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Encyclopedia > Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City US box art
Developer(s) Rockstar North (PS2, PC); Rockstar Vienna (Xbox)
Publisher(s) Rockstar Games
Engine RenderWare
Release date(s) PS2: September 2002, PC: May 2003, Xbox: November 2003
Genre Action
Mode(s) Single player
Rating(s) ESRB: Mature (M), BBFC: 18+
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, PC, Xbox
Media DVD (PS2, Xbox), CD (PC)

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (released in October 2002) is the fourth video game in the hit Grand Theft Auto series. It is a Rockstar Games production, available for the PlayStation 2 video game console, Xbox video game console, and PC. It uses a tweaked version of the game engine used by its predecessor, Grand Theft Auto III, and similarly presents a huge cityscape, fully populated with buildings (from hovels to skyscrapers), vehicles (cars, bikes, boats, and planes) and people. GTA: Vice City was the best selling video game of 2002. Vice City box art This is the cover art for a video game. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates video or computer games. ... Rockstar North (formerly DMA Design) is a developer of computer and video games, formerly based in Dundee, Scotland, and now located in the Leith area of Edinburgh. ... 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Setting

View from a plane, PC version
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View from a plane, PC version

The game is set in the fictional Vice City which is based on Miami, Florida. The game's look, particularly the clothing and vehicles, reflect (and sometimes gently parody) its 1986 setting. In contrast to the gritty urbanism of GTA 3, Vice City is (mostly) clean and classy, with golden beaches, waving palm trees, and beautiful purple sunsets. Download high resolution version (1280x1024, 199 KB)GTA Vice City, view from plane over the city (PC) Fair use for Grand_Theft_Auto:_Vice_City Demonstrates the game and its graphics. ... Download high resolution version (1280x1024, 199 KB)GTA Vice City, view from plane over the city (PC) Fair use for Grand_Theft_Auto:_Vice_City Demonstrates the game and its graphics. ... Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (released in October 2002) is the fourth video game in the hit Grand Theft Auto series. ... The Miami skyline, as it is seen from the northeast on Biscayne Bay. ... 1986 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Grand Theft Auto 3, or GTA 3, is a video game developed by DMA Design, published by Rockstar Games in October 2001 for the PlayStation 2 video game console, May 2002 for Windows-based PCs, and in November 2003 for the Xbox video game console. ... Genera Many; see list of Arecaceae genera Arecaceae (also known as Palmae or Palmaceae), the palm family, is a family of flowering plants, belonging to the monocot order Arecales. ...


Vice City is a loose prequel to the preceding game in the series, Grand Theft Auto 3, which took place in the present day at the time of its 2001 release. Although the main character is not the same as the one in Grand Theft Auto 3, Vice City contains a few characters from GTA 3 at an earlier point in their lives. Donald Love, a business tycoon in GTA 3, makes an appearance as an apprentice to real-estate mogul Avery Carrington. Lazlow, the host of the talk radio station in GTA 3, is the DJ for the hard-rock station in Vice City. Toni, the female DJ of the 80's music radio station in GTA 3 also appears as a DJ in Vice City's pop music station. Finally, Fernando, a self-glorifying procurer of women ("not a pimp... a savior" he claims) who appeared on Lazlow's show in GTA 3, runs the Emotion radio station. Grand Theft Auto 3, or GTA 3, is a video game developed by DMA Design, published by Rockstar Games in October 2001 for the PlayStation 2 video game console, May 2002 for Windows-based PCs, and in November 2003 for the Xbox video game console. ... 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Depending on context, pop music is either an abbreviation of popular music or, more recently, a term for a sub-genre of it. ... A pimp is an informal term for a man who runs a brothel or otherwise oversees prostitution. ... Savior refers to a person who helps people achieve Salvation. ...


The player takes the role of Tommy Vercetti, who has recently been released from prison in Liberty City. While attempting to re-establish himself within the mafia, local boss Sonny Forelli sends Tommy to Vice City to supervise an important drug deal. At the exchange, masked gunmen kill several of the people involved in the trade, stealing both the drugs and the money Tommy was charged with protecting. Vercetti narrowly escapes and informs Sonny, who demands that Tommy get back both the "product" and the money. Killing those responsible for the theft... well, that'd make both Sonny and Tommy happy. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (released in October 2002) is the fourth video game in the hit Grand Theft Auto series. ... The Mafia, also referred to as La Cosa Nostra (Italian, variously translated as This Thing Of Ours or Our Thing), is the collective name of various secret organizations in Italy, Sicily, Corsica and the United States. ...


Much of the action in Vice City concerns Vercetti's burgeoning criminal empire, spanning drug trafficking, murder for hire, counterfeiting, and protection. The player progresses through the game narrative by performing a series of missions, most of which involve criminal activities. This takes Vercetti from being a small-time hood staying in a cheap hotel to being the city's crime kingpin. Retail selling Street selling is the bottom of the chain and can be accomplished through purchasing from prostitutes, through cloaked retail stores or refuse houses for users in the act located in red-light districts which often also deal in paraphernalia, dealers marketing merriment at night clubs and other events... A counterfeit is an imitation that is made with the intent to deceptively represent its content or origins. ... A protection racket is an extortion scheme whereby a powerful organization coerces individuals or businesses to pay protection money which allegedly serves to purchase the powerful organizations protection services against various external threats, whereas the actual threat comes from the powerful organization itself. ... Look up Kingpin in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Categories: Automobile stubs | Automotive steering technologies ...

