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  • Summary: [Metacritic's 2004 PS2 Game of the Year] 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.[Metacritic's 2004 PS2 Game of the Year] 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. [Rockstar] Expand
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  1. Computer Games Magazine
    100
    Somehow, Rockstar keeps the same old ingredients, adds a handful of new ones, and manages to create a great new recipe. [Feb 2005, p.NP-9]
  2. The game's targeting system has also been adjusted. Using triggers and both analog sticks (a la "Manhunt"), players take more complete control of C.J., and can have him run and strafe, change targets, and shoot in almost any direction, even while moving in another.
  3. With its strong story, well-written dialogue, terrific voice cast, impressive graphics, great in-game sound, and extremely entertaining and varied gameplay, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is a stupendous thrill ride that shouldn't be missed.
  4. This is arguably the most important videogame this year - yes, even more important than "Halo 2" - not only because it's a superbly crafted videogame, but because it's also a bona fide sociological artifact, one that manages to effectively evoke a specific time and place in American history—in this case, a hot and hazy California during the nascent days of hip-hop culture.
  5. 90
    San Andreas's chief advantage over "Vice City" is size. And for many players, that's good enough. But another group of fans will come to quietly understand that, at least for the time being, "Vice City" remains the high point of the GTA series.
  6. It would feel truer to the game's open environmental design if you could have more general goals: kill an enemy when and how you like; raise money for an objective through any method available; challenge random people to races.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 33 out of 627
  1. Blaze
    Oct 28, 2004
    10
    man what the hell are all you nuts out there who gave this game under a 9 talking about...this game is so damn hard and tops gta:3 and vice man what the hell are all you nuts out there who gave this game under a 9 talking about...this game is so damn hard and tops gta:3 and vice city, now im a fan of the gta series and i have to say without a doubt this i by far the best gta game ever i am a madden guy and i have to speak when i say gta trounces madden sorry madden maybe next year def. a $49.99 worthy game...ups to rockstar fa sho. Expand
  2. Nov 25, 2010
    10
    This is one of my favourite games of all time, it really capture los angeles and the california area i reckon, the gameplay was awesome andThis is one of my favourite games of all time, it really capture los angeles and the california area i reckon, the gameplay was awesome and the story surpasses any other game made during its time, 10/10 yes, grove street for life. Expand
  3. RomanS.
    Nov 23, 2004
    10
    Amazing...
  4. Nov 23, 2021
    10
    I bought this game for my 5 year old daughter. when I bought it, I asked the cashier to wrap for me. He asked who it was for. I said it wasI bought this game for my 5 year old daughter. when I bought it, I asked the cashier to wrap for me. He asked who it was for. I said it was for my daughter. She loves care bears so I thought this was the game she needed. I returned home that night. It was her birthday and I hadn't gotten anything yet so i handed the package to her. She unwrapped it with glee. She looked confused. Although i knew she was happy. My wife on the other hand, was furious. My daughter Johnathan loves the game. The bad thing is that I'm now divorced, my daughter has been in prison for the past 5 years and there is no sign of her coming out. I detest this game with a passion Expand
  5. Oct 24, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. GTA San Andreas can be one of the masterpiece during game history. There are many types of games such as shooting , adventure , formation , racing........ Well ,San Andreas is a highly free open world with combination of multiple elements above. This is what makes GTASA unique from many games. When I first started playing this game on my computer 11 years ago, It was like a treasure. I am still immersed in the big map of three cities, country and desert. Even with 100% completion, people can still find fun in the game itself with the exception of mod and SAMP. Turn to the storyline and plot ,GTA SA have the most rich and wonderful plot among GTA 3D series. Unlike the single Revenge story form Claude in GTA3 , the storyline of SA is long and tortuous, from the beginning of the gang's revival to the end of the frustrated group, with the main character having to do dirty work for the bad cop in order to protect his own brother. Then he went out and met friends and made money, bailed out his brother and began the final family revival for the final Armageddon and so on.... Inside the game feelings from different characters are full, Carl's course is full of growth and hard work. Back to the game, both PC and PS2 platform brings me a lots of fun. I will give a 10/10 for this masterpiece Expand
  6. Aug 14, 2012
    9
    A huge success, and a flawless sandbox game. It impressed me of It's outstanding story, addictive gameplay and kick-ass characters. SanA huge success, and a flawless sandbox game. It impressed me of It's outstanding story, addictive gameplay and kick-ass characters. San Andreas It's a special game, that I will remind it for years. 97 out of 100 Expand
  7. FuckinG@ng$t@
    Nov 1, 2004
    0
    I rated this game a 0, because HONESTLY, its so mother fucking incredible, I wanted to rate it 100 out of 10, but its not possible with theI rated this game a 0, because HONESTLY, its so mother fucking incredible, I wanted to rate it 100 out of 10, but its not possible with the given digits :( what a motherfucking masterpiece. I just moved from San Francisco to atlanta, so its good to visit "home" evey now and then. MAN cali is still pimpin it UP! and fuck the rest of the US. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL LOAD OF JIZZLE!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!! (im planning to enterprise the sale of "take my virginity, CJ" t-shirts. rockstar fo life) Expand

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