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Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is a sandbox-style action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and Rockstar Leeds. It is the ninth game in the Grand Theft Auto series. It was released for the PlayStation Portable in North America on October 25, 2005 and in the United Kingdommarker (UK) on November 4, 2005. The game was succeeded by Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.

A port for the PlayStation 2 was released on June 6, 2006 in North America, and June 22, 2006 in the UK and the rest of Europe. At the time of release, the recommended retail price of the PS2 port was around half the price of the PSP version. The PS2 port does not feature the custom soundtrack ripping capability, in comparison to its PSP counterpart. It was released on October 1, 2009 as a downloadable game on the revised PSP model PSP Go.


The ways to get from island to island have been tweaked. A ferry runs from Portland Island to Staunton Island, and the tunnel that connects the islands in Grand Theft Auto III has not yet been completed - only the section of the tunnel that runs from north Shoreside Vale to south Shoreside Vale is open. The Callahan Bridge (the bridge that was blown up at the beginning of Grand Theft Auto III) has also not been fully constructed yet. Only after the mission "Driving Mr. Leone", which occurs at around 19% completion, can the player actually traverse the bridge as its construction progresses.

In addition, motorcycles were previously permitted in the city. The official Liberty City Stories website reveals that motorbikes were banned by the turn of the 21st century, due to a public ordinance supported by the Maibatsu Corporation (which marketed the over-sized Maibatsu Monstrosity in GTA III) in order to promote the use of automobiles in the city. Though airplanes and helicopters can be found in Vice City, usable airplanes and helicopters cannot be found in Liberty City Stories, although a glitch to fly a helicopter has been discovered.


The PSP version of Liberty City Stories has a multiplayer mode, for up to six players through WiFi ad-hoc mode (same area). The game features seven modes of wireless multiplayer gaming, in which various pedestrian and character models from the single player mode are available as player avatars. Rockstar decided not to include these modes in the PlayStation 2 version.



The game is set in Liberty City (the same city featured in Grand Theft Auto III). However, it takes place in 1998, three years before the events of GTA III. Toni Cipriani is fresh back in the city after lying low for several years, having killed a made man as a favor for Don Salvatore Leone. The grateful Salvatore puts him straight back to work. During the course of Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, players can accept a variety of missions from many people, including Salvatore, Salvatore's wife Maria, JD O'Toole, wise guy Vincenzo "Vinnie" Cilli, and even Toni's own mother. Players may also accept missions from the "Avenging Angels", similar to the Guardian Angels, earning special vehicles and wardrobe rewards.

The game features a club named "Paulie's Revue Bar" which is later taken over by the Leone family and renamed "Sex Club Seven". In the PSP version, as in all subsequent versions than the beta version you cannot go in the club. Although Liberty City Stories is set in 1998, the introduction DVD for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas which takes place in 1992, shows the club as "Sex Club Seven". This is likely a continuity error as Liberty City Stories was not in development when the San Andreas introduction DVD was released. San Andreas' events lead up Grand Theft Auto III where the club was also named "Sex Club Seven".


The Story is set around Antonio "Toni" Cipriani who returns to Liberty City after a four year hiding after killing a made man. Toni is introduced to Vincenzo Cilli, Salvatore Leone's current Caporegime, and Vincenzo is tasked to give Toni some work. Toni dislikes Vincenzo, as Vincenzo acts like his "daddy" and keeps pushing him around.

