Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
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Let's cut to the chase. Unless you are offended by the mature themes presented in the game, this is one of those games that you have to have. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is everything that has ever been promised in video games. It presents an amazingly detailed, massive world, compelling story, variety of gameplay, great voice overs, and a killer soundtrack. The crazy part is Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is actually fun to play. This game will own you.


  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is a game you'll hear about for years
  • There has never been a videogame this massive in scope
  • It blows all the other GTA games and clones out of the water


  • PS2 is showing its age, graphically


  • Graphics: 4 - Everything looks amazing, except the people, they look a little blocky to be honest
  • Sound: 5+ - Samuel Jackson, Killer Licensed Music, in heaven all videogames sound this good
  • Concept: 5 - I would have never thought you could take the GTA franchise to a whole new level
  • Control: 4.5 - Easy to drive, steal, and shoot... but the remote control vehicles are a nightmare
  • Difficulty: 4.5 - It will take you a month, and some clever playing to get 100% on this game
  • Replay: 5 - Every time somebody comes over, this is the game you will pull out to show off your PS2
  • Rated: Mature - Sex, Violence, Crime, Drugs, Language... it's all here, this one is not for the kids
  • All scores are out of 5. The overall rating is not an average of the above scores.

If you are offended by game violence, and the stereotypes surrounding thug life, this is not the game for you. But if you saw Pulp Fiction, and enjoyed it at any level, then prepare yourself the the single greatest gaming experience of your life. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is one of the few games that actually can be said to raise the standards of the industry.

It's important to note that this is another GTA game. This means that you are going to play a criminal in a free roaming environment where you can steal, or kill most anything or anyone you can see. You can play the game however you'd like, whether that be trying to beat the missions or simply screwing around.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is set in the '90s, at the height of the media attention given to rap music and culture. You play as CJ, a young man who has come back to San Andreas to settle scores and take care of business. It should be noted that San Andreas is more of a state than a city. Unlike the other GTA titles, you have three cities to explore, and the hundreds of miles between them. Another major difference is that this time you must take care of your character, ala "The Sims," as appearance and health make a huge difference. Add to that schools to learn skills, tons of mini-games, and relationships and you can begin to understand why this game will steal so much of your time.

GTA: San Andreas is not for everyone. But if you don't mind the adult nature of the themes, there is no better game on the market.