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  • Summary: Vice City, 1984. Opportunity abounds in a city emerging from the swamps, its growth fueled by the violent power struggle in a lucrative drugs trade. Construction is everywhere as a shining metropolis rises from foundations of crime and betrayal. As a soldier, Vic Vance always protected hisVice City, 1984. Opportunity abounds in a city emerging from the swamps, its growth fueled by the violent power struggle in a lucrative drugs trade. Construction is everywhere as a shining metropolis rises from foundations of crime and betrayal. As a soldier, Vic Vance always protected his dysfunctional family, his country, himself. One bad decision later and that job is about to get much harder. Kicked out onto the streets of a city between glamour and gluttony, Vic is faced with a stark choice - build an empire or be crushed. [Rockstar Games] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Play UK
    90
    As a PSP game this was truly exceptional. As a PS2 release it's not as technically impressive, but still represents fantastic value for money. [Issue #92, p.92]
  2. Games Master UK
    85
    It lacks the vitality it once had, but Vice City is still one of the best open-ended worlds. [Apr 2007, p.74]
  3. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    80
    Luckily, the standard of presentation on Stories is as high as it's ever been, from the first rate acting right down to the epoch-defining soundtrack. Try not grinning idiotically as you attempt to time a unique jump in a powder-blue convertible to the chorus of "Easy Lover."[Apr 2007, p.94]
  4. 75
    While the game stood tall on the PSP, its PlayStation 2 port seems weak in comparison when you look at the other options on the system. It's still fun, to be sure, but it just feels like a sloppy port.
  5. Like Liberty City Stories before it, Vice City Stories isn't nearly as appealing as a PS2 game, but it's still got worthwhile qualities.
  6. A crap port of a great game is still a crap port. The good game part helps, yes, but when everything about the way the game plays on the PS2 feels like a rush job, it doesn't really instill a feeling of satisfaction -- if if the game is only $20.
  7. The odd moments of joy don’t warrant sitting through the rest of the tedium and broken mechanics for. This cash cow has been well and truly milked.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Sep 28, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Better On PSP But Still Amazing Fun Not As Good As Previous Instalments But Still Great Controlls Traditional Grand Theft Auto Madness. Fun As Ever Great Cast And Fun Story. Expand
  2. Apr 5, 2012
    9
    better on psp but still amazing fun not as good as previous instalments but still great controlls. traditional gta madness. fun as ever greatbetter on psp but still amazing fun not as good as previous instalments but still great controlls. traditional gta madness. fun as ever great cast and fun story Expand
  3. Aug 2, 2015
    8
    im tobin from virus game reviews and today i will be talking about gta vice city stories now this is a port of a portable prequel of vice cityim tobin from virus game reviews and today i will be talking about gta vice city stories now this is a port of a portable prequel of vice city it takes place a few years before vice city and puts a huge focus on the vance family you will play this game as victor Vance who gets set up wrong by his boss in the army and has no way to get money to help his sick brother and get his mother to rehab or is there a way you see he got kicked from the army for doing wrong and that gives him a few connections and he starts to make his money by building his own business and taking the streets of the city with his brother! and for it being a port some who are sensitive to bad graphics will absolutely hate it right away but if you stick with it it can be a very entertaining video game and who does not want to go back to vice city! and another thing about this one is that it was more impressive on the psp and when comparing this to the original vice city or san andreas its pretty bare bones there is alot less cars and more than half of them are stupid cop cars leading you into plenty of unwanted jail time aand trips to the emergency room after being gunned down in the street. and for some reason the story makes little sense victor says how he is doing it for his family but moments later is killing people in cold blood and getting in gang wars you see it does not flow with the story at all unfortunately. but the missions are great you even get to save phill collins while he performs in the air tonight now that is cool. and the game still has a great soundtrack will 80s rock and rap like flock of seagulls and foreigner and run DMC! another cool thing is that there is these new empire missions were you can take over diffrant buildings and make them protection rings or a loan shark building and you can do these smaller tasks for money. now even though the game is less silly and wild as vice city it still has some good funny moments. and well if you liked vice city its just a great chance to go back for another visit. psp players will get multiplayer and better controlls so if you can get that version otherwise its not a bad buy and its alot better then liberty city stories and alot prettier too so i highly suggest picking it up! its an 8 out of 10 for ps2 and a solid 9 out of 10 for psp players once again im tobin from virus game reviews and i will see you next time. Expand
  4. JohnS.
    Apr 23, 2007
    7
    Not a bad game in its own right, but compared to the others it's pretty poor. It's actually worse than its predecessors. Worth the Not a bad game in its own right, but compared to the others it's pretty poor. It's actually worse than its predecessors. Worth the £20 they charge for it though. Expand
  5. Dec 6, 2015
    7
    Bueno juego, pero hasta ahí, en mi opinión el peor gta en 3D, aun así tiene cosas interesantes, creo que la pega mas grande que le puedo ponerBueno juego, pero hasta ahí, en mi opinión el peor gta en 3D, aun así tiene cosas interesantes, creo que la pega mas grande que le puedo poner son esos horribles efectos "brillantes" en los gráficos... cosa que es molesta y termina cansando, la campaña esta bien pero es la peor de la saga, el personaje es medio soso, pero aun así es recomendable, rockstar siempre hace cosas buenas (Y) Expand
  6. Jul 5, 2013
    7
    Personally, I did not like this game very much, but being a GTA game, the game always has an interesting story and good gameplay. Not the bestPersonally, I did not like this game very much, but being a GTA game, the game always has an interesting story and good gameplay. Not the best game in the series, there's no doubt, perhaps it is one of the worst, but it has a Miami city to explore and lots to do. Including the conquest of territories and the construction of territories, overall, it's a very good game. Expand
  7. Jan 3, 2013
    7
    The last prequel and last installment in the GTA III universe. Vice City Stories is a prequel that takes place before all the games that cameThe last prequel and last installment in the GTA III universe. Vice City Stories is a prequel that takes place before all the games that came out recently, VCS fails to reach the heights of its predecessors but the thing about VCS that was good was the voice acting, the story and the characters. VCS is a satisfying ending or beginning to the GTA III universe. 7/10 Expand

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#16 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2007
#14 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2007