GTA: VICE CITY STORIES
Vice City, 1984. Opportunity abounds in a city emerging from the swamps, its growth fueled by the violent power struggle in a lucrative drugs trade. Construction is everywhere as a shining metropolis rises from foundations of crime and betrayal.
As a soldier, Vic Vance has always protected his dysfunctional family, his country, himself. One bad decision later and that job is about to get much harder. Kicked out onto the streets of a city torn between glamour and gluttony, Vic is faced with a stark choice – build an empire or be crushed.
Grand Theft Auto Vice City Stories is very much like the original Vice City game, however is set in 1982, 2 years before the first Vice City game is set. The City of Vice is based on the city of Miami Beach, Florida. The game’s look, particularly the clothing and vehicles, reflects the 1980s setting.
The look of the world in Vice City Stories is almost identical to the 2002 version of Vice City, a few texture differences, added or removed roads and some odd building changes such as Sunshine Autos, which is completed in the original Vice City however is currently starting to be built in Vice City Stories. This is because Vice City Stories is set 2 years before the 2002 Vice City game.
Vic Vance is a corporal in the U.S Army. He came from a poor family, with his brother suffering from asthma and another lazy brother, and he is trying to make money for his dysfunctional family. He just arrived in Vice City in 1984 and he is now stationed at Fort Baxter. He arrives at the office of his supervisor, Sergeant Jerry Martinez, a corrupt officer of the Army who is a drug smuggler. He instructs Vic to manage a drug deal. Vic arrives on the buyer’s yacht, but they are ambushed by unknown assailants who blow up the boat, leaving only Vic alive.
After that, Martinez, despite being angry with Vic, gives him a new job. He visits Phil Cassidy, an eccentric war veteran who has a gun range at the docks, who gives him a gun and tests his skills. He makes another job with Martinez, who instructs him to get his girl from a party. He goes to Phil’s place and he provides him with the sports car. Vic arrives at the party, beats up several guys there and rescues the girl. He gets her back to the base, but a Master Sergeant confronts him about a pack of marijuana which Martinez planted under his bed, and he also confronts him about the girl, who reveals herself to be a prostitute. As a result, he is dishonorably discharged from the Army.
Now on the streets, he gets a call from Phil, who gives him his old place to stay. He also does several missions with him, usually confronting Cholos. He also gets a call from Marty Jay Williams, who is Phil’s brother-in-law. He runs the Trailer Park Mafia, a small organization involved in racketeering, loan sharking, and prostitution. Vic does various missions with Marty, often protecting his business. Marty often abuses his wife Louise, who has a child with him. Louise develops a relationship with Vic, which angers Marty. Louise is one day beaten up badly and kidnapped by Marty, and Vic tracks him down and kills him.
With Marty dead, Vic takes over the Trailer Park Mafia, now renamed Vance Crime Family. Soon after, his brother, Lance Vance, arrives, hearing the news. He picks him up from the Escobar International Airport, but they are ambushed by Cholos. They manage to escape. As Vic expands the Vance Crime Family by taking over rackets from Cholos and Bikers, Lance sets up various deals. They transact with the Cubans under the leadership of Umberto Robina. Using a pinata resembling a rudely-gesturing Robina, Vic destroys the Cholo’s business, eliminating them from Vice City. Meanwhile, Lance has connected with Bryan Forbes, a local drug dealer. After several deals, they find out that he is actually a DEA agent working undercover, and he runs away with their money. They catch him and lock him in an old slum building, where they force him to expose drug deals around the town. He misleads them into various traps, even leading them to a gay bar. They return only to discover Forbes attempting to escape their captivity. Vic chases him and kills him.
