See Grand Theft Auto 3 In Action On The iPad

See Grand Theft Auto 3 In Action On The iPad

Is "console accurate" a valid descriptor? Based on this footage from the New York ComicCon, the iPad iteration of Grand Theft Auto 3 is very "console accurate."

At some indeterminate time later this year, Grand Theft Auto 3 will be appearing on the iPad and iPhone 4S. Neat right? A handheld, open-world crime simulator sounds like fun, doesn't it?

But maybe you're the cautious type. Maybe you're thinking, "sure, I'd love to shoot a cop, but I'm not entirely convinced that my fancy iPad can render a game originally designed for the PlayStation 2." That, my friend, is a valid fear, and I was with you in shared trepidation right up until I saw the video embedded above.

Captured by YouTube user "tekunoloji" during the recent New York ComicCon, the clip is a pretty standard gameplay vignette from the early part of the game. If you've played GTA3, you'll recognize everything in the video. What you'll also notice is that the game runs really, really well on the handheld Apple hardware. Impressively so.

Granted, the clip never shows the kinds of massive multi-vehicle detonations that might really stress the technology, but it does cover almost everything you'd see in 90 percent of normal gameplay, and the engine never really chokes on the visuals.

Given that the game is not yet finished, you've still got permission to fret for its eventual debut, but you optimists also have permission to suddenly feel very giddy about this game's upcoming release. If you feel the need to jump around and clap like one of those cymbal monkeys, now would be the time to do so.

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Sure it looks well enough, but I'm not sure if I would play a game like that using only a touch screen. Aiming must be a real pain in the ass. Well, personally any aiming that isn't done with a mouse seems bad to me...

Need Vice City for Android. Now that would be truly awesome!

Good to see some proper games are getting out, but why did they go and port the worst GTA... I guess next to those flash games it will still be the shit.

GTA3 uses every button on a joypad, it'll be interesting to see how well the touch controls are actually implemented.

Still not interested, just because it's not Vice City, but still, that certainly looks really good, but I wonder if we really have to act impressed at this point after such graphical achievements that the iDevices already has, especially Infinity Blade.

If they're trying to suggest the controls work well, a video that begins with the protaganist dying and ends with him getting his butt handed to him as he tries to jack a car is probably not the best demonstration.

a game were you shoot cops take drugs and can have sex yep that will pass apple approval process with a A+

Yopaz:
Sure it looks well enough, but I'm not sure if I would play a game like that using only a touch screen. Aiming must be a real pain in the ass. Well, personally any aiming that isn't done with a mouse seems bad to me...

Sneaking some PC elitism in. Yay...

I cannot see myself playing this at all, for a variety of reasons. Controlling GTA with a touch screen just seems like a chore to me.

Not interested. GTA 3 had its moment, way back when. It intro'd me to the world of... well open worlds and set me on the path of wanton "screw this plot point, lets kill some random citizens!"
Since its release the game has NOT aged well and most likely (as this video seems to point out) will not play well on a touchpad.
Sorry, but people try to convince me that Apple has games but none of them are games I REALLY want to play... and none of them are worth buying a $600 iPad for.

It's not a totally crazy idea to see a 3D GTA-style game on iDevices. There' already a Vice City rip off on iTunes. I can't think of the name of it right now but apparently it's not bad. So yeah, if you guys really want Vice City on iPhone or whatever then something like that already exists.

EDIT: I found it's called Gangstar: Miami Vindication.

GreatTeacherCAW:

Yopaz:
Sure it looks well enough, but I'm not sure if I would play a game like that using only a touch screen. Aiming must be a real pain in the ass. Well, personally any aiming that isn't done with a mouse seems bad to me...

Sneaking some PC elitism in. Yay...

I cannot see myself playing this at all, for a variety of reasons. Controlling GTA with a touch screen just seems like a chore to me.

How is stating my personal opinion elitism? I didn't say that aiming with the mouse is objectively better, nor that anything that's not done on a computer is terrible. I prefer some games with mouse and keyboard some with controller. Should I accuse you of console elitism for calling me a PC elitist?

Yopaz:

GreatTeacherCAW:

Yopaz:
Sure it looks well enough, but I'm not sure if I would play a game like that using only a touch screen. Aiming must be a real pain in the ass. Well, personally any aiming that isn't done with a mouse seems bad to me...

Sneaking some PC elitism in. Yay...

I cannot see myself playing this at all, for a variety of reasons. Controlling GTA with a touch screen just seems like a chore to me.

How is stating my personal opinion elitism? I didn't say that aiming with the mouse is objectively better, nor that anything that's not done on a computer is terrible. I prefer some games with mouse and keyboard some with controller. Should I accuse you of console elitism for calling me a PC elitist?

Sure. If you want. But sneaking a comment in about how PC gaming is better in a thread that has absolutely nothing to do with PC or console gaming shows a slight amount of elitism.

OT: Wait... so this was the anniversary thing at the NYCC? I was hoping for a re-release on consoles.

