Grand Theft Auto will probably remain my favourite gaming franchise ever. When other franchises lose their way (I’m looking at you PES) GTA only gets stronger with every release. So I was thrilled to see a port of the classic GTA 3 available on mobile handsets. Question is, can such an expansive game be diluted to a mobile?
I’m glad to say the answer is a resounding yes. I better mention that I’m playing it on a Samsung Galaxy Note so the processing power will help the game flow like it was designed too. The huge screen will also have an impact on how easy the game is to control I would suggest too.
I was expecting choppy low res graphics with a smaller map from Rockstar. It appears to be an exact port from what I remember of the console game. Nostalgia plays a huge part in buying this game. They’ve even included the great radio stations in the cars.
It’s funny how I can still remember some of the characters, missions and map. Missions are still exciting as ever as is causing general carnage in the city.
The buttons take a while to get used too. However, they are well placed and sized suitably for escaping the cops or taking out a crowd of enemies. Driving presents a number of options – analog, digital and the accelerometer.
There are numerous comments complaining in regards to the game not playing on their device. Check the description on the game’s page in the market to avoid disappointment, because when it does work, it’s spectacular.
For £2.99 ($4.99), its great value for how long you can spend playing it. I’m looking forward to seeing if they port Vice City and San Andreas too.