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?
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.
- It’s GTA Vice City
- £2.99* is pretty reasonable, no?
- The soundtrack
- The motorbikes
- The voice acting
- Touchscreen controls occasionally sucketh
Summary: GTA Vice City on your phone or tablet. For less than three quid*. Nice work, technology. Nice work.
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.