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Roman Deini
08-02-2006, 11:45 AM
To date, the best-selling game for the PSP platform has been Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. Developed by Rockstar Leeds, the game has sold more than a million copies on the platform in the US since it was released in October 2005, generating more than $51.3 million in revenue. The game's runaway success caused it to become the first game ever ported from the PSP to the PlayStation 2. The budget-priced console version has also been a best-seller since it went on sale last month.
Given Liberty City Stories' success, few were surprised when Rockstar Games revealed that a second GTA game was in development for the PSP. At E3 in May, the publisher announced Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories would ship in the US on October 17 and in Europe on October 20. Today, the publisher reconfirmed the ship date, and announced the game would carry a full price of $49.99.

Though it didn't announce a rating for Vice City Stories--though there has yet to be a non-M-rated GTA game--Rockstar did release the final box art for the title (pictured). And while the publisher didn't unveil any new information on the title, the box art indicates that, like LCS, the game will feature characters from its console predecessor, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

In the middle of its left-hand side, the VCS box art shows a swarthy character with long black hair and a handlebar mustache. The person appears to be Umberto Robina, the Cuban gangster voiced by actor Danny Trejo (Heat, Desperado) in Vice City. Robina tasked Vice City protagonist Tommy Vercetti with a variety of missions, from a treacherous boat race to starting an all-out war with his archrivals, the Haitian gang. One such mission was the source of the controversial "Kill all the Haitians" mission, which sparked protests in 2004, two years after Vice City first went on sale.

In the upper-right-hand corner of the VCS box is a picture of a rugged, bearded biker riding a Harley-Davidson-like motorcycle. The character appears to be a more youthful version of "Big" Mitch Baker, the Vietnam-veteran biker-gang leader voiced by the Six Million Dollar Man himself, Lee Majors, in Vice City. From his hangout at the Greasy Chopper Bar, Baker assigned Vercetti several missions, which included motorcycle racing and riot-instigating.

But while both Baker and Robina appear to be on the Vice City Stories box, Rockstar had not responded to inquiries regarding either character's presence in the game. The publisher also had not confirmed whether either Trejo or Majors would reprise their roles. However, the actors' absence does not preclude their characters' return: Several Grand Theft Auto III characters, such as radio magnate Donald Love, were not portrayed by their original voice actors when they appeared in Liberty City Stories.
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Roman Deini
08-02-2006, 11:47 AM
Details about the game and its story:

You'll be playing as Victor Vance - Lance's brother.
Victor, and his brother Lance, will be playing a big part in Vice City Stories. He's seen in the opening scene of GTA: Vice City, as he get killed by a SWAT team.
The game takes place in 1984 - two years before GTA: Vice City
Victor is a 28 year-old US Marine<LI style="FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Players can now take on the water of Vice City With jet ski's!
The animations are more life-like and is a ''step-up from previous titles in the series''
A multiplayer feature similar to the PSP version of LCS is in the game
VCS is ''much, much bigger than Vice City''
Some landmarks are half-built or yet to be refurbished (http://pspupdates.qj.net/tags/refurbished/3996) to their state circa 1986
There's new or altered locations and buildings
All new vehicles and weapons
You can fly helicopters!
Radio stations from Vice City make a return
New weather effects that could include hurricanes<LI style="FONT-WEIGHT: bold">You can swim in the game!
Bikes handle better than before
There's also no more seamless exterior-to-interior gameplay as seen in LCS (There'll be a slight loading time)
A new addition in Vice City is the chunder-wheel, which you can ride in first-person view!
Binoculars is in the game
LCS is ''rookie first-gen PSP title compared to VCS''<LI style="FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Draw distance is great and is said to be better than Vice City on PS2
Trip skips make a return (If you die or get busted a taxi will take you back to the location where you received the mission from)
New animations which give both the lead characters and pedestrians a whole new degree of humanity
Far richer color palette that brings sunsets to all new levels of beauty, and realism
Increased density of pedestrians, cars and objects
Reduction in clumping (where groups of the same model type appear together)
Far more interiors that its predecessors
So far there's no word on character and vehicle customization, as well as wall climbing.for screens of the mag where this info is coming from check this site out:

http://pspupdates.qj.net/GTA-Vice-City-New-Screens-and-Info-/pg/49/aid/60442

Oztradamus
08-02-2006, 02:12 PM
I'll be coppin this on day one :)

The Wizzard
08-03-2006, 02:04 PM
^^Werd^^ shit looks tight, bet the radio will be dope too, just like all the other games.

oDoUoSoKo
08-03-2006, 09:44 PM
rated peding? are they serious....M

Bloo
08-03-2006, 10:32 PM
^^Werd^^ shit looks tight, bet the radio will be dope too, just like all the other games.

And even if it ain't I'm sure there will be an option to put your own mp3s in like with LCS.

The Wizzard
08-04-2006, 12:20 AM
And even if it ain't I'm sure there will be an option to put your own mp3s in like with LCS.

I don't got the PSP, i did not know you could do that, but the radio station on LCS was pretty dope. had Rae and Meth, plus classic Big Pun and ol school Mobb Deep.

pro.Graveface
08-04-2006, 06:09 AM
looks very dope probaly you can use da rockstar cd/mp3 maker for this so ya can liston to own trackz n shit ayaay peace

WARPATH
08-04-2006, 08:51 PM
I hope it's better then LCS

LCS was shit......I had more fun playing GTA 3.

The Wizzard
08-06-2006, 10:35 PM
^^LCS was the shit

Frontal Lobotomy
08-07-2006, 07:39 AM
A new Vice City eh? Sounds cool. We get to see the Lance Vance dance again! haha