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GRAND THEFT AUTO: VICE CITY

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ABOUT

About

Welcome to Vice City. Welcome to the 1980s.

Having just made it back onto the streets of Liberty City after a long stretch in maximum security, Tommy Vercetti is sent to Vice City by his old boss, Sonny Forelli. They were understandably nervous about his re-appearance in Liberty City, so a trip down south seemed like a good idea. But all does not go smoothly upon his arrival in the glamorous, hedonistic metropolis of Vice City. He’s set up and is left with no money and no merchandise. Sonny wants his money back, but the biker gangs, Cuban gangsters, and corrupt politicians stand in his way. Most of Vice City seems to want Tommy dead. His only answer is to fight back and take over the city himself.

As a major gateway to South America and the Caribbean and attracting migrants, Vice City is brimming with diverse characters, so there’s a friend for everyone. It is a sociable place and the new guy in town is sure to meet all manner of friendly people in the sunshine capital of America. Athletes, pop stars, real estate developers, politicians, trailer trash, everyone is moving to Vice City to find out what makes it the number one growth city in America. But, as Tommy quickly finds out, trust is still the rarest of commodities.

Vice City offers vehicular pleasures to suit every taste. For the speed enthusiast, there’s high-performance cars and motorbikes. For the sportsman, a powerboat or a golf buggy lets you enjoy the great outdoors. For those that need that sense of freedom and escape, why not charter a helicopter and see the beauty of Vice City from the air?

As the party capital of America, you would expect your ears to be seduced by a host of sultry melodies and pumping beats, but the city is truly rocking. You’ll be amazed as you sweep through Vice City’s FM dial. If you are feeling like trouble, you can tune into some driving rock, or some crucial electro, or maybe you want to slow down with some sweet soul, and there will always be some great romantic anthems if you want to really take your mind off things.

For the action man, or outdoors type, there’s tons of fun things to do and adventures to be had, guaranteed. For the secretive or creepy type, Vice City is full of surprises, a place where you’ll constantly be surprised by the vivacious, fun-loving types who live there and the things you can discover.


SETTING

Setting

Grand Theft Auto Vice City is set in 1986. Vice City is based on the city of Miami Beach, Florida. The game’s look, particularly the clothing and vehicles, reflects the 1980s setting. Many themes in it are borrowed from the major films ScarfaceCarlito’s WayGoodfellas and Blow, along with the hit 1980s television series Miami Vice. 

Ricardo Diaz’s mansion and the climactic battle which takes place in it are very similar to their counterparts in the movie Scarface. Another reference is the game’s overall storyline, as it is highly similar to the film, as is the design of the final mission. There are also more subtle references, such as an apartment hidden within the game with blood on the bathroom walls and a chainsaw (in a nod to the film’s “chainsaw torture” scene), or the pair of detectives who come chasing Tommy in a car resembling the Ferrari Testarossa after a three-star wanted level is attained, who look like characters portrayed by Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas in Miami Vice.


STORYLINE

Storyline

Tommy Vercetti is the main character in Vice City, he’ a loyal former member of the Forelli Family and has just been released in 1986, serving 15 years for killing 11 men in the Harwood District of Liberty City in early 1971, earning him the nickname The Harwood Butcher. Tommy’s old boss Sonny Forelli, fears that Tommy’s presence in Liberty City will heighten tensions between the other Liberty City families and bring unwanted attention to his organization’s criminal activities.

To stop all of this from happening, Sonny apparently promotes Tommy to a capo and sends him to Vice City under the guardianship of a crooked lawyer and Sonny’s contact, Ken Rosenberg, to act as their buyer for a series of cocaine deals for Sonny, whose interest is to expand his family activities down the South and to overrun the Liberty drug market with the high-end cocaine from Vice City, hoping to create a monopoly on the Liberty City drug ring to establish the Forelli Crime Family on the top.

