18
Dec
gta

Rockstar Games released the revolutionary Grand Theft Auto III in 2001, and they’re back again to blow minds with a 10 year anniversary mobile edition of the same game. If you’ve ever played GTA (and I know you have), then you already know how incredibly addictive the game is and how easy it is to play for hours on end without even thinking of stopping. The mobile edition is just the same - I’ve been playing it non-stop for the past day and I still can’t get enough.

First Things First

I should first mention that this game is currently only available for select phones and tablets. Check the game description on the Android Market to see if your device is one of the few listed. Interestingly enough, I own an unlisted phone and was able to download the game shortly after its release, so you may still be in luck if your device is not supported.

My MyTouch 4G seems to be running the game quite smoothly, so hopefully this list will be updated as more phones are tested. That being said, I do experience some choppy gameplay when a lot of action is going on at the same time.

Now, on to the review!

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Gameplay

As I stated before, the game runs pretty nicely on my phone, so I can only imagine that it would run exceptionally well on those devices which are officially supported. The graphics and UI are what you'd expect from Rockstar Games - fun, enticing, and easy to control. While the game seems to be a carbon copy of the console version, the visuals are a bit cleaner and more defined than I remember, which is incredible considering this is the mobile version.

Like all other GTA games, there is a set story to follow. You can either do missions pertaining to that story, or roam free and wreak havoc on the citizens of Liberty City. This game contains the same freedom we all love about titles in this genre and you’ll have no trouble immersing yourself in the dynamic gameplay it has to offer.

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I never get bored of driving around in stolen vehicles looking for trouble to get into. Fortunately, this game provides an unlimited supply of chaos that will keep you coming back for more. Just like the original, the gameplay is fast, exciting, and extremely addictive.

Controls

The button layouts provided in game are pretty interesting. When not in a vehicle, there is an analog stick on the left of the screen that controls character movement, and several other buttons on the right that control running, jumping, attacking, and other essential actions.

After entering a vehicle, the button layout changes. On the left side of the screen you have left and right arrow buttons that steer your vehicle, and on the right are some new action buttons that control acceleration, braking, and other things like drive-by shooting. Alternatively, there are several options that allow you to tweak the button scheme to fit your personal preference.

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Having last played this game on a console, it took some time to get comfortable using on-screen buttons. I wasn’t a big fan of the vehicle controls at first, but they became easier to use after a bit of driving around. In addition, I had some trouble getting used to controlling my character and mashing the attack button at the same time.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a game with an incredibly enthralling storyline, or just looking to kill some time, then GTA III: 10 Year Anniversary could be your new best friend. The gameplay is as addictive and stunning as the original with the added benefit of fitting right in your pocket.

My only complaint is that I began to get cramps in my hands after playing for a while. Then again, mobile games generally aren’t that great for marathon gaming. I suppose that’s a good thing, though, else I would probably still be playing now. In addition, I imagine that this game would be much better to play on a tablet due to more screen space. I know it’s a mobile version, but looking at a tiny phone screen for long periods of time is not that great.

Hit the link below to check it out for yourself. It’ll cost you $4.99, but it’s well worth the money in my opinion.

Brandon Lancaster
Brandon says he likes to live life on the edge. By that he means eating ice cream for breakfast and wearing house slippers to class. Aside from all of the ballsy action he partakes in, he's a mass communications student that spends much of his time studying or tinkering with his phone.

  • Dei

    Let us know when you figure out the cheat codes for unlimited ammo, no stars, etc. =)

  • OFI

    Good to see they've updated the compatibility list after all of the complaints.

    Cheeky way to test it on multiple devices though since many won't have been able to get a refund ;-)

    • Jon Garrett

      "updated" it?!?!? Ive been trying to get it installed on my Galaxy Tab 10.1 for 3 days now.

      I runs on my GS2, it will install and launch on my 10.1 but freezes.

      bought Sonic CD also and it wont finish downloading.

      • bk w/ bloody sauce

        fyi on the sonic, go to your wireless settings..menu advanced ...sleep policy..set it to never...then restart the download, it is slow but will finish after that.

  • Edd

    I'm absolutely loving this game - even tnhough it's a 10-year-old console game, for me this feels like the first fully-fledged Android game (I say that as someone whose purchased and played dozens of others), one in which I know I will keep going back to in the weeks/months ahead. It plays fantastically, and I'm tempted to hook my S2 up to a TV and get a bluetooth controller (I know... I could just dig out the old PS2...).

    My only wish is that other older games get the port. I would love Twisted Metal 2, Red Alert, and Metal Gear Solid to come to Android. I know I can use PSXandroid (and I have done for all these games), but a full port with touch controls would be ace!

