Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

MPN: 37136
Product Details
Description
SynopsisVic Vance is a soldier, and as such, he's always protected his dysfunctional family, his country and himself. But he makes one bad decision, and suddenly Vic finds himself kicked out onto the streets of Vice City in 1984. Vic must make a choice: build an empire in the lucrative drug trade, or be crushed underfoot by those who aren't afraid to look out for themselves. Help Vic make that choice as you explore Vice City once again. An interactive, open environment is coupled with the shooting, driving fun you expect from the Grand Theft Auto series to keep you on your toes. Professional voice talent draws you into the detailed storyline. A diverse soundtrack keeps you humming along as you shoot, loot and crash your way through Vice City. So, thrust yourself into Vic's shoes and get ready for an all-new adventure in familiar territory.
Quick Glance
ESRB Rating M (Mature)
Game Genre Action/Adventure
Maximum Number of Players 1
Expert Reviews
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
4 Star Review  GameZone - Mar 15, 2007

The Grand Theft Auto series began on the original PlayStation, but achieved great success and popularity only after the release of Grand Theft Auto 3, in 2001, for the PS2. Now, six years later, the series is as popular as ever. The PSP has received two original GTA titles, with the first, Liberty City Stories, receiving a PS2 port last year. Now, the newest handheld crime epic, Vice City Stories, is available for the home system. Just as Liberty City Stories took a minor character from GTA3 and told his story, Vice City Stories follows the life of Vic Vance. Vice City fans will remember Vic as the character who got killed five minutes into that game, providing his brother, Lance, with a reason to join forces with main character Tommy Vercetti.

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
4 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 3.1 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #2,155 game of all time, #8 game of 2007 for the PlayStation 2 and #441 PlayStation 2 game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 25 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 24, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 18 expert reviews for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and the average expert rating is 77 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
If you aren't tired of GTA yet
3 Star Review   By member IMKong - Jan 26, 2008   

Strengths: same things you'd come to expect from GTA (excluding San Andreas)

Weakness: looks like a bad GTA 3 and plays like GTA Vice city

I've never been a fan of the GTA series but can appreciate what the developers have attempted to do. Vice City Stories gives us yet another new character (actually it's a relief since the character in Liberty City Stories was horrible) to run around in a large city and create havok. The missions are pretty much the same as other GTA games - drive from point a to point b, shoot people, etc. If you can't get enough of GTA then pick it up, if you're new to the series skip this game and go for the core series - 3, Vice City, or San Andreas.

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GTA: Vice City Stories
3 Star Review   By member ssimp12626 - Sep 1, 2007   

Strengths: gameplay

Weakness: framerate issues

GTA Vice City Stories is not as good as some of the other Grand Theft Auto titles. Vice City Stories has an ok storyline and gameplay. THe game is a little on the short side. Overall if you really enjoy GTA games Vice City Stories is decent at its bargain price of under 20 dollars.

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Prequel to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
3 Star Review   By member drakula - Jul 30, 2007   

Strengths: Storyline that connects the previous games in the series together. Good selection of weapons and vehicles.

Weakness: Character still afraid of water. Annoying side mission and packages. Pretty much the same things that Vice City offered.

Like Liberty City Stories, Vice City Stories is the prequel Vice City, since Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories takes place prior to the events of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. The main character, Vic, is the brother of Lance, the guy who helped Tommy from time to time in Vice City. Anyway, the storyline helps connecting the previous games together, allowing the players to understand what happened. The continuity is fairly good. And like Vice City and Liberty City Stories, Vice City Stories offers quite a good selection of weapons to use and vehicles to drive. However, like the previous Grand Theft Auto games except San Andreas, the character still have aquaphobia. And the trademark side missions and package searching are still there. The game itself is pretty much the same as Vice City except with different characters and storylines. The game itself is not bad, but after four installments of Grand Theft Auto games in 3D, it does feel repetitive and boring having to do the side missions and package searching. However, it does offer a good storyline that allow the player to understand what happened before and connect to the events happening in Vice City. It is most recommended for Grand Theft Auto fans and those that like to know the events that took place before. For those feel bored with the gameplay and repetitiveness, the game probably can be skipped without much regret.

