Grand Theft Auto Vice City


posted 6/19/2003 by Charles Husemann
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Grand Theft Auto III was a watershed moment in the gaming industry; . it It took an interesting (but somewhat unknown) franchise and took it to the next level and became one of the most influential games in recent years. Combining open ended game play with a variety of different game modes tossed into the mix. , The the title was also infamous for it’s lack of morality. The game allowed you to live out all of your violent fantasies as you worked your way up the organized crime corporate ladder. While not the first game to allow you to play the villain, this was the first that did it in such a violent, anti-social way. The game was an instant hit, big enough to ensure a sequel. Rockstar delivered with Grand Theft Auto:Vice City (GTA:VC). GTA:VC was released for the PS2 last year to much acclaim and Rockstar recently released it for the PC.

GTA:VC takes the franchise back to the 80’s. You play Tommy Vercetti, a thug just out of prison, who’s sent down to Vice City to take care of a drug exchange. The exchange goes bad and now you’ve got to find the drugs, the money and take care of “bitness” “in Vice City. The game just reeks of the “me decade.” From the music to the clothing; Rockstar does a great job of immersing the player (the crowning moment for me was including the German version of “99 Red Balloons” instead of the English version).

Got any marshmellows?

GTA:VC’s gameplay is amazing, . You never really get bored in the game due to the diversity of things to do in the game. You can earn money honestly by taxing to people around the city or by delivering pizza’s on a moped, or you can go the go the criminal route (which is a little more fun) by robbing stores, beating people up and taking their money, and by taking on various missions from the local crime lords. There is a central plotline to the game, but those are only represent a fraction of what there is to do in the game. The variety of things to do can be a little overwhelming at times (especially at the start) but once you get into the game you really understand what a wide open game GTA:VC is.

The PC version is a direct port of the PS2 game with a few extras. The first thing games will notice is the higher resolution textures. The textures make the game look a lot better and the bright 80’s colors stand out even more than the PS2 version. The second new feature is the ability to re-skin Tommy if you so choose (Rockstar has a new skin which you can download here). The last (and best) is that you can use your own MP3’s in the game. So, if you’ve had your fill of 80’s nostalgia, you can use your own tunes in the game. I’ll just say it’s a lot of fun doing drive-bys listening to Danzig.
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