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Grand Theft Auto Vice City is held back on Android

Updated XAPK file validation issue
Fri Dec 07 2012, 08:20

CONSOLE GAMES FAVOURITE Grand Theft Auto: Vice City isn't doing very well on Android devices at the moment as an XAPK file validation issue is leading many downloaders to give it a one star review.

We are using a Nexus 7, which is one of the game's supported devices. And we have had the XAPK file validation failed message twice already and have paid for and been refunded for the game the same number of times. We have asked Rockstar what's going on.

We could download the game onto an Iphone 5, but we aren't that stupid. The screen is much too small for those shenanigans.

We aren't alone in our frustrations, and a visit to the Google Play store shows that others have received the same message.

"It just pops up and says XAPK Validation Failed and never downloads the required data to run the game. Hopefully this gets fixed right away and my review will change to reflect that," says one.

"Rating 1 star for now due to XAPK error should of been handled better, I presume either the data isnt ready or game demand on their servers," adds another.

So far the game has a 1.6 out of five rating from around 200 reviewers. That should not be considered a glowing recommendation.

The game looks great though, from screenshots, and comments on the Apple App store are flattering in the extreme.

"Best game in the GTA series. So proud to be called an owner of it on IOS!!" gushes one, and "Awsome", adds another.

A reader, below, directed us towards a statement from Rockstar about the release.

On its blog the games firm said that the title is mistakenly available on the Android store, which should explain how we were able to download and pay for it twice, and advises users not to download it.

"We're aware that some users have attempted to download Vice City: 10th Anniversary Edition from the Google Play Store and have experienced validation errors," says the message.

"Just to be clear: the game is not available for Android devices just yet, and if you're seeing it listed on the Store then this is an error, and you shouldn't attempt to download it. We'll keep you up to date and let you know as soon as the game is live and available to purchase."

A note on the Rockstar support pages says that the team is aiming to get the game out by the end of next week. "Unforeseen technical issues," are blamed and apologies made.

If you have already paid for the game you will not be charged again when it is released proper. µ


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