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Since: 3.1.02
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#1 Posted on
...and it's gonna be a LONG day at work.

The musical selections are listed in the manual, and there are a few pleasant surprises -- the Buggles, the Fixx, Herbie Hancock, Sigue Sigue Sputnik and the Cult made the final cut, and the TWO talk stations ought to be hysterical. But one thing cracked me up at first glance:

Loverboy is on the hard rock/metal station.

I would like to repeat that, for the inherent humor value:

LOVERBOY IS ON THE HARD ROCK/METAL STATION.

Be afraid...




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Since: 17.7.02
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#2 Posted on
I am insanely jealous...

I've heard that this game is going to be a bear to pick up even *with* a preorder. Was that the case?



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Since: 3.1.02
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#3 Posted on
Personally, I had no problems. My local EB opened at 8 AM this morning (an hour or two earlier than normal), and I was there at about 8:02 on my way to work. I saw two people walking out with their copies as I entered the building, picked up mine with nobody else in line, and left. Those who choose to pick up games during "normal" shopping hours may find a very different scene.

GameStop (formerly Babbage's) was staying open until midnight last night to hand out preordered copies... except that the truck didn't show up in a timely fashion. Oops. A friend of mine had preordered there, so I went along for conversation; they kicked everybody out around 11-ish and said "Come back tomorrow." The phone there was ringing off the hook, as if every tenth caller won a free copy or something.

One of the GameStop workers was wearing a Pogo the Monkey T-shirt, which inspired my OWN insane fit of jealousy.





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Since: 28.4.02
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#4 Posted on
I haven't pre-ordered anything since everyone fucked up the Playstation 2 pre-orders so badly a few years ago. It always seemed pointless to me, especially since every game I've ever tried to buy on it's release date presented no problems for me. (Zelda - Majora's Mask, Super Mario Sunshine, Animal Crossing, Kingdom Hearts, damn near every WWE game and/or Final Fantasy game - pretty popular stuff all in all.).

There are ZERO copies of GTA: Vice City left anywhere in this town. Zero.



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Since: 8.5.02
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#5 Posted on
I know my copy is sitting on my porch right now. I'll be playing it in a couple of hours.



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Since: 17.3.02
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.00
I picked up mine in wal-mart. they had like 30 copies... the funny thing is that the guy on line in front of me asked for the new Eminem cd (The 8 Mile soundtrack came out today). The lady looked at him and said in a snotty tone "We don't carry Eminem." Then I asked for my copy of a game where prostitution, strippers, sensless killing, speeding, disregard for police, etc... and she happily got it out of the case for me. What a strange world we live in.



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Since: 14.1.02
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.33
A friend of mine is picking up his copy as I post this very message. Between this and finishing up FF X (still gotta get Wakka's World Champion) we're cruising for games....until Metriod Prime/Fusion come out. I think I may push back the Mario Sunshine review and dive into a Vice City one instead.



EDIT: Yup, it's official, Vice City is the next review. As much as I like Sunshine, this game is way to cracked out not to do ASAP.

Small notes so far;


- Running away from the cops reaches a whole new level when you out-fox the one behind you then two others criss-cross in front of you at the very intersection....that's IF they don't just shoot your tires our from under you which MESSES YOU UP.

- Try to hit triangle when you're driving full speed. I DARE YOU ALL who own the game so far to do that....afterwards try to do it when your car is on fire and spinning around. That's when you'll see the use of it.

(edited by El Nastio on 30.10.02 0203)


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Since: 3.1.02
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#8 Posted on

    Originally posted by El Nastio
    Running away from the cops reaches a whole new level when you out-fox the one behind you then two others criss-cross in front of you at the very intersection....that's IF they don't just shoot your tires our from under you which MESSES YOU UP.

    - Try to hit triangle when you're driving full speed. I DARE YOU ALL who own the game so far to do that....afterwards try to do it when your car is on fire and spinning around. That's when you'll see the use of it.



Running away from the cops is infinitely more dangerous when you haven't memorized where the police bribes and Pay & Spray are yet.
The bail-out function is nifty as hell. One of the funniest things you can do is to drive down a long straightaway until you see a motorcycle coming at you, point your car at him and bail out -- the car keeps going and launches the poor bastard on the bike into next week.

