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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004)

A family tragedy prompts gangster Carl "CJ" Johnson 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Young Maylay Young Maylay ... Carl 'CJ' Johnson (voice) (as Chris Bellard aka Young Maylay)
Faizon Love ... Sean 'Sweet' Johnson (voice)
Yolanda 'Yo-Yo' Whittaker ... Kendl Johnson (voice) (as Yo Yo)
Clifton Powell ... Melvin 'Big Smoke' Harris / Additional Voice on News Radio (voice)
MC Eiht MC Eiht ... Lance 'Ryder' Wilson (voice)
Jas Anderson Jas Anderson ... OG Loc (voice)
Game ... Mark 'B Dup' Wayne / Additional Voice on News Radio (voice) (as The Game)
Big Boy ... Barry 'Big Bear' Thorne (voice)
Eugene Jeter Jr. Eugene Jeter Jr. ... Emmet (voice)
Ice-T ... Madd Dogg / Additional Voice on News Radio (voice) (as Ice T)
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Cesar Vialpando (voice)
Samuel L. Jackson ... Officer Tenpenny (voice)
Chris Penn ... Officer Pulaski (voice)
Armando Riesco ... Officer Hernandez / Pedestrian (voice)
Cynthia Farrell Cynthia Farrell ... Catalina (voice)

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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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Thousands of gamers are looking for a "Bigfoot", and attempting to take pictures of it from the in-game camera. No one has yet confirmed its existence, but many photos that gamers have taken resemble a rather big creature in the woods. Trees uprooted, and weird noises can be heard in the section of the map called "Back O' Beyond". Also many alien and ghost sightings have been reported. Many gamers have since looked through the entire code and have found no reference to Bigfoot or aliens. However, there is some speculation on the internet that the ghost of Carl Johnson's mom can be seen at Carl's house at night although it has not been officially proven and what can be seen if anything is a glitch that somehow resembles Beverly or possibly just power of suggestion. See more »


The cash register displays of all fast food restaurants show two products: the Buster and the Double D-Luxe. The register calculates a price of 20 dollars in total. But the Buster costs actually two, the Double D-Luxe five dollars. The calculation is wrong. See more »


[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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Alternate Versions

The re-released versions on Xbox 360, PS3, iOS and Android have the following changes:
  • Enhanced shadows and several textures.
  • Different controls from their original counterparts.
  • The money counter removes all zeroes before the money you currently have.
  • Mission checkpoints.
  • Achievements/Trophies
  • Clothing shops and barbers have a preview of the item/haircut.
  • A different driving camera.
  • The restaurants let you pick food from a list instead of cycling left and right through the options.
  • Raising and lowering the forklift is done by pressing a button.
  • "Critical Beatdown", "Runnin' Down A Dream", "Woman To Woman", "You Dropped A Bomb On Me", "Yum Yum", "Running Away", "I Don't Give A Fuck", "Express Yourself" - both versions, "Killing In The Name", "Hellraiser", "Ring My Bell", "Don't Let It Go To Your Head", "Rock Creek Park", "The Grunt", "Soul Power '74", "The Payback" and "Funky President (People It's Bad)" were all removed from the radio stations.
  • Autosaving after missions was added.
  • The hydraulics minigame was redesigned.
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Bam Bam
by Pliers & Chaka Demus
Written by Toots Hibbert
Available on K-Jah West
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User Reviews

BEST GAME EVER. 10 out of 10
26 October 2004 | by original_wienersSee all my reviews

I Got A Copy Of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Last Night At 6:30 P.M. A Day Early. And I Must Say This Is Hands Down The Best Game I Have Ever Played. I Only Stopped Playing Because I Had To Go To School. But When I Get Home I Will Be Back Playing It. There Are So Many New Features. Like Swimming, Playing Basketball, Riding Bikes, Shooting Pool, There Are Too Many New Features To Type Here Not To Mention That The Game Is 5 Times Bigger Than Vice City And NEVER Loads Outside. I Give This Game A Perfect 10 Out Of 10. Nothing Can Beat This Game Except Maybe A Sequel.

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Release Date:

26 October 2004 (USA) See more »

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