Can Rockstar Games successfully up on the overwhelming success of GTA3? According to Starfury, yes they can!
Welcome to Vice City. Welcome to the 1980s.
Vice City is a mock-up of Miami from the 80′s. It is full of bright colors, glowing neon, corrupt politicians, and ethnic gangs. The population on the street can range from bikini clad women basking in the sun to police dressed up in brown and tan. The architecture fits the mold of a Miami-esque city, with tall buildings towering over the downtown district to the condos at the beach.
The graphics have been improved over the PS2 version. The resolution settings will go as high as your monitor can support. The graphic palette has been increased to 32-bit. The view distances are adjustable and have been generally increased. Also, the number of polygons per model has been increased as well. The game camera can be changed, while operating a vehicle, for a nice cinematic effect.
The music is righteous. For anyone the grew up in the 80′s, just having all those great tunes to listen to will take you back. The radio stations are broken up by topic, such as rap, new wave, rock, Spanish, talk, etc. The music was licensed from actual artists from the period, and a separate soundtrack is available for the game. You can also insert your own .MP3s into the game, which form their own station. One of my personal favorites from the GTA3 series was the talk channels. However, they seem to be very mundane when compared to what else is on the radio.
Vice City is not for everyone. The GTA series is adult oriented, irreverant, and violent. Aside from a few graphical detractions, if you like driving fast, shooting quick, and enjoy a good bit of adult humor, you’ll love Vice City. If you played GTA3 on the PC and liked it, get this game now.
Recommended System Specs
800mhz P3/Athlon 128MB Ram 8X CD Drive 915mb HD space (1.35 for full install of audio as well) 32mb video card Direct X Soundcard Win 98/ME/2000/XP DirectX 9.0