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Critic Reviews

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San Andreas is a great game, by far the best in the GTA Series. The enormous game world, innovative mission design, soundtrack, plethora of vehicles, and gore-filled action will keep grown-up gamers happy for weeks.
Jive Magazine (Jun 26, 2005)
Either of these new releases would make for a worthwhile addition to your distractions, and what is especially compelling is that Carl Johnson's tragic tale is just as good as the missions that move you from one stage of the game to the next. Part of this is the voice-acting. The cut-scenes feature contributions from tons of A-list actors like Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Penn and even Peter Fonda. But the story is just as good as the movies that inspired this particular entry, such as Pulp Fiction, Boyz N The Hood and so on. It might've been a foregone conclusion, given the way we recognized the PS2 original, but both of these new releases have proven their individual worth.
Whatever you think of San Andreas (particularly the unintelligible “street talk” and foul language, the violence and adult nature of some of the game), it still comes through all criticisms and niggles thanks to its superb production values (including some really smart City guide-style packaging exclusively for the PC version), soundtrack and hugely varied gameplay, which is much improved over Vice City, especially if you use a joypad. Of course it’ll have its critics, but it punches them in the gob, gives them the finger and disappears into the sunset in a stolen jet plane.
Rockstar has delivered their best PC port of a GTA game yet with San Andreas. It's based on an already-incredible game, and the strengths of the PC platform outweigh the weaknesses by quite a bit. The absolute best-selling game of 2004 gets even better on the PC, and any serious gamers, whether they're hardcore PC players or not, owe it to themselves to check this one out.
This time there are three sprawling cities to explore — loosely based on Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco — with huge stretches of country in between littered with redneck villages and trailer parks. Best of all, though, you can now fully customise your hero, right down to his clothes, physique and garish bling.
TotalVideoGames (TVG) (Jun 10, 2005)
At the end of the day, this is GTA: San Andreas, easily the best game of 2004 on PlayStation2, one of the best games of the year across any platform for that matter, and if gamers have a worthy enough PC to see the sights of Los Santos, San Fierro, and Las Venturas, then this is a must, plain and simple.
Might seem strange to fork over another fitty for a game you already own, but the Grand Theft Auto franchise always makes us do strange things. Buy.
Gaming Age (Jun 30, 2005)
Tallying things up, that's three points (improved graphics, load times, custom music) that put the PC version above the PS2 for everyone and one (mods) that appeal to some, with two slight negatives (gamepad glitches and lack of multiplayer missions) that bring it down a bit, but only affect a small chunk of users. Assuming you've got the hardware, there's no reason to avoid the PC version of San Andreas. After all, any game that lets you run down the local crack dealer while dangerously obese, wearing a leopard-print cowboy hat, eye patch, track pants, flip-flops and listening to David Bowie can't be all bad, right?
Only six months have passed since CJ and I ruled the streets in the Playstation 2 version. Only six months and I once again find myself addicted to the point that the sun is coming up and I haven't moved from the seat for at least 15 hours. Chalk this up to a great game. One of the greatest games of all time, in fact.
UOL Jogos (Jun 10, 2005)
O tema da série pode dividir opiniões e ser politicamente incorreto, para não dizer polêmico, mas é inegável que "San Andreas" seja uma das experiências mais envolventes nos videogames. Para quem conseguir vencer uma barreira inicial, uma aventura em escala épica, para dizer o mínimo, aguardará o jogador. Na verdade, o usuário poderá praticamente ter uma vida paralela dentro do game, tamanha a liberdade e eventos que se têm a disposição. Se o crime não compensa, essa lógica não funciona em "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas", que é jogo obrigatório seja qual for a plataforma.
Game Revolution (Jun 20, 2005)
While PC gamers have every right to be bitter about the fact that one of their favorite franchises left them for the consoles, they should rejoice in its return. Sure, the instant replay feature was left out, but this is a mostly untouched Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, one of the best games ever made, and now a version of it can be played on the PC with the best controls and graphics available. Clearly, PC gamers aren't the only ones who should be bitter.
