Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is a 2002 open world action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North (formerly DMA Design) and published by Rockstar Games. It is the second 3D game in the Grand Theft Auto series and sixth original title overall. It was released in North America on October 29, 2002 for the PlayStation 2 and was later ported to the Xbox, and Microsoft Windows in 2003. It was made available on Steam on January 4, 2008, and on the Mac App Store on August 25, 2011. Vice City was preceded by Grand Theft Auto III and followed by Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
VehiclesIn total, there are about 114 types of vehicles in the game (including non-maneuverable vehicles and remote-controlled vehicles), compared to the approximate 60 in GTA III. Taxicabs, automobiles and boats return from the game (along with many others), while new additions include helicopters and motorcycles (a citywide ban in 2001 in GTA III prohibited their use in Liberty City). The car physics and features are relatively similar to that of GTA III, and some cars were added to the game, including a sportier variant of a luxury car, while some vehicles from that game were highly modified.
The Skimmer plane is the only flyable fixed wing aircraft in Vice City, and because it features pontoons and is normally found in water, it is a floatplane, a type of seaplane. It can land almost anywhere, in contrast to the jets in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. It has been noted that the Skimmer's design is almost exactly like the Dodo airplane in GTA III. Vehicle performance varies with location, some vehicles performing better off-road or on the street, while others perform better in the air or on land.
CharactersVice City features dozens of characters, many appearing only in the cut scenes which describe each mission. The voice-talent includes Ray Liotta as protagonist Tommy Vercetti, Tom Sizemore as Sonny Forelli, Robert Davi as Colonel Juan García Cortez, William Fichtner as Ken Rosenberg, Danny Dyer as Kent Paul, Dennis Hopper as pornography Director Steve Scott, Burt Reynolds as Avery Carrington, Luis Guzmán as Ricardo Diaz, Miami Vice star Philip Michael Thomas as Lance Vance, Danny Trejo as Umberto Robina, Gary Busey as Phil Cassidy, Lee Majors as "Big" Mitch Baker, Fairuza Balk as Mercedes Cortez, and porn actress Jenna Jameson as Candy Suxxx. The voice of the taxi dispatcher is provided by Blondie singer Debbie Harry. Although the main character is not the same as the one in Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City contains a few characters from GTA III at an earlier point in their lives. Donald Love, a business tycoon in GTA III, makes an appearance as an apprentice to real estate mogul Avery Carrington. The one-armed Phil Cassidy from GTA III appears in Vice City as well, with both arms intact, and one mission actually explains when and how he lost his arm.
Several of GTA III's radio hosts can also be heard in Vice City: Lazlow, who was the host of Chatterbox, the talk radio station in GTA III, is the DJ for the hard-rock station, V-Rock, in Vice City (he mentioned in passing in GTA III that he used to be a DJ on a rock station). Toni, the burned-out, female disc jockey of Flashback 95.6, the 1980s music radio station in GTA III, also appears as a young, club-hopping DJ in Vice City's pop music station, Flash FM. Finally, Fernando, a self-glorifying procurer of women ("not a pimp... a savior", he claims) who appeared on Lazlow's show in GTA III, runs Emotion 98.3. Also naturist Barry Stark, a caller for Chatterbox in GTA III, appears as a guest on VCPR in Vice City.
GameplayBecause Vice City was built upon Grand Theft Auto III, the game follows a largely similar gameplay design and interface with GTA III with several tweaks and improvements over its predecessor. The gameplay is very open-ended, a characteristic of the Grand Theft Auto franchise; although missions must be completed to complete the storyline and unlock new areas of the city, the player is able to drive around and visit different parts of the city at his/her leisure and otherwise, do whatever they wish if not currently in the middle of a mission. Various items such as hidden weapons and packages are also scattered throughout the landscape, as it has been with previous GTA titles.
Players can steal vehicles, (cars, boats, motorcycles, and even helicopters) partake in drive-by shootings, robberies, and generally create chaos. However, doing so tends to generate unwanted and potentially fatal attention from the police (or, in extreme cases, the FBI and even the National Guard). Police behavior is mostly similar to Grand Theft Auto III, although police units will now wield night sticks, deploy spike strips to puncture the tires of the player's car, as well as SWAT teams being rappelled down from flying police helicopters and undercover police units, à la-Vice Squad. Police attention can be neutralized in a variety of ways.
