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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: 10 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24
  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. 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. Feb 28, 2021
    8
    This game has no right being as good as it is. For being a port of a PSP game to PS2 it runs surprisingly well. A fun if not slightly basicThis game has no right being as good as it is. For being a port of a PSP game to PS2 it runs surprisingly well. A fun if not slightly basic story that tells the rise and fall of the Vance brothers and leads directly into Grand Theft Auto Vic City. Expand
  4. 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
  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 22, 2019
    6
    Why is GTA:VCS on PS2 the worst GTA game for me???

    I've just finished GTA: VCS on PS2 and although I believe it is a good game on PSP I
    Why is GTA:VCS on PS2 the worst GTA game for me???

    I've just finished GTA: VCS on PS2 and although I believe it is a good game on PSP I can't tell the same thing about PS2 version.

    Disadvantages:
    - so many bugs, flaws and nonsenses (Especially when you are on mission this could spoil you fun)

    - police aggression (Maybe it is just me but It felt like especially when you are on mission the police was always around hunting you - I believe sometimes it was in purpouse but sometimes it was just stupid coincidence that was ruining my game) I mention this because I didn't have that feeling in other GTA games

    - controls - especially in the beginning could be tough proposition but in the end I got used to it

    - some of the mission were super difficult!! (and from what I read I am not the only one with this feeling)- I am not super good player but I usually don't have big troubles with missions in GTA games.

    - the gang wars - sometimes you are dead before you step out of the car

    - I don't Like Lance Vance even less more after Vice City!

    ADVANTAGE!
    + soundtrack! - as in every GTA game I just love that one!

    + storyline! - not the best one from series but anyway still very catchy!

    + The dialogues, conversations, speeches, talk - good and funny as in every GTA

    + graphics/details - in my opinion similar to SA, especially the details in the game (can't say about LCS)

    + that business thing - very good idea how to earn money and have some fun via gang wars

    Maybe I could write more good things about this game it could deserveit but I am afraid I would find also more bad ones so I rather stop.
    it wouldnť be so bad except the bugs, mistakes and whatever is there in the end. But overall I'd rather choose LCS instead of VCS if should play it one more time - worse graphics but much better story, catchy missions and I kinda like Liberty City more than Vice City.
    Sorry Vic!
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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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