Friday, March 27, 2015

GAMING: Grand Theft Auto San Andreas Review

By: Michael Neil Morris
Edited by: Romane Orlando Robb
One of the greatest games of all time, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is a third-person perspective game that to me has everything to be considered one of the greatest games of all time. It takes place in an open world environment that allows the player to walk about freely between missions to indulge in other activities like gang wars to personal fitness and diet.

The classic game starts with the main character Carl "CJ" Johnson, returning to Los Santos (California) from Liberty City (New York) when he receives a call from his brother Sean "Sweet" Johnson of their mother's murder. A lot of the main story is based on a couple of real-life events in Los Angeles, like gang rivalry between the Bloods and Crips street gangs. Also, the game touches on the 1980’s crack epidemic and the scandal with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

Not only does GTA: SA has an amazing storyline that takes us on a journey through the west, it also pays attention to a lot of the small things. The attention to detail of life to me is what truly makes this game extraordinary. For example, CJ comes back to Los Santos a skinny guy with a dark Cesar wearing a white t-shirt paired with blue jeans and sneakers, but based on each players own style, he/she can customize CJ's look from head to toe. This includes tattoos to entire outfits. You can also customize his physical appearance like his weight or muscle mass (fat, slim, brolic).

Other things include eating, which is a must. You can also receive a pilot’s license to enter airports and fly planes. This game also has a number of mini games that can be found all over, one being in the Johnson house.

So in conclusion, I'd give GTA: SA, a 5/5 for being an all-around great game.

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