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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004)

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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

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 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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Storyline

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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Details

Official Sites:

Capcom [Japan] | Official Facebook

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Spanish | German

Release Date:

26 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Various billboards around Los Santos are advertising "True Grime: Street Cleanup". This is a mockery of the makers of True Crime: Streets of LA (2003), who made fun of Rockstar games with signs advertising a company known as "jockstrap". See more »

Goofs

During "Reuniting the Families", the biker cop that gets chopped up by the helicopter blades has a completely different model when his various body parts are scattered around. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

References Moonraker (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

The Morning After
(uncredited)
by Fallout
Written by Lenny Dee & Tommy Musto
Available on San Fierro Underground Radio
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Guilty pleasure
28 February 2008 | by bull-frogSee all my reviews

I played all the of the GTA games and they are all awesome. GTA ranks right up there with Vice City. The game isn't exactly something you want your kids to play and I've noticed each successive version has gotten more and more vulgar. It's violent - although in a cartoonish sort of way. It has lots of swearing. And it does portray blacks in a less than positive light. Still it's hours of enjoyment that'll keep you up late at nights.

I primarily play games on the PC as I have a better feel for the keyboard and mouse. The shooting missions are just so much easier with a mouse than a game-pad. The flight missions are a different story however. I pull out my Logitech controller for that one.

The layout is HUGE - probably 3 times bigger than VC. There are endless things to do. I wonder how the programmers could cram so much.

One big improvement over VC is less emphasis on competitive missions such as racing and obstacle clearing missions which I always found frustrating.

Even after you beat SA, you come back months later wanting to play the whole thing over again. And sometimes you play it just for the hell of it. Like throwing a bomb into a crowd and causing a racket. Battling the cops is my favorite activity.

The things that I dislike are the game-play during driving missions. The driving angle is set too low and you can't see over the hills. VC had it perfect. Also the oyster and horseshoe collecting just isn't worth the effort since you have to collect all 100 just to earn a prize, unlike in Vice City where you earn a reward for every 10 hidden packages you collect. That is the one advantage that Vice City has.

The graphics may not be like Doom or Farcry. But the fun is unbeatable.


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