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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

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Released
03 November 2006
Format
PSP
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Rockstar

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories


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Although the PSP library is still dominated by tedious sports sims and half-cocked PS2 conversions, the system’s GTA: Liberty City Stories is one of the most spectacular handheld games ever published. And while LCS remains an essential purchase, Rockstar’s latest slice of urban ultra-violence takes the portable franchise to incredible new heights.

While the hooker-shaggin’, police-cappin’, drug-runnin’ action is much the same as before, Vice City Stories has been given a graphical overhaul reminiscent of the visual leap between the PS2’s Vice City and San Andreas, making VCS look as if it’s running on a next generation PSP or some mysterious new handheld. And while the razor-sharp graphics and finely detailed cityscapes are enough to take your breath away, the developers have also worked to improve the draw distance and allow players to see further than ever before, making it easier to appreciate the epic sprawl of the city.

Rockstar has also listened to GTA fans and included a greater number of missions that see you leaping between different modes of transport – sprinting from souped-up sports cars into speedboats, then finishing the mission behind the controls of a helicopter, for example – and the new Godfather-style mode where you build a business empire and run rivals out of town is a welcome addition to the familiar GTA structure.


Reviewed by David McComb

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RE: Vice City Stories

I liked it! didnt finish it though ... More

Posted by Topher182 at 00:07, 11 October 2007 | Report This Post


Vice City Stories

Vice City on the PS2 was the best GTA. Hear comes Vice City Stories. It might be rather slow at first but its is amazing so dont switch off. Vic Vance is not as likable as Tommy Vercetti but he is still decent. One big problem with GTA is the shooting. However VCS makes a cracking job of it. Thhis really is an essential purcahse. ... More

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Posted by solid snake at 18:27, 23 March 2007 | Report This Post


RE: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

V Gd. PSP at its best. Also linked to the best GTA game ever. Yes Vice City is better then San Andreas. ... More

Posted by BasilFawlty at 20:21, 17 January 2007 | Report This Post


RE: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Couldn't wait to get it. Got it. Realised that it's a game I've already played 4 times. Stopped playing it after a few hours. Haven't played it since. I never thought it possible, but GTA, in its current GTAIII form has finally worn thin. ... More

Posted by Oh Daesu at 19:09, 28 December 2006 | Report This Post



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