Ocean Beach at night, PC version
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Ocean Beach at night, PC version

Many themes are borrowed from the Brian De Palma movie Scarface and from the hit 1980s TV show Miami Vice. Vercetti's opulent mansion, and the climactic battle which takes place in it at the game's end, is very similar to their counterparts in Scarface. Most of the characters wear the then-fashionable white or pastel baggy cotton suits and, like Miami Vice, much of the action takes place in mansions, on speedboats, or in other glamorous settings. In fact, if the player's "wanted level" reaches three stars, a sports car joins the police in chasing the player; the occupants of the sports car are two undercover police officers who dress in a manner reminiscent of Miami Vice's lead characters. Download high resolution version (1280x1024, 200 KB)GTA Vice City Screenshot, Washington Beach at night (PC) Fair use for Grand_Theft_Auto:_Vice_City Demonstrates the game and its graphics. ... Download high resolution version (1280x1024, 200 KB)GTA Vice City Screenshot, Washington Beach at night (PC) Fair use for Grand_Theft_Auto:_Vice_City Demonstrates the game and its graphics. ... Brian De Palma (born September 11, 1940 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American film director. ... Scarface is a 1983 motion picture about Tony Montana, a Cuban refugee who has come to Florida in 1980 as a result of the Mariel Boatlift and entered into a life of organized crime and cocaine dealing. ... // Events and trends The 1980s marked an abrupt shift towards more conservative lifestyles after the momentous cultural revolutions which took place in the 1960s and 1970s and the definition of the AIDS virus in 1981. ... Miami Vice was a popular, innovative television series (five seasons on NBC from 1984-1989) starring Don Johnson (James Sonny Crockett) and Philip Michael Thomas (Ricardo Rico Tubbs) as two Miami police detectives working undercover. ... Categories: Stub | Boat types ...


Various radio stations can be received on radios in most vehicles in the game; one is an interview and chat station (KCHAT), another (VCPR) consists of the public access debate show Pressing Issues, and the remainder are music stations which cover particular musical genres such as rap music (Wildstyle (Radio)), rock (V-Rock) and (most predominantly) pop music (WAVE 103, Flash FM). The tracks are for the most part licensed works from various real-life artists such as Aneka, Blondie, Duran Duran, Michael Jackson, Mr. Mister, and other artists that fit the retro 80s theme. The radio stations and the game story also feature a fictional band called Love Fist. The multi-CD soundtrack to the game was an instant best-seller. In addition to music and interviews, the stations also include fake commercials such as the Degenatron, a fictional video game console (Save the green dots with your fantastic flying red square!). The commercials and the game setting are consistent: Degenatron advertisement appear on billboards, and ads air for stores in which the player can actually shop, such as AmmuNation. A radio station is a site configured for broadcasting sound. ... KCHAT is a fictional talk radio station in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002). ... Vice City Public Radio, abbreviated as VCPR, is a fictional talk radio station in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. ... A genre is any of the traditional divisions of art forms from a single field of activity into various kinds according to criteria particular to that form. ... The word rap has these meanings:- verb: to knock with something, e. ... Wildstyle is a radio station in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and is hosted by Mister Magic as himself. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... V-Rock is a radio station in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. ... Depending on context, pop music is either an abbreviation of popular music or, more recently, a term for a sub-genre of it. ... Flash FM is a radio station in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. ... Aneka - alias Mary Sandeman - is a Scottish singer who hit number one in the charts in August 1981 with Japanese Boy, which stayed in the British charts for 12 weeks. ... Blondie is a rock band that first gained fame in the 1970s and early 1980s. ... At the height of its fame, Duran Duran (The Fab Five) was featured on the cover of the February 1984 issue of Rolling Stone magazine. ... Michael Jackson in 1996. ... Mr. ... Love Fist are a fictitious spoof rock band who exist in the world of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. ... Size of CD compared to pencil. ... Generally speaking, the term soundtrack refers to the recorded sound in a motion picture. ... Degenatron is a fictional games console. ... The Nintendo GameCube is an example of a video game console. ...


