Miami Vice Review (PC)
Miami Vice is based on the 80’s show of the same name. However, rather than doing any amount of justice to the adventures of Tubbs and Crocket, it absolutely fails on every level. It is sold at a reduced price, but that shouldn’t give you any reason at all to pick this garbage up. The game was released on the XBOX, PS2, and PC. They obviously used the lowest common denominator, though that denominator was seemingly the Playstation 1.
The graphics resemble a somewhat anti-aliased Playstation 1 game. The textures are repeated often and are very bland. The character models are decent, but have a pretty low polygon count. The guns that you pick up are rendered in a low polygon count and look unspectacular. Some are even mislabeled, such as the M16 they label as a “sub-machine gun”.
The gameplay is simply the worst part of the game. First of all, even on the PC, there is no option to change the key configuration to your liking. There are two premade configurations, but this is clearly the markings of a lazy PC port. It is even clearer because there is no actual aiming in this game, rather there is a crappy auto-aim system. Why this would be needed on the PC is anyone’s guess. You press the right mouse button, which locks onto a target, and you have to keep that pressed down as you press the left mouse button, so that you can shoot. The worst part of it all is that when you press down the right mouse button and there are no targets nearby, you spin. This adds even more frustration to the already annoying camera, which usually focuses on the back of your character, but will randomly switch to angles that are looking down on him, creating a moment of unnecessary confusion.
In conclusion, there is no reason to buy this game, even if you are a rabid fan of the show. Even at the budget price, it’s not worth your time or money. If you do for some reason buy this game, you’ll blow through the 14 missions in three hours or less.
Miami Vice Movie Trailer
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