Gangstar: West Coast Hustle
Gameloft
173 MB
$6.99


Gangstar: West Coast Hustle is a full 3D sandbox style game for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It comes with central missions, a storyline, side missions, and mini-games.  You are put into the life of a Mexican gangster and are quickly immersed into an over-the-top portrayal of Mexican gangsters. They do somewhat overdue the stereotype, but I find it rather funny at times.  While the storyline can be silly, it is also very immersive and addicting.  The missions combined with the ability to roam freely make this my new favorite game on my iPod. Most (if not all) iPhone/iPod gamers know that virtual controls are tricky and take work to implement correctly. It is easy to tell that Gameloft took the time to get the controls right. They give the player three control methods for driving, so you are sure to find the method that works best for you. I have found that the touch controls are my favorite by far, but I can use all three control methods. On a side note, I would like to see Gameloft implement a calibration or sensitivity option for the accelerator steering. The artwork used throughout Gangstar: West Coast Hustle is right on.  It is consistent in style and creative. I think it adds a lot to the overall perception and enjoyment of the game. I love the achievements that are located throughout the game. There is something fun about running over a pedestrian and getting a “cold blood” achievement. I can see Gangstar: West Coast Hustle being one of the few games that iPod/iPhone gamers actually try to finish (100% – complete all of the missions, side missions, mini-games, and achievements).

We have seen Payback and Car Jack Streets come with high expectation, and both of these games have failed to live up to the hype.  In order to play a true sandbox game in today’s gaming world, you need to have a believable 3D environment. Gangstar: West Coast Hustle delivers this and then some.  While the map is not huge, it is very impressive for a game on the App Store. The map is fifteen square city blocks giving a ton of space to explore. Gangstar: West Coast Hustle has that “it” factor that so many games are missing. It is just plain fun, and I keep finding myself wanting to play just a little more. It is the little things that count, and Gameloft did not leave them out.  Details such as the perfect-sized mini map, gun stores, service delivery, car rentals, side missions, and ramps add a lot to the game. I was very impressed by the level of detail included in this game.

I really wanted bigger and more intense cop chases in this game.  There isn’t that much difference between one badge (low wanted level) and five badges (high wanted level). I was expecting a little more aggressiveness at the high wanted levels. I hope that Gameloft can add a little to this in an update.  It is my only real annoyance with gameplay.  It is also very easy to just keep killing cops and buying health packs to survive. Also I would like to see helicopter, tanks, or motorcycles in an update or even as DLC. These would make the game a whole lot more fun to just explore and wreak havoc.

Gangstar: West Coast Hustle is a fantastic title that you would be crazy to miss out on. I am excited to see what Gameloft does next, and I have high expectations for games coming over the next few months. If Gangstar: West Coast Hustle is any indication, the app store is going to get even better. All-in-all Gangstar: West Coast Hustle a great game and a must buy for any iPhone or iPod Touch gamer.

9/10 - For a fully 3D great game, missing a few features (helicopters, tanks, motorcycles, etc.).



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