Withingames (Jul 24, 2005)
Seit dem 26. Oktober 2004 gibt es GTA: San Andreas für die Besitzer der Playstation 2. Seit dem 10.Juni kommen auch PC Spieler in den Genuss einer riesigen Spielwelt mit so ziemlich allen Finessen die eine 3D-Engine derzeit bieten kann, obwohl die Grafik nicht mehr die frischeste ist. Wenn das Szenario vor Klischees auch nur so strotzt, und die verbalen Auseinandersetzungen für fortgeschrittene Generationen oder Liebhaber gepflegterer Konversationen eine Beleidigung für die Ohren sind, so hat San Andreas dennoch einen Platz im Olymp der besten PC-Spiele aller Zeiten verdient.
GameSpy (Jun 13, 2005)
IT'S A TESTAMENT TO THE BRILLIANCE of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas that, even after two years and a ton of new features, getting back into the series' latest installment is as easy as riding a bike. Literally. The game's opening sequence has you pedaling a BMX away from rival gangbangers, and even though riding a bike might not sound that exciting, Rockstar manages to make it fun -- just like the next 40+ hours of this amazing epic. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is arguably the best in the series - which is saying a lot -- and while we can't help wishing the PC port could have been shown just a little bit more love, it's the best PC game we've played this year.
GTA: San Andreas, is a stellar addition to this classic series, sure to go down as one of the best franchises in video game history. With gigantic environments, infinitely dynamic gameplay and the best sound around, San Andreas exemplifies what is great about games. You are a "straight up foo" if you don’t go out and spend some bling bling on this sucker-NOW!
Next Level Gaming (Jun 08, 2005)
You know people will continue to complain about this game, especially now that's it's back in the gaming world's eye again. Say it is too bloody and violent for kids. And you know what? That is why you parents should take the responsibility for yourselves. The game clearly states “Mature”. And instead of pushing your kids off on TV for babysitters you need to do your part and watch what they are doing. Stop blaming gaming companies for making kick ass games for us gamers to enjoy. Quit making excuses for your own wrong doings! And for my fellow Xbox and PC gamers who are 18 years old and up, BUY THIS GAME. It is one of the best games to date! Bravo Rockstar! BRAVO!
Grand Theft Auto sets the bar, and others aspire to it. It’s certainly not the graphics that keep people coming back, and anyone would be hard pressed to point out any one action, event, or situation that makes the game so great. What it really comes down to is the relentless fun that assaults you throughout the time you play. Nearly every moment in San Andreas is filled with excitement, humor, or intense action. It lets you try things you’d never do in real life, and always keeps you coming back to see what will happen next.
Atomic Gamer (Jun 08, 2005)
Rockstar has delivered their best PC port of a GTA game yet with San Andreas. It's based on an already-incredible game, and the strengths of the PC platform outweigh the weaknesses by quite a bit. The absolute best-selling game of 2004 gets even better on the PC, and any serious gamer, whether they're hardcore PC players or not, owes it to him- or herself to check this one out.
IC-Games (Jun 17, 2005)
Grand Theft Auto is, in our opinion, the greatest game franchise ever released (although the less said about GTA 2, the better) and now that Vice City has been shown not to be a ‘one time’ thing Rockstar have shown they still hold the crown as publishers of total class gaming originality. GTA: SA is oozing with so much gaming fun that anyone with sense will be walking into a shop tomorrow to pick up a copy. Cut scenes have been brought to a new level, especially later in the game, not only will you need to watch them to learn what to do in the mission; you’ll be failing it just so you can watch them again. More cars, bikes, planes, helicopters and boats (and even a hovercraft) then any previous GTA title plus the sheer size and longevity of San Andreas mean this just has be a part of any self respecting gamers collection.
PGNx Media (Jun 08, 2005)
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas will be many different things to different people. Despite the technical flaws here and there, the game is incredibly fun. It will surely take up hundreds of hours to even the most casual of gamers. If you liked GTA III and Vice City, this is a must buy. If you are simply looking for a game that wraps up gaming in this generation, San Andreas is perfect. Everything from the gameplay to the superb presentation merges into an excellent game. So why the same score as the PS2 version if the game is better? Well, the PC is a more capable platform so those changes are expected.
Worth Playing (Jun 28, 2005)
Given the wonderful environment design, new RPG elements, and extremely well done "gangsta" theme, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas comes as close to perfect as anything in the past few years. A few technical issues and an aging engine are the only complaints, and they're minor.
