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Grand Theft Auto Vice City Stories

The Basics

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This is the guide for Vice City Stories for the Play Station 2, not the PSP.

1984 Vice City. Vic Vance is a soldier because his family depends on him, but trust in the wrong person makes his life hell. His brother is sick with asthma and another brother is sick in other ways, his mother is on crack and his father is gone. This game is the pre-quel to GTA: Vice City. Vince and a few other characters are still alive. This will sort of explain the set up for the way things ended up in Vice City.

The Weapons

There are 10 available types of weapons to fill Vic's slots. Most can be found in various locations around town. The more exotic the weapon, the more likely it is hidden way up high or in a dangerous area. The more common ones can be bought at Ammu-Nation or at Stonewall J's after the mission, O, Brothel, Where Art Thou? You can only have one type of weapon in each slot. To replace that weapon with another one for that slot, press L1.

Helpful Maps

The Radio Stations

Certain key missions will lead to a special announcement on the radio stations about what your character has done. Want to annoy people around you? Just before the announcement is finished, pause or get out and in the car and the announcement will repeat. Keep doing it for maximum benefit.

Out Of Commission

Like other heroes of GTA games, Vic can get busted or wasted. If he is taken down by the cops, he will end up at the nearest police station. If he drowns or is killed off, he will end up at the nearest hospital.

Avoid it as long as possible. Always get familiar with the layout of the land. Know where the Pay N' Sprays and police bribes are located so you can get help when in trouble with the law. If not on a mission, you can always save your game to get rid of the wanted level. Know where the hospital and health icons are located as well as the armor so you can extend your life.

Unlike San Andreas, Vic (like all the rest of the GTA heroes) cannot just go to a restaurant and eat. It has an advantage that you don't have to stop to give him more energy before he wastes away, but it has a disadvantage that when he needs more health it is not an option.

Changing clothes can also get rid of the wanted level, but you have to change into a different outfit, not the same one he is currently wearing. New clothes unlock after certain mission. Vic starts off with military clothing, but loses it after Conduct Unbecoming and gets his first set of casual clothes. There are a total of 14 outfits available, including the military outfit which he can get at the mission, Over the Top.

Special Missions To Help You In The Game

These are the side missions which are not only required for 100%, but have benefits to help you play a better game. You are not required to do them to complete the storyline, but they are ever so helpful in getting you out of tight situations.

Vehicle Missions

You may notice that the past Grand Theft Auto games required 12 levels for the ambulance, fire, and vigilante and then 50 for the taxi. In this game you have 15 levels for the ambulance, fire, and vigilante and 50 OR $5000 in fares for the cab.

Like the other games, you do not have to do all fares for the taxi in one sitting, but for each 5 you get a bonus. So it would make more sense to stick with it for at least 25 fares in a row to reach the $5000 mark quicker.

Ambulance, fire, and vigilante may have more levels to deal with, but they now have checkpoints. If you make it to the 5th or the 10th level and fail, you can start over at the checkpoint. Let's say your vehicle exploded or you got arrested during level 8, if you completed level 5, you can start over at the beginning of level 6.

The other missions now include air rescue and beach patrol. Air rescue and beach patrol also have 15 levels and the checkpoint feature.

Why bother with these side missions? It won't stop you from completing the storyline, so you could go without doing any of them if you feel they are too difficult or boring. However, if you want to get 100%, you need to do them. Also, if you want an easier time getting through some of the more difficult missions, completion of these will help a lot in the form of maximum health, maximum armor, unlimited sprint, unlimited swimming power, and fireproof on foot. Having these strengths can make a huge difference on how long you can last when being chased by bad guys who are shooting at you or if you are in the path of fire or need to swim to get away. It just gives you options you wouldn't have if you didn't do the missions.

Civil Asset Forfeiture Impound

Another new side mission which helps towards getting 100% and is useful in the game play is Civil Asset Forfeiture Impound as an asset. By collecting all the cars (and boats) on the lists (much like Import/Export in San Andreas) you can earn money. When you have all four lists completed all trips to the Pay N' Spray are free.

If you happen to step into a vehicle that is wanted, a message will flash that it is on the list and you can take it over. Here is what is needed:

List One (all boats)

List Two

List Three

List Four

100%

For the printout to check off as you go along, click here.

Storyline Missions

Sgt Jerry Martinez

Phil Cassidy

Marty J. Williams

Phil Cassidy

Louise Cassidy-Williams

Lance Vance

Louise Cassidy-Williams

Umberto Robina

Lance Vance

Bryan Forbes

Lance Vance

Bryan Forbes

Lance Vance

The Mendez Brothers

Lance Vance

Reni Wassulmaier

Gonzalez

Reni Wassulmaier

Lance Vance

Ricardo Diaz

Gonzalez

The Mendez Brothers

Lance Vance

Reni Wassulmaier

Ricardo Diaz

Reni Wassulmaier

Lance Vance

Ricardo Diaz

Side Missions

The Dirtbike Track:

Turismo:

Own all 30 Empire Sites

Have all six High Roller Business Types:

To make the most of this game, after you complete the first mission, take some time to get to know the area. Look around for all the weapons, armor, bribe and health icons, Pay N' Spray and key locations. Do the ambulance, fire fighter, and police mission. Get the taxi mission out of the way. By doing this you will earn money and get skills that will help you in the missions.

And now, for those who want a complete step by step, which includes spoilers, click here for the complete guide to Vice City Stories.