Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Game review by Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Violent, open-world, do-anything mature adventure.

Windows, Xbox 2004

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 89 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 166 reviews

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age 16+

Gta games are not intended for kids.

The expert reviewer is completely right on this title, none of the GTA games are intended for kids. In this game you take a part of gang in style of "crips" and "bloods" you perform a lot of criminal activity playing as "C.J" this involves killing people, spraying the walls with your tags etc - i think this particular title has a lot of potential to influence kids because of the "gang culture" like spraying your tags and being part of a street gang. I did play this as a kid, but would not recommend it to people under 16 years of age. Language should not be your primary concern in a game where you play as a violent criminal - Written by a young adult man who actively plays games.
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age 16+

Game Details

  • Platforms: Windows, Xbox
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Rockstar Games
  • Release date: November 2, 2004
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and gore, intense violence, strong language, strong sexual content, use of drugs
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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