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GTA Vice City: How to escape the police easily

GTA Vice City: How to escape the police easily
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The police in the Grand Theft Auto series constantly hinders your rise to the top of the criminal underworld. Sometimes they'll hand over to the FBI or even the Army, so you'll need to be ready to escape. This guide helps you get away cleanly in GTA: Vice City.

The police in GTA: Vice City are your barrier to criminal domination, stopping at nothing to punish your every transgression. 

From basic assaults in the streets to murder and mayhem, most actions will be keenly observed by the boys in blue. Fail to stop, and your wanted level will increase to the point that your survival will become increasingly more difficult. 

We've put together this primer to the police in Vice City, including the best ways to escape the heat.

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Wanted Level: The Basics

The amount of attention you have in Vice City is based on your Wanted Level. Ranging from one star to six stars, it determines just who will pursue you around the neon-bathed streets of the city.

Punch someone in the street while a policeman is near, for example, will net you a one-star wanted level, enough for that copper to give chase. However, committing more serious crimes (or entering no-go zonees) could see your level rise rapidly, until you face roadblocks, and are pursued by SWAT, the FBI, or even the military and all their might.

Where it gets complicated is that, generally, to escape the police you have to... kill the police. This only serves to increase your wanted level until you end up getting arrested or wasted. However, there's no need to panic, as there are several effective ways to avoid that fate.

GTA: Vice City
GTA: Vice City

What happens if I'm caught?

If you do happen to be caught, and not killed, it's not game over.

You'll be released from the nearest police station six hours (in-game) after your arrest, minus all your weapons and a chunk of cash. You can also say goodbye to body armor, if you had some.

Any current mission you were on will have failed, so you'll need to head back to the source to start again.

How to reduce your Wanted Level

The best way to escape the police is through sheer speed. As such, you'll want a fast car with good handling. The best car in the game is typically the Banshee, but they are rare. Other commonly found sports cars include the Infernus (looks like a Lamborghini), or the Cheetah (looks like a Corvette).

Losing a one-star wanted level is easy. Just drive calmly, avoiding police and crime for a short while.

For 2-3 star wanted levels, just find a quiet alley or other secluded spot to hide in. The wanted level will reduce automatically with the passage of time.

Completing a mission always reduces your current wanted level to zero, whether a scripted police chase related to the mission, or the result of collateral damage during its completion.

Another option is to enter a Pay 'n' Spray with a vehicle other than those of the emergency services (police, ambulance, firefighter, SWAT, etc.).

Finally, you can use a cheat code to instantly reduce your wanted level to zero. It may not be right, but it's effective. Conversely, if you're a glutton for punishment or a thrill-seeker, you can also use cheat codes to increase your wanted level.

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