Later on, Tommy and his bodyguards are awaited at the Escobar International Airport by Ken, who gives them info about the deal which is about to happen. He takes them to the docks, where they are awaited by the Vance Crime Family, a prominent drug kingpins of Vice City, and their leader, Victor Vance (The protagonist from VCS), who arrives in the chopper. As they settle the deal, they are ambushed by several armed and masked men, who kill Victor and Tommy’s bodyguards. Tommy manages to escape with Ken from the docks, but only just, and as a result, he ultimately loses both Forelli’s money and the cocaine in the process. Ken drives to his office, while Tommy returns to his hotel.

When Tommy contacts Sonny about the ambush, Sonny loses his temper and threatens Tommy with the consequences of attempting to cheat the Mafia. Tommy promises to get the money back and the cocaine and kill whoever was responsible for the ambush. Towards this end, Tommy meets up again with Ken at his office, who leads Tommy to retired colonel and mid-level drug dealer named Juan Garcia Cortez, who was Victor Vance’s contact and who organized the deal between Vance’s and the Forelli’s. He shows his regret about Tommy’s bad deal and promises that his own lines of inquiry are being made to find out who masterminded the ambush plot. Tommy also meets Cortez’s daughter Mercedes, who becomes Tommy’s confidante shortly thereafter.

While Tommy waits for the outcome of Cortez’s investigation he meets cocky 21-year old British record producer Kent Paul, real estate mogul Avery Carrington, and a mysterious man, who introduces himself as Lance Vance, younger brother of Victor, and the underboss of the now-defunct Vance Crime Family, who wants revenge for the death of his brother and also wants the Vance Crime Family back on the map.

As time passes, Tommy befriends Cortez and starts to do normal work for him as an errand boy and hitman. On one such job, Tommy is called in with Lance to protect the deal of a drug baron named Ricardo Diaz during a deal with the Cubans, looking to buy some high-end cocaine. Throughout the deal, Diaz is ambushed by a gang of Haitians, however Tommy is able to kill them and save the deal, as well as Diaz’s life. In contrast to these events, Diaz begins hiring Tommy for his own agenda. Tommy takes this work because it pays well, in spite of his distaste for Diaz. On another errand for Cortez, he plans to meet a French courier in order to get missile chips stolen from the French government. The deal is ambushed by several French agents and Tommy later kills the courier, who fled the ambush with the chips, retrieving the items.

Tommy learns from Cortez that his lieutenant, Gonzalez, was partially responsible for the ambush on Tommy’s cocaine deal since he is the only person besides Cortez to know about the deal, and Cortez asks Tommy to kill Gonzalez as a favour, since he was a man who he did distrust and was working behind his back. Afterwards Cortez voices his suspicion that Diaz might have been behind the ambush. Tommy continues the status quo to prepare for his attack, but his hand is forced when Lance attempts to take revenge by himself and fails, forcing Tommy to rush across the city and rescue him from the junkyard in which he is held. With the die cast, the two move quickly to raid Diaz’s mansion and execute Diaz. With Diaz dead, and Colonel Cortez fleeing the country to escape the French, the established drug empires in Vice City quickly crumble and Tommy and Lance personally take over, becoming Vice City’s drug kingpins.

Tommy becomes the head of his own organization, the Vercetti Crime Family, distancing himself from the Forelli Family and Liberty City and more interested in personally controlling Vice City than being Forelli’s puppet. But the more powerful and rich Tommy gets, the more Lance begins to exhibit paranoia and sociopathic behaviours, to the point that he begins to abuse his own bodyguards and constantly calls Tommy in states of hysteria, losing his mind over being just a powerless second-in-command as he was under his brother for the past 2 years. Tommy begins to think that Lance is up to something.

Tommy makes alliance with Umberto Robina’s Cubans against Auntie Poulet’s Haitians, even though he is at the same time hypnotized by Poulet’s voodoo into helping the Haitians as well. But after Tommy and Poulet part ways Tommy and the Cubans sneak explosives into the Haitian drug factory disguised in Haitian gang cars and blow it up, effectively ending the conflict and putting the Haitians out of business, allowing the Cubans to take over Little Havana. Umberto then becomes Tommy’s partner. He also becomes friends with Big Mitch Baker, a leader of the biker gang and a Vietnam veteran, with both the bikers and the Cubans becoming protectors of Vercetti family business.

