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What's it about?
In GANGSTAR NEW ORLEANS: ONLINE OPEN WORLD GAME, the latest in this series of open-world crime dramas, you play as a criminal in the Big Easy who's trying to start a gang with his pal. This isn't as easy as it sounds, since New Orleans already has lots of gangs. Apparently, it also has lots of weirdness, since you have to contend with a lot of over-the-top characters and even the occasional zombie.
Is it any good?
Like its name, this Grand Theft Auto-esque open-world crime game is awkward, unoriginal, and lacking any real punch. In Gangstar New Orleans: Online Open World Game, you have to run, gun, and drive around an open version of the Big Easy, committing crimes and murdering people in hopes of forming your own gang. But while this may sound like fun to some, it also sounds like a lot of other games that handle this kind of action better. For instance, while shooting is simplified to the point of you just hitting a button (no aiming required), moving around is awkward, especially if you like to look where you're going. Meanwhile, all your missions are rather pedestrian. In fact, the only mechanic that works well is driving, and that's only if you don't care how many people you run over on your way to the store.
But the biggest problem with this game is that it's nothing we haven't seen before. While the gameplay makes this feel like a low-rent Grand Theft Auto, its over-the-top characters peg this as more of a Saints Row rip-off. Even the setting isn't unique, since the recent Mafia III was also set in New Orleans. Adding insult to injury, the game is also buggy and, during this review, often crashed when starting up. All of this explains why Gangstar New Orleans: Online Open World Game, like its name, is rather dull, clunky, and uninspired.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Does it make you feel differently that you're shooting people, as opposed to aliens or monsters?
Talk about driving safety. This game doesn't penalize you for driving erratically or disobeying the rules of the road, but why do we have those rules, and why do you think you should obey them?
Discuss budgeting money. What makes more sense to you: spending real money for a car in this game or spending real money on a real car?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Price: free with microtransactions
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: April 14, 2017
- Category: Action Games
- Topics: Cars and Trucks
- Size: 822.00 MB
- Publisher: Gameloft
- Version: 1.01
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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