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Before the release of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, there were features that were removed from the final product. These changes range from deleted vehicles and player skins to the removal of entire characters and mission strands.
- Bryan Forbes originally had a moustache.
- Lance Vance is shown wearing his outfit from the beginning of the game instead of his blue soiree suit on certain missions such as Burning Bridges, Blitzkrieg Strikes Again and Last Stand as seen on the 1st and 2nd trailer.
- In a very early screenshot, Victor Vance has a different appearance, like with hair on his head and a tattoo on his upper right arm.
- In the first trailer, Louise Cassidy-Williams originally had black hair with a different hairstyle instead of brown hair.
- Victor Vance originally had much lighter skin tone and looked more like his brother and himself in Vice City. His beta model can be found inside game files.
- Armando Mendez's fate was not in the mission Light My Pyre. Instead, he was to survive his encounter with Vic Vance and subsequently being killed along his brother Diego and Sergeant Jerry Martinez in Last Stand.
- The tear gas was cut again, but it can be seen in the Ammu-Nation store, however, the player is unable to buy it.
- The cell phone was cut but its HUD remains, only seen in cutscenes.
- The Land Mine was cut but can be spawned through Cheat Device.
- Some cars from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City such as FBI Rancher and VCN Maverick were unused and can be spawned through cheat devices.
- A car named Evidence was intended to appear, as seen in the GXT files.
- An unnamed motorcycle that can be seen in some screenshots was removed from the game for unknown reasons.
- A boat called Ambassador was deleted. It was still listed in the BradyGames Guide but its picture was accidently replaced by the Speeder.
- According to screenshots, there was going to be a mission where Bryan and Vic were attacked by the Mendez Cartel, but there is no mission related to that screenshot.
- In the mission, Last Stand, Vic also had to kill Armando Mendez, not just Jerry Martinez and Diego Mendez.
- In a trailer, a scene in Jive Drive was shown, where Lance and Vic jumped the last ramp. Instead of a red Stinger, it was a maroon Stallion being driven.
- The casual clothes were originally yellow and light blue.
- The Army Fatigues originally read "USMC" on the shirt, meaning that originally, Vic would join the Marines instead of the army.
- The Wetsuit was originally blue.
- Victor wore the Pastel Suit in the mission D.I.V.O.R.C.E. even though it is not unlocked until Brawn of the Dead.
- Victor wore the Cuban Style in the mission Got Protection? even though the Cuban Outfit is unlocked after completing all of Umberto's missions which is after killing Marty Jay Williams.
- Ionic Real Estate was supposed to be called Mpirian Real Estate as seen on Rockstar's official website on the news article called "Criminals building empires, investing in city infrastructure.".