393580_largerWell, this is weird. Breaking free of the Wednesday night release cycle, Gameloft's Gangstar Vegas [$2.99] hit the App Store at about 4:00 AM Central this morning. We've been covering Gangstar quite a bit, and with the release of the first of three developer diaries released this week we had our bets on a release next week at the earliest. But, hey, earlier is always better, right?

Initial impressions in our forums seem remarkably positive, which isn't that surprising considering how hyped up people have been for this game. We're giving it a download now, weighing in at a hefty 1.4GB straight from iTunes and 2.6GB installed, this is going to take a while, but we'll have more coverage on the game shortly.

  • jeffyg3

    Hmmm...ha maybe it won't be crappy this time =

  • Grummie

    Amazing

  • JBRUU

    Better than Rio in every possible way. If you like this sort of thing, it's worth your $7 many times over.

  • acam333

    How much memory is it once installed?

    • garret44

      Really?

      • handycapman

        Read much man?

    • iammane

      2.6gb

      • valz34

        WTF!! O_o i think i need 64gb!!

  • GameExp3rt

    My fav was one he's says,
    you're right he's alright and punches the guy. In the face

  • err404

    I'm not the biggest Gameloft fan, but thank you for not forcing this into a freemium model.

  • B3nlok

    Looks like gameloft really got stuck in the past. I mean this is 2013 ffs, we now have 2 awesome gta ports available on appstore at similar price , we have idevices multiple times faster than what we had back in 2011(last gangstar game), competition go stronger than ever for gameloft, yet they still act as if nothing had happened in the last two years,.Im not going into details as i wont bother downloading this, but from the videos ive seen and all surrounding reactions it seems really bizarre some of the poor decisions made by GL. From the silent launch date with no hype whatsoever to the premium price tag choice in a game with so poor production values and any ambition.

    GL,Defence Force Bring it on!

    • JBRUU

      Nice troll attempt. Most of what you said was so ridiculous, I'm not even going to dignify your points with a proper response.

      • B3nlok

        Well you can go hostile and emotional and downvote me if you want, but that wont help you or Gameloft nor will invalidate my points. Infact overreaction and your usual hyperboles pro GL it speaks volumes about who you are.

      • JBRUU

        Calling your comment ridiculous isn't a hyperbole. Your original comment? Now that was full of hyperboles.

        How about this: play the game, then come back and give your impressions. I loathed everything about Rio, but Vegas is head and shoulders the best thing Gameloft has put out this year (not saying much). Will it being beating out Vice City orGTA III anytime soon? No, but it isn't even in the same vein of sandbox crime - I'm getting a Saint's Row vibe after putting 2+ hours into it. For $7 this is a steal. The sheer production values are astounding, and the nearly two years of development time really does show. It won't be winning any awards for originality, but I'm not cringing every other second, either.

  • Professionalbum

    I'll get it when it's 99 cents in six months; that's one positive thing to say a out Gameloft titles. And no I'm not hating its just their nature of selling titles over the years.

  • Jesse7277

    Any comments on how the iPad mini handles it?

    • uplaynation

      ipad 2 having laggy framerate, only 30 plus ram available while running only this app...

      • Jesse7277

        Thanks

  • crocydie90

    For me does it matter for the price what I really mad I just buy it but not enough storage it take 2.6gb though was 1.6gb and never download that much go

  • Ben Norvell

    Damn that was fast, downloading right now. The fact that its not freemium gives me hope for gamelofts future games

  • Jeff432

    Gangstar has been my favorite iOS game series since Miami Vindication. When using my iPhone 5, I greatly prefer the Gangstar games over Rockstar's GTA ports.

  • Taeles

    Gamecenter enabled with 50 achievements :)

  • eventide

    It's just too hard for me to support the blatant copy cat, quick cash in tactics of this company. Pass.

  • Lamar Taylor

    I downloaded this game on my iPad 4, iPad Mini, and my iPhone 5 and it runs smooth on all 3 devices. The sound is great and I recommend using a wireless Bluetooth speaker to boost the audio effects. The only negative is the size of the game and the 2.6 GB's of free space it requires.

    It's $7 but the missions are fun and they fixed the shooting issues from past games. Give it a try before complaining or bashing the game.

  • johnsap

    Hello...when will that be available in android?

    • Jesse7277

      No exact date. It will be available for droid but not at this time.

  • johnsap

    Hi i just wanyed ro ask when this game be available on android ?

  • blakedaking

    2.6gb is just too big of a file. I do appreciate where ios games are going though.