san andreas -- the review
where to start in a game so huge.. ? maybe with just that how giant the map is this time around, its fucking huge, seriously! i played it for hours tonight and i havent been all around even whats available immediately (i dont think i have anyways) which is really refreshing after the cramped lackluster surroundings in vice city.
the vehicle selection is zoned, and by that i mean you can jack a vette a lot easier out by the rich areas (vinewood) and you can get tractors, riding mowers, and jacked up trucks out in the sticks, along with dirtbikes and two-toned junk cars and the ever popular pickup. theres motor homes this time as well
the enemy AI has been trough some tweeking in the last couple games. in liberty the cops and the rival gangs were pretty easy to ditch. in vice city the cops were just brutal especially for as small as the map was in that game. in san andreas we have cops that dont give up on you when you get a block away (even if you do only have one star) and they are agressive in this game as well but i dont see them as brutal and to be feared like i did in vice city. i do have a complaint about the friendly AI's. i almost got beat to death with a bat before my buddy jumped in. kinda frustraiting.
i kinda like the new RPG features. the skill points, reputation and other forms of any kind of real charcter development were not included in the previous games, and until now i didnt mind... but having a guy i can tattoo and bulk up us pretty fuckin sweet. however the workout system is sadly like the punching bag in dead to rights and gets old quick. but you can build up any skill by doing it often, or well, this includes the new skill of swimming.. yes that means no more "oh shit hairpin in an ambukance! FUCK!! WATER!" **splash** WASTED
the world desin and characters look great this time out. (anyone else think that guy in the shades looks like easy-E?) i dont like the shading on some of the cars though. some of them just dont seem to fit the GTA look, if you know what i mean. and you can take down streetlights like they are picket fencing, and you cant drive an oldsmobile through a hedge. annoying.
you can jump fences now which is kinda handy for fleeing from the cops on foot (or gang members)
i dislike the radio stations this time and not really because i dislike rap. some of the rap i used to listen to is there and thats cool. but they're just kind of bland, in my opinion.
i havent figured out how to break into houses (as promised by rockstar) but maybe its a skill you pick up later (i hope) cuz that would just rock.
all in all, its a great game and it fits in very well with the series. and if you were into either of the other two, and whether you wanted more out of the orignial, or a bigger map in vice city. then your set here. and if you dont have a PS2 dont frett. the xbox version will be out next year.
on a side note: now you dont pay the hooker for her time. just for the sex.
“...There are so many ways of being despicable it quite makes one's head spin. But the way to be really despicable is to be contemptuous of other people's pain. You ought to have some apprehension that the man you see before you was once even younger than you are now and arrived at his present wretchedness by imperceptible degrees.”