GTA Vice City iOS review

GTA Vice City iOS reviewNeon lights, motorbikes, helicopters, sports cars, Hawaiian shirts, chainsaws, superb 80s soundtrack, high-speed chase in golf carts… It can only mean one thing.

Yes, Grand Theft Auto – or “GTA” – Vice City is available now for iSheep and Androidian a-holes (proudly both, me) from the App Store and Google Play respectively.

If you’re in any way au fait with video games, you’ll know exactly what to expect from GTA Vice City. Heck, otherwise, it’d be like a film fan who’s never heard of Star Wars or a music fan unfamiliar with the works of Jason Donovan. Unthinkable.

As such, we’ll keep the GTA Vice City-ness to a reasonable minimum, and focus on how it plays out on smartphones and tablets.

Essentially, GTA Vice City takes the successful GTA III formula and improves on it in various ways – some subtle, some not so much. The most notable additions, other than an unforgettable dose of neon, include bikes and helicopters.

Oh, and our GTA Vice City protagonist, Mr Tommy Vercetti, speaks (unlike the silent protagonist in GTA III), and is voiced by none other than Ray freakin’ Liotta.

Other GTA Vice City voice actors include Burt Reynolds, Dennis Hopper, Danny Trejo, Gary Busey, Lee Majors, Danny Dyer… the list goes on.

So, yeah, GTA Vice City – in a nutshell – is “GTA III but better”. But you knew that already. What you really want to know is: is it worth paying £2.99 (£3.74 for Android) to have it on your smartphone and/or tablet?

GTA Vice City iOS review

The answer: absolutely. The usual touchscreen control gripes remain in GTA Vice City, but you know what? They aren’t that bad. For serious.

I never fully understood the complaints about car handling in the mobile version of GTA III (I’m looking at Jan, here). In any case, in GTA Vice City, you can now choose between tapping left and right to turn (as before), using the accelerometer (hmm), or using the virtual analogue system utilised for walking.

Personally, I was more apprehensive about GTA Vice City’s helicopters. But again, things really ain’t so bad. Remember the mission where you have to control an RC helicopter and use it to deploy a series of bombs around a construction site? A freakin’ breeze. Passed it first time.

I mostly played on the iPad and enjoyed it immensely. The iPhone 5 experience wasn’t quite as enjoyable, thanks to the comparatively tiny display, but it’s entirely playable.

And, well, that’s GTA Vice City for iOS (and Android). You should probably go play it.

Pros

  • It’s GTA Vice City
  • £2.99* is pretty reasonable, no?
  • The soundtrack
  • The motorbikes
  • The voice acting

Cons

  • Touchscreen controls occasionally sucketh

Summary: GTA Vice City on your phone or tablet. For less than three quid*. Nice work, technology. Nice work.

Developer: Rockstar

Price: £2.99 @ App Store, *£3.74 @ Google Play

iOS requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Android requirements: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) or above.

GTA Vice City iOS review

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8 comments

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 16, 2012 at 17:34

Roll on San Andreas, best game of all time.

Treab  Dec. 16, 2012 at 20:05

roll on the hd versions of back to the future movies on mobiles :D

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 16, 2012 at 20:07

Roll on San Andreas, best game of all time.
+1 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 17, 2012 at 01:00

Roll on San Andreas, best game of all time.
+1 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You looking forward to revisiting SA in GTA5?

Treab  Dec. 17, 2012 at 01:09

Roll on San Andreas, best game of all time.
+1 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You looking forward to revisiting SA in GTA5?


just a smaller version of it...anyone else having issues downloading it? i got my copy refunded as it wouldn't download.

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 17, 2012 at 01:15

Roll on San Andreas, best game of all time.
+1 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You looking forward to revisiting SA in GTA5?


just a smaller version of it...anyone else having issues downloading it? i got my copy refunded as it wouldn't download.

The map in GTA5 is going to be bigger than the map in GTA:SA...

I hear there have been issues with the Android version of VC, I haven't bought it myself as it's one of my least favourite GTAs.

ian2606  Dec. 17, 2012 at 12:03

I got GTA3 on android and the controls on touchscreen are a bit poor. I assume this ones the same.......It's about time someone at android sorted out using a PS3 controller, or any Bluetooth pad without having to root phone....Both phones and controller are Bluetooth so it shouldn't be too hard. And all games should have controls for Bluetooth pads in options.......
Could then connect phone to tv and use like a console with pad.....I know you can do this now but it's not as easy as it could be....

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 19, 2012 at 08:19

Not a fan of VC on console back-when, but I find VC on the iPad more playable than GTA3. Controls for driving are still cr*p, but VC has more 'generous' roads. Still, they really have to work on the steering!

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