Reviews and Problems with Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
10 September 2010
Excerpt: Let it be known right off the bat that I am not that big a fan of the series. I never picked up 3, but I did grab Vice City. While I certainly enjoyed the game it was by no means the best game around. Many people hailed it as being the definitive video game. Because of this, I was skeptical about buying San Andreas.
Excerpt: What can you do to better a franchise such as the Grand Theft Auto series? After the previous successes of GTA3 and Vice City, it was a question that only Rockstar could answer. Grand Theft Auto 3 was the game that broke new ground with it’s living and breathing 3D city, Vice City followed a year later, sharing the same concept but executing it better. We arrive at the point of this review with San Andreas; can it really live up to the skyscraper hype?
Conclusion: Imagining what a game of this nature will look like on the next generation of consoles both intrigues and frightens me. I really don’t need any better realistic killing sims beyond this. This was as down low as I’ll ever be willing to go. If San Andreas was populated by anything close to realistic-looking ancillary models (the hookers look like Gumby), I doubt I’d have even played it.
Excerpt: We have all heard of the scandal and controversy behind Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in 2005. Even through all the problems, this GTA game remains on the shelves in an edited version. San Andreas on the Xbox came out about a year after it did on the PlayStation 2. After all this time, is San Andreas really worth the time? IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d have to say yes. With all the added RPG elements, San Andreas is taking steps to build into the next generation titles.
Excerpt: I won't lie - when GTA San Andreas came out for the PS2, I had no interest. I was burned out on the whole "sandbox" gameplay genre that GTA had spawned. Now, with the recent controversy over the "Hot Coffee" issue, my curiosity was piqued in the actual game. Not in the hidden mini-game because I've already seen footage of that and it looked downright stupid.
Pros: Massive game world, Noticeable improvements in combat, Missions are varied and interesting, Interesting story and voice acting, Custom soundtrack, Tons of things to do
Cons: Character models are blocky, Textures has issues at higher speeds
Excerpt: You often hear sequels glorified by marketing departments with phrases like “bigger, bolder, and badder” than ever before. While this is often merely hype that leads to inevitable disappointment, if Rockstar wanted to market Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas this way they would be completely justified to do so – San Andreas is truly the biggest, boldest, and baddest game in the series yet.
Summary: I'm sure you didn't need to read a review to know how good this game was going to be and it has turned out to be one of the best if not the best game for the PlayStation 2 up to this point. Rockstar North can only be praised over and over for the sheer amount they have been able to add to the game in the time since Vice City's release and it really does make the game that much better than its predecessors.
Excerpt: Ask some gamers and there are probably only two games coming out this year to consoles -- Halo 2 and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas . I’ll spare you the lecture on just how many units the series has already sold and tell you that San Andreas is hype-worthy, and more than just a simple step up in the series like Vice City . San Andreas looks better than Vice City , but isn’t that great of a jump. The game still retains the same GTA style of graphics, but ups the details.
Excerpt: One of the most celebrated series of recent times has to be Rockstar North's Grand Theft Auto games. From the original top-down versions through to the huge-selling 3D incarnations of III and Vice City, not many games can match the popularity (or sales figures) of the GTA games. The two years that players have had to endure waiting for their next dose of street crime-related shenanigans has seen a couple of pretenders to the throne - notably True Crime: Streets of L.A.
Excerpt: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the newest game in a series of highly controversial and even more fun games. Not a gamer on the planet hasn't heard of this series or this game, and Rockstar isn't likely to let their flagship be forgotten. It is unfortunate than that some things in GTA: SA leave a bitter taste in one's mouth. Next to any other game that you could pick off the shelf, SA is a solid ten, bar none.
Pros: + Amazing amount of content
Cons: - Will seem very familiar to those who have played the prequels