After this, they locate and steal a major drug shipment, unaware that the drug shipment belongs to the Mendez brothers, Armando and Diego. Soon, they are kidnapped by them. Lance lies to them that Martinez stole the coke shipment, and that he is actually a DEA agent who wants evidence to arrest them, and they take photos of Martinez with a DEA agent, and they copy the Forbes files with Martinez’s file, which describes Martinez as an agent. They do several jobs for Mendez brothers, who connect them to Reni Wassulmaier, a transsexual film director. He/she gives Vic several jobs to work, and he also helps her manager, Barry Mickelthwaite, to get Phil Collins on his concert unharmed from the Forelli mobsters, to whom Barry owes money.
Reni connects Vic to Ricardo Diaz, a drug baron, for which Lance and Vic do few jobs. The Mendez brothers are not pleased with this, and they betray them, saying that Martinez exposed them off, and if they give all of their business to them, they will let them go alive. They refuse this offer, and they are knocked out. They wake up at the power plant, where they kill several Mendez’s men and barely escape. Vic cooperates with Diaz to take them out, and they break into the Mendezes’ safe and destroy their bearer bonds, which makes Armando and Diego bankrupt. As revenge, the Mendez Brothers kidnap Louise. Vic wants to save her, but Lance is hesitant, until the Mendez’s henchmen blow up his car. Losing his mind, Lance assaults them, and he gets into a trap, and the Mendez brothers kidnap him as well. Left with no choice, Vic arrives at their mansion, and fights with Armando, who arrived with a flamethrower and tries to burn him alive, but he manages to kill him. He finds Lance and Louise, but Louise is badly beaten and dies in his arms. Vic leaves angry, swearing revenge against Martinez and also Diego, who escaped.
Diaz helps Vic track Diego and Martinez. He makes Vic steal an army chopper from Fort Baxter. Phil helps Vic by making a diversion. After Vic successfully steals the chopper, Vic assaults the Mendez’s fortress. He blows up a few floors, but his chopper is shot and he is forced to land on the building. He raids several offices, and he finds out that Martinez and Diego are on the roof. After a tense stand-off, Victor brutally kills them. Moments later, Lance arrives in his chopper, and they leave.
Victor Vance – Protagonist:
Victor Vance is a 28-year old corporal in the US Army. He is voiced by Dorian Missick and has made a brief appearance in GTA: Vce City. He is dishonourably discharged after he’s framed for having drugs in his barracks and he is caught entering the army base with a prostitute for Sergeant Jerry Martinez. After his dismissal, Vic is given work by various people in Vice City including Phil Cassidy, Umberto Robina, Reni Wassulmaier, Ricardo Diaz and his brother Lance. Together they makes an alliance with Diego and Armando Mendez and start to build a business empire in drugs. However, the Mendez brothers betray Vic, which results in Vic killing both of them and Martinez, and decides to lay low and never get involved in the drugs business again.
Sgt. Jerry Martinez – Antagonist:
Jerry Martinez, voiced by Felix Solis, is one of Vic’s commanding officers who asks him to pick up a shipment of drugs and store them in his barracks, which causes Vic to be discharged from the Barracks. Martinez later betrays Vic by sending a group of men to kill both him and Phil Cassidy. After Vic and Lance ambush a deal he sets up with the Mendez brothers, Martinez tries to ruin them by turning states and later kidnaps Vic’s girlfriend Louise. Martinez is finally killed by Vic on top of the Mendez Building.
Phil Cassidy – Major Character:
Phil Cassidy is voiced by Gary Busey and has made an appearance in GTA III, Vice City and Liberty City Stories. He is a drunk war veteran who is introduced to Vic as Martinez’s gun dealer. Together, Phil and Vic launch several attacks on the Cholos and do several other jobs for Martinez, but when they are attacked by his men Phil decides to go into hiding. He then later returns to help Vic defend his businesses from the Mendez brothers and steal a Hunter from Fort Baxter Air Base.
