GRAND THEFT AUTO: SAN ANDREAS
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Five years ago Carl Johnson escaped from the pressures of life in Los Santos, San Andreas… a city tearing itself apart with gang trouble, drugs and corruption. Where filmstars and millionaires do their best to avoid the dealers and gangbangers. Now, it’s the early 90s. Carl’s got to go home. His mother has been murdered, his family has fallen apart and his childhood friends are all heading towards disaster. On his return to the neighbourhood, a couple of corrupt cops frame him for homicide. CJ is 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.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas takes place in the year 1992 within the state of San Andreas, which is based on sections of California and Nevada. It contains three major fictional cities; Los Santos as Los Angeles, San Fierro as San Francisco, and Las Venturas as Las Vegas. The environments around these cities are also based on settings within the Southwestern region of the United States. Players can also drive up the half-mile (800 m) Mount Chiliad (based on Mount Diablo), parachute from various peaks and skyscrapers, and visit 12 rural towns and villages located in three counties: Red, Flint, and Bone counties. Other notable locations include Sherman Dam (based on the Hoover Dam), a large military base called Area 69 (based on Area 51), Vinewood (based on Hollywood) and the Vinewood sign (based on the Hollywood sign) which is located in Mulholland, and many other destinations too. Interestingly the bridges in San Fierro are based on the Forth road and rail bridges which link Edinburgh, the home of Rockstar North, to Fife although the road bridge is highly similar to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. San Andreas is 13.9 square miles (36 square kilometres), nearly four times bigger as Vice City and five times as large as the Grand Theft Auto III’s Liberty City. The three cities are linked by numerous highways, a train system, and air travel.
In 1992, Carl Johnson, shortly known as CJ, returns to Los Santos after spending five years living in Liberty City when his brother Sean Johnson, known as Sweet, calls to tell him that their mother has been murdered. Shortly after leaving the airport, Carl is intercepted by a group of corrupt LSPD C.R.A.S.H. officers led by Frank Tenpenny, and consisting of two other officers, Officer Edward “Eddie” Pulaski and Officer Jimmy Hernandez, with whom Carl has a history with. Tenpenny implicates Carl in the murder of a police officer, Officer Pendlebury, that Tenpenny himself committed, as he was on the verge of exposing him, and threatens to frame him for it if he does not cooperate with them. Carl goes back to his former home on Grove Street and reunites with Sweet as well as fellow members of his old gang, Ryder and Big Smoke. Finding that the Grove Street Families (GSF) have lost much of their territory while he was gone, Carl decides to stay in town. He works with the others to re-establish the GSF, Carl gradually restores the gang to power, driving off the rival Ballas and Vagos gangs and reducing the amount of drugs on the street, and gaining the admiration of Sweet, who was disappointed that he had left Grove Street after the death of his brother Brian Johnson. While on the way to join Sweet for a final stand against the Ballas, Carl is contacted by his sister Kendl’s boyfriend, Cesar Vialpando. Cesar brings Carl to a garage where they find Smoke and Ryder meeting with Tenpenny and a group of Ballas, learning that they had been working with Tenpenny all along, and were responsible for his mother’s murder, explaining their suspicious behaviour. Suspecting a set-up, Carl rushes to Sweet’s rescue, and fights off the Ballas, but the police arrive shortly afterwards. Sweet is thrown in jail while Tenpenny takes Carl into the countryside and dumps him there.
With the GSF in pieces, Smoke and Ryder, now openly allied with the Ballas, take over Los Santos and flood the streets with drugs. Left in the countryside, Carl works with Cesar’s cousin Catalina to make money by carrying out several heists in the area. He also meets a strange hippie called The Truth and a blind triad leader named Woozie. After winning the deed to a garage in San Fierro in a race against Catalina and her new boyfriend, Claude (from GTAIII), Carl goes there with The Truth, Cesar and Kendl to get it up and running so they can make a living. While in San Fierro, Carl crosses paths with the Loco Syndicate, Smoke and Ryder’s drug connection. Carl interupts the organization and identifies its leader, Mike Toreno. Along with Cesar and the Triad, Carl kills Ryder and the other Loco Syndicate leaders, Jizzy-B and T-Bone Mendez, and shoots down Toreno’s helicopter. Despite Toreno’s supposed death, Carl is soon contacted by him in the desert.
