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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas!

The popular Grand Theft Auto franchise has released yet another GTA, but will he latest in the series be worth another trip to the crime underworld?

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YO: The story of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the most developed yet, and revolves around former criminal Carl "CJ" Johnson and his journey back through the crime world. CJ left San Andreas as soon as he could because the city was tearing itself apart with drugs and crime.

Now, his mother has been recently killed in a drive-by, his family is driving into ruin, and everyone wants to bring CJ back into the criminal life.

The story of San Andreas is well told, and develops well enough that everything you do seems significant to the storyline.

This time around, the game turns to a more "gangsta" type of style that employs tactics like drive-by shooting, recruiting for gangs and "gangsta" talk to boot.

Eat this (Expletive): The gameplay in San Andreas is very similar to that of Vice City and GTA III, but it still defines itself with some very cool changes. Being a Grand Theft Auto, you will be able to roam around a full city (without any frame drops) and you can again jack cars from helpless pedestrians.

The star character of San Andreas though is a lot rougher with people then those of previous games. When you open the door of a car, you will be sent into a little movie, where CJ punches the driver and throws him into the street face first.

Ahh (Expletive): The missions in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas are one of the greatest aspects of the game, and are varied, enjoyable, and some can be incredibly difficult.

While most of the missions are innovative and balanced, (robbing houses come to mind) some of them can be overly difficult to an extreme fault.

In the beginning of the game, most of the missions are easy, with you being sent on simple kill him/her, or rescue her, but when you get into the later stages of the game, the missions are crushingly hard.

You will often be destroyed by some of the later missions and their nearly unbeatable odds or unachievable objectives.

Smooth Duds: A new and very welcome addition to Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the ability to change your appearance. You can alter your clothes, which you can change at the store, and your hair, which you can get altered to any style you want at the barbershop.

Shockingly, biking up a hill on a stolen bicycle, wearing a Pimp Suit, while in the pouring rain is incredibly entertaining.

Rent vs. Buy: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the best GTA to be released yet, and has improved every aspect of itself to near perfection.

The strong (er) storyline, amazing, but returning gameplay, and the classic perfect feel of the controls (except the horrible auto aiming) make San Andreas one of, if not the, best game of the year.

Report Card

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the best GTA to be released yet, and has improved every aspect of itself to near perfection. (Krakrabbit.com)


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