Gang$tar: West Coast Hustle is an open world game largely inspired by the Grand Theft Auto series. The player takes the role of Pedro, a Mexican prison escapee who is accompanied by his friend Juanito. They have now fled to the city of Los Angeles.
It plays like other similar games: Pedro wanders around L.A., either by foot or with stolen cars, and takes missions from various NPCs. Such missions include car races, taxi missions and other felonies. The missions reward the player with money, and some allow the story to move forward. Money can also be acquired by murdering citizens. Committing crimes will alert the police forces, which will pursue Pedro. Such pursuits may result arrest and a fine.