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: 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 .
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.
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.
Summary: A fantastic GTA release that takes players back to the familiar sights and sounds of Vice City.
Pros: Great presentation is in keeping with some of the best titles in the series; awesome soundtrack; fully intact GTA action and side missions for those who just want to roam the city; features like the "Empire System" add a level of depth to non mission elements.
Cons: Bug and glitches galore, both graphically and auditory; gameplay can become downright frustrating due to twitchy controls; Protagonist's story can lay it on a little thick at times; the PSP seems to struggle playing all the content simultaneously.
Conclusion: Last autumn we got to go back to Liberty City and now Vice City (think: Miami), the neon crime hub and beach resort gets a revisit. Vice City Stories is set in a time just before Vice City, so some buildings haven’t been built yet, some empty lots are now built up and some properties that were dilapidated in VC are new or pristine.
Pros: Variation, The soundtrack, Vehicle handling and physics, Comic book violence, Blondie, Roxy Music & The Cure
Cons: AI and frame rate glitches, Disappearing vehicles, Some dubious structuring, Flaws that were forgiven five years ago are now a bit tiresome, Phil Collins