The game features dozens of characters, many appearing only in the cut scenes which describe each mission. The voice-talent includes Ray Liotta as Vercetti, Tom Sizemore, Dennis Hopper, Burt Reynolds, Luis Guzm├ín, Miami Vice star Philip Michael Thomas, Danny Trejo, Gary Busey, Lee Majors, Fairuza Balk, and porn actress Jenna Jameson. The voice of the taxi dispatcher is provided by Blondie singer Debbie Harry. A cut scene or cutscene (sometimes also referred to as a cinematic) is a sequence in a video game over which the player has no control. ... Ray as Officer Rhodes in Identity Ray Liotta, (born December 18, 1955, in Newark, New Jersey) is an American actor best known for his lead role as Henry Hill in Martin Scorseses Goodfellas. ... Tom Sizemore (born September 29, 1961) is an American film and television actor. ... Dennis Hopper (born May 17, 1936) is an American actor and film-maker. ... Burton Leon Reynolds Jr. ... Luis Guzmán is a Puerto Rican actor. ... Philip Michael Thomas (b. ... Danny Trejo (born in 1944) is a character actor who has appeared in many Hollywood movies. ... Gary Busey (born June 29, 1944 in Goose Creek, Texas) is an American film actor. ... Lee Majors (born Harvey Lee Yeary, 23 April 1939) is an American actor, best known for playing the part of Steve Austin, a former astronaut with bionic limbs, in the television series The Six Million Dollar Man. ... Fairuza Alejandra Balk (born May 21, 1974) is an American film actress, probably most famous for her participation in the 1996 movie The Craft. ... Jenna Jameson is considered to be one of the most famous and popular American pornographic actresses in the world. ... Debbie Harry on the cover of her collection Most of All: Best Of Deborah Harry (born July 1, 1945) is a Miami-born American rock and roll musician who originally gained fame as the frontwoman for New Wave band Blondie, which originated in the mid 1970s and achieved commercial success...


Gameplay

Police trouble, PC version
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Police trouble, PC version

The gameplay is very open-ended (a groundbreaking characteristic of the Grand Theft Auto franchise) and although missions must be completed to finish the game, the player is able to drive around and visit different parts of the city (once "unlocked") and otherwise do whatever they wish if not currently working on a mission. Various items such as hidden weapons and packages are scattered throughout the landscape, and certain buildings can be bought by the player and then used as save points or sources of revenue. Download high resolution version (1280x1024, 173 KB)GTA Vice City, police trouble (PC). ... Download high resolution version (1280x1024, 173 KB)GTA Vice City, police trouble (PC). ... Grand Theft Auto is the name of a felony in the United States of America that refers to stealing a car. ...


Players can steal vehicles (cars, planes, boats, motorcycles, and helicopters), become involved in drive-by shootings, and generally create chaos. However, doing so generally attracts unwanted and potentially fatal attention from the police (or, in extreme cases, the FBI and even the U.S. Army). A small variety of cars, the most popular kind of automobile. ... Fixed-wing aircraft is a term used to refer to what are more commonly known as aeroplanes in Commonwealth English (excluding Canada) or airplanes in North American English. ... A boat is a watercraft, usually smaller than most ships. ... A motorcycle (or motorbike) is a two-wheeled vehicle powered by an engine. ... A helicopter is an aircraft which is lifted and propelled by one or more large horizontal rotors (propellers). ... Official FBI Seal The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a Federal police force which is the principal investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ...


Unlike previous games in the franchise, the player can also purchase a number of properties distributed around the city. Some of these are additional hideouts (essentially locations where weapons can be collected and the game saved). There are also a variety of businesses which the player can buy. These include a pornographic film studio, a dance club, a taxi company, an ice-cream delivery business, and a printing works. Each commercial property has a number of missions attached to it, such as eliminating the competition or stealing equipment. Once all the missions for a given property are complete the property provides an ongoing income, which the increasingly-prosperous Vercetti must periodically uplift. Pavonazzeto marble sculpture, see Erotic art in Pompeii Pornography (from Greek πορνογραφια pornographia — literally writing about or drawings of harlots) is the representation of the human body or human sexual behaviour with the goal of sexual arousal, similar to, but (according to some) distinct from, erotica. ... A movie studio is a location, room, building, or group of buildings and/or sound stages, offices and storage facilities, which may include a backlot, where movies are made. ... A taxicab (sometimes called taxi, cab, or hack) is a vehicle for hire which conveys passengers between locations of their choice. ...

Attacking a gang in Little Havana, PC version
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Attacking a gang in Little Havana, PC version

Various gangs make frequent appearances in the game, some of whom are integral to story events. These gangs typically have a positive or negative opinion of the player and act accordingly by shooting at the player or following him. Shootouts between members of rival gangs can occur spontaneously and several missions involve organized fights between opposing gangs. Download high resolution version (1280x1024, 198 KB)GTA Vice City, attacking gang (PC). ... Download high resolution version (1280x1024, 198 KB)GTA Vice City, attacking gang (PC). ... A gang is a group of individuals who share a common identity and, in current usage, engage in illegal activities. ...


One is also able to carry out productive and (mostly) non-violent activities in the game such as pizza deliveries, driving injured people to a hospital with an ambulance, extinguishing fires with a fire truck, and much more, usually with a monetary reward. Although these activities often result in unique rewards, they are not integral to the main thrust of gameplay. A supreme pizza such as this one includes many different toppings, such as pepperoni (one of the most popular toppings on American pizzas), green peppers, olives, and mushrooms. ... A physician visiting the sick in a hospital. ... Ambulance An ambulance is a vehicle designated for the transport of sick or injured people. ...