96 (Nov 09, 2004)
Mein lieber Herr Gesangsverein. Grand Theft Auto wirklich durchzuspielen halte ich fast für unmöglich. Diese Story ist einmalig spannend. Und als ob das noch nicht reicht, wurden so viele Nebenmissionen und Extras eingebaut, dass man sie unmöglich alle in einen Test quetschen könnte. San Andreas muss man erleben und es wird für sehr lange Zeit fesseln. Wenn ich das Spiel mit knappen Worten beschreiben müsste, dann so: "Ein Gangsterepos mit schier unbegrenzten Möglichkeiten und Abwechslung im Überfluss". Wer hier nicht zuschlägt, ist selber schuld.
Gamigo (Jun 17, 2005)
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas ist erneut ein Meisterwerk im Spielezirkus. Die großen Freiheit, die guten Missionen und die gute Storyline, die extrem große Abwechslung durch die Städte, Gebiete, Extramissionen, die Möglichkeit Einfluss auf sein Aussehen auszuüben und vor allem die gnadenlos gute Action sind grandios. Zudem wird auch die Stimmung im Spiel, dank dem schönen Soundtrack und den guten Stimmen, sowie auch der wie von Rockstar gewohnt stimmungsvollen Umgebung, gut rübergebracht.
PC Jeux (Jun, 2005)
Un voile de désappointement grise le sentiment final. D'un côté se trouve un jeu extraordinaire, hors norme, qui passionne et qui dévoile un univers riche, drôle et gigantesque. De l'autre, une adaptation PC correcte, meilleure que celle de Vice City, mais qui, sur de nombreux détails, ne parvient pas au niveau d'excellence du jeu lui-même. Pour preuve, rien n'a été fait pour améliorer les fonctionnalités de « replay » propres au PC et, alors qu'on espérait une intégration du multijoueur, il faudra encore attendre que les joueurs eux-mêmes modifient le code pour en entendre parler. Heureusement, une fois cette pointe d'orgueil ravalée, l'envie de reprendre la route est la plus forte. Car rien n'est comparable au bonheur de s'élancer dans ce road-movie extatique, où tout est possible, le pire comme le meilleur.
Meristation (Jun 14, 2005)
San Andreas para PC y Xbox es en síntesis, una versión gráficamente mejorada del aparecido el año pasado. El tiempo ha estado bien empleado y Rockstar se ha implicado en hacer que GTA luzca mejor que nunca, pero bien es cierto que el listón gráfico en ambos sistemas, por hardware, es más alto que el de PS2. Por otro lado, nueve meses no pasan en balde y siempre pasan factura, incluso para el jugador más paciente, que puede ver como su interés por las aventuras de CJ y compañía se ha reducido después de tenerlo hasta en la sopa. En sonido ha sido un detalle fenomenal haber incluído la posibilidad de crear nuestra propia emisora, cosa que se venía echando en falta.
San Andreas es una obra maestra, si no lo juegas te arrepentirás y si no te arrepientes no sé qué haces leyendo este texto.
95 PC Gaming (Jun 15, 2005)
Okay, I have to admit upfront, I'm a fan of the Grand Theft Auto games, and this game did nothing to change that. Before I proceed to the meat of the review, please keep in mind that I haven't so much as touched the PlayStation 2 version of this game (which came out significantly earlier and proceeded to break all kinds of sales records). In addition, all the GTA games I've played so far have been on consoles, but I'm also a very discriminating PC gamer. That is, my review should be relatively unspoiled by expectations or irrational fandom.
94 (Jun 10, 2005)
Wer San Andreas bis jetzt nicht in sein Herz geschlossen hat, dürfte ab sofort keine Ausreden mehr haben: War die PS2-Version schon hart an der Grenze zur Genialität, legt speziell die PC-Variante noch mal eine Kohle auf: Ganz besonders die verbesserte Kulisse ist die Investition wert, die großartige Welt kommt hier noch mal eine ganze Ecke cooler zur Geltung. Und trotz des schwankenden Schwierigkeitsgrades, trotz einiger Krampf-Missionen, trotz der immer noch vorhandenen Optik-Schwächen zeigt Rockstar erneut überdeutlich, wie ein perfektes Gangster-Spiel auszusehen hat – gegen diese Perle stinken True Crime und Co. einfach chancenlos ab. Einzig die Steuerung am PC ist ein Knackpunkt: Digital steuern sich Bikes und Helikopter einfach suboptimal, dafür vereinfacht die präzise Mauskontrolle das Spiel etwas – ein Analogpad sollte das Extrageld wert sein.
