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Gangstar Rio: City of Saints
More sinner than saint
by Damien McFerran 22/5/2012
Product: Gangstar Rio: City of Saints
Publisher: Gameloft
Format: Xperia Play
Genre: Action
Players: 1
Version: Europe
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Upon installing Gangstar Rio: City of Saints on your Xperia Play, you're greeted with a sober warning stating that the game contains rude words which should not be reproduced in the real world.

It's a bizarre admission, especially for a game which promotes the wholesale slaughter of innocent bystanders and generally revolves around filling people with so much lead it's a wonder they don't magically morph into pencils.

Killing is fine, but swearing? Don't do it, kids.

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The addition of physical controls improves Gangstar Rio: City of Saints's ability to entertain dramatically, but it doesn't fix the fact that the game is morally questionable and lacks the humorous edge of GTA, the series it seeks so hard to emulate
Audio/visual: 8
Gameplay: 7
Value: 6
Innovation: 5
Overall: 7
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