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Genre: Action & Shooter / Video Game for Windows XP / ESRB Rating: Adults Only / Release Date: 2005-06-10 / Published by Take 2 Interactive

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      23.03.2011 00:24

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      A great game from Rockstar

      I certainly think this is the best game in the GTA series. It's got so many features which the others simply don't and it still entertains now. Though I would argue that the most 'groundbreaking' of the series was the first, primarily because of the concept behind the game, this game comes a close second. Where to begin...

      The environment I suppose would be a good start. It's big even by todays standards, and then you consider that it was released 7 years ago and it suddenly seems even more impressive. It's very detailed and there's also countryside, something the other games don't have. This is fantastic fun to explore and the 3 different cities are all vastly different, so there's loads to see.

      Vehicles are all good, loads of variety here too. I love the ability to customize cars and really wish this hadn't been dropped in the successor, GTAIV. The handling is ok, if you're on pc then a controller really is a must. The sound track is amazing, so much choice and a load of funny radio ads too, really ads another dimension to the game. Perhaps the best bit is the intro tune, really catchy and somehow captures the 90's Gangster feel of the game.

      If you're into your games, I can't really think of any reason not to own this game, unless you happen to be a small child. It's a must have. Get it... seriously you won't regret it.

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      13.02.2011 04:12
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      Another rock solid game in the Grand Theft Auto series

      San Andreas is the sixth game in the Grand Theft Auto series. The game takes you in to a 1990's world of guns, ghettos and gangsters filled with violence, crime and corrupt police officials.

      The first thing you're going to notice about San Andreas is the gameplay area. It's huge. Far bigger than its predecessors. With three cities, a splattering of small towns and a vast amount of countryside, it's going to take you a very long time to explore it all. And with all that land area, you're going to need vehicles to explore it with, and there's no shortage of those either. From push bikes, to jet aircraft, and everything in-between, getting around has never been more fun.

      Graphically, Grand Theft Auto has moved on somewhat. It's nothing ground breaking, but it is an improvement on previous games in the series. The draw distance is fantastic. You can stand on top of a mountain and on a clear day, you can see the landscape for miles around you giving the game that greater sense of realism. Lighting has been improved with better haze effects, and the fog can be quite realistic at times, adding an eerie atmosphere as you're wandering around the countryside.

      The radio stations in the GTA series have always been a stand out feature and San Andreas continues this trend. Each radio station covers a different genre of 90s tunes. Lazlow is back with his talk show and if you decide that you don't like any of it, you can play your own MP3s instead. The radio stations have a dynamic edge. After certain missions, you can often hear the disc jockey mention events that have happened during gameplay. It all helps add to the realism.

      San Andreas has moved on slightly from the arcade-style of its predecessors. The cars, although far from pin-point realism, feel a bit more real. No longer do they accelerate to full speed in a couple of seconds or turn at ridiculous angles. The graphics are less brash and the whole game has a more realistic edge. There are a greater number of missions and many have a more cinematic quality to them, at times they'll have you on the edge of your seat and almost ducking for cover. These changes add up to make a more mature game. However, don't be afraid, San Andreas sticks close to its roots, if you enjoyed the earlier games, this one will be no exception.

      San Andreas is another rock solid game in the Grand Theft Auto series. It's nothing special, there's nothing here that's going to blow your socks off, but it's a good solid progression of the series. You can't fault it for that. There are enough new features to make it a worthwhile purchase, even if you own the other games in the series but don't be expecting too much from it.

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        27.06.2010 15:52
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        A very good game that you must get,

        Many people may be put of by this game, due to it's violent nature, high sexual content and use of drugs. However, if you realise that it's only a game, then there is no need to be bothered about it.

        Having got this game as a gift, I was really excited to play it, but I was afraid that it wasn't going to work on my laptop. However, I was wrong and it gave 6 months of sheer enjoyment!

        What can you do?

        Firstly, there is a very long and interesting storyline where you are a character called Carl Johnson, and he is basically a thug like character growing up in a place called Los Santos. One thing about the game that I dislike is that all the characters are far too stereotypical ranging from rappers that have to took "ghetto" to druggies constantly high on pot.

        What makes the game even better is that you can do so many things when you are not doing a mission or following the storyline. You can do pretty much anything. You can buy clothes, lift weights, swim, do ambulance, police, fire trucks, or taxi missions, deliver gas to petrol shops, take over certain districts, get a girlfriend, and that's just to name a few!

        Therefore, I would have to say the gameplay is superb, and it is very hard to get bored of playing it.

