Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for Windows 8

San Andreas version of the GTA driving game


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  • Category Action
  • Program license Full Version
  • Version 1.0
  • Works under: Windows 10 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8
  • Program available in English
  • Program by Rockstar Games

Grand Theft Auto San Andreas is a popular game that has now been remastered to work with the Windows 8 operating system.

A Look at Grand Theft Auto San Andreas for Windows 8

After more than ten years of having enjoyed the status of being one of the most popular games ever created, Windows 8 users can now enjoy all of the white-knuckle excitement that has come to define this series. Grand Theft Auto San Andreas boasts the same milestone storyline that has come to define the entire series.

Loosely based on Los Angeles, we see our main character Carl Jones return to San Andreas to help his close friends (and gang members) find success within their turf. Not only must the player acquire various cars and equipment, but theft, police chases and fighting techniques are a few of the milestones that are required to emerge a winner. Another unforgettable aspect of Grand Theft Auto San Andreas is that between 20 and 30 hours of game play are needed to walk away a winner (even for the best of players). So, this platform is certainly not for the faint of heart.

A final reason why this game is so revolutionary is that there are numerous side missions that will earn big points. Some will include going out on a date with an attractive girl, driving a speedboat and piloting a fighter jet, playing classing arcade games and battling with rival gangs to secure territory. So, it is now clear that Grand Theft Auto San Andreas is much more than an average car chase platform.


As this game can now be played on Windows 8, there are several improvements that are worth noting. The first is associated with the ergonomics of the game play. Users will have a choice of touchscreen controls or a manual joystick. The touchscreen options are mainly intended to be used with tablets and smartphones that support Windows 8. Still, it should be noted that difficult missions or aiming with a gun can be awkward. In these cases, many feel that a game controller or joystick are much better options. This is nonetheless up to the player in question.

Graphics, Sound and Music

It is a fallacy to believe that the graphics within this platform are dated. In fact, they have been improved when compared to the original Grand Theft Auto San Andreas for PlayStation 2. Shadows, highlights, colours and character models have all been given slight upgrades. The draw distance has likewise been improved.

In terms of sound, this franchise has always been at the top of the list. The developers at Rockstar Games have embraced the idea that the game should look, feel and sound more like a movie than a static platform. It is rumoured that an astounding 861 voice actors are present. Some of the big names include James Woods, Samuel L. Jackson and even Axl Rose.

Music is likewise featured heavily. An interesting benefit that has always attracted gamers is the ability to choose between 11 different radio stations while driving. Not only can this cater to the individual needs of the listener, but talk radio and commercials are intended to make the overall experience feel much more realistic. This also goes a long way in breaking up the different scenes; another novel idea thought up by the developers. Genres include rock, rap, easy listening and even country.

Download and Installation

Grand Theft Auto San Andreas can be downloaded directly from the Windows online store. So, it can be installed much like any other software package. Please keep in mind that firewall settings may prevent the files from installing successfully. So, these could have to be changed beforehand.

Technical Details

The approximate file size is 1.68 gigabytes. Thus, a sufficient amount of memory should be present in order to prevent a potential crash of Windows 8. Supported processors include ARM and x86. Italian, English, German, Spanish and French are a handful of the languages that are included with the package. Numerous bugs have also been fixed with this updated version.


  • Realistic voice actors
  • An addictive soundtrack
  • Impressive graphics
  • An interesting and intriguing storyline


  • The controls may be slightly difficult to operate depending upon the needs of the player
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