As his drug business expands, Tommy buys assets in nearly bankrupt companies such as a car lot named Sunshine Autos, a cab depot Kaufmann Cabs, a popular night club called The Malibu, a local boathouse, a print shop, Print Works, an ice-cream company, and an adult film company, all of which he turns back into competitive businesses. He also becomes a personal bodyguard to glam metal band Love Fist, and even pulls a major bank heist. He starts to control almost all the assets and ties of Vice City: Sunshine Autos as a chop shop, Kaufmann Cabs for money laundering, The Malibu Club for dispatching drugs, the ice-cream company for the production of drugs and the film company to control the underground movie scene.

Eventually, the Forelli family discovers that Tommy has gained control over entire city of Vice and without having sent a single dime back to them. Sonny is enraged that Tommy has become independent and is hustling him, and sends collectors consisting of high-ranking Forelli members to force money out of Tommy’s assets. Tommy disposes of them, but after they injure the elderly operator of his print shop of counterfeit money, he decides to cut Sonny and the Forelli family out of his business, severing his ties with the Forelli family.

An angered Sonny arrives in Vice City with a small army of Mafiosi, intent on taking their tribute by force. Sonny and his henchmen soon arrive at the Vercetti Estate. Just as Tommy attempts to give them their tribute in counterfeit money, Sonny announces that he is the one who set Tommy up fifteen years before, sending him to kill the eleven men who were expecting him since he was feeling that Tommy would himself take over Sonny’s business. Lance then exposes himself as a traitor, revealing Tommy’s attempt to fool Sonny, and also admitting to informing Sonny about Tommy’s activities in Vice City. Lance explains that he did it because Tommy started to disown him and didn’t treat him equally, and wanted him dead so he could rebuild the Vance Crime Family and the fortune he had with his brother. Following this, Tommy starts a gunfight.

In the ensuing battle, Tommy first chases and finally kills Lance, then storms downstairs, where he faces off with Sonny, eventually killing him in the main hall of his estate, where Ken awaits, shocked about the events, but Tommy reassures him that everything is fine. With his enemies eliminated, Tommy establishes himself as the undisputed crime kingpin of Vice City.


CHARACTERS

Characters

Tommy Vercetti - Protagonist:

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Before the  events in Vice City, Tommy Vercetti, voiced by Ray Liotta, had previously worked as a member of the Forelli Family of the Liberty City Mafia. In 1971, he was sent by Sonny Forelli to kill a man in the Harwood District, but as he arrived he was ambushed by 11 men. Vercetti was forced to kill them all, which meant he was sent down with a 15-year prison sentence for multiple counts of homicide. 

Now fresh out of prison in 1986, Tommy, aged 35, is keen to start work again for the Forelli family, and is immediately sent by Sonny Forelli to Vice City to participate in a crucial introductory drug deal. When an ambush of the deal by a group of masked assailants results in Vercetti losing both the money and the drugs, he sets out to find and kill the people responsible.

Sonny Forelli - Antagonist:

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Sonny Forelli, voiced by Tom Sizemore, is the main antagonist in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. He is the head of the Forelli Crime Family, a major crime family in Liberty City. Tommy Vercetti was one of Sonny’s trusted men, but he became afraid of Vercetti’s growing power. He orchestrated the Harwood massacre, sending Tommy on what was supposed to be a simple hit. Instead, there were assassins waiting for Tommy. Tommy survived by killing them all but was put in prison for 15 years.

At the start of the game, Tommy has been released from prison. Sonny believes that Tommy’s presence and notoriety will bring the law down on the Mafia and so sends him to Vice City to oversee a cocaine deal at the docks. When the deal gets ambushed and unknown assailants make off with both the drugs and the money, he orders Tommy to retrieve both.

Ken Rosenberg - Major Character:

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Ken Rosenberg, who is voiced by Bill Fichtner, is a lawyer, and the contact in Vice City for the Liberty City Mob. He is suspected to have cheated his way through law school, and has defended Mafia associates in court such as Sonny Forelli’s cousin Georgio. He is supposed to mediate the cocaine deal, and narrowly escapes with Tommy Vercetti when it gets ambushed.

