Steal cars and drive them around Vice City
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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is the follow-up to Grand Theft Auto 3, which was hailed as one of the most revolutionary games of its time when it was released. Where GTA 3 took place in the fictional Liberty City, GTA: Vice City takes place in the similarly fictitious Vice City modeled after an 80s era Miami.
Everything that players loved about the early games in the GTA series is included in Vice City, and there's so much more as well. Players can explore the huge city while performing a wide variety of missions, and with the open-world style of play, almost anything is possible. You can hold up others for money, steal cars, use weapons to manipulate or destroy others, and employ various vehicles to get around the sprawling map.
The main character in this game is Tommy Vercetti, a man that was once a hitman for an Italian mob family. After 15 years in prison, Tommy must find a new life in the real world of Vice City. The game takes the player through all the most crucial experiences that Tommy goes through while trying to find a new life outside of prison. There are more than 60 action-packed missions, all of which speak to the true nature of the GTA series.
One might assume that someone like Tommy would want to stay out of trouble after 15 years in prison, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Crime is all Tommy knows, and he knows it well. The player will control Tommy as he shoots and steals his way through the ranks of his new colleagues on the way to becoming one of the most infamous criminals in the city. Those that loved GTA 3 for its mission variety and gritty nature will adore GTA: Vice City for the same reasons.
While the main focus of the game is clearly violence and action, players who want something a bit more laid back will also find something they enjoy in the game. The main missions of the story mode are supplemented with the ability to enter the city without any agenda. This allows the player the freedom to do as they wish with numerous side missions and activities. You can be a fireman or a taxi driver, practice shooting at the firing range, and even perform daring stunts. It's even possible to open your own business.
There are a total of four neighborhoods in the game that players can explore, and the game is quite detailed when it comes to the normal life of the inhabitants of the city. It is important to note that this game was first released in 2002, so the graphics are going to be a bit outdated compared to today's modern games, but hardcore fans of the series won't find this to be an issue.