As we’ve noted before, the key for Windows Phone is to not just get developers to eventually bring their apps over to the platform but to get them to develop apps for the platform right from the get-go. With that in mind, it’s heartening to see that Rockstar Games has released Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for Windows Phone just one month after releasing the game for iOS and Android. This is particularly important because for a long time it’s taken Microsoft several months — if not longer — to get key apps such as Instagram onto Windows Phone after they’ve already launched on iOS and Android. If Microsoft can keep narrowing the times between releases of important apps then it will go a long way toward closing the “app gap” that it faces with rival mobile platforms.
As the sales figures might suggest, gamers aren’t having any trouble finding reasons to pick up Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar’s latest critical and financial blockbuster. If there is one minor complaint that has consistently irked GTA players ever since the game added an extra dimension, it’s the frustration of having to constantly glance back and forth from the GPS navigation map to the road in order to reach a destination. AdAge reports that one app developer might have solved the issue once and for all with an awesome new Google Glass app. More →
Sales of the latest installment in Rockstar’s crime saga, Grand Theft Auto V, are projected to reach $1 billion within the first month of its release. Bloomberg reports that “Grand Theft Auto V shipments could exceed Wall Street’s estimates for the year ending in March and bode well for holiday releases.” The game launched Monday night after receiving universal praise from nearly every gaming publication online. The Metacritic score in currently hovering around 98 for the Xbox 360 version, making Grand Theft Auto V the best reviewed game of 2013. More →
Rockstar Games is about to let gamers everywhere virtually fulfill their longtime ambitions of knocking off liquor stores with their best buddies. In a new trailer for Grand Theft Auto Online, the multiplayer component for its upcoming Grand Theft Auto V game, Rockstar shows how it’s designed a large open city that lets players do almost whatever they want, whether it’s forming gangs with other players to commit crimes, engaging in races and other competitions or even buying apartments that can be used as hideouts. GTA Online will even let users design their own areas where they can invite others to participate in races or shoot-outs. Rockstar’s GTA Online trailer follows below. More →
As proof that the smartphones in our pockets and tablets in our bags are powerful enough to emulate formerly cutting-edge PlayStation 2 games from a decade ago, Rockstar revealed on Wednesday it will launch Grand Theft Auto Vice City: 10th Anniversary on Android and iOS this December 6th. Originally launched in October 2002, Vice City went on to become the best-selling game of the year, winning critical acclaim for its gameplay and recreation of Miami during the 1980s. More →
An Oklahoma lawmaker has proposed levying a new tax on violent video games. Oklahoma Democrat Will Fourkiller has suggested the tax be applied to all games that receive an ESRB rating, which is intended for adults only. In addition, Fourkiller thinks T-Rated games should also have a tax added to the cost of the games, since some include “simulated gambling.” But a tax on all T-Rated games would be too broad, Ars Technica points out, as there are also titles that are rated T for “cartoon violence, crude humor and suggestive themes.” Read on for more. More →
The hit game Grand Theft Auto III is now available for Android and iOS devices. Gamers will take to the streets of Liberty City to complete a variety of missions with a large cast of seedy characters, just like in the original version released 10 years ago on PlayStation 2. Rockstar Games promises hours of gameplay, updated graphics, HD quality and gameplay that has been optimized for touchscreen devices. Grand Theft Auto III is available in the Android Market and in the iTunes App Store now for $4.99.