GTA Liberty City Stories Unplugged

Source: gtacentral

The GTA revolution is going portable

We have to be honest when we first heard that GTA was coming to our favorite portable system, we were skeptical. First, we thought it would be a top-down game, similar to the original GTA on PSone. Then we thought it would look like GTA 3, but wouldn’t have the open city, like the PSP version of spiderman 2.

After all , GTA’s open city would be impossible on the PSP…right?

How wrong we were. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is exactly what you’d expect from a GTA game, only portable.

Guns? Check. Carjacking? Check. A fully realized 3D world in which you are free to do pretty much anything you want, including meeting with shady characters who send you on missions of questionable legality? Check, check and check. Yep, this is GTA all right.

So what’s it all about? Well, it’s not a port of GTA3, if that’s what you’re thinking.

Yes , as the title explicitly suggests, it takes place in liberty city, the landscape made famous in GTA 3. But there’s a new star this time around: or rather an old one.

Let’s take the Wayback machine to when you played GTA 3. Do you remember a guy named Tony Cipriani who handed out missions at his mom’s restaurant? He was the guy who hated the Triad and sent you on missions to deal with them. Let’s just say you weren’t very popular with the Triad by the time you completed all of his tasks. Ever wonder what his deal was? Well, now you’ll be able to find out, because Toni Cipriani is the main character of Liberty City Stories.

Taking place three years before the events of GTA3, that’s about 1998 or so, for those who don’t want to do the math- Liberty City Stories follows Toni Cipriani as he moves up in the criminal world. While it may not seem like it, three years is a lot of time, and there are bound to be some changes. For example, three years before Sex Club 7 became the place where Luigi(Joe Pantoliano) gave work to the mute GTA 3 protagonist, the strip club was called Paulie’s Revue Bar.

One of the two missions we saw actually starts out at the club: Toni is given the task of protecting one of the mob’s properties from the incoming triads, so he jacks a cab and chases them down, but it quickly becomes an all out war. It’s the Triad versus Toni, and neither side cares who gets caught in the crossfire. The Triad try sending out a Patriot(aka Humvee) , but Toni quickly deals with them by ramming the Patriot into some traffic. It’s Like shooting first in a highly explosive barrel. Then a large truck packed with explosives drives up, leaving Toni with barely enough time to jack it, drive it a safe distance away from the club, and run to safety outside of the blast radius. This is definitely the GTA we all know and love.

In case you’re still not convinced, here’s another example: this mission has mob boss Salvatore Leone- who has made appearances in GTA 3, and more recently in GTA: San Andreas— telling you to fetch some money for him at the docks. A simple endeavor, but one that suddenly gets more complicated once the Triad rears its head. The blow the building up , and now you have to run into the inferno, nab all the cash, and kill any Triad you see.

Fortunately , running and gunning is actually a bit better and a bit easier this time around — Rockstar’s taken the already improved targeting system from San Andreas and polished it a bit, so the target lock system should be much more better than before. Of course there are other elements from he previous games that show up here as well; unlike the Liberty City of 2001, this liberty city is filled with motocycles that are just waiting to be jacked. Also, it looks like Toni will be able to keep up with the latest fashions, though we don’t know if the wardrobe customization will be as in depth as in San Andreas or more simple like in Vice City.

There is also no word on whether there are any airplanes in the game, but i doesn’t look likely right now. You could even fly ( kind of) in GTA3, so we certainly hope there’s some kind of air travel, but we understand if Toni’s stuck on the ground —– after all this is GTA on PSP, and that is in itself impressive enough. The soundtrack hasn’t been nailed down yet but you can be assured that it will appropriately reflect the time period, just act the soundtracks in the previous GTA’s did.

We certainly hope the game supports custom soundtracks ( via memory stick) as well, but Rockstar is tight lipped about this. And Michael Madsen better reprise his role, because it just wouldn’t be Toni Cipriani without him.

