Vice City. The middle child. While the middle child stereotype probably does not fit most real life familys, it definitley applies here. Vice City being in the middle knows well how to get along well with others,has a lot of friends,and is more popular than his siblings. However what is lost is a bit of the indiviulaty and uniquness of his older and younger sibling. Lets face it,ask someone who has not spent as much times with these games their favorite-Vice City. Ask gamers that do not care for the series but felt they needed to try it-Vice City. Or how about the media or people that really do not play games, yup you guessed it-Vice City. Most people who really like the series but are not dedicated, they choose the younger sibling San Andreas. Most hardcore people such as myself that have played and replayed and will play again for some reason gravitate to the older brother, GTA III. Everyone else it is the City of Vice. Not a bad game but bland compared to others except in one respect.
Lets start off with the good. It has the best story of the three,much more complex than III and unlike San Andreas it stays cohesive and does not get to big for itself or send you on chases for Jetpacks and CIA missions. Rockstar nailed the vibe they were going for and do both Scarface and Miami Vice better than they did themselves.The atmosphere is so good,that even if like me there are certian aspects you dont care for,whether it be the pinks and neutrals,or the soundtrack,it all fits the vibe so well its neccassery. They have pretty much sucessfully recreated Miami circia 1986.
You start as Tommy Vercetti, a Forrelli brother associate who has just got out of jail, and is sent down south by the family boss Sonny to keep him out of the way, and start a drug pipeline. You are ambushed and both the coke and money are lost. When talking to Sonny something Tommy does not know but is made very obvious to the player through the cutscene showing Sonny in Liberty city with a table full of money and coke isthat the setup was an inside job. Not knowing this Tommy starts to try to track down the money. However he comes to a realization soon enough that changes the course of the game. Vice Cityis one big cesspool of crime, drugs, and money with no one really in control which is just waiting for someone with the know how and the hands-on ability to come in and lock it down. Tommy realises he is that man. What he does not realise is Sonny also realised this which is why he set him up and loose thinking that eventually Vice City will be owned by the Forellis. And thats just the basics, like i said,definitley the strongest story of the trilogy.
This entry also added helicopters, motorbikes, more vehicles and more weapons. The idea of weapon slots and different versions of similar weapons, and while not fixed the targeting is at least improved. It also aded things that would be took a step farther in the next game such as being able to eat to restore health, body armor pickups looking like body armor, and the adition of mini-games that have no bearing on 100% completion but add quite a bit of life to a playthrough.
The negatives are here also. the missions seem the most dumbed down out of the three, and the most linear. The cop A.I. howeveris just brutally punishing. And the Rampage missions are a joke. If you fail they stay right where they are, no alternate locations, but dont worry about that you hardly fail,the game pops up so many enemy gang members that stand in flocks like idiot birds,that you never really have to worry. Again, the graphical pop-ups and occasional physics glitch. And maybe this is personal,but the worst supporting character ever, why can I not just shoot Lance and get it over with. Not only do I think the guy is a jerk, and shifty, and blows your spot up, but he whines like a six year old that did not get any ice cream.
So in sum, great game, just the worst of the three in my opinion. I feel I have backed that up with some points, feel free to disagree. And remember, I may think its the worst of the three, but being the worst of three games I consider to be the greatest gaming trilogy of all time is not a bad place to be "oh its only the third best ever" :lol: .
So thats my two cents, stay tuned for part four,