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January 27, 2014

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas hits Lumia, hard

Lock your car doors, find somewhere to hide and stay away from the feds, because Carl Johnson is coming to Windows Phone 8. Welcome Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Landing on gaming consoles during the mid noughties, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was the biggest selling game of a generation and continues to entertain people still to this day.

Set in 1992 and in a fictional state of San Andreas, the three major cities, Los Santos, San Fierro, and Las Venturas, become the playground for Carl “C.J.” Johnson.

Five years previously, C.J. managed to escape the police corruption, drugs and gang life but has now been called to return when his mother is murdered.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas police

With street life still much the same, C.J. is forced on a journey that takes him to all three major cities of San Andreas. His ultimate aim is to save the rest of his family and friends and to take control of the streets.

In case you wanted to know where you came in, you play as C.J.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has been remastered for the mobile screen, bringing new high-resolution graphics, an enriched colour palette, and improved character models that make everything look sharp and vibrant.

The improvements aren’t just reserved for the graphics, but the controls have also been redesigned for a mobile generation.

On-screen dual touch analogue sticks control most of the movement, whether C.J. is on foot, or in a (stolen) car.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas gang

Rockstar Games has removed all the unnecessary action controls to keep your focus purely on the gameplay, not worrying about what button to press to climb a wall. You just sprint into to it, if you’re wondering.

As you’d expect, the way people play games on mobile phones versus consoles is different, therefore the gameplay has been fine-tuned, too.

Newly implemented checkpoints allow for easier game progression. You don’t want to be stuck in a 30-minute mission when you’ve only got 10 minutes to play while sitting on a bus.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is aimed at a mature audience, so if you’re old enough, go ahead and download it today – for $6.99 (£5.49).

Are you a Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas fan? Are you playing this on your Nokia Lumia? Tell us what you think of it, in the comments below.