What we do know is that Toni, like the GTA 3 guy and Tommy Vercetti before him, will drown if he falls into a large body of water, leaving CJ as the only GTA character who took swimming lessons. Just stay away from the ocean and you should be fine. But dont try to run inside of a building just because of your aquaphobia — there are no interior environment, just like in GTA 3

Despite these concessions, this is still a proper GTA on PSP we’re talking about here, and that’s remarkable in and of itself. It looks about as good as its console brethren , perhaps even better thanks to the gorgeous PSP screen and it has all the elements that make the GTA series so great. Without a doubt, GTA Liberty City Stories is the reason to get a PSP, its the killer app that we’ve all been waiting for. Just as GTA 3 redefined gaming four years ago, GTA Liberty City Stories is set to indelibly redefine portable game as we know it………. and we just cant wait.

[The following are quotes from the screenshots in the magazine.]

The cars look highly realistic as showcased by the dirt stains on the side.

To sweeten the deal even more, GTA Liberty City Stories will support downloadable content. More vehicles and/or weapons , more outfits, more songs more missions!!! Cool!

There is a wide variety of vehicles and weapons already but dont be surprised to find even more! Multiplayer Mayhem?

Rockstar was tight lipped when we asked about the possibility of Wi-Fi multiplayer in GTA liberty City Stories, but we hope they’re at least considering it. We enjoyed the cooperative missions in San Andreas well enough, but think how cool it would be to have deathmatches on the streets of liberty city, or even complete story missions with some assistance from you buddies!!!!


This article was typed out by killah2, thanks to him for the transcript of the article and for sharing it with the GTA community. killah2 made note that screenshots were included in the article but he was apparently not able to scan them.


Check out our previous coverage of GTA: LS:
GTA: LS Info
*Real* GTA PSP Scans!
GTA on PSP named, confirmed for autumn release
Next GTA Will Apparently Be Called Liberty City Stories
Rumors: Grand Theft Auto for PSP?
PSP Grand Theft Auto coming real soon!
Grand Theft Auto set to hit PSP near US, European launch

Source: gtacentral

The GTA revolution is going portable

We have to be honest when we first heard that GTA was coming to our favorite portable system, we were skeptical. First, we thought it would be a top-down game, similar to the original GTA on PSone. Then we thought it would look like GTA 3, but wouldn’t have the open city, like the PSP version of spiderman 2.

After all , GTA’s open city would be impossible on the PSP…right?

How wrong we were. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is exactly what you’d expect from a GTA game, only portable.

Guns? Check. Carjacking? Check. A fully realized 3D world in which you are free to do pretty much anything you want, including meeting with shady characters who send you on missions of questionable legality? Check, check and check. Yep, this is GTA all right.

So what’s it all about? Well, it’s not a port of GTA3, if that’s what you’re thinking.

Yes , as the title explicitly suggests, it takes place in liberty city, the landscape made famous in GTA 3. But there’s a new star this time around: or rather an old one.

Let’s take the Wayback machine to when you played GTA 3. Do you remember a guy named Tony Cipriani who handed out missions at his mom’s restaurant? He was the guy who hated the Triad and sent you on missions to deal with them. Let’s just say you weren’t very popular with the Triad by the time you completed all of his tasks. Ever wonder what his deal was? Well, now you’ll be able to find out, because Toni Cipriani is the main character of Liberty City Stories.

Taking place three years before the events of GTA3, that’s about 1998 or so, for those who don’t want to do the math- Liberty City Stories follows Toni Cipriani as he moves up in the criminal world. While it may not seem like it, three years is a lot of time, and there are bound to be some changes. For example, three years before Sex Club 7 became the place where Luigi(Joe Pantoliano) gave work to the mute GTA 3 protagonist, the strip club was called Paulie’s Revue Bar.

