Brought to you by Norton Symantec
Grand Theft Auto 3 for iPad
It's simply amazing to see such a full and robust game on the platform
- A full and robust port of the PS2 game
- Aiming and shooting is a challenge
- Occasional crash bugs
Grand Theft Auto 3 for the iOS isn’t a perfect port, even with its control shortcomings. But it’s still a fun ride.
Price$ 5.49 (AUD)
Rockstar Games didn’t necessarily invent the sandbox genre, but the developer most certainly redefined it with the controversial and innovative Grand Theft Auto. To mark the 10th anniversary of its release, Rockstar unleashed Grand Theft Auto 3 on the iPhone and iPad, and the results are impressive.
Ported by War Drum Studios, Grand Theft Auto 3 for iPad and iPhone is a violent, darkly-humorous ode to mafia films that first sparked controversy (and accolades) in 2001.
Grand Theft Auto earned the derision of parents, the media, and Walmart famously for the ability to steal a car, pick up a prostitute, engage her services (which was implied but never depicted), and then kill her and steal her money (which was most decidedly depicted).
Traffic laws are a bit loose in Grand Theft Auto 3. You won’t get pulled over for speeding, running a red light, or even hitting other cars (most of the time). But if you even so much as tap a police car, well, the law isn’t so forgiving.
What most of the critics overlooked was that for every action, there were consequences – even in the corrupt and absurd world of GTA 3. If you commit a crime and the police see you, you’ll be arrested. For every “star” you earn, the forces of law enforcement escalate their pursuit of you. From police cars ramming you off the road to SWAT vans blocking your path to the National Guard firing upon you.
That’s not to say the game has a moral centre – GTA 3 can be considered (at best) to be an over-the-top satire of crime dramas and mafia films. At worst it’s just an immature embodiment of society’s worst instincts. In the iOS version, you play as silent thug Claude, who is an amoral criminal previously betrayed by his girlfriend in the midst of a bank robbery. After escaping from jail, you work your way up through the various criminal organizations in the city while unlocking new weapons and new parts of the city.
Controversial subject matter aside, the mobile game is absolutely stunning in its scale and brilliance. GTA 3’s artificial intelligence is believable and entertaining – enemy cars will try to run you off the road while pedestrians will run away from your speeding car. The city is vast and diverse, with humorous radio stations, clever nods to real-life landmarks, and even changing weather patterns.
Even if you remove all the shooting and larceny, it’s amazing to just walk around the bustling city that Rockstar has built.
On the iOS version of Grand Theft Auto 3, it’s simply amazing to see such a full and robust game on the platform. The game features enhanced textures and models as well as touchscreen controls.
If you’re a fan of the original, you’ll think the game looks about on par with the PS2 version, though certain details (especially blood and traffic light effects) are missing.
The touchscreen controls are really what make or break the port, however. The virtual joystick is surprisingly capable of handling the driving and movement functionality of the gameplay, and that’s the majority of your 40-to-60 hour game experience.
But aiming and firing – never a strong suit of the original PS2 version of the game – is a real challenge on the iPad. It’s still possible to do, but you’re about as likely to hit random pedestrians as your intended target.
There are some occasional crash bugs as well, but you can restart at the beginning of Grand Theft Auto 3 without losing your save.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Sonos Beam review: A more-affordable, smarter soundbar option
- 2 Oppo R15 Pro review: A compelling mid-tier option with lots of value and few compromises
- 3 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 review: A budget phablet that swings above its weight
- 4 LG E8 OLED TV (2018) and SK10Y soundbar review: If you've been on the fence about OLED, now might be the time to jump it
- 5 Nokia 7 Plus review: Predictable and plus-sized
Latest News Articles
- HP revamp Omen range with game streaming and hybrid keyboard
- Nerial release update to Reigns: Her Majesty
- City of Brass update adds new playable characters
- State of Mind set to hit console and PC in August
- In Pictures: Gfinity Elite Series Australia Season 1 Grand Finals
PCW Evaluation Team
I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.
Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
- Huawei Nova 3e: Full, in-depth review
- Oppo R15 Pro review: A compelling mid-tier option with lots of value and few compromises
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 review: A budget phablet that swings above its weight
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?