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.
Good Mac gaming news like this doesn't come along every day, folks, so cherish this. Word has reached our ears that Grand Theft Auto III will be in the Mac App Store today, and that its sequels (Vice City and San Andreas) will follow shortly.