GTA: Vice City

Aron Schatz
May 30, 2003
The hottest game for the PS2 comes to the PC, does it live up to the hype?
Tags Games

Page 1: Intro, Background, Gameplay


Do we really need an introduction for this game? I would say no, but I'll think of something to say. Vice City was the most anticipated game after GTA 3 was released. Does it live up to all the hype? Yes and it does more! This review will contain spoilers to the story, so if you don't want to know it until you do it yourself, skip right to the conclusion.


You're Tommy Vercetti, a detachment from the Mafia of Liberty City (Ehhem, GTA 3). It is the 1980's and you just got out of prison from a deal gone bad. Now you own a ton of money to some Mafia dude and he wants the payment. You must find a way to get the money.

<B>Game Play</B>:

The game starts you off with no cash and a hotel room to save your missions at. This is the 'safe house' of the game starting off. The story is more or less linear, but it feels dynamic due to the interwoven nature of each mission thread. Like in GTA 3, you get missions from people, and then in the end you either kill them or they leave.

There are many more different types of vehicles in Vice City. It is a good thing you have a few garages to keep your favorites in.

<center>Own Property</center>

There is much more than just doing missions the entire time though. This time around, you get to own property. There are two types of property you can buy. The one pictured is a business (actually, that one is a mansion), and the other type is a house. You can buy many different places in Vice City, all the places you buy will have save spots. Some of them will have garages to place your cars in them.


Even more enjoyable is the motorcycles in Vice City. This is Miami after all. There are a few different types of bikes, ranging from a scooter to a Harley. They have different names, but you'll get the idea. The motorcycle handles better than a car, but if you get hit, you'll fly off the bike. There is a nice wind effect that makes your clothes rustle will you're moving, a nice touch.


Helicopters are what really makes this game different from GTA 3. You actually have the ability to fly away from your troubles with little effort. When you have six stars and nowhere to run, look for one of these and get to a safe house. Flying it is different that a car, it uses the rotors for turning and the steering for banking only. It takes a few minutes to get used to it, but it is really fun.

<center>Planes and Sharks</center>

There is also a full winged Dodo in the game, but the thing only can take off and land in the water. That isn't exactly true, but it is tough to take off from land. The plane flies much nicer than a helicopter (speed wise) and handles like a car in the air.


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