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Grand Theft Auto Vice City

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Platform: PlayStation 2
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  • Set in the 80s
  • Power, glamour, and corruption
  • More freedom of movement than ever before.
  • Gangs are much more intelligent in this game, and so are pedestrians - don't worry, you've got all-new moves and weapons to face them with
  • There's also a much wider selection vehicles -- boats, motorcycles and more New camera angles like the over-the-shoulder view

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Platform: PlayStation 2
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0000696CZ
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches ; 5.4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: June 7, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,483 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,584 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Platform: PlayStation 2

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How big is this game? Even publicists for other games end up talking about Vice City when they call our office, babbling in the same helplessly intoxicated way that afflicts everyone who plays it. The achievement of Vice City (which, as everyone knows by now, is set in the 1980s and offers an all-new, Miami Vice-inspired story) is not only that it manages to live up to an absurd level of expectation, but that it takes the game places that fans of its predecessor Grand Theft Auto 3 never dreamed of, and that it achieves this astonishing level of innovation without losing anything that made GTA3 the bestselling PS2 game of all time.

After a brilliant homage to the era of the Commodore 64 in the opening credits, the first thing you'll notice is the improved graphics, which are smoother and more detailed, and--with effects like neon lights reflected on rain-slick streets, and intense Florida sunlight--have a lush, tropical look that immediately gives you a strong sense of place. The architecture is more fabulous by tenfold, with art deco buildings, high-rise hotels, and believably seedy back alleys. The control scheme is essentially the same as in GTA3, but the cars handle much better, and in pedestrian mode there is a new crouch move. You will have access to fast, great-handling cars right away, as opposed to GTA3 which made you unlock the second island before you could get your hands on any respectable wheels. This game has such riches to offer that there is no need to be chintzy with the vehicles.

Cops are more vigilant this time--minor offenses like whacking innocent bystanders will more often than not get you a two-star wanted level--and are harder to elude (though they still can't seem to climb stairs or negotiate sharp turns). So while free-roaming exploration is as fun as ever, there is more incentive to perform the missions instead of randomly raising hell. Not that that's a bad thing: even lazy criminals like myself (in GTA3, I would rather toss hand grenades into traffic than follow orders from some rude Mafia boss) will be quickly caught up in the vivid characters and hilarious, fascinating story, in which you play an acid-washed-jeans-wearing thug named Tommy Vercetti. Where in GTA3 missions were blocky, schematic affairs only nominally connected to the story, this time tasks move the story briskly along and deftly blend cinematics and game action. For example, there is a scene of a character throwing Tommy a gun, at which point you are suddenly thrown back into the action and must make an instant decision about whom to trust and what to do.

There are more, and more detailed, indoor environments, including a hotel, police station, and mall (a slight downside to this is that some of the more elaborate indoor environments require load times). The layout of the city, with tons of backyards, narrow alleys, and fire escapes, encourages creativity when eluding pursuit, as does greater access to rooftops. Get your motorcycle up the fire escape and a whole new world of action is possible, including... well, use your imagination.

This overview barely scratches the surface of the Vice City experience, its colorful explosion of music, clothes, combat, and brilliant voice acting, not to mention the plot twist midway through the game that changes the very nature of the game itself. Though it was the outrageous, amoral violence that got all the press, the essential genius of GTA3 was its intoxicating blend of script and open-ended action. In Vice City this is--to use a cliché that is for once apropos--taken to a whole new level. --David Stoesz

Pros:

  • Astonishing, innovative gameplay
  • Godlike attention to detail
  • Opportunity to drive on the beach at midnight listening to the Human League's "Fascination"
Con:
  • More load times

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Following the success of Grand Theft Auto, developer Rockstar North takes gamers on a tour of a new city in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. With new sights, new characters, new (ahem) business opportunities, and even a whole new '80s themed era, players can indulge in more criminal fun than ever before. Vice City features more expansive locations, and over 120 vehicles ripe for the picking such as exotic cars, motorcycles, luxury yachts and planes. The soundtrack boasts three times the tunes compared to the previous GTA, and features countless '80s hits. Over 40 different weapons ensure effective firepower and provide enough variety for stylish defensive measures (samurai sword anyone?).

