Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Review

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Review

Jan 9, 2014

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is a direct Android port of the famous 2004 game of the same name. Now players can drive over pedestrians, blast Ballas and rampage in a tank anywhere. Does it do the original game justice?

In case the original isn’t familiar, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas tells the story of Carl Johnson brother to the leader of the Grove Street Families, a formerly large and powerful street gang that has fallen on hard times. Carl left the city to escape the gangsta life style, but after his mother is killed he returns to the city for the funeral. He decides to stay to help his crumbling gang rebuild their fortunes and kill a whole lot of people while doing it. A massive sandbox game, GTA features everything from gang wars to night club dancing, massive deserts to drive over to VTOL fighter jets to cause mayhem with. It is the ultimate toybox, a whole world to do as the player pleases

Screenshot_2014-01-08-21-03-35GTA: San Andreas for Android is the original San Andreas, fully realized and with a few extra widgets. The most noticeable right away is the improved graphics. There are a few options that allow the player to up the resolution of the game and add additional shadow and lighting effects that were not in the original game. Thanks to modern technology it’s possible to get GTA: SA looking way better on a phone that it ever did on a full console.

The sound is fantastic and has all the classic radio stations. The sound is loud, detailed and works very well with phone speakers. There are a few other options as well, such as controlling traffic density and such, but the graphics are the real star.

Screenshot_2014-01-08-11-28-55The games controls are well done considering how many buttons are needed for GTA. Tapping on a character targets them and there is a shoot button. There is a virtual stick, slider or tilt controls for driving. A minor annoyance is the lock on system sometimes selecting targets it shouldn’t. CJ will be shooting away at some Ballas and kill one and sometimes the lock on will jump to a nearby cop or one of your own gang members, shooting them if the player isn’t careful.

GTA: SA supports the MOGA mobile controller and for the most part it works very well, but some functions like targeting or changing weapons can only be done via on screen icon, which is a little slow. The auto lockon does a good job of finding targets however. The game drains battery very quickly, because of the horsepower required to run the game.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for Android is a fantastic port of one of the greatest games ever released. For $7 it’s an incredible game and a must buy. Even for players who played the original endlessly, the much improved graphics and portability make this one worth having.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Review Rundown

Graphics - A massive improvement over the original graphics. Pushes Android hardware very hard. Same great sound.
Controls - With MOGA controller works well and without it its very playable.
Gameplay - Same massive depth and variety as the original, ported flawlessy.
Replay Value - a venerable truckload of things to do and endless replay value.
Overall - A perfect port of one of the best games ever created, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is a must buy.

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Allan Curtis
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  • Garrett Lee Reyman

    Beautiful game. Haven’t seen a sine phone that can handle it on full graphics settings though.

  • Allan Curtis

    Yeah my S4 struggled a little. Thanks for reading!

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  • Scott Collins

    Answer me this, why are there so many ads with homo’s kissing and Google play pop-ups on my new Android phone ? This pretty much ruins the phone for me.