Grand Theft Auto: Vice City offers the same go-anywhere style of play as its violent, M-rated predecessor but with an area twice as large as Liberty City to explore in a completely different setting.
You play as Tommy Vercetti (voiced by Ray Liotta), a gangster who just got off a fifteen year prison sentence for not squealing on your friends. Because you didn't rat out your "family", you're sent to work with Sonny Forelli, your previous boss. Sonny gives you an easy drug job, but everything goes wrong, and Tommy loses everything. Upon returning to Sonny, he gets mad and wants his money back. Unfortunately, everybody in Vice City, from gangsters and Cubans to bikers and politicians are in his way, and it's up to Tommy to clear a path.
GTA:VC takes everything from GTAIII and builds upon it. There are new cars in the game, reminiscent of cars from the 80s. Some cars are earlier versions of the vehicles you drove in GTAIII. New to VC is the ability to drive motorcycles. You can drive a variety of two-wheeled vehicles, from huge Harley-esque bikes to dirt bikes to your standard motorcycle.
Flying is also a bigger part of VC. You can now fly helicopters, traveling from area to area, landing on helipads on top of towering skyscrapers.
Weapons are, more or less, the same as in GTAIII, but the addition of melee weapons spices it up a little. You can use riot batons, crowbars, and a few others.
VC uses celebrity voice talent. The main character is voiced by Ray Liotta of Goodfellas, and the supporting cast is voiced by Dennis Hopper (Speed), Gary Busey (Slapshot 2), David Paymer, Danny Trejo, Luis Guzman (Traffic), and Jenna Jameson (ex porn star).
To effectively capture the mood of the 1980s, the soundtrack has been altered to fit the time period. Players will listen to an estimated nine hours of music (nearly three times the amount featured Grand Theft Auto III) across 10 radio stations. The eclectic mix features such noteworthy titles as "I Ran" by Flock of Seagulls, "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash, "You've Got Another Thing Coming" by Judas Priest, and "Out of Touch" by Hall & Oates.