When the GTA series got its first real African American protagonist, it would have been really, really easy for Rockstar to fall back on tired stereotypes and make CJ a one-dimensional, thugged-out gangbanger. Thankfully, Rockstar’s nowhere near as lazy or crass as its detractors would have you believe, so instead, CJ turned out to be one of the series’ smartest, most complex and--strangely enough--moral protagonists.
He wasn’t a hero, of course--he did way too many bad things for that--but when he wasn’t massacring rival gang members, running over pedestrians or using other people to make himself rich, he was keeping his friends alive, fighting to keep drugs off the streets and trying to outmaneuver incredibly corrupt authority figures. He was also funnier than the psychopathic Tommy Vercetti and mute Claude, able to go from macho to self-effacing in a heartbeat. - Mikel Reparaz, Mac|Life