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If you haven't played Gangstar Rio, it's basically Gameloft's attempt to recreate a popular existing franchise. That describes about 95% of Gameloft's app library (I'll stop teasing them when they start having ideas of their own), but in this case, it's a riff on Grand Theft Auto, Saints Row, and the rest of the open-world crime genre. The sequel, Gangstar Vegas, was just published in the Play Store. Seven bucks gets you a bigger, better crime simulator, assuming your device is compatible and you've got a whopping 2.5GB of free space.

As the title implies, the new game moves the crime-driven story to Las Vegas, or at least simulacrum of the entertainment capital of the world. The story follows an ex-MMA fighter who gets on the wrong side of a few gangsters, and has to resort to various driver jobs, heists, and grizzly acts of violence to get by. In a rare show of the story actually affecting the gameplay, your character uses his MMA skills for some punishing hand-to-hand combat while on foot. Of course, there's nothing stopping you from using good old-fashioned lead or a handy cement truck (the gentleman's weapon) to dispatch your foes.

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The game's play area is nine times larger than Gangstar Rio, with some familiar, off-brand Vegas casino landmarks all along the strip. The buildings from the screenshots look like The Berragio, Nero's Palace, The Luxxor, et cetera. Graphics are pretty good, though the huge nature of sandbox games is limiting in that respect - I'd say they're a bit better than the original Xbox, with the popular Havok engine handling game physics. In addition to the standard open-world carnage and achievements, you can kick back with a series of casino mini-games. Gangstar Vegas features full voice-over and a soundtrack from Skrillex, Kavinsky, and Chromatics, among others.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
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  • Mothreja Jay

    i USED TO LOVE THOSE OLD GAMELOFT DAYS, WHEN THEY USED TO PORT UBI GAMES TO MOBILES. THEY BASICALLY ARE A PART OF UBISOFT, SO WHY DON'T THEY JUST PORT UPCOMING GAMES, IT DOESN'T REQUIRE A BRAIN. So much for emphasis.

    • millwork help

      +1

  • RockAndRock

    OMG ! Too expensive !

    • hyperbolic

      Trolololo

  • millwork help

    Gameloft needs a change of leadership, or a merger... or anthrax in the air conditioning ducts...

  • RaptorOO7

    Looks cool, but having to wait for it makes me say NO THANK YOU!. Either release at the same time or don't bother at all.

  • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

    Good attempt, but needs performance tweaking...AND LESS SCRIPTED STUFF...seriously, 20++ minutes of nonsense before you even get to the sandbox part of the game

  • kerador

    I Don't Why My Sony Xperia Z Ultra cannot play gangstar vegas after the gameloft logo I get crash but I follow the instructions how to put those file already & also buy the original from the playstore I get the same result. Anyway I see someone post youtube their sony xperia z ultra can play gangstar vegas but my phone cannot play...

    Can someone help me????

    • anonymous12

      Me too..

  • forty

    fuck u games

  • Bill Reid

    Gameloft please add invert-aiming for those of us who need it!!

  • yo

    gangstar games are a lot better then gtas for mobile