Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Review
The newest GTA game hit the stores last Tuesday and I haven’t put it down since. I got it on Tuesday and it is living up to all of the hype surrounding it, minus a few complaints. This sheer size of this game is hard to fathom when you first start playing the game. The in game map might not look that big when you are playing, but once you drive around and get a feel for the city, you will be amazed.
This game isn’t about what you can’t do; it is about what you can do and there is much to do. Outside of doing the missions you can drive around, explore, wreak havoc and you will never run out of things to do. This game is ADDICTING and do not expect to get bored. I am glad that they decided to add countryside, small towns, and a highway system connecting everything. On previous outings of GTA you were confined to a city and there wasn’t much else outside of that. The state of San Andreas has three metropolises plus rural areas and major highways that connect everything together.
The main character, CJ is confined to the Las Santos because of legal troubles and you cannot advance to the other cities until you get things cleared up. I wanted to see what Las Venturas (molded after Las Vegas) had to offer so I swam to the shore and jacked a vehicle so I could check out the Las Venturas strip. Within minutes I was surrounded and shot by Cops and the FBI. You can also fly airplanes and not just jets, like vice city. I wanted to try out a Lear jet that I saw parked at the Los Santos airport, so I took a flight over to San Fierro and I was greeted by a jet and two heat seeking missiles that blew me out of the sky. Four stars= bad. Swimming is a new feature that is a great addition and it helps out a lot with game play. If you have played GTA III or Vice City, you know that falling in the water means instant death. It really sucks when you are trying to finish a mission and you accidentally fall in the water and die.
I am not going to get into the plot or story line because I am sure most of you out there have heard about it and already know what the deal is. Graphics have been improved slightly and they look the best during daylight hours when you are in the countryside. The cars look a little better and they are more detailed and prettier. I am accustomed to playing PC games, so when I play console games all the graphics seem to look bad and hurt my eyes. They graphics aren’t very good and it really doesn’t matter because of the awesome game play and fun factor. The PS2 is nearly four years old and it is at the end of its’ lifespan. There really isn’t much more they can do graphic-wise and the PS2 hardware is the limitation. It is amazing how they pack this much into one DVD with virtually no loading times. The longest loading times are when you start the game up and when you are about to do a mission. This only takes a few seconds, so if you are patient you will barely notice.
Rockstar knows how to make great games and they are raising the bar for everyone with GTA- San Andreas. I have heard that there are 150 hours of game play, and I have barley scratched the surface playing for at least ten hours. This has to be one of top five games I have ever played. It is definitely the best PS2 title- ever. I have left out many new additions and features simply because I need another fix of this damn game. Quit reading about it and play it!
Grand Theft Auto San Andreas