Summary: Parents need to know that despite being limited to the small screen of a portable system, this Grand Theft Auto installment features all the violence, sex, drugs, obscenities, and criminal behavior of its console cousins. Parents should not confuse the handheld gaming experience of Nintendo's Gameboy or DS systems with that of the Sony PSP.
Excerpt: The prospect of a full-fledged Grand Theft Auto game on a handheld is an exciting one. It’s also a dangerous undertaking as well. Succeed, and you’re hailed as a hero. Fail, and you’ve got a fan base of over a million gamers to answer to, many of whom are (at least if the media is to be believed) prone to sudden snaps of violence. Grand Theft Auto ’s jump to the PSP comes with the same impact as the series' jump to the PS2.
Excerpt: I don't know when the PSP first emerged as anything more than a scribble on a beer mat, or how popular the now infamous Grand Theft Auto series was at the time, but you can bet your life that part of the reason for all that power was so games like GTA could run on the handheld; a fully fledged GTA with a huge 3D world and everything that goes with it. It's taken a while to arrive, but it's here now and Sony couldn't have asked for a better system seller.
Excerpt: A Grand Theft Auto game really doesn’t need an introduction. If you’ve never played a Grand Theft Auto game, then you’ve almost certainly at least heard of Grand Theft Auto. So with the series’ first foray into the PSP world, the question is not what is Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, but is Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories any good?
Excerpt: The most common bit of praise that will probably be heaped on Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is how well it has made the jump to a portable system. Where it stumbles is that it has brought every one of the Grand Theft Auto (GTA) series' faults along too, before adding a few new ones of its own—problems that are only magnified by the game's portability.
Conclusion: In my opinion, Liberty City Stories is one of the best games I have ever played. It is easily the best PSP game out there. With a few gripes and flaws here and there, it is no doubt one heck of a game that I would recommend to anyone (in the age group) to buy. The game is just that good! What are you waiting for? Go out and get it now!
Conclusion: Liberty City Stories proves that Grand Theft Auto games can still have some magic in them if you take the time to explore and you play the game at your own pace. But it is still feeling worse for wear at this point, and now the silly little additions from San Andreas look even more like quick fixes that do more harm than good. The next generation is upon you Rockstar Games. Time to get back to the drawing board.
Excerpt: Now enter the main character, Toni Cipriani. Toni has just recently returned to Salvatore Leone's side and is welcomed with open arms and honored as a hero. Why? Well, we're not quite sure. But apparently whatever Toni did isn't enough to earn his job as Salvatore's right-hand man, but he'll get there by performing the little day to day tasks people in the mafia do.