Innapropiate, but alright for mature teenagers
Ease Of Play 67/100
This game can be stressful and addictive. Some missions can take hours to complete. Other missions can take 5 minutes, but most are long. There are barely any checkpoints, and you have to start from the beginning if you fail in a lot of missions. There are a lot of car racing missions where you race. There are a lot of these missions and the competitors are tough. If you do not 1st then you lose, and you have to go back to where the mission starts, which is pretty far away. The controls are also tough which is difficult in general, and especially difficult in racing missions. Also a lot of the missions are fun and action packed which makes many players want to play more. This game takes very long to complete, and then to get 100% completion there are even more missions you have to do.
Educational Value 14/100
This game is not intended to be educational, but it does semi-simulate a gangsters life. It also takes place in 1992 in a parody of Los Angeles. This was a time when racism was a big deal. It also teaches players about corrupt cops and police brutality.
Positive Messages 12/100
CJ is against drugs, and thinks they are bad for you. CJ can also get stronger by running, swimming, karate, boxing, and working out in the gym. This can maybe make people want to exercise more.
Positive Role Models 23/100
Even though the positive role models aren't that good, there's still some. Even though the gangs hate each other all the gangs are good friends within their gang. For example even though Grove Street hates the Ballas and the Vagos they team up to try to destroy the other two gangs. Also CJ and Sweet get a long very well, and try to protect each other. CJ tries to make his friends happy, even if that means he has to relate to violent measures to solve his objectives. CJ is also forced to a lot of his violent actions to save him, loved ones, or other reasons. He is also tormented by corrupt police officers, though their actions get consequences.
This is a very violent video game. The player can kill bystanders, cops, gangbangers, and more. The player can beat people to death with their bare fists, brass knuckles, baseball bats, knives, guns, and more. Whenever a person is killed a pool of blood is shown around it when it's dead. People scream and beg for mercy when they're being murdered. Peoples heads can be decapitated. There are also many violent motor deaths. For instance there is a demolition derby where people shoot at each other. Also you can run people over, sounds of broken body parts are heard in the process. With it being violent in freestyle also nearly every mission is violent. At the beginning of the film CJ's mother is killed in a drive-by by the Ballas. There are three corrupt police officers that torment CJ and his crew. They make CJ due these missions because they will blame him for the death of Officer Ralph Pendlebury (who they killed). They force him to kill a journalist who has dirt on them, shoot bad guys on a train, and do many more violent crimes. Other missions include killing Vietnamese gangsters, kill Ballas members under a highway, taking out helicopters with a rocket launcher, robbing a bank, and much more action packed missions. With the combination of freestyle violence, storyline violence, and gang violence it is very violent.
There are four stripclubs, plus one that is only in the storyline. In the ones the player can access outside of the storyline the player can either throw money at pole dancers (which make them have more sexual dance moves), or get a lap dance in the back for $100. There are three private dance sessions. The first dancer wears a skimpy school girl outfit, the second girl wears a corset and a thong, and performs slightly more sexual moves. The third girl wears a sexy cop outfit, and performs very erotic moves. Even though it is a strip club the strippers are always in a bikini. The stripclub in the storyline is Jizzys Pleasure Domes. Since it can only be accessed in the storyline you cannot do anything else rather than watch the cutscenes. Now the only difference is one of the pole dancers does not wear a bikini, and instead has two white stars covering her nipples. Besides the strip clubs there are also some nightclubs where the player can dance with people, though it is in a non-sexual context. Jizzy-B is a pimp and treats his prostitutes terribly. One line he says is, "B*****s get your pimp a drink over there". The prostitutes do what he says. He also says other sexist comments. Jizzys car is named the "Pimpmobile". Carl can have girlfriends and can go on dates with them. In one mission to get a keycard CJ gets in a gimp suit that he buys from a sex shop. Inside the sex shop there are adult light sabers and adult films. He then has sex with a girl in the suit. Nothing is shown, but some moaning can be heard. The player can pick up prostitutes in his car. In a scene a women may have raped Carl, because she moans and says, "Harder, deeper, faster". Though the camera does not show the scene and shows the outside of the house instead. Carl tells someone how when he was a child a condom got in his face. When Sweet gets in an argument with his sister he says, "Your dressed like a hooker". Officer Tenpenny says, "To get drunk and to get laid" when asked where are you going. There also more sexual references. Catalina tries to make Carl jealous of her new boyfriend. Carl robs a mans clothes and the man is shown in his pink underwear.
The language is very intense. Every scene practically has profanities. The most common profanity is probably the N word. Other very frequent profanities include f**k , s**t, g*******t, a*****e, b***h, and d**k. Milder language is also more rarely said such as a**, hell, and damn. Very mild language such as stupid, fool , and dumb is occasionally said. There are also sexist words such as s**t. The language is one of the worst I have ever seen.
There are no real brands featured, but there are parodies such as Sprunk being a parody of Sprite.
There are some bars in the game. The bars have a bartender at the place, and have alchohol bottles at the back of the bar. You can also bring your girlfriends to bars and have drinks at the bar. In one mission Carl puts drugs in a mans car. Police come to the scene and discover drugs in the trunk. A cop comments about how there is tons of "mary" in the trunk. CJ and his crew beat up a drug dealer in their neighborhood. CJs old friend became a drug addict. Officer Tenpenny takes a hit from a bong, and the bong is visible. People on the street are shown on drugs. A lot of people smoke. Ryder is an especially big smoker.
GTA SA is a cool game to play. It has very heavy content though it's okay for mature teens.
This title contains:
Ease of Play
Violence & scariness
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking