Review by Naved007

"Rockstar is amazing again!"

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is the mosted hyped game on the planet. This game is best game in the world in my humble opinion. If you have played Grand Theft Auto 3 you we love this game.

There are many improvements from Grand Theft Auto 3. First off the camera angle has changed very much. All you have to do is press R3 and you can go to first person mode. Now in GTA: VC you can turn Tommy Vercetti, which is the main character, anywhere you want in this mode. Players can press select to change the camera views. The cut scenes are absolutely amazing. In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City I heard there will about 50 hours of cut scenes. Tommy’s hideout is now bigger than Grand Theft Auto 3. He can stay in hotels and more. Which brings us to the next great feature that was added to this game. Tommy can now go inside buildings. He can in at least 50 buildings. This game has left nothing unnoticed. Now one of the biggest changes was the in game menu. In the Game menu you can now enabling players to see where they are on the map, which is indicated by a pink arrow and where the mission point starts. Also the maps shown where the important places in Vice City for example your hideout and the hospital.

The Story: Having just made it back onto the streets of Liberty City after a long stretch in maximum security, Tommy Vercetti is sent to Vice City by his old boss, Sonny Forelli. They were understandably skittish about his re-appearance in Liberty City, so a trip down south seemed like a good idea. But all does not go smoothly upon his arrival in the glamorous, good-looking metropolis of Vice City. He's set up and is left with no money and no merchandise. Sonny wants his money back, but the biker gangs, Cuban gangsters, and corrupt politicians stand in his way. Most of Vice City seems to want Tommy dead. His only answer is to fight back and take over the city himself.

Gameplay 10/10: This is the meat of the game. In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City you have over 100 missions to complete, which can vary from all sorts of things. There are career missions, phone missions, offroad missions and sidequest missions. Missions will be handed out by varies of bosses you have to work for. Such missions like to kill someone or to deliver a package of some sort. In the vehicles part of the game, GTA: VC has over 100 cars to choose from. The boats are now an important role, seeming how this game takes place in Miami. Also now we have a motorcycle and a helicopter. There are different type of helicopter and motorcycle. You can shoot from the motorcycle. The Infernus makes its return to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. With guns now you can shoot out tires and you can shoot through the window. The insane jumps are also back which looks awesome with using the same excellent cinematic camera angles as GTA3 and cover more than just a single rooftop. The guns selection has increased. Now you can destroy a car by using a bat. A variety of sub-machine guns will be available for drive-by shootings. As with normal usage, each gun produces varied results during drive-bys in terms of range, accuracy, and damage dealt. Some of the weapons are available from the get-go, although these are far from the most powerful. As you gain access to other portions of the map, you'll find AmmuNations stocking the higher-caliber weaponry. Tommy can only carry one of each weapon type. The targeting system has improved as well. One enhancement is that when the player presses and holds R1, the camera immediately snaps to a position over Tommy's shoulder. The AI of the peds and the cops has been improved as well. The police now chase another criminals than you. The controls are easy to learn to this game. Triangle is jack cars, Circle is to shoot weapons, Square is to jump and X is to walk or run.

Graphics 9.7/10: The graphics have been improved. The game runs at 60 frames per second constantly. The design of the background is amazing. The texture of the characters looks very smooth. The weapons look very good in detail. A whole new dimension at the new interiors. The interiors look good with people dancing at nightclubs and etc. The cars and boats look great. The boats are excellent looking with different type of boats to go onto. With more polygons in the city, better textures on bikes, cars and characters, and almost no pop in, the game looks far more technically accomplished than before. The sunny climate you can heat rays from the roads and the reflecting of the sun in the water. When it rains the rain looks more realistic than before. Tommy will be wearing more than two outfits in this game, which then we will see what kind of clothing we can expect. While this game is in the 80’s you can expect the style will be little to get used to. The only problem with the graphics is that you can notice some minor glitches, but that will not ruined the game. The loading time isn’t too bad as well.

Sound 10/10: Ah yes the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City radio is back. The radio will consistent in the 80’s music. It has rock and country. It is also the return of Lazlow. The voice characters are great. The soundtrack for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is huge. It will be about 100 tracks. Already announced songs and artists include Blondie, Judas Priest's ''You've got another thing coming,'' GrandMaster Flash's ''The Message,'' Laura Branigan's ''Self Control,'' Kool and the Gang's ''Summer Madness,'' Flock of Seagulls' ''I Ran,'' Hall & Oats' ''Out of Touch,'' and Cutting Crew's ''I Just Died in Your Arms.'' In all, there are 80 commercial tracks. Wild Style is like a techno radio station. V-Rock is a radio station for rock and roll with Lazlow. Emotion is like a slow dance type of music with Ferdano. The Wave is about “underground hot tracks”. Fever is soul music like in the trailer of Vice City. Flash FM is about pop culture of the music industry.

Lasting Appeal: This game is going to be the game of the year. The replay value is great. This game should be in your video game library. If you don’t have this game you are insane. This is a BUY!!


Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 10/29/02, Updated 10/29/02


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