Five years ago Carl Johnson escaped from the pressures of life in Los Santos, San Andreas — a city tearing itself apart with gang trouble, drugs, and corruption. Now, it’s the early 1990s and Carl’s got to go home: his mother has been killed and his family has been torn apart. And so begins the third PlayStation 2 chapter of the multi-million unit selling franchise, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
Your first order of business in Los Santos is to put your set back on the map. Your gang, the Grove Street Families, has fallen into disarray over the last five years, and their influence is minimal at best. So you, along with the three other leaders of the gang—the long-winded Big Smoke, the dust-smoking Ryder, and your stubborn brother, Sweet—set out to take back the streets from your rivals, the Ballas, who have turned to dealing crack to earn money and gain influence in the hood. You set out on a series of missions to take back your territory, starting small with things like spray-painting over other gangs’ tags (which is one of the many new types of actions that replace previous GTA games’ more-generic hidden package collecting here), but quickly moving up to drive-bys and other acts of extreme gangsterism. But there’s a whole lot more to San Andreas than just set tripping.
Just when you think you’re getting used to gang warfare, everything goes sour. We’re certainly not interested in spoiling the game’s many interesting plot twists, so we’ll leave out the details, but it should suffice to say that you’ll eventually need to get the heck out of Los Santos. You wind up in the country outside the city, where you’ll encounter many more great characters and officially embark on your quest to put right what’s gone wrong. Once you get out of Los Santos, you won’t really have to worry about gang warfare for a while, and the game settles down into a more GTA-like feel.
Platforms : PC, XBOX, PlayStation 2