    Anyway, congrats Rockstar, this is a great transition. I do have a sneaking hope/suspicion that an update will bring cheat-codes down the line (to answer Dei's question, there's no cheats just yet, although if you can be bothered you can mod the game files and use some PC files to get what you want).

  • adan

    It work well on my original Droid incredible just lags here and their sometimes.

  • OFI

    I would LOVE a C&C game!!

    Generals for me though :P

    • TareX

      Seconded.

      Horrible graphics on that GTA game btw. Definitely not dual-core optimized.

      • blackroseMD1

        Horrible graphics? What phone are you using? I'm running it on my Epic 4G Touch, and it looks fantastic, at least as good as the PS2 version. The graphics can get a bit choppy during cutscenes, but gameplay is smooth and beautiful.

  • Josh

    I loaded this onto my wife's Xperia Play and it runs great. I have an incredible, so I didn't want to try it without a controller. On her phone it's just like playing a playstation. There's also options in the menu to remap your control buttons. It runs smooth too. I haven't gotten 5 stars yet, but so far there's no lag. It's amazing how many load screens there are.

  • http://gametrender.net Gametrender

    Yup Xperia all the way, the only way to play games, my non cramped hands thank me for it!

    • Brandon Lancaster

      My cramped hands are hating me for not having a more ergonomic gaming phone.

      • Edd

        The problem with the Xperia is, when you're not playing games, you have to use the Xperia. (It's not a bad phone - I tyhink Sony just pee'd me off with their ridiculously poor pricing and release of old PS1 games).

  • Logan

    It runs very smoothly on my Galaxy Note. Considering it's pushing 3x the pixels of my old Desire HD, that's no mean feat.

  • LunchBokz

    Probably be FAOTD soon from Amazon. Hopefully cause I'm a cheapskate!

    • Brandon Lancaster

      I doubt it will be the free app of the day anytime soon. I can't see Rockstar opting in on that, especially with a game of this caliber.

  • http://mgamerzproductions.com Mgamerz

    Why are there like 12 versions by Rockstar? And why is my AT&T Motorola MB860 (Atrix) incompatable but my Motorola MB860 is? My Moto one is dead... but they are the same phone....
    Look at the market, and 'more apps by developer'. But don't look at 'all apps by them', as it only shows one... wtf??

    • Brandon Lancaster

      The several different versions of the game you are seeing are region specific releases. Not sure why Rockstar went that route when there are clearly better ways to release the same game in different countries. As for the incompatibility issue, I can't say for sure why one phone is compatible and the other isn't. Hopefully the list will be updated soon with more devices.

  • Blizzard22

    Boat missions are unplayable on Atrix because the touchscreen have a "feature" who stops recognize your fingers after 10+ seconds.
    And german user have to buy the stupid cut version.
    No blood, no punching people on the ground.
    And no extra missions where you have to cause terror.
    I've switched the Apk and changed the download file from "gtager" to "gta".

    • Brandon Lancaster

      Wow, that's an unfortunate limitation. I've just done some research and can't find a fix to the touch timeout issue. I would imagine there should be one by now.

      It's also unfortunate that German players have to play the censored version. There are region specific laws and limitations that Rockstar has to follow, though.

  • Sam

    Now my Inspire/DHD is not compatible? I see many reviews who have the same device.?? Will they get updates??

    Should I change build.prop to Atrix or Rezound and then try to purchase???

  • NTTD

    Looks great, runs well on HP Touchpad running CM7 3.x. Wow never expected to get this kind of gaming experience on a tablet!

  • Don

    If I buy it on my Galaxy S2 will I be able to play this also on my Galaxy Tab? Or will I have to pay again to play on my 2 devices? I use the same google account for both.

    • PiratebayIsYourFriend

      Just download it from a torrent site, much easier. But remember to scan for viruses.

  • Zach

    WE need it on the DROID RAZR!

  • Tony

    I love this game. I was excited to here that it was releasing, I even counted the days to it. I own a Pantech Breakout, and it runs great. I was told not to download it because my phone wasn't listed as compatible. I took a chance and now I'm more than happy. When does Vice City and San Andreas release?

  • rob

    how did you get it on your mytouch 4g? it doesnt even show up on the market for me.

  • brooklyn

    It works great on the Droid razr! Im trying to figure out how to use gamekeyboard for cheats

  • Quirubin30

    can somebody pls tell me how to put the cheats on my mobile gs2? cant see the keyboard. i beg you guys. quirubin30@yahoo.com.. email me pls. tnx

  • http://www.facebook.com/reynald.prabha.9 Reynald Prabha

    can run this game on galmin 2,,??

  • strider_mt2k

    I have it installed on my Droid Bionic and it runs very well.
    Picked it up for 99 cents on sale!
    Needless to say it rocks on the Toshiba Excite 10 AT300 tablet also.

  • George Dietrich II

    Samsung Galaxy SII works AWESOME !!!!