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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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  1. Positive: 46 out of 50
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  1. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    100
    Not only is this the greatest game on PSP, it also leaves a large percentage of the PS2 back catalogue looking ordinary. But it right now. [Dec 2006, p.76]
  2. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories doesn’t attempt to reinvent the formula, but it does offer you a fantastic action/adventure game full of memorable characters, fun missions and great music.
  3. Vice City Stories is an amazing game, and one I would wholeheartedly recommend, (a lot of work has gone into it, despite the fact that the city has undergone few changes from the original) but I hope that for the upcoming (if you can wait a year) "GTA IV" we see enough of a change to refresh the genre and franchise, because the games are great, but starting to seem quite samey.
  4. This game is a ton of fun, and feels like a definite improvement to some of GTA’s core elements. Rather than just smush a GTA game onto the PSP, it seems like some thought was put into this one specifically to make it a great handheld game.
  5. What VCS does to make things a bit more interesting when off the beaten path of the core story missions is to introduce a new gameplay dynamic in the form of an Empire building system.
  6. Vice City Stories is a much richer and well-rounded experience than its predecessor, though the addition of Wi-Fi Infrastructure mode is something that the series is crying out for.
  7. The pressure of following in the footsteps of one of the console’s greatest successes seems to have removed any sense of humour from the game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 39
  2. Negative: 3 out of 39
  1. Nov 7, 2011
    10
    This is one of the best games on the PSP because it has so much to do. The missions are so great that you'll want to replay the missions moreThis is one of the best games on the PSP because it has so much to do. The missions are so great that you'll want to replay the missions more than once. The open world is also large and fun to explore. Expand
  2. Jan 22, 2017
    10
    Compared to "Liberty City Stories" this GTA title feels like a full packed GTA, in the style of "GTA San Andreas". For a portable game, theCompared to "Liberty City Stories" this GTA title feels like a full packed GTA, in the style of "GTA San Andreas". For a portable game, the world has a great design and exploring it is really entertaining, because you can use machines like cars, trucks, motorbikes, bmx, helicopters, jetskis, motorboats, golf carts etc. and in GTA VCS you have the ability to swim. All of this is very important to get that in-game feeling of total freedom, which makes GTA titles great (besides Rockstar's dark humor and missions). I think GTA VCS' physics are better than in GTA LCS, which is also very important, since you'll drive a lot (often fast and crazy). The story is way more interesting than in LCS and the ending was satisfying. The radio stations offer a well picked selection of 80s songs. Overall you always got something to do, without being annoyed by it. Expand
  3. Alvin
    Dec 10, 2007
    10
    I like Vice City Stories on PSP, but San Andreas is the best I wish it was on PSP.
  4. Jan 8, 2013
    9
    This Grand Theft Auto Vice can't inch up to the original which was a thrill, But Vice City Stories can't make a perfection. In Vice theThis Grand Theft Auto Vice can't inch up to the original which was a thrill, But Vice City Stories can't make a perfection. In Vice the missions are easy and hard and has a leveled difficulty. However, Vice City Stories has it mixed up. On the half part of the game it is easy a part of the start is easy and a part of the start is hard and some time after Mission 37 its hard but at mission 45 its easy. The graphics are good but the sunset bugs when in a mission because the light heads to you. Its generally kind of a equal but mostly a game that needs a few tweaks. Expand
  5. Nov 16, 2016
    9
    This game is a must have for the PSP. Vice city stories add a plethora of new features for a more complete GTA experience. Helicopters are nowThis game is a must have for the PSP. Vice city stories add a plethora of new features for a more complete GTA experience. Helicopters are now flyable. Expand
  6. Feb 13, 2018
    8
    Неплохая карманная версия Великого Автомобильного Угонщика Порочный город.
  7. FreddieR.
    Dec 11, 2006
    1
    GTA games are all the same and are getting more duller in every one they make this is the worst of them all.

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#2 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2006
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#1 Most Shared PSP Game of 2006