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In over his head in the 80s,
This review is from: Grand Theft Auto Vice City Stories - Sony PSP (Video Game)
Rock star could be credited with saving the PSP from the same fate that took the Sega Saturn and Dreamcast. Their hand held expansions of GTA 3 and Vice City push the portable media platform to its limits. With about sixty story missions and about three dozen side ones like empire building(the money earn from empire building gets dump directly into your account) and finding equine stunts and races. The player get to meet the germen transsexual Reni who DJ for Flashback FM in Liberty City, and Phil Collins makes an appearances as Phil Collins, and Gary Busey and Philip Thomas reprises his role as Phil Cassidy.
The Player takes the roll of Vic Vance, Lance Vance's older (brother who is killed off screen in Vice City) two years before Tommy Vercetti Comes in to the picture. Kicked out of the army for helping a crooked NCO Vic Vance has to swallow his pride and, along with his impulsive brother Lance, have to step in the back stabbing underworld of crime to support their family.
The game play is mirror to Liberty City's Stories, go from safe house to job, do the job go back to safe house, do a little exploring, not that there's anything wrong with it, the missions are fun and with the money from empire building money collected automatically, the player has access to choice weapons early in the game, easy to find Hidden packages, (In this game their balloons that you have to pop) help to build your arsenal without buying anything, and the cuts scenes are fun to watch. You get new vehicles like jet skies and hovercrafts.
There are some great characterizations in it too. Lance proves to be even more of a moron( one might think it was his stupidity that got Vic killed) , Vic tries to honey up to Phil Cassidy's younger sister. But the Character of Vic seems inconsistent. He comes off as a man who doesn't want to go that far deep but keeps going; he starts off as a honorable soldier and just degrades into a murderous street thug, all the time is he seem to know that he is doing the wrong thing. The pervious characters like Claude, Tommy and CJ are all career criminals, they didn't start out as productive member of society, they where pushers and pychos and OGs.