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#30431 - 10/29/04 05:03 PM GTA San Andreas
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Title: GTA
Album: San Andreas
Manufacturer: Rockstar north
Publisher: Rockstar North

I just bought this game for the PS 2 last night. I must say I had high expectations and I am not dissapointed. The sound track is the best yet(GTA series is know to have good sound tracks). For those of you not familar, while drive cars, motor bikes, or most any form of transportation you can listen to the radio. You can change stations to about 10 different radio stations.

Sound track includes
Easy E
Dr. Dre
Snoop
Guns and Roses
Rage Against the Machine
Slick Rick
Doc
Ice Cube
and many more

You are a black man this time. You have been out east in liberty city(New York in GTA world) and you come back to San Andreas(LA in GTA world) because your mother was killed in a drive by shooting in her house. You used to belong to a gang and your older brother still dose. You are thrust back into gang banging in the early 90's.

You have more to account for in this version. YOu have to earn street respect, build muscle, stamina, sexual appeal, keep fat low, eat, work out. Instead of looking for hidden packages this time, you have to tag over rival gangs tags. There are 100 of these to do.

You can now ride bicycles. As a matter of fact this is the first thing you will ride. You can do drive by's on bikes. You also have to build your biking skills up. You have to build your driving skills up.

The game starts and no one respects you. it seems our charater was a punk before he left. Your friends are used to you bailing out at crucial moments. They keep refering to you as a busta. And say, don't bust on me.

A few other things different this time, You can now climb walls, fences, boxes, etc. You can now reply to people on the street when they say things
[<] for a negative response [>] for a positive response. Hand fighting is more realistic and gets quicker as you build up stats. at fisrt you can go toe to toe with a hoe for a while before you get her money. You have to eat in this one. There is a meter for this. If you eat too much your fat count will go up, if you do not eat, you will loose energy and not be able to run fast as far.

Things that are the same. You can still do taxi missions to get cash, ambulance missions, I have not yet done a police mission/vigilante mission.


I played for 6 hrs so far. I have yet to cover 1/8th of the board map. I started in the south east of the map. I drove north for 15 minutes and didn't hardly dent the map. I still have just barely looked at the city. And this is not because I was blocked. The city is HUGE compared to the last 2. Plan to be playing this for a long while.

Oh one cool but so far useless thing is the ability to better customise your charaters dress. You can go into a store not and shop. You pick the pants from a list, the shirt, hat, jewlery, the works. This is a slow process. You can not see itemes until you have your chartater go into the dressing room, put them on and come out for you to look. then you can buy or try something else on. This is a pain. This aside, Rockstar did it again.

Some screen captures
http://www.gta-sanandreas.com/screenshots/index.php


I give it **** ot of *****

Graphics (skins on people could be better sometimes boobs are lumpy faces have edges to them)

Lighting is great

music is perfect match for timeframe

cars have better paint skins this time.(some better reflectiveness)

some controlls are different and this is sometimes more cumbersome. Not sure I like these changes so much.

All in all, 4 out of 5 from me is and awsome score. It isn't the best graphics. There are far worse, but I want much better than GTA 3 2 version later. I want easy controllls, and I think the shopig for clothese will most likely not make it to the next game. This is just too tedious and pointless.
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#30432 - 10/29/04 05:15 PM Re: Game: GTA San Andreas
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Oh how could I forget. You can swim now. No more instant death when you hit the water.
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#30433 - 10/30/04 09:50 AM Re: Game: GTA San Andreas
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man, when it comes out on the PC i am gonna get it :]

Sounds like a sweet as game dude
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#30434 - 11/01/04 10:22 AM Re: Game: GTA San Andreas
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I think Gizmo and I might have to get that along with Vise City...
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#30435 - 11/04/04 06:38 PM Re: Game: GTA San Andreas
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Okay after playing this game straight for about a week now, I have completed 5% of the game. A few things.

1.) The having to eat thing is okay, kind of sucks after a while.

2.) Takes a bit longer to build up money from previous releases

3.) Pimping is fun, but not easy

4.) Working out(lifting weights) is important

5.) The being able to buy clothes and get new hairstyles is pointless. it dose not help evade police. I have yet to come across a need to buy clothes accept once.


I have not opened but 1/4 of the map still. I managed to sneak into an un-opened portion of the map. I got 4 wanted starts as soon as I set foot on the new soil. I made it all the way north before the police killed me. I have completed 11 main missions and at least half a dozen little things here and there. I have yet to see a rampage, the stars to rid you of wanted levels are few and far between this version.
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#30436 - 11/04/04 11:42 PM Re: Game: GTA San Andreas
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Heh sweet ... I have ViceCity on the PC; it's so not the same as on a gaming system lol...
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#30437 - 11/04/04 11:44 PM Re: Game: GTA San Andreas
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Please review in own topic so I can decide if I wana get it.
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#30438 - 11/05/04 12:35 AM Re: Game: GTA San Andreas
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The game itself is sweet, but PC version stinks; I'll review it when I buy it for my XBox
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#30439 - 11/05/04 03:24 AM Re: Game: GTA San Andreas
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I always liked the PC versions better for some reason

I was thinking of getting Fable on the XBox. That game looks kick ass.
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#30440 - 11/05/04 09:06 AM Re: Game: GTA San Andreas
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One of my co-workers has fable and the first 2 weeks he had it i never saw him online... he says it's really good and whern i get the money i'm definatly getting it.
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