Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Common Sense Media says

Very well done, but VERY mature content.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The more brutal the crime, the more it pays.


The standard GTA complaints apply: battling gangs means lots of blood will be shed. Plus you can attack innocents and police officers with no reprisal. For a new twist, cannibalism pops up in the storyline now and again.


Strippers, prositutes, strange Oedipal subtext, and offscreen oral sex is just a sampling of the sexual content of GTA:LCS


If you can think of a vulgarity, GTA:LCS uses it.


Part of the GTA series and released only for the PSP

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters take drugs while gangs import and sell drugs.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that despite being limited to the small screen of a portable system, this Grand Theft Auto installment features all the violence, sex, drugs, obscenities, and criminal behavior of its console cousins. Parents should not confuse the handheld gaming experience of Nintendo's Gameboy or DS systems with that of the Sony PSP. The PSP has the graphics, sound, and display capabilities to create an immersive experience -- and GTA:LCS puts those capabilities to work for a decidedly adult game.

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What's it about?

GRAND THEFT AUTO: LIBERTY CITY STORIES shifts the series storyline away from the faux-L.A. of San Andreas and back to the site that spawned the series: Liberty City. This PSP-exclusive installment follows Tony Cipriani (a face familiar to anyone who played GTA3 or GTA: Vice City) in his return to the mean streets and ascent to the inner circles of the Leone crime family. Players guide Tony as he completes missions that endear him to the godfather of the family, prove to his mother he's man enough to be loved, and bloodies the streets in pursuit of money and respect.

Is it any good?


Like the last three GTAs, Liberty City Stories is a landmark sandbox video game experience, allowing players to putter at their own pace in an expansive game universe. Every car on the road can be driven -- after yanking its driver out of the front seat by the hair, of course. Every location in the game universe can be explored. It's this flexibility and total immersion that's won the series its acclaim, despite the complaints about its graphic content.

But this impressive, expansive environment is filled with adults-only material. Storylines feature domestic violence, drug smuggling, contract killings, rigged elections, cannibalism, car bombings and police corruption. There is no doubt that GTA:LCS is an impressive feat for the still young PSP. It's too bad that a game of this imagination and production value doesn't exist for the system without the over-the-top explicit content.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why, despite the negative attention, games like GTA keep getting made? How far will video games go in depicting sexual fetishes, extreme violence, and hateful language? Are there standards that should be enforced, or should game developers be able to express their visions in any way they choose? Is playing a game like GTA:LCS on a handheld system different from playing on a console system?

Game details

Available online?Not available online
Developer:Rockstar Games
Release date:January 16, 2006
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs, Intense Sci-Fi Violence, Strong Violence (PSP)

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Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

This is a wonderful story of love, passion , and a fight for what is right!

This game is the true story of a boy getting his head blown off bu a rubber duck and then getting it taped back on
Adult Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

Shame on the makers of this game!!!!

This game should be taken off the shelves of stores!!! i know it says 17 and older that does not prevent some parents from buying this for their children only to let thism play this! this game includeds violence, running people over, shooting people and to get your life replenished you must go out and get a hooker! This is a horrible game and what does it teach our youth?? it teaches them violence and how to disrespect women at a young age. I understand thos is for grownups but what is to stop an older sibling from letting their smaller sibling from playing it?? It sends a very bad message and only hurts society! Get the GAME off the shelves before it damages our youth anymore!!! Horrible game and should have never been made!!!
Teen, 13 years old Written byJSH April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

Controversial Violence in the palm of your hand...

SEX: there really isnt any "strong sexual content in the game". There are strip clubs and advertisments for porn movies and such but you cant go in a club or really have sex. You can get a prostitute in your car but the will just sit there and you will hear moaning sounds. There is sexual talk in the radio stations and in a cut scene a woman comes from under a mans desk if you know what i mean. VIOLENCE: pretty much anything you can think of: car jacking, chainsaws, molotov cocktails, every type of gun from TECh-9s to rocketlaunchers, flamethrowers etc. you know the stuff... LANGUAGE:there is atleast 7 f-words in every cutscene, feels like you are watching the sopranos. DRUGS:References in cutscenes of cocaine and pills, adrenaline. not really a problem in this game. EDUCATIONAL VALUE: unless your kid is going to be a scarface type gangster/drug dealer/pimp/hitman/wiseguy etc there isnt much to learn here. OVERALL Ok for mature teens (im 14 and not crazy)


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