Theft Auto Vice City
by Rockstar Games
Developed by Rockstar North
Platform: PC CD-ROM
Released - Out Now
Age Rating: 18+
Price : £34.99
long last the wait is finally over for PC gamers. The game, which
dominated the pre-Christmas and early year sales charts, has finally
made the move from the PlayStation 2 to PC. Of course the question
that most PC owners wanted answered before the game was released
was how well did the transfer from the PlayStation 2 to PC go? Was
it simply a straight port? Let's take a look at the PC version of
GTA Vice City and find out.
Vice City is set firmly in the 1980s. The clothes, the vehicles
and the mannerisms of the characters reek of the 1980s. Immediately
this will amaze those who remember the decade and it's films and
TV shows. Rockstar North could simply have expanded upon GTA 3 but
as their talents continue to blossom, it's becoming obvious that
these are the chaps who could finally bring true cinematic quality
to games software. The cutscenes are a testament to this statement.
At times the quality of them (and no I'm not talking about the graphics)
is amazing and you can't help but be impressed by them.
The game begins with a scene in Marco's Bistro in Liberty City.
Tommy Vercetti (the character you control) is about to be released
from prison and the family wants him out of the neighbourhood, as
he's bad for business. They agree to send him to Vice City to establish
a drug operation to bring the family some extra dirty cash. Tommy
and his two associates travel to Vice City and are met by their
contact, Ken, and arrange to purchase some 'merchandise'. The exchange
goes horribly wrong when as the money is being handed over for the
drugs an ambush occurs and all but Tommy and Ken are killed. This
is where you come in to the game. Tommy has to pick up the pieces
and not only get the drugs and money back but get revenge on those
who killed his friends.
Of course you don't have to plough on with the story, you can just
roam the city, much of which is shut off to begin with. GTA 3 was
so popular because you could do what you wanted when you wanted
and Vice City is exactly the same. The map in the lower left of
the screen points the way to the next objective and when you are
ready you simply make your way to the coloured zone to collect your
mission orders. You can even buy up some of the local businesses,
when you've earned enough cash to do so.
The one disappointment with me for this PC version is that it is
more or less a straight port from the PlayStation 2 version. The
characters still look far too angular for a modern day PC title.
That said though the graphics look better because of the increased
resolutions you can run the game at. The framerate still isn't brilliant
either. Driving a high-speed car from one end of a city to the other
reveals pop-up (even with draw distance set to maximum) and occasionally
you'll receive a loading screen too (albeit for a split second).
This highlights the fact that we have a straight port that is always
disappointing considering the superiority of PC hardware. The game
could and should have looked as good as titles such as Mafia.
Generally the game is good in it's provision for deaf gamers. There
are a couple of areas that could have been improved upon though.
First of all the cutscenes aren't subtitled by default, these have
to be enabled. Some of the speech isn't subtitled either. This occurs
in a cutscene if the screen goes black for a moment and the speech
continues (the introduction is a good example of this). If you are
familiar with GTA 3 you'll know that the first time you begin the
game it goes straight into the introduction and thereafter it immediately
loads your saved game. Vice City is the same in this respect. The
first time you'll load the game the introduction will not be subtitled.
What you will have to do is to skip the introduction and enable
the subtitles and then start a new game. It's a small thing but
enabling the subtitles by default would have prevented this problem.
Once enabled though the subtitles make the game great for deaf gamers.
The only other verbal information that is missing is the comments
that you get from passers by in the street. These are usually only
one or two word comments and have no bearing on the gameplay. All
tutorial tips are given in text so you'll have no problem getting
used to the game.
there you have it. GTA Vice City is still a great PC title and it's
fair to say it's one of the best games on the PC this year but it
doesn't look as good as it should and it's a shame that not all
the speech is subtitled. Still for those of you who've waited patiently
I'm sure you won't be disappointed with the finished article.
Game Rating: 9.0/10
finally here and it's exactly the same as on the PlayStation 2 ...
which is a shame because the PC is capable of so much more than
straight ports from the PlayStation 2.
Not everything is subtitled but there are no real problems for deaf
gamers with Vice City.