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  • Summary: [Metacritic's 2003 PC Game of the Year] The PC version has enhanced features including improved graphics and sound, additional PC controls, as well as several options for players to customize the game. "Welcome to Vice City. Welcome to the 1980s." Having just made it back onto the streets of[Metacritic's 2003 PC Game of the Year] The PC version has enhanced features including improved graphics and sound, additional PC controls, as well as several options for players to customize the game. "Welcome to Vice City. Welcome to the 1980s." 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 nervous 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, hedonistic 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. Vice City offers vehicular pleasures to suit every taste. For the speed enthusiast, there's high-performance cars and motorbikes. For the sportsman, a powerboat or a golf buggy lets you enjoy the great outdoors. For those that need that sense of freedom and escape, why not charter a helicopter and see the beauty of Vice City from the air? [Rockstar] Expand
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  1. Positive: 30 out of 30
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  1. GameNow
    100
    Nearly impossible to put down. [Aug 2003, p.37]
  2. Computer Gaming World
    100
    Vice City doesn't improve much on the few shortcomings of its predecessor. Fortunately, it doesn't have to. [Aug 2003, p.74]
  3. 100
    Best of all, the numerous bugs and glitches that brought the PS2 version down a notch have been cleaned up and eliminated, for the most part. Enemies no longer shoot you through solid walls, you no longer randomly lose health while running, and cars remain in your garage until you take them out.
  4. The PC version of Vice City is just as much fun as the original, with great frame rates, better graphics, more control options, and all the content that made the PS2 version an instant classic.
  5. One of the most mesmerising and consistently entertaining games on any platform, ever. [PC Gamer UK]
  6. 93
    Many of today's action games compel gamers to race through them as quickly as possible, rarely stopping to enjoy the scenery, but Vice City is the total opposite. It's a game you want to soak in; a game you want to take in slowly and enjoy every moment.
  7. Cheat Code Central
    80
    PC gamers will be treated to better graphics and more of those great 80s songs which are available on the MP-3 radio station.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 85 out of 111
  2. Negative: 6 out of 111
  1. Nov 10, 2011
    10
    Now, gamers and gentlemen, what you see here right now is "GTA: Vice City", one of the world's most epic PC game mankind ever created. TheNow, gamers and gentlemen, what you see here right now is "GTA: Vice City", one of the world's most epic PC game mankind ever created. The game's a open-world; you could go out and massacre everybody, destroy gangs, steal cars, and call in the FBI and the army and fight till the death. One of the new features is building investments, which is also a great feature that teaches you to stop wasting money on chicks and to get your head into the game. Great graphics for 2003 as well as the game engine. The story's a meh but who the **** cares; it's GTA. A 10 out of 10!!!!!!! Expand
  2. Nov 9, 2013
    10
    This must be my second favorite game of all time. I still remember my amazement after seeing this jewel at my friend's house for the firstThis must be my second favorite game of all time. I still remember my amazement after seeing this jewel at my friend's house for the first time. Great graphics, great gameplay, great story, but most of all, amazing soundtrack and 80's atmosphere. Yes, the atmosphere in this game is truly something else, I could cruise around the city for hours in my sports car listening to the radio not caring about anything and not get bored. No GTA was able to recreate that atmosphere and feel after Vice City. Expand
  3. KentO.
    May 13, 2003
    10
    Good.
  4. AdamB.
    May 31, 2003
    10
    Great game.
  5. AnonymousMC
    Jul 16, 2009
    9
    Nice game, enjoyed it. Only problem: the map was too small!
  6. Sep 12, 2015
    8
    I played this game in the past for hours on end and recently re-bought it on Steam because I no longer got the original to work on Windows 7.I played this game in the past for hours on end and recently re-bought it on Steam because I no longer got the original to work on Windows 7.

    It's a classic, with tons of things to do, a big open world (they even say its the biggest next to GTA V) and a "back to the eighties" feeling with cool music on the various radio stations.
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  7. DUSTONE.
    Oct 21, 2003
    1
    I LOVED THE GAME.

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