Adam B. Vary
November 01, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST

CARJACKINGS, WHACK JOBS, HOOKERS — not exactly family-friendly fare. So why does the ”mature” Vice City look so much like the E-for-everyone-rated Super Mario Sunshine? — Adam B. Vary

GRAND THEFT AUTO: VICE CITY

Latest installment of top-selling adult franchise for Sony’s PlayStation 2.

Set in sun-drenched, epic-size city populated with Hawaiian-shirt-wearing citizens.

Italian-American antihero improves damaged rep and collects dough en route to final confrontation with crime boss.

Wipe out rival scum with the help of impressively large rocket launcher.

Ride around town on a flashy chopper and show off for the beautiful ladies.

SUPER MARIO SUNSHINE

Latest installment of top-selling kiddie franchise for Nintendo’s GameCube.

Set in sun-drenched, epic-size resort populated with hula-skirt-wearing citizens.

Vaguely Italian hero improves damaged rep and collects Shine Sprites en route to final confrontation with slimy boss.

Wash off scum from rivals with the help of impressively compact water cannon.

Ride around town on a colorful Yoshi and show off for the beautiful Princess.

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