Sunday, 22 December 2013

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - Android Game Review

Grand Theft Auto - San Andreas is one of the most popular games of all the time. The Guinness World Records 2009 Gamer's Edition had listed GTA SA as the most successful game in the PlayStation 2, with 17.33 million copies sold for that console alone, from a total of 21.5 million in all formats. The open world action-adventure legend video game developed by Rockstar is now available for Android and iOS.


GTA: SA is an open world game where you play as an ex-gang banger named Carl. Five years ago, Carl Johnson escaped from the pressures of life in Los Santos, San Andreas, a city tearing itself apart with gang trouble, drugs and corruption. Where filmstars and millionaires do their best to avoid the dealers and gangbangers.

Now, it’s the early 90’s. Carl’s got to go home. His mother has been murdered, his family has fallen apart and his childhood friends are all heading towards disaster.

On his return to the neighborhood, a couple of corrupt cops frame him for homicide. CJ is forced on a journey that takes him across the entire state of San Andreas, to save his family and to take control of the streets.


This Open World game is mission based but If a player is not ready to go for a mission he can simply cruise around and kill some people.

On foot, the player's character is capable of walking, eating, running, sprinting and swimming as well as using weapons and hand to hand combat.

Players can drive a variety of vehicles, including automobiles, buses,  boats, helicopters, trains, tanks, motorcycles and bikes. Players can also play side mission by stealing taxis, Ambulances or Fire Trucks.

Rockstar has emphasized the personalization of the main protagonist by adding many role-playing game elements. Clothing, accessories, haircuts, jewelry, and tattoos are now available for purchase by the player, and have more of an effect on non-player characters' reactions than the clothing in Vice City. CJ's level of respect among his fellow recruits and street friends varies according to his appearance and actions, as do his relationships with his girlfriends.

Players must also ensure CJ eats to stay healthy and also exercises properly. The balance of food and physical activity has an effect on his appearance and physical attributes.


GTA: SA is one of the games with richest graphics available now for mobile platforms. Though the graphics of the game look similar to original GTA: SA, it has some upgrades and enhancements from the original game which includes newly remastered graphics, consisting of dynamic and detailed shadows, a greater draw distance, an enriched color palette, plus enhanced character and car models.

Many people have complained about the game lag and crash even in some high end phones. Rockstar will definitely fix them soon. The game performance can also be improved by changing the graphic options like resolutions, shadows and reflections.


Rockstar has done a good job by providing various options to redefine the controls. But the Touch adapted controls are not that simple to play but one can master them soon. To completely enjoy, I recommended to use some controllers to play the game.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the most entertaining game available for mobile platforms. Apart from some graphic issues with the game, it scores well in all areas. The game costs 7$. It has 70 hours of gameplay and there are no In-App purchases, thus it's worth buying. Rockstar also offers cloud save support for playing across all your mobile devices for Rockstar Social Club Members.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas will change the face of the gaming industry and now we can expect true console like games for our phones from Gameloft, EA, etc.

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