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'Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas' Android release met with overwhelmingly bad user reviews

by Mike Rougeau

December 19 2013

The Android release of GTA: San Andreas might have an issue or two. Is this what Android fans waited for?

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, which many consider to be the best GTA game ever despite it being almost a decade old, launched on iOS last week to mostly positive reviews. But Android users had to wait an extra week for the game to hit their platform of choice, and judging by the reviews so far they're not happy.

San Andreas hit the Google Play store on Dec. 19, and within hours had earned itself over 1,000 1-star reviews—out of just over 1,500 total reviews. It seems the bulk of players (roughly two thirds of those who have reviewed it) paying $6.99 for the Android version of the game are unable to begin the campaign or are facing other major issues. The number of negative reviews is rising steadily even as I write this.

Users claiming their game won't start or crashes when they try to get past its initial menu mention devices that include the Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4, Xperia Z, and more, not to mention various versions of the Android OS. So it seems whatever issues are plaguing GTA: San Andreas on Android aren't limited to a single device—or even a single family of devices.

The bottom line is you might want to think twice about buying San Andreas for your Android tablet, no matter how much you're looking forward to skydives and drive-bys on a touchscreen. I've reached out to Rockstar to find out what the developer is doing to address these issues, and I'll update here if I hear back.


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