Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
Vice City Stories Cover
DeveloperRockstar Leeds
PublisherRockstar Games
Release dates

United States Canada 31st October 2006
United Kingdom 3rd November 2006
Europe 10th November 2006
Australia New Zealand 10th November 2006
United States Canada 6th March 2007
United Kingdom Europe 9th March 2007
Australia New Zealand 9th March 2007
PlayStation Network
United States Europe 3rd April 2012

PlatformsPlayStation Portable
PlayStation 2
PlayStation 3

BBFC: 18
PEGI: 18+
OFLC: MA 15+
OFLC (NZ): R18
USK: 16+

ProtagonistVictor Vance
LocationVice City

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories was an exclusive game for the PlayStation Portable. Because of it's success, it was later released on the PlayStation 2 console. It is the second Grand Theft Auto game to appear on the handheld console. The game has been developed by Rockstar Leeds, and published and released by Rockstar Games.

Take-Two Interactive originally announced the title was to be released in North America on 17th October 2006 and in Europe on 20th October, but early in September there was an announcement stating the game had been delayed for release until 31st October in North America and 3rd November in Europe. It had also announced that the game will be released on 10 November 2006 in Australia. The suggested retail price in the United States is $49.99, and £34.99 in the UK.

On February 7, 2007 Rockstar Games announced plans for a PlayStation 2 release. The release dates are March 6, 2007 for North America and March 9, 2007 for Europe. The game will retail for £19.99 in the UK and $19.99 in the US.

The PS2 port has exclusive content that the PSP version doesn't have, such as additional unique stunt jumps and rampages.


Vice City Stories marks the series' return to Vice City, with the game taking place in 1984, roughly two years before the events of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. The game focuses around Victor Vance, the brother of Lance Vance who betrays Tommy Vercetti in GTA VC. Victor briefly appears in GTA Vice City in the opening cutscene, in which he is killed during a drug deal gone wrong.

In Vice City Stories, the brothers find themselves falling on hard times. Victor is a 28 year old U.S Army soldier who has been kicked out of the service, while Lance is a drug addicted wreck. They decide to take action and try to make names for themselves. The game profiles the siblings' attempts to take over Vice City.


See Characters in GTA: Vice City Stories

Vice City Stories contains many of the characters (and voice actors) from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, including Phil (Gary Busey), Ricardo Diaz (Luis Guzman), Lance Vance (Philip Michael Thomas) and Umberto Robina (Danny Trejo)

In addition to the gangs previously featured in Vice City, new gangs make a debut in this game: the Trailer Park Mafia, the Cholos, the Mendez Bros. Gang, and the Stallionz.


Victor Vance, the protagonist of GTA Vice City Stories

Vice City Stories is structured similarly to other releases from the Grand Theft Auto series. The core gameplay consists of elements of a third-person shooter and a driving game, affording the player a large, open environment to move around in. On foot, the player's character is capable of walking, running, swimming, and jumping, as well as utilizing weapons and basic hand to hand combat. Players can steal and drive a variety of vehicles, including automobiles, boats, airplanes, helicopters, and motorcycles.

The open, non-linear environment allows players to explore and choose how they wish to play the game. Although storyline missions are necessary to progress through the game and unlock certain areas and content, they are not required, as players can complete them at their own leisure. When not taking on a storyline mission, players can free-roam and create havoc (e.g. drive-by shootings, robberies, etc). However, doing so can attract unwanted and potentially fatal attention from the authorities. The more chaos caused, the stronger the response: police will handle minor infractions, whereas SWAT teams, the FBI, and the Vice City national guard respond to higher wanted levels.

The player can also partake in a variety of optional side missions. The traditional side missions of the past games are included, such as dropping off taxi cab passengers, putting out fires, driving injured people to the hospital, and fighting crime as a vigilante. A new addition to the game is "Beach Patrol", in which Victor plays lifeguard and must swim in order to save people.