It’s not like you won’t get used to driving on the keyboard, though, so I can’t say I’d rather play the console versions. Once you get the graphics and load times on the PC (which still aren’t outstanding in today’s standards but are much better than the consoles) it’s tough to swallow the alternative. The port of San Andreas to the PC may have been uninspired and straightforward, but since it was such a great game to being with, it’s hard to fault Rockstar for that. If you already own another version, you’d be silly to purchase it again, but if you don’t have any copy of the game yet, you should only opt for a console version if you want to play in the living room with some friends watching. Otherwise, grab the PC version for the best experience.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas es un juego grande, largo, variado, divertido y cuidado hasta el mínimo detalle. Quizás la dificultad de algunas misiones o que no te guste su mécanica pueden hacer que no te enganche. Por lo demás, es una compra segura que encandilará a casi todos los que lo jueguen.
ActionTrip (Jun 10, 2005)
Basically, what we have here is Grand Theft Auto on speed. It's about ten times what the original, groundbreaking game was, in every way. More importantly, the additions and improvements that have been introduced in this latest installment in the series do make a huge difference on the gameplay. They are not just cosmetic changes, they make the entire game experience a whole lot better. That's what good sequels should be all about. I can't not recommend this game to fans of the series, and basically anyone that has ever wanted to vent out a little by committing virtual crimes. It is the perfect crime game. Even the packaging for the game is a work of art.
Jolt (UK) (Jun 16, 2005)
Of course, it’s the combination of all of these plus much more that makes GTA: SA an essential purchase. As for which format to choose (assuming you own all formats), we’d say the PC version comes out on top for its superior control system, graphical capabilities, and loading times. It also comes with a great little hardback book. The fact that GTA: SA is a must-buy for any gamer is a given though, no matter which format you plump for. It’s not perfect – there’s still the odd gripe here and there, and wheeling the same game engine out for the next instalment would be unforgivable – but SA is easily the most polished instalment of the series to date. Go out. Purchase the game. Be violent in it. Be very happy while playing it. But try and resist the urge to start addressing your friends as “homies”, though…
Game Over Online (Jul 20, 2005)
But damn it feels good to be a gangsta. When you’re not stuck with vehicles that simulate drunk driving, SA represents the best entry in the GTA series to date. There’s an unbelievable amount of things to do and fun to be had, much of it at the player’s whim. If developers have any sense we’ll see dozens of copycats in the future, as if there weren’t enough for GTA3. Any mistakes in San Andreas due to consumption of haggis are forgiven.
PC Action (Germany) (Jul 11, 2005)
Ich suchte lange nach dem Sinn des Lebens. Nun fand ich ihn. Der Sinn des Lebens ist einfach nur GTA: San Andreas zocken! Noch nie hat mir ein Spiel mehr Spaß gemacht - und das meine ich ernst. Hätten mir die Entwickler vor einem Jahr erzählt, was man alles geboten bekommt, hätte ich es als großspuriges PR-Geblubber abgetan. Auch die Idee, dass sich die Hauptfigur dynamisch und rollenspielmäßig entwickelt, verdient meine Hochachtung. Nach Vice City wollte ich die Entwickler heiraten, doch nach San Andreas möchte ich ihre Kinder gebären. Rockstar Hu Akbar!
PC Games (Germany) (Jul 27, 2005)
In Zeiten, in denen Action-Spiele immer kürzer werden, erscheint mit San Andreas ein eindrucksvoll umfangreicher Spielspaß-Gigant - und ein einzigartiger dazu: San Andreas ist das erste Computerspiel, das das Leben schwarzer Hauptdarsteller im Gangstermilieu schildert. Die Geschichte ist zwar voller Witz und Humor, aber ein Quäntchen Gesellschaftskritik steckt auch darin. Das macht San Andreas zu einem wertvollen Titel, der intelligent unterhält.