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GTA Vice City Stories
4 Star Review   By member edhoo - Jul 22, 2007   

Strengths: Gameplay

Weakness: Framerate

Grand Theft Auto Vice City Stories is basically GTA Vice City revisited with some new features. While not exactly fresh, the game is still tons of fun. The game does suffer from some framerate problems that can distract from the game that weren't present in the original. It isn't often but can be a bit annoying. It may not be new but this game is still one of the best out there, any GTA fan should pick this up.

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Better than Liberty City Stories...
3 Star Review   By member jngx80 - Jul 14, 2007   

Strengths: Good voiceacting, bargain bin price

Weakness: same old missions found in past games, the same horrible controls, PSP graphics

Vice City Stories is a port of a PSP game - meaning the developers pretty much just transferred the handheld game so that it's playable on the Playstation 2. So straight off the bat, you can expect some of the weaknesses like the low level graphics. The characters are blocky and there aren't a lot of textures so buildings etc. look kind of plain. This isn't a real big problem when you're outside walking around town (Vice City has a lot of variety which gives it some personality) but when there's a cutscene you can really see the ugly graphics up close. Besides the limitation of it being a port, Vice City Stories is pretty much the same old Grand Theft Auto game. You drive to spots indicated on the map, pick up a mission, drive to another location, beatup people and then drive back to end the mission. The missions here take less time because the game is smaller, but I actually liked this. In the old PS2 games, the cities were too big and you spent most of the time driving to and from missions which I found to be really boring. Vice City Stories is a big improvement over Liberty Stories but the game itself isn't all that fun. The only reason I bought it is the price is right - I got it for half the retail price.

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GTA: Vice City Stories
3 Star Review   By member trunks982 - Jul 5, 2007   

Strengths: Same as before, soundtrack

Weakness: Same crap as before

This game is pretty much the same game as the original Vice City. This is like an expansion. Same style, same visuals, and same old crap. The soundtrack is awesome in this game. This game is getting old. It is overrated. Luckily GTA IV is coming soon. I'm looking forward to it. Just pick this up if you can't have enough of killing and shooting the same thing over and over again.

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GTA: VICE CITY STORIES
5 Star Review   By member warlion - Jul 5, 2007   

Strengths: many vehicles to drive, awesome soundtrack

Weakness: same clunky combat system

Grand Theft Auto Vice City Stories is another driving and shooting game for the PS/2. If you played the previous grand theft auto games, especially Vice City, then you'll be very familiar with this game which is a direct port from the PSP. In this iteration you play as Lance Vance’s brother Vic , who starts the game as a military man that enters a life of crime at the behest of his corrupt commanding officer. Vic start as a law-abiding soldier who, as the game progresses, gets deeper and deeper into the criminal of life and its various shady activities. This game is very similar reports to the original GTA Vice City and if you played it you will be familiar with many of the sights and settings of the city. You get to drive many vehicles such as cars, motorbikes, and even helicopters . Unfortunately the same old problems that plague the series still manage to remain here such as clunky melee combat and faulty collision detection. There's a new aspect presented in this game called the Empire system in which you tried to build your own vast criminal empire by defeating the various gangs throughout the city,. You basically enter a gang’s territory,and kill all the gang members, smash up the place, and then set up your own illegal venture. This new business will generate money for you each day and will also act as another checkpoint where you can save your game in. Also the same awesome sound track that accompanies every GTA game is present here also; 1980's dance, pop, rock, and even hip-hop are here as well as hilarious commercials and funny radio deejays. I highly recommend getting this game even though it doesn't look as attractive as the other GTA games since it is a PSP port.

