Reviews and Problems with Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories PS2 Review
31 May 2010
Excerpt: Things may not be quite as fun as they once were, but each addition to the Grand Theft Auto series still manages to sustain our interest. As the series has been recycling many of its missions since the release of the original game way back in 1997, it’s certainly bordering on the stale side a little. In spite of this, its personality has been left intact and, as remarkable as it may be, it’s still somehow enjoyable.
Excerpt: For many people Vice City is the best GTA game to date. While it might not have the scope of the more recent San Andreas, it has atmosphere and style in abundance and remains one of the most entertaining games ever made. GTA: Vice City Stories for the PSP became a hugely anticipated title, as it would once again let players experience the '80s and return to that oh so familiar city.
Excerpt: Rockstar's juggernaut Grand Theft Auto series debuted on the PlayStation Portable late last year in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, a side-story prequel to the events that took place in Grand Theft Auto III for the PlayStation 2. With Liberty City Stories, Rockstar successfully translated its open-ended world of crime to a handheld system, though not without a few missteps.
Pros: Vice City is just as gaudy and cheesy as you remember it, Fantastic soundtrack and radio dialogue, Longer missions, More multiplayer modes
Cons: Some control issues with the combat, especially in melee, No real forward progress for the series to be found here--old issues still remain, Texture popping is still extremely prevalent
Excerpt: Can Rockstar overcome the failure of Liberty City Stories ? Have they finally created a successful GTA side story?? Will there ever be a Grand Theft Auto game where buildings don't pop in??? Fughettaboutit. Straight from the PSP to your Playstation 2, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories is Rockstar's most recent trip back to the well. Overall, the graphics are a step up from Rockstar's last port-- Liberty City Stories .
Conclusion: it all to raise money for his sick brother. The stories in the GTA games have never been particularly great, but at least they were handled respectably, with some decent writing and top voice talent. Here, the writing and dialogue is excruciatingly bad, to the point where it's just better to skip all the cutscenes and let the in-game explanations fill you in on mission objectives.
Summary: Forget Liberty City, as the days get longer and the temperature goes up there's only one super violent community you need to think about -- Vice City! Vice City Stories doesn't reinvent the Grand Theft Auto formula, but it is a solid port of a fantastic PSP game. With its budget price and great action this game may prove to be too difficult to pass up, even if they didn't do anything special for this console port. This product was submitted by the publisher for review.
Conclusion: A crap port of a great game is still a crap port. The good game part helps, yes, but when everything about the way the game plays on the PS2 feels like a rush job, it doesn't really instill a feeling of satisfaction -- if if the game is only $20.