VIDEO | X360 Sunday, October 26, 2014 | 10:20 PM

Our 360 videos of GTA San Andreas

Our 360 videos of GTA San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto : San Andreas has just been released on Xbox 360 and the port is quite awful in every possible respect. There is a bug causing the sound of the cutscenes to frequently disappear, giving you the impression that someone stepped on the remote and muted the TV. The frame rate is horribly choppy which is unacceptable considering it's a PS2/Xbox title running on a hardware that can actually have GTA IV run better (yes, it's that bad at times in San Andreas). Then, there is everything controls related, that may have been ok back in 2004 but it now feels so dated it does not really make you want to keep playing. With GTA V to come on PS4 and Xbox One, why would you even consider going back to 2004 Los Santos anyway?
Note: Videos were captured at 1080p but the game's native resolution is obviously 720p.


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Commented on 2014-10-26 22:45:40
Was going to buy this tonight but after your criticism's i'll pass.

Cheers ;)
Commented on 2014-10-26 22:59:31 In reply to aphex187
Maybe I'm just being too uptight, I don't know, or maybe it's because I paid it with my own money. :)
Commented on 2014-10-26 23:24:23
Erm, controls are fine to me. Dunno about other problems (played just first mission). Starting and map loadings are miles better than original. $3.74 with achievements support is bargain.
Commented on 2014-10-26 23:34:02
I was kind of hoping that Bluepoint Games would be given duty to make a trilogy collection of the 3 main PS2 GTA games, the GTA Stories games would have been a bonus. To tie in with the San Andreas 10th Anniversary that is. Bring it to current and last gen consoles. And its Bluepoint so they would do an excellent job too. :)
Commented on 2014-10-26 23:35:36 In reply to Seth
Posted by Seth
Starting and map loadings are miles better than original.
Wow, I should buy it a second time then. :o

:p
Commented on 2014-10-27 01:59:11
Love Grand Theft Auto : San Andreas and played it during almost 3 years, stopped for 2 years because of a damn bug in the mission where you need to board a plane with a motorcycle. Spent months trying to fix it, but gave up until my girlfriend at the time motivated me to go back and try again, which then it worked. Girlfriend powers!!! =D

As for the Xbox 360 port, I know how it is to go back and play old games, they are old even in the design, and most miss obvious things - even by the standards back then.

For example, I played Suikoden III a few years back and having to travel 30 minutes from one end of the map to the other - while battling monsters - around 50 times because the designers didn't thought a warp point was necessary annoyed the hell out of me.

"Ports" are a delicate business, if a company wants to do one right, it needs to spend a moderate amount of money, time and effort. But since most companies don't care enough about it - quick cash mentality, most ports end up being crap or miles away from what they could've been.

For those who never played GTA:SA and are interested, best to play the PC version with mods, by now any PC can play it maxed at 60fps and with mods to make it look and play better.
Commented on 2014-10-27 05:16:50
Jaggies are horrible and there's really low traffic, but it looks like they've managed to strike a good balance between PS2 orange haze, which can't even be emulated on PC and Xbox's proper shadows/sun in the sky lightning. So that's good at least.
Commented on 2014-10-27 05:20:01
Oh and there's the other thing I just noticed. Misplacement of hostile gang members. You can spot Ballas hanging around CJ's house. Dafaq's that? Unforgivable.
Commented on 2014-10-27 05:28:33
No, San Andreas is not a game for HD. Period.
Commented on 2014-10-27 11:33:21
"With GTA V to come on PS4 and Xbox One, why would you even consider going back to 2004 Los Santos anyway?"

Because SA shits all over V.
Commented on 2014-10-27 11:35:38 In reply to masteratt
And some would tell you Pong shits all over modern games but you don't see that many people still playing it. :)
Commented on 2014-10-27 13:03:14
More people playing equals what exactly? You brought out a point about why play SA when V is around the corner and i gave an answer. I've replayed SA many times over the years. I will never touch V again. I was just answering your question, not definitively stating which game is better. But yeah if someone asked if I want to play/buy SA or V, SA every time.
Commented on 2014-10-27 14:52:24 In reply to masteratt
Posted by masteratt
"With GTA V to come on PS4 and Xbox One, why would you even consider going back to 2004 Los Santos anyway?"

Because SA shits all over V.
Easy with them opinions. GTA 5 is my least favourite of the series, but I wouldn't touch a fecal matter in order to compare the two.
Commented on 2014-10-27 15:20:59
Yes, please excuse the faeces talk.

Also, did Rockstar do this port?
Commented on 2014-10-27 17:53:49 In reply to masteratt
Posted by masteratt
Because SA shits all over V.
It really doesn't. That's nostalgia talking. I played SA when it first released and eventually got fed up with it enough that I didn't actually complete the game. It was too long and ended up running circles on itself. That didn't happen to me with V.

I regard Vice City as the best GTA, but having recently revisited it after playing V...wasn't a good idea. The Soundtrack was still good, though.
Commented on 2014-10-27 17:59:35 In reply to masteratt
Posted by masteratt
I've replayed SA many times over the years. I will never touch V again.
Of course. That also happened to me with time Ive spend with 10 score games last gen VS time Ive spend with SA previous gen, and it happened with a lot of people as well. Its kinda normal. Does not have to do with the quality of last gens games. It has to do with our age at the time and the impact it had on us and on the industry. Its hard to put our hands away from something that gave us such memorable moments, its in our instincts to wanna feel it again. Now its almost impossible to witness such a jump in the insdustry and our hearts this days, even in 10 score games.
Commented on 2014-10-27 18:38:53 In reply to MrWhite
Play GTA III. It's still the best. )
Commented on 2014-10-27 19:42:57 In reply to MrWhite
Posted by MrWhite
I regard Vice City as the best GTA, but having recently revisited it after playing V...wasn't a good idea. The Soundtrack was still good, though.
Yea, there is no way I could go back to 6th gen GTAs. Hell, GTA IV would probably feel a little stiff now.
Commented on 2014-10-28 01:23:46 In reply to SirAdamFrisk
Posted by SirAdamFrisk
Play GTA III. It's still the best. )
Loved it, but Vice City was a bit special. I don't get why R* won't build another GTA with a specific theme to it like VC had, or have a game set in a different time period or country.
Commented on 2014-10-28 17:36:31
sorry but after 9 years of the PC version being able to run at 1680 x 1050 why is this remaster only running at 1280 x 720?
Commented on 2014-10-28 17:53:57 In reply to r3tr0gam3r1337
Because it's running on 360?
Commented on 2014-10-28 18:20:07 In reply to Driftwood
but for a 10 year old game surely they could have easily done 1080p with at least 4xAA, looks more like a lazy port with achievements than a remaster!
Commented on 2014-10-28 18:26:24 In reply to SirAdamFrisk
Posted by SirAdamFrisk
Jaggies are horrible and there's really low traffic, but it looks like they've managed to strike a good balance between PS2 orange haze, which can't even be emulated on PC and Xbox's proper shadows/sun in the sky lightning. So that's good at least.
Actually I'm taking these words back. PS2 is version still the best.
Commented on 2014-10-29 05:34:07
they only ported the Phone/tablet version to consoles ... the only thing is the potable version looks 10x better then this ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXn7FLPuhtU
Commented on 2014-10-29 06:28:52 In reply to Hfric
Posted by Hfric
they only ported the Phone/tablet version to consoles ... the only thing is the potable version looks 10x better then this ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXn7FLPuhtU
lol sorry but no it don't, check out the video again that you linked to, the mobile version has popup galore, poor and glitchy textures and the lighting pales in comparison!
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