Toreno reveals that he is actually a government agent and enlists Carl’s help in several shady operations in exchange for Sweet’s freedom. Meanwhile, Carl travels to Las Venturas, where Woozie invites him to become a partner in the Four Dragons Casino, where the organization is facing problems from the mob families that control the city. Looking to wrest control of Venturas from them, Carl helps Woozie plot a robbery of the mob’s casino and gains the mob’s trust through various jobs for mob boss Salvatore Leone. Eventually the heist is carried out successfully, earning the Triad a place of power in Las Venturas, although causing the mob to distrust Carl. Carl also encounters disgraced rapper Madd Dogg, whom he rescues from a suicide attempt. Grateful, Madd Dogg asks Carl to be his manager. Tenpenny, thinking his arrest is inevitable, tasks his partner Eddie Pulaski with killing Carl and disposing of the body of another C.R.A.S.H. officer Jimmy Hernandez, who was informing on them. Pulaski manages to attack, leading him being consequently killed, but Carl pursues and kills him. Madd Dogg comes back from rehab, prompting Carl to return to Los Santos to get his music career started again. Toreno contacts Carl for one last favor, destroying some spy ships in the area, and finally has Sweet released from prison. Now being rich and successful, Carl attempts to cut Sweet in on his businesses, but Sweet becomes angry that he ran away and let their home be taken over by drug dealers to make his fortune.
While Carl helps Sweet once again drive off the rival gangs, Tenpenny is tried for several felonies but the charges are surprisingly dropped due to lack of evidence, prompting a city-wide riot. Sweet soon learns that Smoke is holed up in a fortified crack den in the city, and seeking to stop the flow of drugs on the street, he and Carl go there to confront him. Carl enters the building alone, fighting his way to the top floor and battling Smoke. As Smoke is killed, Tenpenny appears and steals Smoke’s drug money, intending to use it to leave the city before the rioters kill him. He rushes out of the building and Carl and Sweet pursue him as he flees in a fire truck. Soon, Tenpenny loses control of the truck, driving off a bridge and crashing at the entrance to Grove Street. Carl and his friends watch as Tenpenny crawls from the wreckage and dies of his injuries.
In the aftermath Carl’s family and friends arrive at the Johnson house for a meeting. Cesar proposes to Kendl and Madd Dogg announces his first gold record. As his friends and allies celebrate their success, Carl turns to leave. When Kendl asks where he’s going, he replies, “Fittin’ to hit the block, see what’s happening.
Carl Johnson (CJ) – Protagonist:
Carl Johnson, also known as CJ, was born in the year 1968 and is voiced by Young Maylay (Chris Bellard). After he has escaped to Liberty City for five years to from the pressures of life, he was contacted by his brother that his mother was murdered, which is why he is returning from Liberty city to Los Santos, and is where the story of San Andreas begins.
He misses the funeral but decides to stay and prove his loyalty to his brother Sweet and to the Grove Street Families. Carl then begins to help the Grove Street Families and weaken their rivals, as well as establishing a business empire throughout the State of San Andreas.
Officer Frank Tenpenny – Antagonist:
Officer Frank Tenpenny, voiced by Samuel L. Jackson, is a police officer for the LSPD and heads up C.R.A.S.H. He and his partner Eddie Pulaski, who are joined by new partner Jimmy Hernandez, are involved in making trouble for the gangs of Los Santos and in particular making Carl Johnson’s life complete hell. Tenpenny frames Carl for the murder of Ralph Pendelbury, which Tenpenny was actually responsible for, and later employs him to tackle the Ballas and Los Santos Vagos.
Tenpenny later leaves Los Santos and continues to have Carl perform various tasks for him. He later turns on Hernandez and is put on trial. Tenpenny is acquitted, which sparks riots in the city. Tenpenny attempts to get away in a Firetruck but is killed when he drives off a bridge over the Grove Street entrance.
Big Smoke – Major Character:
Melvin Harris, born in 1959 who also known as Big Smoke, is voiced by Clifton Powell and is a leading member of the Grove Street Families who lives in Idlewood. He welcomes Carl’s return to the gang and assists Carl in helping the Grove Street Families return to dominance. Although, he does so in a limited way, later joining with the Ballas, the their main rival, in order to become involved in the drugs trade, which Sweet had refused to do. He also works in league with the Los Santos Vagos, Russian Mafia and the San Fierro Rifa. Whilst Carl is away from Los Santos, he becomes the cities drug baron and hides himself in a building in Los Flores. This is where Big Smoke is later killed by Carl for betraying the Grove Street Families.
Sean ‘Sweet’ Johnson – Major Character:
Sean Johnson, voiced by Faizon Love, is known as Sweet, and is the leader of the Grove Street Families gang. He is the older brother of Carl, Kendl and Brian. Sweet is rather skeptical about Carl’s loyalty, blaming him for the death of Brian, but eventually accepts his brother back into the gang. He gets arrested by the police, before being released after Mike Toreno arranged for his release in return for a favour from Carl. He returns to his home in Ganton and helps to take control of the streets once again.
Lance ‘Ryder’ Wilson – Major Character:
Lance Wilson who is known as Ryder, is a lead member of the Grove Street Families, and is voiced by MC Eiht.. He greets Carl’s return to the gang and works with him to attain weapons for the gang, stealing them from Colonel Fuhrberger and a National Guard weapons depot. However, later on in the story Ryder joins the Ballas, the Grove Street Families’ main rival gang, and becomes heavily involved in the drugs trade. Carl kills Ryder after fleeing from a meeting with T-Bone Mendez, which had been interrupted by Carl and Cesar Vialpando.