In addition, a wide array of guns and arms become available to the player as he or she completes more and more missions. Guns may be purchased at firearm store AmmuNation and other types of weapons (such as baseball bats, hammers and chainsaws) can be bought at various hardware stores. This article is about firearms and similar devices. ... The bayonet, still used in war as both knife and spearpoint. ... Some firearms A firearm is a kinetic energy weapon that fires either a single or multiple projectiles propelled at high velocity by the gases produced by action of the rapid confined burning of a propellant. ... Baseball is a team sport, in which a fist-sized ball is thrown by a defensive player called a pitcher and hit by an offensive player called a batter with a round, smooth stick called a bat. ... A claw hammer on the ground. ... A chainsaw (also spelled chain saw) is a portable mechanical, motorized saw. ... Hardware is equipment such as fasteners, keys, locks, hinges, wire, chains, plumbing supplies, tools, utensils, cutlery and machine parts, especially when they are made of metal. ...


The PC version of this game features improved performance over the PC version of GTA III, although the police AI seems to be lacking at times in comparison.


Controversy

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City has been labeled as violent by many special interest groups, and is considered highly controversial. Some suggest that parental supervision is necessary when young people play this game. The ESRB rated this game "M" for Mature. In Australia, it was heavily modified to comply with current Australian censorship laws. Prostitutes and pimps were removed allowing the game to be given an MA15+ rating. In the UK, Vice City received an "18" certificate from the BBFC. A special interest is a person, group, or organization attempting to influence legislators or other public officials in favor of one particular interest or issue. ... Critics say that games such as Grand Theft Auto 3 advocate real-life crimes, like carjacking. ... The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is a self-regulatory organization that applies and enforces ratings, advertising guidelines, and online privacy principles for computer and video games in the United States and Canada. ... Prostitution is the sale of sexual services (typically manual stimulation, oral sex, sexual intercourse, or anal sex) for cash or other kind of return, generally indiscriminately with many persons. ... A pimp is an informal term for a man who runs a brothel or otherwise oversees prostitution. ... The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) is the organisation responsible for film classification (see Motion picture rating systems and History of British Film Certificates) within the United Kingdom. ...

GTA: Vice City, Ocean Beach in morning, PC version
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GTA: Vice City, Ocean Beach in morning, PC version

In December, 2003, Cuban and Haitian groups in Florida targetted the title. They accused the game of inviting people to harm immigrants from those two nations. Players of the game pointed out that lines such as "These Haitians! We take 'em out!" refer specifically to members of a Haitian drug cartel, not every Haitian person. Additionally, defenders mention that the line "Kill all the Haitians", famously quoted by the media, does not appear to be anywhere in the game's script. Nevertheless, the groups' claims of racism and incitement to genocide attracted a good deal of public attention towards Vice City. Rockstar Games issued a press release stating that they understood the concern of Cubans and Haitians, and that they believed those groups were blowing the issue out of proportion. Under further pressure, including threats from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to "do everything we possibly can" if Rockstar didn't comply, Take-Two (the game's publisher) did agree to remove several lines of dialogue. This seems to have largely satisfied the groups who raised the complaints. Download high resolution version (1280x1024, 197 KB)GTA Vice City, Ocean Beach on morning (PC). ... Download high resolution version (1280x1024, 197 KB)GTA Vice City, Ocean Beach on morning (PC). ... December is the twelfth and last month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... State nickname: Sunshine State, Everglade State Other U.S. States Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Governor Jeb Bush Official languages English Area 170,451 km² (22nd)  - Land 137,374 km²  - Water 30,486 km² (17. ... Michael Bloomberg Michael Bloomberg Michael Rubens Mike Bloomberg (born February 14, 1942) is a businessman and mayor of New York City. ...


In February, 2005, a lawsuit was brought upon the makers and distributors of the Grand Theft Auto series claiming the games caused a teenager to shoot and kill three members of the Alabama police force. The shooting took place in June of 2003 when, Devin Thompson, 17 years old at the time, was brought in for questioning to a Fayette police station regarding a stolen vehicle. Thompson then grabbed a pistol from one of the officers and shot and killed him along with another officer and dispatcher before fleeing in a police car [1]. Thompson's attorney claims it was GTA's graphic nature - with his constant playing time - that caused Thompson to commit the murders, and Thompson's family agrees. Damages are being sought from the Jasper, Alabama branches of Gamestop and Wal-Mart, the stores from which Grand Theft Auto 3 and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, respectively, were purchased and also from the games' publisher Take-Two Interactive, and the PlayStation 2 manufacturer Sony Computer Entertainment. February is the second month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ... A lawsuit is a civil action brought before a court in which the party commencing the action, the plaintiff, seeks a legal remedy. ... Alabama is a state located in the southern United States. ... June is the sixth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four with the length of 30 days. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Fayette is a city located in Fayette County, Alabama. ... Dramatised carjacking Carjacking is the crime of motor vehicle theft from a person who is present. ... Jasper is a city located in Walker County, Alabama. ... GameStop Corp. ... Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ... Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. ... The PlayStation 2 (PS2) (Japanese: プレイステーション2) is Sonys second video game console, after the PlayStation. ... Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. ...


Characters

A number of recurring characters appear during the various missions or cutscenes in the game. Prominent characters are listed here in rough order of appearance. (Note that the order in which some of these characters appear in-game depends upon the sequence in which the player completes certain missions.) A cut scene or cutscene (sometimes also referred to as a cinematic) is a sequence in a video game over which the player has no control. ...

