Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

 
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Learning(i)

Incredible game -- but incredibly inappropriate for kids.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game gives a variety of control options -- from a virtual analog stick to swipe gestures -- and has well-placed controls for other game features. This is optimal for tablets, but smartphone users might have too much on-screen at one time.

Violence

You'll find everything you can imagine here: gang warfare, beatings, drive-by shootings, the killing of innocent bystanders, and bloody deaths. Players can drive on the sidewalk, running over pedestrians at will, or assault a pedestrian on the street, beating him to death to get money (or beating a police officer to death to get his weapon).

Sex

Explicitly sexual. Prostitutes are prominent characters in the game, both as part of the story and non-player characters -- and they're dressed in low-cut apparel, true to the streetwalker cliche. You can gain "health points" by having implied sex with a prostitute in your car, where you hear what's happening and watch the rhythmic actions of the couple from a distance but don't actually see the act. 

Language

There's near-constant profanity, with innumerable f-bombs and pretty much any other word you can think of. And if you happen to miss the audio version, the words are often in the captions. 

Consumerism

The game is part of a long-running franchise, and players may be moved to buy a more recent version of the game after playing this.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drug use is prevalent, and there's some alcohol consumption, as well.

Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can log in to Rockstar's Social Club to interact with other players, where they could be exposed to harsh language and sexual taunts. The developer's privacy policy states that both personal and anonymous data may be collected.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is a game that's completely inappropriate for children -- as are other games in the GTA series. The drug trade is glamorized and there's nonstop violence and sex, and it could teach them a few obscenities that even parents are unfamiliar with. The game is a direct recreation of the console hit, and what didn't work for kids then still doesn't today. Players can lead a life of crime, shoot police officers (as well as civilians and drug dealers), drink and drive, and have sex with prostitutes. The infamous "Hot Coffee" interactive sex scene that could be unlocked in the original game has been removed, though. 

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

What's it about?

Players can select how they move around the screen. They can use a virtual analog stick on the lower-left corner of the screen; digital buttons, which can be resized and moved around the screen to a place most comfortable for the player; or finger flicks, which can also be used in the lower-left corner of the screen. Controls to accelerate or brake while driving are on the lower-right corner of the screen, as are combat options when on foot.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

There shouldn't be any doubt by now that any game in the Grand Theft Auto series is a poor choice for young players. That doesn't take away the quality of the game for mature audiences. GRAND THEFT AUTO: SAN ANDREAS is widely considered one of the best games in the series, with a strong story, plot twists, and mature themes. Also, this mobile port of the game is just as solid as the console version. 

That said, the pervasive sex, drugs, harsh language, and nonstop violence make it wholly inappropriate for children. However, adults looking for a solid, interactive action-adventure game won't be able to put it down. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$6.99
Release date:December 12, 2013
Category:Action Games
Size:1669.00 MB
Publisher:Rockstar Games
Version:1.0

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Teen, 15 years old Written bySalsander January 29, 2014
 
LEARNING

Borderline

If all of GTA San Andreas were put into one word, it would be this. It's borderline offensive with it's extreme stereotypes. It's borderline perfect with one of the largest maps in video game history filled with content and well voiced characters. It was on the borderline to receiving an AO (Adults Only) rating by ESRB because of it's absurd amount of mature content. San Andreas is spectacular on technological levels and to this day is still marveled, but it pushed the envelope too; so much the game can feel uncomfortable. There is no way I can fit all of the mature content in San Andreas into one review, but I can give you a sense of what to expect in the game. Role Models (1/10): Out of all the sex, violence, and drugs used in the game; I sometimes feel the protagonists are the most troubling part about the game. Despite being a part of the hood-life, they actually seem like ok people. CJ is concerned about his sister and tries to eradicate drugs from his community. Yet he kills his problems rather than dealing with them. Also, for the first time in a GTA game, the cops are the main antagonist. It's troubling because the characters are so well acted, you begin to hate the cops. Violence (6/10): You will kill people in almost every mission. Violence generally isn't gory, but dead bodies will pool with blood. You can use a Combine Harvester to chop NPCs into pieces. Pedestrians and cops can be killed. Sex (9/10): There is so much sex in the game, I can only condense it into a list. The content includes: Prostitutes, Pimping, Orgies, Strippers, Human Trafficking, Porn Shops, Sex with Girlfriend, Adult Toys, Gimp Suits, etc. The only thing keeping it from a 10 is the lack of full nudity, but with or without it sex is extremely prominent. Women are treated like objects and sex is very casual. Drugs (7/10): Any drug imaginable is in this game, and it is used by players. Fortunately CJ is against drugs, but it's casual use can make the drugs seem OK to use. Some characters are drug addicts. Language (10/10): The worst amount of language I've seen in a game to date. Every (and I mean EVERY) cutscenes contains language ranging from the f bomb to racial slurs. The N word is used regularly when the CJ and his gang members talk to each other. Other: Another thing to mention is San Andreas is extremely addictive. There is so much incentive to unlock new areas of San Andreas, so the player is bound to spend hours going through the missions. Because of the lack of a checkpoint system, missions can take up to 20-30 minutes to complete if they are difficult. To unlock all the areas and items, you'll have to play around 18 hours. You'll need to put in a few more hours to earn the cash for these items. Overall: San Andreas really is an impressive game, but it's a dangerous one too. Make sure to research this game and really understand how impressionable your child is before even considering buying this. It's probably better to skip this one. Don't even think about buying it for a someone who isn't at least in High School.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byFormula4madness April 1, 2014
 

Adults only please.

Parents, please read the rating of a game, at the very least, before considering it for your child's library. Games often have explicit content and are rated for adults (M) for a reason. I highly recommend playing a game for a few hours before allowing your child to play the game. San Andreas, as well as other Grand Theft Auto titles, are games in which the lifestyle of: drug use, violence, sex trade, lawlessness etc is highly glamorized and presents children with a sense of disrespect to authority as well as a false sense of accountability. There is no "cool down" for killing innocent people, police officers, sexual assault etc, and impressionable minds may think there is. Although I have enjoyed playing all of the games in the GTA series, I am fully aware of each games contents and do not allow my son to play any of them in this franchise.
Teen, 15 years old Written byalex1112 February 9, 2015
 
LEARNING

brotha

well its a good game a good shooter
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Too much violence

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