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GTA: Vice City was the fourth part of the Grand Theft Auto series, which was originally released in 2002 for PC, Playstation and Xbox. The game has now been adapted for mobile devices. You take on the role of Tommi Vercetti, a junior gangster who wants to work his way up to become a mafia boss. Along the way you'll have to complete numerous missions, steal cars, eliminate opponents and survive fights. Of course, the police also has something to say about it. They are your constant enemy and you are always on the run. If you behave too conspicuously, the National Guard may even be called in.
The game area in GTA: Vice City is modeled after Miami. You'll find an area with a beautiful sandy beach, bars, shopping malls and clubs. On the other side, the military is waiting in a large base. But there is also an airport and a large industrial district to explore. The entire area can be toured on foot, by cars and motorcycles, or even by boats, planes and helicopters.
If you want some diversion from the main story, you can fulfill numerous small side missions. These include delivering pizza as well as selling drugs. Anything that brings in some money is fine with you to achieve the big goal. Because you want to become the supreme boss of the Vice City underworld!
The open world of Vice City invites you to explore. Whether in the context of missions or just for fun. You can discover something surprising at every corner. The fact that you can borrow various vehicles for this purpose increases the game's fun immensely. However, the controls are unfortunately not always very easy. It already required some practice on the PC and consoles. This is even more true on mobile devices. But after a few sensational accidents, you'll soon be able to steer your car through the busy city streets without any problems.
The game's story is entertaining, the characters have depth and the city has great flair. Graphically, GTA: Vice City isn't up to date, but the colorful appearance in neon colors still comes across very well and embodies the feeling of the decaying city excellently. It should be especially mentioned that the game's dubbing has been completely redone for the mobile version. This gives the various characters much more personality and individuality. The whole thing is rounded off by an excellent soundtrack.
A small point of criticism is the save system. Because this is not always and everywhere possible. You have to record a memory cassette in a special memory house for this. Unfortunately, this also makes GTA: Vice City less interesting for a quick game on the go.
Many fans of the GTA series think that Vice City is one of the best parts. The implementation for mobile devices is excellent, even if it would have been desirable to eliminate some of the game's weak points. For example, the controls are still a bit complicated and take some getting used to, and you can't create saves at any time. The graphics are also no longer up to modern standards.
But all these points don't affect the game's fun in the slightest. The rise from petty criminal to gangster boss has rarely been wrapped in such a varied and entertaining garment. If you haven't tried GTA: Vice City yet, you should urgently do so. But don't get caught by the police.
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