Lance Vance - Major Character:

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Lance Vance is voiced by Miami star Philip Michael Thomas. Lance arrived in Vice City in 1984, and became one of the heads of the Vance Crime Family along with his brother Victor. Although during a cocaine sale to the Forelli Family, both families were ambushed by the Diaz’ Gang, and Victor, Lances’ brother was killed. Seeing Tommy Vercetti, the lone surviving member of the Forelli Family, as his best route to take revenge, Lance began buddying up to Tommy. He appears cool and collected on the surface, although below that he’s impulsive and emotionally insecure.

Juan Cortez - Majory Character:

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Colonel Juan García Cortez who is voiced by Robert Davi, is a Cultural attaché. He is believed to facilitate trade in all areas of criminal activity, including, but not limited to, narcotics, firearms, weapons and military secrets. In his own country, he has been sentenced to death 9 times, but always survives and gets promoted. Cortez has diplomatic immunity which is an asset when the cops are bugging his house. He also has a long term dislike for French secret service.

Ricardo Diaz - Major Character:

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Voiced by Luis Guzmán, Ricardo Diaz is a Gun Collector and is always armed. He has a private army/militia and is heavily guarded at all times. He has been involved in long running battle for control of Narcotics business in Vice City. He is known to have bribed police and officials within the town. He is feared due to his reputation for unpredictable behaviour and is thought to be responsible for 18 murders.

Ricardo Diaz is an extremely dangerous character. He bribed INS for Green card in 1978. Diaz is an extremely popular philanthropist. Gives to various Ricardo Diaz foundations and Central and South America. All are believed to be a front. He is extremely short, believed to suffer from Napoleon complex. Medical records show he has over-active glands and sweats more than is socially acceptable.

Kent Paul - Major Character:

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Kent Paul, voiced by Danny Dyer, is a young man from the UK, believed to be from London. He claims to work in the music business, but has no known employment, his INS papers are not in order, and although he claims to be a criminal mastermind no criminal record has been found. Although he has no criminal record of his own, he has been described as “having his nose up the ass of most of Vice City” and is known to be a good source of information about the criminal goings-on in Vice City’s underworld. He seems to have contacts in certain SWAT divisions, and is frequently seen together with SWAT in bars. 

Avery Carrington - Major Character:

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Avery Carrington is voiced by Burt Reynolds, and is a Texas property magnate and real estate developer. He is an extreme capitalist. and is suspected of doing anything to manipulate property prices and land value, including arson, rioting, bribery, intimidation and murder. Avery always wears a cowboy hat and is thought to be involved in several developments and slum-clearance programs. He is a known guest of Colonel Juan García Cortez. He uses Ken Rosenberg for legal advice who is a possibly weak link.

Umberto Robina - Major Character:

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Umberto Robina, voiced by Danny Trejo, is Vice City’s Cuban warlord. He has a long term feud with Haitian criminals and wants control of their turf. He really is a strong macho man who wants to wage a full scale war with the Haitians. He has never implicated in a crime personally. Umberto Robina’s bravery has been questioned within Cuban circles.

Auntie Poulet - Major Character:

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Auntie Poulet, voiced by Youree Cleomili Harris, is an elderly Haitian matriarch. She is believed to be involved in a long term war with Cuban crime families for control of eastern and downtown Vice City. She is heavily protected by Haitian thugs at all times.

Mitch Baker - Major Character:

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“Big” Mitch Baker, voiced by Lee Majors, is a Vietnam veteran and motorcycle enthusiast. His extreme bitterness at treatment of veterans has led to violent clashes with authority. He has been jailed on 13 occasions. His character has been described in Rockstar Games’s official website as a lawless degenerate sociopath. Big Mitch Baker’s hobbies include bar sports, fighting, Pinball, Pool, eating live animals, Hard Rock music, wrestling, racing motorbikes, urinating in public places and scaring police.

Big Mitch Baker is believed to have been involved in several civil disturbances. He runs the local gang of Bikers and is thought to be implicated in Narcotics distribution. He has extreme loyalty within his gang, the Bikers. His initiation rituals for the Biker Gang preclude getting a man on inside. 