        However there are some downfalls. The 18 certificate is definitely justified and sometimes I feel that there is bit too much swearing at times, and random nudity for no good reason. I guess they're trying to make as over the top as they can, but I never really liked it to be honest.

        That said, I would still recommend it to anyone 18 or over, and it is a very long, yet addictive, game to play.

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        05.03.2010 14:40
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        This is one of the best games I've ever played and I would thoroughly recommend it.

        Having played San Andreas all the way through on both the PS2 and PC, I can truthfully say that it is one of the best games I've ever played.

        You play the role of Carl who is part of the Grove St gang. You have to protect your "territory" and complete missions such as assassinations on gang targets.

        Storyline aside, what impresses me most about San Andreas is the city you are in. Computer games have developed quickly over the last 20 years, and I was amazed at the sheer size of the city you get to explore with dozens of vehicles to drive (including helicopters and planes) and places to go.

        The acting and voiceovers during missions is very life like and believable. Samuel L Jackson gives his voice to a corrupt policeman who regularly uses Carl to carry out his dirty business.

        In summary, this is one of the best games I've ever played and I would thoroughly recommend it.

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        22.01.2010 00:38
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        fun if you are liberal.

        Another installment of the famously immoral game series that is "Grand theft auto". This time you play the role of Carl Jones who's main aim throughout the game is to bust his brother out of prison. Visually the game is similar to all the other 3d GTA games prior however the total map size is considerably bigger than liberty city which makes for some great exploration. You follow the same pattern as usual with missions asking you to steal, rob, kill, and otherwise terrorize the peaceful inhabitants of the local cities and towns. One addition is the ability to gain and lose weight depending on how often you visit fast food buildings or use the in game gym. This can have a big effect on how fast you're able to run away from the cops. There is a wide variety of vehicles in the game including trucks, cars, tankers, boats, a bmx bike (which is fun at the start), planes, motorbikes and you will find a use for all of these throughout the missions. Overall if you are a fan of the GTA series then you will love this game, if you hate any depiction of violence or crime then you will really really not enjoy playing GTA: San Andreas

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        26.10.2009 14:31
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        Great Game Well Worth Buying

        Grand theft auto, produced by Rockstar Games, has caused controversy since its release on the playstation in 1997. The first installment saw the player plunged into the sprawling metropolis of Liberty City where they are encouraged to take a 9 to 5 office job filing important memos and contributing to a rich and full society. Only joking of course (but what a wildly popular game that would be!!!)

        Liberty City is a world of seediness and criminality, the home of Car jacking, cop killing Harry krishna squishing (Gouranga) mayhem, viewed from the safety of a top down vantage point.

        While the graphics have come along way, the premise of San Andreas is familiar and will require the same wanton disregard for the law to progress through the criminal underworld.

        The protagonist, Carl Johnson (CJ) is a young American who has recently been released from prison only to find his neighbourhood is overrun by the rival gang 'the ballas'. These purple clad hoodlums are shotting crack on CJ's home turf (Grove Street and the surrounding area) and generally making a nuisance of themselves (you know what those naughty gangsters are like). It is down to Cj to lead the war against these pistol wielding pretenders to the gangland crown, and ultimately make his mark on the sizeable tri-city area that makes up the games setting.

        The 'map' is a huge and sprawling mixture of city, desert and countryside (with a fully scaleable mountain 'mt chiliad' thrown in for good measure). The cities themselves are based on the mean streets of Los Angeles, the hilly and hippy influenced promenades of San Francisco and the glittery home of the slot machine (you guessed it!) Las Vegas.

        You start the game in Los Angeles and have to wait until sufficient murder and mayhem has been unleashed before progressing to the latter cities. Each city has an airport (with flyable planes) a train station (and yes the train is 'nickable') a series of fast food establishments and a gym in which you can work out and learn new fighting styles.

        It is mainly the games adoption of the eating/exercise system that sets it apart from previous titles. CJ must strike a balance between pigging out and working out lest he become a ball of gelatinous goo unable to see his toes let alone perfect an international bank heist!!! CJ's figure not only influences his appearance, but a heftier gangster will be slower and will tire more readily, while conversely a svelt, toned CJ will outrun the most persistant policeman and punch harder than Cassius Clay on a bad day.

        San Andreas employs a familiar 'open ended' mission structure which allows the player to choose what missions they do and when they do them (to a certain extent), although in reality you'll end up doing all the same missions anyway. Whether it be taking orders from a couple of bent coppers or running errands for an old 60's acid head there are plenty of missions to get through and on 100% completion of the game CJ receives a 50% boost to his health and armour and receives a rhino tank outside his home.