Louise Williams – Major Character:
Louise Cassidy-Williams is Phil Cassidy’s sister. She is voiced by Chelsey Rives and meets Vic when he is looking for her husband Marty Jay. When she decides to leave her husband, he kidnaps her, but Vic rescues her before killing Marty Jay. She becomes romantically involved with Vic, which results in Martinez and later Armando Mendez kidnapping her to get to him. Vic rescues her from Martinez’s men, but she is shot several times by Armando Mendez and dies in Vic’s arms.
Marty Jay Williams – Major Character:
Marty Jay Williams, voiec by Jim Burke, is the husband of Louise and leader of the Trailer Park Mafia. He takes on Vic to do several jobs for him, which mainly involve stealing businesses from the rival Cholo gang. After Louise leaves him, She is kidnapped by Marty so he can turn her into a whore at his brothel. Vic rescues Louise and kills Marty, taking over Marty’s gang and businesses in the process.
Lance Vance – Major Character:
Lance Vance, voiced by Philip Michael Thomas, is the brother of Victor Vance who arrives in Vice City to share Vic’s rise to power. He has also been in GTA: Vice City. He convinces Vic to get into the drugs business and sets up deals with several influential people in the city. Lance suffers from a cocaine addiction and never wants to stop making money, often getting into new deals without Vic’s consent and getting himself and Vic into trouble on many occasions, usually leaving Vic to clean up the mess himself.
Umberto Robina – Major Character:
Umberto Robina, voiced by Danny Trejo, is leader of the Los Cabrones gang. He’s appeared in the original Vice City game and in VCS enlists the help of Vic to help him wipe out the Cholo gang from Vice City. Umberto also helps Vic to defend the Vance-owned businesses when they come under attack from the Mendez Cartel.
Bryan Forbes – Major Character:
Bryan Forbes, voiced by Daniel Oreskes, is an undercover agent who does a deal with Lance to tell the Vance brothers about drug shipments coming into the city. When they find out his true identity, Vic and Lance capture him and keep him in an abandoned vehicle to get information from him. Forbes gives them several false leads then tries to escape, but Vic tracks him down and kills him.
Diego & Armando Mendez – Major Characters:
Diego Mendez, voiced by Ruben Trujillo and Armando Mendez, voiced by Yul Vasquez are the two biggest illegal drug dealers in Vice City, who Vic and Lance start working for after convincing them that Martinez stole a drug shipment that they themselves had stolen. The Mendez brothers betray Vic and Lance and try to have them killed, but they escape. After Armando kidnaps Louise, Vic tracks him down and kills him. Following his brother’s death, Diego decides to hide out at the Mendez Building, but he too is tracked down and killed by Vic.
Reni Wassulmaier – Major Character:
Reni Wassulmaier, voiced by Barbara Rosenblatt, is a transsexual avant-garde film director from Germany, who also appeared in GTA Liberty City Stories. She provides Vic with several contacts in the city including Gonzalez and Diaz, and also employs Vic as a stuntman on one his films. After Diego Mendez becomes unhappy with him for introducing Vic to Diaz, Reni decides to have a final sex-change operation and becomes a woman, before Vic helps her to flee from Vice City and fly to Europe.
Gonzalez – Major Character:
Gonzalez, voiced by Jorge Pup is the right hand man of Colonel Juan Cortez who steals some of his boss’s cocaine to make a side profit. He made an appearance in GTA: Vice City, however in VCS, Vic briefly works for him but the relationship is ended after a large amount of cocaine is stolen when Vic is doing a deal for him. However, Gonzalez asks for Vic’s help once more when he needs to flee from the city due to an attack on him by the Sharks.
Ricardo Diaz – Major Character:
Ricardo Diaz, voiced by Luis Guzman, is a Colombian drug lord who asks Vic to help him steal a shipment of drugs from Gonzalez. Ricardo also appeared in GTA: Vice City. After Vic steals the drugs and trades them with the DEA for weapons, Diaz blackmails Gonzalez to get information about other shipments. Diaz later gives Vic vital information to help him with his battle against the Mendez brothers.
