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17 Oct, 2008

GTA: San Andreas headed for Xbox Originals

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Quick news over at Eurogamer that Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas will be available to download for 1200 Microsoft Points as part of the Xbox Originals range.

For more details head over to Xbox.com.

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21 Comments
5 years ago
Looks Like I'll be popping my xbox original dowload cherry on this beast. 1200 microsoft points is very reasonable Is it available right now can anyone confirm.
5 years ago
Excellent. I still have my San Andreas disc and let me tell you, the Xbox 360 does wonders to this game - 720p widescreen, higher resolution and antialiasing. None of which was in the original.

It looks fantastic on the 360. The only downside is while the models and textures are all correct in widescreen, the sun and moon in the sky get stretched. A small price to pay for high def San Andreas icon_biggrin.gif
5 years ago
It's gonna be one HUGE file.
5 years ago
The Genius wrote
It's gonna be one HUGE file.
not really.
only 8gb(?)max.
which yeah, is quite a lot. but as stated above, it has all the added bonuses of widescreen!

doubt ill get it, haven't even finished it on the sonystation =P
5 years ago
They probably won't release it here over Xbox Live - like Ninja Gaiden Black. Edited content - woe forbid that they should be able to have both versions available.
5 years ago
I'm pretty sure GTA:SA was unedited in Australia. Could be wrong tho.
If it DOES come out, I'll probably scoop it up. Been wanting to play it again and this would seem the perfect way to do so.
5 years ago
San Andreas was exactly the same here as the rest of the world. The game was recalled and re-released without the hot coffee content later on, but that content could not be accessed without a mod chip and hacks anyway.
5 years ago
Peveus wrote
Excellent. I still have my San Andreas disc and let me tell you, the Xbox 360 does wonders to this game - 720p widescreen, higher resolution and antialiasing. None of which was in the original.

It looks fantastic on the 360. The only downside is while the models and textures are all correct in widescreen, the sun and moon in the sky get stretched. A small price to pay for high def San Andreas icon_biggrin.gif
Does this new digital download version have improvements the disc version under emulation doesn't?
5 years ago
Shorty wrote
Peveus wrote
Excellent. I still have my San Andreas disc and let me tell you, the Xbox 360 does wonders to this game - 720p widescreen, higher resolution and antialiasing. None of which was in the original.

It looks fantastic on the 360. The only downside is while the models and textures are all correct in widescreen, the sun and moon in the sky get stretched. A small price to pay for high def San Andreas icon_biggrin.gif
Does this new digital download version have improvements the disc version under emulation doesn't?
I doubt it, I don't think any of the other Xbox classics do. It would be running entirely off a hard disk as opposed to a DVD though, so it might be a bit faster to load.
5 years ago
RhysDeschain wrote
I'm pretty sure GTA:SA was unedited in Australia. Could be wrong tho.
GTA:SA was first released unedited, but when the Hot Coffee mod was found the game was banned and only allowed to be sold again once the Hot Coffee section of the game code was removed. I don't know how they would do this for the Aus release of GTA:SA on XBLO as it wouldn't be worthwhile for them to change the released package for just Australia.
5 years ago
the removal of the latent Hot Coffee code didn't affect just Au though, but most, if not all, regions. so getting an image sans hot coffee shouldn't be an issue.

and even if it wasn't removed everywhere, i'm sure everyone involved in this "port" has been watching the game very carefully, and i reckon they would only upload the Iced Coffee version.
can you imagine the furor if Hot Coffee was found again?
5 years ago
Peveus wrote
I doubt it, I don't think any of the other Xbox classics do. It would be running entirely off a hard disk as opposed to a DVD though, so it might be a bit faster to load.
So considering there is no difference between playing the original on your 360 and downloading it (apart from loading times). Is it not better for your download limit and your wallet, to simply pick up a cheapo xbox edition?
5 years ago
flybyguy wrote
Peveus wrote
I doubt it, I don't think any of the other Xbox classics do. It would be running entirely off a hard disk as opposed to a DVD though, so it might be a bit faster to load.
So considering there is no difference between playing the original on your 360 and downloading it (apart from loading times). Is it not better for your download limit and your wallet, to simply pick up a cheapo xbox edition?
Lol, I suppose. But some people like digital distribution. Each to their own icon_razz.gif
5 years ago
Plus a lot of people have 20 gig HDD's, and you only get about 14 gigs on that, so downloading it isn't feasible.
5 years ago
I went San Andreas hunting today in a certain leafy east Melbourne suburb.

