Grand Theft Auto: Vice City - Introduction to the game as said on the official website.
Welcome to Vice City. Welcome to the 1980s.
Having just made it back onto the streets of Liberty City after a long stretch in maximum security, Tommy Vercetti is sent to Vice City by his old boss, Sonny Forelli. They were understandably nervous about his re-appearance in Liberty City, so a trip down south seemed like a good idea. But all does not go smoothly upon his arrival in the glamorous, hedonistic metropolis of Vice City. He's set up and is left with no money and no merchandise. Sonny wants his money back, but the biker gangs, Cuban gangsters, and corrupt politicians stand in his way. Most of Vice City seems to want Tommy dead. His only answer is to fight back and take over the city himself. From the decade of big hair, excess and pastel suits comes a story of one man's rise to the top of the glamorous, hedonistic metropolis of Vice City. He's set up and is left with no money and no merchandise. Vice City is a huge urban sprawl ranging from the beach to the swamps and the glitz to the ghetto, and is the most varied, complete and alive digital city ever created. Combining non-linear gameplay with a character driven narrative, you arrive in a town brimming with delights and degradation and are given the opportunity to take it over as you choose.
|Main Characters||Voice of|
|Tommy Vercetti||Ray Liotta|
|Sonny Forelli||Tom Sizemore|
|Lance Vance||Philip Michael Thomas|
|Ken Rosenberg||William Fichtner|
|Colonel Cortez||Robert Davi|
|Ricardo Diaz||Luis Guzmán|
|Avery Carrington||Burt Reynolds|
|Kent Paul||Danny Dyer|
|Umberto Robina||Danny Trejo|
|Phil Cassidy||Gary Busey|
|Mitch Baker||Lee Majors|
|Mercedes Cortez||Fairuza Balk|
|Jezz Torrent (Love Fist)||Kevin McKidd|
|Willy (Love Fist)||Mark Hanlon|
|Dick (Love Fist)||Peter McKay|
|Percy (Love fist)||Russell Foreman|
|Brass knuckles are slightly more powerful than the standard fist. You only need one or two swings to waste someone.|
|The screwdriver can quite easily damage vehicles and waste people. A great choice for a starter melee weapon. You can buy these from hardware stores around Vice City|
|The hammer is just the same as the screwdriver however it can inflict slightly more damage on things. This can also be bought from hardware stores across Vice City.|
|The golf club can seriously harm a person and destroy a vehicle, it is quite powerful. You can obtain one of these for free by driving a caddy or going to the golf club.|
|The nightstick has almost the same power as the gold club. You can obtain one by killing a cop.|
|The baseball bat is the same as the golf club if not more powerful.|
|The knife is good for hacking people, however you cannot slit peoples throats in GTA Vice City.|
|Meat Cleaver: same as the knife|
|Machete: same as knife|
|The Katana is similar to the knife but it is even more powerful. It can hack peoples' heads off after one or two swings|
|The chainsaw is the most powerful melee weapon. People run away if it makes even a noise in the street.|
|This is basically the most standard gun in the game, every police officer carries it. It is a very common gun and can bought in most of the Ammu-Nation stores. The official name of this particular pistol is called the Colt .45.|
|The Colt Python is more effective as a weapon than the Colt .45 as it causes more damage to the victim. It can kill with one bullet, however it only carries 8 bullets per round.|
|The Chrome Shotgun is most common shotgun you can find. You will receive one with five rounds as soon as you enter a police car. It can do a heavy amount of damage and can often kill a person with one shot.|
|The Stubby Shotgun can do slightly more damage than the Chrome Shotgun but it isn't as fast as the SPAZ-12's firing. It can also kill someone with one shot.|
|The SPAZ-12 Shotgun is the most powerful shotgun in the game. It will take two to four rounds to blow up a vehicle.|
|The Tec-9 isn't the best of all the guns but it has the highest amount of capacity for bullets.|
|The Ingram Mac 10 is slightly better with more rapid firing. It is a better choice than the Tec-9. You can also run and fire at the same time and it is quite cheap too. So it's a good gun to get a hold of.|
|The Uzi 9mm isn't as good as the Mac 10 however, it has enough power to wipe out a crowd quite fast. It is quite popular so is worth using in GTA Vice City.|
|The MP5 is the best Sub-Machine gun in GTA Vice City. You can wipe out a crowd of people quite fast with this so it is worth using.|
|The Ruger isn't as good as the other assault rifle and is most likely the first assault rifle you will encounter. 1st Person aiming isn't all that great and the gun's firing power is rather low. Not a good gun overall.|
|The Colt M4 is more effective than the Ruger but it still isn't good due to the first person aiming. It has a better firing power and is recommended as a gun for under 3 wanted stars.|
|The Rocket Launcher is self explanatory. It shoots rockets, once these rockets hit something or someone then there is an explosion... BOOM! It is a great gun to use in police chases of virtually any level. You cannot travel on foot fast with this thing though.|
|The Colt M60 is arguably the second most powerful gun in the game. You can kill with one shot with this gun and it'll take four or five shots to blow up a car. It isn't used by anyone other than Tommy so you'd have an advantage against almost everyone else in the game.|
|The Flamethrower is also self explanatory, it shoots out flames. It is quite a powerful gun. especially with big crowds. It causes death almost instantaneously.|
|The minigun is the most powerful gun in the entire game, if not the entire GTA series. It will annihilate anyway in your way including people, cars and any other vehicle. You can buy one of these off of Phil Cassidy later in the game.|
|The Sniper Rifle is the most basic Sniper Rifle. It is good for shooting from a distance as it has a scope on it and will blow someone's head off if you shoot it - but you have to aim for their head for this to happen.|
|The PSG-1 Laser Sniper Rifle is almost the same as the Sniper Rifle. It is better than the other one. It has a better aim, a better range and comes with a laser. This is the better choice although there isn't that much difference between the two.|
|The grenade is the most common projectile and arguably the most powerful. It's a good weapon to use in crowded areas and it gives you around 3 seconds to run away before it explodes|
|The tear gas isn't really an effective weapon as it doesn't kill people. It aids you by creating a cloud of smoke in a certain area where you aim and reduces visibility within the smoke for you run away or kill people in the gas. This can only be found behind the Police building in Washington Beach|
|The molotov cocktail is quite a powerful projectile, you can throw it and when it hits the ground it bursts into flames, burning victims to death.|
|This is the same as a grenade, however you detonate it by remote control.|
Health and Armor
There are two types of Power Ups in GTA Vice City: Armor and Health.
|Having health is vital for completing the game. If Tommy runs out of health then 'Wasted' will show up on the screen and will begin to fade out. After that, Tommy will be at the nearest hospital, losing all of his weapons and having to pay $100 for the treatment. Health is basically the amount of damage Tommy can take, if it goes below 10 then it is advisable that you get pick up a power up.|
|Armor isn't a necessity for completing the game, however it is recommended for Tommy to endure battles for longer. Picking up an armour power up will increase Tommy's likelihood of surviving in a battle by 100 points - it's like having 200 health.|
There are ways you can increase the maximum armour and health limit:
- If you complete 10 levels of the Pizza Delivery side missions then you will get 150 health points.
- If you complete 12 levels of the Vigilante side missions then you will get 150 armour points.
- If you complete the game 100%, you will get 200 health and armour points.
Here is a list of locations where you pick up health and armor:
Please note that all locations indicated with a star (*) are places in which obtaining the power up costs Tommy. Places without the star (*) are free.
Links on The GTA Place
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