        This is definately a stonker of a game, with so many neat little touches that it would take another 10 billion words to get through them all. For those of you who havent fallen asleep yet you'll be glad to hear you can pick up a copy for next to nothing, between £10-£20 depending on where ya go.

        San Andreas is rated 18 and is available on Pc and Ps 2


        Happy murderin "ya'll"





        For those who want to know the minimum pc requirements are as follows:-

        1GHz Intel Pentium III or AMD Athlon Processor
        256mb RAM
        64mb Video Card direct X9 compatible
        8X speed DVD Rom drive
        3.6GB Hard drive space
        DirectX9 compatible sound card

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        02.07.2009 16:24
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        A huge game which'll keep even the best gamers occupied much longer than the average game

        San Andreas is a monster of a PC game. It is easily one of the largest, most freeform games available, even today.
        San Andreas itself is made up of 3 seperate islands, each modelled on an American city, it's not hard to figure out which. Each city is vastly different from ghettos to downtown skyscrapers to the Las Vegas strip. To add to this there's forests, small towns and a whole desert to explore. There's certainly plenty to explore, long after you've finished the missions or of course in between.
        There are a huge number of missions in game, from essential story missions to a whole host of side ones. These are usually quite varied but of course there are quite a few lacklustre missions. The inclusion of the RC missions again is particulary annoying to me. But there are some real standout missions, in particular a mansion raid and a casino heist.
        If you've played this on console you might struggle with the controls at first. On the PC version there's no auto-aim, on keyboard at least. But after a while it becomes second nature.
        Graphics-wise San Andreas is not going to compete with today's games but that's fine by me. It has a slightly cartoony look, which keeps in with the previous 2 titles, GTA 3 and Vice City. It suits the game perfectly.

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        02.07.2009 15:09

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        A fantastic game that is a bargain now-a-days, Buy it NOW!

        GTA San Andreas received rave reviews back when it was released and even today provides gamers a lot of fun. Basically it's the same old kind of story for a GTA game where you go from being a low life to being the most respected gang leader in the game.

        What sets this GTA out from the others is that there are some RPG elements e.g. you can make your character fat, skinny by giving them exercise, making them eat healthily and going to the gym. As other reviews have mentioned because the game is on the PC there are many add-ons which you can download. The best of these will allow you to play San Andreas online with or against other people which is a pretty amazing accomplishment and is a lot of fun.

        The missions within the game itself can prove to be a bit repetitive and some of them can be frustratingly difficult but at least you will not complete the game in 6 hours like many newer games that have short single player experiences.

        Definately a must buy especially at a low price!

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        21.05.2009 22:51
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        San Andreas has the best maps that ever been in existence on a GTA game. The in game graphics are amazing. Even though on the whole, PC games generally have good graphics, this is an exception . The thing I love about the maps is that there is loads of free roaming space to mess about with. I especially likes the countryside, however, this part of the game seems to be lost in all of the other Grand Theft Auto games.

        In San Andreas there is a huge range of vehicles, going from military planes and helicopters to hovercrafts. With a whole load in between and even more available with cheats. The choice of weapons is like the cars, very good. There must be about 30 different weapons in the game. However, quite a few of these are mainly available through cheats. Although thats another big part of the game... cheats.

        All Grand Theft Auto games are widely known for their crazy, random and useful cheats. To give you an idea of some of the crazy and random ones; turn all traffic lights to green , agressive drivers , all pedestrians are elvis , turn all cars pink and countless more. As you could imagine, without the cheats the game would be no where near as good as it is.

        The career is also another strong point in the game. Like all GTA games, the career is quite long and packed with the standard, awesome missions that only come about with Grand Theft Auto. Personally, I love this side of the game the missions are really fun to do.

        Multiplayer can be done as well, but its not all that good to be honest. Its quite hard to get your player to do what you want. Even just to start multiplayer will make you have to find a one off multiplayer icon in the game.

        Overall, I think this game is brilliant. The length of it is basically unimited as there is so much to do. This game is possibly the best GTA ever made.

        RECOMMENDED!

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        06.05.2009 13:21

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        never ending fun

        Ah, back to GTA. Another chapter in this thrilling gaming series.

        The game has been expanded even further in this version. The idea of the game is still the same, you must complete missions to earn money and respect in the city. You do this by following leads and carrying out bosses instructions so you can move up the underworld ladder.

        You can do most anything in this game. You will find weapons and items scattered around the city that you can pickup. You can enter shops to purchase food, clothes, weapons. You can gamble in casinos and steal cars from the city streets.

