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4.4 out of 5 stars
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4.4 out of 5 stars
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Xbox)
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on 11 February 2017
Game never loaded a waste of money
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on 6 October 2015
Doesn't even work looks like the disk has been used as a door stop!!!!
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on 4 April 2014
This game failed to work beyond menu screen. Wate of money. Would appreciate a replacement if that is possible. Will return game if required.
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on 12 March 2015
It was awfull the game didn't even work never buying off them again.😠😠😠
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on 4 February 2015
Bad. Didnt work at all.
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on 10 May 2015
Bought this for my son but he can't play it on his Xbox 360, I've looked at other reviews that said you have to download a update to be able to play it but my son can't find any updates to download so he can't play the game
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on 16 June 2005
If you're going to buy this game, you better budget for some extra controllers too, because you're sure to smash a few while you're playing San Andreas. The reason I've given it such a low rating is because this game becomes no more than a frustrating chore after a while.
The controls are just awful. A monkey could have done a better job with the control set-up. Oh yeah, and they can't be customised.
In many of the missions, you'll have to do a drive-by. To do this, you'll have to be pressing at least 4 buttons at the same time (right and left trigger to control speed, plus a combination of black/white and red/green). This will be during a high speed chase, where you have to avoid crashing, follow at least one other vehicle, and watch the road ahead. Your fingers will slip off the correct buttons, you'll have to look down at the controller to see what you're doing, you'll press the wrong combination of buttons at the time when you're best positioned to shoot the other vehicle. You'll get into a mess. Mission failed. Again and again. That's one controller thrown to the floor in frustration.
The there's the notoriously bad flying controls. You MUST pass some very tricky flight tests to progress in the game, which involve flying a jittery plane through checkpoints. The controls, once again, seem to have been designed by a maniac with thirty fingers. It's so fiddly it's ridiculous, and remember, one little error and BOOM. You're timed, and you can fail. Very easily. Again and again. R.I.P. the second controller.
Most of the missions are the standard 'go here, kill them, return' type. There's some variety, but not really enough to prevent it getting old pretty quickly. And this is the heart of it: the main feeling you'll get on completion of each mission is simple relief that you don't have to go through it all again. That is the central experience of this game - frustration followed by relief, rinse and repeat.
The other major irritation with this game is that it tries to do everything, and ends up doing it all badly. It has the lamest attempt at stealth missions that has ever been seen in a game: not only does it not work very well (dodgy controls yet again) but it doesn't matter either. You can customise cars, but again, it is so shoddy that you do it once and then leave it alone in sympathy for it's awfulness. You can gamble, and experience the most repetitive and joyless gaming experience of all time.
There are, of course, good bits. The appearance changes are interesting (clothes, hair, weight, physique and tattoos). The dialogue is often funny, and well acted. The radio stations are ok, although not as interesting as Vice City.
As for the graphic quality, it is way inferior to Vice City: the weather effects are lame, everything is really jaggy and dull, and the draw distance actually interferes with gameplay at times (that is a sign of how seriously bad the design of this game is).
All in all, this game is just not fun. It could have been a first rate game if the designers hadn't tried to jam so much into it, but that's the choice they made, and they've included so many poorly executed, third rate elements into it that the game as a whole suffers.
If you get lots of pieces of coloured plasticine and mush them all up together, eventually you will get a dull brown mess. This is a lesson that R* should have learned before they released this game.
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