Excerpt: Imagine the following scenario - somebody makes a groundbreaking game that has us all skipping meals and valiantly defending it from trolls on GameFAQs. A year or so later, we get a sequel which just feels like the developer just wants to cash in on the first game's success. Sounds familiar right? Fortunately, GTA Vice City was a fine example of the contrary, as it made everything that made GTA 3 great even greater by giving us motorbikes, helicopters and Love Fist.
Excerpt: Grand Theft Auto Vice City is a standalone game that takes the gameplay of Grand Theft Auto 3 (GTA3) down south to Miami, er, Vice City and back in time to the 1980s. You get more than just a change in scenery, though. Vice City adds new gameplay elements to an already excellent game. The move in time and place also gives Vice City a much richer environment than its predecessor, imbuing the game with even more character.
Excerpt: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is technically the same as Grand Theft Auto 3 , but the game has been given quite a makeover, with a staggering number of vehicles, weapons, and locations that you can visit and even purchase. Part of this makeover includes a major amount of 80's tunes, as well as (my favorite) KCHAT Radio.
Excerpt: On the heels of the immensely popular and surprisingly successful Grand Theft Auto 3 , Rockstar has created a successful sequel that not just adds on the original, but gives the player more of everything. Set in the 1980's, this game has the decade's nostalgia poured into every seam. You play as Tommy Vercetti, who has recently gotten out of jail.
Pros: Huge living city, Best soundtrack ever, Lots of missions or exploration to do, Vastly improved auto-aim
Cons: Some flaws in the graphics engine, Interior locations not as good as exterior
Excerpt: Fast forward to a year later and the release of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Rockstar decided to show everyone that that “ripples of controversy” they created was only the result of getting their feet wet and, this time, they are going to cannonball into the deep end. Instead of Reservoir Dogs and N.Y.P.D. Blue, Rockstar North has created the videogame twin of Pulp Fiction and The Sopranos. GTA3 is tame in comparison to what you will find in Vice City.
Excerpt: Vice City is not a perfect game. In fact, minor bugs and glitches abound just like they did in GTA3. But none of this matters because you will be totally engrossed in the pure fun that this game offers. Vice City isn't even a full-fledged sequel, but manages to add tons of new stuff and overhaul everything from the first game to prevent it from being just a rehash.
Excerpt: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is my first venture into the Grand Theft Auto world, but it will not be my last. I started playing GTA: Vice City on the Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) at a friend's house and on my very first session I was hooked. Several of my larger friends had to come and physically remove me from my seat so that they could play.
Conclusion: I suppose the missions of GTA: Vice City are not that much different from those of GTA3, but the theme is so well integrated this time around, that things simply feel more cinematic and cool. Some of the missions are particularly fun, though I hesitate to describe them and spoil the fun for newcomers. The vehicles of Vice City are all new and match the new setting well.
Excerpt: Last year, Grand Theft Auto III took the world by surprise. While the first two games in the series had a small, hard-core following, their simple 2D graphics and lack of a focused narrative structure limited their appeal. On the other hand, GTAIII featured a massive, clockwork world that was really impressive to behold, and it refined its predecessors' free-roaming, nonlinear design and added a far more compelling story in the process.