In particular, a player-made software patch, dubbed the "Hot Coffee mod", unlocked a previously hidden sexual scene.The next main entry in the series, Grand Theft Auto IV, was released on 29 April 2008, also to critical acclaim.San Andreas has been ported to various other platforms and services, such as OS X, Xbox Live, Play Station Network and mobile devices (i OS, Android, Windows Phone and Fire OS).
Unlike Grand Theft Auto III and Vice City, which needed loading screens when the player moved between different districts of the city, San Andreas has no load times when the player is in transit.
The only loading screens in the game are for cut-scenes and interiors.
The more chaos caused, the stronger the response: police will handle "minor" infractions (attacking pedestrians, pointing guns at people, stealing vehicles, manslaughter, etc.), whereas SWAT teams, the FBI, and the military respond to higher wanted levels.
The player can partake in a variety of optional side missions that can boost their character's attributes or provide another source of income.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is played from a third-person perspective in an open world environment, allowing the player to interact with the game world at their leisure. The state of San Andreas consists of three metropolitan cities: Los Santos, based on Los Angeles; San Fierro, based on San Francisco; and Las Venturas, based on Las Vegas.
The single-player story follows Carl "CJ" Johnson, who returns home to Los Santos from Liberty City after his mother's murder.
The traditional side missions of the past games are included, such as dropping off taxi cab passengers, putting out fires, driving injured people to the hospital and fighting crime as a vigilante.
New additions include burglary missions, pimping missions, truck and train driving missions requiring players to make deliveries on time, and driving/flying/boating/biking schools, which help players learn skills and techniques to use in their corresponding vehicles.
The core gameplay consists of elements of a third-person shooter and a driving game, affording the player a large, open world environment in which to move around.
On foot, the player's character is capable of walking, running, sprinting, swimming, climbing and jumping as well as using weapons and various forms of hand-to-hand combat.
The open, non-linear environment allows players to explore and choose how they wish to play the game.