PS2 Classics Dragon Quest VIII And GTA: San Andreas Move To Smartphones

By Spencer . December 12, 2013 . 12:06am

Square Enix and Rockstar Games just brought two massive PS2 games to iOS. You can get Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and if you have a Japanese account Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King.


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Dragon Quest VIII has been redesigned with a portrait layout and auto running. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas got upgrades too like enhanced graphics and custom music playlist support. There is a pretty big difference in price, though. Dragon Quest VIII is 2,800 yen ($27) while Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is just $6.99 on iTunes.


Dragon Quest VIII is also on Android and GTA: San Andreas will have Android version next week.

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  • $7 for San Andreas? Not bad… I might pick it up! That’s a stea–*remembers the controls*
    Man, can’t say I imagine that game working well at ALL on this platform.

    • yomachaser

      It hits android in like 5 days with full controller support and you can use hdmi to play on your tv.

  • Fox

    …Why the **** did they orient the screen vertically?

    Can’t SE make even one correct decision?

    • GH56734

      They said it’s so that people can play it with one hand.
      As for their decisions to disregard anything that’s not mobile and microtransactions, that’s another thing..

    • DanielGearSolid

      It looks like it’ll function perfectly for one handed play. There’s a YouTube vid of how it works, you should watch it

      • Fox

        Horizontal alignment can be played with one hand, too. Have you never seen any of SE’s other mobile ports?

        • DanielGearSolid

          Not saying it can’t… Tho I think it would be extremely awkward with phone sizes these days. Anyway the point is check out the video before you knock it

    • CirnoLakes

      You mean there isn’t a landscape version of the game?
      I really don’t want to play this game in portrait.

      • Fox

        There’s no indication that there will be any landscape view.

  • The one reason I still have a PS2 (the only game NOT to have the HD treatment on PS3) and it’s coming out on the wrong platform. -_-

    • There’s plenty of reasons to still have a PS2 kickin’ around ;)

      • John Diamond

        or an original ps3

        • It’s got quite a bunch of compatibility problems though ;(

          • Haganeren

            And PS2 can play PSone CD game, not the PS3.

          • Pereb

            Um, all PS3 models can play PS1 CDs.

          • Haganeren

            What ? I just tryied it and you’re right ! I didn’t know until now !

          • Pereb

            Yep, and the PS3 smoothing feature makes them look significantly better (you have to turn this on manually on settings menu).

          • Pereb

            Not the original, no. Unless you live in Europe. The NTSC 60GB model is fully compatible with 99% of PS2 games.

          • Lots of my favorite games dont work properly in the original PS3. Id put that “99%” in question.

          • Pereb

            Is your PS3 the 20, 60 or 80GB BC model? And which games if you don’t mind me asking?

          • It’s not my PS3, but my friend’s 60GB couldn’t run Tales of the Abyss properly (Coral Castle freeze) and Legendia worked horribly. Xenosaga 1 gets you stuck randomly. Tekken Tag Tournament worked horribly, too…

            Well, probably most PS2 games work well but my friend didn’t like it when he couldn’t progress ToA (until we swapped mem card files and progressed on my PS2).
            It’s kind of which titles don’t work well that bothers me :(

          • Pereb

            Yeah, your friend either had the PAL 60GB model or the NTSC 80GB model. They are not the “original” models. The original models (as in NTSC 20/60GB) do NOT have the issues you have listed. The difference is that the NTSC 20/60GB has the EE and the GS chips from the PS2 for full hardware emulation, whereas the PAL 60GB/NTSC 80GB model only had the GS.

          • The more you know! That’s pretty interesting.
            Wonder if it’s possible to find the old models online anymore?

          • Pereb

            Yeah, but they’re really expensive brand new, close to $2000. Used prices are much more affordable, but it’s less likely to last. If you’re going to look for one, make sure it’s the CECHA revision (or CECHB if you’re fine with the 20GB model).

          • Ali

            Dude don’t knock the PAL ps3, I have 2 copies and the backward compatibility work 100%, well atleast every ps2 game that i own…

          • Pereb

            The compatibility rate for PS2 games on a PAL PS3 is ~75%, you just happen not to own games that don’t work properly (or you don’t notice it when it’s not gamebreaking).

        • DON’T get me started on that! >_>
          I was going to get a PS3 at a later date, but when I heard they were scrapping PS2 backwards compatibility, I went to my local games store to put one on lay-by. Did that and by the time it came to pay off the rest and pick it up, you know what they told me? “Sorry, we accidentally sold it.” And the only model with backwards compatibility they had left was the f***ing display model! >_< I had to settle for the newer model WITHOUT backwards compatibility.
          I think I cost someone his job and I feel bad for it. But hey, shouldn't have sold my lay-by! xD

  • $27 for DQ8???

    • Steve Raineault

      Any DQ title is worth that or more.

  • chibidw

    How about PS2 Classic Dragon Quest VIII on the PS3 platform, Square?

    • Afternoon Intergalactic

      I’d gladly buy it again. And again.

  • 3PointDecoupage

    Stupid title had me think they were coming to PS2 classics

  • Pichi

    Really wish more publishers made use of Playstation mobile. Sony needs to get on top of that.

  • CirnoLakes

    I tried buying it, instead of it saying that it wasn’t available in my region. It said that my device wasn’t supported.

    Well, I hope that I can play it, in English, on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, soon.

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