One of the key gameplay elements in Vice City Stories is "empire building". New to the GTA series, it borrows a few ideas from Vice City's "properties" and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas' "gang wars" systems. In order to make money, the player must open and operate various businesses on property taken over from enemy gangs.

For Vice City Stories, the combat system was overhauled to feature more depth than ever before. The targeting mechanic has been tweaked to "intelligently target"; enemies posing a threat or attacking the player will be targeted over pedestrians. The biggest changes concern the hand-to-hand combat system, as players can now perform grappling moves and throws, and stand on top of enemies laying on the ground.

For the first time in a Grand Theft Auto game, players are able to bribe policemen or hospital staff when "Wasted" or "Busted" in order to keep weapons that ordinarily would have been lost.

The standard hidden package system returns in the form of 99 red balloons scattered around the city. This is a reference to Nena's 1980s hit, "99 Luftballons". Trip skips also return.

Improvements to the graphics since the release of Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories include new animations, faster load times, a further draw distance, reductions in clumping of pedestrians and vehicles, more complex and realistic explosions, and increases in the density of objects, vehicles, and NPCs.

Like the game's predecessor, Vice City Stories features a multiplayer mode that can be played via WiFi. Ten different modes of play are offered, and these multiplayer games will incorporate use of automobiles, aircraft, and water-based vehicles

Features which are NOT in the game

  • Character and Vehicle Customization
  • Wall Climbing
  • Built-Up of Statistics


See: Vice City Stories Radio Stations

Like all other releases from the Grand Theft Auto series, Vice City Stories' soundtrack plays an integral role in setting the game's atmosphere. It features 9 different radio stations that play over 100 licensed songs from the 1980s.


See Vehicles in GTA: Vice City Stories



The Cholos are a Mexican street gang based in Little Haiti and Little Havana. They have limited power in Vice City, but control all the crime activity in Little Haiti and Little Havana districts.

Trailer Park Mafia

The Trailer Park Mafia are a white "redneck" gang lead by Marty Jay Williams from a Trailer Park around the Sunshine Autos area. They have limited power but are looking to control all crime activity in Vice City's more poorer neighborhoods.


The Cubans are a Cuban street gang lead by Umberto Robina moving into the Little Havana district, which is Cholos territory.


The Bikers are a large outfit of motorcycle gangsters that control large quantities of buisnesses across Vice City, and are at war with the Sharks for more buisness empires.


The Sharks are a European gang, that originates on the East Island of Vice City, controling their own activity around the area, they become embroiled in a fight against the Bikers for control of Empire site.

Mendez Cartel

The Mendez Cartel is a Hispanic drug cartel lead by Diego and Armando Mendez controlling all of Vice City's drug deals, and major criminal activities.

Diaz Cartel

The Diaz Cartel is a Colombian drug cartel lead by Ricardo Diaz begining to take over the major activities in Vice City.

White Stallionz

The White Stallionz is a small neo-nazi homosexual biker gang that owns the White Stallionz bar in Little Haiti. Should not be confused with the Vice City Bikers.

Vance Crime Family

The Vance Crime Family is a criminal organization lead by Victor and Lance Vance, that begins their opperations in the city taking over all the buisness empires.

Gonzales Syndicate

The Gonzales Syndicate is a crime syndicate lead by Gonzales, that have reduced power in the City but think they have control of drug trafficking.

Leaf Links Golfers

The Leaf Link Golfers is a gang of Leaf Link country club members that hang around the Leaf Links Country Club.

Fort Baxter Military

The Fort Baxter Military is the armed forces that are located in Fort Baxter Air Base. They are armed with powerful M4 Assault Rifles. When Vic obtains 6 wanted stars, they appear with Barrack OLs and Rhinos and armed with SMGs.


See Weapons in GTA: Vice City Stories


Full article: Vice City

The game is set in Vice City, similar to GTA: Vice City but with some minor alterations due to it being set two years before.

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