Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas review
It’s been a long time since 2004 when the epic GTA: San Andreas and its massive open-world environment was released. It was a defining moment for PlayStation 2 with this game, and now, this classic title makes it to mobile on iOS and Android.
Concept - 5/5
San Andreas is one of the first games to truly embrace the concept of open-world exploration, offering three different cities and locations as the backdrop for the story. The environment is open for a non-linear approach, although this goes hand in hand with the storyline and specific missions which you are supposed to accomplish. As Carl, an ex-criminal who comes back to Los Santos from Liberty City, you can create all kinds of chaos, for example, taking on other enemy turfs, driving vehicles, boats and helicopters, running over pedestrians, and the whole shebang the GTA offers.
The game has a wide variety of missions and also allows you to explore the open world freely. Exploration is actually encouraged, and you can spend hundreds of hours in San Andreas before you exhaust everything offered.
Visuals - 4.5/5
The graphics on this game are quite stunning, with the expansive open world of Los Santos, Las Venturas and San Fierro all designed with vibrant color palettes and great detail. The attention to detail is evident in everything, from the number of vehicles that you encounter to the numerous NPCs you meet and varied mission environments. This massive world and the fact that the port was possible even for mobile devices is what makes GTA, specifically San Andreas so special.
Thrill - 4.5/5
San Andreas may not be as immersive on mobile as it is on console or PC. Still, compared to most other mobile games, it does stack up pretty high and provides an otherwise unforgettable experience. If you haven’t played the old GTA, then you won’t mind these subtle differences. The graphics certainly look glossier and pack more depth to suit current screen resolutions, both for iOS and Android, but the on-screen controls take some getting used to.
Controls - 4/5
You can’t compare the touchscreen experience with a controller or mouse and keyboard. Still, the controls, which have been optimized for touch and ported to visual icons, are relatively easy to pick up. Touching the left side of the screen reveals a joystick that you can use to control movement, apart from simply swiping left or right. Actions such as stealing cars and aiming weapons have been made drastically easier with flashing icons.
- Provides lots of content and a massive open-world to explore;
- Most controls have been optimized for the touchscreen;
- Target lock-on mechanics for firing.
- The touchscreen is not effective for some aspects of controls like vehicle movement;
- Occasional crashes.