- Platform: Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
- ESRB Rating: Mature
- Media: CD-ROM
- Item Quantity: 1
This PC version will possess enhanced features, including improved graphics and sound, additional PC controls, and several options for players to customize the game.
"We felt that we had to truly outdo ourselves when it came to developing Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and felt that we owed it to the fans to continue to keep enhancing and delivering the gameplay, cinematic graphics, production values, and audio experience that have become synonymous with the Grand Theft Auto franchise," said Sam Houser, president of Rockstar Games. "We are truly humbled by the response that the game has received so far and are extremely excited to showcase Grand Theft Auto: Vice City on the PC."
"The real beauty behind Grand Theft Auto is not only the freedom that it allows the players, but also the freedom that it has given us as developers," added Leslie Benzies, president of Rockstar North. "The open-ended, nonlinear world of Grand Theft Auto allows us to stretch the limits of our imaginations by giving us an open canvas to work with. This was especially the case when it came to creating Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. The '80s fashion styles, music, and sensibility fueled our creativity to the fullest. We are extremely excited for the PC world to experience the fruits of our labor when the enhanced version of the game is released this spring."
I recently got this game via online auction for $10; just curious what all the hype was about. Let's get straight to the point:
The GOOD: Entertaining voice acting by Ray Liotta (Tommy Vercetti the main character), Dennis Hopper (Steve Scott, the porn king), Burt Reynolds (Avery Carrington, real estate mobster), Philip Michael Thomas (Lance Vance, Tommy's buddy), Deborah Harry (Taxi controller), Jenna Jameson (porn star), etc. Facinating storyline with funny plot twists. Open game format allows playing missions in any order you want, do what you want. LOTS of cars, motorcycles, planes, trucks, ambulances, helos, speedboats, RC airplanes, etc. to commandeer and wreak havoc. LOTS of weapons ranging from butcher knife to RPGs. LOTS of 80s music (Blondie, Rick James, A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, Michael Jackson, etc) and chat parody on radio stations whenever inside a vehicle. Well plotted out city streets and ability to buy real estate and business properties as the game progresses. Some missions are tough and need careful planning and weapons selection. Add your own MP3s to listen to! You can even pick up hookers if you're driving a nice car. Just too much goodies!!!
The BAD: Awkward 3rd person view of main character (views can only be changed in vehicles) which means sometimes a structure or the back of Tommy's head can be blocking your view of the enemies. Background graphics can become ungainly and bulky close up (Kind of reminds me of old Tomb Raider games). Vehicle dynamics are purely video game style/not realistic simulations. Games can't be saved during missions and can only be done at "save" houses/properties.Read more ›
Maybe it's 'cause I grew up during the 80s, and between the nostolgia trip, the music from the period and the whole "Me" generation attitude is represented; this game has made it as one of my favorite games of all time...
For you hardcore gamers out there, it's well worth the cost of snacks and fast food for hours upon hours of uninterrupted game play. Load up on caffeine, call in sick and take the phone off the hook!
Aside from the whole period "feel", this is still GTA here. It's all 'bout wrecking havoc with fast vehicles, and Vice City gives you a lot of new toys to play with. Helicopters, Motorcycles, Boats, Planes (that don't suck to try to fly like the Dodo from GTAIII), tanks, and an attack helicopter after you either beat the game, or get all of the hidden packages.
Weapons in the game are decent, anything from a chainsaw to a rocket launcher, you have plenty of new weapons of mass destruction.
One thing to say, you can use cheat codes in this game, but it reduces your infamy factor. Just words to the wise.
Now then, I've beat Vice City so many times, the missions are knocked out quick when I play a new game... the real joy I get from just driving around. It's just kind of cool to run from place to place in this game while listening to tunes off the stereo.
The other plus is when the whole 1980's nostalgia trip wears off, you can load up the MP3 folder with your own music and terrorize Vice City in style.
For other things to say, voices by Ray Liota, Jenna Jameson, Burt Reynolds, and more add to Vice City's "cool" factor.Read more ›
Motorcycles are extremely fun to drive. There are 4 different types of motorcycles; First is a mopez (those motorcycles that have a seat and a lot of legspace, basically a newbie bike), second is a dirtbike, third is a harley davidson style bike, and finally, the best of all the bikes is the Kawasaki style sports bike.
As for the missions, they are very fun. There are ALL types of missions. There's the regular 'kill this guy' mission, and then there's those fun street races, and don't forget the RC missions (driving a mini helicopter and blowing stuff up with it).
Helicopters are actually drivable in this game! There are a whole bunch of them. There's the normal one called a maverick (no guns), there's a police maverick (has guns), there's that tiny news chopper (no guns of course), there's a chopper thats landable on water, and finally, if you can manage to get ALL 100 Hidden packages, there's the Hunter, which is an Apache. It has 2 missle launchers and a magine gun. How cool is that?
There are a lot more boats in vice city as well. They range from big yachts to those inflatable ones that the navy seals use. Pretty cool, very fun.
I hope you guys find this review useful.Read more ›
Your now in a crime paradise that looks oddly like Miami and again, you got screwed. Read more