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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Vice City Cover Art
Name: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Developer(s): Rockstar North (PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, Macintosh)
Rockstar Vienna (Xbox)
Publisher(s): Rockstar Games
Release date: PlayStation 2
JP May 20, 2004
NA October 27, 2002
EU November 8, 2002
AUS November 8, 2002

JP September 25, 2003
NA May 1, 2003
EU May 5, 2003
AUS January 6, 2006

JP July 29, 2004
NA October 31, 2003
EU January 2, 2004
AUS January 2, 2004

Mac OS X
NA November 22, 2010
EU November 12, 2010

Platform(s): PlayStation 2
Microsoft Windows
Mac OS X
Engine: RenderWare
Series: Grand Theft Auto
Protagonist: Tommy Vercetti
Date takes place: 1986
Location: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (also referred to as GTA Vice City, and GTA VC) is the second installment of the Grand Theft Auto III Era in theGrand Theft Auto series of games and was released in 2002. It is set before most other GTA III Era games, only being beaten by Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.

Developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games, it was released in North America on October 27, 2002 for the PlayStation 2 and quickly became the best-selling game, until the release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Due to its success, Rockstar Games released GTA Vice City in Europe, Australia and Japan, and it also became available on both the Xbox and PC.

GTA Vice City is set in fictional Vice City (the in-game version of Miami) in 1986 and follows the life of the protagonist, Tommy Vercetti as he rises to become one of Vice City's most powerful crime lord. It directly follows the events of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.


Main article: Characters in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

The main protagonist of the game is Tommy Vercetti, who is released from the prison at the start of the game. The game's antagonist is Sonny Forelli, the Don of the Forelli crime family, and Tommy's boss.

Settings and InfluencesEdit

GTA Vice City is the most heavily influenced Grand Theft Auto game, taking a wide range of influence from 1980s classic movies, television series, and music. One of the biggest influences on the game is the tv show, Miami Vice. Influences include special agents driving sports cars and being modelled after the police officers from the show, among other things. The plot is heavily inspired by the 1983 film, Scarface. Many other 80's movie references are thrown into the plot.


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