First Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas trailer unspools
The gangsta's paradise of Rockstar's upcoming crime epic can now be seen in full motion.
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After months of teasing gamers with a trickle of screenshots and plot and gameplay details, Rockstar Games has finally released the first trailer for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
From there, the trailer shows off a number of San Andreas' new features. Its hero, Carl Johnson, can be seen pedaling a bike down the street. Then he visits Reece's Hair Facial Studio, where players can customize Carl's hairstyle. (In this case, he gets a huge afro.) Then it's off to a burger joint, after which Carl shows off his new fence-hopping abilities. Carl also goes through several changes of clothes during these episodes.
Los Santos' citizens are also on display in the trailer. Looking as if they were plucked from Colors or Menace II Society, the game's characters have a distinctively early-'90s West Coast feel. From convertible "hoopties" that bounce around from their hydraulics to bandannas and buttoned-up flannels, all the essential gangsta accessories are on display. Of particular note is the uncanny resemblance that Carl's friend Ryder has to N.W.A.'s Eazy-E. The resemblance is even more uncanny after watching the Jheri-Curled thug swagger down some stairs. There will also be new in-vehicle animation that will allow characters to bob their heads to their favorite jams.
The trailer shows off several minigames from San Andreas as well. In one scene, Carl's brother is seen playing pickup basketball, and in another scene, Carl plays pool in a bar. Also shown is Carl and his crew preparing for a much less wholesome activity--a four-person drive-by shooting.
For more background on the sun-drenched and fog-glazed city of Los Santos, check out GameSpot's feature on the city or the