Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

PC, XBOX, PS2 / Action / Release: May 12, 2003 / ESRB: M

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Grand Theft Auto DNA, part 2: the art of sandbox gaming

Grand Theft Auto DNA, part 2: the art of sandbox gaming

Editor's Note: In part 1 of Grand Theft Auto DNA, we explored how vehicles and driving physics evolved over the GTA series. Today, we discuss the role of sandbox environments like Liberty City and San Andreas.


Playing a Grand Theft Auto game is a lot like observing an ant farm. The AI-controlled citizens of Rockstar North's worlds drive around, obey traffic laws or blow red lights, loiter on the sidewalk to panhandle and gab with friends, and throw fisticuffs after getting into a fender bender at the intersection of Columbus and Jade. I've spent hours in each GTA sandbox just driving around, marveling at how alive each world feels.

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Grand Theft Auto DNA, part 1: driving evolved

Grand Theft Auto DNA, part 1: driving evolved

Editor's Note: In part 1 of our Grand Theft Auto DNA, we dissect the driving system in GTA 3, Vice City, San Andreas, and GTA 4 to understand how driving evolved over the course of those series, and how it should work in the upcoming GTA 5.


In August 2001, Sony's PlayStation 2 celebrated its first birthday with little fanfare. More a glorified DVD player than a hot-ticket game machine, the PS2 lacked a system seller, industry jargon for a game so popular that gamers plunked down hundreds of dollars on a console just to experience that one game. Two months later in October, Rockstar North filled the void with Grand Theft Auto 3, an open-world romp where players could hijack cars, splatter pedestrians, treat traffic jams like impromptu destruction derbies, and wage crime sprees.

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City coming to PSN next week

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City coming to PSN next week

The blend of 80s nostalgia and Florida gang crime Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is coming to the PlayStation Network next week. It will be available on the PlayStation 3 as part of the PS2 Classics on January 29, for $9.99.

Read more: Game joins San Andreas from December »

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City hitting iOS, Android

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City hitting iOS, Android

You probably could've guessed that 2002's Grand Theft Auto: Vice City would come to iOS and Android doohickeys, after Grand Theft Auto III was ported last year, but you didn't know, man. Now you do. Rockstar today announced that the top-notch open-world murder simulator will come to your pocket "later this fall," so soon-ish.

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Grand Theft Auto 3 and Vice City re-rated for PS3 (again)

Grand Theft Auto 3 and Vice City re-rated for PS3 (again)

With Grand Theft Auto fans waiting anxiously for the next installment in the open-world gangland series, it looks like the franchise's classic PS2 games may be coming to the PlayStation Network, according to new entries posted by the ESRB.

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Grand Theft Auto 3 and Vice City rated for PS3

Grand Theft Auto 3 and Vice City rated for PS3

So far, PS2 re-releases via the PlayStation Network have consisted of forgotten classics. However, that's about to change with the re-release of the biggest blockbuster of the last generation. The ESRB has rated both Grand Theft Auto 3 and Vice City for PS3.

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Grand Theft Auto 3 'Trilogy' Hitting Macs This Year

Mac gamers will get their murderous mitts on Rockstar's classic open-world murder training tools Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas "most likely later this year," the developer has revealed in a fan Q&A.

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"Now please release The Warriors on Steam with online co-op. Thanks."
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Shack PC PSA: Rockstar Discount Week on Steam; Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Briefly $2.50

Digital distributor Steam has announced it will be offering "short and fast sales on your favorite Rockstar Games all week long," beginning with a two-hour sale that sees Grand Theft Auto: Vice City PC marked down to $2.50.

The brief sale ends at 3pm PST. As of this writing, it's 1:35pm PST. "Join the Rockstar Community Group for instant notifications on every sale this week," says the company. Read more »

"Sad this sale doesen't aply on europe (only the bundle part does)"
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