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8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 119 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 119
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  1. Jon
    Jun 22, 2005
    5
    Hmm. It's about time the GTA bubble were burst. If you're over 13 years old you're gonna need a bit more than a bit of random swearing to get excited about a computer game. The GTA experience goes something like this: drive from A to B (sometimes then on to C); get out of the car for the inevitable abrupt bout of gunplay: discover an atrocious and fiddly aiming system that Hmm. It's about time the GTA bubble were burst. If you're over 13 years old you're gonna need a bit more than a bit of random swearing to get excited about a computer game. The GTA experience goes something like this: drive from A to B (sometimes then on to C); get out of the car for the inevitable abrupt bout of gunplay: discover an atrocious and fiddly aiming system that will have you tearing your hair out even before the message MISSION FAILED flashes up on the screen. Then reload (cos who, after all, actually wants to go back to square one via hospital or police station?) This is BAD DESIGN, pure and simple. Sit up and take note, Rockstar: It's not size. It's what you do with it that counts. And this sandbox stunner deserves to be frisbeed through the nearest window. Expand
  2. AlecB.
    Sep 25, 2006
    5
    I thought it was a decent game but I like others a lot more. To me this GTA stuck out because every other GTA game is with the mob and real gangs. This one is all about street gangs that nobody has heard of.

Awards & Rankings

#17 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2005
#2 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2005
Metascore
93

Universal acclaim - based on 58 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 58
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 58
  3. Negative: 0 out of 58
  1. With its strong story, well-written dialogue, terrific voice cast, impressive graphics, and extremely entertaining and varied gameplay, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is a stupendous thrill ride that shouldn't be missed.
  2. Another major failing of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on the Xbox is the unnatural controller layout, and it's a fault that can't be too heavily attributed to the developers.
  3. But the move to Xbox feels like more of a formality-you don't really notice the slightly nicer environments, and if ever a game didn't need custom soundtracks, this is the one.