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Grand Theft Auto:Vice City

 Grand Theft Auto:Vice City

It’s kind of a classic game from our child hood and you might got nostalgic whenever you heard the name of this game.In my thinking it’s a respective look.If you ever asked some one about it I am pretty sure that he or she would surely say yeah I had played this game a lot and some would say that I am familiar with the name.It was one of the best part of our child hood that we could not forget about it.It reminds me the old era.


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City also called as GTA: Vice City or simple Vice City,was an  open-world action-adventure game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar GamesIt.It was the fourth main entry in the Grand Theft Auto series.Basically it was released in 2002 for the play station 2 and later on Xbox and PC.This game was set in 1986 in a fictional version of Miami,Florida called Vice Cir;y.Players used to play as a role of a guy named Tommy Vercetti, a criminal who just got released from prison and now he is looking to establish himself in the city's criminal underworld and build his own empire.


It’s production was done essentially in just nine months.Preliminary stuff like planning and models was started just after the GTA 3’s release,but full production was  not initiated until 2002.Most of the development work inspiration creating the game world to fit the inspiration and the time period so for this the development team conducted extensive field research in Miami while creating the world.After the good response of public they also compressed this game so that the players can also enjoy the game on their mobile screen and even there were a lot of moods that can played.


The story line of this game revolves around the male protagonist named Tommy Vercetti as mentioned in above paragraph.After messing him self up in a drug deal he got caught and later when he got he left nothing and must work his way back up the criminal ladder to regain his power and prestige.The games plot is based on multiple real-world people and several events in Miami such as Cubans,Haitians, and biker gangs, the 1920s crack epidemic, the Mafioso drug king, and the finance of glam metal.This game was also influenced by the films and and television of the era,most importantly Miami Vice and Scar face. The story is filled with memorable characters. From the eccentric drug lord Ricardo Diaz  to the corrupt Vice City Police Department some cause him trouble and some try to kill him.As the story progresses, players will uncover a conspiracy involving the Drug Lord and some other powerful figures and ultimately take down the city’s criminal kingpins to become most powerful criminal in Vice City.


The game includes various characters with distinct behaviour that made the players to connect with them.

Sonny Forelli: Tommy’s boss and the leader of the Forelli crime family.

Lance Vance: Tommy’s partner of crime and friend, who helps him navigate thr criminal underworld of Vice City.Even he was the one how double crossed him and betrayed him

Ricardo Diaz: The drug lord and Tommy’s main rival.

Ken Rosenberg: Tommy’s lawyer, who helps him navigate the legal system of the City.

Umberto Robina: The leader of the Cubans, a powerful criminal organization in the city.

Game play

The game is played from a third-person perspective and its world navigated on foot or by vehicle.One of the best features of Vice City that attract the players involving old and young to play this game is the open world and the exploration.The open world is navigated on foot or by vehicle.The open world design lets the players to freely move any where in Vice City, consisting of two main islands. Actually the people can do a lot of missions and side missions as well such as vigilante missions and taxi driving, beside all these they can do a lot of things in the whole city and get them selves out from the boredom.It is possible to have several missions available at a time, while some missions require the player to wait for further instructions or events that cause those missions to unlock and then you the player can do the mission a go ahead in the story of game.The whole world of the game is way more greater than the earlier entries in the series.The game is filled with a lot of memorable moments and Easter eggs, such as the ability to fly a helicopter to the top of the city and take a trip to the beach.The player can do hijacking any vehicle, doing robbery, as well as purchasing property and businesses.The player can do a lot of crimes using different guns from a kitchen knife to a rocket launcher and the best part of it has explosives to fight enemies.The game three dimension environment allows a first-person view while using the sniper rifle and the launcher.Thhe game allows the player to purchase variety of weapons from the local arms dealers, found on the ground,retrieved from the dead enemies and some found in several corner of the city.In addition to it the player can do shooting while driving by facing sideways in a vehicle. 

Graphic and Soundtracks

Vice City’s graphics and soundtracks are very impressive as compared to other games at that time and the feedback says that it was totally worthy.The visuals of the game aged well and still hold up today, with a vibrant and colorful depiction of the 1980s.The cars models and characters animations was pretty impressive.The game also owned a lard licensed soundtracks, with above 150 songs from the 1980sThat includes pop, rock, and hip-hop.Players can also tune into various radio stations while driving in the game,which adds to the immersion and atmosphere of the game.Moreover the game voice acting, including the performances of Ray Liotta and Burt Reynolds, received critical acclaim.


Upon it’s release,Vice City received widespread critical acclaim and is widely considered one of the best game ever develop.It was praised for it’s open world game play and the features that give the players the opportunities to do what ever they want and can’t do those things in their real life as mentioned above.To be honest the game was a great success, selling over 17.5 million copies worldwide.Considered the one of the most significant tittles of the sixth generation of video games and one of the greatest game ever made who owned a lot of awards from several gamin publications. It was the great success in 2002.The game soundtrack, graphic and the voice acting was also praised by the people.As of 2023, the game.The game Vice City aggregate response in Matacritic 95/100 score and in several publications are shown bellow.

IGN gave it a 9.6 out of 10, praising its open-world design and mission variety.

Game Spot gave it a 9.0 out of 10, calling it "an incredible game that offers just about everything."

Game Spy gave it a 5 out of 5, stating that it "sets new standards for open-world gameplay."

Please note that these are just a few assumptions, and the game received too many  other positive reviews from different publications as well.

IGN’s Pery wrote “The game missions give the player a strong feeling of being inside of a story along with the world that truly exists”.

Marriott commended the “ambitious scope of design”

Marriott of All Game named Vice City an “unforgettable llistening experience”, and Perry  declared that the game music is “ the most impressive list of songs in a game”.

Many says that this game include a huge and good variety of vehicles than Grand Theft Auto III.


The success of the game led to the further development of several sequels, including Grand Theft Auto:San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto IV, and Grand Theft Auto V and further sequel name Grand Theft Auto VI is under production.The game’s setting and characters have also been featured in other Rockstar games, such as LA.Noire and Max Payne 3.Vice City is also considered a cultural touchstone of the early 22000s, and it’s depiction of 1980s Miami continues to influence popular culture. 


Positive: Grand Theft Auto Vice City is a critically acclaimed open-world action-adventure game that was well-received by both critics and players alike.It was considered one of the best games in the Grand Theft Auto series and is praised as well.

Negative: Some players and critics have criticized the game’s depiction of violence and its portrayal of women.Additionally, the game has been criticized got it’s use of racial stereotypes and it’s glamorization of criminal activities.However, it is important to remember that the game is a work of fiction and is not intended to be taken as a realistic portrayal of real-world events or issues.This game is also had a bad impact on premature.This also gave birth to a lot of controversies.It has been labeled as violent and dangerous game and is considered highly controversial by many special interest groups.

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