IGN (Jun 07, 2005)
It's not often that we do three unique reviews for one game across multiple platforms. But given the length of time between the original PS2 release and the subsequent Xbox and PC releases, we felt it important to give it a second look. On top of that, PC gamers may have some expectations that may be a little different than console gamers so we decided to differentiate those as well. What we found after playing the game for so long is that it's still an excellent game on the PC. It looks better than the other two versions and has better combat controls while suffering only slightly in the driving department with the mouse and keyboard. It's an expansive, awesome, well produced and put together game with a ton of different missions of all sorts. While it has its problems, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is a very entertaining game with hours and hours of fun for those who both want to rip right through the story or explore the gigantic environment.
Gamer 2.0 (Aug 04, 2005)
San Andreas is a high brandwidth assault on the senses. It's unfortunate if you're too sensitive to procure a copy or don't have a sufficient PC. For the rest, rob your mother, sell your cat, and above all else, buy San Andreas. It's a steal. This is the best PC game of the year, and it translates the entertainment from the original PS2 version exceptionally well.
Gaming Target (Jul 27, 2005)
Why is Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas such a great game? To put it simply, the game is huge. It has such a variety of things going on that almost everybody can find a part of it that they enjoy. That isn't to say that GTA:SA is for everybody. The game is full of gratuitous violence and sexual undertones and shouldn't be played by kids anywhere, people that have problems with breaking the law, or those bizarre people that don't enjoy a good time.
92 (Jun 17, 2005)
Eu unul va urez distractie placuta si va avertizez ca GTA:SA este un joc mult mai lung si mai complex decat titlurile anterioare, asa ca pregatiti-va cu multa rabdare si destul tutun pentru zecile de ore pe care le veti petrece in fata monitorului. Deocamdata, GTA4 este anuntat in exclusivitate pentru PlayStation 3, insa viitorul este atat de relativ, incat sansele de a fi lansat si pentru PC sunt destul de mari. Cya!
PC Powerplay (Jul, 2005)
Raus aus den Achtzigern, rein ins Ghetto. GTA San Andreas fesselt von der ersten Sekunde an und jagt Sie durch die vielleicht komplexeste und lebendigste Spielwelt, die Sie je auf Ihrem PC erkunden konnten.
GameZone (Jun 17, 2005)
Ahh ... Grand Theft Auto. Those three words are enough to fill the hearts of gamers with glee. The Grand Theft Auto (GTA) series has been around for a while now but it wasn't until GTA III that the gaming world was turned upside down. The biggest change between the previous versions of the first two games and the third game was the transition to a 3D viewpoint. But this change revolutionized the gaming world and gaming hasn't been the same since. Never before did gamers have an almost living, breathing world that allowed them to live out all of their secret criminal desires. It's sometimes hard to admit but running around killing characters in a game with a blow torch and being wanted by the cops, FBI and National Guard was an amazing experience.
San Andreas es la entrega más extensa de la saga y la más completa, aunque peca de caer en repetir la misma fórmula sin arriesgarse mucho, sigue divirtiendo desde el centro de la ciudad hasta los kilómetros de carretera a escala real que tendremos que recorrer en el mapa de ciudad en ciudad. Miles de cosas por hacer que en pocas ocasiones acaban aburriendo hacen de este un buen juego imprescindible para los seguidores de la saga y una buena apuesta para los que no la conozcan. Una nueva historia, un gran argumento, muchas horas y tareas para recuperar la tranquilidad y machacar a los Ballas en esta guerra de bandas que se dirimirá en muchas acciones estratégicas y si no... a balazo limpio.
Wanneer een game duizenden dingen tegelijkertijd probeert te doen gaat het al te vaak ten onder aan zijn eigen ambitie. Gran Theft Auto: San Andreas bewijst dat het wél kan. Deze keer krijg je zelfs nog een geweldige en meer duidelijke verhaallijn, betere dialoog en beter stemmenwerk bovenop.
GamesFire (Jul 03, 2005)
Rockstar Games rockt die Szene! San Andreas ist erwartungsgemäß der würdige Nachfolger der Serie geworden und überzeugt. San Andreas ist größer, besser und vielfältiger. Das bewährte Prinzip ist beim Alten geblieben und wurde flüssig mit neuen Aspekten verbunden. Die totale Krönung wäre ein Multiplayer gewesen, welcher aber leider ausbleibt. Inwiefern die „Multi Theft Auto“-Mod das kompensieren kann, bleibt abzuwarten. Bis man im Multiplayer dann gemeinsam rasen und ballern darf, kann man sich getrost mit den Missionen zufrieden geben, denn bis San Andreas einmal komplett befahren ist und alle Aufträge erledigt sind, vergeht einige Zeit. Der Wiederspielwert ist natürlich auch gegeben, falls man sich nicht total mit der manchmal etwas schwierigen Steuerung, speziell Fluggeräte, verfeindet.
