Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City cover
Developers
Rockstar North
macOS (OS X) TransGaming Inc.
Publishers
Rockstar Games
Japan Capcom
Engines
RenderWare
Release dates
Windows May 1, 2003
OS X November 12, 2010
Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto 1997
Grand Theft Auto 2 1999
Grand Theft Auto III 2002
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2003
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2005
Grand Theft Auto IV 2008
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City 2010
Grand Theft Auto V 2015

Key points

Ability to import your music for your own custom radio station[1]
There are many issues and it is very likely to encounter at least one.[2][3] SilentPatch is imperative.
Widescreen resolutions can be used, but to an extremely poor extent
Frame rates other than 30 FPS introduces gameplay and physics issues
Virtually no support on the Rockstar page of this game[4]

General information

Official game site
GTAForums - Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Discussion
Grand Theft Wiki
GTA Network - A huge network of fansites all dedicated to the Grand Theft Auto series
GTA Garage Mod Database
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums for game series

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail SecuROM DRM disc check
Amazon.com
Gamesplanet
Green Man Gaming
Humble Store
Mac App Store
Steam Steam version needs to be downgraded in order to be seriously modded.

Version differences[edit]

Some radio songs have been removed for new Steam buyers; Steam version purchases made before December 2012 still include these songs.[5]

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Rename/delete movies folder[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename movies folder.

SilentPatch[edit]

Fixes numerous bugs and oversights introduced in the PC version
How to install

Extract SilentPatchVC.asi to <path-to-game> and map folders to <path-to-game>\data\maps.

GInput[edit]

Adds full XInput controller support
Restores haptic feedback from console versions
Choice between Xbox and DualShock button prompts

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\GTA Vice City User Files\gta_vc.set
macOS (OS X)
Configuration file is encrypted

Save game data location[edit]

Steam edition uses an altered saves format than the retail one. They can be converted though
System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\GTA Vice City User Files\GTAVCsf#.b
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Grand Theft Auto Vice City/p_drive/Documents/GTA Vice City User Files/
Save files are NOT cross-compatible between Windows and OS X
If using Windows 98 / Windows ME compatibility mode save files are stored in %PUBLIC%\Documents\GTA Vice City User Files\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Stretched HUD and misaligned aiming. See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
See Widescreen resolution.
Ultra-widescreen
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
See Widescreen resolution.
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See ThirteenAG's Windowed Mode.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Can be forced through the NVIDIA Control Panel/AMD Control Center.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See Widescreen resolution.[6]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See force Vsync.[citation needed]
60 FPS
Everything but 30 FPS introduces physical and technical issues.
120+ FPS
Everything but 30 FPS introduces physical and technical issues.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

In-game wide screen option allows to retain proper aspect ratio, though only for 16:9 resolutions. Otherwise picture is stretched.
Yet not only wide screen option cuts part of the image (Vert-), it does also misalign aiming.
Accurate widescreen implementation[citation needed]
  1. Download ThirteenAG's fix.
  2. Extract GTAVC.WidescreenFix folder contents in <path-to-game>.

Notes

Multi-monitor users also need to use SilentPatch[7]
Field of view can be controlled inside GTAVC.WidescreenFix.ini
MSAA can be enabled inside GTAVC.WidescreenFix.ini for non-Steam version

Windowed[edit]

ThirteenAG's Windowed Mode
  1. Download the Ultimate ASI loader
  2. Download the mod here
  3. Put the III.VC.SA.WindowedMode.asi and (optionally) III.VC.SA.CoordsManager.exe to <path-to-game>\scripts\
Requires 1.0 version

Shortcuts

  • Alt+ Enter toggles Fullscreen/Windowed modes
  • Ctrl+ Enter toggles Border/Borderless modes
  • Shift+ Enter toggles Coords Manager menu
gta-vc-window
Incompatible with the Steam version of the game. Steam users are required to downgrade.
  1. Download gta-vc-window and extract it into the installation folder
  2. Run the game through the included launcher

Notes

Newer versions of Windows might display taskbar on top of the game window. Check this for workaround
Third party software
It has been reported that 3D Analyzer and many other types of software can force windowed mode.[citation needed]

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game mouse settings.
In-game mouse settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Only X-Axis by default. Use SilentPatch to tie both axes
Mouse input in menus
See Mouse clicks do not register
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
DirectInput controllers only
Full controller support
Use GInput for XInput support and proper controls from console versions
Controller remapping
DirectInput controllers only, GInput offers 5 presets
Controller sensitivity
Use GInput and adjust sensitivity options in GInputVC.ini.
Controller Y-axis inversion
If using GInput you can set it up in GInputVC.ini
Additional information
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
For Xbox and DualShock prompts use GInput
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
GInput must be used.

Y-axis sensitivity modifier[edit]

Independently adjust Y-axis speed[citation needed]
  1. Download the y-axis mouse sensitivity fix.
  2. Extract the contents of archive to a continent location.
  3. Open vcsens.txt and follow the provided instructions.

Notes

This mod has not been updated in over 7 years and it's not compatible with Steam release

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and effects.
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output[8] May require DirectSound 3D restoration software.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
Up to EAX 3.