Note for all playing this game: Go to the Display menu and TURN OFF TRAILS. Compare. I'm leaving them off, or I'd go blind.





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Since: 8.5.02
From: San Diego, CA

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#9 Posted on
    Originally posted by vsp

      Originally posted by El Nastio
      Running away from the cops reaches a whole new level when you out-fox the one behind you then two others criss-cross in front of you at the very intersection....that's IF they don't just shoot your tires our from under you which MESSES YOU UP.

      - Try to hit triangle when you're driving full speed. I DARE YOU ALL who own the game so far to do that....afterwards try to do it when your car is on fire and spinning around. That's when you'll see the use of it.



    Running away from the cops is infinitely more dangerous when you haven't memorized where the police bribes and Pay & Spray are yet.

    The bail-out function is nifty as hell. One of the funniest things you can do is to drive down a long straightaway until you see a motorcycle coming at you, point your car at him and bail out -- the car keeps going and launches the poor bastard on the bike into next week.

    Note for all playing this game: Go to the Display menu and TURN OFF TRAILS. Compare. I'm leaving them off, or I'd go blind.




So far, it's living up to the hype. I have to say there is nothing like driving to a riot with "Bark at the Moon" playing in the car. I only got to play for a couple of hours, so I know I'm missing a ton.
I can't describe how many levels of ASS this game kicks.

(edited by mountinman44 on 30.10.02 1318)


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Since: 12.1.02
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#10 Posted on
The only game I've spent any time with in this series was GTA: II. Until now. I picked it up at Best Buy yesterday for $39.99 and it absolutely kicks my ass.



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Since: 2.1.02
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#11 Posted on
I'm going to sum up this thread: I hate being poor. :o(

I have a feeling that I could trade in FFX, Hot Shots 3, and GTA3, and still not have enough for it at Funcoland / Gamestop.

(edited by Ubermonkeys on 30.10.02 1713)


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Since: 3.1.02
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#12 Posted on

    Originally posted by Ubermonkeys
    I'm going to sum up this thread: I hate being poor. :o(

    I have a feeling that I could trade in FFX, Hot Shots 3, and GTA3, and still not have enough for it at Funcoland / Gamestop.

    (edited by Ubermonkeys on 30.10.02 1713)



I have a feeling that you could trade in all three and still not FIND the game at Gamestop. Some are having more luck than others with straight-retail (no preorder) outlets, but for the most part, they're just not to be found.

As for the trade-in sentiment, I'd go along with that feeling. Game chains pay diddly-shit for most games, GTA3 included (because there are so many preowned copies already out there). IIRC, a guy at EB told me they were giving ~10 for GTA3 right now, and no matter how many times I've played through it already, it's worth a lot more than THAT to me.








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Since: 9.12.01
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#13 Posted on

    Originally posted by Ubermonkeys
    I'm going to sum up this thread: I hate being poor. :o(

    I have a feeling that I could trade in FFX, Hot Shots 3, and GTA3, and still not have enough for it at Funcoland / Gamestop.

    (edited by Ubermonkeys on 30.10.02 1713)



I'll pay $50 + shipping for all three of those. Send me a PM if you are that desperate



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Since: 14.1.02
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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.33
I told my friend to pre-order his copy last month (I had to give him the five bucks to do it), and it turns out that was one of the smartest things we did all month. Last I heard, Ottawa is completly sold out.

At this time I would also like to mention that Gamefaqs ALREADY has some cheats flying around.


Ubermonkeys, I'd go for Guru's offer (unless you can get him or someone else to pay more). Retail trade-ins are AWEFUL. And that's even if you have the box and instructions. If you're missing one of those two things, forget all about it. $16/game is pretty good compared to what you may get somewhere else.

Guru, if you haven't played FF X yet, PLAY IT SOON. =)




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Since: 22.1.02
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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.95
I'm debating getting Vice City (re: the inner 15-year-old's getting the best of me and I'm waiting to get off work). How does it compare to GTA3? That game was so good, it made me wanna slap my momma.





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Since: 8.5.02
From: San Diego, CA

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#16 Posted on

    Originally posted by asteroidboy
    I'm debating getting Vice City (re: the inner 15-year-old's getting the best of me and I'm waiting to get off work). How does it compare to GTA3? That game was so good, it made me wanna slap my momma.




