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Android App Video Review: Grand Theft Auto III

by Andrew Koziara

A decade after Grand Theft Auto III was unleashed upon the world, forever changing the landscape of virtual sandboxes everywhere; we get to enjoy it all over again in this official Android release. Revisit Liberty City, climb the crime ladders, and go on killing sprees of glee once again in this full port of the PS2 classic.

After a series of unfortunate events leaves you, the nameless silent protagonist, in prison, you are broken out and have to start your life anew in Liberty City, a place heavily inspired by New York City. Take low level assassination and escort missions from the mafia, triads, and various other gangs as you gain more influence and power. The entire plot, as well as the various side missions and vehicle based mini games (i.e. The Taxi, Ambulance, and Vigilante missions) are all intact here. In fact, the only thing missing are the glorious cheat codes. This game just isn’t the same without the ability to summon a massive arsenal of infinite ammunition weapons before jumping into a Rhino tank and seeing how long you can survive.

Although, the Android version is compatible with various types of gamepads, so there may yet be hope. If you don’t have a compatible gamepad, then never fear, the good old touch screen controls are well done too. I mean, they’re easily the weakest aspect of this port, but they work well for the most part. They might just take some getting used to, is all. The screen is just littered with virtual buttons, but even on smaller screens, it doesn’t feel too cluttered. You can adjust various aspects of the controls, such as sensitivity, in the options menu, and you can even rearrange every button any way you see fit. My major gripe with the controls is when it comes to shooting. The auto targeting is clunky and hard to manage, and will likely kill you often in the game’s more harrowing firefights.

The graphics, while a bit dated, still look great. The sound design, and not to mention the soundtrack featured on the many iconic and memorable fictional radio stations are also fantastic, and there’s something for everyone. This game redefined open world games for a generation, and it’s just as fun now as it was then. Whether you want to enjoy the satirical stereotype filled story or just roam around violently exploring, it’s all a blast. People are having issues on specific devices, so research a bit before you buy, but otherwise, you can and definitely should download this app for only five dollars. Get to it.

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