Every Grand Theft Auto game ranked from worst to best

Another substantial leap forward for the franchise, “San Andreas” featured some of the most memorable card designs, scenes, and characters to date.

Taking inspiration from the West Coast after two games set on the East Coast, the map for “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” still stands out today. Los Santos, San Fierro, and Las Venturas are all fun to explore, and the game intelligently familiarizes the player with new locations over time with its mission structure.

Main protagonist CJ is fully customizable, ranging from changing her wardrobe to improving her stats at the gym. CJ’s appearance will even shape her demeanor, changing the way she behaves in public and adding yet another innovation to the series.

The missions are extremely well designed and produce a good variety, but some of them seem next to impossible. Not only that, but the failure of a mission forces the player to return to the starting point. It can break the beat, which is unfortunate because “San Andreas” has some great missions.

Even so, the story and the characters of “San Andreas” are solid. CJ is awesome; his sarcastic returns pair well with other characters, like the ever-tense officer Tenpenny. Voice acting is a big factor in making these characters so memorable. Christopher Bellard, Clifton Powell, Samuel L. Jackson and James Woods all bring their A-game to life by bringing the huge personalities of “San Andreas” to life. These aspects alone make “San Andreas” one of the most replayable entries in the series.

  • Release date: October 26, 2004
  • Available on: PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox, Xbox 360
  • Kind: Action-adventure, Sandbox
  • Game modes: Solo,
  • Metacritic: 93 (PC), 95 (PS2)