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Fan made, The Project itself and Download and GitHub
Czech
Fan translation, Download
French
German
Italian
Polish
Official translation, Download
Slovak
Fan translation, Download
Spanish
Ukrainian
Two different fan localizations: #1 and #2.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Connection types

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
iZ3D

Issues fixed[edit]

Timing-related issues[edit]

Any of the following problems, refer to a single common fixbox.
If you have

  • Broken cutscenes (when a cut scene starts, the game seems frozen[9])
  • It is noticeable upon starting a new game, when a black screen appears with the writing "Marco's Bistro, Liberty City, 1986".
  • Random crash when changing resolution
  • Cars that reverse extremely slowly and/or stop quickly after releasing the accelerator
  • Inhuman difficulties while performing boat missions (such as "Stunt Boat Challenge")
  • Boats that accelerate and move slower than they should be (like cars issue above)
  • Game that runs almost comically quickly[2]
  • Pedestrians seem to be "running" and cars move on and off screen extremely fast.
  • Textures & models "pop in" too slowly[2]
  • Certain models such as bridges or stairs take a few seconds to "pop in" even if the character is standing near to or next to the model.
  • In the mission "The Driver", a character may fall through the a bridge.
  • Vice City with almost no cars or pedestrians on the streets and seems a ghost-town.

THEN

Turn on in-game frame limiter
Game is limited to 30FPS.

Game refuses to start[edit]

Fix Data Execution Prevention setting[citation needed]

Ensure Data Execution Prevention (DEP) is set to the default (Windows programs and services only)

Download fixed GTA III/GTA VC DDraw Component and put the ddraw.dll in <path-to-game>

Cannot find 640x480 video mode error[edit]

Download fixed GTA III/GTA VC DDraw Component and put the ddraw.dll in <path-to-game>[10]

Game cannot find enough available video memory[edit]

Download fixed GTA III/GTA VC DDraw Component and put the ddraw.dll in and put it in <path-to-game>

Game crashes after intro movie or fails to start entirely[edit]

Nothing occurs, other than a possible quick flicker, when attempting to run the game (gta-vc.exe)
The game starts, however it crashes directly after the intro move with the error "gta-vc.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close."

Game crashes after loading save[edit]

Make sure save file and game build match

Game crashes randomly with "Unhandled exception"[edit]

Option 1: Edit properties of gta-vc.exe
  • In the Properties of gta-vc.exe change Compatibility mode to Windows 98/Me.
  • Set the Privilege Level to Run this program as an administrator.
  • In the Steam command line options, add -CPUCount:1.
Option 2: Use testapp.exe as game executable
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Rename or move the original gta-vc.exe.
  3. Rename testapp.exe to gta-vc.exe.
  4. Launch the game through Steam. The client will use the new gta-vc.exe as entry point.

Mouse clicks do not register[edit]

Install SilentPatch

Missing text in menus[edit]

Install SilentPatch

Camera locks after a unique jump is performed[edit]

The camera locks in slow-motion and does not release the view.
Alt-Tab Workaround[2]
  1. Alt + Tab out of the game.
  2. Click on Vice City on your task bar.
  3. Alt + Tab back in.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 a couple of times if it did not work the first time

Bad lighting, reflections, shadowing[edit]

Install SilentPatch

Crosshair inaccuracy[edit]

Playing wide screen places the real aim slightly above and to the right of the displayed crosshairs.

Player and pedestrians dialogue is very rare compared to PS2 version[edit]

Install the Ped Speech Patch

The game will ask for CD if installed on A: or B: drives[edit]

Install SilentPatch[citation needed]

Alchemy doesn't restore EAX[edit]

Install Alchemy Fix[citation needed]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
Shader Model support 1.4
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System 6.1c

Modding[edit]

Frequently used plugins[edit]

  • CLEO - Popular script extender used by lots of sophisticated mods. Version 2.0.0.0 is compatible with the Steam version
  • IMG Manager V2.0 - Beta version of the most bug-free .img files manager

Featured mods[edit]

Total conversions[edit]

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon 800 MHz
AMD Duron 1.2 GHz
Intel Pentium III 800 MHz
Intel Celeron 1.2 GHz
AMD Athlon XP
Intel Pentium IV
System memory (RAM) 128 MB 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 915 MB 1.5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0 compatible
ATI Radeon 8500
NVvidia GeForce 3
64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0 compatible
OS X
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.7 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1600
Nvidia GeForce 7300 GT
Intel GMA X3100

References

  1. Custom Radio Stations in GTA Games
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Vice City on Windows Vista & Windows 7"
  3. "Bug List with Solutions (PC, PS2 & Xbox)"
  4. Rockstar Games: Grand Theft Auto Vice City for PC
  5. Vice City now back on Steam | RockstarNexus
  6. [GTA|NFS|MP|OTHER] Widescreen Fixes Pack - Page 51 - GTAForums
  7. SilentPatch - Page 125 - GTAForums
  8. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  9. [REL]Multi-sampling FIX - GTA Forums
  10. cant find 640x480 video mode :: Steam Community Discussions