Video Game: Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
The first of the two "Stories" games
in the Grand Theft Auto
series, which were both made for the PlayStation Portable
and later ported to PlayStation 2
. The story takes place in 1998, a few years before the events of III
, and follows a younger, slimmer Toni Cipriani's rise to power in the Leone crime family. And it's not easy. Things get messy, with uncooperative mayors and families from the Old Country wanting in on the action.
Tropes of this game:
- Accidental Misnaming: As Salvatore warms to Toni, he starts calling him "Anthony" out of endearment. He never does get it right.
- Affably Evil: Massimo Torini and Salvatore's uncle. "It was nothing personal."
- All Elections Are Serious Business: The Mafia-rigged mayoral race.
- Attack of the Political Ad: O'Donovan supports compulsory buggery, hates America, and will sell your childrens' organs.
- Ax-Crazy: Salvatore Leone shows traits of Ax Crazy by his paranoia.
- Toni himself is this in "Dead Meat".
- Back for the Dead: Avery Carrington.
- Bad Habits: The end of the Church missions, where you find out that the "priest" you spoke to is actually a reporter for the local newspaper that desperately wanted stories to cover.
- Battle in the Rain: A thunderstorm rolls in during the final lighthouse shootout.
- Beard of Sorrow: Donald Love has one after losing both the election and his empire.
- Blatant Lies: Mayor Donovan promises the ferries will continue running in the future.
- Broken Bridge: At the start of the game, the bridge to Staunton Island is still under construction (and remains so for the entire game — eventually, enough of the bridge is completed for you to drive across it), the drawbridge to Shoreside Vale is stuck in the "up" position (as it was in III), and the ferry between the three islands is closed due to a strike.
- Brooklyn Rage
- Call Forward: Salvatore's safehouse is the future site of the Triad Fish market. The Triads clear the land by detonating the existing building.
- Toni helps the Yakuza gain control of the casino, which is still mob-owned in this game.
- Ray Machowski is still an honest cop at this point, for which his partner Leon gives him no small amount of grief.
- Mayor Donovan assures us on the radio that his tunnel project won't put the ferry out of work.
- Donald Love 'acquires' Fort Staunton by blowing the existing neighborhood to bits.
- Cement Shoes
- Chainsaw Good: Taken even Up to Eleven when Toni gets ambushed by Vincenzo's hordes of chainsaw-wielding maniacs, hence mission's title is "The Portland Chainsaw Masquerade".
- Clark Kenting: "Lionel", the lawyer who visits Salvatore in prison. (AKA Toni wearing glasses).
- Confessional: The Church missions.
- The Comically Serious: Toni.
- Conspiracy Theorist: Salvatore Leone. It seems that the only person he doesn't distrust is Toni, and even then, he holds him at gunpoint once.
- Crapsack World: Liberty City. See below Evil Versus Evil.
- Darker and Edgier: Somewhat. Mainly because the level of cruelty in the game is quite high, even more than its predecessor. Several missions includes doing atrocious acts: bomb the area of a city (Fort Staunton), shoot up a university full of student activists(!), stealing corpses for Donald to munch on, dismember a man with an ax and then carrying his remains to a butchery, etc.
- Deadpan Snarker: Toni has his moments.
- Denser and Wackier: Rockstar, what have you done with Donald Love? And who is this David Cross soundalike who eats human torsos on a silver platter?
- Distressed Dude: Salvatore lands in more than his fair share of trouble, resulting in Toni constantly having to bail him out.
- The Don: Salvatore Leone.
- Elvis Impersonator: Toni himself, when wearing the "King" outfit that you win by completing the final mission. Although he doesn't imitate Elvis Presley as much as just dress like him.
- Paulie Sindacco, one of Toni's more prominent enemies, is definitely this trope.
- Evil Versus Evil: In case you have doubts, ALL the characters (protagonists, antagonists or minors) are villains, jerks or sociopaths, all. Toni is a ruthless and somewhat insane mobster who does not hesitate to commit atrocities for their own benefit or to satisfy their bosses, Salvatore is extremely vindictive and shows traits of paranoia and narcissism, and Donald is cannibal and corrupt.
