GTA: Liberty City Stories comes to iOS, Pixelmator adds Apple Pencil tilt to more brushes

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Rockstar on Thursday launched a remastered iOS version of Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, while Pixelmator continued imrproving its illustration app to take advantage of the iPad Pro.

Liberty City Stories was originally released for Sony's PSP in 2005, and in its new incarnation sports graphical enhancements like Retina resolution, real-time lighting, an extended draw distance, and better textures and character art. Controls have been tweaked for a touch interface, and incorporate 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Players can nevertheless choose a third-party gamepad if they have one.

Other additions include cross-platform cloud saves through the Rockstar Social Club, and the ability to create a custom radio station via an iTunes playlist.

Players assume the role of Toni Cipriani, a mobster returning from exile who tries to bring Liberty City under the control of the Leone family. The game is similar in style to older console GTA games like Vice City and San Andreas, but with shorter missions built for portable devices.

Liberty City Stories costs $7, and runs on any iOS 8 device.


Another 30 brushes in Pixelmator now support the Apple Pencil's "tilt" feature, which allows for quick shading effects. The app only gained support for the Pencil and the iPad Pro with its previous update, most critically adding palm rejection.

The new version should also make Distort tools operate faster, and smooth out applying multiple effects to large images via the Pixelmator Photos Extension. Some quashed bugs include problems with changing text size and rotation, and a 3D Touch glitch that caused the app to crash when using peek and pop in an empty Gallery.

Pixelmator is $5, and runs on iPhones and iPads with iOS 9 or better.


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