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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Platform : Windows 2000, Windows XP
Rated: Mature
77 customer reviews

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V2.0
  • Drive through the largest GTA environment ever -- The game has three cities players can explore, for a gaming area 5 times larger than Vice City
  • Recruit new characters into a street gang and take over by leading drive-by shootings against rivals
  • Steal all-new vehicles, including bicycles
  • Improved fighting elements -- smoother hand-to-hand combat, plus the ability to hold a weapon in each hand
  • New graphics elements as cars get dirty and even rust, the longer you drive them
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Platform: PC | Edition: V2.0

Product Description

Five years ago Carl Johnson escaped from the pressures of life in Los Santos, San Andreas... a city tearing itself apart with gang trouble, drugs and corruption. Where film stars and millionaires do their best to avoid the dealers and gang-bangers. Now, it's the early 90s. Carl's got to go home. His mother has been murdered, his family has fallen apart and his childhood friends are all heading towards disaster. On his return to the neighborhood, a couple of corrupt cops frame him for homicide. CJ is forced on a journey that takes him across the entire state of San Andreas, to save his family and to take control of the streets. Liberty City. Vice City. Now San Andreas, a new chapter in the legendary series. Grand Theft Auto returns to the PlayStation 2 this October. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It may not be a splashy leap forward, but Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in its own deep, dark way does just as much to move and revolutionize video games as its two predecessors, Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. As in previous installments, here you play as a thug with problems you must steal and shoot your way out of, but the problems this time are disconcertingly more realistic. You play as Carl Johnson, known on the street as CJ, a likeable criminal type who has just returned to his hometown, Los Santos (a fictionalized Los Angeles), to find that his mother has been murdered and that the police have framed him for another murder. Reunions with his friends and a troubled relationship with his brother set off a sprawling, complex plot line, taking place at first in the immediate Los Santos area but eventually spilling into San Fierro (based on San Francisco) and Las Venturas (Las Vegas).

CJ
You play as Carl Johnson, known on the street as CJ.


This is an honest effort to create an engaging story about sympathetic characters caught up in a brutal environment that is on par with a movie or novel.

Gaming Gangsters

Where Vice City took its cues, with tongue firmly in cheek, from the 1980s television series Miami Vice, San Andreas is a sincere homage to early 1990s innercity gangster films like Menace 2 Society and Boyz ‘N the Hood. This is an honest effort to create an engaging story about sympathetic characters caught up in a brutal environment that is on par with a movie or novel. If that effort hits a few flat notes (you would have to be totally desensitized not to wonder if it's OK to make entertainment out of driveby shootings), it may also mark the first step toward video games growing up. The first thing that fans of earlier GTA games will notice is the range of action is much wider now: Along with shooting, running, and driving, there's now swimming, eating, working out, shopping, and, yes, getting a haircut. All this means the game has a fairly steep learning curve. But, though the pick-up-and-play appeal of Grand Theft Auto III may be long gone, your access to the action becomes fairly transparent after a little practice. My only serious complaint is that, with the controller now crowded with such previously unheard-of functions like "Gang Active" and "Talk Positive," you can drive only with the left analog stick. A minor point, but it makes cars a lot more difficult to handle.

Bikin’ it
Bicycles take on a surprisingly central role.

Vehicular Variety

It would be hard to surpass the variety of automobiles available in earlier games, and San Andreas wisely does not for the most part try to compete on that score. Instead, it's bicycles of all things that steal the show. The bikes' speed and flexibility are perfect for many of the missions, and there is something about cruising through the streets and basketball courts on a BMX that just feels right. If you play far enough into the game, you will also be rewarded with the chance to fly a number of aircraft, and flying is something Rockstar makes a greater effort to get right this time (welcome news for anyone who struggled with the planes and ‘copters of the earlier games).


Lackluster Graphics--but a Real Feel

Graphics--never a huge priority for Rockstar--actually take a step backward from the luscious, tropical look of Vice City. Textures are rendered with only a cursory attention to detail, and contours are often blocky. It scarcely matters, though, because no matter how San Andreas looks, it feels real. This is due in no small part to voice work by an all-star cast including Samuel L. Jackson, Ice T, James Woods, Peter Fonda, and Outkast's Big Boy and a stellar soundtrack with tunes by Soundgarden, 2Pac, Public Enemy, and even a few country classics from the likes of Willie Nelson. But it's not just realistic, San Andreas is also vast, encompassing three big urban centers and huge swaths of rural land (complete with shotgun-toting farmers) between them. This vastness does mean, however, that there can be a lot of tedious driving to get to the missions, which, along with some awkward sequencing of the cut scenes (they are in places stacked one on top of the other), means that there is a bit too much downtime. But never mind the quibbles. Ladies and gentlemen, we have another classic on our hands. --David Stoesz

Pros:

  • Astonishingly vast game space
  • Vivid character development
  • Complex, engaging plot
  • Enormous range of available actions

Cons:

  • Occasionally awkward game design
  • You can no longer steer cars with the directional buttons
  • Steep learning curve

