388183_4Gameloft just released their much anticipated Gangstar [link] game to the App Store today at the promised $6.99 price.

Gangstar, which is an enhanced port of their 2006 mobile handset title, is set in an expansive world (Los Angeles) that strives to bring the modern, 3D home console Grand Theft Auto experience to iPhone gamers. We took a detailed look at a preview copy of the title back in July.

The game is a free-roam sandbox affair, with LA being the sandbox. And the game world is actually modeled after LA with some accuracy. Hollywood, Santa Monica, South Central, and other well-known areas of the city are represented with many distinguishing characteristics in place. Portions of the game are also played through sequences that are flashbacks to Pedro's time in the Mexican pen.

This new trailer was also released today:

We were impressed by the game during our preview and will spend more time with the final version. Early impressions of the game are being collected in our forum.

App Store Link: Gangstar, $6.99

  • Rev

    Yay!

  • Rev

    Yay!

  • Twazzock

    It's out already? Wow

  • Twazzock

    It's out already? Wow

  • http://www.pixel-pandemonium.com Tanukitsune

    Gameloft has never pulled a mad sale before, right?

    I'd hate to pay full price only to see it for 99c the next day! D:

    • Adam

      the only "big" sale i know of is the hero of sparta sale. the most they would drop the price would be about $2-$3. i might just wait about a week or so and see what happens. although, theyve also lowered some prices on their games perminently.

  • http://www.pixel-pandemonium.com Tanukitsune

    Gameloft has never pulled a mad sale before, right?

    I'd hate to pay full price only to see it for 99c the next day! D:

    • Adam

      the only "big" sale i know of is the hero of sparta sale. the most they would drop the price would be about $2-$3. i might just wait about a week or so and see what happens. although, theyve also lowered some prices on their games perminently.

  • HerbertKornfeld

    The game may be good, but I just can’t get over the name. Gang Starr (http://bit.ly/1MQV8) has been around forever, guys; the name’s taken.

    • Zc456

      That's Gang Starr this is Gangstar.

      • HerbertKornfeld

        Oh, snap!

  • HerbertKornfeld

    The game may be good, but I just can’t get over the name. Gang Starr (http://bit.ly/1MQV8) has been around forever, guys; the name’s taken.

    • Zc456

      That's Gang Starr this is Gangstar.

      • HerbertKornfeld

        Oh, snap!

  • SalsaMD

    What happened to the 3GS specific version? : (

  • SalsaMD

    What happened to the 3GS specific version? : (

  • ltcommander.data

    Yes, are there enhancements for the 2nd gen iPod Touch and the iPhone 3G S? I'm not expecting a completely separate code base, but for a sandbox game like Gangster, the 2nd gen iPod Touch could easily support longer draw distances and more peds and vehicles. The iPhone 3G S even more so.

  • ltcommander.data

    Yes, are there enhancements for the 2nd gen iPod Touch and the iPhone 3G S? I'm not expecting a completely separate code base, but for a sandbox game like Gangster, the 2nd gen iPod Touch could easily support longer draw distances and more peds and vehicles. The iPhone 3G S even more so.

  • Cory Gillmore

    I can't believe they rated this game 12+. if it were on any other platform it would have easily been rated M. I think it's time the ESRB step in and start rating apps. It shouldn't be left up to the developer. The dev wants as many sales as possible so they're not going to want to exclude a huge age group from buying their app. So they don't rate it accurately.

    • crsrc

      yes, cause ratings prevent kids from buying mature games.

    • Dave

      Corey,

      I hear you. It should have an M rating. No question about it. Looks decent but I'll pass. I've had enough of these games. By the way anyone who complains at this point about a price drop when they buy their games on release day is ridiculous. Everyone now knows how the game is played.

  • Cory Gillmore

    I can't believe they rated this game 12+. if it were on any other platform it would have easily been rated M. I think it's time the ESRB step in and start rating apps. It shouldn't be left up to the developer. The dev wants as many sales as possible so they're not going to want to exclude a huge age group from buying their app. So they don't rate it accurately.

    • crsrc

      yes, cause ratings prevent kids from buying mature games.

    • Dave

      Corey,

      I hear you. It should have an M rating. No question about it. Looks decent but I'll pass. I've had enough of these games. By the way anyone who complains at this point about a price drop when they buy their games on release day is ridiculous. Everyone now knows how the game is played.

  • Cory Gillmore

    Yes, they actually do. So do parental controls. I always have to show my ID when buying M rated games. And the iPhones parental controls prevent kids from buying age inpropriate games. But when the games aren't being rated accurately it defeats the purpose.

    • Thaurin

      Let's also take away water pistols and tin soldiers from kids, because obviously they warp the infant mind exactly like comic books did back when.

      • Bob

        You make a good point!

  • Cory Gillmore

    Yes, they actually do. So do parental controls. I always have to show my ID when buying M rated games. And the iPhones parental controls prevent kids from buying age inpropriate games. But when the games aren't being rated accurately it defeats the purpose.

    • Thaurin

      Let's also take away water pistols and tin soldiers from kids, because obviously they warp the infant mind exactly like comic books did back when.

      • Bob

        You make a good point!

  • Cory Gillmore

    Great game by the way.

    • crsrc

      how are the controls? please tell me they don't only offer touch controls for driving and that the joystick floating

      • EDGE

        Motion controls are on by default for driving.

  • Cory Gillmore

    Great game by the way.

