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GTA: San Andreas comes to Windows Phone next week

GTA San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is Rockstar Games’ biggest release to mobile yet with a vast open-world covering the state of San Andreas and its three major cities – Los Santos, San Fierro and Las Venturas. While it has just released for iOS devices, Windows Phone users don’t have to wait long. According to Engadget:

Rockstar Games tells us that the promised Android and Windows Phone versions will hit next week.

GTA: San Andreas includes over 70 hours of gameplay featuring remastered, high-resolution graphics built specifically for mobile. We can’t wait to play this game. It’s probably going to look awesome on the Nokia Lumia 1520. Are you looking forward to this game? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Engadget; Thanks for the tip, RyanDaLyon!

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GTA: San Andreas comes to Windows Phone next week

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Let dice work out all the glitches and unstable game they created then we can fight for apps cause right now the game sucks.

My only issue is the constant crashing. I play with a friend of mine and every game one of us gets kicked to the dashboard, whether it be between games or during.

I agree... The game needs to work first before we can think if using apps linked to it.. Right now with lost saves, the game simply shutting down mid game, no servers found when searching etc DICE need to fix this pile o crap first

Then let all of us Win8 and RT owners be heard. 

We want to be able to command a squad, while taking a Sh*t !

What you just wrote, with that picture, scared me to the point I'm considering buying the guy a L925. :S

Ram is not the only problem. With only 8gb storage on my 820 I seem to only ever have two games installed max.

And to think that the original Playstation 2 version run on 32MB of RAM and a relatively slow DVD drive. They said they remastered the graphics, but THAT much? or are we forgetting how to optimize code? (I understand that PS2 was a totally closed system, and so easier to optimize, but still :-[)
Does the iOS version requieres iPhone 5? Anything before that did NOT have 1GB of RAM.

It's better than a high end PC but still looks really dated. The good thing is you can decide where to put certain buttons so that it fits your play style!

November and December are the best months for Windows phone apps/games.

Many popular apps/games coming these days. Even small developers are bringing their games to WP quickly.

Go easy on the guy. He's tapped out after buying his daily venti half double decaffeinated half-caf cappuccino latte frap, skim soy, extra whip, with a twist of lemon.

That's amazing i hope there wont be a y compromise on the 1020 in terms of raw graphics as rockstar has mentioned only selected numbers of wp8 devices will be supported. M also wondering will we see gta 4 next year as i remember even my pc had hard time playing this

yea GTAIV was very processor intensive. I ran it alright and had a quad core OC'ed 955BE at 3.8ghz. If it does release it will probably only be made for snapdragon 800 and up or maybe not even the 800 at that time.

Nah , GTA IV for mobile is about five years away . We should expect Liberty City Stories & Vice City Stories first

^ This. GTA IV is a very demanding and CPU+GPU intensive game. I don't think even the Snapdragon 800 can handle that.

We'll need to wait some years before we could even think about playing GTA IV on our phones

I wish they make an elder scrolls for mobile and release it for WP8. That would be a dream come true! :D
I know elder scrolls is made by a different company. ;)

I completely forgot Nokia made the nGage, man was a POS that was.  What were they thinking?  heh

For all that Nokia gets right now with design, that must have been some dark times for them.

Fingers crossed fella, but sadly i don't think it will be. MS seems to have forgotten WP has LIVE capable games. :-/

I would like to know this too but most likely it won't be. I'm still going to buy it though because it's that much of an great game.

I hope it does have Xbox integration as that would be great for the Windows Phone platform. If it doesn't, I'll be passing on the game as I'd rather play Xbox-certified games. I'll be letting Rockstar and Microsoft know why via Twitter too (#SaveXboxWP)

So glad the upgrade on my 521 comes in a few weeks. Time to get a more adequate phone so I'll quit missing out on games like this.