What's Your Strategy?
Get mission strategies and detailed maps to achieve every objective with the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Official Strategy Guide.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Product Details

Platform: PC | Edition: V2.0
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  • ASIN: B000BD1AFA
  • Item Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: September 13, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,208 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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80 of 90 people found the following review helpful By J. M Quiggins on May 4, 2006
Platform for Display: PCEdition: V2.0
The version (2.0) has been altered to 'remove' the ability to 'hot coffee' mod the program.
This version (2.0), while still containing the violence, language, and sexual references was altered to remove the ability to de-clothe' the characters within the game.
The original release could be altered.
The version (2.0) was released due to a small public outcry about the nudity. AND a few 'activities' that are going on while in the 'nude'.....
Strange when you can remember the reasons why they tried to ban Grand Theft Auto 3 all those years ago.
This time around they don't even mention violence.
They are mad now because kids can see people 'nekkid'.
;-)
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By White Feather on March 5, 2006
Platform for Display: PCEdition: V2.0
FYI, If you enjoy modding to spice up your GTA world and enhance replayability you DO NOT WANT TO BUY VER 2.0!!! Due to lawsuits over the "hot coffee" mod, ver 2.0 was released with new code that prevents any mods from working. If you want to replace the Banshee with the new Ferrari Superamerica, or the Landstalker with an H2, you need ver 1.0. If you don't care about modding, then sit back and enjoy the ride...
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Lee on December 23, 2005
Platform for Display: PCEdition: V2.0
I like the GTA series of games and this one is great too. I can turn up my settings to max (My computer is over a year old) and there are no problems. The kid reviewer claims that he doesn't like the "N/F bomb". That is why this is rated M for Mature (so he should not even be playing it). To give the series a taste some things cannot be eliminated.

This is a fun games just exploring the city or completing missions.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Aaron D. on June 28, 2006
Platform for Display: PCEdition: V2.0
I bought this game a bit late (2 years after It came out)

but it still seemed state of the art to me! Loved the story, and gameplay has improved significantly

Pros-

-HUGE MAP, with 5 massave areas to explore

-TONS of vehicles- you might not see the same one twice!

-Cool new features, like vehicle customization

-Endless stuff to do!

-multiplayer mode

Cons-

-character customization prosess can be annoying

-If you leave the game on without pausing, you could be in for a bad supprise when you come back (ie, all your muscle going down)

Go buy this game, you will really like it
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GC on October 1, 2006
Platform for Display: PCEdition: V2.0
This game is literally the alpha and the omega of its genre.

The storyline was great, the characters were really good, the freedom and depth in the game was almost unbelievable. Planes, choppers, bikes, cars, you name it... Drug dealing, gun running, cop bribing, you name it.

Even still, this game had 2 or 3 pretty big flaws. Namely that it is not great graphically, but on a strong pc with a good graphics card, it is hard to really complain. What most bothered me is that on a half dozen or so missions, the objective was so poorly phrased so that I ended up spending a few hours trying to do the wrong thing entirely! I was flying the plane and trying to land it on a cliff instead of a hit a marker x thousand feet in the air! The directions for the mission said take it to the cliff so I did...

Also, some of the missions might take a lot of attempts before you succeed so have patience. As lame as my last quasi complaint is, I think the storyline could have been longer! I wanted to see a few more missions where Carl and Wuzi have fun after the big heist and I wish CJ would have had a definite resolution with Catalina.

If anyone has not planed any of the GTA games before, as I hadn't either, then this game might overwhelm you and the first couple nights, you will really hate it! But if you do buy it, be warned, this game will take about 2-3 weeks of playing 6-8 hours a day if you want to get close to 100% completion and it is addictive!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Park on March 31, 2007
Platform for Display: PCEdition: V2.0
great game. bought this during spring break and have been playing for non stop for a week. It works well with vista, although it crashes from time to time when I exist to view the map or when i jump to the desktop by using alt+tab. But no serious issues.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Pwning1By1 on December 13, 2005
Platform for Display: PCEdition: V2.0
If you liked Vice City, you'll love San Andreas. With more missions, car and character customizations and rival gang territories to take over, what could be better?

The games biggest downfall is the familiar feeling you get after a while, however, the new and improved options easily make it a winner and well worth the cash.

As a note, I had NO problems running this game with pretty much all options on high. I run a Dell 8300 3.0 HT, 1 GB ram, Radeon 9700 PRO and it flies!

Strap up and get ready to defend your 'hood.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DWJNewman on February 9, 2008
Platform for Display: PCEdition: V2.0
This game will be talked about not only for its controversial content but also for the pure fact that gaming was taken to a whole new level with the grand theft auto series that has been developed by Rockstar games. The world is expansive in its size, unitary in that fact that it is free roaming, and exquisite in the fact that the graphics (for its time) are amazing. The story line drives the player through the game, motivating through great segment after great segment of an almost never ending game, you will get your moneys worth with this one.
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