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641 of 675 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some major improvements over GTA3 September 12, 2002
Platform for Display:PlayStation 2
There are many enhancements over GTA3. Here is what is confirmed so far:
9 hours of music (GTA3 was 3.5 hours) - The music is licensed,
90 songs. 10 radio stations, including authentic period slang for the DJ's and Callers
very small examples of confirmed tracks include:
"You've got another thing coming" by Judas Priest
"The Message" by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
"Self Control" by Laura Branigan
"Summer Madness" by Kool and the Gang
"I Ran" by Flock of Seagulls
"Out of Touch" by Hall and Oates
"I just died in your arms" by Cutting Crew
Main character speaks,
by voice of Ray Liotta (from the legendary movie goodfellas)
Over 8000 voice overs (2000 for GTA3)
Double the size (city size wise) then GTA3's city
Also, there will be Interior action Multi Tiered enviorments (Casino, Discos, Hotels)
-AI is dramaticlly improved
-a new routing system for pedestrians including a ton of more variety and actions.
-Gangs are now inteligent, and now steal cars and get into chases with police among other new actions.
-New Renderware Engine with modifactions, Texture Streaming, Framerate IMPROVED. Special lighting work
-New auto-targeting system
40 weapons, (GTA3 had 15)
Use of cover from objects in rooms and on street.. also pedestrians
Camera is locked behind the user when in targeting mode. New targeting system to make finding and shooting enemies even easier. It will highlight targets based on "priority and not on proximity". The new system also includes a new crosshair system that shows you both the exact target and the bullet spray radius. The crosshair will also change color to indicate the enemies threat level
New maneuvers like crouching will help you make use of cover.
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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Improved, New Game - The Best in Years November 18, 2002
Platform for Display:PlayStation 2
Right before writing this review, I read a news story about a teenager who attempted to steal more than 100 cars and said he got the idea from "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City." And I couldn't help but think, "Here we go again."
Last year, Rockstar released their groundbreaking "Grand Theft Auto 3," a far more realistic sequel to their cartoony, cult GTA series. Defying convention (and the ratings system), GTA3 became one of the best-selling video games ever, introducing gamers to levels of atrocity and violence usually reserved for war crimes tribunals. Vice City is the update to that game, and while GTA3 was a genre-buster, Vice City perfects the formula, retaining all the good aspects of the old game while tweaking most of the problems and adding enough new things to keep gamers coming back for more.
Set in a Miami-like tropical town in the 1980s, Vice City captures the feel of Hawaiian shirts, fast cars, and faster women. The player is Tommy Vercetti, a gangster down from Liberty City who just got out of jail and came to Vice City to set up operations for his organized crime syndicate. His first deal goes bad, and he's left with the clothes on his back and the ambition to get the people who wronged him - and whatever guns, cars, swords, explosives, and people he can use along the way.
This game has much more of a "plot" than GTA3, but still manages to retain the open-ended feel of the first two in the series, as there are always two or three missions for the player to choose from. Rockstar also fixed some of the physics problems with cars, meaning the player can take corners faster and not have to worry about rolling over ten times.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review of Grand Theft Auto Vice City. March 26, 2003
Platform for Display:PlayStation 2
Grand Theft Auto Vice City is a terrific and brilliantly designed video game. It is very similar to Grand Theft Auto 3, only bigger, better, and longer. It takes some of the flaws that were found in GTA3 and vastly improves on them. There are many more new things that are in the game, as well as many of the old features. Now, I will describe the game and game-play to you.
First of all, there are many new features that weren't found in the game's predecessor. Here is a list of some of the new additions. (If you haven't purchased the game yet and want to be suprised with it, I don't reccomend reading this part.)
1.The city is larger and more detailed.
2.You now have the ability to have access to interior locations, including a mall, strip club, dance club, and more.
3.There are over 100 vehicles. This includes motorcycles, helicopters, and boats.
4.Now, there is about 35 weapons total.
5.Audio wise, there is over 9 hours of music from such artists as Michael Jackson, Ozzy Ozbourne, Grandmaster Flash, A Flock of Seagulls, and much more, including the famous Crockett's Theme from the television show Miami Vice.
6.There is much more character dialogue and pedestrian sayings. This time around, your character actually talks.
7.A more diverse cast of charaters. This includes voices done by Ray Liota, Tom Sizemore, Burt Reynolds, Jenna Jameson, Danny Trejo, and more.
8.You can now shoot out vehicle tires and people driving the vehicle.
9.You have the option to bail out of a moving automobile, even the choppers.
10.You can inflict damage on a vehicle by using a melee weapon.(Ex. baseball bat.)
11.You can now purchase property that eventully earns money for you.
12.The graphics and textures are more nice from GTA3's.
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