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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: 7 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Feb 17, 2019
    10
    As I already wrote about this game (only about PSP), PS2 graphics and other elements are better, but again not the level of the game at theAs I already wrote about this game (only about PSP), PS2 graphics and other elements are better, but again not the level of the game at the time of release (considering which games were released in the release year of Gta VCS for PS2) and yes, I'm talking about graphics, but so be it.
    I would like to add a few more words to my review. Gameplay and difficulty in games is better than in GTA VC, but the plot and the hero himself (more or less) are worse, but not by much.
    The new antagonists are different, but it’s a pity that Mendesam had so little time for the game (especially Diego), but the same Westerman is very good. In general, the secondary characters came out very good.
    Probably the biggest minus in the game, it's bugs, lags and similar unpleasant things in games (think about the controls on the PSP ...).
    But yes.
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  2. Jul 19, 2019
    9
    For me this is the third best Rockstar game i have ever played behind San Andreas and GTA 5.It had good missions, the story also was good andFor me this is the third best Rockstar game i have ever played behind San Andreas and GTA 5.It had good missions, the story also was good and i loved build those various buildings and it had all the best fun you can get from the GTA franchise.Some missions were not very good though so i'll go with 9 outta 10. Expand
  3. Oct 11, 2020
    8
    O jogo é muito bom jogatina 80% o problema do jogo história não é tão boa Carol alguns jogos na empresa só é um jogo muito bom tirando aO jogo é muito bom jogatina 80% o problema do jogo história não é tão boa Carol alguns jogos na empresa só é um jogo muito bom tirando a história a história não dá para entender muito bem e a minha nota é 8.5 e olha lá eu fechei o jogo mais de duas vezes Expand
  4. 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 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
  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 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
  6. Jan 21, 2018
    7
    The black sheep of the GTA franchise. I really love this game but it has so many flaws.

    The graphics looked impressive as they were
    The black sheep of the GTA franchise. I really love this game but it has so many flaws.

    The graphics looked impressive as they were improved over the PSP version in terms of trails and textures. The soundtrack is really good but not as perfect as Vice City. The sound is essentially the same as Vice City but more refined. The gameplay was great and it gave us new elements such as the "Empire buildings", police bribes to retrieve your weapons after you got busted and purchasable vehicles with different effects that Vic could use.

    The story is my favorite out of the two "Stories" games. I really liked Vic Vance. It's sad that a lot of people don't like him.

    Now the bad: The AI in the game was unbalanced and felt broken at times, the weapon damage for all the guns was broken, some of the skill activities were crap and shouldn't have been extended to 15 levels, the random business wars are very irritating because the other gangs may have better weapons, many enemies spawn after you defend your business and instantly try to kill you, they may possibly go after another business again if you defend your business and go to attack a business that may be too far from your safe house or your current location in which they destroy it and you lose money, the difficulty level is terrible only in two levels Turn on, Tune In, Bug Out and Unfriendly Competition and the fighting mechanics were broken beyond belief.

    Rockstar could have bothered fixing these problems before releasing the game but didn't.

    Overall a good GTA game. The PSP version is essentially the same and has the same problems but has much worse frame rate and pop up.
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  7. Apr 13, 2020
    0
    To jest z nami i nie wiem czy jest możliwość zmiany w tym tygodniu w dniu jutrzejszym poziomie w

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