Even though loads of huge announcements were screaming out of E3, the game EVERYONE is excited about suddenly became one of the stars of the show when Rockstar unveiled first screens and facts and US games mag Game Informer came out with the first official story. Here's the scoop...
Not that we think we're ace or anything, but we nailed San Andreas' setting two issues ago - it's confirmed the game will take place in the early 1990s against a backdrop of gang violence and ghetto stylin'. The main character is Carl Johnson (CJ), a young black guy (that's him crouching in front of the lowrider in the screen at the bottom) who's returned to his 'hood to avenge his mum's murder. The heat's on his case though - looks like CJ's past isn't spotless - and he gets framed for a murder by some crooked cops. He's gonna have to fight the gangs and the cops till he owns the streets and badlands of San Andreas!
As for San Andreas itself, it isn't just one city but a WHOLE STATE!
CJ is straight outta Los Santos (LA), a place where gangs and dealers rub shoulders with film stars and millionaires. San Fiero (San Francisco) and Las Ventura (Las Vegas) will definitely be included too. But here's the cherry - each area is the size of Vice City... and there's more! All the hills, mountains and deserts in between are in there - dotted with strange places and freaky out-of-towners.
You're gonna be able to sink real deep into the GTA universe this time out. Vice City only touched on buying buildings and exploring interiors, but San Andreas takes this aspect to a new level. You'll be able to gamble in casinos, build properties, and even rob houses on your rise to power! And the robberies will need careful planning, though Rockstar hasn't divulged details of how the heists work just yet.
That's not all. You gotta eat to survive in San Andreas, but chomp up donuts like Homer Simpson and CJ will develop into a lardy chozzer. This affects your physical abilities - you'll have rubbish stamina and won't be able to get around quickly. But hit the gym and pump iron and CJ will get faster, more muscular and athletic. Plus at last you can swim!
Street battles will be an everyday occurrence, with gangs pulling drive-by shootings to protect their turf.
And yup, that IS a BMX bike! Pedal power will enable you to lose cops as you scoot through narrow back-alleys.
Rise from lowly street thug and end up as a full-on, big pimpin' gang lord with gold chains dripping from your neck and bee-yatches hanging from your ice-encrusted arms. The shizzle? Fo' shizzle.