Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas review (Xbox)

Valenka | 917d ago | User review
Reviewing: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Welcome to San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the eighth chronological instalment in the Grand Theft Auto series, and the second best selling game in the entire franchise, behind Grand Theft Auto IV. San Andreas revolves around Carl "CJ" Johnson returning home to San Andreas from Liberty City after learning that his mother was killed in a violent gang shootout. Throughout the game, Carl tries to uncover the truth behind his mother's death.

The gameplay is definitely a major improvement when compared to Vice City - there are more side questions, missions, and definitely more fun. Rockstar included new features to the game, such as going to the gym to build up muscle and burn fat, improve stamina and learn new fighting moves. They've also included fast food restaurants where you must go to eat to maintain energy, and clothing stores to purchase new threads. There are a wide array of new missions relating to the story and optional side missions as well, to earn respect and money. You can unlock new vehicles through races and customize them at auto body shops.

The graphics are decent for a game of its age, but seem to be improved slightly on the Xbox 360 if purchased through the marketplace. The graphics overall seem to be a re-run of Vice City's, but with some improvements. Vehicle damage hasn't been improved much, but it's still impressive for its time. There's not much else to mention when it comes down to it.

The audio in the game is fantastic, from the conversations on the streets to the great soundtrack. In Vice City, a lot of the music was music I heard in my childhood, and in San Andreas, they took some oldies as well as songs of the same era, so you'll definitely hear something you know and love. The talk-show stations are wildly amusing, so you'll definitely spend a lot of the time in a parked car just listening in. As you can expect, the game is riddled with swears from the F word to the N word and back around the block, but that's why the game is rated M for mature. If you're avid against vulgarity, then it's best you either mute the television or take it all with a grain of salt.

As a whole, the game has its flaws and some of them will get on your nerves - like cars spinning out when making a simple turn or drift - but others, you won't really notice unless you play the game with a critique-mindset. The story will make you want to play the game until the end and the side quests, freedom and excitement will keep you playing even after you finish the game. In a graphical sense, it's nothing special like Heavy Rain or Uncharted, but it looks great given its time period. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is definitely a game that everyone needs to play.
Ups
Gripping storyline
Open-world fun
Incredibly large replay value
Downs
Clunky controls
Some repetitiveness
Score
7.5
Graphics
8.0
Sound
9.5
Gameplay
9.5
Fun factor
0.0
Online
9.8
Overall (out of 10 / not an average)
Raf1k1  +   916d ago
Brings back good memories. I loved GTA:SA and is one of the few games I've played multiple times.
Valenka  +   916d ago
I agree entirely. It's the only game I'd ever wake up and immediately want to play.
Pwnage18202  +   916d ago
LOL i felt so accomplished once i beat SA that i wanted to play it again
adamant715  +   915d ago
Absolutely loved this game. ^-^ So glad that GTA5 is going back to San Andreas. :D
im_right  +   914d ago
But will GTA5 have all the fun endless features GTA San Andreas has plus more? I think not...
coolbeans  +   913d ago
Basically the same score I would give this one. The only GTA game that can stand shoulder to shoulder with the technical/gameplay marvel of GTA3 (which I give a 10).

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Average Score 8.5 Reviews(2)
Release Dates
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PC Release Dates
EU 10 June 2005
US 20 September 2005
PS2 Release Dates
EU 29 October 2004
US 08 October 2005
PS3 Release Dates
Xbox Release Dates
EU 10 June 2005
US 15 September 2005
Xbox 360 Release Dates