Cesar Vialpando – Major Character:
Cesar Vialpando is voiced by Clifton Collins Jr, and is the leader of the Varrios Los Aztecas gang and the boyfriend of Carl’s sister, Kendl Johnson. He lives in El Corona and later becomes an ally of Carl’s and because of his relationship with Kendl, Cesar later helps him in his business adventures. He is forced to move out of Los Santos, when the Ballas and Los Santos Vagos take over large parts of the city. Cesar introduces Carl to Catalina, who is Cesar’s cousin and later helps Carl take back the Grove Street Families dominance in Ganton.
Catalina – Major Character:
You may very well remember Catalina from Grand Theft Auto III. In San Andreas, she is still voiced by Cynthia Farrell and is Cesar Vialpando’s cousin who lives in a small wooden lodge in the Fern Ridge area. She hates men, with the exception of her boyfriends. She meets Carl in Dillimore and then begin to rob several businesses in the countryside. The two begin a relationship, which quickly ends due Catalina getting pissed with Carl’s obsession with getting money. She finds a new boyfriend through a street race, funnily enough it’s Claude, and leaves San Andreas for Liberty City, which is then where the GTA III story starts 9 years later. After doing her last mission, she phones Carl numerous times throughout the rest of the story trying to win him back.
The Truth – Major Character:
The Truth is an ageing hippie who lives on a farm in the San Fierro countryside. He is voiced by Peter Fonda, and becomes a friend of Carl when he steals a combine harvester and sets fire to his farm’s illegal crops. The Truth also introduces Carl to Dwaine, Jethro and Zero, who later on in the story help Carl become friends with Kent Paul and Maccer. The Truth has some wacky ideas, and later has Carl steal a jetpack from Area 69 and a container of an “green goo”.
Mike Toreno – Major Character:
Mike Toreno is an undercover agent for an government agency and is voiced by James Wood. Mike gets involved in the drugs trade with Jizzy B and T-Bone Mendez. He does become an ally of Carl’s through the drugs trade, although, Carl later attempts to kill Toreno. Even with this happening, Toreno employs Carl to do government-related work and then later has Sweet released from prison following the previous events.
Woozie – Major Character:
Woozie (aka Wu Zi Mu) is leader of the Mountain Cloud Boys and is voiced by James Yargashi, oh, and did I forget to mention he also blind? Woozie is a sub-sect of the San Fierro Triads, who resides and owns a betting shop in the Chinatown district in San Fierro. He meets Carl Johnson in a street race, which Carl wins, of course. Woozie later gets Carl to help his boss Ran Fa Li and to tackle the Da Nang Boys, before pulling of a heist at the Mafia owned casinso, Caligula’s Palace in Las Venturas. Further along in the story, Woozie later helps Carl to take back Madd Dogg’s mansion.
Madd Dogg – Major Character:
Madd Dogg is a rapper from Los Santos, who lives in a mansion in Mulholland, Los Santos. He is voiced by Ice-T, and when Carl returns to Los Santos, Madd Dogg is at the top of his career having just launched his own line of clothing. Unfortunately though he later begins to suffer from depression after Carl begins to sabotage his career by stealing his rhyme book and killing his manager. Madd Dogg later flees to Las Venturas, having given his mansion to Big Poppa in exchange for drugs. In one of the later missions he attempts to commit suicide but is rescued by Carl, who then becomes his manager and helps to re-build his career. Madd Dogg went on to release a gold record by the end of 1992 which can be seen in the closing scene of the story, just before the credits.
Eddie Pulaski – Supporting Character:
Eddie Pulaski, voiced by Chris Penn, is a police officer for the LSPD and is Frank Tenpenny’s partner in crime. He puts a lot of trust into Tenpenny and also works alongside Jimmy Hernandezm, another police officer for the LSPD. He works alongside Tenpenny and Hernandez, who constantly interrupt Carl’s life. He later kills Hernandez, before being killed by Carl in Las Venturas’ desert.
Jimmy Hernandez – Supporting Character:
Jimmy Hernandez is a police officer for the LSPD and the newest member of C.R.A.S.H. He is voiced by Armando Riesco and works alongside Frank Tenpenny and Eddie Pulaski. He is forced by Tenpenny to kill Ralph Pendelbury to prove his loyalty (this can be seen in The Introduction movie) and later, with Tenpenny and Pulaski, interrupts Carl on numerous occations to have him do various jobs. Hernandez later decides to give evidence against his colleagues, leading to Pulaski killing him.
Kendl Johnson – Supporting Character:
Kendl Johnson, voiced by Yolanda Whittaker, is Carl’s, Sweet’s and Brian’s sister, and the girlfriend of Cesar Vialpando. Her relationship with Cesar leads to an friendship / partnership between Carl and Cesar. She leaves Los Santos for Angel Pine after the Ballas and Los Santos Vagos take over large parts of the city, and later becomes heavily involved in Carl’s business adventures, mainly his San Fierro garage and the Four Dragons Casino.