Gameguru Mania (Jun 20, 2005)
Overall, there is plenty of stuff I said about San Andreas but I've only scratched the surface. The endlessly free roaming world makes this game well worth the six months wait and is a must play for all who hasn't played the game yet.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Jun 27, 2005)
We hebben er lang op moeten wachten, maar Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas lost alle verwachtingen meer dan in. Hier ben je de hele zomer zoet mee!
This latest GTA is an epic, involving experience, no doubt—but when you get past the expansive world and the RPG-like elements, it’s the same epic, involving experience it was last year. Had Rockstar taken the time to polish up the rough spots, San Andreas on the PC would have been worth a look for everyone. As it is, it’s only a must-have for the handful of gamers who missed it the first time around.
GameStar (Germany) (Jun, 2005)
Bei aller Euphorie: Komplett gelungen ist die PC-Fassung nicht. Klar, Weitsicht, Texturen und Maussteuerung sind ein Fortschritt gegenüber der PS2-Version. Aber schönere Charaktermodelle hätten bei einem halben Jahr Verzögerung drin sein müssen. Außerdem hat Rockstar schlampig umgesetzt: Auf manchen Systemen hemmen Performance-Probleme und Abstürze die Gangster-Karriere. Ein Patch tut Not! Alle Mängel ändern jedoch nichts an der fantastischen Atmosphäre, die auch ohne technische Brillanz aufkommt. Zusammen mit CJ erlebe ich Höhen und Tiefen eines Verbrecherlebens, immer motiviert durch die Story. Sogar beim zweiten Durchspielen (nach der Konsolenfassung) hat mich GTA San Andreas wieder gefesse
Hooked Gamers (Jun 19, 2005)
So the graphics aren't anything to write home about, but especially considering the size of this game, they're nothing to be ashamed about either. My car handling gripes may be a matter of personal taste so don't let that stop you from purchasing this game either. If you can appreciate a good action movie with lots of violence and gore, then I'm sure you'll appreciate San Andreas as well. If you faint at seeing blood or have religiously forsworn violence in any form. pass this one up and have the rest of the world annoy you with the stories of all the cool stuff they've done in the game.
Boomtown (Jun 21, 2005)
However, casting morality aside for one moment, GTA: SA is a glorious thrilling ride of delinquency. It offers just enough freedom, and more than enough violence, to make for a truly epic game. It's by no means perfect, it certainly doesn't make the most of the modern PC, but it's one of the best games you can play today.
Game Chronicles (Jul 05, 2005)
The bottom line is that the Grand Theft Auto series has been delivering the best single player criminal simulator since Grand Theft Auto 3 on the PC. In a virtual world replete with colorful characters, mission objectives and vehicles ripe for the taking, you are “the man”. If that interests you, get this game now. Just make sure you acquire it nice and legal, dawg (Oh, so close!).
The changes from the PS2 version for the PC, such as expanded draw distance and customizable user tracks, make the game worth picking up for those who have already plunked hundreds of hours into the console edition of the saga. Those who haven’t given the game a shot yet will find the PC version as good a place to start as any, and anyone who’s even remotely interested in free-form, sandbox chaos should give it a shot. It’s intensely sloppy in spots but it’s also deliriously entertaining and brilliant, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas easily stands as the series’ crowning jewel.
Fans of the series should definitely get this game, as the vast amount of content and fun gameplay makes for some good times. It could have been better; graphics and AI need to be brought into line with newer games. San Andreas is a game with atmosphere and style, and should keep anyone busy for months.
GamePro (US) (Aug 02, 2005)
In the end, San Andreas for the PC has the most to offer. But considering the steep system specs and the key binding headaches, casual players may find that it's more trouble than it's worth. If you're a PC pro, however, this is definitely the version to get.
