Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

NTSC-U cover
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: Z (Crime, Violence)
ESRB rating: M (Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs)
PEGI rating: 18+
OFLC rating: MA (Bad Language, Violence)
Widescreen supported natively
Widescreen patch available
CPU intensive game
Hardware rendering is supported
Languages supported:
English: SLES-54622 & SLUS-21590 & NPUD-21590
Japanese: SLPM-66917 & SLPM-55135
German: SLES-54622
French: SLES-54622
Spanish: SLES-54622
Italian: SLES-54622
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-21590
NPUD-21590 (PS2 Classics)
Release date: March 5, 2007
April 2, 2013 (PS2 Classics)
CRCs: 4F32A11F
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-54623
SLES-54622/P (Platinum: The Best of PlayStation 2)
SLES-54623/P (Platinum)
NPED-00065 (PS2 Classics)
Release date: March 9, 2007
April 3, 2013 (PS2 Classics)
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: Playable
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SLPM-66917
SLPM-55135 (Best Price!)
Release date: December 6, 2007
May 28, 2009 (Best Price!)
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Rockstar Leeds
Publisher(s): Rockstar Games (US, EU, AU), Capcom (JP), SCEA (US)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: GameSpot8.4/10, IGN7.5/10, Metacritic75/100, Eurogamer6/10
Game description: Vice City, 1984. Opportunity abounds in a city emerging from the swamps, its growth fueled by the violent power struggle in a lucrative drug trade. Construction is everywhere as a shining metropolis rises from foundations of crime and betrayal. As a soldier, Vic Vance has always protected his dysfunctional family, his country, himself. One bad decision later and that job is about to get much harder. Kicked out onto the streets of a city torn between glamour and gluttony, Vic is faced with a stark choice - build an empire or be crushed.

Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
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  • AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE 3.4Ghz
  • nVidia 8800 GTS 512MB
0.9.8 GSDX r4600
  • SPU2-X r4600
  • Lilypad r4510
BIOS: 2.00,

•Will run at 60 FPS while your character is facing in certain directions, but will drop to ghastly speeds when facing in others (about 20 FPS and can drop even more). Software mode is quite fast, although. •Enabling 'Allow 8-bit textures' in GSdx is a must while playing this game, as it gives a great performance boost when the GPU is the bottleneck. •Setting the "FramerateNTSC=59.94" or "FrameratePAL=50.0" lines in the pcsx2_vm.ini file to 30/25 can play the game at full speed but lower smoothness even in slower PC. •Scaling kills this game. Cant even use 2x unless using Allow 8-bit textures.

NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.4Ghz
  • Nvidia GTX 285 768MB
1.1.0 r5754 GSdx 5752 SSE41
  • SPU2-X 5733 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 5403 0.11.0
Runs above full speed.
NTSC-U Windows 10 Pro x64 (1809)
  • Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.5GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB
1.5.0 r2899 GSdx 1.1.0 AVX2
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.12.1
BIOS: 2.30,
  • Rock solid 60Hz (30 FPS) at 8x Native Resolution (5K)
  • As of this build, game no longer displays black boxes around HUD objects in DirectX 11 mode
  • Async mix stops audio slowdowns
NTSC-U Windows 10
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600 @ 3.6Ghz
  • Geforce 1660 Super
1.7.0 (dev-1545)
SPU2-X 2.0.0 Completed the story with no issues and maintained full speed the vast majority of the time. Enable GPU Palette Conversion for a notable speedup. Note that disabling the framelimiter at any point may cause the lighting to start flickering when you enable it again, and this can only be fixed by saving and loading through the memcard. I recommend disabling "Trails" in the game options, and setting Skipdraw to 1x1 in GSdx HW Hacks to remove the "double vision" bug for distant objects. CynicMimic
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.5Ghz
  • Geforce GTX 1070
1.7.0-20220326074733 GSdx
cubeb Rendering bug fix: EE Cycle Skipping +2 or Instant VU1 or MTVU. Smoke and rain effects affecting emulation speed: Increase "Extra Rendering threads" Ahayri

Test configurations on Linux:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
PAL Debian 10
  • Intel Core i5-4570 CPU @ 3.20 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2 GB
GSdx 1.2.0 AVX2
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • OnePAD 0 2.0.0
Runs at full speed. Enabling 8-bit textures helps avoid slowdowns on my machine. It might not be needed with a more powerful CPU. Ratchet66


  • Original names: グランド・セフト・オート・バイスシティ・ストーリーズ (SLPM-66917) & (SLPM-55135)
  • Widescreen crops the top and bottom of the 4:3 image, meaning less visible viewing area than when played in 4:3.

Known Issues

Can't load save from folder memory card

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Saving the game to a folder memory card will result in the save not being visible from within the game once PCSX2 is restarted.
  • Workaround: Use a normal 8 MB memory card.

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