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For those who feel like cheats even looking at this page...
on 1 November 2004
...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