Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories Reader Review
Grand Theft Auto : Liberty City stories is simply a game you must buy for your PSP. Whether you play a short burst of it on the train or a large chunk of it at home, it never ceases to amaze or entertain.
First things first; the graphics. It is well known that the PSP can produce breath-taking graphics for a hand-held system, and GTA:LCS has no trouble in showing this. The graphics are superb. From the design of the vehicles to the characters, from the sky to the detail on the pavement, the graphics of this game must simply be seen to be believed. There is hardly any slowdown, and when there is, it is only a tiny amount that occurs in a very heavily-populated screen. The draw-distance is lengthy, with very little-to-no fogging, and the minor touches, such as the billboards referencing the other games in the series, make it all the more fun to play. The return to Liberty City is a fantastic move on the part of the developer, enabling the player to revisit the familiar setting of GTA 3, or explore a well-designed game world.
The sound content for a PSP game is simply astonishing. Every radio station in the game is packed with music and dialogue with different radio stations playing different genres of music (although the distinct lack of a rock station is slightly strange). Licensed music sits beside tracks made specifically for the game, and the inclusion of a chat radio makes the game even more humourous, interesting and fun to play. The ability to upload custom soundtracks to the game is another plus, providing you own the CD the tracks you want to use are on.
The gameplay of is impressive. The controls are easy to use, and anybody saying that they found the game difficult to control simply aren't very dextrous. Using the Left Shoulder Button to look around and conduct drive-bys does annoy slightly, as you cannot move or steer while looking, but it does not hinder the ability to play the game in any way. The targetting system, a controversial subject of any contemporary GTA game, is extremely well implemented, with the game focussing on a non-threat or distant target only very rarely. The mission length is well designed, with missions varying in length, structure and objective, but never being too short to not enjoy a mission or too long to begin to infuriate if one is failed. The introduction of bikes to Liberty City results in more variety in the vehicles to commandeer, and allows more sub-missions such as race- and stunt-courses to be included.The game is nigh-on unending, due to the variety and amount of side-missions to complete, with wireless multiplayer making the longevity of this game almost infinite.
This is by no means the largest or 'best' (in terms of story and characters) game in the GTA series, but, being a PSP game, it is a landmark title that raises the bar for future efforts on the hand-held. Quite simply, a must-buy.
10 / 10