Summary: Parents need to know that the content of this game is consistent with previous entries in the series -- brutal violence, smarmy sexuality, drug use, and bad language are all in full effect. Players will be involved in contract killings, gang wars, torture, and drive-by shootings, and are encouraged to kill people, and ethnic caricatures abound.
Excerpt: Is it too early to say, "Been there, seen that?" I don't want to rain on the parade, but I'm sure that some folks out there may be leery of the revolution turning into the commodity. From all appearances, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories is a worthy successor to the crown, and I don't just mean the portable crown. I tend to think that if a great game can scale well to the portable, it probably will win a bigger audience.
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.
Conclusion: Ultimately, Vice City Stories is a fun distraction for fans of GTA and a decent game to tide players over until Grand Theft Auto IV. Although the game feels like GTA Lite in many respects, it still is a GTA game, with GTA humor and gameplay infused into it and it's hard to beat the $20 price tag. Just don't pick up Vice City Stories expecting anything new.
Excerpt: Like its predecessor, Vice City stories is a PS2 port from a game originally designed for Sony’s PSP handheld and as such comes complete with all the limitations of that platform. PS2 versions of PSP games tend to look very cheap, as the display resolutions of a PSP title look fuzzier and a bit washed out when blown up for PS2 gameplay. Vice City Stories is no exception. Add in the fact (or should subtract be the right word?
Summary: Vice City Stories doesn't bring anything particularly new to the series but it does introduce some new features to what is one of the best games of the last five years and this offshoot is one of the best games on the PSP bringing all the addictive and entertaining gameplay with a great original story.
Excerpt: GTA is back on the PSP. Following the huge success of Grand theft Auto: Liberty City Stories on Sony's handheld, which saw the title later released on the PS2, Rockstar has given the same prequel treatment to the 80s cheese-fest that was GTA: Vice City. Set in 1984, two years prior to the original game, Vice City is familar territory, yet subtly different with different buildings and altered road layouts.