Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories for the PlayStation Portable is the latest entry in the acclaimed action game series that was first introduced in 1998 and has since been distributed on a wide variety of platforms (PC, PS2, Xbox, and others). The game is the first in the franchise to be offered for play on mobile devices powered by iOS and Android in addition to the handheld system PlayStation Portable and the home console PlayStation 2. Rockstar Games, a studio that is well-known for all those individuals who are enthusiastic about the gaming industry, was naturally responsible for developing the production.
We go back to the same version of Liberty City we explored in Grand Theft Auto III, as the game’s name suggests. Assuming the role of Toni Cipriani, we arrive in the city several years before the events of Grand Theft Auto III take place and play out the story from his perspective. We are gradually being mired in a cesspool of mafia feuds, corruption, and the drug trade, among other such activities. We work in general for the Leone family, and to expand the Leone family’s dominance, we not only have to contend with other gangsters but also with politicians, businesses, and even the protagonist’s mother. The managers come over to brief us in person or give us instructions over the phone regarding their various assignments. Naturally, we can also complete additional objectives (such as daring jumps or finding secret items, for example) and earn supplemental income by working as taxi drivers, police officers, ambulance drivers, or firefighters, respectively.
As is customary, the creators have prepared various vehicles for us to drive. In addition, you can ride motorbikes, motorboats, trains, and ferries while playing the game. In addition, the well-known Ammu-Nation stores have a wide variety of firearms, including handguns, grenades, assault rifles, and other types, so that we do not find ourselves defenseless in the many conflicts that arise. It is also important to remember that Liberty City comprises three enormous districts situated on their islands. We will also notice variations in architecture meant to symbolize the passage of time between the events of Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto III. These changes are intended to take place in Grand Theft Auto III.
Rockstar Games previously utilized the Renderware technology, but for Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories for the PSP, a brand-new graphics engine was designed to take advantage of the PSP and the PS2 capabilities in terms of rendering three-dimensional visuals. The game also features an atmospheric audio layer comprising many licensed music tracks, suggestive sound effects, and perfectly matched character voices. For example, Michael Madsen, known for appearing in films directed by Quentin Tarantino, such as Reservoir Dogs, provides the voice for the game’s protagonist.