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Gangstar: Miami Vindication

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Grand Theft Auto-wannabe that falls short.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Unlike some apps that you can pick up and instantly understand, Gangstar: Miami Vindication has a learning curve. Mastering driving in the game takes some time, and there is a lot of driving to be done. Once you've done so, things begin to get easier. The onscreen instructions are somewhat helpful and attempt to hold the player's hand in the early stages of the game.

Violence

Muggings, beatings, shootings, carjackings and more are a prominent theme in this game. The arsenal of weapons is extensive -- and much deeper than just pistols and fists. Throughout the game, players get their hands on grenades, flame throwers, and Molotov cocktails, to name a few. There is blood (however no closeups of blood or gore), but players do scream (or grunt) as you assault them.

Sex

Language throughout the game demeans women and makes several references to prostitution. Even for in-game radio ads for the local hospital make it sound like a brothel, referring to “happy endings”. Several female characters wear revealing outfits with plenty of cleavage as well. Characters urinate out in the open.

Language

Pretty much any obscene word you can imagine is used, including s--t, hellhole, ass and f--k. (And those are used in the game’s first 10 minutes.)

Consumerism

A link from the game’s main menu takes users to a page advertising other Gameloft titles.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drugs are referenced frequently. Even an in-game radio station refers to marijuana, with the words “42.0 Legalize It” sitting atop the screen.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Gangstar: Miami Vindication is a violence-filled racing game that attempts to copy the Grand Theft Auto formula. Beatings, shootings, foul language, and carjackings occur frequently, separated by driving missions. Women are presented as nothing more than objects and human life is worthless in the game. In essence: Your character's moral compass is broken. This game also connects to the Gameloft Live Lobby which has open, unregulated chat, a feature that Common Sense Media doesn't recommend for kids, tweens, and younger teens.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

GANGSTAR: MIAMI VINDICATION desperately wants to be confused with Grand Theft Auto. The game apes many of the best known characteristics of the Rockstar Games title, but fails to get the most important right: Story. GTA typically comes with an engaging plotline, but there’s nothing memorable here. The main character is a compilation of bad-guy clichés, stealing cars, urinating out in the open, and talking tough. It’s far from the worst clone on the market, but if you want to play Grand Theft Auto, just buy the real thing.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$6.99
Release date:September 23, 2010
Category:Racing Games
Publisher:Gameloft
Version:1.0.0
Minimum software requirements:OS 3.1.2, Android 2.1 and up

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Adult Written byNico9000 October 20, 2010
The game is great. It's better than the first. But it has a lot more mature content then the first. Several sexual references like "don't f--k roscoes girl. It won't be worth it" you do missions for a pimp and one mission has you convincing a hooker/porn star not to run off with the camera man. My personal favorite because it was funny sexual reference was "I didn't recognize you without the boss' c--k in your mouth. As you can tell there is a lot of foul language. S--t, f--k, a--, d--k, t-ts, c--k and b--ch are used throughout. It's not to bad on drug content. You hijack a boat which some gang uses to store coke. Then your boss apparently warns to snort it. It's a pretty violent game. Sniper rifles, RPGs, flamethrowers, baseball bats and more. There is some blood.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 10 years old October 17, 2010

Exactly like Grand Theft Auto, avoid it.

This is everything you want your kids to learn... NOT TO DO! You kill people including policemen, steal cars and helicopters, and a bunch of other gangster stuff. So its pretty much M rated on the violence alone, but when you add the language, its like higher than M rated. I cant deny thats its somewhat fun though, but there are plenty of better iTouch games.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent of a 13 year old Written bystuff man March 16, 2011

This thing is so cool!!

I love this thing!!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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