Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
GTA San Andreas Cover
DeveloperRockstar North
PublisherRockstar Games
Release datesPS2

United States of America Canada 26th October 2004
United Kingdom Europe 29th October 2004
Australia New Zealand 29th October 2004
Japan 25th January 2007
United States of America Canada 7th June 2005
United Kingdom Europe 10th June 2005
Australia New Zealand 10th June 2005
United States Canada 7th June 2005
United Kingdom Europe 10th June 2005
Australia New Zealand 10th June 2005
Xbox 360 (Xbox Original)
20th October 2008
PlayStation Network
11th December 2012
12 December 2013
19 December 2013
Windows Phone
27 January 2014
Amazon Kindle
15 May 2014
Xbox 360 (Games On Demand)
26 October 2014

PlatformsPlayStation 2
Xbox 360
PlayStation 3


  • Original: M (Mature)
  • Updated rating: AO (Adults Only)
  • Re-release: M (Mature)

PEGI: 18+
BBFC: 18
OFLC (NZ): R18

  • Original: MA 15+
  • Updated rating: RC (banned)
  • Re-release: MA 15+

USK: 16+

ProtagonistCarl Johnson
LocationSan Andreas:
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is a Rockstar North developed GTA III era game, and so has references to storylines and characters from both Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. It is the only game so far set in the fictional state of San Andreas, consisting of three cities: Los Santos, San Fierro and Las Venturas, and includes vast expanses of countryside, forests, and a desert as well as a mountain. The game is set in 1992, and centers around the return of Carl Johnson (also known as CJ) to his gang (the Grove Street Families), and their subsequent return to power.


Five years ago Carl Johnson escaped from the pressures of life in his hometown, Los Santos, San Andreas. Now, it's the early 90s, and he's got to go home. His mother has been murdered, his family has fallen apart and his childhood friends are all heading towards disaster. On his return to the neighborhood, a couple of corrupt cops frame him for homicide. CJ is forced on a journey that takes him across the entire state of San Andreas, to save his family and take control of the streets.


San Andreas is structured similarly to the previous two games in the series. The core gameplay consists of elements of a third-person shooter and a driving game, affording the player a large, open environment in which to move around. On foot, the player's character is capable of walking, running, swimming (the first GTA game in which diving is possible), limited climbing and jumping, as well as using weapons and various forms of hand to hand combat. Players can operate a variety of vehicles, including automobiles, boats, airplanes, helicopters, trains, tanks, motorcycles and bicycles. Players may also import vehicles rather than steal them. CJ is Grand Theft Auto's most customizable character because you can change your clothes,tattoos and your hairstyle.

Game Information

  • 100% Completion — Detailed information on how to complete the game 100%.
  • Assets — Assets are places where you can periodically go to collect a predetermined amount of money.
  • Businesses — There are many different types of businesses featured.
  • Carl "CJ" Johnson - The Protagonist of the game.
  • Cheats — Cheat codes are available for the PS2, Xbox, and PC versions!
  • Collectibles — Information about the types of items that can be collected.
  • Controls — The controls are different for PS2, Xbox, and PC versions of the game.
  • Criminal ratings — A list of the different criminal ratings in San Andreas and how many points you need to reach them
  • Gameplay Features — Gameplay mechanics and features in San Andreas.
  • Gang Warfare — Gang Warfare is a tactical section of gameplay which involves taking over enemy gang territories and can be very hard at times.
  • Girlfriends — Information on all six girlfriends in San Andreas.
  • Main Story Missions — Walkthroughs for all of the main story missions.
  • Mods — Third-party mods add different elements to the game.
  • Myths/Legends — Detailed information on all the rumors, myths, legends, and glitches in San Andreas!!!!!!
  • People — The people who make the gameworld immersive.
  • Radio Stations — The radio stations heard in-game.
  • Restaurants — See the food-chains in San Andreas.
  • Restricted Areas — Restricted areas such as Area 69 and The Easter Basin Naval Base.
  • Safehouses — There so many safehouses available!
  • Places — Many different locations are within San Andreas.
  • Schools — Information about the types of schooling offered such as the Pilot School.
  • Statistics — Different statistics are used to track your progress and have several categories such as "Gang", and "Player".
  • Trailers — Trailers showcasing this game.
  • Vehicle Missions — Missions are available for specific vehicles.
  • Vehicles — Many vehicles are available.
  • Weapons — Numerous Weapons are available.


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Prior to its release for the PlayStation 2, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was one of the most highly anticipated video games of 2004, along with Halo 2. San Andreas met most of these expectations, as it was praised as one of the PlayStation 2's best games, with an average review score on 95%, according to Metacritic, tying for the fifth highest ranked game in PlayStation 2 history. IGN rated the game a 9.9/10 (the highest score it has ever awarded to a PlayStation 2 game), calling it "the defining piece of software" for the PlayStation 2. GameSpot rated the game 9.6/10, giving it an Editor's Choice award. San Andreas also received an A rating from the network and a 10/10 score from Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. As of March 26, 2008, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has sold 21.5 million units according to Take-Two Interactive. The Guinness World Records 2009 Gamer's Edition list it as the most successful game on the Playstation 2, with 17.33 million copies sold for that console alone, from a total of 21.5 million in all formats.

    • PS2 - 17.3 million
    • PC - 2.3 million
    • Xbox - 1.9 million


The game has received widespread acclaim for its technical achievements and free gameplay. However, it also received widespread criticism - initially due to its "gangster" elements, which include drugs, prostitution, and murder; but later due to the discovery of disabled interactive sex scenes, nicknamed Hot Coffee, which could be re-enabled using third-party mods. This led to the re-rating by the ESRB of the game from Mature to Adults-Only until a second version, with the sex scenes fully removed, was released.

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