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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas arrives on iPhone, iPad

Above: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas arrives on the iPhone.

Image Credit: Rockstar/Take-Two

Rockstar Games has released Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for iOS.

The $6.99 game comes just in time for the busy holiday-software-release season. It is one more example of how video games from past generations are now being converted to run on smartphones and tablets without any loss in graphics quality (except for the smaller screens).

Rockstar, a division of Take-Two Interactive, previously launched San Andreas on the PlayStation 2 in 2004 and then migrated it last-generation consoles (PS3, Xbox 360) and PC/Mac. For iOS and Android, Rockstar has now brought the following GTAs to mobile: Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (handheld systems and iOS only).

GTA: San Andreas has a big, open world covering the fictional state of San Andreas and its three major cities: Los Santos (which appears in GTA V), San Fierro, and Las Venturas. It has more than 70 hours of gameplay and has received several technical upgrades for the iOS version, including touchscreen support. In the story, Carl Johnson escaped from the pressures of gang life, drugs, and corruption in Los Santos, then returns home in the early 1990s and finds everything in chaos. His mother has been murdered, and his family has fallen apart. He gets framed for murder — then the shooting and driving mayhem start.

Additions include remastered, high-resolution graphics with lighting enhancements, an enriched color palette, and improved character models. It has dynamic, detailed shadows and real-time environmental reflections for the iPhone 5 and up and the iPad 4th generation and up. It includes physical controller support for all made-for-iOS controllers. It has cloud saving for Rockstar Social Club members, dual analog stick controls for full camera and movement control, and three different touch-control schemes with customizable controls.

The game will run on the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPod Touch 5th gen, iPad 2, 3rd and 4th generation, iPad Air, iPad Mini, and iPad Mini with Retina Display. It will be coming soon to select Android, Amazon Kindle, and Windows Phone devices.


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