Grand Theft Auto has been an incredibly popular series ever since the launch of the first game way back in 1997 on the PC, and has only grown in popularity with every release. The latest game, Grand Theft Auto 5, went on to be the quickest selling game in history when it was released, and made Rockstar, the developers of the series, oodles of cash. As gaming has shifted away from dedicated handhelds like the PS Vita and 3DS and onto touch-only devices, more and more “real” games have made their way onto the platforms as well. While you won’t be getting GTA 5 on your phone any time soon, you can at least have the best of the series from the PS2 generation, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. If you ever got to play San Andreas when it came out, the game was just as groundbreaking as many GTA games are upon release, and it seems like the translation to the phone port of the game is a rather feature-rich one.
Rockstar farmed the development of the game out to War Drum studios, and it seems like they weren’t just content with porting the old game straight to our new high-end devices, but rather have included a number of enhancements. If you’ve got a phone from last year like a Nexus 4 or Galaxy S III, you can probably play the game pretty well at medium settings, but for those with the newest, beefiest phones, you can probably turn those graphics all the way up to extreme and enjoy levels of detail seldom seen on these devices. While GTA San Andreas won’t exactly be employing the latest in shader techniques as something like Riptide GP 2 would, it looks more than satisfactory on a screen the size of a phone or tablet. I personally remember the game looking a little better than the screenshots on the Play Store show, but maybe that’s those famous rose-colored glasses shining through.
What’s more is that GTA San Andreas has full controller support too. That means your MoGa and other select Bluetooth and USB controllers are supported so that you don’t have to deal with the pain and frustration of playing such a complex game on a touch screen. There is of course different control schemes if you prefer to play via your touch screen too, and even contextual buttons to press for things like car jacking, shooting, etc. What’s more War Drum has included cloud save support via the Rockstar Social Club so that you can play the game on your tablet or phone without interruption. Right now it’s up on the Google Play Store for $6.99, but there seems to be some sort of issue with the licensing of the game according to a flood of reviews that have come in since the release of the game on the Play Store. Rockstar and/or Google will likely get this one cleared up pretty quickly given the high-profile nature of the game. Also remember that you’ll need a pretty hefty 2.4GB free on your device in order to install the game, so clear out all that jump and make room!