|Also for:||PC, Xbox|
|Viewed:||3D Third-person, floating camera||Genre:||
Adventure: Free Roaming
|Developer:||Rockstar North||Soft. Co.:||Rockstar|
||Released:||16 Jul 2007
19 Oct 2004 (US)
29 Oct 2004 (GB)
|Ratings:||BBFC 18, ESRB Mature 17+ (M)|
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Some of the aforementioned additions to the gameplay provide an extra layer of depth to the well-established GTA formula, and at times San Andreas can resemble an RPG. There's not a statistic or experience leveller in sight, but there is a new emphasis on customisation and skill-building.Those gyms, dojos and expensive clothes shops aren't there just for show. Keeping yourself fed and watered - along with making an effort to present yourself well - is important. Women will find you more attractive, and men will give you respect, and maybe even fear you. If CJ is feeling weak, he simply needs some food. In fact, when hunger really strikes, the controller itself starts rumbling, and CJ's immediate mission will be to satisfy his appetite. For food, that is. Diet is important, and so is exercise. CJ'll do a lot of running around in San Andreas, and that's all good. Swimming is possible too we found that out pretty darn quick by driving a car into the sea. The gym and the dojo are where the real fighting fit skills are learned, thereby increasing your rep.
The customisation in San Andreas doesn't end there, however. Vehicles can be modded at various garages, with new paint jobs, suspension-lowering, nitrous injection and more available. We haven't been able to determine yet whether any of the females can be customised with certain kinds of implants, botox and the like we'll have to get back to you on that.
Grand Theft Auto San Andreas throws a shape that we can all understand, even though we're not that well acquainted with it yet. On console at least, it's the essential purchase of October 2004...and beyond, we reckon.
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