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Haven't I Been Here Before
4 Star Review   By member OpTiMaLhUnTeR - Jul 2, 2007   

Strengths: Nice music. Acting is well done. Overall fun gameplay. Budget priced.

Weakness: Adds nothing new to the GTA franchise.

Really wish they had done a PC version, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. In the console version you have to use lock-on for aiming on most weapons which doesn't always lock-on to who you want. Plus it always locks onto the body of someone so if only their head is exposed behind a wall for instance, you hit nothing but wall. Still it's not all bad. You have your choice of what you want to do, whether it be doing missions, hunting for packages, doing rampages, and lots of other things depending on your mood. The fact that this has been budget price sealed the deal for me. If you liked any of the other GTA's then you should enjoy this.

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Same Great GTA
4 Star Review   By member dtsai24 - May 29, 2007   

Strengths: gameplay

Weakness: graphics

This is another great Grand Theft Auto game, just as good as the original Vice City and others. It is very fun to play and has a great story. Graphics are old but it is the Playstation 2 so it is forgiveable.

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Great GTA Gamplay, as usual
4 Star Review   By member evophile - May 25, 2007   

Strengths: Best storyline yet, great soundtrack, cheap

Weakness: graphics are really starting to age, we've played this before

Here we are, another Grand Theft Auto game. A prequel to the original Vice City. Vice City Stories was surprising in that it actually has a great storyline and almost outdoes the original VC in that respect. The soundtrack is also great, Phil Colllins is even in the game! The gameplay here is what you've come to expect and its great, save the spotty targeting system as usual. Lots of things to do and you will get a lot of value out of it. The worst thing about the game is that GTA's graphics is starting to show its age. The game is really starting to look old and that sometimes can be distracting. Either way this is a fun game and it isn't expensive, so its really worth a pick up.

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Product Details
Description
SynopsisVic Vance is a soldier, and as such, he's always protected his dysfunctional family, his country and himself. But he makes one bad decision, and suddenly Vic finds himself kicked out onto the streets of Vice City in 1984. Vic must make a choice: build an empire in the lucrative drug trade, or be crushed underfoot by those who aren't afraid to look out for themselves. Help Vic make that choice as you explore Vice City once again. An interactive, open environment is coupled with the shooting, driving fun you expect from the Grand Theft Auto series to keep you on your toes. Professional voice talent draws you into the detailed storyline. A diverse soundtrack keeps you humming along as you shoot, loot and crash your way through Vice City. So, thrust yourself into Vic's shoes and get ready for an all-new adventure in familiar territory.
Quick Glance
ESRB Rating M (Mature)
Game Genre Action/Adventure
Maximum Number of Players 1
Summary
Product Title Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
Manufacturer Take 2 Interactive
Power Score 4.0 | 13 Reviews
Game Information
Network Compatible: No
Release Date: 2007-3-7
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Simultaneous Multiplayer Mode: No
Parent Retsku: B001ELJE1U
Expert Reviews
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
4 Star Review  GameZone - Mar 15, 2007

The Grand Theft Auto series began on the original PlayStation, but achieved great success and popularity only after the release of Grand Theft Auto 3, in 2001, for the PS2. Now, six years later, the series is as popular as ever. The PSP has received two original GTA titles, with the first, Liberty City Stories, receiving a PS2 port last year. Now, the newest handheld crime epic, Vice City Stories, is available for the home system. Just as Liberty City Stories took a minor character from GTA3 and told his story, Vice City Stories follows the life of Vic Vance. Vice City fans will remember Vic as the character who got killed five minutes into that game, providing his brother, Lance, with a reason to join forces with main character Tommy Vercetti.