        You can ride on the monorail or drive an army tank.

        One of the best things to do in this game is exploring. The city is packed full of detail and there are things to find and interesting areas to visit and explore. The same rules apply though. If you commit crime then the police will be after you. The more crime you commit the more police will be on your tale eventually leading to tanks and helicopters trying to blow you to bits.

        The game plays brilliantly. Every aspect of the game such as shooting weapons, driving vehicles, mini games within the game are all fun to play and work well.

        You can do just about anything you can think of making this one of the most diverse games I have ever played and one of the best.

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        12.03.2009 20:18
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        Sure to get your heart pounding

        Rockstar are incredible masters of living, breathing environments. I rarely play computer games these days and only have a couple still installed, but the GTA series is irresistible and only gets better with time and with each release.

        GTA:San Andreas has been released for consoles and MS Windows, but for those interested it will happily run on Linux when installed under the latest version of Wine.

        What makes San Andreas so great? Well, it has the same open feel to it as the other 3d GTA games. It is highly complex and you can interact with it on thousands of unique levels. Vehicle physics are awesome and you can do as you please. Ever wanted to drive a motorcycle at 100mph off the top of a skyscraper? Go for it! You can drive, fly, boat, cycle... The in-game story is intense but tough at times. The real joy is the distraction. You can play this game for hundreds of hours without ever stepping into the story. My favourite pastime is "avoid the cops" - see how many 'wanted' stars you can get by causing mayhem and then seeing how long you can avoid the cops. The cops soon turn into SWAT teams, then the army depending on what kind of ruckus you have caused. This is where cheats actually become interesting. You can activate a cheat (unlimited weapons, for example), and still have a *very* tough time avoiding the long arm of the law. The standard Fire-truck, Ambulance and taxi-cab side-missions are available and are relatively fun.

        Aside from the incredible gameplay, the graphics are great and the cities are extremely well designed. San Fierro is a fictional version of San Francisco, Los Santos is LA and Las Venturas is Las Vegas. Day changes to night and the lighting effects will make you coo. Police beat the streets looking for crime. Civilians wander around. Gang-members do bad things. Cars have accidents. People get angry. This is one of those games that makes the evolution of computers well worthwhile! In my opinion the PC version is an improvement on the console versions. The extra control available with a mouse and keyboard gives a little game playing boost.

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        25.10.2008 17:56
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        Great game for serious gamers and people less up for a challenge.

        This game has been out for a number of years now but I am still seriously addicted.

        I refuse with new games to go out and buy them straight away. The prices shops charge are just rediculous so I prefer to wait a while until they're not the latest thing and get them on the cheap then.

        GTA was a revolution when it came out and I think that all the subsequent games they have brought out are also a revolution. Vice City started the more 3D style of play and San Andreas picks it up again nicely.

        The aim of the game is to complete misssions. However if like me you sometimes feel a bit restricted by having to do what the computer says, you can just send hours cruising the neighbourhood in stolen cars casuing trouble (in the game not in real life!!)

        I rarely complete misssions, I also cheat like something rotten, you can fins all the cheaps you need online. Some are really amusing cheats some I really dont see the point to.

        My b/f thinks I spoil games by just cheating and making my life easy, however this is how I enjoy my games! If its too easy though I get bored! But in certain games it can totally spoil it when you get really far, havent saved and then die!

        THis game you have as many lives as you like so you can play for hours and hours as I have been!

        It area that you have in the game is amazing. You have so much city and surrounding area to explore, I still get lost and I have been playing for serious amounts of hours!

        This is a great game if you fancy a violent challenge, just do the missions. However if you just feel like having a random cruise of the 'hood' and causing trouble then this is also a great game for you. I tell you, after a rubbish day at work there is nothing better than speeding through some reds in a stolen car flattening as many gang members as you can (yes I am still talking about the game, not my real life!!!)

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        19.10.2008 15:53
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        Aa game well worth buying!

        An amazing, open ended game, that will leave you wanting more. and you can have more, due to it being open ended.
        you start the game as someone with very little money, no idea of what to do, and a bicycle.
        From there, it's your choice. Take up the storyline, or just mess around in the large world of San Andreas.
        This game is centered around crime though, and if your a pacifist, i wouldn't recommend buying it.
        It would be extremely hard to get through the game without stealing a single car, or killing a single person, and if you try to, i imagine it would be very dull and boring.
        The game isn't overly hard, but it's not too easy either, giving you just the right mix of game play to be enjoyable.
        As i said, you can break off any of the story lines to goof around in the city, going where ever you please, but it's worth completing the game, so you have access to the other areas of the city.
        There are many types of cars to steal, from fast sports cars to a old, rusty truck.
        The Physics in this game is also incredibly lifelike, hitting someone with a car will result in them flying away, hitting a car into the wall will break windows and smash up your car, and the "death" system is realistic.
        The 6 star rating system, where the more "illegal" deeds you commit, result in raising your star level, first to 1 star, which is 1 police car and 2 officers, to 6 stars, which is FBI helicopters, Army tanks, and special agents.
        All in all a fun and enjoyable game!