One of the two missions we saw actually starts out at the club: Toni is given the task of protecting one of the mob’s properties from the incoming triads, so he jacks a cab and chases them down, but it quickly becomes an all out war. It’s the Triad versus Toni, and neither side cares who gets caught in the crossfire. The Triad try sending out a Patriot(aka Humvee) , but Toni quickly deals with them by ramming the Patriot into some traffic. It’s Like shooting first in a highly explosive barrel. Then a large truck packed with explosives drives up, leaving Toni with barely enough time to jack it, drive it a safe distance away from the club, and run to safety outside of the blast radius. This is definitely the GTA we all know and love.

In case you’re still not convinced, here’s another example: this mission has mob boss Salvatore Leone- who has made appearances in GTA 3, and more recently in GTA: San Andreas— telling you to fetch some money for him at the docks. A simple endeavor, but one that suddenly gets more complicated once the Triad rears its head. The blow the building up , and now you have to run into the inferno, nab all the cash, and kill any Triad you see.

Fortunately , running and gunning is actually a bit better and a bit easier this time around — Rockstar’s taken the already improved targeting system from San Andreas and polished it a bit, so the target lock system should be much more better than before. Of course there are other elements from he previous games that show up here as well; unlike the Liberty City of 2001, this liberty city is filled with motocycles that are just waiting to be jacked. Also, it looks like Toni will be able to keep up with the latest fashions, though we don’t know if the wardrobe customization will be as in depth as in San Andreas or more simple like in Vice City.

There is also no word on whether there are any airplanes in the game, but i doesn’t look likely right now. You could even fly ( kind of) in GTA3, so we certainly hope there’s some kind of air travel, but we understand if Toni’s stuck on the ground —– after all this is GTA on PSP, and that is in itself impressive enough. The soundtrack hasn’t been nailed down yet but you can be assured that it will appropriately reflect the time period, just act the soundtracks in the previous GTA’s did.

We certainly hope the game supports custom soundtracks ( via memory stick) as well, but Rockstar is tight lipped about this. And Michael Madsen better reprise his role, because it just wouldn’t be Toni Cipriani without him.

What we do know is that Toni, like the GTA 3 guy and Tommy Vercetti before him, will drown if he falls into a large body of water, leaving CJ as the only GTA character who took swimming lessons. Just stay away from the ocean and you should be fine. But dont try to run inside of a building just because of your aquaphobia — there are no interior environment, just like in GTA 3

Despite these concessions, this is still a proper GTA on PSP we’re talking about here, and that’s remarkable in and of itself. It looks about as good as its console brethren , perhaps even better thanks to the gorgeous PSP screen and it has all the elements that make the GTA series so great. Without a doubt, GTA Liberty City Stories is the reason to get a PSP, its the killer app that we’ve all been waiting for. Just as GTA 3 redefined gaming four years ago, GTA Liberty City Stories is set to indelibly redefine portable game as we know it………. and we just cant wait.

[The following are quotes from the screenshots in the magazine.]

The cars look highly realistic as showcased by the dirt stains on the side.

To sweeten the deal even more, GTA Liberty City Stories will support downloadable content. More vehicles and/or weapons , more outfits, more songs more missions!!! Cool!

There is a wide variety of vehicles and weapons already but dont be surprised to find even more! Multiplayer Mayhem?

Rockstar was tight lipped when we asked about the possibility of Wi-Fi multiplayer in GTA liberty City Stories, but we hope they’re at least considering it. We enjoyed the cooperative missions in San Andreas well enough, but think how cool it would be to have deathmatches on the streets of liberty city, or even complete story missions with some assistance from you buddies!!!!


This article was typed out by killah2, thanks to him for the transcript of the article and for sharing it with the GTA community. killah2 made note that screenshots were included in the article but he was apparently not able to scan them.


Check out our previous coverage of GTA: LS:
GTA: LS Info
*Real* GTA PSP Scans!
GTA on PSP named, confirmed for autumn release
Next GTA Will Apparently Be Called Liberty City Stories
Rumors: Grand Theft Auto for PSP?
PSP Grand Theft Auto coming real soon!
Grand Theft Auto set to hit PSP near US, European launch

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