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GRAND THEFT AUTO 3 [IOS] – REVIEW (88%)

24 Dec

Grand Theft Auto 3 (10 year anniversary) is a 3D driving adventure game released by Rockstar Games.

“Rockstar Games celebrates the 10th anniversary of one of the most influential games of all time. The critically acclaimed blockbuster Grand Theft Auto III comes to mobile devices, bringing to life the dark and seedy underworld of Liberty City. With a massive and diverse open world, a wild cast of characters from every walk of life and the freedom to explore at will, Grand Theft Auto III puts the dark, intriguing and ruthless world of crime at your fingertips.”

Grand Theft Auto (G.T.A.) finally makes a true console conversion appearance on iOS and fans of the series will not be disappointed as the whole game is here in all its glory.

The game is basically a mission based 3D adventure. You can follow the missions if you wish or just explore the Liberty city doing what you like. The missions are normally simple and often take five or ten minutes to complete, often less than this, especially the early ones.

Gameloft released Gangstar Rio: City of Saints earlier this year, and the Gangstar games are really clones of GTA, so how well does GTA3 stand up to the best of its touch screen clones? Well, generally the game play is very similar and graphics are on par. However, this the original and fans of Liberty city will be glad of this mobile outing.

This game has a very adult feel, like the original and has not been toned down for the mobile market and as such is rated as 17.

Gameplay wise, the game runs very well on the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S, on lower spec devices, the game is still good, but the gameplay suffers from more pop up as cars and graphics down grading. It is a shame that iPad 1 and older device owners will get a toned down experience.

The game offers virtual joystick and virtual buttons in the walking areas of the game, and these work as expected. The driving has several options, but the left and right virtual buttons default worked fine for me. There are even options to re-configure the layout of the buttons, as they can be a little close for some players.

The sound and presentation are very good with an excellent sound track and voice acting. The graphics are good, however even on the high spec devices there is still some of the “pop up” issues when driving at top speed, but they do not detracted from the game. If you remember the original, the newer devices do them justice, older devices make them feel a little dumbed down.

On the upside:

  • A great conversion of a classic.
  • Liberty City is large, with lots of missions to do.
  • Lots of vehicles to find and use.

On the downside:

  • Driving can be a lot tougher on lower spec devices.
  • Pop up and graphic clipping on lower spec devices.
  • Can crash on lower spec devices in low on memory. Reboot before you play.

Overall, if you like the G.T.A. games on the consoles and have a newer device this is a must have, for those with older devices should be prepared for graphics that are less than perfect and to drive slower to survive. Hopefully the developers will release a patch soon to improve performance on lower spec devices, but for iPad2 and iPhone 4S device owners it is what they expect from GTA.

Rating: 88%

Size: 462 MB (689 MB installed)

Price (at time of review): £1.99

Link: Grand Theft Auto 3 – Rockstar Games

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Posted by on December 24, 2011 in Game - Arcade, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews

 

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