Looks hard to play, but very well done ;O

GreatTeacherCAW:

Yopaz:

GreatTeacherCAW:

Sneaking some PC elitism in. Yay...

I cannot see myself playing this at all, for a variety of reasons. Controlling GTA with a touch screen just seems like a chore to me.

How is stating my personal opinion elitism? I didn't say that aiming with the mouse is objectively better, nor that anything that's not done on a computer is terrible. I prefer some games with mouse and keyboard some with controller. Should I accuse you of console elitism for calling me a PC elitist?

Sure. If you want. But sneaking a comment in about how PC gaming is better in a thread that has absolutely nothing to do with PC or console gaming shows a slight amount of elitism.

OT: Wait... so this was the anniversary thing at the NYCC? I was hoping for a re-release on consoles.

I said it looked great, but that I wouldn't want to play a game completely using a touch screen. Much like your own post. The part about the mouse was an afterthought.

The chances of me grabbing this are slim considering I've still got the original but I can't help but wonder if cheats will work for the iPad version...jeeze, the guy playing was having some major issues what with getting his ass kicked in the beginning and having his car re-jacked towards the end.

Here's hoping for a portable multimedia extravaganza!

In all honesty, this is pretty cool, but I fear for the battery life if anyone dares to play it off the charger.

Earnest Cavalli:
Grand Theft Auto 3 will be appearing on the iPad and iPhone 4S.

This is probably a dumb question, but will it be available for the iPod Touch as well?

GTA Vice City runs perfectly smooth on my Netbook. No reason GTA 3 won't run on an iPad. Can you connect a gamepad/KB&M to an iPad or do you have to use the touchscreen? That just sounds uncomfortable.

Earnest Cavalli:
Maybe you're thinking, "sure, I'd love to shoot a cop, but I'm not entirely convinced that my fancy iPad can render a game originally designed for the PlayStation 2." That, my friend, is a valid fear, and I was with you in shared trepidation right up until I saw the video embedded above.

Actually, I was thinking "Why would I want to play this game on a crappy touch screen device with no buttons when I can get it and a PS2 for cheap and play it on a nice big TV with BUTTONS and JOYSTICKS so I don't have to worry about crappy iPad controls?"

And I think that same video above shows that my thoughts are well founded, and have in fact turned out to be true. That, or the guy playing really sucks at the game. But if it's the latter, they really should have found someone who can play the game properly to advertise the game with, because now they made the game look like shit. In other words, touch screen controls for this sort of thing do not have a good rep and this video didn't help their cause.

I would rather play GTA 1 on my Android. (Sentimental value)(<= I mean the game, not the Android)
The glossy screen in this video is a real pain though. Try playing the game when you have sunlight interupted by tree-cover while sitting in a train or car.

I would kind of expect the game to be able to run on this, it has been a while since the last ps2 slim was made and that thing was about the size of an ipad, I just wouldn't like the control screen. What can I say i'm a bit of a purist.

Looks worse than the PS2 version, was there a nuclear meltdown nearby? The streets almost seemed to be a ghost town.

Anyway, kudos for getting on the iPad and iPhone 4S, there are now even more reasons to carry a 5KG battery pack with you.

Yay it can play old games! Its not like I have an emulator or a 3DS or anythi-OH WAIT WE ALL DO. Its nice to know apple thinks they can compete with the non casual gamer market. Good thing Steve Jobs died so their marketing wont be so 'IN YO FACE MICROSOFT', actually, it might get worse, idk. To put it shortly, what the hell is the point of an ipad over a gaming computer/laptop or even a regular laptop? If apple can answer that (which it cant) then I might listen to wtf bullshit they introduce every week.

Earnest Cavalli:
A handheld, open-world crime simulator sounds like fun, doesn't it?

There are actually a few for iOS already. GTA: Chinatown Wars is a great game, regardless of platform, and in spite of the top-down perspective. Gameloft's Gangstar series has plenty of flaws, but they've got the open world thing down pat. Payback might not be quite as polished or sophisticated as any of the others, but has garnered quite a lot of praise over the years.

That said, the upcoming GTA does look like it will win the graphical contest by walk-over. Remains to be seen if it can challenge Chinatown Wars in gameplay and pure fun...

Where's all the traffic?

Can't wait to play this on my Xperia Play!

Mr.K.:
Good to see some proper games are getting out, but why did they go and port the worst GTA... I guess next to those flash games it will still be the shit.

When you say "Those Flash games" are you referring to the recent development of getting games like Team Fortress 2 on Flash or do you still think the best game on the iPad is Angry Birds?

GiantRaven:

Earnest Cavalli:
Grand Theft Auto 3 will be appearing on the iPad and iPhone 4S.

This is probably a dumb question, but will it be available for the iPod Touch as well?

If I remember correctly from the official Rockstar post on Facebook, it will only be for the iPad and iPhone 4S (so no other iDevices, not even the iPhone 4 or 3GS).

Xanthious:
Can't wait to play this on my Xperia Play!

Agreed. Games like this were meant to played on the Xperia Play.

 

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