Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas review
Grand Theft Mobile
One of the highest-rated adventure games was first released in the mid-2000s for PS2, Xbox and PC; most games stop at that, but not GTA San Andreas. This criminal saga was successful enough to make it (among all) to mobile platforms. So it’s still available for iOS, Android, and even Windows Phone.
If you have ever played it (suppose you did), there’s no need to retell the story. Carl Johnson, the protagonist, is not the most innocent man on Earth; but this time, after returning to hot and rich San Andreas, he was framed for the murder he didn’t commit. That’s how his new adventure starts. And it takes a gangster to make it through it.
The following story is full of robberies and thefts, gang stands and chases, complicated relations and illegal trades, and, of course, cars just left on the street for what the series’ name is about. You will have to master various sorts of crime, following the character, to complete the story. By the way, it lasts for about 70 hours, and no wonder: Rockstar Games transferred the original story to mobile platforms.
Got a Touch?
Controls of the mobile game are entirely touch-based (unless you have a wireless gamepad for mobiles, but let’s assume you don’t). The developers introduced a pair of virtual joysticks and a set of buttons, all semi-transparent, so you see all of your screen. The response time is almost zero, so you see your character obey your commands immediately. It’s especially great to see buttons change, depending on the context, whether you’re running, driving, or fighting.
As for overall design, it’s also been reworked to fit mobile devices better. The characters are now looking more distinct, so they are easier to view on a mobile screen. Still, it looks better on tablets, especially 10’’ or larger. After GTA V, the visuals seem sort of primitive; but don’t forget it’s a 2005 game, for much weaker hardware. Still, it features a large 3D world with three shiny bright coast cities, wide streets and blue sea, palms and ships, cars and clubs, and so on.
Still Big in 2019
Though the world is expecting at least some news on GTA VI, the San Andreas installment remains the latest ever released on mobile platforms. And, damn right, it’s anything but abandoned. The latest update was rolled out in April 2019; not bad for a game that’s sheer 15 years old.
It’s also supported by Rockstar cloud solutions, so you can save your unfinished games on the cloud or use it for syncing across your devices if you play Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on multiple phones and tablets. It’s even recommended to load the game from the cloud right after the update to the current version.
• The original game with all its content gone mobile;
• Full cloud support;
• Moderate price;
• Well adapted controls;
• Still getting updates.
• The game is rather old and familiar to all fans.