It's a wonderful life of crime.
When it initially debuted for home consoles in 2004, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas set a new standard for Rockstar Games' open-world series. Now, 13 years later, it's doing it again, this time on the mobile front with a stellar port for newer iOS-supported devices.
Rockstar Games once again comes through with a quality console-to-mobile release. The game looks and sounds superb on supported iOS devices and runs like a dream. The controls work extremely well, although there are times you may stumble if you're not using an iOS 7 joypad. Plus, most of the console's content remains intact, including the wonderful mini-games, the side missions, and various activities. You can even take the time to shape your body with workouts or continuous fast food eating as well. Considering the game's massive size, we thought it would've taken longer to load and were pleasantly surprised. Finally, the price -- $6.99 - is more than reasonable for any budget, without having to worry about microtransactions.
Although the on-screen controls work just fine, San Andreas is a game best suited for iOS 7-supported controllers. It works much better than the on-screen controls and getting your thumbs in the way. Also, while the port is superb, there are glitches here and there with visuals and audio, but nothing a patch can't fix.
Despite the fact it's almost a decade old, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is still a gritty yet refreshing open-world experience that fans of mobile action games owe it upon themselves to check out. Don't be surprised if it pops up on our "best of 2013" list in a couple of weeks.
Download Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas- iPhone & iPad