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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 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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  1. 90
    As ever, there are some issues with the combat system -- but this doesn't outweigh the overall quality, or the fact that you are getting one hell of a lot of game for a penny shy of 20 bucks.
  2. The experience is a great deal more entertaining than the previous effort (Liberty City Stories), so if you enjoyed Vice City for the PS2 and don’t own a PSP, go ahead and pick this one up.
  3. It’s expansive, fun, challenging and most of the time, plain hilarious. Yet, concurrently, it’s also in dire need of a makeover and the combat system could do with a refined dusting.
  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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  1. 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 great cast and fun story Expand
  2. Jul 4, 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 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
  3. 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 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
  4. Sep 29, 2013
    7
    "Grand Theft Auto" aprovecha bien el tremendo éxito que tuvieron en Vice City con "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories" si bien pudieron haber echo un mejor trabajo viniendo de Rockstar no está nada mal, por otro lado los gráficos y personajes se quedan medio pobres, pero el juego da medianamente lo que te mereces: acción viciosa y entretenida para cualquier espectador que halla disfrutado de las otras entregas de "Grand Theft Auto". Expand
  5. 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 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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