Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
|Grand Theft Auto: Vice City|
Developers: Rockstar North,
Rockstar Vienna (Xbox),
War Drum Studios (Mobile)
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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is a prequel to Grand Theft Auto III, taking place in the 1980s. The formula was vastly improved with new weapons, further customization, and even more big-name voice actors.
Clean up time.
- 1 Sub-Pages
- 2 Unused Weapons
- 3 Unused Graphics
- 4 Unused Features
- 5 Developer Shout-Out
- 6 Grand Theft Auto III Leftovers
- 7 Developer Messages
- 8 Anti-Piracy
| Unused Mission-Related Text and Audio|
This is where it starts to get interesting.
| Unused Audio|
Sounds and non-mission dialogue that never got a chance to be heard.
| Unused Models|
Lots of unused props here.
| Unused Vehicles|
Early vehicle styling.
| Development Oversights|
The ghost tower lives!
| Regional Differences|
Who knew Suxxx liked kittens?
| Version and Platform Differences|
So many minor details changed...
Speaks for itself. Its model (grenlanc.dff) and textures (grenlanc.txd) are present in the PS2 version.
It's model (steyr.dff) and textures (steyr.txd) can be found as well in the PS2 version.
A returning weapon from Grand Theft Auto III. Model and textures are present only on PC. Its low-quality texture implies it may have been discarded earlier in development.
Model and texture (mine.dff/txd). This weapon would be fully coded for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, but still goes unused.
Just a shorter version of the regular Python in the game (pstsnub.dff/txd) PS2 files only.
Model and texture (coltsil.dff/txd) are also in the PS2 version.
Only present in the files of the PS2 version. (stapleg.dff/txd).
This weapon can spotted on the wall of the Tooled UP shops around Vice City (nailgun.dff/txd) only on PS2.
A shorter version of the MP5 that has a model and an icon (only on PS2) and can be spotted in the intro deal scene. (mp5short.dff/txd)
Another planned returning weapon from Grand Theft Auto III, except that the textures are corrupted.
Yet another weapon planned to return, with corrupted textures.
An earlier version of the shotgun, with the model taken straight from Grand Theft Auto III.
Various graphics located in (hud.txd) never appear in the game.
A green house icon. Was to be used to indicate that a property is available for sale. It later got used in Grand Theft Auto San Andreas.
Radio Station Map Icons
Icons exist for each station (VCN being the only one with a building) in the game. In Grand Theft Auto III and Liberty City Stories, the radio stations are located as buildings around Liberty City, so that may have been intended to be the case in this game.
In the PlayStation 2 version's menu graphics (FRONTEN2.TXD), there is a logo for a deleted radio station, Vice City News, or VCN for short. It's stored among the logos for the other radio stations that you can tune in on the menu while adjusting audio options.
Unused Loading Screen
An unused loading screen of Auntie Poulet found in the PlayStation 2 version. Normally, the game does not load long enough to display this image, so it goes unseen.
Unused Lance Texture
An unused texture of an injured Lance Vance (buddy3.txd), certainly meant to appear in the mission Death Row.
- Additional clothing labeled as "MC Tommy" is listed in the american.gxt file at MAIN > OUTFT13. Neither models nor textures of this outfit exist.
- Within the same file, tires would have been able to be slashed and recorded into the statistics according to MAIN > TYRESLA.
- A cut cheat code that when enabled through hex editing gives the player's car broken helicopter physics.
There is a secret criminal rating for the stats page: "SA Goon". It is only displayed if the player's score is between 1000 and 1005, after which it ticks over to the "Goon" rating. Due to the very small window for it to be achieved, it's nearly impossible to see unless one is deliberately trying for it.
The rating is a reference to the Something Awful Forums, the inhabitants of which are dubbed Goons.
Grand Theft Auto III Leftovers
The sound used for the pager device in the previous game can be located in the appropriately named "pager.wav". This sound, however, was remade for the intro on the Rockstar North logo.
The timer sound from the previous game was in Vice City's audio files.
Leftover news headline from Grand Theft Auto III's intro with the filename of news.txd. Exists only on the Windows version.
As the model suggest, this is a leftover from GTA III, though it was probably meant for the import-export garage in Sunshine Autos, since the garage itself doesn't allow to export the vehicles that were listed on the delivery list.
In the game's executable are some rather rude messages, with the first two referring to missing animation(s), and the last one rudely tells that there's nothing to find here.
Can't find the fucking animation
Haven't I told you I can't find the fucking animation
nothing here fuckers
An array of anti-crack protections are present in the PC version, although barely anyone noticed them due to a successful crack which avoided them coming out three days before release. If the game detects that the SecuROM copy protection has been tampered with, then a number of fascinating after-effects have a chance of triggering:
- Upon the "mission clean-up" op-code running (usually when a mission starts or finishes) there is a 25% chance of the weather being permanently changed to rain. This is saved into your savegame, so you can't avoid it by restarting the game. (The APLEASANTDAY cheat code and starting certain missions still work, though.)
- When a save game is loaded that has less than 72,000 frames (roughly 40 minutes) of play time logged, all paths will be removed from the map, resulting in no pedestrians or vehicles spawning outside of scripts like missions. Again, this is saved into the save file, so it'll still be in effect even when loaded in a legit version of the game.
- Loading a save with more than 72,000 frames logged crashes the game with an unhandled exception error on load.
- Sniper Rifles no longer do any damage, although they still affect the moon.
- After 35 minutes of play time, all garages are disabled. This renders the "Copland" and "Sir Yes Sir!" missions unwinnable. Pay & Sprays remain open, but won't recolor your vehicle.
- Whenever a police roadblock is spawned, all icons are removed from the map, map legend, and minimap (including your position arrow!).
- The stats menu simply won't display anything. You can still press S to save your stats to a file.
- Finally, there's a 12.5% chance that a firetruck spawning will disable the ability to use non-mission, non-cash pickups, such as the save icon, hidden packages, rampages, weapons, properties (rendering the game unwinnable)...
The Grand Theft Auto series
|Windows||Grand Theft Auto • London 1969 • Grand Theft Auto 2|
|PlayStation||Grand Theft Auto|
|Game Boy Color||Grand Theft Auto 2|
|Dreamcast||Grand Theft Auto 2|
|Windows||Grand Theft Auto III (Definitive Edition) • Vice City (Definitive Edition) • San Andreas (Definitive Edition)|
|PlayStation 2||Grand Theft Auto III • Vice City • San Andreas • Liberty City Stories • Vice City Stories|
|Xbox||Grand Theft Auto III • Vice City • San Andreas|
|Game Boy Advance||Grand Theft Auto Advance|
|PlayStation Portable||Liberty City Stories • Vice City Stories|
|Android, iOS||Grand Theft Auto III • Vice City • San Andreas • Liberty City Stories|
|PlayStation Portable||Chinatown Wars|
|Windows||Grand Theft Auto IV • Grand Theft Auto V|
|PlayStation 3, Xbox 360||Grand Theft Auto IV • Grand Theft Auto V|