Well, start slapping your momma and the dog. Admittedly, I haven't gotten to play it much (One must work to get one's toys), but Vice City beats GTA3. The music sets the mood for so much. "Bark at the Moon" before starting a riot. "Two Minutes to Midnight" (Iron Maiden) before beating the shit out of a guy with a golf club. It's all good!!



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Since: 3.1.02
From: Philly

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#17 Posted on

    Originally posted by asteroidboy
    I'm debating getting Vice City (re: the inner 15-year-old's getting the best of me and I'm waiting to get off work). How does it compare to GTA3? That game was so good, it made me wanna slap my momma.




GTA3 was a HUGE leap over GTA2, as well as over everything else available at that time. Vice isn't that magnitude of a generational leap over GTA3 -- how could it be? Think of it as a Miami mission pack with a bunch of new features and you'll be on the right track.

And what are those new features, he asks?

* LOTS of celebrity voice actors
* A new weapons-management system; now you can carry four weapons at a time (one melee, one handgun, one submachine gun, one big bang-bang), but no more, and have to swap new weapons for the one you're carrying. No more walking around with an entire cavalry division on your back.
* Motorcycles (fun to drive, more fun to squash)
* Bail out of moving vehicles for fun and ass-saving purposes
* You can enter and explore some buildings, rob stores, etc.
* Better weapon targeting
* Meaner cops, who love to shoot out your tires
* Less money; more to spend it on, including buildings & assets
* Lots of 80's music, naturally

So far, it's an absolute blast to play, and I'm still learning the town.




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Since: 2.1.02
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#18 Posted on
I'll pay $50 + shipping for all three of those. Send me a PM if you are that desperate.

Well doesn't that just suck, heh.

I really regret buying FFX- it's a good game and all, but I stopped playing it about halfway through months and months ago and just can't get going again.

Hot Shots is awesome, but haven't played that in months, either. Nearly broke a controller over it... I have issues.

I'm really reluctant to give up GTA3 until I've played Vice City... I just want to know that when they included all this new stuff, they didn't ditch the stuff I like about 3, namely the improved handling/jumping car cheat.

Hey you lucky bastards, what all have you noticed missing in Vice City that was available in GTA3? Perhaps I can work out something with Guru instead of trying to be a patient little boy who waits for Santy Claus.



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Since: 2.1.02
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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05

    Originally posted by vsp

      Originally posted by El Nastio
      Running away from the cops reaches a whole new level when you out-fox the one behind you then two others criss-cross in front of you at the very intersection....that's IF they don't just shoot your tires our from under you which MESSES YOU UP.

      - Try to hit triangle when you're driving full speed. I DARE YOU ALL who own the game so far to do that....afterwards try to do it when your car is on fire and spinning around. That's when you'll see the use of it.



    Running away from the cops is infinitely more dangerous when you haven't memorized where the police bribes and Pay & Spray are yet.

    The bail-out function is nifty as hell. One of the funniest things you can do is to drive down a long straightaway until you see a motorcycle coming at you, point your car at him and bail out -- the car keeps going and launches the poor bastard on the bike into next week.

    Note for all playing this game: Go to the Display menu and TURN OFF TRAILS. Compare. I'm leaving them off, or I'd go blind.




i love bailing off the bikes into a crowd of people...
and the biker in me always flinches when i hit a biker, but i love to send the sissy mopeds flying...



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Since: 3.1.02
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#20 Posted on
Some money-making tips:

* The ambulance mission rewards build up relatively quickly, and the missions are MUCH easier (IMHO) than in GTA3. I'm using the middle-of-the-first-island hospital (the one with the long, U-shaped entranceway, not the hospital to the south), and about half the injured are out on the beach (making them VERY easy to collect -- no traffic to run into out there).

* Need money in a hurry? Consider armed robbery. Go into a shop, target the cashier with a gun, and wait; your stars and the pile of money on the counter will both start to rise, up to three stars and $1000. Collect the cash, dash to your car, hit the Pay & Spray, and you've just made $900 profit. Repeat until your wallet is sufficiently heavy; that's how I bought a number of properties last night (including El Swanko Casa, which had both a garage and a nice little surprise on the rear roof).



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