Grand Theft Auto Vice City is by far my favourite game in the series. Now I am not going to sit here, and tell you guys that from a game play point of view that this is the pinnacle of the series because that would simply not be true. For me what makes this game stand out so much from the other games in the series is the games setting. Probably the best part of the game being set in the 1980’s for me was the soundtrack it was amazing. As a kid of the 80’s I got a real kick out of many of the tunes that blasted out of the car radio.
I have many iconic gaming memories, but hearing Billie Jean that first time you step into a vehicle in Vice City is right up there. It just set the whole tone of the game incredibly well. It is something that I think Rockstar do not get the credit they deserve for. They were able to set the whole tone of the game with just stepping into a car and hearing that song.
Of course like all Grand Theft Auto games the soundtrack was huge, and no mater what your favourite genre of music is Vice City had you covered. I know I mentioned Billie Jean just before, but in truth I am a metal head, and when I first heard 2 minutes 2 midnight by Iron Maiden blasting out the game just went up to ten on the awesome meter. Ozzy, Judas Priests, Twisted Sister and a ton of other awesome rock bands were in this game, and it actually on some occasions when I was driving Tommy to a mission make him stay in the car until a particular song was done. Its crazy to think that I actually did that.
I think that the soundtrack of Vice City is a huge reason that Rockstar were able to pull off that 1980’s Miami Vice feel. I know that I love to go back and play Vice City, and just cruise around listening to the tunes.
I am a huge fan of the Grand Theft Auto series I have been since I played the very first game in the series back in the 90’s. As well as the actual game what I remember more than anything else is the huge controversies that each game is the series has had. In some cases these are absolutely ridiculous, and I feel that they are made by people who have far to much time on there hand. On the other side of things there are those controversies that actually do make you think. Vice City is by far my favourite in the series, and for this article I want to talk about one of the big controversies that surrounded this game.
Trouble With Cuba and Haiti
This is the one I remember most. I worked in a vide game store at this time, and we were told that there was a chance the game could get pulled off the shelves. Of course this only made people want the game even more. What actually happened here was that there was Cuban and Haitian groups who had convinced themselves that this game was going to cause harm to immigrants. The way these guys went on you would have though that the game was giving bonus points for committing crimes against real people.
Now these guys were not just saying that people would go out and look to assault immigrants who were in Florida. These people went as far to say that Grand Theft Auto Vice City would was inviting people to cause genocide. Genocide were they serious? Sadly they were, and many people actually listened to what they had to say.
This whole thing really did get a load of attention. To be honest when I look back now I am not sure why these guys got so much mainstream attention as there claims were really ridiculous. Unfortunately these groups made so much noise that some people did listen. I think just to get this issue out of the way that Rockstar and the publisher Take Two agreed to remove some of the lines of dialogue that were deemed offensive. Its such a shame that these extreme groups can do this kind of thing. As a result a new version of Vice City was released in 2004 with the “offensive” dialogue removed.
In all this in my opinion was crazy. At the end of the day these people may have gotten a few lines removed from the game, that in truth did nothing to alter the fun of the game. What these people really did was just give the game a ton of free publicity. I know from working in a game store that whenever there is any kind of talk about a game that is controversial that people are going to want to buy it.
GTA Vice City is the best installment in the Grand Theft Auto Series. From Cuban killers to Haitians with machetes, this violent yet versatile title introduces you to all the aspects of South Florida street life in the 80’s.Whether you choose to roam the beach boardwalk victimizing random strangers, or engage in the challenging missions assigned by various crime bosses throughout the city, this game is sure to provide hours of captivating entertainment with a minimal learning curve.
The GTA Vice City Game Free Download for PC gives you access to the entire game on your computer – a great option for PC gamers who don’t want to spend money on the PS2 or PSP version. Furthermore, the PC version is easier to modify using free mod downloads that can be found online. These mods will insert new vehicles, characters, and weapons into the game, thereby adding to an already in-depth gameplay experience.