First released in 2004 for the PlayStation 2, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas still ranks among the biggest, most ambitious, and most impressive games ever made. With an open game world that spans three distinct cities and miles of open countryside in between, it tells a story that starts with petty gang wars in a facsimile of early '90s L.A., and eventually balloons to include government conspiracies, jetpacks, and massive casino heists that lead to absurd wealth. The idea that it's now playable on our phones is a little mind-blowing — and yet here it is, without visible sacrifice or compromise, looking, sounding, and playing just like we remember. Well, almost.
As we near the holidays, the App Store is unsurprisingly being flooded with big-name releases, including Angry Birds Go!, The Room Two, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga. However, a couple of promising under-the-radar entries — like Fiz: The Brewery Management Game and AntiSquad —could prove to be just as interesting picks this week.
Grand Theft Auto V is out on gaming consoles tomorrow, and it's apparently an unqualified hit: it's currently sitting on a stunning 98 rating for Xbox 360 and a 97 for Sony's PS3 on Metacritic. Sadly, a Mac version isn't currently on the radar (or a PC version, for that matter), but if you'd still like to interact with the game through your iDevice, you can do so via an app that developer Rockstar made just for iOS.
Like its predecessors, Gangstar Vegas takes many of its cues from popular open-world action games like Grand Theft Auto and Saints Row, offering plenty of story-driven missions and a large setting to explore. As such, you can expect to drive around in stolen cars, engage in gunfights with random thugs, and perhaps even run over a pedestrian or two. It may not win any awards for innovation or originality, but this robust copycat offers plenty of pick-up-and-play entertainment if you can overcome its unreliable controls.
Grand Theft Auto III was arguably the most influential game of the early ‘00s, ushering in a new age of huge open worlds and criminal anti-heroes, and its release on iOS earlier this year was a pretty significant achievement for mobile gaming. Where GTAIII pioneered, however, its sequels refined and perfected – and just as it did 10 years ago, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City improves on its trailblazing predecessor in nearly every imaginable way.
Early this year, Rockstar Games brought Grand Theft Auto III to iOS devices to celebrate the game's ten-year anniversary (wow, time flies). At the time, the developer had also announced plans to bring further sequels in the franchise to our Apple devices. Today, we're headed back to the '80s with Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
Rockstar Games' seminal open-world crime game arrives on the iPhone and iPad in this touch-enabled 10th anniversary re-release, which serves up the original go-anywhere, do-anything action experience for a cool five bucks.
You gotta love gaming news for the Mac. There's no doubting the popularity of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto Series. Well apparently the company is planning to expand their hit series to the Mac according to their Facebook page.
It's no secret--we've got a whole lotta love for Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars for the iPhone, so much so that when we reviewed it back in January, we had no choice but to prop it up with a coveted Editor's Choice Award. Playing the iPhone version of the game, it's easy to lose track of time thanks to the GTA Chinatown Wars' user-friendly controls, awesome cell shaded graphics and excellent missions and storyline. To put it bluntly, being a drug dealing scumbag has never been more fun.
While the more recent Grand Theft Auto videogames all focus on expansive 3D worlds, GTA: Chinatown Wars steps back in time to the series’ 2D roots. Surprisingly enough--and in spite of its forgettable narrative--it’s more refreshing and brilliant than we ever would’ve imagined.