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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories Official Strategy Guide for PS2 (Official Strategy Guides (Bradygames)) [Paperback]

Tim Bogenn
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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10 Mar 2007 Official Strategy Guides (Bradygames)

Incredibly popular Grand Theft Auto: Vice City series is coming to PlayStation 2 with a new story-line, new missions and gameplay - play it to win

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories Official Strategy Guide features a complete walkthrough of the entire intense adventure. Includes detailed area maps plotting precise locations of weapons, armour, health, bribes and more keeping you one step ahead. Reveals enemy information, plus a complete showroom of all the Vice City vehicles in the game.

Game Platform: PlayStation 2.

Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Brady Games (10 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744009162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744009163
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 21.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 690,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very dissappointed 20 July 2007
Firstly on the front cover of this guide in the bottom left hand corner the words "Covers Playstation 2 computer entertainment system" are quite clearly printed ... YET the instructions within the book are for PSP consoles and not PS2. Not really a big complaint I know and knowing the controls for the GTA series is pretty easy if you're familiar with the series.
The locations of the red balloons are pretty accurate except for one or two which are still pretty easy to find so I didn't really have any complaints in that department.
It's in the Rampages where this book really falls down, some aren't where the book says they are and some aren't what the book says they are. Two examples of this are Rampage 4 which should be located in a downtown parking lot but isn't anywhere to be seen in that area, I had the blip on the map in the exact right place (Checked and double checked about 10 times), I even had the picture on my TV screen looking exactly like the picture in the book but it definitely ain't there. Another inaccurate one is Rampage one, it's in the right location this time but it has the wrong description, the book states to trash 15 vehicles in two minutes with a Rocket Launcher when in actual fact you have to trash 10 vehicles in two minutes with Molotov cocktails. That was just the first of many inaccurate descriptions I came across, the book says that one is with a sniper rifle when it's actually a Katana and many' many others.
This book should be taken off all store shelves and re-issued with accurate information in it. Come on Brady games, GET A GRIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and misleading in places 21 Jun 2007
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Like the previous reviewer I buy the Bradyguides to try and achieve 100% and before now the only big problem I had was in the San Andreas Guide where the Horseshoe map was inaccurate. However this one really does take the biscuit- you have to ask if Tim Bogenn even played the PS2 version of the game. He refers throughout to players entering yellow blips to start a mission when they are pink, two of the red balloons are not where he said they were and in a lot of cases the screenshots beside the discriptions of the locations are mixed up and some of the mission details are wrong as well. He says that Starfish Island cannot be accessed after the first few missions until after the "Zero to Hero" mission which is wrong- it is open all the time. He also says that in Vic's barracks is a power up icon for an assault rifle- it is actually a pistol, and in the mission where Phil helps Vic to break into Fort Baxter there is a whole section dedicated to the player having to find a Linerunner lorry to climb on to get over the wall, when the mission marker is actually on top of a small building you get on to jump the wall.

Overall, perhaps because of the previous high standards Brady guides have encouraged me to expect I was severely disappointed. My first instinct when things aren't where they are is to think I am doing something wrong, so when it turns out the book is the problem then I do feel it was a waste of time and money- there are better red balloon guides (the only reason I really bought it in the first place) for free on the net. If you want help to get 100% go elsewhere.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Never was For PS2 1 Oct 2007
While it helps and probably should be around if you want 100%, his guide has enough inaccuracies to question its release with references to PS2. Apparently, they are about 5 more jumps on PS2 versions than PSP, so get ready to look for them. Stare at that motel and billboard in the "south Beach" area as long as you want, those two balloons aren't there. Bottom line, it is riddled with mistakes, and you will have to get still more help online or really spend some time trying to locate the non-mapped balloons, jumps, and oh yeah, it seems a few side missions too.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not What It Says On The Tin... 31 Mar 2007
If you're like me, you buy these guides to complete the game 100%. I've hardly had a problem with the Bradygames guides before (maybe 1 or 2 secret packages not being in exactly the right place), but this one takes the biscuit.

The guide has not been amended from the PSP guide - DESPITE the fact that there are 5 extra rampages and 6 extra unique jumps on the PS2 version. Also, 1 rampage and 2 red baloons weren't correctly mapped.

To make matters slightly worse, there is no map for the police bribes (as there usually is).

I've bought this from Amazon and I'm seriously considering returning it.
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