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All Articles: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Sony is getting back into the backwards compatibility game with the announcement that PS4 owners will now be able to download PS2 games from the PlayStation Store. Eight titles, most priced at $14.99 apiece, will be included in the first wave of releases, which features the famed Grand Theft Auto III Trilogy, Twisted Metal Black, Dark Cloud, and several others:
- Dark Cloud
- Grand Theft Auto III
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
- The Mark of Kri
- Rogue Galaxy
- Twisted Metal Black
- War of the Monsters
So what do you get for your $14.99? Sony has confirmed, in a post on the PlayStation Blog, that all PS2-On-PS4 games will be uprendered to 1080p and include support for Trophies, Remote Play, Live Broadcast, Share Play, and Activity Feeds. For the Trophies, Sony consulted with the original development teams to ensure that they “capture the spirit and feeling” of each game.
Sony plans to add new PS2-On-PS4 games to the PlayStation Store “on a regular basis,” and will be showcasing many of them during this weekend’s PlayStation Experience. So if you’re in San Francisco for the big show, you’ll be able to play most of the games listed above (minus GTA3 and Twisted Metal Black) on the show floor, along with future releases PaRappa the Rapper 2 and The King of Fighters 2000.
In case your memory of these games has been lost to the mists of time, more information on all of them can be found after the break. (more…)
Embedded above is the first trailer for The Gamechangers, a made-for-TV movie that’s set to depict Rockstar’s rise and the development of Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, and San Andreas. Starring Daniel Radcliffe as Sam Houser, the movie will also showcase the developer’s legal battle with the dreaded, and now disbarred, Jack Thompson (played here by Bill Paxton). Scheduled to air in the UK on BBC Two on September 15, the film’s plot description seems to play a bit fast and loose with the truth:
[T]he game’s violent gameplay leads to fierce opposition: from parents worried about its impact on children; from politicians, fearful of its influence; and, above all, from campaigners fighting to prevent the game being played by minors.
At the vanguard of this crusade is the formidable Christian lawyer Jack Thompson, a man determined to do whatever he can to stop the relentless rise of the game and its influence on children. The Gamechangers tells the story of how British game designers pushed boundaries into uncharted territory, of how those fighting GTA became consumed by a battle which overwhelmed their lives, and how the subsequent fallout threatened to bring down leading players on both sides.
While I suppose that all of that is technically accurate, it gives Thompson a much bigger role than he had in the real-life tale. However, I’ve got my fingers crossed that the film ends with Harry Potter yelling “Game over, man!” at Hudson after his courtroom defeat.
It’s another big week for the PlayStation Store as Sony and Electronic Arts have added a Crysis 3 open beta to the PSN. The beta is available to download for free by all PS3 owners from now until February 12. The digital download version can also now be pre-ordered through the PS Store, so you can be sure you’ve got it first thing on February 19.
Also available this week is Square Enix’s Hitman HD Trilogy. The up-rezzed versions of Agent 47’s second, third, and fourth games are available as separate PSN downloads or as one combined bundle.
Going back in time a bit, this week also sees the addition of a trio of games that were previously available as disc-only releases including Platinum’s Bayonetta, Konami’s Zone of the Enders HD Collection, and Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (that one’s a PS2 Classic).
There’s even that’s new to the PlayStation Store this week. You can read all about them after the break. And don’t forget to visit the PlayStation Blog for a list of this week’s new game add-ons. (more…)
Rockstar Games has announced that the mobile remake of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City will be available to download for iOS and Android devices on December 6. The mobile version of one of the PS2’s most popular games has been priced at $4.99 on both platforms.
This 10th Anniversary Edition brings the full experience of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City to mobile devices, with native high-resolution graphics and several enhancements unique to the iOS and Android platforms including updated character models and lighting effects, more precise firing and targeting options, a fully customizable control layout and native support for Retina display devices.
A complete list of compatible iOS/Android devices can be found at the Rockstar Newswire blog.
Rockstar Games was so pleased with last year’s mobile re-release of Grand Theft Auto III that they’re doing it again. Today, the publisher announced plans to bring a special 10th anniversary edition of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City to iOS and Android devices later this Fall.
“Grand Theft Auto: Vice City gave players the freedom of a massive open-world in one of the most iconic and vibrant settings ever realized in a game,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “It was a defining moment in the series and we’re delighted to be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with a stunning, updated version for phones and tablets.”
Rockstar also plans to support the 10th anniversary of the open world classic with a new series of “commemorative assets including never-before-seen artwork and a brand new anniversary trailer highlighting some of the most iconic scenes and music from the game.” A limited run of Vice City collectibles will also be added to the Rockstar Warehouse soon.