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        17.10.2008 20:27
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        Fantastic game!

        I am a bit of a girl gamer. (Vice City got me into these games) I have played this on the PC and PS2 and I love it.

        You need a pretty decent computer/laptop to play it though.

        The map is HUGE! There is so much to see and do, lots of missions to complete. I love playing this game online. (You can download multiplayer clients - just search them.) Running around such a big map with lots of other players shooting eachother is alot of fun. There is also a racing mod avaliable, again..alot of fun to be had!

        The story basically is, CJ (The character you play throughout the game) on his return to the neighborhood, meets a couple of corrupt cops who frame him for homicide. He is then forced on a journey that takes him across the entire state of San Andreas, to save his family and to take control of the streets.

        I still have not completed this game, and the next GTA is out already. (Can't wait to play it!) If you've not played any of these games before, go buy it! It will bring you hours of fun...and frustration.

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        15.09.2008 13:35
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        Must buy

        CJ (Carl Johnson) has lived in Liberty City for five years but returns to Los Santos for his mother's funeral. Unfortunately for CJ he is picked up by corrupt police officers and told that if he leaves Los Santos he will be framed for the murder of a police officer which occurred just before they picked him up. Carl seeks to strengthen the position of his family and get out of the predicament he is in with the officers but this means he will have to work for them, at least for a while.

        The style of play is what you'd expect from a GTA game, very similar to GTA3 and Vice City. There are however quite a few new elements. Vehicles don't have to be stolen, you can now import them. You won't die by going too far into the water as your character can now swim though it is still possible to drown. You can climb walls, hold two guns and set waypoints on the map.

        The hidden packages have been replaced with tags, horseshoes, camera shots and oysters. The interaction between the police and the civilians is greater. You can now take over areas of the map by attacking rival gangs.

        One of the biggest differences is the character customisation. You can buy tattoos for your character, change his clothes, haircut and figure by vistiting the tattoo shop, clothes shop, barber and gym. If CJ eats too much and doesn't exercise he will become fat making him less attractive to some of the potential dates and will affect attributes such as running. His appearance also affects his respect level within the gang. At the gyms CJ can learn three fighting styles - boxing, kick boxing and martial arts. Your attributes are now listed i.e. your skill with bikes, cars, running, guns etc. and these will improve as you use them.

        There are many more vehicles in San Andreas than in GTA3 and VC some of which are quite random i.e. the combine harvester. You can now modify your vehicles. Whereas before when you went into the Paint and Spray shops your car was merely sprayed and repaired, now at certain garages you can buy new rims, bumpers, bodykits etc.

        With regard to making money there are a few new ways to do this. If you obtain a robbery van you may use it on a night to rob houses, you'll enter the house, select the goods you want and carry them out but you'll have to be sneaky. There are also train and truck driving delivery missions as well as pimping missions which you can do repeatedly (similar style to missions like ambulance driving, vigilante etc.).

        There are minigames like basketball, pool, the lowrider challenge and when out with girlfriends you'll sometimes have to complete certain challenges to impress them i.e. dancing.

        The map is vast with many buildings to explore and plenty of activities to keep you entertained.

        The storyline is ok, it didn't keep me as interested as GTA3 and Vice City but the sheer size of the map and the range of activities make up for that. The sound is as with GTA3 and VC, pretty much spot on. The soundtrack is very good and the voice acting couldn't be better. The graphics are lacking though and it would have been nice if Rockstar had perhaps pushed back the release date a little more and tidied things up. The gameplay is very good though I would appreciate more control over the gang members. You'll certainly play this for a fairly long time, there are quite a few missions to do and there's a lot to explore.

        Overall another must buy.

        I have posted this review on Ciao.

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      Based in the fictional state of San Andreas and featuring 3 sites, this release of Grand Theft Auto allows you to explore internal locations and the countryside, purchase property and build a criminal empire, and gain or lose weight to affect game physics and character appearance. The game features improved AI, allowing for gangs to accompany you, new vehicles, including bicycles, new weapons, and targeting systems.