Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, also referred to as GTA Vice City, Vice City and GTAVC, is the second game in the GTA III era. Although it was released after Grand Theft Auto III, it was set 15 years earlier.
GTA Vice City is set in Vice City, Florida (USA) in 1986. It concerns the exploits of protagonist Tommy Vercetti as he rises to criminal power in the city. The games events follow on from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.
Designed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games, it debuted in North America on October 27, 2002 for PlayStation 2 and quickly became the best-selling video game of the year. As of July 2006, GTA Vice City is, in the American market, the best-selling PlayStation 2 game of all time. GTA Vice City also appeared on the Japanese magazine Famitsu's readers' list of 100 all-time favorite videogames in 2006. Following this success, GTA Vice City saw releases in Europe, Australia and Japan, and became available on PC and Xbox. Later, Rockstar Vienna packaged the game with its predecessor, GTA III, and sold it as the Grand Theft Auto: Double Pack for Xbox.
It uses a tweaked version of the Renderware game engine used by GTA III.
GTA Vice City & Manhunt 2 Edit
Both games have many similarities, just like Manhunt and GTA III.
- The vehicles in Manhunt 2 are taken from Vice City.
- The Police Maverick in both games is almost the same, they even share the same numbers on the heli's tail and the green color.
- Both Vice City and Cottonmouth exist on Florida.
- Burrito, Admiral and Stinger license plates in Manhunt 2 are similar to Florida license plates, including an orange logo resembling the state of Florida. The same plates are in GTA Vice City.
- In Downtown Cottonmouth there is a building, which looks more like the same as a building in Downtown Vice City.
- The Sprunk soda.
- Several lines of dialogue in Manhunt 2 specifically mentions Vice City.
- At the Strip Club and Fetish Dungeon there're posters with the the Love Juice, which is a drug in GTA Vice City.