PlayStation gamers who need something to be preoccupied with until the release of 'Grand Theft Auto V' should give 'Liberty City Stories' and 'Vice City Stories' a chance.
Originally released for the PlayStation Portable before being ported for PlayStation 2, both games are now available for PlayStation 3 using PlayStation Network.
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories has players take on the role of Toni Cipriani after his return from exile to help the Leone Family rise to become the most powerful crime family in the city.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories has players take on the role of Victor Vance, who after being discharged from the Army has to turn to a life of crime as a way to support his family.
Gamers who grew up playing GTA in the good old PS2 days will feel comfortable with Liberty City and Vice City Stories. However both games give a different nostalgic experience depending on what the player yearns for.
Liberty City Stories is basically Grand Theft Auto III with an improved gameplay setup. Players will be exploring the same classic Liberty City (with a few minor changes) but with an improved control setup.
Regardless of the the changes in gameplay, Liberty City Stories still feels like the classic GTA III gamers played. The only disappointment is that actor Michael Madsen did not return for the role of Toni Cipriani, but this is an issue that could be easily overlooked.
Gamers wanting something new but in a familiar setting will take a liking to Vice City Stories. Its gameplay setup is built using the best features of the original Vice City and San Andreas. New to the series is the concept of Empire Building, which requires players to build their criminal empire by purchasing property or conquering gang territory.
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories gives gamers the nostalgic feeling of playing classic GTA III and Vice City in the contexts of a new game. This should keep PS3 gamers busy until September 17.
Final Score 5/5