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  • Summary: 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 goFive 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. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 58
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 58
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  1. This is still a four-star title, though definitely not for children. Just don't expect it to be something you can wave in front of your PS2-playing friends' faces.
  2. 100
    How can Rockstar follow this? San Andreas is a masterpiece; the outstanding gameplay from the first two games has been extended, tweaked and applied to a fresh, original and fascinating setting. There's more than enough meat to keep you going for months, and the sheer variety of gameplay is bewildering.
  3. Not only is it bigger and better, but it looks and feels so good on the Xbox so if you haven't already bought this game this is the definitive version to own.
  4. 92
    Not everything is so perfect with San Andreas though. First and foremost, the graphics aren't really Xbox quality.
  5. It's way more savvy than most movies about gang violence.
  6. GamePro
    90
    The most balanced version, combining the best qualities of the PC and PS2 games into one well-rounded offering. [Sept 2005, p.53]
  7. Play Magazine
    75
    There's a ton of mission variety, but whatever your pleasure, you're going to be doing a lot of driving to specified points on the map and entering a lot of red circles to initiate a lot of scripted events. [Aug 2005, p.48]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
  1. Jun 12, 2014
    10
    This game really brings back some good memories. What I liked the most about this game was that there was so much you were able to do. LikeThis game really brings back some good memories. What I liked the most about this game was that there was so much you were able to do. Like jetpacking around the city or, just going on a complete rampage against the cops. The graphics part of the game were basically amazing because it looked so real at the time and it looked like you were literally in an entire new world (which you kind of were in). It was by far one of the best in the GTA series, and if not the best. The newer ones like GTA5 are still really fun and amazing, and have a lot better graphics (At the time). But I still feel like San Andreas brought back better memories. This game was something very, very special. Expand
  2. Apr 16, 2013
    10
    THE BEST GRAND THEFT AUTO GAME AND OPEN-WORLD GAME EVER EVEN WITH THE OUTDATED GRAPHICS A huge world THREE CITIES,TOWNS AND EVEN A TON OFTHE BEST GRAND THEFT AUTO GAME AND OPEN-WORLD GAME EVER EVEN WITH THE OUTDATED GRAPHICS A huge world THREE CITIES,TOWNS AND EVEN A TON OF COUNTRYSIDE IT'S ALSO FUNNY I got the XBOX Originals version and I think it's the best version way better than the PS2 version Get it on Xbox Live If You Have A 360 It's The Best Xbox Original. Expand
  3. Aug 2, 2020
    10
    Honestly one of the best video games I've ever experienced!!!

    Warning: you will be addicted to this game
  4. BustaCapInIT
    Jun 10, 2005
    9
    Excellent game. Live the life of a Gangsta in the hood.
  5. Dec 16, 2020
    9
    My personal favorite GTA although I do believe they keep getting better. I love the story line in this gang, I love the fighting over gangMy personal favorite GTA although I do believe they keep getting better. I love the story line in this gang, I love the fighting over gang territories, the customization of Carl. I wish GTA would go back and do another game based more around gangs. My #1 classic for video games. Expand
  6. Daz(again!)
    Jul 6, 2005
    9
    OK OK i think my last review may have been a little harsh. Since posting the review i've tried the game again and really got into it OK OK i think my last review may have been a little harsh. Since posting the review i've tried the game again and really got into it now. I think the problem was that the first 10 to 15 missions were relatively boring but as soon as the action goes west or north then the missions are so much better. This game will NOT be going back to the shop for a refund. Expand
  7. Apr 13, 2020
    0
    Nie wiem czy to jest to bardzo dobry wieczór panieński serwis ogłoszeniowy w Polsce

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#13 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2005
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#2 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2005