Tommy Vercetti

Tommy Vercetti is the game's protagonist. Vercetti's father worked at a printing shop, but he became a criminal in the employ of the Forelli family of the Liberty City Mafia. Tommy Vercetti was jailed in Liberty City for 15 years for multiple counts of murder, earning the nickname of the "Harwood Butcher." He is released in 1986 and is quickly sent by mob boss Sonny Forelli to the beach paradise of Vice City. There, Vercetti meets up with various underworld figures and begins his own vast criminal empire dealing in drugs, stolen vehicles, guns, and any other odd jobs (mostly illegal ones) that could provide a little extra cash. The protagonist is the central figure of a story, and is often referred to as a storys main character. ... Liberty City is a fictional city in the Grand Theft Auto (GTA) series that is loosely based on New York City. ... 1986 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


It is eventually revealed that the incident which resulted in Vercetti's fifteen year imprisonment was an ambush and setup orchestrated by Sonny Forelli. Vercetti is said to have had his suspicions, but the truth is not unambiguously revealed until the final confrontation between both men.


He is voiced by Ray Liotta. Ray as Officer Rhodes in Identity Ray Liotta, (born December 18, 1955, in Newark, New Jersey) is an American actor best known for his lead role as Henry Hill in Martin Scorseses Goodfellas. ...


Sonny Forelli

Sonny Forelli is the head of the Forelli Mafia family in Liberty City circa 1986. After 15 years in the slammer, Vercetti agrees to take one last mission on for Sonny: a routine drug deal in Vice City which goes wrong. Vercetti loses both the money and the drugs, which Forelli orders him to retrieve. While Vercetti investigates and builds his crime empire, Forelli calls to check on him periodically. After he hears that Vercetti has gone solo, he sends enforcers to (unsuccessfully) rough up Vercetti's men and take his money. Finally, Forelli comes to Vice City to kill Vercetti himself. Vercetti fights off hordes of Forelli's goons, and kills both Forelli and former partner Lance Vance, who has betrayed him. The Mafia, also referred to as La Cosa Nostra (Italian, variously translated as This Thing Of Ours or Our Thing), is the collective name of various secret organizations in Italy, Sicily, Corsica and the United States. ... Liberty City is a fictional city in the Grand Theft Auto (GTA) series that is loosely based on New York City. ... 1986 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Forelli has notoriously poor taste in clothes and is voiced by Tom Sizemore. Tom Sizemore (born September 29, 1961) is an American film and television actor. ...


Ken Rosenberg

Ken Rosenberg is a shady, neurotic lawyer who is closely affiliated with Tommy Vercetti. Rosenberg meets Vercetti at the Vice City airport and remains his ally throughout the game. He secures Tommy's release from prison whenever he is arrested, and his voice is sometimes briefly heard in these situations ("Tommy Vercetti is an innocent man!!!"). He has been reported to have problems with narcotics and egomania. He is also suspected of cheating on law school exams and having employed heavies on numerous occasions to intimidate and corrupt juries. Rosenberg's character parallels the lawyer David Kleinfeld (played by Sean Penn) in the movie Carlito's Way - both have the same frizzy hair and bad suits, and both are rendered increasingly paranoid and incoherent by their cocaine addictions. A lawyer is a person licensed by the state to advise clients in legal matters and represent them in courts of law (and in other forms of dispute resolution). ... Sean Penn winning the 2003 Oscar for the Best Actor Sean Penn (born August 17, 1960 in Santa Monica, California) is an American film actor. ... Carlitos Way is a 1993 gangster movie written by Judge Edwin Torres and directed by Brian DePalma. ...


Rosenberg has a very poor success rate at trial and is referred to as a "bonkers ambulance chaser" by Kent Paul, who goes on to state "that guy could defend an innocent man all the way to death row". He is voiced by William Fichtner.


Lance Vance

Lance Vance is a drug dealer who soon becomes Tommy Vercetti's partner in crime.


Lance worked in the narcotics trade with his brother, Victor: Lance piloted the helicopter and Victor conducted the deals themselves. In the game's opening cutscene, Lance flies Victor to a cocaine deal with Sonny Forelli's men (Ken Rosenberg and three others, including Tommy Vercetti). But before the goods could change hands, Victor and two of Forelli's men are shot down in an ambush. Lance, still in the helicopter, flies away unscathed, while Vercetti jumps into the car with Rosenberg and narrowly escapes. A helicopter is an aircraft which is lifted and propelled by one or more large horizontal rotors (propellers). ... Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ...


Lance meets Vercetti face-to-face shortly after Tommy murders a small-time gangster/cook named Leo. Each agrees to help the other get revenge on whoever wrecked the cocaine deal. Lance, however, comes to resent Tommy's attitude and greater share of their money, and eventually betrays Vercetti in the last mission of the game.


Lance Vance is voiced by Miami Vice star Philip Michael Thomas, one of Vice City's many references to Miami Vice. Miami Vice was a popular, innovative television series (five seasons on NBC from 1984-1989) starring Don Johnson (James Sonny Crockett) and Philip Michael Thomas (Ricardo Rico Tubbs) as two Miami police detectives working undercover. ... Philip Michael Thomas (b. ...


