At the end of the past year, Rockstar had released Grand Theft Auto III for iOS and Android devices in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the game. Now, according to CNET, the company is set to release one of the most popular games in the Grand Theft Auto franchise – Grand Theft Auto: Vice City – for Android and iOS devices, again in celebration of the game’s tenth anniversary.
According to Rockstar, the rerelease will feature “native high-resolution graphics and several enhancements," but the company hasn’t mentioned what other enhancements the game will be receiving. The company has also not mentioned an exact release date for the game, but has offered the vague “later this fall” release window, hinting to a release before the end of the year. According to Rockstar’s blog, we should "stay tuned for more details in the weeks ahead."
Vice City is getting a tenth anniversary edition on iOS and Android
GTA: Vice City handles the backstory of the universe that Rockstar had created with GTA III. While GTA III is said to take place in Liberty City in the early 2000’s, Vice City takes place in the titular city – which is modelled off of Miami – in the 60’s. Vice City’s protagonist is Tommy Vercetti, and the games story beats take heavy influence from the movie Scarface. Vice City was the first game in the Grand Theft Auto franchise that featured bikes as usable vehicles, and introduced alternate costumes for the character as a gameplay mechanic that helps you lose the police.
Earlier this month, another classic had made its way to iOS devices – Crazy Taxi. Crazy Taxi was originally released in 1999 for arcade machines back when those things were famous. The game was then ported on to Dreamcast in 2000 and PC in 2002. The game focuses on four 'extreme' cab drivers – Axel, BD Joe, Gena and Gus – each having his or her own special car and attributes, which gave the game a unique replay value in trying to get the highest scores with all four characters. The main aim of the game is to pick up random pedestrians looking for a taxi ride, and find the most exhilarating and insane route to their destination within the time limit. Insane routes meaning it didn’t matter if you went off-road, through a mall, through a picnic or even underwater. All this is done for tips, which add to your high score.
Crazy Taxi is another in a series of re-releases of classic games by Sega, the most recent being the HD re-release of Jet Set Radio on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Jet Set Radio is set in a dystopian world where street gangs are comprised of kids wearing ‘nitrium-powered’ roller blades, which allow them to achieve great amounts of speed. The main aim of the game is to take over the city by spray-painting graffiti on certain spots all over the city to ward off the other gangs, while at the same time surviving increasing escalating police action against you. Police initially starts off with trying to arrest you by themselves, but eventually, the SWAT teams are called in, along with tanks and attack choppers.