How good does San Andreas look in HD?

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San Andreas is still a pretty big deal to most Grand Theft Auto fans. It’s the ten year anniversary of the PS2 classic this year, prompting Rockstar to re-release the game on Xbox 360. Higher resolution, larger draw distance and a few other features have been added, but how much of a difference do they actually make?

Well considering it’s a ten-year old title, the result is pretty great. YouTube channel GTA Series Videos pits all three versions of the game together, comparing the visuals of the HD re-release to both the PS2 and PC iterations. The results are…interesting.

So the bumped up resolution makes a massive difference, as the improved draw distance. It brings San Andreas to life, making it look less like a foggy suburb overridden with pollution. The lighting also seems be be a lot better, even when compared to the PC version.

But what the hell is going on with CJ’s face? The character models have certainly aged really badly, even with the minor touch ups here and there. It’s great to see CJ’s fingers individually now though, even if they still resemble the feet of a large duck.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is out now on Xbox 360, for the low low price of R37.25 on the local Marketplace. Considering I never owned a PS2, I’m tempted to pick it up. Are you planning on visiting San Andreas again soon?

Last Updated: October 27, 2014

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