Video Game: Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

aka: 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 grows steadily more paranoid as the events of the game progress.
    • Toni himself is this in "Dead Meat". Literally, with a meat axe.
  • 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 an army of chainsaw-wielding psychos sent in by Vincenzo, hence the Shout-Out mission name of "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. Given that the last guy he trusted betrayed him, robbed his casino and killed a dozen of his security guards on the way out...
  • 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 his own butcher shop, 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?
    "Humphries! Bring out the offal!"
  • 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, everybody (protagonists, antagonists or minors) is either a villain, jerk or sociopath. Toni is a ruthless and somewhat insane mobster who does not hesitate to commit atrocities for their own benefit or to satisfy their bosses or even earn his Ma's respect, Salvatore is extremely vindictive and shows traits of paranoia and narcissism, and Donald is a corrupt cannibal.
  • 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: Nearly everybody, including Toni himself sometimes, but especially his own mother, who constantly berates Toni for not being man enough or living up to his late father's reputation no matter what Toni does. This reaches its zenith when she calls a hit out on Toni, though eventually she calls it off once Toni gets made. And for other examples, J.D. O' Toole, Vincenzo Cilli and Paulie Sindacco.
  • Karma Houdini: Toni Cipriani, oh boy. Near end of game Toni blows up Fort Staunton to help with Love's land-grab, leading to the deaths of countless innocents. Most of the blame was put on the Forrelis for storing illegal weapons underground.
  • 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, smack 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 '90s: 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 Torini 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.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The mission "Hot Wheels" has Toni, having just evaded a police trap that Vincenzo conveniently forgot to tell him about, hit Vincenzo with a small but effective one of these while the latter rants about how, since he set Toni up with a safehouse and all that, he oughta be "grateful" to the stuck-up prick. Said speech also has a dash of Badass Boast about it.
    Toni: Oh yeah, I understand, Vinnie! I understand that as long as I work for you, I'm gonna get treated like a bitch! Well, I was taking scores while you were still looking up girls' skirts! Have your bitch job back, boss! I quit!
  • 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 A FIRETRUCK! Yeah, your main objective is to cause mayhem around the city and fulfill the "rating" meter by committing as many crimes as possible while behind the wheel of a firetruck, drivign crazy enough to complete 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?" Naturally, Cilli is not amused.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Toni being tricked into creating news stories for Ned Burner to 'scoop'.
  • Villain Protagonist: Toni and Salvatore.

Alternative Title(s):

Grand Theft Auto Liberty City Stories, Liberty City Stories