Phil Collins cameos, Thomas returns in VCS?

1980s pop icon, <i>Miami Vice</i> star appear in latest trailer for second PSP installment in storied Rockstar series.

When the film American Psycho hit theaters in 1999, it used many pop songs from the 1980s for comic effect. In one of the film's most graphic scenes--protagonist Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) has a ménage a trois with two prostitutes to the strains of "Sussudio" by Phil Collins.

When Collins learned of the scene, he publicly voiced his displeasure that the filmmakers had used the song--which had been legally licensed--in the scene. However, the onetime Genesis drummer is now again courting controversy by appearing in the trailer for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.

The third trailer for the second installment in the ultraviolent crime franchise features an in-game computer-animated version of Collins performing "In the Air Tonight," which was most famously featured in the Risky Business soundtrack and the pilot for the show Miami Vice. There is also a reference in the preview to the game's protagonist, Victor Vance, being recommended for a job by "Phil"--although the Phil in question is more like the gun runner Phil Cassidy from the original Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

The latest trailer also indicates that one of the stars of Vice City will be returning in its PSP prequel. Toward the end of the trailer, a voice that sounds identical to actor Philip Michael Thomas can be heard uttering lines spoken by insecure criminal Lance Vance, the character Thomas played in Vice City. However, this could not be confirmed as of press time.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories is set for release in North America on October 30. Check out VCS's gamespace for previous coverage of the game.

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GonzoGuy
GonzoGuy

I liked his music showing up on the radio. When I realized he was IN the game, this bacame my favorite GTA.

GTAPsychoFan
GTAPsychoFan

general_bison GTAPsychoFan: R* said there won't be a PS2 version for VCS if there won't be a ps2 version of this, it would suck, i mean why lcs and not vcs?

ryanthegamer
ryanthegamer

i thought i saw tommy in gta official trailer 1 look when diaz is pointing the gun so download the video then look in the back ground.

_Sam_
_Sam_

I really need to get a PSP....

HXCDEW
HXCDEW

GTAPsychofan, if you're such a psycho GTA fan you'll not spend months hoping a PS2 port. Go get a PSP you bum! :D

dbzfalcon07
dbzfalcon07

I've been a big Genesis fan since the release of their album, DUKE. But seriously, I need Sussudio in VCS and some character like Pat Bateman, that would be awesome. I also like the "In Too Deep" reference in the trailer, referring to another Collins song. Guess I'm gonna return some video tapes

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

I THOUGHT I felt something coming in the air tonight. Ladies and gentlemen, Phil Collins FTW.

HeyFonz
HeyFonz

Haha Phil Collins rules!

Dolacide
Dolacide

Not coming to PS2 boo, well, maybe we can see it on the Playstation network.

general_bison
general_bison

GTAPsychoFan: R* said there won't be a PS2 version for VCS

arawk
arawk

I laughed really hard at that preview.....but then I thought, where is the Phil Collins game?? I mean friggin Journey had their own game and it was crap! I'm talking Phil Collins Drum Hero (plus you can play it with guitar hero) Patton Pending!!!!!

Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

I heard... from this guy... that the song is about Phil Collins watching Tommy Vercietti drown...y'know cuz he cant swim....and Phil would not lend a hand.

irving6000
irving6000

I read elsewhere that Phil Collins is a playable character (multiplayer) and plays a sizeable part in the storyline. Lance is apparently a big fan.

MindTricked
MindTricked

Yes! There's something about that song that takes me places... usually to Miami, thanks to the tv show. I always thought it was a glaring omission in the otherwise-stellar soundtrack for the original Vice City. As for Philip Michael Thomas reprising his role as Lance Vance... I would have sworn that there was another actor doing the voice for Lance in the previous trailers....

beckermanex
beckermanex

I really hope Take2/Rockstar bring this game over to the PS2 much like Liberty City Stories earlier this year. There's only so many sales you can garner on the PSP's small installed base (compared to the PS2) and the budget price of LCS and the series popularity almost guarantee success on the home console. Heck, I'd buy two if it meant a PS2 release for a take-off of my favorite game in the GTA series, Vice City.

GTCzeero
GTCzeero

How's the appearance of Lance Vance such a shock? He's actually appeared in a previous trailer!

crippla87
crippla87

Great use of source material from the 80's. Killing or selling drugs for Phil Collins? Now thats great stuff! Only Rockstar could get away with that.

not-e-n-e
not-e-n-e

in the words of phil collins "I dont care anymore" ps.... phil collins sucks pps... this game looks good

DanC1989
DanC1989

You've gotta love R*. Phil Collins better be a playable character! :P

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

hmmm..... the milk factory will be ready to distribute soon.....

thorsen-ink
thorsen-ink

thanks for the tip matmarr--story has been updated.

guldlox
guldlox

i want this game so bad, it looks amazing and phil collins... wow!

scruffybawls
scruffybawls

well i want this game, but i want san andreas for psp or w.e. its called to be set in 93', and i want the main character to look like cobain, that would be kick ass

Greydawg
Greydawg

I used to be so excited about this game. But to be honest, I'm still enjoying GTALCS on my PSP, and I don't want to have to update to the latest patch just to play this game? Dunno, we'll have to see...

mattmarr
mattmarr

Tor, let's get the facts straight on this story. This trailer featuring "In the Air Tonight" has nothing to do with Risky Business. This is paying homage to a scene from the Miami Vice pilot (perhaps the greatest scene in history). Just search for "Miami Vice pilot" on YouTube. The Sports Guy has a great take on it for any additional context that you need.

Nico4
Nico4

OMG can´t wait!

dn3datomiced
dn3datomiced

Hey, that's a popular song these days, what with Nonpoint doing the cover 2 years ago, and having it featured in this summer's Miami Vice. I'm not surprised it's showed up again. I think VCS might just have what LCS was lacking: soul. I could be wrong, but we'll see...

gagan21
gagan21

cant wait any more for vice city stories on psp, its gonna be the best psp game of all times

general_bison
general_bison

Of course Lance Vance is going to appear, you play his brother don't you?

dav1000
dav1000

PHIL COLLINS, thats got me laughing too much, his a legend, and his going to be in GTA hahaha i bet his well pleased to be in a top selling game. and to make it better 'In The Air Tonight' is going to be on this game !!!!! GO PHIL !!!!!

hbk3000
hbk3000

Cant wait for this game!

Schillinger
Schillinger

I can't dance, I can't talk, the only thing about me is the way I waaalllk.

crithon
crithon

I won't be satisfied till I get "Sussido" and Whitney Huston's "I believe the children are our future." ;) I'm kiddin' this is the BEST Casting to really make me WANT to buy a PSP. There is NO Way this isn't coming for the PC, much like Bully.

DesRed
DesRed

Phil Collins appearing in the game? Does sound a bit like a rumour but if it comes true, wow. About his songs, they will most likely be featured in Vice City Stories, seeing that 2 of his songs were featured in some of the VCS trailers.

mrgokugf
mrgokugf

Do you like Phil Collins?

mithund
mithund

he he, dunno what he's doing in a GTA game but yeah... whatever :). Trash talk Phil Collins all u want but I think he's a legend & will go down in history as one of the greatest musicians that ever lived. Admit it, most people have only heard of Genesis because they went pop after Phil Collins took over vocals. Phil is an amazing drummer who's played sessions for legends like Led Zeppelin to Eric Clapton. I'm 24 & love his solo material. Yes, I'm a fan.

talnick
talnick

oh god i hate Phil Collins so much. Hes a horrible singer. the only thing i liked him in was south park and wanting to put on lalapalalazula.

I_Stole_the_Tv
I_Stole_the_Tv

Who cares about Phil Collins. What about Peter Gabriel?!

vaejas
vaejas

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