Zero – Supporting Character:
Zero is a electronics expert and owner of the Zero RC shop in San Fierro. He is voiced by David Cross, and his arch-enemy is Berkley, owner of Top Fun, with Zero taking on Carl to disrupt Berkley’s business and eventually forcing him to leave the city following a miniature “war game”. Later on in the story he provides electronic equipment for a heist at Caligula’s Palace.
Jizzy B – Supporting Character:
Jizzy B, voiced by Charlie Murphy, is the owner of the Pleasure Domes club in San Fierro and is the cities biggest pimp. He is a member of the Loco Syndicate with T-Bone Mendez and Mike Toreno, which is involved in the manufacturing and supplying of drugs. He takes on Carl to stop rivals from stealing drugs and to save Mike Toreno. Although Carl later on kills him for supplying drugs to the Grove Street Families gang and to Los Santos.
T-Bone Mendez – Supporting Character:
T-Bone Mendez is the leader of the San Fierro Rifa and a member of the Loco Syndicate with Jizzy B and Mike Toreno, which is involved in the manufacturing and supplying of drugs. He is voiced by Kid Frost and works alongside Carl to rescue Mike Toreno. Carl Johnson and Cesar Vialpando later kill T-Bone for supplying drugs to the Grove Street Families and to Los Santos.
Kent Paul – Supporting Character:
Kent Paul, voiced by Danny Dyer is know for appearing in GTA: Vice City. He is the record producer of English band The Gurning Chimps, bringing the band to San Andreas. He meets Carl when he gets rescued by him along with his companion, Maccer, who had been stranded in the desert. Kent Paul then introduces Carl to Ken Rosenberg, allowing Carl to get an inside understanding of Caligula’s Palace. Carl later helps Kent escape fromSalvatore Leone, with Kent becoming involved in getting Madd Dogg’s career back on track.
Maccer – Supporting Character:
Maccer, voiced by Shaun Ryder, is the lead singer of The Gurning Chimps band and is originally from Manchester in the UK. He and Kent Paul are found in the desert by Carl Johnson, having been stranded there, and then again from the clutches of Salvatore Leone. Maccer continues to accompany Kent Paul, however, he is mocked by Carl and Sweet because of his sexual tendencies.
Ken Rosenburg – Supporting Character:
Ken Rosenberg, just like Kent Paul is well-known for being a major character in GTA: Vice City. He is voiced by William Fichtner and is the manager of Caligula’s Palace, which is owned by three Mafia families: the Leones, Forellis and Sindaccos. Rosenberg takes Carl Johnson on to prevent a war breaking out between the three families, before eventually escaping with help from Carl. He later becomes an accountant for Madd Dogg.
Salvatore Leone – Supporting Character:
Salvatore Leone, known for playing a big part in the GTA III story is the Don of the Leone Family who resides in Liberty City. He is voiced by Frank Vincent and has invested $5 million in Caligula’s Palace and owns one third of the casino, alongside the Forelli and Sindacco families. He gets Carl to gain a larger share of the casino, however, Carl later pulls off a heist at the casino along with Woozie and the San Fierro Triads. Whilst in Las Venturas, he meets his future wife Maria Latore, who you see in the GTA 3 story 9 years later.
In GTA: San Andreas, there are a selection of weapons to purchase from the Ammunation Gun Store, such as Pistols, Heavy, Assault Rifles and Shotguns. Below is a list of each weapon and some information about them.
The camera was first seen in GTA: Vice City used in a mission. In San Andreas however, the camera is not only used in a few missions, it is actually available as a ‘weapon’ as such. You can’t exactly go around beating people up with it or killing them by snapping an image of them, but by holding R1, the screen switches to a view grid where you can aim with the right stick In mission where you’re required to take picturess, the circle button takes the picture and you’re done. If you’re so desperate to actually save the picture to your HDD or Memory Card, using L1 will allow you to save the image where you can access it via the gallery in the pause menu any time you want.
While not actually a weapon, the Brass Knuckles can certainly do some heavy damage when beating the crap out of someone with your fists. They’re great if you don’t have any ammo and want to keep low-key and not alarm the LSPD.
Normally used for sport, the Baseball Bat, if you prefer it, is a fantastic weapon if you want be stealthy. A few bashes tot he head and your opponent is sure to hit the ground unconscious.
The Nightsick is just like the Baseball Bat, however is used as a default melee weapon for the LSPD. It does the same amount of damage as the Baseball Bat and is also a great weapon for being stealthy.
You’d expect to see the Pool Cue in a bar, or better still, a pool table. You can play pool in San Andreas as a mini-game, but when you’ve finished you can also use your Pool Cue to beat the shit out of your opponent and any other people you feel like taking to the ground without making gunfire.
Here’s another sports weapon for your pleasure. You can normally find them at the Golf Course or in a Gold Caddy. Not the best, but it gives you some entertainment at least.
As you should know, GTA isn’t a gardening game. Never has and (hopefully) never will be. However Rockstar obviously found it amusing to include a Shovel as a weapon in San Andreas. You can’t dig a grave with it, but you can smash someone over the head with it and knock them to the ground!
