When it comes to this era of Grand Theft Auto games it is fair to say that San Andreas is probably the most loved. Released first on PlayStation 2 in 2004, Grand Theft Auto San Andreas would go on to be one of the biggest selling games on the PlayStation 2 and one of the most critically acclaimed as well.
This time the game was set in the 1990’s and you played the role of CJ who comes home after his mother’s funeral (she was murdered) to find his family in a mess. CJ tries to get his old gang back, has run in with crooked cops and ends up in trouble with the gang war that is going on in San Andreas. The riots and gang wars of the 1990’s are a huge influence on the game and in general, the story has a lot of twists and turns and at the time it was the most story driven of the GTA games.
Grand Theft Auto San Andreas was huge! The map was absolutely massive and there was just so much to do in San Andreas. You could spend hours exploring the map, taking on side quests and finding all kinds of weird stuff. RockStar also added in some RPG elements to the game where you could actually tinker with CJ’s appearance.
Grand Theft Auto San Andreas is one of the most popular games in the whole GTA series. The following year it would be released on Xbox and PC. But the game is so popular that it would even be released on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and even mobile devices.