I was not impressed!

The brand new JB was shut for stock take. So I checked out EB, some "game shop",Target and even blockbuster but I returned home empty handed.
For a game as popular as San Andreas I figured it wouldn't be so hard to get my hands on the xbox edition, I was wrong. This shortage of purchasable San Andreas games (I guess everyone is holding on to them) may well be the reason for the release of the digital copies.

I'll try the city tomorrow.
5 years ago
I'll download it, even though I haven't really played much of GTAIII and never got around to finishing VC, might as well get the cream of the last gen freeroaming crop. Besides, it's easier to download than hunt for a copy.
5 years ago
flybyguy wrote
I went San Andreas hunting today in a certain leafy east Melbourne suburb.

I was not impressed!

The brand new JB was shut for stock take. So I checked out EB, some "game shop",Target and even blockbuster but I returned home empty handed.
For a game as popular as San Andreas I figured it wouldn't be so hard to get my hands on the xbox edition, I was wrong. This shortage of purchasable San Andreas games (I guess everyone is holding on to them) may well be the reason for the release of the digital copies.

I'll try the city tomorrow.
I'm in the city today! Gasp!

Popular Xbox games are the *hard* ones to find. I rarely ever see copies of Halo 2 for instance, yet how many copies of that exist? Millions? >_>
5 years ago
I'd sell someone my complete, NON-Classics version of GTA San Andreas (Xbox) for $20 posted...so matching the Originals Price.

The disc is scratched quite a lot, but it works without any issues.
5 years ago
Victory!
I eventually found a San Andreas (non-classic to boot)just outside the city. After many phone calls I was pointed in the direction of EB in docklands (New Mombasa much?). I only EVER driven through Docklands to finding the shop among all the construction was quite a task, however just like the staff said they're "right under the Ferris Wheel". I assumed that this was some vague description but they turned out to be almost literaly under the wheel.
Anyway, I also found a "Trilogy edition" with all three main titles (GTA3, VC, SA) for only five dollars more, but choose not to snap it up because I don't really want the other two (clocked a friends years ago) and the case was all beat up.

So if anyone wants it, fetch!

P.s remember EB has 12 month scratch warranty so if it dies you can take it back.
5 years ago
I've actually been playing through San Andreas on my 360 recently. (I managed to find a sealed non classics version on Ebay for about $30. SCORE!)

I'm up to the country side section and am probably not going to continue on for much longer. Rockstar were really sadistic with some its game design and the complete absence of checkpoints in missions. Like all of the GTA series I suppose. The mission I'm on now has 4 tiers that you have to pass. Fail one and its right back to the start. Sigh... Why Rockstar? I found GTA IV to be quite easy compared to some of the missions in San Andreas, probably due to the targeting system being absolute pants in the latter.
5 years ago
Guffers wrote
I've actually been playing through San Andreas on my 360 recently. (I managed to find a sealed non classics version on Ebay for about $30. SCORE!)

I'm up to the country side section and am probably not going to continue on for much longer. Rockstar were really sadistic with some its game design and the complete absence of checkpoints in missions. Like all of the GTA series I suppose. The mission I'm on now has 4 tiers that you have to pass. Fail one and its right back to the start. Sigh... Why Rockstar? I found GTA IV to be quite easy compared to some of the missions in San Andreas, probably due to the targeting system being absolute pants in the latter.
GTA IV simply WAS easier. It seems to have been aimed at a more casual market to my mind. Notice the almost complete lack of car chases >_>
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