All in all, GTA: San Andreas is probably the most complete package you will see on the PC this year. The game has literally everything, and should keep players interested for at least 50 hours, if not more. If you've already played the game on the PlayStation 2, you should probably consider giving the PC version a look if you have a capable machine – the better graphics, easier control scheme and difficulty tweaks really make this the best version of San Andreas available.
TTGamer (Jun 29, 2005)
Even with the few minor annoyances aside, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas PC does the series proud and clearly comes right off the bat as a strong candidate for 2005's PC game of the year. It has the same impressive depth and ability as the highly acclaimed PS2 version, which instantly makes it a must have title for any serious PC gamer. While it offers little to gamers who have already played the PS2 version thoroughly, there is no harm in revisiting the latest addition to what has to be one of the best game series ever made all over again on a new platform, and for anyone who hasn't played it at all yet, either jump on board now or find a new hobby, because you're way behind on the whole gaming thing.
But for me, the best feature of the computer game is the precision control. When you hold down the right mouse button, you aim your gun and can see a little targeting reticule. Since I am very good at PC shooters and mouse control, I pretty much own the streets. If a bunch of gang bangers are chasing me, I spin around and let loose with several headshots, which stops them in their tracks. This is a move I could have never performed on the PS2 and opens up a host of sniper-like attacks, even with standard weapons. All in all, the PC version of the game is a quality title, right down to the amazing packaging that includes a book about the different cities you will visit and even a guide as to the fat content in the different foods you eat, so know if your character is going to get to fat if he eats too many chicken buckets or large pizzas.
90 (Sep 06, 2005)
Rockstar's latest incarnation of the Grand Theft Auto series gives players a whole state to play with, with over eighty main missions and numerous side quests and other pastimes to while away all of your spare time. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas will put players into the shoes of Carl Johnson, who escaped from the pressures of life in Los Santos, San Andreas...a city tearing itself apart with gang trouble, drugs and corruption. Where film stars and millionaires do their best to avoid the dealers and gangbangers. This title arrives fully optimised both graphically and sonically - invigorated for the Xbox and PC.
GamingExcellence (Jul 21, 2005)
In the end, San Andreas eclipses every other game that has come before it simply because it is more than simply a bunch of code on a disc. San Andreas and the whole Grand Theft Auto series is truly a phenomenon that tests the boundaries of our society by gently pushing at the limits of our collective fabric. It puts forth ideas that we shy from and lets us explore them in a safe and controlled environment. Does San Andrea go too far sometimes? Yes and no. It gives us the freedom to do anything we choose. But these are our decisions. And for this reason it stands alone as an unprecedented achievement. Regardless of what platform you play it on, San Andreas must be experienced at all costs. It might not always be pretty, but it sure is fun.
90 (Jun 10, 2005)
Enervant au premier abord à cause de ses bugs omniprésents et de son aspect inachevé, GTA SA se pare tout de même de sa plus grande défense, le "fun". Jouissif et profond, dynamique et posé, violent et doux, le titre de Rockstar joue sur une large palette d'émotions, pour aboutir à un réel sentiment de vie dans une immersion aisée et nettement fascinante. En résumé, ce dernier GTA est un grand jeu, tout comme ses prédécesseurs. Maintenant reste au studio américain de nous dénicher de frappantes nouveautés et surtout un nouveau moteur de jeu. Rien n'est parfait dans le monde de C.J, mais il le cache bien.
3DAvenue (Jun 29, 2005)
Even with the few minor annoyances aside, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas PC does the series proud and clearly comes right off the bat as a strong candidate for 2005's PC game of the year. It has the same impressive depth and ability as the highly acclaimed PS2 version, which instantly makes it a must have title for any serious PC gamer. While it offers little to gamers who have already played the PS2 version thoroughly, there is no harm in revisiting the latest addition to what has to be one of the best game series ever made all over again on a new platform, and for anyone who hasn't played it at all yet, either jump on board now or find a new hobby, because you're way behind on the whole gaming thing.
90 (Jun 22, 2005)
Et voilà : six mois après la sortie de GTA San Andreas sur consoles, le jeu s'installe sur nos PC...
