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Grand Theft Auto:San Andreas™ Official Strategy Guide (Signature) [Paperback]

Tim Bogenn , Rick Barba
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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29 Oct 2004 Signature

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the latest game in the world-renowned Grand Theft Auto franchise. The game features several new elements and revolves around three cities--Los Santos (based on Los Angeles), San Fierro (based on San Francisco), and Las Venturas (based on Las Vegas). Each city is relatively the size of Vice City--making it clear what the magnitude of the game is. Some of the new elements in this game include four-person drivebys, house break-ins and robberies, character abilities such as eating and swimming and more. The visual effects have also been improved with things like real-time reflections, fully rendered interior environments, and new camera controls. The storyline, set in the early 90s, centers on Carl Johnson, a man who escaped from the pressures of life in Los Santos, San Andreas, five years ago. Now Carl's got to go home, and on his return to the neighborhood, he is framed for homicide. Not Final Cover.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Brady Games; 1 edition (29 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744004292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744004298
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 21.3 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Take Two Interactive Software, Inc., headquartered in New York City, is an integrated global developer, marketer, distributor, and publisher of interactive entertainment software games and accessories for the PC, PlayStation®, PlayStation®2, Xbox™, Nintendo Game Boy Color, Nintendo GameCube and Nintendo Game Boy Advance. The Company publishes and develops products through various wholly owned subsidiaries including: Rockstar Games, Rockstar North, Gotham Games, Gathering of Developers, TalonSoft, Joytech, PopTop, and Global Star. The Company maintains sales and marketing offices in Cincinnati, New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Munich, Vienna, Copenhagen, Milan, Sydney and Auckland. Take-Two's common stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol TTWO. For more corporate and product information please visit our website at