I spent my Nokia gift voucher on Killer Instinct Ultra Edition. Looks like I'll be charging this one to AT&T. :)

Lol, i don't have x1 yet so all of this will be going to WP. Supporting devs and all. Though if i had X1 i'd probably do the same :)

Spot on.
Don't get me wrong, I love the GTA franchise, I'm super-fun-happy for everyone that's excited it's arriving on WP (and - for a big title release - so quickly, for a change)...but I won't be getting it.
I don't want to play large, complex, and involving games on my phone...in the same way that I wouldn't want to play things like Angry Birds or Tile Path, on a console.
Horses for courses.
If I want to play GTA:SA, I'll do it at home, on my PS3, with a big screen and a proper controller.
If I'm gaming on the phone, that means I'm out and about, and so any game should be small, simple, easy to pick up/point down, and definitely not heavy on the battery.

That's just my opinion though. For the 99.8% that are pumped for, and primed to snatch up this undeniably important release, I hope GTA:SA is everything you want and expect it to be.
:-)

Oh my god oh my god oh my god ! This awesome !!!! Cant wait ! San Andreas is my all time favorite video game !
Got enough space for it in my 8X .... Fingers crossed it will run

How would we enter cheats?

step 1: pause game using back button

step 2: tap on the first item on the pause menu list saying "Enter Cheat Codes Here"

step 3: ... ... ... well you get the idea

I'd also be surprised if it is, but I sure hope it is. If not, I'll tell Rockstar and Microsoft that the lack of Xbox integration is the reason I didn't buy it. We'll see next week. #SaveXboxWP

Idiotic. If you'd skip a great game because of achievements, you deserve the free to play bullshit shovelware.

Er, i can play games for whatever reason i like thanks. Personally achievements are a big factor in games for me, and I'm making a stand against games that have no Xbox integration by not buying them. But if you want to go slagging people off for their interests go right ahead. Stay classy.

By not buying, you're doing more harm than good; the developer doesn't get motivated to invest their time, effort and money on the platform and then drop it. And why? Because children like you want them to spend extra time, money and effort in this "Xbox sh*t", for which they get no return from and have to deal with a dreadful process maintained by MS. Do you think WP has 90% of the market share to afford this? I'm from a time where people bought to, you know, ENJOY them, not for childish "achievements". Grow up.

Wow, that seems a bit unnecessary. Whatever makes you feel better though fella. I'll keep popping my childish achievements thanks.

What's unecessary is your condescendingly telling someone who cares about something (XBox integration) that their concerns are less important than yours. Viva la #SaveXboxWP movement; Down with condescending jerks.

Actually, buying a game that doesn't have features he watns would be doing more harm than good as it would be telling lazy game developers that they can get away with providing a lesser experience and still getting his money. If a game doesn't have the features he wants (Xbox achievements) then  he is completely justified in not buying it. He's not running a charity here. If you want him to buy a game that doesnt' have the features he wants then send him a check for $6.99. Otherwise, get off his case with your incredibly self-righteous, condescending "children like you" talk. You are the one who needs to grow up.

You're completely CLUELESS about developing process - besides having a low reading comprehension -, which is just one reason why I won't exchange words with such a kid whose most important thing in the day is to tweet something to someone. I actually have to work. "See ya".

Yes, please go away, and try not to be a condescending d-bag to your coworkers like you are here.

You can, and I can tell you what a stupid reason for not playing a game achievements are. Its like not watching a movie because it doesn't have an extras djsc. Its an objectively stupid position to take. You can take it, but you're wrong. Taking it on a public forum means that you've ASKED for people to respond. It's a really, really, really stupid reason not to play a game.

Don't let a few condescending ignoramuses get you down. We've got your back: #SaveXboxWP

What is stupid is you judging and belittling someone else simply because they have different sources of enjoyment than you. So you don't care much about achievements. Fine. But he does, and it's important to him (as it is to me), and we don't have to spend our own money on games that don't have the features we want. You telling us that that is a "really, really, really stupid reason not to play a game" is about as condescending as one can be. And for the record, Xbox achievements are awesome. They make games much better and I too will never buy a Windows Phone game that doesn't have Xbox integration.

Cheers to that, heatlight. I'm with you: No Xbox achievements, No buy. I find Xbox enabled games to be much more enjoyable and rewarding. These ignoramuses on here attacking you for having different interests than yours are nothing but condescending jerks. Stick to your guns. #SaveXboxWP

You're condescending. The guy only wants to play games that have Xbox achievements and you're telling him he's wrong? He knows what he likes. If this game doesn't have it then he doesn't want to play it. I'm with him: if a game doesn't come with Xbox achievements to me it isn't worth my time and I won't buy it. If you want to take the blue pill and play it, go for it, but don't sit here and call other people with a different idea of fun 'idiotic'.

