Hey guys, this is Austin and today I’m here
with a review of Grand Theft Auto 3 for the iPhone, iPod
touch and iPad. This is a straight port of the PlayStation
2 version and I’ll say it right off the bat, this is a
fantastic port of an awesome game. If you aren’t familiar
with what Grand Theft Auto is all about, you should be ashamed.
GTA 3 is an open world sandbox game that allows you to have
the run of an entire city with cars, guns, pedestrians and more.
You can steal just about any car you see and use it to get around
the very large city. One of the great things about GTA is
how alive the city is and just how much you can do. For example
if you steal a taxi you can take fares and if you take a police
car you can do vigilante missions which offer a lot of fun
when you aren’t on a main mission. Speaking of you will meet various
main characters as you play through the game who will give
you missions. You get a cut scene with solid voice acting giving
you a setup on what you have to do. Missions can consist of everything
from picking up someone and bringing them to a location,
to taking out an enemy and much more. Navigation is done by way of
the map on the top left of the screen which shows points of interest.
Tapping on it will allow you to get a view of the entire game
map. Graphics are fantastic, especially considering this is
an open world game with lots going on at the screen at one time. While
it does look a bit dated compared to something like Infinity
Blade 2 I have zero complaints about how Grand Theft Auto 3 looks.
It also runs quite well on my iPhone 4S with only the occasional
bit of lag when the screen is filled with action. As the controls
are entirely touchscreen based, they are a bit lacking.
Different buttons appear on the screen depending on what you are doing
with a virtual joystick for walking, a left and right button for driving
along with an assortment of buttons to run, jump, get into
a car and more. At the top right you can see your money, health and
swipe to change weapons. There are lots of little details that really
make the game fun. Random dialogue from people on the street, the excellent
radio stations, the changes in weather and even the sound effects
all make the world very immersive. On the other hand though,
there are some issues with the game being made for a much larger display
than the iPhone. Some bits of the UI are quite small and it’s
easy to tell that the cutscenes were never made with a small screen in mind.
Of course if you’re playing with an iPad none of this even matters. If
you’ve played Grand Theft Auto 3 you can expect the same experience on your
iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. It’s excellent fun to blast through Liberty
City and just cause mayhem without even bothering with the missions and
that’s what I love best about open world games and GTA in particular. If
the language, violence and subject matter aren’t a problem for you for $5 in
the App Store, I highly recommend Grand Theft Auto 3. If you enjoyed definitely
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