Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • Gigantic and a blast to explore
  • No shortage of fun things to do
  • CJ an extremely likable anti-hero
  • Combat is still clunky
  • The graphics are still ugly and blocky
  • Hot Coffee no longer served

Thankfully, you'll at least have someone to watch your back while you wrestle with the controls. Once he earns enough "respect" by pulling jobs and winning turf, CJ can recruit a small army of gang members off the street. They're rock-stupid, but they can help you pull off drive-by shootings, and they absorb bullets real good when you're fighting multiple opponents.

While that's the bulk of the game, there's much more to do, and that'sSan Andreas' real triumph. If driving gets old, for example, you can hijack a harrier jet. And when you get tired of flying it around, you can bail out at 40,000 feet, parachute onto a mountaintop, ride a bicycle down to a river, swim to the nearest boat and steal it. You can play pool, gamble, cultivate a romantic relationship or just get fat eating pizza. There are even a handful of two-player challenges, a first for the series. San Andreas is your oyster, and its dozens of minigames, all integrated smoothly into the landscape and storyline, give you plenty of ways to crack it open.

In terms of presentation and production values, San Andreas is a mixed bag. Sure, its graphics are ugly and chunky (although there's plenty of detail if you look closely), but each of the game's locales nicely captures the look of its real-world counterpart. San Andreas' cast (which includes Charlie Murphy, David Cross, James Woods and Samuel L. Jackson) turns in top-notch performances, the script is brilliant and off-kilter and the 11 in-game radio stations blare licensed rock, rap and country songs.

More Info

Release date: Oct 08 2005 - PS2
Sep 15 2005 - Xbox
Sep 20 2005 - PC (US)
Oct 29 2004 - PS2
Jun 10 2005 - Xbox, PC (UK)
Available Platforms: PS3, PS2, Xbox, PC, GBA
Genre: Action
Published by: Rockstar Games, Rockstar
Developed by: Rockstar North
Franchise: Grand Theft Auto
ESRB Rating:
Mature: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Use of Drugs, Sexual Content
Mikel Reparaz

After graduating from college in 2000 with a BA in journalism, I worked for five years as a copy editor, page designer and videogame-review columnist at a couple of mid-sized newspapers you've never heard of. My column eventually got me a freelancing gig with GMR magazine, which folded a few months later. I was hired on full-time by GamesRadar in late 2005, and have since been paid actual money to write silly articles about lovable blobs.

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  • robert-emporio - February 19, 2015 12:45 p.m.

    This game is still most of the best ever, i've ever played for 7 years. <a href="">pc games</a>
  • ovi2wise - December 30, 2010 2:51 p.m.

    ha ha ha i love this game, havent played IV yet though, if you play it on a computer, you have to have a monster machine, i gotta find one of those first first lol
  • dilaneades1 - April 13, 2009 1:01 p.m.

    how do you download it
  • SOUTHPARKKENNY4LIFE - June 13, 2009 8:44 p.m.

    I never would of thought that San Andreas whould get a better mark then IV.