Portland Storyline

The Portland Island Storyline is set around using JD O' Toole to weaken the Sindacco Family's influence in Portland, which includes destroying their strip club the Doll's House, stopping them from destroying the Leone Gaming House, and preventing them from killing Salvatore at a car crusher, who takes over the Red Light District and JD's Club. (Actually owned by Sindacco Don Paulie Sindacco) after Toni saves him from being crushed. Vincenzo then later betrays Toni after he is sent to pick up a sports car which turns out to be a Police Trap. After losing the police and parking outside Vincenzo's Garage, Toni gets a call from Vincenzo and Toni berates Vincenzo for setting him up, Vincenzo thinks of this setting him up as when he got Toni an apartment and a job. After the call, Toni crushes Vincenzo's Car to teach him never to mess with him again, after the crushing, Toni's Ma calls, and Toni visits her and it ends up with Toni having to prove to his Ma that he is a better son than various other men like a street racer named Sucho, and a prostitute buying deli owner named Giovanni Casa, both of whom Toni kills out of anger for his Ma comparing him to them. But fails to convince her of his loyalty as a son, and Ma sends a hit crew after him. After saving Salvatore from the police outside of JD's Club, Salvatore offers Toni some work, which involves around forcing the Union Boss Jane Hopper to reopen the ferry terminals and docks. When Toni sorts this all out, he gets a call from Salvatore's girlfriend Maria, who tells Toni to come see her. Maria gets Toni and herself into lots of trouble, like gaining the attention of a Portland Biker Gang after killing their leader Wayne after Wayne hits Maria, and robbing shops. Maria needs a drug called a Zap, to save her life, Maria believes the drug is at a Callahan Point Diner, then behind a trash can in Hepburn Heights, then back at her house, but it's actually at Salvatore's Mansion. Toni does a few more jobs for JD, which involves following a Sicilian Caporegime Massimo Torini around Portland who is meeting with the Triads and Diablos, to tell them to ruin the Leones in Portland. Then driving JD to be made in the Leone Family, but it turns out to be a murder, as Mickey Hamfists, Salvatore's Enforcer, shoots JD in the back of the head with a Pistol. Claiming that he was a rat and since he betrayed the Sindacco Family. Salvatore could never trust him, thinking the same thing would happen to him. Toni takes Mickey home and dumps the car containing a dead JD into the river. Toni gets a call from Vincenzo, who apologizes for being a jerk towards Toni and tells him to go to his warehouse, Toni arrives there, and Vincenzo calls to say that he is on a large tanker near the warehouse. Toni goes to the Tanker, only to discover it to be a trap. Leone Mobsters loyal to just Vincenzo, attack Toni with Chainsaws. Toni slaughters them, then kills a furious Vincenzo in a firefight. Toni flees Vincenzo's Tanker, then receives a call from Mr. Leone, who tells Toni to come back to his mansion. When arriving in Mr. Leone's Office, Toni is told to rescue some Leone Mobsters who have been caught in a violent firefight with the Diablos, a few Leone Wiseguys were killed before Toni arrived. Cipriani fends off the disturbing Puerto Rican Gangsters and saves the Leone's Red Light District Turf. Salvatore then needs another favor, he can only trust Toni to collect some money from his warehouse in Callahan Point, but the Liberty City Triads blow up the warehouse, which slaughters all Leone Warehouse Guards except Cipriani, now Cipriani must collect the remaining money and murder any Triads that get in his way, then get back to Salvatore's with the money. The final job in Portland involves getting Salvatore to the ferry terminal, and it is revealed the police are waiting for Salvatore there, Cipriani and Leone escape to the almost finished Callahan Bridge where they speed and jump over a ramp (Actually a bit of the Bridge's Road not lowered yet) and escape to a safehouse on Staunton Island, this triggers the Staunton Island Storyline.

Staunton Storyline

After settling in at his new safehouse, Toni receives a call from Salvatore, telling Toni to answer a payphone near the Courthouse. Toni goes to the payphone, answers it, and is told to assassinate Mayor Roger C. Hole, and steal his phone, so Salvatore can see who he has been talking to. After the assassination, Toni finds a letter on his Apartment's table written by Sal, saying that some of his men will arrive to pick up Toni soon. Toni later leaves his apartment and sees Salvatore's men, including Mickey Hamfists, who assassinated JD O' Toole during the Portland Storyline. Now nervous that he might be killed also, he greets Mickey nervously as he drives to the meet location. As it turns out, there is no setup, and Salvatore emerges from behing a wall, telling Toni that he is going to be made, which Toni's Ma has waited for a long time. After the ceremony, Sal, Mickey and the other goons take Toni home, and Salvatore tells Toni's Ma about the ceremony which leads to a proud phone call for Toni. Soon after he meets a man named Donald Love, who has come to the Leones in need of help starting a mayoral campagn in the city. The job is appointed to Toni, who earns Love much popularity, and even appeasing Love's rather vulger lifestyle of necrophelia, by bringing him corpses of those he killed in other jobs. But the public learns of Toni's ties to the Mafia, Donald's ties to Toni, and he loses the election. This left Love bankrupt and bitter against Toni, as he tells him that he blames his loss entirely on him. Toni later goes to confess his sins to a local pastor, who in turn has Toni do the Lord's dirty work. Toni later learns that the pastor is local newspaper reporter Ned Burner, and kills him. (also brings his corpse to Donald Love so he can violate it)
Shoreside Storyline

