Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas review
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The good:

- Freedom, San Andreas is immense and you can go where ever you want, when ever you want, however you want.
- Lots of weapon, ranging from a purple *bleep* and some flowers, to a flamethrower and a RPG.
- Replayability, this game never gets boring, just like it's predecessors.
- Soundtrack, this game features a lot of hits from the nineties. But you can also import your own music.
- Humor, I often laughed my ass off while playing. Especially WCTR (a radio station from the game) is a joy to listen to.

The bad:

- Some missions are frustratingly hard, while others are way too easy.
- Graphics, I don't think they're that bad. But I heard some people complain about them. Sure they aren't as good as DoomIII's and HL²'s graphics but they're good enough.


For those who care, I'll give a little summary of the story...
Five years ago Carl Johson escaped from the pressures of life in Los Santos, San Andreas; a city tearing itself apart with gangtrouble, drugs and corruption.

Now it's the 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.

Gameplay: 5/5
The gameplay is one of the best I've ever seen. I have all GTA's and this one is the best. No doubt about that.
The missions are great, although some or too hard and some are too easy...
San Andreas is immense, it takes quite a while to get from one side to the other. And why wouldn't you stop in between? Because there's fun stuff to do everywhere. I love just riding around on a motor, finding weapons, annoying the cops and exploring the huge world.
You can do just about anything in this game. Want more muscles or a better stamina? Go to the gym. Want to win some money? Play some pool. Don't like your haircut? Get a new one. You can even get a tattoo. If you lost health in a firefight, you'll have to eat to replenish it. You can buy bodyarmor and weapons, but of course you can find those too.
There are some sidemissions too. For instance you have to spray the GroveStreet gang tag over the tags of enemy gangs. And there are several locations which you have to photograph. The makers also left a lot of eastereggs (little secrets). Like a purple *bleep* which you can use as a weapon...

Replayability: 5/5
The replay value is immense. I can imagine myself still playing this game over a year. There's so much to do, so much to find. So much of everything. Not to mention all the mods that will come out.

Graphics: 3/5
The graphics are pretty good. Like mentioned above they're not as good as DoomIII's and HL²'s, but who cares?! The gameplay's so good you won't even notice it. And you don't need a high end videocard either. My Geforce FX5700LE runs it at maxed out settings, no AA or AF and at a resolution of 1280x1024. I lowered that to 1024x768 for a better FPS at some parts when I'm driving through the huge open dessert, or the country land at high speeds.

Soundtrack: 4/5
There are a lot of radio stations with often very funny comments. They all have their own style, there's a rap station, a country station, a rock station etc. They have a lot of hits from the nineties.
But you can also import your own music.

Total: 4.5/5
The average of the grades I gave is 4.25, but I'll give it a 4.5 because of the feel which I just can't explain. This game is a must have. I don't understand why you even bother reading this...

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