Grand Theft Auto: ViceCity for Android – Review

On January 3, 2013

App Type: Android

Grand Theft Auto: ViceCity for Android – Review

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By: Rockstar Games

Version #: 1.03

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Developer: Rockstar Games

Price: 4.99

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When Grand Theft Auto 3 came out last year on handheld devices, it in many ways marked the rise of iOS and Android as serious gaming platforms. By bringing a visually-enhanced version of one of the most-loved games of all time to the palms of people’s hands, it proved that the formats are here to compete with dedicated handheld gaming consoles like the 3DS and PS Vita.

Now, a year later, and it’s the tenth anniversary of Vice City, which is regarded by some (presumably fans of Scarface, Miami Vice and 80s music) to be the finest game of the GTA III series. You take control of mob hard man Tommy Vercetti, as he aims to establish himself as a key player on Vice City’s crime scene.

The game looks beautiful, with adjustable settings on Android allowing players to adjust the game to run well in accordance with their device (my HTC One X can run it maxed out without problems). The neon pink signs and clean white buildings of Vice City never looked so good, and it’s a joy to return to this theme park of a city after all these years.

Controls have always been an iffy one with relatively advanced games like this, but Vice City improves on GTA III, mainly by allowing you to tap the targets on the screen that you want to shoot at. The driving controls feel good, but there should really more flexibility with repositioning buttons and resizing them for those of us with less graceful fingers.

I’ve experienced very few glitches so far in Vice City, with only the occasional wall being mysteriously porous, allowing players to walk through it.

Ten years on, Vice City’s storyline, characters, and sheer scale of fun things to do remains as sharp as ever. Furthermore, there are few games where you genuinely plug in your headphones so that you can get immersed in the brilliant soundtrack, which will make you nostalgic for the eighties, even if you weren’t born in the era.

Vice City, despite its age, is one of the best examples of a game combining great storytelling with sheer silly fun. No sandbox Gameloft offering can compare to Rockstar’s veteran offering.

Read the Developer's Notes:
Welcome back to Vice City. Welcome back to the 1980s.

From the decade of big hair, excess and pastel suits comes a story of one man's rise to the top of the criminal pile. Vice City, a huge urban sprawl ranging from the beach to the swamps and the glitz to the ghetto, was one of the most varied, complete and alive digital cities ever created. Combining open-world gameplay with a character driven narrative, you arrive in a town brimming with delights and degradation and given the opportunity to take it over as you choose.

To celebrate its 10 year anniversary, Rockstar Games brings Grand Theft Auto: Vice City to mobile devices with high-resolution graphics, updated controls and a host of new features including:

• Beautifully updated graphics, character models and lighting effects
• New, precisely tailored firing and targeting options
• Custom controls with a fully customizable layout
• Massive campaign with countless hours of gameplay
• Compatible with the MoGa Wireless Game Controller and select USB gamepads
• Integrated with Immersion tactile effects
• Tailor your visual experience with adjustable graphic settings

Languages Supported: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Korean, Russian, and Japanese.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is now available on:
Android Phones: Motorola Atrix, Motorola Atrix HD, Motorola Atrix 4G, Motorola Photon, HTC Rezound, HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy R, Samsung Epic 4G, Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy S3, Google Nexus 4, Sony Ericsson Arc HD, Sony Xperia Nozomi, Sony Xperia Play, Sony Xperia Sola, Sony Xperia S / P / T & TL, Sony Walkman Z Series Media Player

Android Tablets: Acer Iconia, Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, Asus Transformer Pad TF300T, Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 700, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 / 7.7 / 8.9 & 10.1, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Sony Tablet S, Sony Tablet P, Sony Xperia Tablet S, Toshiba Thrive, Toshiba Regza, Google Nexus 7, Google Nexus 10, Fujitsu Stylistic 10.1

**Grand Theft Auto: Vice City was developed and tested only on these devices. If your device is not listed, please check for any updates to this list**

For optimal performance, we recommend re-booting your device after downloading and closing other applications when playing Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

Please ensure you have at least 1.5 GB of free space before installing Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

Mobile Version developed by War Drum Studios

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