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
4 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 3.1 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #2,155 game of all time, #8 game of 2007 for the PlayStation 2 and #441 PlayStation 2 game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 25 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 24, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 18 expert reviews for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and the average expert rating is 77 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
If you aren't tired of GTA yet
3 Star Review   By member IMKong - Jan 26, 2008   

Strengths: same things you'd come to expect from GTA (excluding San Andreas)

Weakness: looks like a bad GTA 3 and plays like GTA Vice city

I've never been a fan of the GTA series but can appreciate what the developers have attempted to do. Vice City Stories gives us yet another new character (actually it's a relief since the character in Liberty City Stories was horrible) to run around in a large city and create havok. The missions are pretty much the same as other GTA games - drive from point a to point b, shoot people, etc. If you can't get enough of GTA then pick it up, if you're new to the series skip this game and go for the core series - 3, Vice City, or San Andreas.

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GTA: Vice City Stories
3 Star Review   By member ssimp12626 - Sep 1, 2007   

Strengths: gameplay

Weakness: framerate issues

GTA Vice City Stories is not as good as some of the other Grand Theft Auto titles. Vice City Stories has an ok storyline and gameplay. THe game is a little on the short side. Overall if you really enjoy GTA games Vice City Stories is decent at its bargain price of under 20 dollars.

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Prequel to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
3 Star Review   By member drakula - Jul 30, 2007   

Strengths: Storyline that connects the previous games in the series together. Good selection of weapons and vehicles.

Weakness: Character still afraid of water. Annoying side mission and packages. Pretty much the same things that Vice City offered.

Like Liberty City Stories, Vice City Stories is the prequel Vice City, since Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories takes place prior to the events of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. The main character, Vic, is the brother of Lance, the guy who helped Tommy from time to time in Vice City. Anyway, the storyline helps connecting the previous games together, allowing the players to understand what happened. The continuity is fairly good. And like Vice City and Liberty City Stories, Vice City Stories offers quite a good selection of weapons to use and vehicles to drive. However, like the previous Grand Theft Auto games except San Andreas, the character still have aquaphobia. And the trademark side missions and package searching are still there. The game itself is pretty much the same as Vice City except with different characters and storylines. The game itself is not bad, but after four installments of Grand Theft Auto games in 3D, it does feel repetitive and boring having to do the side missions and package searching. However, it does offer a good storyline that allow the player to understand what happened before and connect to the events happening in Vice City. It is most recommended for Grand Theft Auto fans and those that like to know the events that took place before. For those feel bored with the gameplay and repetitiveness, the game probably can be skipped without much regret.

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GTA Vice City Stories
4 Star Review   By member edhoo - Jul 22, 2007   

Strengths: Gameplay

Weakness: Framerate

Grand Theft Auto Vice City Stories is basically GTA Vice City revisited with some new features. While not exactly fresh, the game is still tons of fun. The game does suffer from some framerate problems that can distract from the game that weren't present in the original. It isn't often but can be a bit annoying. It may not be new but this game is still one of the best out there, any GTA fan should pick this up.

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Better than Liberty City Stories...
3 Star Review   By member jngx80 - Jul 14, 2007   

Strengths: Good voiceacting, bargain bin price

Weakness: same old missions found in past games, the same horrible controls, PSP graphics

Vice City Stories is a port of a PSP game - meaning the developers pretty much just transferred the handheld game so that it's playable on the Playstation 2. So straight off the bat, you can expect some of the weaknesses like the low level graphics. The characters are blocky and there aren't a lot of textures so buildings etc. look kind of plain. This isn't a real big problem when you're outside walking around town (Vice City has a lot of variety which gives it some personality) but when there's a cutscene you can really see the ugly graphics up close. Besides the limitation of it being a port, Vice City Stories is pretty much the same old Grand Theft Auto game. You drive to spots indicated on the map, pick up a mission, drive to another location, beatup people and then drive back to end the mission. The missions here take less time because the game is smaller, but I actually liked this. In the old PS2 games, the cities were too big and you spent most of the time driving to and from missions which I found to be really boring. Vice City Stories is a big improvement over Liberty Stories but the game itself isn't all that fun. The only reason I bought it is the price is right - I got it for half the retail price.

