GTA: Vice City returns to Android, might stick around this time

GTA: Vice City returns to Android, might stick around this time
After a false start, the long-awaited mobile adaptation of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is now available in Google's Play Store.

GTA: Vice City returns to Android

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City initially launched on Android last week, but was promptly pulled down from the Play Store due to validation errors, much to the dismay of many eager gamers. The good news is that the open-world classic is now back up, and working as advertised.
GTA: Vice City - Android version

Vice City, the sequel (or rather, a prequel) to the genre-defining GTA 3, originally saw its release on the PlayStation 2 in 2002. Yep, it's hard to believe, but a decade has passed since we first saw the 80's inspired crime-drama, and its strangely likeable protagonist, Tommy Vercetti. The game, for those unfamiliar, gives the player an unparalleled  - at the time - level of freedom to wreak havoc around the fictional Vice City, which closely resembles the lively districts and locations of real-world Miami (sans the flying tanks, perhaps).
Vice City returns to Android

In a similar fashion to Grand Theft Auto 3, the developer Rockstar Games is celebrating Vice City's 10th anniversary by releasing it on a wide range of mobile devices. And, as promised, the re-release of Vice City has been updated with new lighting effects and high-resolution graphics to make the game really shine on those powerful little mobile computers that we carry with us at all times.
Grand Theft Auto - Android version

Our main complaint about the mobile conversion of GTA 3 – fiddly touchscreen controls - for the most part remain present in Vice City. To their credit, the developer did try to improve the situation as much as they technically could. For example, the targeting system has been revamped to utilise touchscreens, and users are also able to easily adjust the position of on-screen buttons. There's even something as exotic as external controller support in the Android version of the game.
Vice City

Predictable control issues aside, Vice City ran exceptionally smooth on our Samsung Galaxy Note II. What's more, it looks absolutely fabulous on Note II's 5.5 inch Super Amoled HD display, and really puts things in perspective of just how far have phones evolved since the game's original release. The list of supported Android devices is pretty substantial, and includes the ever-so-popular Galaxy S3, the equally impressive HTC One X and even the small and affordable Sony Xperia P, among many other devices. You can check the entire list of compatible handsets and tablets from the Play Store link at the end of the article. Also worth knowing, the game requires 1.5 GB of free storage, so be sure to switch to a Wi-Fi signal if you don't have an unlimited mobile data subscription.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City - Android version

Vice City's irresistible charm has survived the transition to mobile devices remarkable well. On top of all come the wacky radio stations, filled to the brim with the iconic music from the likes of Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, David Lee Roth and Michael Jackson, wonderfully complementing the 80's spirit of the game. And, because GTA 3 and Vice City are just so damn good, we can't help but get excited about what's to come from Rockstar in the future. We're talking, of course, about the seemingly inevitable re-release of San Andreas, the next chapter in the GTA franshise that in turn blew us away with the sheer scale and complexity of the game world. In short - we seriously can't wait.



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