Phil Cassidy - Major Character:

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Phil Cassidy is a redneck arms dealer. Voiced by Gary Busey, he’s involved in weapons trade. Phil is a gun enthusiast and a member of various second amendment organizations and various Vice City gun clubs. Sources suggest he also distills boomshine in his own stills. Phil is fighting a war with Mexican gun-running gangs.

Phil Cassidy is linked with Cam Jones. They are believed to have worked together several times although Cassidy has avoided convictions. He is a degenerate and a patriot. It is also thought that Cassidy claims to have served in various divisions although Army records show he was repeatedly rejected for service drunkenness and an unsuitable temperament for combat.

Mercedes Cortez - Major Character:

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Mercedes Cortez is Colonel Cortez’s wayward daughter and is voiced by Fairuza Balk. She is set up as a possible love interest for Tommy Vercetti, but this plot line is never fully explored. Tommy is first introduced to her during a party aboard the Colonel’s yacht. Afterwards, she asks Tommy to give her a ride to the Pole Position Club, which Tommy ends up owning. On another occasion, she has sex with the band Love Fist. She becomes involved in the porn film industry, co-starring with Candy Suxxx in a film directed by Steve Scott and produced by Vercetti and his movie studio.


WEAPONS

Weapons

In GTA: Vice City, there are loads more weapons than GTA III. Though, in Vice City, you don’t get the excitement of the AK47, you can get the thrill of using a minigun, yes, a minigun. The list below has all of the weapons that can be found throughout Vice City, and explains in detail what it’s like in the game.

Handheld:

Camera:

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The camera, which is only available in the mission “Martha’s Mug Shot”, allows you to take as many pictures as you want,  but while you do have it, try to take as many pictures with it as possible. In your stats, there is a record for how many pictures you’ve taken.

Fists:

Fists:

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Just like GTA III and every other GTA game, you’re always going to have fists. They’re with you forever. Sure, not the best weapon in a gunfight, but if you want to be a man and just whoop some ass with your bare hands, it’s understandable.

Brass Knuckles:

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Okay, so your hands aren’t the best, but what about an upgrade? The brass knuckles do more damage. Instead of many swings of the arm, you only need one or two swings with these metal fists of fury.

Melee:

Screwdriver:

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The screwdriver looks to be just some joke, a weapon which it used to screw nails, not somebody up, but this little thing can damage vehicles and kill people. Pretty impressive, huh? The screwdriver is really fun to play around with mainly because of that fact. You can find screwdrivers being sold at tool shops all over Vice City.

Hammer:

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The hammer, along with the screwdriver, is another melee weapon that can kill people and destroy vehicles. Though not as impressive as the screwdriver, (mainly because of the common sense involved), the hammer can do a lot more damage faster. This can be purchased at the tool shops in Vice City.

Golf Club:

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Wait, isn’t this meant for hitting balls, not people?! A good weapon to defend yourself with while being chased by the law in the golf course or an angry mobster chasing after you. 

Night Stick:

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If you’re crazy enough, you just might want to take the dead police officer’s Night Stick instead of his Pistol. If you do, you can have the guilty pleasure of beating pedestrians over the head. Very amusing. 

Baseball Bat:

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Similar to the Golf Club and Night Stick, the Baseball Bat is a good weapon for beating people over the head. Usually used for playing… you guessed it, Baseball.

Knife:

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Unlike San Andreas, you can’t slice pedestrian’s throats, however, you CAN hack them up. This is funnier than the Nightstick, Baseball Bat and Golf Club combined.

Meat Cleaver:

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The Meat Clever is the funniest weapon to use. Instead of hacking cow and pig meat, these “Vice City Meat Cleavers” hack up human flesh. 

Machete:

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The Machete is just like the Knife and Meat Clever, but you can really do some damage. 

Katana:

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The Katana is a Samurai sword. You can literally hack pedestrian’s heads off with this toy. 

Chainsaw:

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The Chainsaw… probably my favourite melee weapon, man can you have some fun! Providing you’re the one with it, you’ll have a great time. A great amount of power which produces a great amount of gore!

