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Empire Building plays an important role in Victor Vance's story. It is a combination of Vice City's assets and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas' "turf wars" systems. Properties are combined with gang territories as well as act as the player's save point.
The main objective with Empire Building is to raise the player's image within Vice City in 1984. In order to make money, the player must open and operate various businesses on property taken over from enemy gangs. This means having to destroy rival Empire Buildings to decrease competition, and buying the leftover land to build up your own Empire Business. More Empire Buildings with high-class businesses means that the player receives a larger revenue which allows the player to easily buy or upgrade their own Empire Buildings or use the money to their leisure.
To initiate an attack on another gang's territory, the player must destroy the gang car parked outside. Attacks on buildings require combat both indoor and outdoor. If the player is able to successfully eradicate the rival business and gang members and damage the building, it will then go up for sale. The player can then purchase the property and set up one of six businesses at the site. These include protection racket, loan shark, prostitution, drugs, smuggling and robbery. The location of a territory in the city will determine the business' success. For example, a smuggling business will perform better when located near the docks or airport than it would if in a residential district. Construction on a business will require two in-game days before completion. Once a business has opened, it will be able to earn the player money, and will additionally, act as a save point.
The businesses themselves will be split into three categories - small-time, medium venture and high-roller, each of which will require an increased amount of investment to provide staff and resources. for the protection racket the prices are $1500 for small-time, $2900 for medium venture and $4400 for high-roller, for loan shark the prices are $2000 for small-time, $3900 for medium venture and $5800 for high-roller, for prostitution the prices are $3000 for small-time, $5900 for medium venture and $8800 for high roller, for drugs the prices are 4500 for small-time, $8900 for medium venture and $13300 for high-roller, for smuggling the prices are $5000 for small-time, $9900 for medium venture and $14800 for high-roller, for robbery the prices are $6000 for small-time, $11900 for medium venture and $17800 for high roller. It is possible for a business to be attacked by rivals, sometimes the past occupants. Accordingly, the player is given the option to hire and arm bodyguards to protect the territory. Employees can be recruited in a similar way that gang members are recruited in San Andreas. Each business has its own strand of missions which can be completed in order to improve the business in terms of how much money it makes and cause your respect in the type of business you are improving to increase.
Starting an Empire
Taking Over an Empire Building
To control a larger majority of Vice City's Empire Building, the player must take over rival Empire Buildings.
To initiate an Empire Takeover on another gang's territory, the player must destroy the gang car parked outside. Once destroyed, attacks on buildings requires both indoor and outdoor combat, with waves of rival's defending the area. The player must eradicate every single enemy outside before being able to enter and clean out the Empire Building they wish to take over as their own. If the player is able to successfully eradicate the rival business and gang members, it will then go up for sale. The player will have the choice to buy the land and build their own property over the wreckage of the remaining site.
After buying the land, the player can then purchase set up one of six businesses at the site.
Empire Building Businesses
Empire Building is based upon 6 different modes which will earn the player different amounts of money, depending on the area they are located and how well the player has contributed to them.
These businesses include:
- Protection Racket - Extorting businesses and protecting other businesses.
- Loan Sharks - Repossessing vehicles and returning them back to the player's Empire Building.
- Prostitution - Escorting prostitutes to their Clients and protecting them against rival pimps.
- Drugs - Obtaining and transporting drugs to the player's Empire Business as well as dealing them among other drug dealers.
- Smuggling - Collect illegal shipments of certain products from places such as the Airport or Docks and returning them back the Empire Building.
- Robbery - Collecting certain briefcases or Securicars and taking them back to the player's Empire Building to collect the earnings.
It is stated in the game that construction on a business will require two in-game days before completion, but in practice this is not the case. Once a business has opened, it will be able to earn the player money and act as a save point for the time it is the player's property.
The location of a territory in the city will determine the business' success. For example, a smuggling business will perform more efficiently when located near the docks or airport than it would if in a residential district. A Protecting Racket business would also work more efficiently if located within the inner part of city, being able to access stores more easily and faster.
The businesses themselves will be split into three categories - low, middle and high, each of which will require an increased amount of investment to provide staff and resources.
It is possible for a business to be attacked by rivals, most likely the past occupants. The more businesses from certain rivals that you take over, the more they will dislike you, and increasingly attack the player's own firms, or try to take back their previous territory.
If you fail to defend your business, it will suffer damage(which can occur by not reaching it in time.) Saving, or starting another mission will cause the attack to end. On the other hand if you are wasted while defending your business no damage will occur. Once all rival gangs businesses have been taken over, they will stop attacking. The player can hire gang members to help protect the business and save the trouble of rushing over and defending the area themselves. Employees can be recruited in a similar way that gang members are recruited in San Andreas, by pressing the "UP" button.
Empire Building Revenue
Different businesses cost different amounts, and the more expensive the business the more it returns.
|Business||Small Time (cost, return)||Medium Venture (cost, return)||High-Roller (cost, return)|
|Protection Racket||$1500||$2900||$4400, $300|
|Loan Shark||$2000||$3900||$5800, $600|
All returns are based on no missions being completed for that type of business, or the maximum and minimum revenues from that particular business.