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) cutscene 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.
This title contains:
Violence & scariness
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking