Retro Gaming 00’s- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002)

As far as classics from the early 00’s are concerned in relation to gaming its almost impossible to talk about high profile games from that time period without mentioning Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. For those who do not on GTA: Vice City was developed and published RockStar and was initially released for the PlayStation 2 in October 2002. One of the things that made GTA: Vice City appealing was the fact that the plot of the game was set in the 80’s. In fact, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City reminded many people of the Scarface movie which came out back in 1983. GTA: Vice City is played from a third person perspective as players control the main character Tommy Vercetti who is an ex-convict. As Vercetti players had to complete various missions in order to progress throughout the game in order to control the underworld drug trade in Vice City. GTA: Vice City was a game that impressed many people following its release for a variety of reasons including its visuals, gameplay and storyline which arguably stands out more than anything within the game. There were some interesting twists and revelations in GTA: Vice City from the discovery of Tommy setting up Sonny leading to his arrest to Lance double-crossing Tommy and being in cahoots with Sonny.

The gameplay itself for GTA: Vice City was also something that people who were new to the series could easily get into. Players could engage in various activities such as purchasing weapons and real estate along with getting their cars spray painted. Also, like most GTA titles there was a crime meter which was measured in stars with six being the most severe depending on how wanted the player is by police whether it be dead or alive. Vice City was an action-adventure game that was considered to be somewhat controversial due to its excessive violence and mature content. However, GTA: Vice City was one of the most popular video games on the PlayStation 2 in the early 00’s and ended reaching over 9.6 million copies in worldwide sales. In fact, Gran Theft Auto: Vice City ended becoming the fourth best selling game for the PS2 and is considered to be one of the best action-adventure games of the 00’s decade. Despite, seeing an HD intro of GTA: Vice City back in 2015 using the GTA V game engine having an official modernized version of the ’02 classic on current generation consoles such as PS4 and Xbox One would be sweet.

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