GTA San Andreas: Fans still recall playing GTA San Andreas with great fondness, even though it was released 19 years ago. Notably, the game also incorporates several attributes that the creators neglected to incorporate into the most recent installment in the series. The news comes as a dual-edged sword for ardent Grand Theft Auto enthusiasts. As Rockstar continues to enhance the visuals and gameplay mechanics, they omit several commendable elements from their prior works.
GTA San Andreas introduced gameplay mechanics and features that were revolutionary for the time.
1) Dynamic body shapes
Each GTA San Andreas player recalls accompanying CJ to the gym. This was an original gameplay mechanic that enhanced the character’s physical appearance in addition to their strength and stamina.
Conversely, should the players consume an excessive quantity of burgers, CJ’s character will become sluggish and obese. This exceptional characteristic distinguished San Andreas from the other installments in the series.
Significantly, the game demanded a favorable muscle-to-fat ratio to accomplish specific chase missions; failure to meet this requirement would result in Big Smoke sending a sarcastic message. This feature could have been substantially incorporated into Grand Theft Auto 5.
2) Interactive NPCs
In GTA 5, the NPCs respond to the player’s actions in several predetermined ways. The addition of the option for players to converse positively or negatively with these characters in San Andreas increased the game’s dynamism.
This also imbued the NPCs with a sense of character that was noticeably absent in Grand Theft Auto 5. The outcomes of the dialogues in San Andreas were binary, contingent on CJ’s interactions with these characters.
Occasionally, armed NPCs will open fire on an obnoxious or disrespectful player. This feature is well-known to Red Dead Redemption 2 players, as Rockstar Games decided to implement and enhance it for that game.
3) Various fighting styles
In all candor, the melee combat in Grand Theft Auto 5 is rather tedious. Even though Trevor, Michael, and Franklin’s animations differ slightly, their fighting style remains consistent.
Conversely, San Andreas featured an exceptionally dynamic melee combat system in which CJ could acquire knowledge of various techniques for striking an opponent in the face.
One possible approach to accomplish this would be to exercise these fighting styles at the gym. The inclusion of both fists and legs added intrigue to the battle. Rockstar Games has neglected to capitalize on this opportunity by not incorporating this feature into Grand Theft Auto 5.
4) Gang Wars
The primary narrative of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas centers on rival gangs engaged in combat to conquer their territories. After overcoming other families, it was incredibly gratifying to observe the Grove Street Family’s colors filling the map.
Notably, these gangs frequently reclaimed their territories in retaliation. Therefore, CJ was obligated to maintain vigilance and eliminate any adversaries before they instigated a full-scale gang war.
Regrettably, Grand Theft Auto 5 lacks such a feature; the protagonist trio is the sole focal point, while the antagonists and other supporting characters serve merely as filler characters with specific functions. The game would have been enhanced by the inclusion of such a side activity.
5) The Burglary side missions
While Grand Theft Auto 5 and its online multiplayer mode feature entertaining grand heists, they do not include minor robberies such as housebreaking and the theft of valuable items and currency.
In GTA: San Andreas, these were entertaining side missions that allowed players to earn cash and experience by committing burglaries.
This would have been an excellent addition to Grand Theft Auto 5, given that all three protagonists are thieves, and limiting them to bank heists and jewelry stores seems tedious. This may have even presented an opportunity for novices to generate income while minimizing their risk exposure.
The following are the five intriguing elements that were absent from the current version of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Rockstar may, with any luck, unveil these features concurrently with the GTA 6 release date.