It’s time to hit the streets of Los Santos while dealing with gangsters, drug dealers, and drive-bys. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is now on iOS, as Rockstar Games continues to support iFruit devices with Chinatown Wars, III, Vice City, and now San Andreas. The game originally launched in 2004, and ten years later is now able to be played on the go in its full form. The complete experience is included, and has now been remastered with high resolution graphics, and touch friendly controls.
Since Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is a port of an existing game, the most important aspects relate to the iOS specific features. The controls are always a question mark, and Rockstar has enhanced their control scheme with San Andreas with a new context sensitive layout giving you action buttons, but only when you need them. There are three different control schemes to choose from revolving around a dual stick layout to move the player, and change the camera angle. The controls aren’t perfect, but they fully let you interact with the San Andreas experience, without getting in the way. As an added bonus, the game works with Made for iOS controllers, and San Andreas has been mapped out for these controllers with built-in tutorials aligning to the hardware buttons, and joysticks. It’s an exceptional experience with a hardware controller, and the classic game originally designed for physics controllers.
The game itself takes place in the fictional city of Los Santos, based on Los Angeles, and mainly centers around South Central LA, and East LA. You play as CJ, coming back to the hood after his mom died, to find his old pals caught up in gangs, drugs, and corruption. The GTA series is known for its open world style, and San Andreas offered the biggest map to date back in 2004, and extends out to fictional cities based on San Francisco and Las Vegas. There’s an extremely expansive world to explore that can be through the main storyline, or the numerous side missions. San Andreas has a major focus on character customization allowing you to make decisions that can cause him to be fat, buffed, lazy, hardcore, and much more with various skill sets to master. In fact, San Andreas laid a lot of the ground work for the new GTA V, especially with Franklin’s storyline building upon CJ in San Andreas.
GTA always offers plenty of extras to partake in, but San Andreas does a good job of keeping the main storyline missions moving. You can avoid the aimless wandering, and time sink missions if you want, as the main storyline keeps the action flowing, and your attention on the game. The storyline is also well developed in emphasizing the gangster theme with well built stereotypes that every mission is drawn upon. There’s also a high level of action with a lot of gunplay, driving, and drive-by sequences to really keep you involved in the path forward. Again, it’s all controlled reasonably well, and there’s well thought out cloud syncing.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas ($6.99, Universal) is an expansive adventure that is now encompassed in your iOS device in a well crafted package that is a should buy for hours of engaging entertainment.