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If you've got fond memories of speeding through "don't call it Miami" Vice City to the sounds of a drugged-up Scottish hair band bickering in the back of your limousine, good news: you'll soon be able to take the experience with you. Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar has announced that as part of the 10th anniversary celebration for GTA: Vice City, they'll be releasing mobile versions for both Android and iOS later this year. Vice City's release will come about a year after the mobile version of the original crime sandbox, Grand Theft Auto III.

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Were you were too young to enjoy (or buy) Vice City when it hit the PS2 way back in 2002? Then know this: it builds on the amazing achievement that was GTAIII, to create a more visceral, complete and story-driven open world game, inspired by classics like Miami Vice and Scarface. You play Tommy Vercetti, a mob enforcer assigned to the fictional Florida city while the heat dies down in Liberty. Many fans (including yours truly) still consider GTA:Vice City to be the best entry in the series, striking a great balance between atmosphere, vehicles, weapons, extra mechanics like real estate and helicopters, and a story with great characters and voice acting.


Rockstar isn't saying when the game will make it to mobile, though they mention "later this fall." GTAIII's Android release in 2011 had more than a few hiccups, but with that learning experience behind them and the latest Tegra and Snapdragon processors to work with, Vice City should be a lot more complete when it hits the Play Store.

Rockstar Games - Grand Theft Auto 10th Anniversary

Via Businesswire

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Kyle Way

    Looks awesome! And I'm with you; still can't fathom how some people claim San Andres as the best of the series.

    • carbonated_turtle

      Because it's the last game in the series that's stayed true to what GTA is. Look at how much was stripped from the experience in GTA 4? Sure, the graphics and AI were much better, but it felt more like every other sandbox game out there than a GTA game. San Andreas is not only the best GTA game, it's one of the best games of all time, and I can't wait until it makes its Android debut.

      • CJ Walker

        naw fuck that vice city remains the best. the atmosphere and story line are what make vice city so amazing. the soundtrack too was incredible and I'm a 90s kid.

        this is a dream come true tho. ever since gta 3 was released on mobile I was hoping for vice city. I basically bought gta 3 and max payne in hopes that the support would lead them to this moment right here!! I can't wait.

      • PINJ

        It'll Come In March 2014.

      • Kyle Way

        Vice City took what was great in GTA 3 and made it perfect, IMHO. San Andreas took what had already been perfected in Vice City and added it's own element, which is fantastic, don't get me wrong. That's how games evolve. But I just feel like San Andreas was just curtailing on what Vice City had already accomplished.

        I don't disagree with you that San Andreas is one of the best games ever. But IMHO Vice City set the bar with an evolved storyline and great soundtrack (as my man, CJ points out) and paved the way for San Andreas' success.

    • guest123

      Because we play games to have fun and popular opinion dictates that san andreas was the funnest game in the series. Not saying vice city wasnt awesome.

  • carbonated_turtle

    What the?! I don't mean to get all paranoid, but is Rockstar monitoring my thoughts? I just got a Nexus 7, and downloaded GTA3 last night, and I was wondering to myself when Vice City was coming. Now, less than 24 hours later I read this! This just made my day.

  • Matti

    Now this I'm interested in. The first GTA3 was decent, but it was missing one key element; MOTORCYCLES!! Wonder how big the download will be. Anyone got any estimates based on the first GTA3 for Android? Hope it's not Bard's Tale big.

    • thartist

      well i have the first one installed and it says it is 900MB total!!! (even i didn't know it was that much!)
      So, knowing Vice City is so much bigger than plain GTA 3, you could say it can easily reach 1,5GB.

  • manpreet singh

    Can't wait to play this on my galaxy s3... One of the best games for the ps2

  • Jeff B

    Grand theft auto 1 and 2 are easily my favorites.

  • garychencool

    So I guess we will see San Andres and maybe GTA4 on their 10th Anniversary?

  • yes

    Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes

  • Dipish

    I hope they make the controls much better than in GTA3... which is unplayable

  • http://twitter.com/patrickjcosta77 Patrick J Costa

    Don't know how people complained about III... If you have a Asus with Controller they game was a perfect pc port. Ran like butter on my tf300. Playing any console game on a tablet with only touch controls is gonna suck.