The knife is the main weapon used for steal, especially if you creep up behind someone, target them with R1, and when CJ raises his arm up, hit the circle button to slash their neck, killing them.
Time to bring out your inner Japanese style, or you piss on thousands of years of Bushido tradition to brutally demolish people, this sword is a great option as a stealth weapon. Tapping the circle button a few times uses a quick combo, but you can learn new moves from the Cobra Martial Arts dojo in San Fierro
There isn’t really an option or ability to cut some wood down in the countryside, but with this super-powerful weapon you can cut through a limb like cutting through butter. If you want to get even more adventurous, you might like to try using it on a car too.
The Colt 9mm is a seriously cheap handgun of which allows you to dual-wield when your Hitman Skill Level has reached a certain point. This pistol is also the default pistol used by the LSPD, as is easily accessible by killing on of their officers. Be careful, as doing so will result in a wanted level.
The Silenced 9mm is exactly the same as the gun above, but, you guessed it, a silenced version. It can only be purchase, not found on the cops, but great if you want to use a gun and keep low-key at the same time.
The Desert Eagle provides some awesome firepower and even has an awesome sound when fired. It’s very powerful and looks bloody awesome! It’s a fantastic gun even when used on free aim.
This is your typical shotgun you’d expect the LSPD or some crazy-ass farmer to have. It delivers a powerful hit on enemies but best used for close range gunfire. If you want to find one of these, just steal a Police Car and you’ll find it in your inventory when you get out.
This shotgun is really for those with the best strategies as it has only 2 shots before a lengthy reload which can be rather slow and annoying in large gun battles. It’s powerful, but best to stick with someone that can let out more than 2 bullets at a time.
The Combat Shotgun is GTA’s version of the Italian Spas-12. The power and range in this shotgun is slightly better than the Standard Shotgun, but not by much. It is however a great gun for ripping through your enemies, especially in large quantities.
The Tec-9 is used by almost every gang members in Los Santos, it is a relatively cheap and made with low-grade stamped metal. CJ can dual wield Tec-9s too by increasing his Hitman Skill Level.
This little sub-machine gun has a serious punch. It’s pretty much the same as the Tec-9 as it even shares the same machine pistol stat), but does fire a bit faster. When using either these or the Tec’s at Hitman level, you’ll need double the ammo as you would have beforehand as you’ll be able to have 2 of these guns in your hands.
This SMG is based on the real-life MP5 which the Navy Seals, Military and SWAT use. The MP5 is considered to be the world’s best sub-machine gun. It has amazing stopping power, accuracy, and range which put it nearly in the assault rifle section. Unlike the other 2 sub-machine guns, this one is a bit bigger so you won’t be getting dual-wielding at higher levels.
The M4 is a modified version of the M-16, used normally by the US Army. The rifle will allow the player the pinpoint accuracy to target an opponent’s specific body part or vehicle tires. It is extremely powerful and sounds awesome, a definite weapon to us in a heavy battle!
The AK-47 is one of the most popular varieties of assault rifles in the world. Originally developed for the Soviet army, it has a rugged but simple design which makes it both cheap to produce and highly versatile on the battlefield. It works just like the M4 in the game, only with a smaller magazine size. After reaching Hitman status with either the M4 or the AK-47, you’ll be able to move about and strafe a bit while firing, with an extended lock-on range to boot.
With the Molotov Cocktail, take a glass bottle, fill it with some petrol or gas, shove a rag in the top, light the rag on fire, and give it a toss, preferably not at your feet. Expect some major chaos. One of the new features found in San Andreas is the ability to set the environment on fire, and the ability for that fire to continue to burn- and even spread in most cases. The Molotov is a great weapon to heat things up!
I’m pretty sure I don’t need to explain to you what a Grenade is. Pull the pin, let go of the trigger and throw. Just make sure you throw it far away so you don’t blow yourself up as it makes a rather large hole.
In real life, tear gas is normally seen to be a non-lethal weapon, but in GTA’s world anything is illegal. The Tear Gas is great as it stops people from what their doing while they cover their face and cough, which gives the great opportunity to then pick them off.
Satchel Charges, which a now known as Sticky Bombs, are a charge which can be stuck to a surface and then detonated to create a large explosion. They’re great for setting up a trap and taking out a large amount of enemies.
The basic concept behind a flame thrower is a tank filled with napalm which is sprayed through a nozzle and ignited by a pilot light on the way out. The Flame Thrower is used in a mission from The Truth who you meet just before travelling to San Fierro.
The Minigun, probably every GTA fan’s favourite weapon. This can create some fricking damage I will tell you that! Super fast rate of fire with a shit load of damage, this will clear out all of your enemies easily for certain!
I don’t really need to explain how awesome this weapon is. It goes boom and makes a huge explosion. Nuff’ said.