A new addition in the game is the ability of the player to purchase a number of properties distributed across the city. Some of these are additional hideouts (essentially locations where weapons can be collected and the game saved). There are also a variety of businesses called "assets" which the player can buy. These include a film studio, a dance club, a strip club, a taxi company, an "ice-cream delivery business" (acting as a front company), a boatyard, a printing works, and a car showroom. Each commercial property has a number of missions attached to it, such as eliminating the competition or stealing equipment. Once all the missions for a given property are complete, the property will begin to generate an ongoing income, which the increasingly prosperous Vercetti may periodically collect.
Various gangs make frequent appearances in the game, some of whom are integral to story events. These gangs typically have a positive or negative opinion of the player and act accordingly by following the player or shooting at him. Shootouts between members of rival gangs can occur spontaneously and several missions involve organized fights between opposing gangs.
Optional side-missions are once again included, giving the player the opportunity to make pizza deliveries, drive injured people to a hospital with an ambulance, extinguish fires with a fire truck, deliver passengers in a taxi, be a vigilante, using a police vehicle to kill criminals, and the ability to drive a bus, transporting fare-paying passengers. Monetary rewards and occasional gameplay advantages (e.g. increased health and armor capacity and infinite sprinting) are awarded for completing different difficulty levels of these activities. Different sums of money are awarded for landing trick jumps in motorcycles or fast cars depending on the number of flips and height achieved.
GTA Vice City Cheats
|CHASESTAT||Shows Media Level (when 2+ stars)|
|CHICKSWITHGUNS||Girls Carry Guns|
|OURGODGIVENRIGHTTOBEARARMS||Peds Carry Guns|
|NOBODYLIKESME||Peds Hate You|
|BOOOOOORING||Makes everything slower|
|LIFEISPASSINGMEBY||Speed up game clock|
|ONSPEED||Makes everything faster|
|LOADSOFLITTLETHINGS||Sportscars have big wheels|
|WHEELSAREALLINEED||Only the wheels of a car are visible|
|SEAWAYS||Cars can drive/hover over water|
|GREENLIGHT||All traffic lights are green|
|COMEFLYWITHME||Cars can fly|
|IWANTITPAINTEDBLACK||All cars are black|
|AHAIRDRESSERSCAR||All cars are pink|
|BIGBANG||Blow up nearby cars|
|RUBBISHCAR||Spawn a Trashmaster|
|BETTERTHANWALKING||Spawn a Caddie|
|ROCKANDROLLCAR||Spawn Love Fist's Limo|
|THELASTRIDE||Spawn a Romero's Hearse|
|GETTHEREVERYFASTINDEED||Spawn a Hotring Racer|
|GETTHEREAMAZINGLYFAST||Spawn a Hotring Racer #2|
|GETTHEREFAST||Spawn a Sabre Turbo|
|GETTHEREQUICKLY||Spawn a Bloodring Banger #2|
|TRAVELINSTYLE||Spawn a Bloodring Banger|
|FOXYLITTLETHING||Play as Mercedes|
|PANZER||Spawn a Rhino|
|IDONTHAVETHEMONEYSONNY||Play as Sonny Forelli|
|ONEARMEDBANDIT||Play as Phil Cassidy|
|WELOVEOURDICK||Play as Love Fist character (Dick)|
|ILOOKLIKEHILARY||Play as Hilary King|
|ROCKANDROLLMAN||Play as Love Fist character (Jezz Torent)|
|MYSONISALAWYER||Play as Ken Rosenberg|
|LOOKLIKELANCE||Play as Lance Vance|
|CHEATSHAVEBEENCRACKED||Play as Ricardo Diaz|
|PROGRAMMER||Gives Tommy girly arms/legs|
|DEEPFRIEDMARSBARS||Makes Tommy fatter|
|CERTAINDEATH||Makes you smoke a cigarette|
|FANNYMAGNET||Ladies Man, Women Follow You|
|LEAVEMEALONE||Decrease Wanted Level|
|YOUWONTTAKEMEALIVE||Raise Wanted Level|
|NUTTERTOOLS||All ''heavy'' weapons|
|PROFESSIONALTOOLS||All ''medium'' weapons|
|THUGSTOOLS||All ''light'' weapons|
|AIRSHIP||Fast boats can fly for short periods of time|