Firstly, Games Radar have tonight put up their review of Vice City Stories and are the first website to do so. It actually seems like quite a negative review, which is surprising based on what we've heard from other websites. The first page of the review talks about the "retarded AI" and "constant loading" being some of the game's main flaws. The next page of the review thankfully shows VCS in a better light, the humour and certain missions caught the eye of the reviewer.
Games Radar give Vice City Stories an 8 / 10 - exactly the same as they gave Liberty City Stories last year.
Second of all, UK gaming magazine PSM3 is available to subscribers today. It features a very in-depth review of the game. Like Games Radar, PSM3 also picked up on the same negative points, complaining about the loading times, and the fact Vic can't swim for very long without dying. Another point about swimming was that there are apparently few places where you can actually get out of the water, again, made more frustrating as you then die and have to sit through a load screen. Finally, PSM3 top off the negativeness by saying that the original Vice City was better than Vice City Stories.
Moving on to the positives of the game. PSM3 say the soundtrack is excellent and one of the best out of the GTA games so far. They also mention being able to fly "your own private Gyrocopter," which I'm sure will be very interesting.
PSM3 gave Vice City Stories 91/100, and when considering how much emphasis was put on the negative points this is an amazing score. Obviously the fact it's Grand Theft Auto somehow gives it that all round great game to play feeling.
Link: Games Radar Review