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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is completely inappropriate for children. The game glamorizes the drug trade, is loaded with violence and sex and could teach them a few obscenities that even parents are unfamiliar with. The game is a direct recreation of the console hit, and what didn't work for kids then still doesn't today. Players can lead a life of crime, shoot police officers (as well as civilians and drug dealers), drink and drive, and have sex with prostitutes.
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What's it about?
Players control characters by using a virtual \"thumbstick\" on the left side of the screen and a series of buttons. When on foot, they control running, hitting, and shooting. When in a vehicle, they switch to a pedal and brake, drift and the horn. Users can change the radio station in vehicles by swiping the bottom of the screen. Players can follow the game's main story or opt for the hundreds of side missions in the game.
Is it any good?
No, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is not a game for kids -- but if you're at all familiar with the series, you likely already knew that. It's loaded with sex, violence, language, drugs and pretty much everything you want to shield a child from.
But for adults, it's a very well-made action game that justifiably deserves the praise it has received for being "interactive cinema." The game transitions to the mobile world smoothly and weaves an intricate tale. The detail, ease of play, deep story, and sprawling game environment make this a game that any fan of the series will spend dozens of hours rediscovering.
For kids who love action
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