    • crsrc

      how are the controls? please tell me they don\'t only offer touch controls for driving and that the joystick floating

      • EDGE

        Motion controls are on by default for driving.

  • nerd

    yeahhhhhh

    another copy paste game from gameloft. this sux

  • nerd

    yeahhhhhh

    another copy paste game from gameloft. this sux

  • Andrew H

    i can't wait to play this...downloading as we speak.

  • http://na Andrew H

    i can't wait to play this...downloading as we speak.

  • http://macazine.skyrock.com benjamin

    does it run well on an ipod touch 2nd gen or 3G iphone?tests?results?crashes/problems?
    can someone make and/or post a gameplay video with some content of the game to show.
    thanks in advance.

  • http://macazine.skyrock.com benjamin

    does it run well on an ipod touch 2nd gen or 3G iphone?tests?results?crashes/problems?
    can someone make and/or post a gameplay video with some content of the game to show.
    thanks in advance.

  • Soulja

    So tired of the gameloft anger, they are putting games on the iPhone no one else is. I'm tired of the few hundred match 3 games or yet another word game. Who else has put out games like NFL 2010 or gangstar, you wait for EA to be your savior (they aren't).

  • Soulja

    So tired of the gameloft anger, they are putting games on the iPhone no one else is. I'm tired of the few hundred match 3 games or yet another word game. Who else has put out games like NFL 2010 or gangstar, you wait for EA to be your savior (they aren't).

  • Hobbs

    oh snap, i was gonna buy PayBack on the weekend, but for the extra 2 bucks, I'd rather get this. Hell, I'll wait till September 1st to get it. Knowing Gameloft, the game will probably be 50% off.

  • Hobbs

    oh snap, i was gonna buy PayBack on the weekend, but for the extra 2 bucks, I'd rather get this. Hell, I'll wait till September 1st to get it. Knowing Gameloft, the game will probably be 50% off.

  • Batik

    Look alright, but I'll wait for a sale of $1.99 or less, since I'm not going to play now anyway. Knowing Gameloft that will probably be in a few months.

  • peteo

    So After a few minutes controls seem good, like other gameloft games when walking. There is no calibration for driving with the accelerometer or wheel, they are not fast enough for me soIi have to use the stick control setting (a horizontal rectangle you slide your finger on). Really looks like a mini GTA 3 in your hand!
    Cant wait to play more, but im at work and have to go to some artsy fartsy thing with the wife after :(
    Oh well at least I can play in the car while she drives home!

  • Batik

    Look alright, but I'll wait for a sale of $1.99 or less, since I'm not going to play now anyway. Knowing Gameloft that will probably be in a few months.

  • peteo

    So After a few minutes controls seem good, like other gameloft games when walking. There is no calibration for driving with the accelerometer or wheel, they are not fast enough for me soIi have to use the stick control setting (a horizontal rectangle you slide your finger on). Really looks like a mini GTA 3 in your hand!
    Cant wait to play more, but im at work and have to go to some artsy fartsy thing with the wife after :(
    Oh well at least I can play in the car while she drives home!

  • Tekkaman

    It's freezing up on me I restarted, but it still is freezing. I'm on a 3G

  • Tekkaman

    It's freezing up on me I restarted, but it still is freezing. I'm on a 3G

  • http://dvdmixtape.com Jeff

    THIS GAME IS DOOOOOOPE

  • http://dvdmixtape.com Jeff

    THIS GAME IS DOOOOOOPE

  • iPound

    I'm getting like 20 to 30sec lags/about every 45sec when i play the game... Is anyone else having this problem??

    • Serro

      I have the lag too! It's absolutely unplayable for me!!! Loading also takes minutes. I'm on a 3G

      • Ipodman5000000

        Did you guys respring after the download?

      • Serro

        No chance... not even in safe mode as some suggest. I might as well have burnt the 7$, it might have been more entertaining :-(

      • iPound

        Foreal. It's unplayable.(I dident pay for mine :) I am on a 3G

      • iPound

        I downloaded it from a diff. server and it works fine now! Can't wait for Modern Combat!!!!

  • iPound

    I'm getting like 20 to 30sec lags/about every 45sec when i play the game... Is anyone else having this problem??

    • Serro

      I have the lag too! It's absolutely unplayable for me!!! Loading also takes minutes. I'm on a 3G

      • Ipodman5000000

        Did you guys respring after the download?

      • Serro

        No chance... not even in safe mode as some suggest. I might as well have burnt the 7$, it might have been more entertaining :-(

      • iPound

        Foreal. It's unplayable.(I dident pay for mine :) I am on a 3G

      • iPound

        I downloaded it from a diff. server and it works fine now! Can't wait for Modern Combat!!!!

  • Bob

    It's running nice and smooth for me, but I have an iPhone 3GS so it should run smooth for me.

  • Bob

    It's running nice and smooth for me, but I have an iPhone 3GS so it should run smooth for me.

  • Kintaro360

    Damn, now it really pays off buying the 3GS :D

    And for the GameLoft Haters: GameLoft is stil far away from being the EA of the iPhone and they have the balls for bigger projects than other "match 3" programmers.

  • Kintaro360

    Damn, now it really pays off buying the 3GS :D

    And for the GameLoft Haters: GameLoft is stil far away from being the EA of the iPhone and they have the balls for bigger projects than other "match 3" programmers.

  • Compton4Life

    This game looks terrible! It looks like Driver 1... The Iphone sucks

  • Compton4Life

    This game looks terrible! It looks like Driver 1... The Iphone sucks