Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is an action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games.
The game was released in 2004 for PlayStation 2, Xbox and Microsoft Windows. The game is set in the fictional state of San Andreas, which is based on California and Nevada. The story follows Carl "CJ" Johnson, who returns home to Los Santos from Liberty City after his mother's murder. CJ finds his old friends and family in disarray, and over the course of the game, embarks on a series of criminal acts.
The gameplay in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is similar to that of the previous two games in the series. The player controls a character who explores the game's world, interacts with non-player characters, and engages in combat. The game's world is an open environment which is larger than any of the previous entries in the series, featuring both a fictional urban environment and rural areas. Players can interact with the world, and certain objects within it, by physically navigating the character to that location.
In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the player can explore freely the game's open world and decide how to complete missions. They can either complete the missions to progress the story, or ignore the missions by indulging in various side-activities. The player can take up hobbies, go to work, or partake in various street races. Players can also steal, and later sell, cars. The world of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is larger than that of its predecessors, consisting of three fictional cities, Los Santos, San Fierro, and Las Venturas, and the surrounding countryside. The game is set in the year 1992, so players can listen to music from that era.
The graphics in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas are of a very high standard, with improvements in lighting and shading. The game uses a newly designed Rockstar Advanced Game Engine (RAGE) which is also used in Rockstar's other 2006 release, Bully. The engine delivers a mixture of rural and urban environments, and features an improved draw distance.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is a very replayable game, as there are many things to do within the game. The game also features a cheat mode that can be activated to access the game's missions, weapons, cars, and other items.
Overall, the game is very fun, but is short and can get repetitive. It also has a limited soundtrack.
- The game features a great soundtrack
- The game is large and open-ended
- The game has a lot of things to do
- The graphics are good
- The game is very replayable
- The game can get repetitive
- The game has a limited soundtrack
- The game can be too violent
- The game has a lot of bugs
- The game can feel dated