Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
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Welcome to the 1980s.
From the decade of big hair, excess and pastel suits comes a story of one man's rise to the top of the criminal pile as Grand Theft Auto returns.
Vice City is a huge urban sprawl ranging from the beach to the swamps and the glitz to the ghetto, and is the most varied, complete and alive digital city ever created. Combining non-linear gameplay with a character driven narrative, you arrive in a town brimming with delights and degradation and are given the opportunity to take it over as you choose.
Play in mouse-look 3rd person view or classics Grand Theft Auto console. Plus integrated support for all major gamepads, joysticks and steering wheels.
Pushed to the limit to take advantage of the latest PC hardware. With massive viewable distances, texture resolutions bumped up from 32-colors to 32-bit color with billions of shades and games resolution to scale as high as your monitor can support.
Muster your artistic prowess to create your own player skin. Add to Tommy’s 80’s couture wardrobe or create a whole new original spin on the character itself.
EAX 3.0 audio immerses you in the sounds of the city and a new MP3 radio station lets you broadcast your own music over Vice City’s airwaves.
At any given time, watch a replay at the last 30 seconds of the game and mall your unbelievable gameplay sequences to friends to watch.
a pure classicdamienjameswebb | Feb. 7, 2014 | See all damienjameswebb's reviews »
probably one of the most enjoyable GTA games i have ever played. i still have the original disks that i jacked from my brother back in the day. it was also one of the only games i had for the pc for the longest time growing up so i have played this A LOT. the graphics were great for its time ad even today some of the player models and even the cut-scenes are great. the controls are a little weird for me still and i found it better to use an external program to bind my controller.
the game is small and boots fast, which is nice for under powered PC's. i remember playing this on a laptop over 10 years ago (which was a feat in itself).
overall i love this game, the missions are diverse an actually hard, but at the same time you can lose yourself for hours just driving around causing chaos.
A significant improvement over GTA IIIGmen | Jan. 4, 2014 | See all Gmen's reviews »
I still regard GTA San Andreas as being the best out of the "trilogy", but Vice City was definitely a step in the right direction, and certainly one of the better entries in the series to date.
First off, you can aim down the sights with weapons (while still in third-person mode), increasing accuracy and making combat somewhat easier. The minigun can be fired in first-person. Some guns like the assault rifle also have a more realistic rate of fire, which means you aren't instantly killed when a National Guard trooper opens fire on you. You also have the ability to ride bikes and fly helicopters (something which was missing from GTA III) – although you seemingly still can’t fly airplanes – or at least not for very long, which is a let down. And although it wasn’t particularly apparent, your skills with various weapons and tools, as well as abilities improved over time. You can also buy properties across the city that act as safehouses, and on top of that you can generate extra income and unlock side missions by buying businesses.
One of the biggest highlights of the game is no doubt the soundtrack. You could tune in to V-Rock on the in-game radio and listen to all the hits of the 1980's. That and chuck in the usual guest stars like Ray Liotta, who voices Tommy Vercetti, who all provide some of the most excellent dialogue in any game, and you have a fun romp that should be a pleasure to play again and again.
Bigger and bettereL_Jay | Oct. 24, 2013 | See all eL_Jay's reviews »
This game was badass in 2003. Not as groundbreaking as GTA 3, but definitly more refined and fun to play. Rockstar almost seemed to master the 3d Renderware engine.
All in all better graphics, better soundtrack, more missions, more guns, more vehicles including an airplane, bikes and helicopters, better story and a much more lively world. Bigger, better bolder. In 2003 i would rate this game a 9.7
I recently played a playthrough and it aged pretty well, if you can look through the outdated graphics and get used to the fact that Rockstar isn't good at porting games to pc. It's still a blast. The shady 1980's of Miami still come alive. Especially the soundtrack and missions get the nostalgia flowing. In 2013 I rate it an 8.1
Definitive GTA Gamephool | Sept. 26, 2013 | See all phool's reviews »
Personally I consider this game the pinnacle of the GTA series to date (pending the release of GTA V on the PC). Taking the GTA universe back in time to the 80s, the games soundtrack shines as you cruise down the streets of Vice City leaving a trail of mayhem and destruction in your wake.
Vice City has all the trademarks of a 3D GTA game: a large, expansive open world to explore to your hearts content, numerous vehicles to commandeer to traverse the world and a large array of weapons to unleash havoc on unsuspecting citizens.
The actual story is quite engaging and possibly the best of the series and takes you on a roller coaster ride as you set out to establish your criminal empire. The trademark Rockstar humour is present in abundance and the player is rewarded with all manner of easter eggs and minute details when exploring every nook and cranny of the game world.
All in all, Vice City comes highly recommended as a modern classic.
The 80s are comingThoosa | Sept. 5, 2013 | See all Thoosa's reviews »
A great tribute to everything from the 80s. Of course, the graphics are really really old nowadays, but it is just really fun to play. It is violent, with a good story, like from an 80s movie and references to the film industry, which i will not spoil, you have to see them on your own. I have had fun playing this game, but I felt like it kind of lacked something and a few things were irritating (like the fact you can not swim, it was just terrible). But anyway, a great game and the few glitches were fixed in the follow up on this game.