Heat Seeking Rocket Launcher:
RPGs are one thing, the Stinger goes to the next level. Lightweight and portable, this shoulder-fired guided missile system is designed to shoot down low-altitude jets, propeller-driven aircraft and helicopters.
There’s nothing much to say about this weapon. It’s a standard repeater which you would expect a farmer to use to shoot some birds out in the desert or countryside.
From assault rifles to rocket launchers, at some point in time, you’re going to need a sniper. Whether that’s to pick someone off in a mission or to get someone at a long distance, the Sniper Rifle is a vital weapon to the GTA Series and provides an immense amount of fire power.
Los Santos Missions:
- In The Beginning - The opening sequence, cutscene and mission of GTA San Andreas.
- Big Smoke - Meet Big Smoke inside the Johnson House.
- Sweet & Kendl - Escape from the Ballas riding a BMX and explore parts of the city of Los Santos.
- Ryder - Introduction to the barbers, the restaurants, and driving cars.
- Tagging Up Turf - Tag over some of the rival gang’s tags.
- Cleaning the Hood - Take out drug dealers on your territory.
- Drive-Thru - Stop the Ballas from getting to Grove Street.
- Nines and AK’s - Visit Emmet for some target practice and buy any clothes at Binco shop.
- Drive-By - Do a couple of drive-by’s on Ballas gang members.
- Sweet’s Girl - Save Sweet and his girl from an onslaught of Seville Boulevard gang members.
- Cesar Vialpando - Follow Kendl and win the Lowrider Challenge.
- OG Loc - Pick up OG Loc from jail, chase and kill Freddy and take OG Loc to the Burger Shot.
- Running Dog - Chase down a Los Santos Vagos gang member.
- Wrong Side Of The Tracks - Disrupt a gang meeting and follow a train.
- Just Business - Help Big Smoke against the Russian Mafia.
- Home Invasion - Rob a veteran for weapons.
- Catalyst - Steal weapons off a train.
- Robbing Uncle Sam - Raid a National Guard base.
- High Stakes, Low Rider - Race Cesar Vialpando and his other racers.
- Life’s a Beach - Steal a sound system for OG Loc.
- Madd Dogg’s Rhymes - Steal Madd Dogg’s rhyme book.
- Management Issues - Kidnap and kill Alan Crawford.
- House Party - Party with the OG’s, and protect Grove Street from an attack by the Ballas.
- Burning Desire - Burn down a gang house and save a girl.
- Gray Imports - Kill a Russian weapon dealer.
- Doberman - Take over Glen Park and kill Little Weasel.
- Los Sepulcros - Kill the Ballas gang leader Kane.
- Reuniting The Families - Take Sweet to reunite the ‘Families’ gang, escape the police force.
- The Green Sabre - Withness Smoke and Ryder’s betrayal, then rush to rescue your brother.
Countryside Missions (Red County, Flint County, Whetstone):
- Badlands - Take out an ex-policeman for Tenpenny.
- First Date - Meet Cesar’s cousin. NOTE: Choose a Robbery mission listed below after the cutscene (Tanker Commander is recommended).
- Body Harvest - Steal a Combine Harvester for The Truth.
- King in Exile - Meet Cesar and Kendl again.
- First Base - NOTE: Choose a Robbery mission listed below after the cutscene (Local Liquor Store is recommended).
- Gone Courting - NOTE: Choose a Robbery mission listed below after the cutscene (Against All Odds is recommended).
- Made In Heaven - NOTE: Choose a Robbery mission listed below after the cutscene (Small Town Bank is recommended).
- Tanker Commander - Hijack a tanker truck in Dillimore.
- Local Liquor Store - Rob a liquor store in Blueberry.
- Against All Odds - Rob the Off-Track Betting shop in Montgomery.
- Small Town Bank - Rob a bank in Palomino Creek.
- Wu Zi Mu - Race against Wu Zi Mu.
- Farewell, My Love… - Race against Catalina and her new boyfriend, Claude.
- Are You Going To San Fierro? - Burn down The Truth’s drug plantation and drive to San Fierro
San Fierro Missions:
- Wear Flowers In Your Hair - Pick up some friends of The Truth, who can help with the garage.
- 555 WE TIP - Frame a D.A that is causing Tenpenny problems by posing as a Valet and planting drugs in his car.
- Deconstruction - Get your revenge on some construction workers for calling Kendl a hooker.
Zero: (optional, needed for 100% Completion)
- Air Raid - Defend Zero’s transmitters from Berkley’s bombers.
- Supply Lines… - Kill Berkley’s delivery boys.
- New Model Army - Help Zero in a RC war.
- Photo Opportunity - Photograph the meeting between Ryder and the members of the Loco Syndicate.
- Jizzy - Help Jizzy out with his pimp duties.
- T-Bone Mendez - Retrieve some stolen cash.
- Mike Toreno - Find and rescue Mike Toreno.
Wu Zi Mu:
- Mountain Cloud Boys - Escort Woozie to a Triad meeting, then escape the Da Nang Boys.
- Ran Fa Li - Steal a car from the airport and take it to a lockup.
