'Grand Theft Auto: Vice City' turns 17 years old today

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'Grand Theft Auto: Vice City' turns 17 years old today.

That's right. 'Grand Theft Auto: Vice City' is now nearly old enough to buy 'Grand Theft Auto 5' in a game store.

How mad is that?

'Vice City' is widely regarded as one of the top games in the 22-year old franchise's history, and today it celebrates its birthday.

It was released on the PlayStation 2 on October 29, 2002, making it 17 years old today.

After its first release on the PlayStation, it was released on the PC in May 2003 and then on Xbox just over a year after the original release date.

Since then, the game has also been ported to both iOS and Android so you can play the legendary game wherever and whenever you want. 

The game was set in the fictional Vice City, based on the real-life city of Miami. In the story you play as a criminal called Tommy Vercetti following his release from prison.

Tommy's boss sends him to Vice City to do some dirty deeds, but he gets caught up in a drug deal ambush. He then starts to seek out those responsible for the attack while also building a criminal empire and taking power from other big-time criminals in the city.

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While free-roaming around the incredible city, you could take on a role as a vigilante, take on a job with the taxi cab service and even help out with fire fighting. 

You could also buy a variety of businesses, including a taxi company, a film company and several entertainment clubs.

As with seemingly all of the GTA franchise releases, upon launch the game sparked lawsuits and protests, being labelled as explicit and violent.

Despite the controversy, Vice City became the best-selling video game of 2002, shifting over 17.5 million copies, won countless awards and is generally considered one of the greatest video games ever made.

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