Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The mean streets of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas come to iPhone, iPad and Android

While Grand Theft Auto V continues to attract plaudits on games consoles and is, rightly, considered one of the best games of all time, seeing one of its predecessors, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, on iOS and Android is no less of a thrill. When you consider how powerful this game is – both technologically and culturally – to have what was once a flagship console game playing on smartphones and tablets shows just how far technology has come.

GTA: San Andreas was originally released in 2004 and, in that time, millions of people will have enjoyed playing as CJ, who has returned home to Los Santos following the murder of his mother. Drawing on real-life events in LA, the game extends beyond mere entertainment in many ways. It’s a game that deserves to be preserved and replayed because of its importance to gaming.

The games translates well on to mobile. The graphics and textures have been given a HD polish with advanced lighting and they look more last-gen rather than previous-to-last-gen. The story itself remains the same – the swearing, the adult content, the car jacking, the Hollywood violence – but the most immediate thing you will notice is the controls. This being touchscreen, things are a tad more fiddly than on a control pad and while there are different options for controlling vehicles, none of them are truly intuitive. We kept finding vehicles careering to one side when we didn’t want them too although that could be due to our naff playing. You could use an iOS compatible pad but they cost money.

Not that developer Rockstar hasn’t tried. When you get near a vehicle that you want to steal, you simply press the car button that appears. If you want to punch someone, the fist icon takes care of it. The missions remain as challenging and fun as ever and the cut screens resonate with pathos and fun. The developers have also added mid-mission checkpoints which makes messing up during set pieces less frustrating. Throw in some amazing songs which play when you jump into someone’s car and you’ve got a game that will have hours of replay value.

Rated 4 out of 5

Drive around for fun or engage in missions. Either way GTA: San Andreas is amazing fun.