- Lure - Prevent an assassination with a decoy.
- Amphibious Assault - Bug a Da Nang meeting on a boat.
- The Da Nang Thang - Release some refugees from a boat and kill the Snakehead.
- Outrider - Transport drugs past some roadblocks.
- Snail Trail - Snipe a journalist and his contact.
- Ice Cold Killa - Break into the Pleasure Domes and kill Jizzy B.
- Pier 69 - Raid a deal between the Ballas and the Loco Syndicate to kill T-Bone Mendez and Ryder.
Wu Zi Mu:
- Toreno’s Last Flight - Shoot down Mike Toreno’s helicopter.
- Yay Ka-Boom-Boom - Blow up a drug factory.
- Back to School - Learn some advanced driving techniques.
- Zeroing In - Steal a car with a tracking system.
- Test Drive - Steal and test some racing cars with Cesar.
- Customs Fast Track - Steal a car from a container at the docks and beat the security guards.
- Puncture Wounds - Use stingers to steal a car.
Desert Missions (Bone County, Tierra Robada):
- Monster - Complete a time trial in a Monster Truck.
- Highjack - Hijack a tanker and drive it back to Doherty with Cesar Vialpando.
- Interdiction - Escort and protect Toreno’s helicopter, then take the contraband dropped by it.
- Verdant Meadows - Buy the airstrip in Bone County.
- Learning to Fly- Complete flying / Pilot School.
- N.O.E. - Fly under the radar to Angel Pine and back.
- Stowaway - Destroy a government plane.
- Black Project - Enter Area 69, and steal the Black Project .
- Green Goo - Fly over a train, and steal the mysterious cargo.
Las Venturas Missions:
Triads/Wu Zi Mu:
- Fender Ketchup - Scare a guy by driving around with him on your windscreen.
- Explosive Situation - Steal armed dynamite from the Quarry.
- You’ve Had Your Chips - Disable the Sindacco’s factory from making fake casino chips.
- Don Peyote - Rescue Maccer and Kent Paul from the desert and bring them to the Mafia Casino.
Robbery/Wu Zi Mu:
- Architectural Espionage - Steal the plans to Caligula’s Casino.
- Key To Her Heart - Gain the affections of Millie to gain a keycard.
- Dam And Blast - Plant explosive charges on the Dam so you can disable the power during the upcoming heist.
- Cop Wheels - Steal four HPV 1000 police bikes.
- Up, Up and Away! - Steal an armored truck using a Leviathan.
- Intensive Care - Rescue Johnny Sindacco from the Forelli Family in an ambulance.
- The Meat Business - Escape from the Sindacco’s in the meat factory.
Triads/Wu Zi Mu:
- Fish In A Barrel - Take co-ownership of the Four Dragons Casino.
- Madd Dogg - Rescue Madd Dogg from a suicide attempt.
- Freefall - Intercept, board, empty and land a plane full of Forelli’s.
- Misappropriation - Kill some federal agents in the Desert, and steal a dossier.
- High Noon - Chase and kill Eddie Pulaski.
- Saint Mark’s Bistro - Fly to Liberty City and take out Marco Forelli.
Robbery/Wu Zi Mu:
- Breaking the Bank at Caligula’s - Rob Caligula’s Casino and escape back to the airstrip.
- A Home in The Hills - Retake Madd Dogg’s Crib and kill Big Poppa.
Return to Los Santos Missions:
- Vertical Bird - Steal a Hydra from an aircraft carrier and use it to destroy some spy boats.
- Home Coming - Pick Sweet up from the police station, take out some dealers and reclaim Grove Street.
- Cut Throat Business - Chase OG Loc to reclaim Madd Dogg’s music.
- Beat Down On B Dup - Start a gang war to re-claim Glen Park.
- Grove 4 Life - Claim Idlewood and any other neighborhood.
- Riot - Drive to Grove Street and withness the riot.
- Los Desperados - Retake Varrios Los Aztecas territory from the Los Santos Vagos.
- End of the Line - Take out Big Smoke in his Crack Palace and chase down Frank Tenpenny to end things once and for all.
GTA: San Andreas’ which is set in 1992 in the West Coast state of San Andreas, contains radio stations which reflect the music tastes of the time and area, in addition to covering current events in the state of San Andreas.
The player can listen to the following radio stations:
- Playback FM - East Coast Hip Hop
- K Rose - Country
- K-DST - Classic Rock
- Bounce FM - Funk
- SF-UR - House
- Radio Los Santos - West Coast Hip Hop
- Radio X - Alternative Rock, Grunge
- CSR 103.9 - New Jack Swing
- K-JAH West - Reggae
- Master Sounds 98.3 - Rare Groove
- WCTR - Talk Radio
- User Track Player (PC only) – Custom soundtrack
- Mixtape (iOS only) Custom soundtrack
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is an open world action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released on 26 October 2004 for the PlayStation 2 console, and on 7 June 2005 for Microsoft Windows and Xbox. It is the seventh title in the Grand Theft Auto series, and was the first main entry since Grand Theft Auto: Vice City in 2002.
