Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Out of touch
by Mark Brown 6/12/2012
Product: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 10th Anniversary Edition
Developer: Rockstar Games
Format: Android, iPhone, iPad
Genre: Action, Adult, Adventure, Conversion
Let's get the obvious out of the way first. The controls in this tenth anniversary port of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City are not ideal.
To be fair, Vice City was always a complicated beast. The sun-soaked crime sim used every last one of the PS2's billion-odd buttons to let you drive cars, gun down goons, get in brawls, fly choppers, race motorbikes, and drive boats.
So trying to translate all that to virtual buttons and joysticks is never going to be perfect. Vice City is definitely playable on mobile (we played on an iPad mini), but there's going to be compromise. You'll fight with the buttons, and blame your death on the controls.
Rockstar has done a commendable job of bringing a stone-cold classic to mobile. Controls let the package down, but it's worth the cost for the memories
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