Almost every person I know from my school including my classmates couldn't stop talking about Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas which was in fact released 10 years ago on 26th October 2004 for the PlayStation 2. What made this game even more better then Vice City and Grand Theft Auto III was it carried over the gameplay elements from the past two titles and adding a ton of new gameplay elements including riding bicycle, trains, Swimming and the freedom to do almost anything you want from building muscles at the gym or getting very fat on fast food.
When the game was released on launch it received review scores of 10/10 or 9.5/10 from various websites and magazines back in 2004 and had sold over 12 million copies making it the highest selling game for the PlayStation 2. Many gamers have claim that this is on their top 5 favourite games of all time alongside the likes of Final Fantasy VII and Zelda: Ocarina of Time don't get me wrong that it’s a good game it really did help redefine on how games should be made. I've always preferred Vice City more than an Andreas mainly because it did everything right.
What didn't like that much about San Andreas was the RPG element that they added in where you can have a level of respect among his fellow recruits and street friends varies according to his appearance and actions, as do his relationships with his girlfriends. Making sure that CJ eats to stay healthy and also exercises properly. The balance of food and physical activity has an effect on his appearance and physical attributes; having a gang was pretty cool where you and your gang fight with enemy gangs wherever they are prompted whenever you must venture into enemy territory and kills at least three gang members. If you survive three waves of enemies, the territory will be won and fellow gang members will begin wandering the streets of these areas; the more territory owned by you, the more money that will be generated.
With it being released in October 2004 many other games were released a few weeks later before the end of the year including Half-Life 2, Metal Gear Solid 3 and also Halo 2 which was released on the Xbox on November 9th which made a massive impact on its Xbox Live Multiplayer. However the Xbox version of San Andreas was released in June 2005 which was 8 months but if the Xbox version was released on the same month and year as the PS2 version was it would have caused a massive sale and which system the game plays better luckily. It didn't had online multiplayer because it would have been very likely people would buy the Xbox version just to play online multiplayer but that was used in the later games for Grand Theft Auto IV and V.
This later got released a PS2 Classic through the PSN Store for PS3 owners and appeared on Xbox Live Arcade as well, the PC release was released around the same month as the Xbox version in 2005 however in mid-June 2005, a software patch for the game dubbed "Hot Coffee mod" was released by Patrick Wildenborg (under the Internet alias "PatrickW"), a 38-year old modder from the Netherlands. The name "Hot Coffee" refers to the way the released game alludes to the unseen sex scenes. In the unmodified game, the player takes his girlfriend to her front door and she asks him if he would like to come in for "some coffee". He agrees, and the camera stays outside, swaying back and forth a bit, while moaning sounds are heard. I do remember reading the articles about this and it did caused a stir Rockstar gave distributors the option of applying an Adults Only ESRB rating sticker to copies of the game, or returning them to be replaced by versions without the Hot Coffee content.
There have been rumors from this month that San Andreas was getting the HD-Remastered treatment for next-gen consoles and maybe for both the PS3 and 360 too. As I've already mentioned above there have been some very good examples of games that sold millions worldwide during the 6th Generation of Gaming; most games that got the HD treatment would have 1080p High Definition and being rendered looking a lot clearer than the original games were when they were released around that time. There may have been a few changes taken in and out of games or added in some new features in such as certain content that was only released in Japan but not released elsewhere good examples like these are Kingdom Hearts Final Mix and Final Fantasy X International. However games from the US doing remastered or HD collections will take on a different challenge certain games might have the soundtrack remixed or changed certain voices or vice actors around, certain buttons and game mechanics being changed. And of course trophy support/achievements have been added in if you want to collect them like on other games released on both PSN, 360 or Steam.
I can understand games that were released more than 10 years ago getting a HD treatment is worth the money and checking out but if other games that were released 5 years or more getting a HD treatment doesn't feel the same and likely not worth checking out and look almost the same as the original was examples like these are Prince of Persia Collection which was released in 2010 making it almost 7 years since the first game was released in 2003 doesn't feel that long since it was released on the PS2/Xbox/Cube nice idea if someone didn't get the chance to play them or want to play them in one go but the you could easily pick up the original version at a cheaper price if you still have a PS2/Xbox/Cube and is not too bothered about the changes or added features that have been added in the HD version.
Did you think that San Andreas was the best Grand Theft Auto game in the series?
Have any favourite moments or can you think they could have done to make this game even better if it was the year 2004?
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