Juan Garcia Cortez

Juan Cortez, a retired Central American Colonel, is an acquaintance of Ken Rosenberg. He helped set up the failed exchange that brought Tommy Vercetti to Vice City. He throws huge parties on his extravagant yacht for his beautiful daughter, Mercedes, and fellow crime bosses. He has managed to survive up to 30 coups in his native country and has been sentenced to death nine times. Colonel Cortez enjoys dining on endangered species, which he considers a hallmark of fine living. He also ties together nearly all areas of criminal activity, including narcotics, firearms, weapons, and military secrets.


One mission in particular that Vercetti has to complete for Cortez was borrowed from the movie Scarface. Because the French military won't let up, Cortez must flee Vice City. Tommy helps the Colonel escape and is given the Colonel's eternal gratitude. Scarface is a 1983 motion picture about Tony Montana, a Cuban refugee who has come to Florida in 1980 as a result of the Mariel Boatlift and entered into a life of organized crime and cocaine dealing. ...


Juan Cortez is voiced by Robert Davi. Robert Davi (born 1953) is an American character actor who tends to play primarily villains. ...


BJ Smith

BJ Smith is the former tight-end of the Vice City Mambas professional football team. He is a frequent guest at Juan Cortez' parties, and has had a little trouble adjusting to life off of the gridiron. He created the exercise video "BJ's Fit for Football" and owns BJ's Used Autos.


BJ Smith is voiced by real-life former professional football player Lawrence "LT" Taylor. Lawrence Julius Taylor (born February 4, 1959, in Williamsburg, Virginia) is a retired Hall of Fame American Football linebacker for the NFL New York Giants. ...


Mercedes Cortez

Mercedes Cortez is Juan's daughter. She is initially set up as a possible love interest for Tommy Vercetti, but this plotline is never explored. Later we see herself get involved in the porn film industry with Tommy Vercetti.


Mercedes Cortez is voiced by Fairuza Balk. Fairuza Alejandra Balk (born May 21, 1974) is an American film actress, probably most famous for her participation in the 1996 movie The Craft. ...


Kent Paul

Kent Paul is probably an assumed name; his real name is unknown. He also goes by "KP", "Paulo" and "Kent". Paul is an English Youth who works in the music business but claims to be a criminal mastermind. He has contacts with biker gangs, but has had a falling-out with Big Mitch Baker's gang. He is very "good with rumors", has information on most of the major crime units of Vice City, and seems to have contacts in certain SWAT divisions. He is also, however, a pathological liar and a suspected drug addict. Kent acts as a manager to the rock band Love Fist and is usually found at the Malibu night club. Love Fist are a fictitious spoof rock band who exist in the world of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. ...


Kent Paul is voiced by Danny Dyer. Danny Dyer (born July 24, 1977 in Canning Town, East London) is a British actor. ...


Avery Carrington

Avery Carrington is a Texan property magnate and real estate developer. He likes to talk about his father and about the good ol' days. He is an extreme capitalist who is willing to do anything to manipulate property prices and land value, including arson, rioting, bribery, intimidation, murder. He always wears a cowboy hat and is believed to be involved in several developments and slum-clearance programs. He is a frequent guest at Cortez' parties. He uses Ken Rosenberg for legal advice, which may be his weak point. He has an apprentice, Donald Love, who is a major character in Grand Theft Auto 3 as a business tycoon. Donald Love is a recurring character in the Grand Theft Auto video game series. ... Grand Theft Auto 3, or GTA 3, is a video game developed by DMA Design, published by Rockstar Games in October 2001 for the PlayStation 2 video game console, May 2002 for Windows-based PCs, and in November 2003 for the Xbox video game console. ...


Avery Carrington is voiced by Burt Reynolds. Burton Leon Reynolds Jr. ...


Ricardo Diaz

Ricardo Diaz is the extremely dangerous individual behind the ambush of Vercetti's drug deal. He later recruits Vercetti to run errands for him, but eventually Vercetti discovers Diaz' role and takes him out, seizing his estate in the process. Diaz bribed the INS for a green card in 1978, after entering the country from Colombia. His contacts there believe he is a major player in the illegal drug industry and anti-government activity. Diaz is an extremely popular philanthropist who gives money to foundations across Vice City and Central and South America, but all are believed to be fronts. He is short in stature and is thought to suffer from a Napoleon complex. His medical records show he has over-active glands and sweats more than is socially acceptable. He is a noted gun collector and is always armed; he has a private militia and is heavily guarded at all times. He has been involved in a long-running battle for control of the drug business in Vice City and has bribed most police officers and officials within the town. He is feared due to his reputation of unpredictable behavior and may be responsible for 18 murders. The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) was a part of the United States Department of Justice which used to handle legal and illegal immigration and naturalization; now known as INS (Legacy). ... A front organization, also known as a front group (if it is structured to look like a voluntary association) or a front company or simply a front (if it is structured to look like a company), is any entity set up by and controlled by another organization. ... In the fields of psychology and psychoanalysis, Napoleon complex is a colloquial term used to describe a type of inferiority complex suffered by people who are short. ...


Ricardo Diaz is voiced by Luis Guzman. Luis Guzmán is a Puerto Rican actor. ...


