Friday, March 17, 2006

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

They've done a fine job of squeezing GTA3D onto a handheld. Technically, it's very impressive indeed. It's fun as well, to a point. That point being where you realise that it's really, really hard to control. As ever with 3D GTA games, the on-foot sections are the hardest to control, but this surpasses anything that's gone before in the "no, not that way!" stakes. Partially due to the rubish analogue nub, partially due to the sensitivity of changes in directions, and partially due to the camera that gets stuck behind the nearest building whenever it can ... it's just very frustrating.

It's frustrating because I love the GTA games, and want to be able to play this. And when I'm playing it, it's fun, but I'm continually thinking that it would be so much better on a home console where I could control the character.

Having said that, Ive played it loads and still want to play it some more, so it must be doing something right.

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