Pistols:

Colt .45:

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The Colt .45 is very common as police officers use them. The forty-five caliber pistol can kill a pedestrian in approximately three shots minimum. 

Colt Python:

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The Colt Python is a revolver, one you’d expect to see from the later 1910s. It only carries 8 rounds at a time, but it can kill just about anybody with one bullet as it’s very powerful.

Shotguns:

Chromed Shotgun:

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Like the Colt .45, the Chromed Shotgun is another police-carried weapon. They can be found in parked police cars when you enter them. This shotgun can kill just about anybody with one blow.

Stubby Shotgun:

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Though not as fast as the SPAZ-12, this shotgun can still do some major damage to somebody with one blow. A good weapon for taking self defence against the law or a gang.

SPAZ-12:

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To put it nice and short (unlike its range), best gun on the game.

Sub-Machine Guns:

Tec-9:

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The Tec-9 is not a very fast-firing machine-gun, but out of all of the machine-guns, it has the biggest clip size which comes as an advantage. It’s a great choice in huge fights that include low-powered weapons.

Ingram Mac 10:

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If you want a fast-firing gun, this is your gun. You can run and shoot at the same time. One of the most impressive guns in the game. 

Uzi 9mm:

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This gun is only available from a store or your own “Mario” gang. This popular sub-machine gun really kicks some ass. Its not as rapid-firing as the Ingram Mac 10, but it has enough power to finish off a group of people quickly.

MP5:

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The MP5 is used in many U.S. forces operations, but usually only the Navy or Marines really use it.

Assault Rifles:

Ruger:

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The Ruger is a terrible gun. The first person aiming is not that great, but it’s even worse when the gun’s firing power is slow.

Colt M4:

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The Colt M4 is another weapon used by the military. The first person aiming is just like the ruger, terrible, but the M4 has a faster firing speed and better firing power than the ruger. 

Projectiles: 

Grenade:

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I don’t quite think I need to explain what this weapon is or what it does. Let’s just stick to saying it makes a big bang. 

Tear Gas:

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The tear gas is a gas that’s ejected from its shell when you throw it. It’s great for crowded areas, but the assurance of killing with this grenade are low. This tear gas can only be found behind the Police H.Q. in Washington Beach.

Molotov Cocktail: 

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Not the best weapon, but it can cause some heat and even some entertainment. Make sure you don’t throw it close to yourself or you, too, will go up in flames.

Bomb & Detonator:

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The bomb can be planted into your car at 8 Ball’s bomb service in the dock area of Vice City. Simply arm the bomb by pressing the “attack” button. Then, anytime from that point on, you can blow the car to pieces.

Heavy:

Rocket Launcher:

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Like the Grenade, the Rocket Launcher is something you don’t want to be up against. It can blow some major s**t up!

Colt M60:

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The Col M60 is a gun which you can’t acquire by using cheats. It is a military gun, but isn’t used by anybody but Tommy Vercetti in the game. All it takes is one shot from this machine gun and you’ve got yourself a kill. 

Flamethrower: 

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If you want to heat up your fellow pedestrians instead of just flat-out killing them, this is the beastly “torture” weapon for you. The ammo for the Flamethrower goes fast so be efficient. 

Minigun:

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The biggest beast of a weapon of Vice City has to be, the Minigun! As much as a streak of bullets from this mini-gun, will simply annihilate anything in your way, whether it be a car, group of people or a chopper.

Snipers:

Sniper Rifle:

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For those people who you just can’t get a shot in the distance, but want to kill for some reason, the Sniper is for you. The firing range on this gun will strike a pedestrian without him or her even knowing what hit them.

PSG-1 Laser Sniper Rifle:

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This sniper rifle is just better than the standard one. Not only does it have a better aim, it as lo has a better range. If you have to decide between sniper rifles, this should be the one you choose!


MISSION LIST

Mission List

Introduction:

  • Introduction: Make a deal with Victor Vance.

Sonny Forelli:

  • An Old Friend: Call Sonny Forelli.

Ken Rosenberg:

  • The Party: Collect information about the ambushed drug deal.
  • Back Alley Brawl: Kill Leo Teal.
  • Jury Fury: Intimidate two juries.
  • Riot: Cause a riot to bankrupt a delivery company.

