I wasn’t one of the guy who latched onto the Grand Theft Auto series when it first hit big in the late 1990s. Instead, I came along in 2002 when Grand Theft Auto: Vice City first was released, and I burned away my 20s trying to get 100% completion on the console title as well as all of its sequels (and eventually, GTA: III). Man did I love that game.
But the GTA series on iOS has been a bit more finicky for me. GTA: III was too difficult to control, and I never saw the appeal in Chinatown Wars. At the time, I chalked it up to my awkwardness with a virtual controller combined with a faulty UI, but Rockstar promised that all that went away with the 10-year anniversary release of GTA: Vice City on iOS. Did they succeed in making the classic game fun to play on a touchscreen device, or is it just more of the same? Let’s find out after the jump. (more…)
If you were looking to find me 10 years ago, chance were you’d see me in the living room of my home, furiously mashing the buttons on my Playstation 2 while playing Grand Theft Auto III. I didn’t really like the series at first, but like many other gamers out there, I soon became hooked and the world of Grand Theft Auto became my addiction. I followed GTA III with Vice City, then San Andreas and on into the next wave of consoles. I love this series really, that’s the point I’m getting at here, so when I found out it was coming to the iPhone and iPad, I couldn’t have been more excited.
Then I downloaded the game, and it was all that I had hoped for. There it was, the full version of Grand Theft Auto III in my hands! But then I started playing it and well, let’s talk about it after the break.
iPhone versions of popular video games tend not to go down too well. They struggle to make effective use of the touchscreen is often riddled with bugs as developers rush to get the games out for the sake of a few extra sales, often resulting in joyless ‘games’ unleashed on the unsuspecting public (I’m looking at you EA).
From a personal point of view, this had led me to shy away from buying big name games for the iPhone. However, with the release of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (CTW) I put all previous problems to the back of my mind and shelled out the ridiculously cheap $9.99 (£5.99) for Rockstar’s latest game.