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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City a Blast from the Past

I am a HUGE fan of Grand Theft Auto and literally got Grand Theft Auto: Vice City the day it became available. I've been playing it since the moment it got home, and it is truly a GREAT follow-up to the GTA3 blockbuster.


The premise is simple. Think Miami Vice. You're in Vice City, lots of cocaine dealers, the Italians want to get involved. You've just gotten out of prison and are sent down to get the 'family' presence known.


Your first job goes wrong and everyone is killed. Now you have to get the cash and drugs back for the family. As your reputation grows, more and more people want you to work for them.

The game is just classic. From the low-resolution intro screen to the GREAT music from Judas Priest to Michael Jackson to Bryan Adams, this is a BLAST for anyone over 25 who remembers these years. Younger players will enjoy it too but might miss all the great references!

The improvements over GTA3 are numerous. You get motorcycles now, complete with appropriate body leanings. Mopeds too! There are seaplanes, boats and helicopters. You'll see some of your favorite cars from GTA3 (including the BF Injection) plus many new ones. In addition to a gun shop you also have a tool shop for those who dislike firearms.

The dialogue is just *classic*, although they went a BIT heavy with every other swear being a reference to the male sex organ. In the REAL Miami Vice, they had a bit more imagination! Still, that is probably my only complaint in a game that is incredibly rich. The graphics are improved. The radio stations are AMAZING. Yes, this is NOT for kids. But for any adult, this is an amazingly fun way to spend many, many hours!

Rating: 5/5

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