Love Fist

Love Fist is a Scottish hard-rock band in Vice City, managed by Kent Paul. The band's members are Jezz Torrent, Willy, Dick and Percy. Love Fist are a fictitious spoof rock band who exist in the world of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. ...


Big Mitch Baker

"Big" Mitch Baker is a Vietnam veteran turned motorcycle enthusiast. Vice City's cops tend to mistreat veterans, which has led Baker into many clashes with them. He runs the local bike gang at the Greasy Chopper bar and is extremely loyal to them. Tommy Vercetti has to earn Baker's respect before he can get the gang to provide security for a Love Fist concert. Big Mitch also occasionally calls into Vice City's rock-and-roll radio station complaining of the fact that they play too many hair bands and not enough hard rock. Vietnam veteran is a phrase used to describe someone who served in the armed forces of participating countries during the Vietnam War. ... Love Fist are a fictitious spoof rock band who exist in the world of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. ...


Big Mitch Baker is voiced by Lee Majors. Lee Majors (born Harvey Lee Yeary, 23 April 1939) is an American actor, best known for playing the part of Steve Austin, a former astronaut with bionic limbs, in the television series The Six Million Dollar Man. ...


Steve Scott

Steve Scott is a porn film director at Interglobal Films. He has an uncanny resemblance to Steven Spielberg. Tommy Vercetti buys his studio and brings him stars, while funding a new film starring Candy Suxxx. Steve is obsessed with making a movie about a giant shark; a movie poster for the Candy Suxxx movie Bite appears later in the game and is clearly an homage to Steven Spielberg's movie Jaws. Pavonazzeto marble sculpture, see Erotic art in Pompeii Pornography (from Greek πορνογραφια pornographia — literally writing about or drawings of harlots) is the representation of the human body or human sexual behaviour with the goal of sexual arousal, similar to, but (according to some) distinct from, erotica. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Steven Spielberg Steven Allan Spielberg KBE (born on December 18, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio but raised in the suburbs of Haddonfield, New Jersey and Scottsdale, Arizona), is an American film director whose films range from science fiction to historical drama to horror. ... Orders See Classification and Shark taxonomy Sharks are a group (superorder Selachimorpha) of fish, with a full cartilaginous skeleton, a streamlined body plan with between 5 and 7 gill slits along the sides (most often) or side of the head (the first modified slit is behind the eye and called... Steven Spielberg Steven Allan Spielberg KBE (born on December 18, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio but raised in the suburbs of Haddonfield, New Jersey and Scottsdale, Arizona), is an American film director whose films range from science fiction to historical drama to horror. ... Jaws (1975) is an American film, based upon a bestselling novel by Peter Benchley, which tells the story of a resort towns sheriff who tries to protect beachgoers from the predations of a huge great white shark by closing the beach, only to be overruled by the town council. ...


Steve Scott is voiced by Dennis Hopper. Dennis Hopper (born May 17, 1936) is an American actor and film-maker. ...


Congressman Alex Shrub

Loosely based on George W. Bush, Alex Shrub became the youngest state congressman in Vice City history because, according to Maurice Chavez, "he has great hair and says things that make you nod your head." His wife's name is Laura. George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is a politician and the current (43rd) president of the United States. ...


Alex Shrub is voiced by Chris Lucas.


Candy Suxxx

Candy Suxxx was originally a prostitute residing in the Downtown area; Congressman Alex Shrub is a regular of hers until she is hired by Tommy Vercetti to work at the Interglobal Films porn studio. Prostitution is the sale of sexual services (typically manual stimulation, oral sex, sexual intercourse, or anal sex) for cash or other kind of return, generally indiscriminately with many persons. ... Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (released in October 2002) is the fourth video game in the hit Grand Theft Auto series. ...


Candy Suxxx is voiced by real-life porn star Jenna Jameson. A pornographic actor or a porn star is somebody who appears in pornographic movies, live sex shows or peep shows. ... Jenna Jameson is considered to be one of the most famous and popular American pornographic actresses in the world. ...


Umberto Robina

Umberto Robina is a Cuban warlord who has been involved in a long-term Vice City turf war with Haitian criminals. He is an extremely macho man who wants to wage full scale war with the Haitian gang, however, he has never personally implicated in a crime and his bravery has been questioned within Cuban circles. He is good friends with Tommy Vercetti and treats him as an equal.


Umberto Robina is voiced by Danny Trejo. Danny Trejo (born in 1944) is a character actor who has appeared in many Hollywood movies. ...


Auntie Poulet

Auntie Poulet is a leader of the Haitian gang. She gives Tommy Vercetti mind-altering voodoo potions to get him to cooperate in the missions she wants him to undertake. This includes acting against the Cubans, with whom he has friendly relations. Ultimately, she cuts her ties with him, giving Tommy the opportunity to destroy the Haitians' main drug plant and make permanent enemies of them. The term Voodoo (Vodun in Benin; also Vodou or other phonetically equivalent spellings in Haiti; Vudu in the Dominican Republic) is applied to the branches of a West African ancestor-based Theist-Animist religious tradition. ... A potion (from Latin potio, meaning beverage, potion, poison) is a drinkable medicine or poison. ...


