Vice City is one of the best-known releases in the GTA franchise. It’s now available on Android, too, taking you to the city of heinous crimes on your portable device. You’ll step inside Tommy Vercetti’s shoes, getting involved with the world of gangsters and working to rise through the ranks.
An immersive storyline
The protagonist starts as a small-time criminal, looking to purchase and deal illegal narcotics in the city. Despite the lack of a tragic, detailed backstory, there’s a charm to entering the grimy Grand Theft Auto world as a character seeking to dominate it.
You set up a base of operations and start completing missions and quests to expand your reach onto other city areas. You’ll also have to consider the competition. Eliminating the enemy is sometimes necessary, and Tommy understands that.
Bright neon lights and upbeat music set the scene, creating a place of indulgence and extravagance ideal for your illegal activities. The soundtrack’s particularly impressive, and the radio stations offer everything from country hard rock to pop to satirical chat shows, all with an 80’s flavor.
Brought to mobile devices
Many GTA series elements are now playable on smartphones. GTA 3 and San Andreas stand out, but this title is arguably the best-developed character-wise. So, Rockstar Games decided to adapt it for its 10th anniversary.
The mobile release boasts high-resolution graphics, new features, and updated mechanics. Unfortunately, it’s single-player only, but you still get to enjoy the massive campaign and endless side-quests the series is famed for.
You control the character using the touchscreen layout, a wireless game controller, or a USB gamepad. Some keys are a bit sensitive on mobile, though: it might take some time to get used to driving in particular.
This game isn’t exactly a small piece of software to download, but as long as you’re not using other apps while playing, it runs smoothly.
The adjustable graphics make it easy to tailor your visual experience. Still, most modern phones can run everything at the highest setting.
Overall, Vice City is fantastic on Android. The developer took all the best elements of the Windows and console game and did a great job adjusting it.
Should you download it?
Yes. If you enjoyed it on PC or console, you’ll love the revamped mobile version. Even if you’re a first-time player, the story will keep you on the edge of your seat.