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GTA: Vice City Stories
3 Star Review   By member trunks982 - Jul 5, 2007   

Strengths: Same as before, soundtrack

Weakness: Same crap as before

This game is pretty much the same game as the original Vice City. This is like an expansion. Same style, same visuals, and same old crap. The soundtrack is awesome in this game. This game is getting old. It is overrated. Luckily GTA IV is coming soon. I'm looking forward to it. Just pick this up if you can't have enough of killing and shooting the same thing over and over again.

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GTA: VICE CITY STORIES
5 Star Review   By member warlion - Jul 5, 2007   

Strengths: many vehicles to drive, awesome soundtrack

Weakness: same clunky combat system

Grand Theft Auto Vice City Stories is another driving and shooting game for the PS/2. If you played the previous grand theft auto games, especially Vice City, then you'll be very familiar with this game which is a direct port from the PSP. In this iteration you play as Lance Vance’s brother Vic , who starts the game as a military man that enters a life of crime at the behest of his corrupt commanding officer. Vic start as a law-abiding soldier who, as the game progresses, gets deeper and deeper into the criminal of life and its various shady activities. This game is very similar reports to the original GTA Vice City and if you played it you will be familiar with many of the sights and settings of the city. You get to drive many vehicles such as cars, motorbikes, and even helicopters . Unfortunately the same old problems that plague the series still manage to remain here such as clunky melee combat and faulty collision detection. There's a new aspect presented in this game called the Empire system in which you tried to build your own vast criminal empire by defeating the various gangs throughout the city,. You basically enter a gang’s territory,and kill all the gang members, smash up the place, and then set up your own illegal venture. This new business will generate money for you each day and will also act as another checkpoint where you can save your game in. Also the same awesome sound track that accompanies every GTA game is present here also; 1980's dance, pop, rock, and even hip-hop are here as well as hilarious commercials and funny radio deejays. I highly recommend getting this game even though it doesn't look as attractive as the other GTA games since it is a PSP port.

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Haven't I Been Here Before
4 Star Review   By member OpTiMaLhUnTeR - Jul 2, 2007   

Strengths: Nice music. Acting is well done. Overall fun gameplay. Budget priced.

Weakness: Adds nothing new to the GTA franchise.

Really wish they had done a PC version, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. In the console version you have to use lock-on for aiming on most weapons which doesn't always lock-on to who you want. Plus it always locks onto the body of someone so if only their head is exposed behind a wall for instance, you hit nothing but wall. Still it's not all bad. You have your choice of what you want to do, whether it be doing missions, hunting for packages, doing rampages, and lots of other things depending on your mood. The fact that this has been budget price sealed the deal for me. If you liked any of the other GTA's then you should enjoy this.

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Same Great GTA
4 Star Review   By member dtsai24 - May 29, 2007   

Strengths: gameplay

Weakness: graphics

This is another great Grand Theft Auto game, just as good as the original Vice City and others. It is very fun to play and has a great story. Graphics are old but it is the Playstation 2 so it is forgiveable.

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Great GTA Gamplay, as usual
4 Star Review   By member evophile - May 25, 2007   

Strengths: Best storyline yet, great soundtrack, cheap

Weakness: graphics are really starting to age, we've played this before

Here we are, another Grand Theft Auto game. A prequel to the original Vice City. Vice City Stories was surprising in that it actually has a great storyline and almost outdoes the original VC in that respect. The soundtrack is also great, Phil Colllins is even in the game! The gameplay here is what you've come to expect and its great, save the spotty targeting system as usual. Lots of things to do and you will get a lot of value out of it. The worst thing about the game is that GTA's graphics is starting to show its age. The game is really starting to look old and that sometimes can be distracting. Either way this is a fun game and it isn't expensive, so its really worth a pick up.

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