GTA San Andreas is a game that exceeded my expectations. Like many people, I falsely assumed that this game was merely a larger Vice City with minimal improvements. I was wrong. GTA:SA takes the GTA series to an entirely new level. For starters, the graphics in GTA:SA are a lot crisper than Vice City (although they are less striking than today's FPS games) - definitely an improvement there. I also find the storyline to be far more interesting than the one in Vice City. In this game, you are Carl Johnson, another inhabitant in the slums of an LA-ish city. This guy is more likable than the psycopathetic Tommy Vercetti in Vice City. Also, in GTA:SA your character is a member of a street gang - you get a sense of companionship in playing this game. There's so much else to do in San Andreas, compared to Vice City - your character can even SWIM. No more of the "swerve off a bridge in a car and die" scenarios. The controls are different from Vice City (but are user-adjustable), and there's better aiming, too. Controlling the camera may be difficult, but you'll get used to it. Gone are the annoying RC helicopter missions (they appear but are strictly optional). GTA:SA has a sophisticated look that I appreciate (to me, Vice City came off with an "arcade game" look). The soundtrack is reflective of the early 90's - good work by Rockstar. Oh yeah, the draw distance is adjustable so you can see further distance-wise. The only "lows" that I found were the immense size of the map and the unchanged game-saving method. San Andreas is HUGE, which could be a good and bad thing. The good part is that there's a lot to do with a large map, but the bad part is the amount of time that is spent just getting from one place to another. I am a casual gamer with not much time in my hands... this game is LONG - it could take me a week to complete the game, but a month to play all the side missions. I've never really liked the saving method in the GTA series... wish there were a pause-and-save feature. Complaints aside, this game is defintely a bang for the yen, and a must-have for anyone who enjoyed the previous GTA installments. San Andreas is not revolutionary in the sense as GTA III was, but it sure looks better than any of the other GTA titles. Even the packaging is nice... the box is actually a paper cover that holds a book with the instructions and DVD... simplicity is appealing. I don't recommend this game for children.