GameSpot (Jun 07, 2005)
By now, you probably know how this works. The new Grand Theft Auto game comes out in October, but only on the PlayStation 2. Xbox and PC owners have to wait a half a year or so for their versions of the game, and each always has the potential to be better than the original release. That's saying something, because we're already talking about one of the best games of 2004 and the best game in the Grand Theft Auto series. Once again, the wait is over, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is now available on the PC and Xbox. While both versions have aspects that are better than the outstanding PS2 game, visual weirdness on the Xbox and a handful of technical issues on the PC prevent either version from being the clear-cut best of the bunch.
88 (Jul 24, 2005)
Overall, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has managed to live up to the hype, and even surpass it. If you haven't played San Andreas yet, do yourself a favor and pick it up, there is no possible way you'll regret the decision.
Alright, we have seen most of San Andreas in the previous two GTA titles. But there is just much more you can do that just makes the game much more enjoyable. With this many things to do, San Andreas could remain in your console for months to come. If you have yet to play it on the PS2, go out to the store now. Even through all the controversy, there is a lot to love about San Andreas.
86 (Mar 15, 2005)
As the fifth installment of the Grand Theft Auto series, San Andreas had big shoes to fill; Vice City, the fourth title, provided gaming fun the likes of which had never been seen before. Fortunately, San Andreas meets and beats that challenge with new cars, new weapons, an added Sim-like quality, and a totally new brand of hero.
1UP (Jun 06, 2005)
It's been more than half a year since I ended my stay in the world of San Andreas. I had some good times in Rockstar's miniature version of my current home state, but frankly I've never really looked back. While the San Andreas experience on PS2 was truly incredible in many regards, the game itself was deeply flawed. My initial playthrough of the game alternated between engrossing and infuriating.
There is still gameplay enjoyment to be found in this game, but I just did not find it as fascinating as Grand Theft Auto III or Vice City.
Absolute Games ( (Jul 15, 2005)
Триста солнечных дней в году, выставка шоколадных тел на берегу Тихого океана, гангстеры в "прыгающих" кабриолетах, блеск и цинизм Голливуда, мошкара, облепившая апельсиновые деревья, и перестрелки за окном в три часа ночи... Чтобы увидеть самый горячий штат Америки, больше не нужно вплетать цветы в косы и лететь в Сан-Франциско. Турагентство "Rockstar North" отправит вас туда всего за 50 долларов. Из любой точки мира. Безусловно, San Andreas — лучшая игра в серии Grand Theft Auto. Однако все ее новшества не стоят двух лет разработки. На недостатки GTA 3 мы смотрели сквозь пальцы, ибо она была первой в своем роде. В обожании VC уже появился легкий укор, хотя за всеобщим восхищением он почти не чувствовался. Увы, сегодня огрехи и недочеты SA вызывают лишь раздражение.
GamesFirst! (Jun 28, 2008)
Essentially, this is a well done, if not perfect, PC conversion of the same game that people have been raving about having on their Playstation 2's since last fall. If you've been waiting to make sure nothing seriously bad happened in the translation, rest assured that it did not and you should go purchase this game immediately. However, if you were for whatever reason hoping for major changes or platform-specific advantages, you will be disappointed.
Armchair Empire, The (Jun 20, 2005)
The dialogue is slick if somewhat drenched in profanity; the game world is an open-ended playground to explore; the soundtrack so rockin’ it can purchased as an 8-disc box set at retail; the packaging so deceptive and expertly designed it can masquerade as a book; the installation is painless thanks to shipping on a single DVD; the story although somewhat predictable and full of discombobulated plot points has enough twists and turns to keep my interest. So, why does Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas make me want to drive a meaty paw through my monitor?
Game Shark (Jun 27, 2005)
I would still unquestionably recommend this to any Grand Theft Auto fan as "the best of the series" just because of all the sheer content it has, but I honestly cannot give Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas a decent score in good conscience just because this could have easily been so much better as a PC title.
Factornews (Jun 22, 2005)
Grand Theft Auto : San Andreas mériterait un 18/20 sans aucun problème. Peut être même un 19. Ce jeu est génial. Rockstar a continué d’améliorer un concept qu’on croyait déjà à son apogée qualitative. Mais son prix trop élevé (55€), l’absence d’avantages réels et surtout la piètre qualité du portage (qui n’est en fait rien qu’un copier/coller de la version PS2), après six mois d’attente, justifient une note « sanction » de 15 pour sa version PC.