GTA III – Mobile
Can lightening strike twice?
I like mobile platform gaming. I really do. Forget the Xbox 720 or PS4, mobile phone/tablet gaming is the future.
Games like Angry Birds and Cut the Rope, have seen core gaming rejuvenated and given a new lease of life.
However, Grand Theft Auto III single handedly brings this into question.
I can appreciate it was a great game that changed the landscape of console gaming 10 years ago, but whether or not it was released on the mobile platform in the hope it might boost mobile gaming into a new era, or is nothing more than just a cynical attempt to squeeze more money out of punters is up for debate.
The game is an excellent port; it looks like the original, sounds like the original, but it handles like a dog trying to use a PS2 pad. By the time my fat thumbs cover the screen my actual visibility of the game is reduced to a 2inch screen from a 4 inch screen.
So I am only left with one emotion – frustration. God knows what iPhone users must think with the 3.5 inch screen they are presented with.
I would review the game in more detail, but everyone knows what lies in store with GTAIII and so here, in mobile form, I feel it presents us with a bigger question: Is the mobile gaming market going to see more of these ports?
PS2/Xbox games were great for the technology provided, however, was GTA III built with a touch screen in mind? Was GTA invented to utilise the functions of a mobile phone/tablet? Was GTA invented to utilise mobile internet connection speeds?
The answer is, of course, a resounding no.
So if GTA III hasn’t been built round the technology provided, (and it is a direct port), then you can’t help but feel it’s been done for financial benefit in the hope your nostalgia will cause you to contribute another £3 to a franchise.
With Max Payne out, along with Virtual Tennis and other such gems from yesteryear, be prepared to be overwhelmed with games that were great when they came out on their original systems, but who now don’t sit comfortably on a mobile platform.
If you thought Spielberg and Lucas knew how to milk a franchise, you really haven’t seen anything yet.