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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

by Rockstar Games
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Platform: Xbox
Edition: Standard
  • 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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Product Details

Platform: Xbox | Edition: Standard
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000AX21VI
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: September 13, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,625 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Platform: Xbox | Edition: Standard

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).

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


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


  • 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 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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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works great on xbox 360 March 23, 2007
Platform for Display:Xbox|Edition:Standard
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I hadn't seen anybody else talking about the 360, so i thought i'd add this. This game is compatible with the 360 and it is awsome! The black and white buttons on the xbox map to the "bumpers" on the 360, so all works quite well. This game is one of the most addictive games i've ever played. I highly recommend it for adults and mature teens who are already desensitised to gangs and violence.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREATEST GAME EVER MADE!!! September 24, 2005
Platform for Display:Xbox|Edition:Standard
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I've beaten both versions of San Andreas (ps2/Xbox) and I can honestly say that it is the greatest game I've ever played. Anyone who disagrees with me has obviously never played it all the way through or they used cheats to do so. GTA San Andreas is all out amazing and blows any game out there away. That is of course until a new GTA game comes out for the Ps3 or Xbox 360. If you've never played a GTA game or you didn't like the other GTA games, you still have to play San Andreas.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the best GTA game ever!! July 6, 2008
Platform for Display:Xbox|Edition:Standard
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I didn't even start playing this game until after I beat GTA IV when a friend recommended I check out some of the earlier games in the series. It's absolutely phenomenal! If you can deal with the certainly less-than-spectacular graphics when compared to current popular games (especially GTA IV), I promise you'll have a blast! There are actually many more side missions and fun things to do in this game than GTA IV. Even after beating the main storyline, you'll still have hours upon hours of extra tasks that you can complete. Rockstar should have remade this game for GTA IV. A must buy!!
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars would give it 6 stars November 25, 2005
By Mac
Platform for Display:Xbox|Edition:Standard
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is by far the best game I've ever played. Sure, it's so inappropriate it's laughable, but that's not the point. This is a revolutionary game, with probably one of the biggest worlds ever made in videogames. The radio is amazing, the story makes sense, and even though it's a GTA game, it still has family values. CJ tries to find out who killed his mom with his brother as they bring the Grove Street Families back from the grave. Excellent!

PS: To the kid who wrote the review about this game, with all due respect you really don't know what you're talking about mate. People don't buy this game because it teaches them great values, they buy it because it's a great game. It's not like after beating this game, I'm gonna go grab an AK-47 and go on a police massacre. Also, it says 'A Kid's Review'. That means you're under 13. This game is for 17 year olds and up...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the Land of Freedom [...] July 25, 2006
Platform for Display:Xbox|Edition:Standard
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Wow. This is easily one of the best games Ive ever played. There is so much to do and see its staggering. Every little thing you think you should be able to do you can. Ever see a tv in a game and wish you could play a video game on it? You can in San Andreas. This is the most complex game ever made. The actual gunplay could have been better but is way better then previous GTA games. The graphics kinda suck but who plays GTA for the graphics? I dont. All in all, this is a must have if you like action/racing games.

Presintation-10-The State of San Andreas is presented flawlessly. There are so many little things you can do its incredible.

Graphics-7-They suck. But who cares? The draw distance is impressive and theres tons of stuff onscreen at once. Animation is good too.

Sound 9.5- Gun sounds are weak but thaty the only trife I have with it. Some truly hilarious radio stations.

Gameplay-9.5- A HUGE open world to discover, lots of little stuff to do, fun shooting, great driving. Really great.

Replay-9.5-You will want to play through it many times and it will feel fresh because of how big the game is.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest game of all time November 30, 2005
Platform for Display:Xbox|Edition:Standard
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 1.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is by far one of the funnest games ever made. I've played this game from the time i woke up til the time I went to sleep at night taking time just to snack. If you have a PS2, Xbox, or PC you should definately buy this game, you probably won't be disapointed. I'm not going to comment on any rating stuff, but I like what Reviewer: "Cookies Yes, Crumbs No" said about it. Anyway, buy it now.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:Xbox|Edition:Standard
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I want to echo Jesse's comment below about playing this epic on XBOX 360. I played San Andreas on the PS2 over the more advanced XBOX version years ago because at the time the PS2 controller was superior for sandbox games.

I now have a large screen HDTV, and really wanted to see what it was like to play a superior version of the game with XBOX 360 controller - which now has the bumper buttons mapped to the PS2 bumper buttons exact.

As millions of fans can attest, this may be one of the greatest games ever made. Although the graphics pale in comparison to XBOX 360 titles, there isn't a single game in the XBOX 360 library that can top the fun and game-play experience that is San Andreas. Oblivion is an amazing experience that was maybe the most satisfying game I ever played. However, there is something about San Andreas that makes it the most fun game of all time and playing it on the XBOX 360 makes it seem like a brand new experience.

Also, in spite of what some review sites mention, the XBOX version of the game is superior to the PS2 version in every single category, especially for the graphics, load times, and 5.1 Dolby sound. Playing this game on the XBOX 360 sheds a whole new light on the accomplishments that this title achieved.

The only caveat is that the game is extremely violent and contains graphic language. This game can only be recommended for adults and folks who are not turned off from the mature theme.

Aside from that, this game deserves its place next to the all-time greats of the past few years: Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence, Ninja Gaiden Black, Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, and God of War 1 & 2.
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2.0 out of 5 stars My son loved it. However in order to play it on ...
My son loved it. However in order to play it on xbox 360 we had to go out and purchase a $100 hard drive. It worked for about 2 weeks now the game says it cant play on xbox 360. Read more
Published 24 days ago by doglover1971
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Colin
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this GTA game the best!
I bought GTA:San Andreas on kindle first and it was nice but very hard to steer:( I ended up wanting to break my kindle lol and cursing like a sailor so decided to buy the version... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Phoenix Rising
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work on Xbox 360
This DOES NOT work on xbox 360!! Don't purchase unless you are using the older version . Son very disappointed
Published 3 months ago by S. White
5.0 out of 5 stars Works!
Great game to have but... at the end.... It all going to come down to this: Are you going to play it? Is it worth the price paying for? Read more
Published 3 months ago by Adam st Germain
5.0 out of 5 stars what's not to like?
blowing up cop cars, betting a million dollars a spin on roulette, flying a harrier jet into military airspace, and snuffing out rival gangs. Read more
Published 5 months ago by jasonfifi
5.0 out of 5 stars SO VERY HAPPY
It was in brand new condition,it worked perfectly.I was so happy,it came with the map and everything.I would buy from here agian in an instant.
Published 6 months ago by Crystal knight
3.0 out of 5 stars GIFTED!
This was a simple gift. There needs to be a option box for gift. So we do not have to give it a rating? Just a thought?
Published 6 months ago by Jose
5.0 out of 5 stars Bosses son
Bought this item for my bosses son he loved it. Got brownie points win lol. Everyone was happy with it.
Published 6 months ago by christina bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars good game
classic gta game, enjoyed it alot, it represents the California complaints it was a fun entertaining game to mess with.
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