Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
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"delivers on nearly everything it promises while still being fun to just pick up and play." - GamesRadar.com
"filled with weeks of gameplay and unforgettable moments. It's not to be missed." - GameSpy.com
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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 filmstars and millionaires do their best to avoid the dealers and gangbangers.
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.
Polished graphics and new visual effects take full advantage of powerful PC hardware, offering impressive, superior visuals
An MP3 Radio Station and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound deliver an immersive aural experience that allows the player to customize the radio dial of San Andreas
Relive incredible action sequences - the instant Replay feature repeats the last 30 seconds of gameplay, complete with cinematic camera effects.
Player Modifications support, giving PC gamers the opportunity to create their own world within San Andreas.
Best in the series to date for PC gamersGmen | Nov. 30, 2013 | See all Gmen's reviews »
At the time of writing this, GTA V is not yet out on PC. GTA IV was a bit of a step down from San Andreas, which is as the heading suggests, about the best the series has to offer to date.
There are three large islands, much like previous titles such as GTA III and GTA: Vice City, for the player to commit all sorts of heinous crimes in, from hijacking cars and going for joyrides to doing drive-by shootings, robbing stores, and getting up to all sorts of criminal mischief. Couple this with a good albeit perhaps clichéd story, truly excellent voice acting providing for hilarious dialogue and cutscenes, characters that have immense depth, and a rocking in-car radio that allows you to listen to several stations all with licenced music and corny radio chat shows (V-Rock is always the best though) and you have a game that is one hell of a fun ride.
In addition to the main quests, there are also plenty of side quests and you can spend time levelling up your character so they can become the biggest, baddest gangster in the game. This is sandbox style gaming at its absolute best. Plenty of mods for the game will prolong your enjoyment for years to come, too.
My only real gripe would be the looks of the game. Not much changed in the years from GTA III through Vice City to this, so it isn’t particularly pretty. Other than that, the controls aren’t particularly good either, but this is a minor issue.
If you’re looking to get in to the series before GTA V comes along, then get San Andreas.
One of the best GTA games out thereHighlander9782 | Nov. 10, 2013 | See all Highlander9782's reviews »
The content of this game is very expansive including the largest map I've seen in a game which will take hours just to cover all the land while driving. The music in the game on the radio stations are very diverse and cover all types of music, my favorite being the Radio X station with metal music. The story is very immersive and includes a likeable main character you can root for. If you're a fan of the GTA series, this is a definite buy.
Excellent game for it's timeKalmado | Oct. 26, 2013 | See all Kalmado's reviews »
I have never been a huge fan of the GTA series but this game really delivers. Take into consideration when it was released and just enjoy what San Andreas has to offer and you will immerse yourself in it's world.
One gripe is the known stutter problem. It can be very irritating until you find just the right settings for your pc to make it work correctly.
Overall this is a great game to add to the library.
Best in the serieseL_Jay | Oct. 24, 2013 | See all eL_Jay's reviews »
Even though the graphics were already outdated a year before this game launched on PC, it still is the best GTA in the series. In this game Rockstar really mastered the Renderware engine and build one of the greatest sandboxes of all time. From the size of the map and the number of vehicles to places to eat and the radiostations. Everything got bigger better and even more ridiculous. The only thing that seemed to be inferiour to Vice City was the story line, therefore most of my playthroughs end somewhere Las Venturas. And of course Rockstar is still a crappy pc-porter. However the sheer diversity and almost limitless amount of things to do more then make up for it. You could work out at a gym, go skydiving, get your driving/sailing/flying-license or gamble. In 2005 i would rate this game a 9.8. in 2013 an 8.2
Great gameNova4 | Sept. 25, 2013 | See all Nova4's reviews »
Is kinda old, but is an hell fun game, all the animations are well made, all the characters are interesting, do everything is fun... excep the flying mechanics, that are horrible... and you can not skip the flying misions, if you had pacience enough to beat it, you will had one of the best games ever made, without the horrible flying mechanics i would be a 10/10. So check it ou!