Auntie Poulet is voiced by Youree Cleomili Harris, better known as infamous "psychic hotline" spokeswoman Miss Cleo. Youree Cleomili Harris, better known as Miss Cleo (born August 13, 1962 in Los Angeles) is a self-proclaimed psychic who claims to be able to tell the future. ... Youree Cleomili (or Dell) Harris, better known as Miss Cleo (born August 13, 1962 in Los Angeles) is a self-proclaimed psychic who claims to be able to tell the future. ...


Phil Cassidy

Phil Cassidy is a gun expert and dealer who first appeared in GTA3, where he claimed to have lost an arm in Vietnam. In Vice City he appears with both arms intact and participates in "The Job". In Tommy's final mission for him, Phil loses an arm when his "boomshine", a homemade explosive/alcoholic beverage, explodes directly in front of him. After that point he continues to sell Tommy rare and powerful weapons. He possibly suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a term for the psychological consequences of exposure to or confrontation with stressful experiences, which involve actual or threatened death, serious physical injury or a threat to physical integrity and which the person found highly traumatic. ...


Phil Cassidy is voiced by Gary Busey. Gary Busey (born June 29, 1944 in Goose Creek, Texas) is an American film actor. ...


Hilary King

Hilary King is a talented, neurotic, and highly dependent driver who is involved in two missions with Vercetti. In "The Driver", he agrees to help Tommy if he can beat Hilary in a street race. In "The Job", he participates in a bank robbery and is cut down in a hail of gunfire during the escape. This is a reference to the 1995 movie Heat, directed by Michael Mann, who was executive producer of Miami Vice. Heat is a crime thriller/action film released on December 15, 1995. ... Michael Mann is a film director. ... Miami Vice was a popular, innovative television series (five seasons on NBC from 1984-1989) starring Don Johnson (James Sonny Crockett) and Philip Michael Thomas (Ricardo Rico Tubbs) as two Miami police detectives working undercover. ...


Hilary King is voiced by Charles Tucker. Charles Trip Tucker III Commander Charles Tucker III, known as Trip (for triple, since he is the third generation of his family to be called Charles Tucker), is a fictional character in the television series Star Trek: Enterprise, played by Connor Trinneer. ...


Cam Jones

Cam Jones is a safecracker Tommy frees from jail to recruit for his "bank robbery" team. He is a rather minor character; after he opens the safe, his death or survival has no bearing on the remainder of the game. (Phil Cassidy: "Too bad Cam didn't make it though." Tommy Vercetti: "But then again, more for us." PC: "You got that right!")


Cam Jones is voiced by Greg Sims.


Weapons

A camera is a device used to take pictures (usually photographs), either singly or in sequence, with or without sound, such as with video cameras. ... Future Infantry Soldier Technology is the British Ministry of Defences program as part of the Future Soldier project. ... Categories: Weapon stubs | M e weapons ... A mêlée weapon is any weapon that does not involve a projectile--that is, both the user and target of the weapon are in contact with it simultaneously in normal use. ... Modern hammer A tool is, among other things, a device that provides a mechanical or mental advantage in accomplishing a task. ... A chainsaw (also spelled chain saw) is a portable mechanical, motorized saw. ... Machete The machete (International Phonetic Alphabet: ) is a cleaver-like tool that looks like a very large bread knife. ... The katana (刀) is the Japanese sabre or longsword (大刀 daitō), although many Japanese use this word generically as a catch-all word for sword. ... A projectile is any object sent through the air by the application of some force. ... The word grenade can mean:- The well-known hand grenade commonly used by soldiers. ... Molotov cocktail is the generic name for a variety of crude incendiary weapons. ... A riot control agent is a type of lachrymatory agent (or lacrimatory agent). ... A pistol or handgun is a usually small, projectile weapon, normally fired with one hand. ... Remington model 870 pump-action shotgun held by a Florida Highway Patrol cadet shotgun, see: Shotgun (disambiguation). ... A submachine gun is a firearm which combines the automatic fire of a machine gun with the ammunition of a pistol, and is between the two in weight and size. ... Avtomat Fedorova model 1916. ... German troops use a flamethrower on the Eastern Front during the Second World War A flamethrower is a mechanical device designed to throw flames or, more correctly, project an ignited stream of liquid. ... Rocket launcher is a vague term which could mean various things: a mobile launch platform for an ICBM or cruise missile a launcher for multiple smaller missiles, such as Stalins Organ a shoulder-launched missile weapon This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that... A minigun is a fully-automatic multi-barreled machine gun with a high rate of fire, employing Gatling style rotating barrels to prevent overheating. ... A U.S. Army soldier peers through a scope mounted atop his M-21 rifle during operations in Iraq A sniper rifle is a type of rifle used for engaging in the act of sniping, most purely a rifle used for shooting with great accuracy over long distances. ...

Radio Stations

See Grand Theft Auto: Vice City soundtrack The soundtrack of the game Grand Theft Auto:Vice City is popular not only with fans of the game, but also with lovers of 1980s music. ...

  • V-Rock
  • Wave 103
  • Emotion 98.3
  • Flash FM
  • Wildstyle
  • Fever 105
  • Radio Espantoso
  • KCHAT
  • VCPR

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