One of the most important landmark in the history of gaming is arguably the introduction of open world, sandbox-style games. With its go-anywhere-you-want gameplay, gamers everywhere has been given more freedom than ever. And of course, you can't talk about sandbox-style games without talking about the Grand Theft Auto series by Rockstar Games, especially GTA III. Released in 2001, GTA III changed how we play our 3D games and is definitely one of the most influential games of all time. And now after a decade, GTA III is now available for the Mac. Well, better late than never I guess.
While iOS gaming continues to flourish by the day, the same can't be said with the Mac. Due to its proprietary hardware and other factors, the market of games in Apple's desktop operating system isn't that huge. But it seems that game developer Rockstar came to a realization that it's never too late to port their critically acclaimed series to the Mac. So now, Mac fans all over the world will now be able to experience Grand Theft Auto III.
The Grand Theft Auto series is currently on its 4th numbered title although there are multiple spinoffs and expansions that were made for both GTA 3 and 4 spanning many different consoles and handhelds. From the looks of it, the Mac version is a direct port of the Playstation 2 and Windows version so you can't really expect any new features. GTA III was considered to be a landmark video game title because it is one of the pioneer of sandbox-style games. Due to its concept and gameplay, the game received overwhelmingly positive feedback from both the media and customers. GTA III is no doubt a classic that any avid gamer should experience.
From the Mac App Store:
Crime does pay.
The hugely successful, highly controversial Grand Theft Auto franchise moves into three dimensions in the dark and seedy underworld of Liberty City.
With the freedom to go anywhere and jack anyone, Grand Theft Auto III puts the dark, intriguing and ruthless world of crime at your fingertips, if you have enough guts to take it.
The game is priced relatively cheap at $14.99 which isn't all that surprising due to how old the game is. Before you purchase and download the game, be sure that you have quite a little bit of space because you will be downloading around 700 MB worth of data plus installation.
So go ahead and download the game now and start roaming the streets of Liberty City, take on dangerous missions and all sorts of bad elements (even the law enforcements). Based on the current standard of games, yes it looks rather outdated. But if you can get past that, you are in for quite a fun time. Here's hoping Rockstar will port its spinoffs, Vice City and San Andreas as well.
Buy GTA III from the Mac App Store for $14.99. Requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later.Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback