APP NAME: Gangstar Rio
GENRE(S): Action, Adventure
RELEASE DATE(S): November 10th, 2011
Gangstar from Gameloft is back for the third time, and now it’s set in Rio de Janeiro. Gangstar Rio: City of Saints begins with your character second in command in the Assassinos, but he’s then blown up. After skin grafts, plastic surgery, and more no one recognizes him, and he now has to work his way up from the bottom now as Angel. There are 60 different missions to complete through five chapters as you work your way up to bigger and bigger tasks.
The game maintains the same open world action of the first two, but at an even more advanced level. You can follow the missions, or go off course a bit as you navigate through five different Brazilian neighborhoods. It’s up to you as to what you want to do, and this version allows you to completely customize your character as he’s reborn as Angel. The game has most of the elements of Grand Theft auto allowing you to jack any car on the street, blast passerby’s with a shotgun, and run over and crash into objects and people.
The best aspect of Gangstar Rio is the close proximity of missions to keep you in the action. Many games lose interest when you have to drive across the entire environment to get to the next mission. The missions also range in scope from mundane to extreme, and along the way there are a ton of items to unlock. The story is relatively predictable, but the overall set-up will keep you engaged throughout the hours of content. This is another deluxe gaming experience now possible on iOS, and there’s plenty of enjoyment to be discovered. The graphic design is high quality, though not as crisp as seen in Gameloft’s other recent game, Modern Combat 3.
Gangstar Rio: City of Saints ($6.99, Universal) isn’t the most imaginative title available, but it’s a high quality game that offers up exactly what you expect, and then some. When it comes down to it, you get all of the elements from GTA now on iOS, and with a Rio theme. It’s definitely entertaining, and there’s great execution to keep the action at a high level from the get go.
Gangstar Rio is a should buy that meets high expectations, and delivers what you want from the genre, with a Latin flavor.