Rockstar Games released Grand Theft Auto III for iOS, a move that has encouraged raving reviews from both technology professionals and the general public. But why is this such a big deal? GTA: Chinatown Wars has been available on the App Store for nearly two years now, why is this any different?
The most obvious reason; GTA: CT was a mediocre port of a disappointing original. Still running in the lacklustre graphical universe of the pre-Retina iPhone 3GS (lacking the updates needed from Rockstar), it seemed as if the developers just gave up on improving an otherwise extremely popular game.
It’s only taken a good eighteen months, but now we know what Rockstar’s undivided attention was focused upon. Celebrating the ten year anniversary (is it only ten years!?) of the original release of GTA III, the guys that brought the world some of the most popular video games of all time have hit us again with a full iOS port of GTA III.
You read that right. A full mobile version of the original game. The entire map, the entire storyline, every audio feature remains the same. The fantastically broad, never-ending horizon of the game’s free-roaming world is now available in the palm of your hand. What’s even better is the graphical quality has in fact improved in comparison to previous PC ports – as far as we can tell, the “blocks” that constituted “hands” a decade ago are now discernible fingers, palms and wrists, and skin textures in general are considerably smoother. And on top of all that, Rockstar managed to compile all this that would have once assumed the mighty space of an entire disk into an app that will take up a very reasonable 462MB on your Apple device and £2.99 of your wallet. The app currently supports the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch 4G and the iPad 2. Not a Steve Jobs fanboy? Prefer your Android device? Fret not, because they’ve hit the Android Market too. Now everyone can kill hookers for loose change when they’ve got couple of spare minutes.
Grand Theft Auto III: 10 Year Anniversary Edition will be available for select new generation iOS and Android devices on the App Store and Android Marketplace next week, December 15th for $4.99. Below is an updated list of devices to be supported at launch, along with some brand new screenshots from both the iOS and Android versions (also look for a new trailer to coincide with the official release next week).
Apple iOS Devices: iPad 1 & 2, iPhone 4 & 4S, iPod touch 4th Generation
Android Phones: HTC Rezound, LG Optimus 2x, Motorola Atrix 4G, Motorola Droid X2, Motorola Photon 4G, Samsung Galaxy R, T-Mobile G2x
Android Tablets: Acer Iconia, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Dell Streak 7, LG Optimus Pad, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1, Sony Tablet S, Toshiba Thrive
Keep your eye on King Loaf as a full game review will hit the tech/games section in a couple of days!
Words: Sam Hardy & Rockstar Games Website