- Brass Knuckles
- Baseball Bat
- Butterfly Knife
- Gaff Hook
- Fire Axe
- Golf Club
- Night Stick
- Stubby Shotgun
- Spaz 12
Sub Machine Guns:
- Micro SMG
- Silenced MG
- Assault Rifle
- Remote Grenade
- Molotov Cocktail
- Flame Thrower
- Rocket Launcher
- Laser Sniper
- Cleaning House
- Conduct Unbecoming
- Cholo Victory
- Boomshine Blowout
- Truck Stop
- Marked Men
- Fear the Repo
- Waking the Neighbors
- Brothel Where Art Thou?
- Got Protection?
- When Funday Comes
- Takin’ Out the White Trash
- To Victor, The Spoils
- Jive Drive
- The Audition
- Caught As an Act
- Snitch Hitch
- From Zero To Hero
- Hose the Hoes
- Robbing the Cradle
- Nice Package
- Papi Don’t Screech
- Havana Good Time
- Money for Nothing
- Leap and Bound
- The Bum Deal
- Brown of the Dead
- Turn On, Tune In, Bug Out
- Taking the Fall
- White Lies
- Where It Hurts Most
- Blitzkrieg Strike Again
- Lost & Found
- Light My Pyre
- Accidents Will Happen
- The Colonel’s Coke
- Kill Phil
- Say Cheese
- The Mugshot Longshot
- Hostile Takeover
- Unfriendly Competition
- High Wire
- Burning Bridges
- Homes on the Range
- Purple Haze
- Farewell to Arms
- Kill Phil Part 2
- So Long Schlong
- In the Air Tonight
- Ricardo Diaz
- Steal the Deal
- The Exchange
- Domo Arigato Domestoboto
- Over the Top
- Last Stand
- Emotion 98.3 – Love Music/Power Ballads
- Flash FM – Pop
- Fresh FM – Hip-Hop, Rap, Techno, Electro
- Paradise FM – Non-Stop Disco Music
- Radio Espantoso – Latin Jazz
- Vice City For Lovers – Soul and R&B
- Vice City Public Radio – Talk
- V-Rock – Rock/Metal
- Wave 103 – New Wave
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories released for the PSP in late 2006 and later for the PS2 in March 2007. The game is the tenth installment in the Grand Theft Auto series. It was released on PlayStation 3 via the PlayStation Network on April 2nd 2013.
- Bryan Forbes originally had a moustache.
- Lance Vance is shown wearing his outfit from the beginning of the game instead of his blue soiree suit on certain missions such as Burning Bridges, Blitzkrieg Strikes Again and Last Stand as seen on the 1st and 2nd trailer.
- Vic has a different appearance, like with hair on his head and tattoo on his upper right arm.
- In the first trailer, Louise Cassidy-Williams originally have black hair with a different hairstyle instead of brown hair.
- According to screenshots, there was going to be a mission where Bryan and Vic were attacked by theMendez Cartel, but there is no mission related to that screenshot.
- In the mission, Last Stand, Vic also had to kill Armando Mendez, not just Martinez and Diego Mendez.
- In a trailer, a scene in Jive Drive was shown, where Lance and Vic jumped the last ramp. Instead of a redStinger, it was a beige Stallion being driven.
- The casual clothes were originally yellow and light blue.
- The Army Fatigues originally read “USMC” on the shirt, meaning that originally, Vic would join the Marines instead of the army.
- The Wetsuit was originally blue.
- Victor wore the Pastel Suit in the mission D.I.V.O.R.C.E. even though it is not unlocked until Brawn of the Dead.
- Victor wore the Cuban Style in the mission Got Protection? even though the Cuban Outfit is unlocked after completing all of Umberto’s missions which is after killing Marty.
- Ionic Real Estate was supposed to be called Mpirian Real Estate as seen on Rockstar’s official website on the news article called “Criminals building empires, investing in city infrastructure.”.