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GTA SAN ANDREAS Now Available for iOS

Rockstar Games has released Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for iOS today with special mobile-based controls, updated graphics, and iOS controller support. Here’s exactly what they have to offer:

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas features: 
• Remastered, high-resolution graphics built specifically for mobile including lighting enhancements, an enriched color palette and improved character models. 
• Enhanced for the iPhone 5 series and iPad 4th Gen and above with dynamic detailed shadows and real-time environmental reflections.
• Physical controller support for all Made-for-iOS controllers.
• Cloud save support for playing across all your iOS devices for Rockstar Social Club Members.
• Dual analog stick controls for full camera and movement control.
• Three different control schemes and customizable controls with contextual options to display buttons only when you need them.

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Now you have something to play during your Thursday night vegan-friendly hemp knitting circle.

Back in 2004 during its original release, the Playstation 2 was the Lord of the Mountain. It was easily the most popular system, with a wide variety of now classic games, and we were blessed with possibly the best entry into the GTA series: GTA San Andreas.

It was easily the biggest game I had ever played on a console. The free-roaming, free-shooting anarchy of the state of San Andreas was liberating, exciting. I felt strange feelings. I believe it was called “joy.” The voice cast is probably the best in any GTA game. I had been a GTA convert since GTA III and Vice City, but I always felt the game’s areas were stiflingly small. GTA San Andreas was a goddamn sprawling world with three distinct cities, tons of side activities, and lots of destruction.

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Lauded for its sensitive depictions of gang life in inner city America.                *PUNCHES GRANDMA*

Now we’re experiencing a nostalgia hangover. We want those classic games back, and we want them better than ever. We want to recapture that moment of taking a SUV up to the top of Mt Chilead and launching yourself off, exploding in a fireball a few moments later, cackling like a goblin the entire time. A few years back, I got a bit misty-eyed for my olden gaming days and fired up San Andreas on my old PS2 and found it hadn’t aged well… at all. Murky graphics, archaic camera controls, and NPC’s that resembled Play-Doh mannequins. The recent crop of HD remakes is refreshing though, keeping the spirit of these games alive and new, meanwhile ditching the technical limitations of old.

The best part? You can actually use your iTunes library as a custom GTA: SA playlist. I recommend finding your old mix tapes and downloading them for a grungy 1990’s flashback. I guess I should dig out my old flannel shirts.

You can get Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for $6.99 through iTunes.

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Carl Wilhoyte is the Video Games Editor of a class warrior poet who writes about all things video games. He's sure everything is not under control and is not going to be okay. For a good time, follow his angry rants and smart thoughts on Twitter: @carlwilhoyte.