With all games that get developed there are always changes being made. San Andreas had a selection of different content cuts and content changes. Check them out below.
- Characters including Officer Carver, Larry and Poncho were removed.
- Both Sweet and Big Smoke had their appearances changed. Sweet was originally dressed in black and wore a black skully, Big Smoke wore a white jersey and did not wear a hat, exposing his shaved head.
- Kendl Johnson’s facial model and clothing were altered.
- Gang members looked different and wore different clothing.
- Each city had its own motorcycle cop model, whereas in the final release the same model is used for all cities (The beta cop models can still be found on the game´s files)
- According to a strategy guide, the Triad members were originally different.
- According to a preview before the games release, Steve Scott was originally going to return for a “big” action movie in San Andreas.
- In a screen before the games release Carl Johnson looked slightly older than the current one.
- Fatman and monkeyman where cut, it most likely appear to be a pedestrian.
- A deputy was going to be present in the game, but was cut before release. The unused texture and the deputy model can still be found in the game’s files.
- There are many deleted missions which include The Truth is Out There and Impounded, or missions with different objectives which include Doberman, Photo Opportunity andBeat Down on B Dup.
- In the first version of Saint Mark’s Bistro, CJ had to chase Marco Forelli with a car in the streets of Portland, but for some reason, Portland is not full in the final version (only Saint Mark’s, Red Light District and some place of Chinatown and Portland View) and the road isn’t solid everywhere.
- Fish in a Barrel was supposedly an actual mission instead of a mere cutscene.
- In Sweet’s Girl, originally Sweet did not have a gun, so CJ escorted him out.
- In Photo Opportunity, unused text implies that CJ hijacked and used a helicopter. This would make sense, since during the retail mission CJ and Cesar yell at each other as if Toreno and the others could not hear them, even though they are just on the other side of the street.
- There was going to be a mission involving a search for Big Smoke.
- There was going to be a different race in the Los Santos Stadium.
- According to cut text, San Andreas was going to have a mission pack.
- In beta, car- and bike school had to run in same place, in Doherty’s driving school.
- The Pizza Boy side-mission was removed.
- The Top Fun mini game from Vice City was supposedly to return but its was removed for unknown reasons.
- Originally, if Carl Johnson killed a pedestrian, a news van would arrive and the crew would report on the event.
- If Carl crashed into a lamp post a mechanic would arrive to fix it. If the player killed the mechanic the lamp post would remain broken for a time, even if the player left the immediate area.
- The Mulholland Safehouse seemed to have a full interior that can be seen from the outside. The change on final version causes a glitch which allows the player to go through the wall.
- Donut shops such as Rusty Brown’s Ring Donuts were places where Carl Johnson could eat.
- San Fierro in the beta had very few docks and more parks. The beta map of San Fierro was very detailed and can be seen in Driving School.
- There were cars driving around San Andreas’s car parks. Some of the cars may park as well.
- The construction yard near the hospital in Downtown Los Santos had a crane.
- The Easter Basin Naval Base has a different outline, it had a dock and the ship is missing.
- San Andreas was much bigger and had several different land masses, such as a larger San Fierro (which resembled San Francisco more closely), A full beta map of San Andreas can be found on a wall in the Lil’ Probe’Inn and in Mike Toreno’s Ranch.
- The Skateboard was cut from the final game (its icon is still on the disk, and it can still be used but only as a weapon).
- Strategy guides and other prints speak of a Gun Cane available alongside the Cane. The Gun Cane does not appear anywhere in the game.
- The Parachute was originally smaller and blue (it can be seen in the demonstration video in Flight School showing how to control parachute).
- According to some early previews of the game, 150 weapons where originally included in-game.
- Another Rocket Launcher called “M47 dragon” was cut, its files can be found only in the PS2 version.
- A sniper rifle named “M82″ was cut.
- The grenade launcher was cut again.
- Two machine guns named “M249 SAW” and “M60″ was cut, its files can be found only in the PS2 version.
- The Micro-SMG was removed, it can be seen in early screenshots of the game.
- The Parachute icon was originally a bit different.
Before GTAV took us to the sun-bleached sidewalks and humming concrete freeways of present-day Los Santos and beyond, there was Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the biggest GTA of the PS2 era. Now, head back to the early 90s with CJ and the Grove Street Families in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Mobile which is now available.
Encompassing Los Santos, San Fierro, Las Venturas and everything in between, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has been upgraded for its mobile release. Newly remastered graphics including dynamic and detailed shadows, greater draw distance, an enriched color palette, plus enhanced character and car models make this the best-looking version of San Andreas yet.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas also features brand new touch controls including contextual control options to display buttons only when you need them and three different control schemes for driving and maneuvering, as well as a reworked checkpoint system for easier progression. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for mobile also comes equipped with full controller support, including Made for iOS controller capability on iOS7. It is available for select iOS, Android, Amazon Kindle and Windows Mobile devices.