Hard to believe it's been 10 years since the world got its first taste of an open-world 3D Grand Theft Auto game starring Claude shootin' and lootin' in Liberty City. Previously teased for only the iPhone 4S and iPad 2, GTA III: 10 Year Anniversary is back and on Android smartphones and tablets as well. And it's only five bucks!
A game that's 10-years-old can look pretty aged in a pool of today's high-definition games. Thankfully, Rockstar didn't just port GTA III's code over to Android and iOS devices and call it a day. They updated the graphics to smooth out some of those jaggies, and of course, the controls have been updated to work primarily with a touchscreen.
At the recent New York Comic Con, I played a brief demo build of the game on an iPad 2 and everything looked sharp enough. However as one would expect with touchscreen games, the controls were severely lacking. It's possible that Rockstar could have tightened up the controls, but nothing will replace a dedicated controller or keyboard. The Android version does support USB gamepads for some devices (most likely the Asus Transformer Prime).
Early iTunes reviews indicate that the game actually runs at a resolution lower than its native 1024x768 on first-generation iPads. Reports are also saying it's unstable on the fourth-gen iPod Touch. This might have to do with the devices not having dual-core processors.
Apple iOS device users will be happy to know that GTA III: 10 Year Anniversary works on all iPads, iPhone 4/4S and fourth-generation iPod Touches.
On the Android smartphone front, compatible devices will be the HTC Rezound, LG Optimus 2x, Motorola Atrix 4G, Motorola Droid X2, Motorola Photon 4G, Samsung Galaxy R, and T-Mobile G2x.
As far as Android tablets, Rockstar's game will run on the Acer Iconia, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Dell Streak 7, LG Optimus Pad, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1, Sony Tablet S and Toshiba Thrive.