- Flanderization: Maria is really shrill and ditzy here.
- Futureshadowing: This game runs on it. Perhaps most significantly, Salvatore's uncle mutters under his breath, "Every dog has day...", suggesting that the Leones' days are numbered. This indeed happens when Salvatore is later killed by Claude.
- Gayngster: Kazuki Kasen, to hear his wife tell it.
- Greaser Delinquents: The Sindacco Family, and also Dan Sucho from the mission "Greased Sucho"
- Guide Dang It: Like most other GTA games, many of the side quests, hidden package pickups, etc. are not immediately apparent.
- He Knows Too Much: Ned Burner's ultimate fate.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Clarification is given of what goes on at Donald Love's 'morgue parties'. See what we mean by weird?
- Insurmountable Waist-Height Fence: Toni can't climb, and often needs a car to give him a boost. Considering that the last GTA game averted this, it's rather annoying. Especially since many of the hidden packages are in high places, requiring you to get creative with vehicles to get them. One of them requires blowing up an entire section of the city.
- Jerkass: Almost all the characters, including Toni himself sometimes, but this is specially in the Toni's mother (until its redemption), J.D. O' Toole, Vincenzo Cilli and Paulie Sindacco.
- Karma Houdini: Toni Cipriani.
- Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club: Don't look at Toni, he's just "in the restaurant business."
- Let no Crisis Go to Waste: Ned Burner manipulates Toni into commiting several high-profile heists and murders all in the name of 'exclusive' reports.
- Lighthouse Point: The final battle.
- Mafia Princess: Maria, but stuck right in the middle of it.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Massimo Tori.
- Mayor Pain: R.C. Hole.
- Midlife Crisis Car: At one point, Salvatore Leone shows off a "fully loaded, top of the line" sports car to Toni. Maria, riding shotgun, humorously responds by claiming to "smell" Salvatore's mid-life crisis. The car is later found wrecked not far from where Salvatore showed it off.
- The Missingno.: Helicopters can be flown in LCS, they just aren't lying around. Through exhaustive effort, you can hijack one in midair during the "False Idols" mission. It can even be crammed into a garage.
- Mission Pack Sequel: While the controls are different from those of GTA III (similar to San Andreas), Liberty City is largely unchanged.
- Mob War: The Leones vs. The World, basically. Every rival family in the city and even their Sicilian precursors are gunning for them.
- Momma's Boy: Toni, and he's constantly trying to get her approval.
- The Nineties: The game is set in 1998, and while the late 90's atmosphere isn't as blatant as Vice City's take on the 80's, there are a lot of shout outs to the late 90's such as CD's, Y2K, and the early days of the Internet.
- Nothing Personal: Massimo Torini's last line. Salvatore disagrees.
- The Old Country: The Sicilian mafia.
- Outrun the Fireball: After detonating the bombs underneath Fort Staunton, Toni's van speeds out of an exploding subway entrance.
- Playing Both Sides: It's made clear early on that Massimo Tori is uniting the city's small-time gangs against the Leones.
- Prequel: To Grand Theft Auto III.
- Rags to Riches: Donald's (albeit temporary) fate after going bankrupt.
- Recycled In Space: The mission "Karmageddon" (the one given by Ned Burner, not the side-mission you can do after that) is similar with Vice City's "Messing with the Man", except WITH FIRETRUCK! Yeah, your main objective is to cause mayhem around the city and fulfill the "rating" meter by committing as many crime as possible while you're driving the firetruck like crazy to pass the mission. Both are also done for petty reasons: while "Messing with the Man" is done For the Evulz, "Karmageddon" is done for Going for the Big Scoop.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: J.D.
- She Who Must Not Be Seen: Ma Capriani.
- Sleazy Politician: They don't call him R.C. Hole because he's a great communicator.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Avery Carrington, poor old guy.
- Suicide Is Painless: Toshiko Kasen.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Early on Vincenzo asks why he's surrounded by idiots. Toni says "I don't know. Birds of a feather?"
- Unwitting Pawn: Toni being tricked into creating news stories for Ned Burner to 'scoop'.
- Villain Protagonist: Toni and Salvatore.