Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

GTA: Vice City Stories

Another spin-off to the legendary series of sandbox action games, developed by Rockstar Games for the PlayStation Portable console. As the title of the game suggests, its action is related to GTA: Vice City. The title takes place in 1984, two years before the events shown in the other game. The main protagonist is Victor Vance – an ex-soldier who currently works for various gangsters. By completing various jobs given to him by mafia bosses he slowly rises through the ranks of the criminal underworld. The gameplay isn’t very different from other installments of the series. However the developers added many new features such as the ability to swim, fly a helicopter or enter buildings. This made the game mechanics even more similar to the mechanics of full-fledged installments in the series. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories offers a large number of weapons and gadgets as well as a varied soundtrack that accompanies the player while driving cars.

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PlayStation Portable
Game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (PSP) Cover
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories | PSP

Action, TPP, for automobiles, Gangster, sandbox, TPS, 80s

Companies responsible for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Rockstar Games | game developer

Rockstar Games | publisher   Official website

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories release date for PSP:

game language:
English

01 November 2006 | Worldwide

03 November 2006 | Europe

01 November 2006 | USA

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: local network, players: 1-6 , size: 1 UMD
Game score 8.4 / 10 calculated out of 2659 players' votes.  

Sony PlayStation 2
Game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (PS2) Cover
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories | PS2

Action, TPP, for automobiles, Gangster, sandbox, TPS, 80s

Companies responsible for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Rockstar Games | game developer

Rockstar Games | publisher   Official website

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories release date for PS2:

game language:
English

06 March 2007 | Worldwide

09 March 2007 | Europe PAL

06 March 2007 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player , size: 1 DVD
Game score 7.7 / 10 calculated out of 1205 players' votes.  

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories is the second game developed by Rockstar initially for the PSP console only. The PS2 port was created afterwards. When creating the previous game (Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories), the developers gained a lot of experience, thus their second game for hand-helds definitely makes a better impression.

Story

As the title suggests, the story is set in the areas the players previously visited in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. The story is set in 1984, two years before the events of the original game. The player is put in the shoes of Victor Vance, an ex-marine and a gangster at the same time. Similar to other installments in the GTA series, the protagonist roams a huge city, steals cars, kills different targets for money, etc.

Gameplay

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories for PlayStation Portable, apart from driving ordinary vehicles, the player pilots choppers, rides jet skis, etc. When it is necessary, Victor is willing to swim himself as well. When traversing the game world in a car for example, the player listens to the radio stations known from GTA: Vice City, though the repertoire has changed. As a result, V-Rock delivers energetic rock tracks, Wildstyle Pirate Radio is filled with rap music again, and Radio Espantoso brings a portion of hot latino songs.

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories for PlayStation Portable, the protagonist wields many kinds of weapons, of course. Among these, one can find pistols, an assault rifle or a rocket launcher for example. Next to the set of weapons, the player makes use of different gadgets, mainly a bulletproof vest. It is worth mentioning that the player is allowed to enter many buildings, or that a huge fun fair in Ocean Beach can be visited, and one can reflect on the great views from a Ferris wheel (after switching to the FPP mode). Furthermore, interesting weather effects were implemented, including even hurricanes. The in-game physics are based largely on the ragdoll effect applied to the character models.

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