used to. This made the game very exciting for me as it interacted more with the player of the game. The missions set out in the game were not at all tough to finish. I only found the car racing missions in the game a little hard to finish.
Time wise the game lasted me around 4 months just to finish off. I hoped they would have had better cheats in the game and they did. You could use rocket launchers and the way the police chased you in the game made the game a lot of fun.
The missions were challenging and some of them took around 4 times or more of repeating then I could manage to finish them. The missions in Vice City were the right ones to put in a GTA game and this made the game fantastic to play.
Ah, the 80s. How we've missed you. And now, you can go back there, in GTA Vice City.
Where do you start with a game this size? The plot's incredible, with twists, shocks and betrayals at every turn. The driving's pretty much perfect, with vehicles handling differently depending on which wheels do the driving (so spinning out is possible in the more powerful rear-wheel drive cars). Even using the boats feels authentic, whether you're piloting the fastest boat available, or just sailing along in a yacht.
Vice City also adds a few new things to the GTA franchise, including police stinger strips which will pop your cars tyres, helicopters (both civilian and military), and a sea-plane (based on the Dodo from GTA3, but it actually flies).
My favourite aspect of this game has got to be the music though. Whether you're hurtling through police roadblocks, tracking down criminals in the Hunter military helicopter, or just slowly drifting on the ocean watching the sun set, there'll be something on the radio perfect for the occasion. Also, a first for the series, every song in the game is an actual chart hit (from the 80s, naturally), and the DJs that introduce them also perfectly reflect the era, mentioning "new" CDs, for example.
The game is also very well presented, with the instruction booklet looking like a guidebook to Vice City, and the box also containing a large fold-out map of the islands.
In summary, buy this game, you won't regret it.
A slightly edited version of this review appears on Shopping.com under the same username.
Few people thought that Rockstar could live up to the astronomical hype of the first fully 3D outing, GTA3, but astoundingly, Rockstar have not only done that, but made a game that still stands as my favourite outing in the series, despite the recent fourth installment. This is a game jam-packed with style AND substance, and amusingly captures the tone and atmosphere of the 1980s.
You play Tommy Vercetti (voiced by Goodfellas star Ray Liotta, in a rather inspired spot of casting), a notable criminal who has just been released from prison after a long stint and is looking to re-establish himself. He is relocated by his old boss Sonny Forelli to Vice City, with the hope that he can get a foothold on the drug trade down there, but everything is not quite as expected.
Visually, the game doesn't really do much to improve upon the last game, but where it winds hands down is through sheer style and aesthetic design - everything, from the hawaiin shirts, to the palm trees, to the sports cars and girls on rollerskates, evokes the mood of the 1980s. It's also accompanied by a huge soundtrack of 80s songs (which must've cost Rockstar an absolute bomb!), and there really is nothing quite like performing a drive-by whilst listening to Billie Jean by Michael Jackson. Also, the hilarious radio stations are back, and the pedestrians are wittier than ever, making numerous remarks at your terrible driving, and screaming if you start to unload your gun.
The gameplay is virtually the same - you perform numerous missions whilst amassing a fortune, but this film is far more rooted in the Scarface tradition than before - you are trying to build an empire that ends with you purchasing luxurious properties and living the high life. Also, there's a more devastating array of weapons, including, as a homage to Scarface, a chainsaw! Also, you can now bail out of moving cars, which means you're not doomed to die if your car is sent careering off of a cliff edge, although you still can't swim, which is a tad silly (although rectified in later games).
This is a perfect game in my opinion - it has a fully realised style and feel, superb missions, and fixes the few niggles from the previous game. An absolute masterpiece of the genre and the best game in the series, which is quite a statement!
Grand Theft Auto Vice City is the second instalment of the series to hit the Playstation 2, developed by Rockstar games.
This next Grand Theft Auto leaves behind Liberty City and takes us to the shiny new Vice City, our character has changed too this time we play as a character with some personality, Tommy Vercetti and he even has a voice! The story follows Vercettis rise from his release from prison and along the way you will meet the eclectic mix of insane characters you have come to expect from the Grand Theft Auto series.
Gameplay wise the formula hasn't been re written like in Grand Theft Auto III but it has been tweaked subtly making it even more fun. The game still captures that open world feel exceptionally well. The lock on system is noticeable better in this game and the driving physics have been kept mostly the same so you will still be able to perform loads of crazy jumps and stunts with the many well placed ramps in Vice City.
The games melee weapon range has been greatly expanded and you can visit hardware stores to pick up the likes of a hammer to even a chainsaw! There are new exotic vehicles on the streets and for the first time you will be able to ride bikes aswell. Helicopters are no longer for police only and you can command your very own which is alot of fun, even if you just use it to admire Vice City from on high.
Graphically the game has received a marginal upgrade from Grand Theft Auto 3 and the change in visual style is really nice too. It still isn't very pretty when compared with todays offerings.
Rockstar have delivered another compelling action game with Vice City and if you were a fan of Grand Theft Auto III you will fall in love with Vice City too.