Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004)

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A family tragedy prompts a man to return home, only to find it overrun by crime and corruption, which he must regain control of the streets before it gets even worse.

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Young Maylay ...
Carl 'C.J.' Johnson (voice) (as Chris Bellard aka Young Maylay)
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Kendl Johnson (voice) (as Yo Yo)
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Jeffrey 'OG Loc' Cross (voice) (as Jonathan Anderson)
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After five years on the east coast, Carl Johnson returns to the city of Los Santos, San Andreas to find numerous fellow gang-members dead and enemy gangs having dominance of the city. Carl must take over the city and get his old gang back on top before the city destroys itself. Written by Gangsta J4

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The license plate on Ryder's car is 'SHERM.' Throughout the game, CJ continually calls Ryder 'sherm-head.' See more »

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In the cut-scene for the mission "High Stakes, Low-Rider", you see Kendl sitting next to Cesar on the passenger seat. However, after the cut-scene, Kendl is gone and another girl is sitting in place of her. See more »

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[first lines]
Carl Johnson: [voiceover] After five years on the East Coast, it was time to go home
[a previous phone call is heard]
Carl Johnson: 'Sup?
Sweet Johnson: Carl, it's Sweet.
Carl Johnson: Whassup, Sweet, what you want?
Sweet Johnson: It's Moms... She's dead, bro.
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Followed by Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony (2009) See more »

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Running Down a Dream
Performed by Tom Petty
Written by Michael Campbell, Jeff Lynne (as Jeffrey Lynn), & Tom Petty (as Thomas Earl Petty)
Courtesy of MCA Records
Available on K-DST
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This ain't a game...
26 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

...It's an epic! "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" has to be the greatest video game ever made. I've been playing the game almost everyday since it dropped on October 26th and I'm still not even half way through it. That goes to show you just HOW MUCH thought and detail was put into its production.

While this "GTA" title is a massive improvement over the previous two, it doesn't just surpass them in terms of graphics and gameplay, it surpasses them by building on the many things that made them great in the first place, and then some.

I've been a massive fan and player of the "GTA" titles on the PS2 since the revolutionary "Grand Theft Auto III" was released in 2001 and its 1980s prequel/sequel "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City," which dropped in the early fall of 2002.

"GTA: SA" puts a lot of its focus on Carl "C.J." Johnson, who returns to the city of San Andreas and the minute he steps off the plane, he runs into trouble. Trouble comes in the form of two corrupt cops who have him set up to take the fall in the murder of a police officer, and C.J. finds that his old neighborhood of Ganton is in shambles.

His mother has passed, many of his childhood friends are into gangbanging, and many of the families have since dissolved their relationships with one another. What follows is a statewide odyssey for C.J. that will take him out of his Ganton ghetto and into the flash and glitter of the casinos in Las Venturas a la Las Vegas.

From the get-go, you're entranced by a thoughtful storyline that has you doing a lot more than just missions so that you can earn "respect"; you become a significant part of the story, or more accurately, you become the story. Whereas the previous two titles had you doing things to further your position, not a whole lot of weight or thought was put into your motivations in those games.

It is true that this game was heavily influenced by the hip hop culture of the 90s, and many rap artists are prominently featured on the soundtrack, including Dr. Dre, Snoop [Doggy] Dogg, Public Enemy (Chuck D is the "Forth Right MC"), Big Daddy Kane, Eric B. & Rakim, Ice Cube, Cypress Hill, 2Pac, and N.W.A. And also, references to many "'hood" movies from this time are in abundance, namely "South Central," "Menace II Society," and "Boyz N the Hood" (be on the lookout for a "Tre" look-alike wandering about).

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