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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Developer: Rockstar North | Publisher: Rockstar Games
Players: 1 Player Game | Release Date: 10/27/02 | Genre: Action

In my preview of GTA: Vice City, I said it could possibly be the greatest game of all-time. Well, it’s not quite that good, but it’s still a darn amazing game. Everything Rockstar promised us is included in Vice City, and much more.

Graphically, Vice City is a little better than GTAIII. The lighting effects are certainly much better, with the sunlight reflecting off of vehicles, and the pastel effects of the neon lights. The textures seem to be slightly smoother, but the details otherwise certainly aren’t any better than you’d expect. Since the engine in Vice City is the same as GTAIII, the graphical qualities are very similar, but there are also some of the same faults. Trees can become quite annoying as it is difficult to see when they are right up on the camera. You can also still drive and run through some trees, and they still are very pixilated and cardboard-looking. Anyway, who’s to complain about the graphics? The GTA games have never had incredible graphics because it is a gameplay-driven genre.

Wow, the sound is great. The clarity of sound overall is about as good as before, in some cases better, but also other times not quite as good as expected. Some new sound effects are cool, like the added gun effects. The part where the sound really kicks butt is on the radio. There are over nine hours of radio soundtrack. The great part about that is it encompasses all types of music from the 80s

By Nate Weaver - 12/06/02
ESRB Details: Blood and Gore, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Violence

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