Avery Carrington:

  • Four Iron: Kill Avery’s rival.
  • Demolition Man: Blow up a building using an RC Helicopter.

Juan Cortez:

  • Treacherous Swine: Kill Gonzales.
  • Mall Shootout: Obtain military technology from Pierre La Ponce and then kill him.
  • Guardian Angels: Protect Ricardo Diaz during a drug deal and bring his money back.

Ricardo Diaz:

  • The Chase: Chase a thief to his hideout.
  • Phnom Penh ’86: Kill the thief and his associates while flying in a helicopter.
  • The Fastest Boat: Steal a speedboat from the Boatyard.
  • Supply & Demand: Buy a drug shipment before other people do.

Avery Carrington:

  • Two Bit Hit: Start a gang war between the Cubans and the Haitians.

Juan Cortez:

  • Sir, Yes Sir!: High-jack a Rhino and deliver it to the lock-up.

Kent Paul:

  • Death Row: Save Lance Vance from Ricardo Diaz’s goons.

Tommy Vercetti:

  • Rub Out: Kill Ricardo Diaz.

Juan Cortez:

  • All Hands On Deck: Help Juan Cortez escape the French FBI.

Umberto Robina:

  • Stunt Boat Challenge: Complete a boat race.
  • Cannon Fodder: Steal a drug shipment.
  • Naval Engagement: Ambush a drug deal between the Sharks and the Haitians.

Auntie Poulet:

  • Juju Scramble: Pick up a stage of “juju”.
  • Bombs Away!: Drop bombs on Cuban drug dealers.
  • Dirty Lickin’s: Snipe dead some Cuban gang members.

Umberto Robina:

  • Trojan Voodoo: Blow up a drug plant.

Love Fist:

  • Love Juice: Buy drugs and bring Mercedes Cortez to Love Fist’s studio.
  • Psycho Killer: Kill a psychopath.

Mitch Baker:

  • Alloy Wheels of Steel: Complete a bike race.
  • Messing with the Man: Cause a rampage.
  • Hog Tied: Steal back an Angel motorbike.

Love Fist:

  • Publicity Tour: Drive around in a limo while Love Fist defuses a bomb inside it.

Tommy Vercetti:

  • Shakedown: Intimidate shops into paying protection money.
  • Bar Brawl: Eliminate your competition in racketeering.
  • Cop Land: Blow up a store in the mall while posing as a cop.

Print Works:

  • Cap the Collector: Kill the collectors taxing your businesses.

Tommy Vercetti:

  • Keep Your Friends Close…: Kill Lance Vance and Sonny Forelli.


RADIO STATIONS

Radio Stations

Most radio stations consist of music, DJ chat, and spoof advertising. Several of the stations also reappear in Vice City Stories which is a direct prequel to the game.

The player can listen to the following radio stations:

  • Wildstyle - Hip Hop, Electro
  • Flash FM - Pop
  • K-Chat - Interviews
  • Fever 105 - Soul, Disco, R&B
  • V-Rock - Rock, Hard Rock, Metal
  • VCPR - Political Talk Show
  • Radio Espantoso - Latin, Salsa Music
  • Emotion 98.3 - Power Ballads
  • Wave 103 - New Wave, Synthpop
  • MP3 Player (PC only) - User-Defined Track Player
  • Tape Deck (Xbox only) - User-Defined Track Player (Plays music ripped from Audio CD to the HDD)


LAUNCH DETAILS

Launch Details

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is Rockstar’s 2nd Open-World game in the 3D world following GTA III. It was released on 27 October 2002 for the PlayStation 2, on 12 May 2003 for Microsoft Windows, and on 31 October 2003 for the Xbox Original console. It is the sixth title in the Grand Theft Auto series.


