Gangstar: Miami Vindication Review

By , on September 23, 2010

Gangstar: Miami Vindication
  • Publisher: Gameloft
  • Genre: Racing
  • Released: 23 Sep, 2010
  • Size: 503.8 MB
  • Price: $6.99
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5 out of 5


  • Mid-mission checkpoints.
  • Multiple control schemes unique to each vehicle/weapon.
  • Simple aim and cover system.


  • Relatively small area for a sandbox title.


Where Gangstar started out by putting a competent sandbox title on the App Store, Miami Vindication steps things up with its fun storyline, solid controls and great gameplay.

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At long last the next in the Gangstar series has hit the App Store and Gameloft have once again piled in just enough tweaks and flourishes to show that they're not just taking the easy way out when it comes to sequels.

Right off the bat I'm glad to say that other than the basic similarities shared by sandbox titles, this one feels right at home on the iPhone and situating the game in a 'modern' Miami setting makes it harder to make the obvious GTA comparisons. As you make your way through the relatively linear mission structure you'll get to drive a healthy variety of vehicles while dispatching enemies with the usual assortment of weaponry. The controls feel great and players can switch between touch or tilt controls for most vehicles, while the combat feels much smoother thanks to the ability to touch-target enemies and quickly hide behind cover.

While the game environment isn't massive, it still provides enough variety and hidden nooks and crannies for collectables to keep the game interesting for a long time. For those used to gaming in short bursts, the game also features a quick-menu system to jump to your next story point or even buy cars and weapons to get things done with the minimum of fuss.

While the game may not boast the same depth or customization of other sandbox titles, it feels just right for iDevices and with it's combination of great gameplay, visuals and a solid storyline, Gangstar: Miami Vindication is a game that's easy to recommend.


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