Which ps2 GTA did you liked more? Vice City ot San Andreas?

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Poll: Which ps2 GTA did you liked more? Vice City ot San Andreas? (31 votes)

Vice City 58%
San Andreas 39%
#1 Posted by ZZoMBiE13 (22911 posts) -

San Andreas. I say with verve and vigor and not a second of hesitation. Vice had better music though. Still, CJ was a great character and the customization options were great. The skill progression was great. Also JETPACK!

#2 Edited by inso-maniac (345 posts) -

im gonna have to say vice city because it was actually fun, san andreas was like 100 hours of crap i dont even know what i did for that long What the hell did i do that whole time seriously? vice city throws that game in the trash

#3 Posted by inso-maniac (345 posts) -

@ZZoMBiE13: cj was a punk what kinda guy gets bullied when hes buff? pshh

#4 Posted by sukraj (21604 posts) -

San Andreas

#5 Posted by hrt_rulz01 (5458 posts) -

Definitely San Andreas. Still my favourite game in the series.

#6 Posted by CasualGamer36x (50 posts) -

@hrt_rulz01: Even after GTA5? Care to explain please? I'm gonna buy GTA5 soon and I'd like to know it's negatives.

#7 Posted by The_Last_Ride (68892 posts) -

Vice City ftw

#8 Posted by drekula2 (1880 posts) -

San Andreas.

#9 Edited by ZZoMBiE13 (22911 posts) -

@ZZoMBiE13: cj was a punk what kinda guy gets bullied when hes buff? pshh

im gonna have to say vice city because it was actually fun, san andreas was like 100 hours of crap i dont even know what i did for that long What the hell did i do that whole time seriously? vice city throws that game in the trash

The only thing in San Andreas I would call crap was the RC plane mission in San Fiero. Other than that, it was gold. Skills improved over time, which gave context and rewards to playing, you could have a super fat CJ, a super buff CJ, and all points in between depending on what you wanted from your character. The customization options went unmatched for years. There was a jetpack. There were more cars, more planes, more weapons, more land to explore. Training missions that had actual benefits to the gameplay. Fighting school to become better at hand to hand fighting. And a top notch voice cast delivering a pretty decent story for an open world game.

If that's your idea of "crap", you and I have a very different opinion of quality. Vice City was a fine game and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'll concede that it had a better selection of radio options as well. But San Andreas was the gold standard that I still don't think Rockstar have surpassed. At least not in the GTA series.

#10 Edited by Smashbrossive50 (2876 posts) -

San fvcking Andreas,nothing more,lots of good gold in there,and it's "cheats" were the only feature that made this game the best in the series,no other GTA have a 100-mission storyline,cj is the best protagonist,and you can bring the pain with a real minigun + 6-star wanted level,no time for riding planes?easy...just pull out a convenient JETPACK,o and also...you can start a massive fire from a single bottle of molotov

#11 Edited by Smashbrossive50 (2876 posts) -

By saying lots of good gold,I mean look at him(cj) he's got everything. Jetpack,huge sum of money in an instant,women,rare cars,businesses,hundreds of houses,muscle,fat,bigger better weapons,you name it

#12 Posted by hrt_rulz01 (5458 posts) -

@hrt_rulz01: Even after GTA5? Care to explain please? I'm gonna buy GTA5 soon and I'd like to know it's negatives.

I just felt more engaged in San Andreas because I like the story and the characters better. Also, the missions in SA were more enjoyable to me.

But don't go by me, I'd probably be one of the only ones here that have this view.

#13 Edited by good_sk8er7 (4320 posts) -

What's wrong with people. Vice City was like a hundred times better.

#14 Posted by ZZoMBiE13 (22911 posts) -

What's wrong with people. Vice City was like a hundred times better.

The thing of it is, they are very different in terms of mechanics and gameplay.

Saying I prefer San Andreas is not slight against Vice City. Vice was amazing. And of all the GTA games, it used it's aesthetic design better than any. As someone who grew up in that era of the 80s when Don Johnson was the big thing on television and Scarface was still a new movie, I appreciated it's dedication to the theme all the more.

But it was functionally very similar to 3, while San Andreas felt like it was moving the series forward with new gameplay additions, tweaks to what worked in the past, and upgradable skills.

All things being equal, I liked Ray Liota as Tommy Vercetti an awful lot. Probably more than CJ. But these are open world games, and San Andreas' huge open world felt more substantial with more to do and see and interact with. From kitting out cars with hydraulic lifts all the way up to piloting a jetpack to the tops of huge skyscrapers to base jump, I still consider it the apex of sandbox game design all these years later. Only Saints Row 2 comes close in what it has to offer the player. And even it falls short if we're going to do a bullet point list.

If we were just talking about story, I probably liked Vice better. But games are interactive and therefore if we take the whole thing into account, San Andreas will get the nod every time.

But this, as most discussions about games and game design, comes down to a subjective choice of what worked for the individual. What was it that made Vice CIty resonate so much more with you over San Andreas? I'd really like to know. I never tire of talking about these kinds of things. :)

#15 Edited by SoNin360 (5198 posts) -

I always gotta say San Andreas. The large, varied open world was easily the best of its time to me.

#16 Posted by good_sk8er7 (4320 posts) -

@ZZoMBiE13:

I do agree that SA was a high point of open world games, there was like endless amounts of things to do.

The thing that really puts VC above SA in my mind is the atmosphere and experience. The story was great and Ray Liotta was a great casting decision.

I've never really been a fan of the boyz n the hood type of thing. Unorganized street gangs and hood rats has never been interesting to me in the slightest.

I did enjoy SA a lot, the city rioting near the end was pretty amazing. I'll always remember VC more fondly.

#17 Posted by rigbybot127 (149 posts) -

San Andreas is great, but Vice City is golden. While it doesn't quite match the masterfullness of III, IV, or V, it's still damn good, and one of the best PS2 games ever made, as well as in the top 5 Xbox games ever made.

#18 Posted by ArchonOver (1103 posts) -

I prefer Vice City's atmosphere, characters, and story vs San Andreas. So I have to pick Vice City.

#19 Edited by TF626 (592 posts) -

Vice City for me. Both we're exceptional though. I just thought Vice City had a more immersive world.

#20 Posted by Repeal_It (9 posts) -

Vice city by far. Out of all the games ive ever played it had one of the best atmospheres. Perfect blend of characters, location, vibes, and soundtrack

#21 Posted by Smashbrossive50 (2876 posts) -

the jetpack in SA is so special that no other GTA can have this,vice city got less when it comes to character mod,you can't undress his top,while in SA,you do,and you can use a haircut or paint a tattoo. Pay&Spray in VC is the only way to camouflage your ride,while in SA,you have a mechanic that can do a "Pimp My Ride" with more than just paint

#22 Posted by b4il (91 posts) -

vice city is my favorite gta of all time

#24 Edited by Jacanuk (3636 posts) -

Vice city hands down, the story and characters was good while in San Andreas they seem to have done the same mistake as in GTA V, focused more on making it as big as possible.

#25 Edited by Tqricardinho (340 posts) -

San Andreas.