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.Read full description
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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
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.
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Ok first off, this is one the best GTA games because it is the longest GTA with over 30 hours of storyline and you have 3 cities to explore unlike other GTA games where you're just stuck in one city and best of all there are RPG elements to it that give this game a big + from all the other GTA games. The cities you get to explore are Los Santos which is based on Los Angeles and does a really good job with detailing the area and putting the ghetto into it and makes you feel like you actually live in the hood. You have the countryside between Los Santos and San Fierro and feels like you live in California with its lush forests. San Fierro which is based on San Francisco also does a good job and feels like a believable Bay Area city, The dessert between San Fierro and Las Venturas feels like a realistic mojave desert and is perfect(especially if you're a fallout fan) to explore. Las Venturas is based on Las Vegas and does an amazing job with its neon lights and casinos to make it a realstic metropolis. The game mechanics in this game are very heavliy improved from Vice City because you can now see your target's health and driving feels more loose in SA. You have gang wars which are pretty fun and lets you recruit your own gang members and take over other hoods by playing a little survival mini game. The soundtrack is amazing in this game and is very believable and feels you are actually living in the 90's and is my second favorite soundtrack after Vice City. Oh and using the jetpack is so much fun. Now the flaws on this game is that even though GTA SA is challenging it is also has very tedious missions, especially missions that involve using an airplane. Those missions are terrible, not fun at all and have the worst controls that I have ever seen in a video game. The story is flawed in many ways too and there is some character flaws here and there but the story isn't bad at all and it's very deep. The characters are also memorable too and good voice acting from Samuel L. Jackson. Yes he plays the main antagonist which also gives this game another +. Like I said earlier, this game is challenging and tedious at times but it's very rewarding and that's what makes a good video game. This I would say would be my favorite GTA game after Vice City and this game was worth playing through till the end and is a masterpiece.
This is an older game, yet even today the graphics and music are pretty good and a nice story line to go with it. Word of warning though, this game does have mature themes like any Grand Theft Auto, but this is also the game that stirred up a little of controversy with Hot Coffee. Thankfully they have removed all of that from the game by now, so if you are curious about it then you are out of luck. If you are looking for a fun game for a low price to spend your free time then this is a very safe bet for investing your entertainment dollars into.
Tutorials are a large part of almost every GTA game, This one is no different. There is a tutorial mission for driving and shooting, one for flying a plane, one for biking, one for...i don't even remember, a lot. Yet still, this one is a really great game! The story is a little weird at some point, for a GTA game (being afraid of a prosecution for a single murder? Please!) that if you can forget that, even the story is great! And boy, do we have missions here! There are like...4 games worth of story missions in this single game! No kidding, it took me a month, to complete the game! A month! And I played for hours every day! Also, there is a spider-man mod for this too, but GTA 4 is better if you're into that like me ;)
Simply the best GTA yet. It's a bold statement I know but I have a lot of reasons to back it up. First of all the protagonist, Carl Johnson, is a character you can relate a lot more than Michael, Franklin and especially that psycho Trevor. He isn't that evil and tries as he can to keep his family together and build something from nothing. He fights through bad means against the injustice the system has plagued him with. The supporting cast is also absolutely on point, with loyal friends, enemies and just plain a******s you have to deal with. So number one, the main story is much more appealing than GTA V. Yes the missions are usually easier but after the first twenty missions, the story really starts to get interesting. The voice actors deliver an absolutely stellar performance (Samuel L. Jackson, James Woods, MC Eiht, The Game, Axl Rose etc.) and the soundtrack is legendary. The whole 90s LA theme will remain with you years after playing. Another thing to absolutely adore about this game is the feeling of travelling and exploring. While the world isn't as big as GTA V it's definitely not something to scoff at. It's as big as Skyrim and contains three cities (Los Santos, San Fierro, Las Venturas), each very different and pretty big. We also have smaller communities, sea, air, grasslands and mountains; so we're talking about a true sandbox here. All this would mean almost nothing without a way to interact with the environment and keep yourself busy aside from the main story. And here's where this game really starts to shine. It's a true jack of all trades for transportation; so you're going to have a lot of fun just cruising around with your car, bike, motorcycle, boat, plane, train and the list goes on and on. Aside from this simple driving joy you have a lot of things to keep yourself busy with. A LOT. Eating, drinking, working out, dancing, gang wars, racing, playing poker, blackjack, buying houses and so forth. No other GTA has yet equaled the number of side activities and mini-games San Andreas has. Believe it or not, you can even be A COP in this game; yes, a GTA game. I could go on and on about San Andreas but you can get where I'm going. The only lesser points are simply faults of the era; aged graphics, having to mess around to get the Xbox controller to work properly and the lack of First Person view are the only cons that come to my mind. The truth is that two games have completely revolutionized the Open World genre and pushed the boundaries of freedom and choice; The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and GTA: San Andreas. Without them we probably wouldn't have any Skyrim, any GTA V, any Witcher 3, any Assassin's Creed. They started the revolution and still have a lot un-rivaled mechanics. Like fine wine they have gotten better with time and are as magical today as the day of release, almost two decades ago. So yes...Just buy it, play it and... search for UFOs and BigFoot.
Pretty good game, but graphics with its colour palette feel incredibly outdated nowadays, and even back in the day it wasn't anything amazing. Other than that, it's still great Grand Theft Auto 3/Vice City gameplay, so there is nothing to complain about in that department. It tried few new things, like trying to add RPG elements with stats, turning you fat, making your punches stronger, driving/flying better and overall trying to make side activities have a point and don't be a time wasters with nothing accomplished. It was great idea and it's sad this didn't catch on, but somewhat returned in GTA5, but there it was incredibly simplified. CJ is the first most human and relatable character in the entire series and you can really feel for him - he wasn't a talking blob like GTA guy in 3 or Tommy in Vice City. That's also admirable about this game. Soundtrack sadly was not my cup of tea, but that's why they've made playlist in PC version. Overall it's pretty good game and worth playing. If you don't have enough of GTA in your life, this one is a must.
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