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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Grand Theft Auto III is a game that is not meant for kids in any way whatsoever. The original console version was one of the more controversial titles in the video game industry's history and little has changed beyond the control scheme in this version. Players can lead a life of crime, shoot police officers (as well as civilians and gangsters), drink and drive, and have sex with prostitutes. Even the songs on the radio are filled with offensive language.
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Is it any good?
Let's be very clear: GRAND THEFT AUTO III is not -- and will never be -- a game for kids. The language, violence, and overt sexuality in it are entirely inappropriate for anyone under 17. Adult gamers who pick it up and enjoy action games that push the envelope will find it to be a captivating experience, however.
The game, now 10 years old, makes a very smooth transition to the iOS world, not changing its controversial gameplay, whose content sometimes overshadowed its groundbreaking achievements in the gaming world. The open world aspects of the game still shine through -- and the details that made the original so compelling are here as well. The control structure is a little too complicated, though, since there are so many actions to choose from. It clutters the screen on an iPad and truly overwhelms an iPhone or iPod Touch. And the aiming system isn't as advanced as newer titles by Rockstar. It would have been nice to see that updated a tad. Despite the flaws, it's still a momentous game and one of the deepest in the app store catalog for mature gamers. For $5, it's a steal.
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