Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for the Playstation 2 is an open world action game that takes place in the fictional city San Andreas. You play as a young gang-banger named Carl Johnson, CJ for short, looking to make it big in the world. San Andreas is based off of the real cities San Francisco, Las Angeles, and Las Vegas and is divided into three parts. Although GTA: San Andreas has a story, the game’s main draw is its open world game play. Players can use many different types of weapons and drive many different types of vehicles including cars, boats, and planes to name a few.
One thing that the Grand Theft Auto series has always been known for its open world game play along with very large detailed worlds. San Andreas is no exception and boasts the largest map in the GTA series. Almost immediately upon picking up a controller and playing the game you will notice that there are no objectives you must complete. You can run, drive, swim, or fly around doing whatever you want for as long as you please. The game is a continuous world with people, weather, day and night, etc. If you choose, you could play San Andreas for countless hours without completing a single mission in the game. It is the freedom to do whatever you want that makes GTA games so much fun.
Although doing whatever you want in San Andreas can get boring, which is where the games story comes in. In San Andreas, like in all previous GTA games, your character receives missions from different characters that you complete for money, respect, and to progress the plot. There are missions that are linked to the overarching story of the game along with side missions that do not advance the plot. The missions in the game are all very distinct, but also very similar. Most missions require you to go to point X kill so-and-so and drive back to your safe house. There are exceptions and some of the missions are very fresh and exciting, but most fallow that simple formula.
Another interesting aspect of the game play is the vehicles. There are tons of different vehicles that all handle uniquely. As you progress through the game you will have access to better vehicles that you can store in your garages. The garages save whatever vehicles you place in them so that you can go get them at a later time. This is important because those of you familiar with GTA games will know that vehicles randomly spawn just outside of your draw distance, and de-spawn after they are out of sight (too far away, around a corner, etc.).
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