Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (2006)

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A young man who's kicked out of the army precedes to rise through the ranks of multiple gangs in the glamourous and dangerous Vice City in the mid 1980's.


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9 March 2007 | gangstahippie
| Much better than Liberty City Stories(Review is for PS2 release of the game)
Rated M for Violence,Strong Language and Sex and Drug Content.

I am a fairly big Grand Theft Auto fan.I got GTA2 a couple of years back but then about two years ago I got Vice City and loved it! Then I got San Andreas and loved it even more.To me this series is the best game ever.The games have great storyline's,characters and are loads of fun to play.Sure the graphics may not be as good as other games but the gameplay makes up for it and gameplay is the most important aspect of a game in my opinion.I got Liberty City Stories for Playstation 2.For me, that one was the worst in the series.The game had the worst storyline out of all the GTA games and the worst soundtrack.It was still a great game but not as good as the others.I forgave it because it was originally a PSP game(and a good one at that).But then Vice City Stories came out and made this game look much worse.I still like Liberty City STories but Vice City Stories is much better.I got really excited when I heard they were bringing the game to Playstation 2 and I got the game three days after it came out.Now Vice City Stories has the worst graphics out of all the Grand Theft Auto games but the other things make up for it.I got the game yesterday so I am at the beginning but so far Vice City Stories seems to have a much better storyline and much better characters than Liberty City Stories.There are new features in Vice City Stories that were not in any other GTA game such as the ability to buy your weapons after you get busted or wasted.Also the combat system is the second best out of all the GTA games(San Andreas is the best because you can learn new moves).In Vice City Stories you can use new fighting moves on your opponents such as snapping their necks.The soundtrack is very good.Not as good as Vice City's but there are plenty of good 1980's hits to enjoy.The game takes place in the year 1984(it doesn't say in the game but it says on the back of the box).You are Victor Vance(you might remember his brother Lance from Vice City).You join the army to pay for your brothers medication(he apparently has asthma).Your mother and other brother(Lance) are drug addicts.However your superior officer Jerry Martinez asks you to do illegal jobs which eventually get you kicked out of the army.You know must make a name for yourself in Vice City while meeting new and interesting characters.There are some new parts of the city that were not in the original Vice City such as a trailer park.Vice City Stories is only $30 Canadian and is definitely worth the price.

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Did You Know?


Philip Michael Thomas (Lance Vance), Gary Busey (Phil Cassidy), Danny Trejo (Umberto Robina) and Luis Guzmán (Ricardo Diaz) reprise the roles they played in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002).


Tina Jane: This is Roy Ayers, "Everybody Loves the Sunshine." And they do... Except for vampires and people on acid.


The main character of Vic Vance in this game is portrayed as having a normal sounding American voice but in GTA Vice City he has a deep Caribbean accent.

Alternate Versions

The PS2 version includes the following changes:

  • More side missions, rampages, stunt jumps and vehicle purchases
  • Added a stat for how many seagulls sniped
  • Removed the multiplayer from the PSP version
  • The hitmen in the first mission can no longer kill the player
  • In the mission "Home's on the Range, Jesus has a different colored suit
  • In the mission "Domo Arigoto Domestoboto", Armando shoots the Domestobot with the Python instead of the Pistol
  • Planes were made less durable and can explode easier
  • The hidden developer message on the sign at the stadium now says 11 easter eggs instead of 10
  • The hidden sign telling you "nothing to see here" was changed telling the player to look in the VCN building instead. The same easter egg from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002) in the VCN building was added and a crane was added inside to show the easter egg was under construction
  • The stubby shotgun, rocket launcher and grenades have different sound effects. The stubby shotgun reuses the spas sound
  • Some of the aircraft and motorbike sounds become higher in pitch
  • A trails option was added
  • Listening to the radio was added to air ambulance
  • Gloves were added to the Hired Muscle outfit. They were only visible in cutscenes on PSP
  • The WinterGreen bike received a bigger windescreen
  • The rampage for killing bikers with the Mac-10 was moved a little further to a new location
  • The sniper scope received a green tint
  • It's easier to see the trash such as leaves and newspapers around the city
  • Some of the map was changed for the new stunt jumps, such as the construction site and chunder wheel
  • PS2 has better draw distance, better textures and runs at a higher resolution than the PSP


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Written by Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks
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Plot Summary


Action | Adventure | Crime | Drama


Release Date:

31 October 2006


English, Spanish, German

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