Yeah I have an HTC 8XT and don't have much space for two or three big games to be installed. I hope one day we can install games on the SD Card.

Won't even be able to install if it is over 1.5GB - can't see making 6GB or so free space on L820. I was barely able to scrap enough space for Asphalt 7 and it was just below 1GB install...

1.63GB ? Well, that's a relief. I was expecting around 3GB like the xbox version .... Given the GTA III mobile was 900MB & Vice City was 1.1Gb .
Thanks dude

Good to see it coming to Windows phone but rockstar games are better to play on gaming consoles or pc which is the best. Such games on touch screen devices so uncomfortable to play. Windows phone will be releasing this game next week but my opinion don't release more such games on windows phone though its good for the ecosystem. I don't care about ios n droid at all. They don't think b4 releasing something except famous games

You find it uncomfortable to play such games on a touch screen brother. Some people argue saying there are no games on WP. Its better to have and not play than to want to play and not have. Get it.?

Hoping it includes some way to save game files to the cloud. Ny phone has a need to be reset every so few months due to faulty upgrades or defects which loses all game progress. Essentially making gaming on mobile for me a nonstarter. This is with the 920 though. Hope that changes next week somehow with the 1520. Maybe its a more stable phone?

The 920 is a very stable device imo. Mine never needed a hard reset, and working perfectly.

Maybe it's not the phone, but the user....

Nah my wife's 920 is a giant turd too. Her battery lasts about 5 hrs on full charge with no use. There are plenty of faulty phones out there. Play nice.

I wouldn't say its me. Sometimes even a simple upgrade (like last weeks gdr3 for example) has a slight chance of causing errors. After the upgrade, my device would not launch any third party apps. Had to then reset it. Too high of a chance of losing game progress if its not backed up OFF the device

So how do you manage to get that kind of usage with so many faulty and battery draining apps.? How do you know which one's good and which one isn't.? And two of my other friends have 920s as well, and they have experienced flickering as well. It really just ruins my experience when it happens.

Well, by testing....  What I usually do:  Install an app -> start it, setup -> check in background tasks if the app has automatically enabled it's task -> if I don't need it, turn off / if I need it keep it on -> reboot device (not necessary but recommended, there are some bugs with background tasks sometimes...).

If I've kept a background task on, I will notice (probably the next day, after a full charge) if it is draining the baterry more than it should, or not.... if it is:  either turn off bg task, or delete application. Done.

And also, read forums... people usually report faulty apps. Example: HERE Drive+. That app's background task was automatically enabled and caused many ppl RAPID battery drain.. I don't get my would I need background task from a navigation app...

But Daniel, how do you understand which app is causing the drain.? It doesn't show the statistics for it, right? Also, for me, i think WhatsApp is a big time battery hog. If i start chatting, i don't last 6 hours even on wifi, but normal browsing the web easily takes me for about 12 hours. I am really stunned. Happens on the 620 at my home too. Do you have any thoughts on that..??

No it doesn't... First, I don't install lots of bullsh*t apps.
Second, when your phone is normal, and doing your usual battery life, you will notice instantly if a fresh installed app is faulty and causing more drain...

Like my phone's battery is usually getting drained 1-2% / hour.
If with the same usage it's more, I notice it... if a restart doesn't help its probably a bad app... simple as this.

I haven't used WhatsApp yet, I'm using Viber so I have no idea...

@navidee 
That doesnt mean the phone is faulty... My phone can last 1.5 - 2 days with light usage (and always on WiFi + egde + 3-4 background tasks). The software itself had some errors (or let's say faulty apps) which drain the battery constantly, or some other app with a process stuck in the background... And again it's the user who can read forums, get information and solve problems like this. A correctly used phone with a non casual user doesn't have these problems imho.

@Jf.Vigor
Wow, what do you expect of a developer version fw, which is currently under developement and not finished yet (at least for Lumia 920)?  

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