CONTENT CUTS

Content Cuts

Just like Grand Theft Auto III and other video game titles, there’s always content changes, known as, Content Cuts. Below are some of the different things which were either altered or completely removed from the final game:

Characters:

  • A character called Mr. Moffat was removed from the game. Mr. Moffat and Tommy Vercetti apparently knew each other from the past and Moffat has found himself on the run again in Vice City. Moffat was scheduled to appear in a mission, where Tommy would help him escape.
  • Tommy Vercetti wore a dark blue Hawaiian shirt.
  • Ricardo Diaz’ concept name was supposedly Fernando Diaz.
  • Pastor Richards was scheduled to give protagonist Tommy Vercetti a mission.
  • On Kent Paul’s website, BJ Smith’s concept name was possibly BJ Jones.
  • SWAT members wore a different styled outfit, much brighter and bluer.
  • A pedestrian with blond hair, pigtails, and a red skirt used to be in the game. Based on her appearance in “The Party” with Jezz Torrent, it is implied that the pedestrian was replaced by the brunette Love Fist fan.

Missions:

  • Unused audio files suggest that Dwaine and Jethro were to make an appearance in “The Fastest Boat” for Ricardo Diaz.
  • The introduction sequence used to be much longer. When Ken Rosenberg picks up Tommy Vercetti at the airport, Ken explained that the Vance brothers operate out of Mexico and own a farm in Panama.
  • The coke on Sonny Forelli’s table during An Old Friend was blocky instead of round.

City:

  • Leaf Links did not seem to appear at one point during development. This may be due to poor draw distance.
  • Fort Baxter Air Base originally included an air traffic control tower and a runway. The runway is totally absent, but the tower can still be seen in the distance from Vice City Beach.
  • The map at Sunshine Autos depicts several changes to the city before its final design. These include:Apartment 3c used to be visible from the outside.

    • Some roads were absent, notably the long road from the Downtown police station to the Ammunation.
    • Hyman Memorial Stadium was absent.
    • The northeast part of the Vice Point’s beach did not exist.
    • Vice Port had a waterway and ships were absent.
    • There are no shacks in the sea.
    • The rocks and lighthouse in Ocean Beach were absent.
  • The Ocean View Medical Foundation buildings had a bluer exterior.

Weapons:

  • A Grenade Launcher was cut.
  • The beta MP5 looked shorter and very different, it can be seen in the intro of GTA Vice City
  • The PSG-1 (.308 Sniper) did not have a silencer.
  • There is a model and textures for an AK-47 in the game files. However, it has never appeared in any of the screen shots or trailers for the game. What some fans claim to be an AK-47 in one of the trailers, is actually the Ruger with its brown texture from the PS2 version of the game.
  • There was a Tazer, a Nailgun and Landmines in the beta version, textures exist in the game files.
  • The shotgun from GTA III was originally in the game.
  • Shown on a poster featured in the flash version of the official website, there was a silenced Ingram.
  • The M4 had a longer barrel and a different aim in the beta.
  • There was originally a Steyr Aug in the beta version, files of it exist in the PS2 Version.
  • Tear Gas was removed from Xbox, PC and later PS2 versions of the game.
  • The Grenade kept its model from GTA III.


10th ANNIVERSARY EDITION

10th Anniversary

GTAVC-Anniversary-Cover

In December 2012, Rockstar Games released a mobile edition of GTA Vice City was to be released in order to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the game’s release. Similar to the mobile edition of GTA III, the game was released on both iOS and Android devices. 

Supported Devices:

  • Apple iOS Devices: iPad, iPad mini, iPhone 4, 4S & 5, iPod touch 4th & 5th Generation
  • Android Phones: Motorola Atrix, Motorola Atrix HD, Motorola Atrix 4G, Motorola Photon, HTC Rezound, HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy R, Samsung Epic 4G, Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy S3, Google Nexus 4, Sony Ericsson Arc HD, Sony Xperia Nozomi, Sony Xperia Play, Sony Xperia Sola, Sony Xperia S / P / T & TL, Sony Walkman Z Series Media Player
  • Android Tablets: Acer Iconia, Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, Asus Transformer Pad TF300T, Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 700, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 / 7.7 / 8.9 & 10.1, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Sony Tablet S, Sony Tablet P, Sony Xperia Tablet S, Toshiba Thrive, Toshiba Regza, Google Nexus 7, Google Nexus 10, Fujitsu Stylistic 10.1

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