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to the game 1 Nov 2004
This guide covers most thing you'll need to know when playing the game. It covers all of the missions but often tells you useless info that the game tells you anyway.
However, it is very good at telling you where all of the hidden things are for those of you that want to get 100% completion. It also gives you the information on the food you eat, clothes you can wear, your haircuts and tatoos and how these effect your stats (respect, fat and sex appeal.)
It also comes with some helpful maps, much better than the one that comes with the game and the in-game map, which is often vital for getting to places. It also explains the odd jobs that are required but the game does not tell you.
Overall, I think this guide is vital for anyone that owns the game as it will make it a much more fun game to play and you will be able to get the maximum out of it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Craig
I think this was worth the price - certainly beats going to all the FAQ websites to find what you need about San Andreas. The mission walkthroughs are just that and don't offer much in the way of hints for those frustrating *cough* supply lines *cough* missions. The book is really good for side missions and hidden stuff which is what I really wanted it for. I would have to agree with thecrimsonshortone about the San Fierro photo ops - the map and thumbnails don't match whatsoever, not even close. Plus some of them are wrong. One of them states take a pic of the save the whales mural. But in the game, the brick wall is blank, its the Hashbury festival sign you have to capture instead. It's nowhere near as bad for the Horseshoe locations in Las Venturas - but some of the screenshots include stuff like stairs and bushes that must have been removed from the final version of the game to stop the PS2 from having an emotion engine overload.
Overall, it's a worthy purchase, but you will still need the odd trip to
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
...the way I see it is this. For the first time there is a strategy guide you could seriously beat someone to death with. This is a seriously meaty work. Full colour pictures, maps, item catalogues. In GTAIII and Vice City we could say that all things come with time, eventually you will see everything even if you don't actually finish the game (because of insane jumps and races usually). In San Andreas, on the other hand, if you don't have some help... well, you might miss something.
The book is as comprehensive as its forebears and this will be of great relief to players (or should that be playaz?) like myself who sort of got their head aroud Los Santos over this release weekend and then despaired of ever finishing this Final Fantasy-esque behemoth of a crime epic.
Essentially this guide will help you manage your stay in San Andy and if you don't want spoilers don't read the important pages. But for those like me who don't fancy hide and seek to get the tags, oysters and horseshoes. I quite like getting to know the city by doing a 'hidden object' review. So I don't have a problem with using the guide.
Trust me, you'll need this if you're planning on having a life in addition to a copy of GTA:SA
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Awful 11 Feb 2008
I love Grand Theft Auto, I managed to complete San Andreas to 100% despite this guide.
Basic sections, such as the photographs that need taking in San Fierro are wrong, the pictures don't match the descriptions which don't match the locations.
Descriptions of the tags in Los Santos are usually incorrect or provide so little information you'd be better off without them.
The guide says annoying crap like 'mystery weapons/vehicles' without actually telling you what these are, despite being a 'complete' guide.
Generally its a load of crap, the only nice thing about it is the design, bold artwork and nice composition. It's set out like a tourist guide; even the paper's texture is nice, but its all a hoax. Whoever wrote it needs a slap and clearly never double-checked any of the crap they wrote.
Don't buy this, you can get much better 100% guides much freer on the internet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful but some major errors 1 Dec 2004
Great guide for locating all the different tags/oysters etc, but have found some major errors - the map giving the location of the San Fierro photo ops is labelled totally incorrectly for instance.
would also agree with the reviewer regarding the lack of tips - this is more of a walk-through than previous guides to GTA games
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy companion 1 Nov 2004
If you have purchased the previous guides to GTA then the first thing you will notice about GTA San Andeas Strategy guide is its size. Like the game it is probably four times as thick (and heavy) as its predecessor which makes the price tag worth it for the paper alone! The game is big and you wont realise its true enormity for hours. One glance through the guide however and you realise so much more, a "parachute", no way? This guide helps you work out what you need to attain the elusive 100% and allows you turn your PS2 off and let the rest of your family enjoy normal TV, while you prepare yourself for your next session. A worthy buy for a worthy game.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I took one look at this book and it was amazing. It cracks the lock that makes this game hard,Lots of detailed maps to tell you where all the secrets are and brilliant mission giudes is it too hard to see why this is 5 star? Great giude for a great game.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grand Theft Auto: Official Strategy Guide
I found this game of very high quality and it has produced hours of entertainment. It was delivered promptly and priced very reasonably. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Review from Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars san andreas
a great guide for this huge game. it cover the main plot very well and also provides help finding everything hidden in this huge gaming world.
Published 21 days ago by ian forsyth
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide
Starting this game is somewhat bewildering; my initial reaction was 'just what have I let myself in for'! This is where the strategy guide stepped in to guide and assist me. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michael J. Wilson
1.0 out of 5 stars Misunderstanding
I was disappointed when I got this as I ordered the game NOT the book. I have no need for the book when I don't have the game. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Natasha
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
woz pre-ownd but lookd new. boyf loved it as a bday presy. great 4 money. wud reconmend.great all in all
Published 17 months ago by tasha
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cheat guide
I think that it is a great cheat book, it tells me were everything is and what cheat codes to use.
Published on 12 Dec 2011 by Mr. Kw Hone
5.0 out of 5 stars GTA San Andreas
ahh yes this game, i played it so much that i keep dreaming of it... i have played it many many times and was never able to finish it, so now i finally decided to buy the guide,... Read more
Published on 22 July 2011 by Thiago Silva
5.0 out of 5 stars GTA SAN GUIDE
An excellent guide that covers all of the basic needs in GTA Sanandreas. It covers all the snapshots, horsehoes and spray tags. Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2011 by CB
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Official Statagy Guide
Arrived on time and in good condition, and if you loved the game but could never achieve 100% completion or if you wanted to know about any hidden extra's then this is the book... Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2011 by Tiffer
3.0 out of 5 stars Generally Useful
In general terms I have found this a fairly essential piece of kit to get the most out of GTA: San Andreas. Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2008 by Northern Warrior
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