After completing all Staunton Missions, Toni receives a call from Salvatore, who mentions that he has been arrested and taken into police custody on Shoreside Vale where Toni gets some tasks to do from Salvatore while he's inside. After destroying a tank at a Yakuza weapons compound, he gets a phone call from Donald asking Tony to forgive him and work with him once again, and also gets a call from Toshiko Kasen, Kazuki Kasen's (The Yakuza Boss) wife. When Tony goes to a residence for hobos to meet the now messy Donald Love, Tony forgives Donald and they bring Donald's campaign back to life. After doing a few jobs for Donald, he goes to Toshiko, who wants him to weaken Kazuki's organization before he dies. After weakening the Yakuza, Toni checks on Toshiko, who reveals that Kazuki is coming to kill Toshiko and Toni soon. Toni decides to gun down Kazuki at his residence in Belleville Park (The Staunton Safehouse in GTA 3), after killing Kazuki's guards, Kazuki escapes to the Big Shot Casino in a helicopter, where Toni stabs and kills Kazuki in a sword duel. Toni takes Kazuki's sword to Toshiko, who then commits suicide. After that, Toni visits Donald at his mansion on Shoreside. After a large mob of Colombians try to kill him, Donald then escapes the city by jet. In the final mission, Salvatore refused a truce with the Sicilian Mob, and Sal wanted to visit the mayor about getting his charges dropped, but the Sicilians had already kidnapped him. So Salvatore and Toni go to the docks where they see Massimo Torini drive away with the mayor on a speedboat. Salvatore and Toni give chase, which ends when they all stop on Portland Rock. When the two reach the top, Torini is holding the mayor at gunpoint, and escapes to his helicopter that has just arrived. Toni destroys Torini's helicopter and takes the mayor to Sal's home for a meeting. They then go to Toni's mothers restaurant and Salvatore appoints Toni as his Caporegime and also awards him with $500,000.


As stated in an IGN preview, "Rockstar dropped Renderware in favor of a brand new in-house engine to best utilize the resolution, texture density and particle effects of the PSP". Until the release of Liberty City Stories, RenderWare had been the game engine behind every 3D GTA.

Liberty City Stories used Image Metrics for the game's facial animation.


Radio stations

Liberty City Stories features ten radio stations, which comprise a mix of both licensed music and tracks created specifically for the game. The ten radio stations are as follows:

Custom soundtracks

A special feature for the PSP version of the game is the ability to listen to custom soundtracks. Previously, only Grand Theft Auto games on the Xbox and PC were able to implement custom soundtracks. When Liberty City Stories was released, the custom soundtracks option was featured in the "Audio" section of the menu (by pressing Start in gameplay) but did not have any use.

A few days after release of the game, Rockstar placed the application called "Rockstar Custom Tracks v1.0" on the official site under the "Downloads" section. This then gave people the chance to use the custom soundtracks feature. The application is based on Exact Audio Copy.

In the application, songs from a CD are ripped, compressed, and converted to .Wav files that can be read by the game. Rockstar Custom Tracks (RCT) only allows the ripping of songs that are from a store-bought CD. However, fans have found a way to compress and convert MP3 files that are not burned onto CDs. The Custom Tracks are just .Wav files renamed to .gta. RCT can also look up and use the names from the Freedb server if there are no names for the song(s). There must be at least one save file in order for RCT to work. It is thought that this will be used for other games Rockstar will release on the PSP from the name. More details can be found in the PDF in the file downloaded from the official site.


The game received positive reviews, with a 9.0/10 from IGN. In the United States, the PlayStation 2 version of Liberty City Stories had sold 1 million copies by February 6, 2007; as of December 27, 2007, the PSP version has sold 1.83 million copies and the PS2 version has sold 1.32 million in the United States alone. As of March 26, 2008, Liberty City Stories has sold 8 million copies according to Take-Two Interactive.


  2. From the Rockstar Custom Tracks readme file: "Rockstar Custom Tracks was developed by Rockstar Leeds with the creator of Exact Audio Copy. Rockstar Custom Tracks has benefited enormously from the expertise of the author, Andre Wiethoff. Thanks Andre!"

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