Captaindrez's Grand Theft Auto - San Andreas (PS2)
| [July 27, 2009 12:48:58 PM]
| Ok I'm an idiot. I wrote my post in the browser as I was playing and it just disappeared, so I will attempt to recreate it from memory.|
I started the game and decided to Sweet's first mission. He explained that all the old Grove Street tags had been tagged over by rival gangs. I then drove in his car to an underpass where he showed me how to tag over gang signs. He sent me off on my own to do a few tags, then I got in his car. He took me to another location to do some tagging. I saw a rival gang member and sprayed him in the face with paint at some point, then got back in Sweet's car and returned home.
I immediately did Sweet's next mission. He explained that all the Grove Street members have become addicted to drugs, and that in order to return to former glory we would have to rid our streets of drugs. Ryder hopped in my car to give me a hand. We drove to our old friend J-Dups house in order to recruit him, but he had changed beyond all recognition. We then pulled up to a house and witnessed a drug deal going on. After the buyer left, I got out of the car, beat up the drug dealer, and took his baseball bat. We then drove to an apartment close by, where Ryder gave a little speech and I beat the entire apartment to death with a baseball bat.
The funny thing is this mission seemed almost like a positive community activity at first. Ridding the streets of drug dealers sounds like a good thing. That feeling quickly vanished, especially after brutally murdering several people with a blunt object. At first it seemed like the right thing to do, especially after seeing J-Dup, but after doing it I realized how wrong it felt. Murder is by far worse than dealing drugs. Dealing drugs is really a victimless crime; the customers are buying drugs of their own free will and are not forced or coerced to buy them. If they want drugs, they will find them no matter what. Addicts always have a way. Its not the dealers that are the problem, its the addicts.
I pretty much ruined the game for myself last night by using cheat codes, so I decided to mess around with some more. I spawned a stunt plane and flew around for a while until I crashed into a building. Then I turned all the pedestrians into Elvis, sped up the gameplay, and went on a katana/chainsaw massacre until I died.
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| [July 27, 2009 12:44:01 AM]
| I left off completing the very first mission and saving in my house. When I walked outside I got a phone call from Ryder who said to come over. We then got into his car and drove over to the barber shop to get a haircut. I got the Cesar. Then I walked across the street to the pizza place and got a meal. There was a short cutscene of Ryder holding up the cashier, then I ran to the car and drove Ryder back to his house.|
I'm starting to remember a lot from this game the from the first time I played through. It kind of reminds me of Gone Baby Gone in a way, the film I just analyzed in my paper. People are products of their environment, and the places they lived will always be a part of their lives. Carl had straightened up, but he can't seem to escape his past and gets sucked right back into his old ways. He doesn't necessarily WANT to resort to his old ways, but his past ties and loyalty to his friends are driving forces.
I also remember thinking how the characters and situations remind me a lot of the Friday movies, and also Menace To Society. Like both of those movies, Carl really seems to be a good guy, but his environment and social ties tend to drag him down and get him in sticky situations.
After completing the Ryder mission, I decided to mess around with some cheat codes. First, I made Carl super fat, then super skinny, then super muscular. Then I used some weapons codes and ran around shooting cars with a rocket launcher. Cops started coming at me and I kept blowing up cop cars until I got the max wanted level and died. After getting out of the hospital, I used a code to make all cars fly like planes, and messed around with that for a while. Then I made all pedestrians Asian guys with katanas, spawned a Rhino, and went on a tank rampage. I got the max wanted level, then decided to get out of the tank and let the cops kill me. Next, I spawned a stunt plane and flew around for a while.
I then remembered how hard it is to play a game legitimately and not use cheat codes once you start using them. It kind of ruins the game experience, knowing that you can give yourself as much money, health, and weapons as you want at any time, or decrease your wanted level. The first time I played San Andreas, I purposely didn't mess around with cheat codes until I beat the game for that reason.
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| [July 26, 2009 04:41:48 PM]
| I’ve already played and beaten GTA: San Andreas a while ago, but I decided to start a new game from scratch. The main character of the game is Carl, a black guy from the “ghetto” of San Andreas (which is modeled after LA). He had been out of town and is returning home to bury his dead mother. On the way home, crooked cops pulled me over and pretty much forced me to start selling drugs and doing shady dealings for them. They then dropped me off in enemy gang territory to fend for myself. I stole a bike in order to flee the enemy gang territory. I rode around on the bike for a while, then stole a “Cadillac” from a guy. I drove around for a while, getting used to the driving controls again and especially re-learning how to use the hand brake for turns. I continued driving around and ended up running over a few pedestrians, provoking the cops to chase me. They chased me and I crashed my car, starting it on fire. I got out of the car and started running at the cops swinging with my bare hands and they grabbed me and arrested me. |
I got out of jail and decided to go on with some missions. I hijacked a car and drove over to Grove Street to do the first mission. I discover from my buddies that my mother had been murdered, along with a bunch of my other friends. A rival gang did a drive by shooting and my friends and I were forced to flee on bicycle. I pretty much had to follow the lead biker while being chased, and it was really easy. After the mission, I went to my house to save the game, then stopped playing. Most of my time was spent driving around and getting used to the controls again.
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