Dig out your best purple blazer. Turn up Mötley Crüe on the radio. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is back - in GTA5.
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Rockstar's neon-drenched 2002 opus Vice City deliberately calls many pop references to mind. The title, the logo, the suits, the sports cars and the ostentatious colour palette all combine to evoke Miami Vice, of course. The plot, meanwhile, draws heavily on that other classic tale of 1980s excess on the Florida coast: Brian DePalma's Scarface. The presence of Ray Liotta in the lead role, all laconic New York swagger, adds a welcome dash of Scorsese's rich and salty Italian-American flavour.
Yet, for me, the thing that most immediately springs to mind when thinking about Vice City is not a gangster tale at all. It's Goldfinger.
The third Bond movie saw the 007 formula click into place, finding a blend of gadgets, girls and glamour that would endure for another 40 years. So too does Vice City crystallise the fledgling GTA formula for 3D, as the gaudy debauchery of the 1980s collides with Rockstar's arch millenial irony - an alchemical reaction that results in the perfect balancing of tone and humour, bad taste and great wit.
Rockstar has announced a 6th December release date for its Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 10th Anniversary Edition.
The iOS and Android version will cost $4.99 (about £3.10) and follows a similar mobile edition of Grand Theft Auto 3 last year.
A new post on the Rockstar blog details a number of graphical tweaks set to be included. The developer has updated character models and lighting effects, added new and more precise firing and targeting options, a fully customisable control layout and native support for Retina display devices.
Digital sales of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City have been halted due to a music licensing dispute. The game is no longer on Steam, for example.
GTA developer Rockstar confirmed the move in a post on the Steam forum.
"Due to some music licensing issues, we've had to temporarily remove Vice City PC from digital stores," a Rockstar spokesperson said. "We'll make it available again as soon as possible."
Fondly-remembered neon masterpiece Grand Theft Auto: Vice City will be released for iPhone, iPad and Android devices later this autumn, Rockstar has revealed.
The game's 10th Anniversary Edition will include high-resolution graphics and other "enhancements", a post on the Rockstar blog announced.
The full list of new features has yet to be detailed, but its likely similar to the tweaks added in last year's so-so Grand Theft Auto 3 10th Anniversary Edition, the touch-screen controls of which failed to impress.