As everyone who has read anything about Grand Theft Auto:
San Andreas knows by now, the main character, CJ, now needs
to eat. But what does this mean? And how does it work?
It sounds initially like a relatively simple idea, as the
Grand Theft Auto world becomes more and more interactive,
it makes sense that food would become something that you
can control. But when you start to think about all the possible
ramifications of what this actually means… it’s
CJ is hungry a help message will appear, if he doesn’t
eat soon his energy level will start to decrease.
forget to eat your greens
If CJ forgets to eat he will lose energy and start to get
skinny, and will eventually become rather emaciated and
weak. His clothes will fit him differently as he gets thinner.
But its not all about looks, as CJ gets thinner from under-eating
he becomes weaker, he wont have the strength he needs to
lift boxes, his speed and stamina will be greatly reduced
as he swims, cycles and runs. As he gets weaker the force
of his punch will dwindle and he wont last long in a fight!
to stay in shape and keep his strength up CJ will need to
eat regularly. Eating a good solid meal will also restore
CJ’s health. Each type of food has a calorific value
which is used to determine how much the energy/fat will
after a fight you may want to head over to the nearest hotdog
stand to help you feel better. But anyone who thinks that
just hanging out eating pizza all day will make you indestructible
- you should know better..
food and no exercise makes CJ a fat boy
Binging is bad. If you try and stuff CJ full and eat too
much he will throw up! Needless to say any of the benefits
of the nutrition you consumed are lost and your stamina
is reduced to what it was before you pigged out. And you
wont get your money back! Furthermore, once you’ve
regurgitated your food, you wont be able to buy anymore
for a while.
As CJ eats he gains weight. If he keeps eating, and eating,
he will gain more and more weight and as he gets fatter
he starts to bulge out of his clothes, he begins to waddle
rather than walk, even standing still he struggles to catch
his breath when overweight, every animation is affected
- he cant even put his arms by his sides in the same
carrying all this extra weight around will impact on his
performance, he will have trouble with anything that involves
exerting his body - lifting, climbing, swimming, running
etc. His reaction time will also be a lot slower so you’ll
want to avoid fights wherever you can, especially since
a bigger body is a wider target! His larger frame becomes
a hindrance to his stamina and ability to perform many actions.
Some things will actually be impossible for him to do when
he is too heavy!
a nation obsessed with our weight, people generally are
cruel and not very understanding of those of us who are
rather rotund! The inhabitants of San Andreas are seemingly
no more forgiving on this issue. As an overweight CJ walks
down the street the reactions he gets will be very different
to when he is in peak physical condition - especially from
making fun of CJ for being overweight..
If you want to get in shape you’ll need to spend some
time at the gym, working out. But there’s more to
being healthy than just being thin, you’ll want to
pay some attention to building some muscle strength. A healthy
CJ will be faster, stronger, have more stamina and a quicker
recovery time. But it isn’t just a case of CJ being
fat or thin, there are two statistics at work here: fat
and muscle, so for example CJ can be relatively thin and
have little stamina, but have exercised and built up his
strength to the point that he hits like a tank. We will
be covering more about exercising in a later feature but
for now suffice to say that the system is incredibly subtle
and there are a ridiculous number of fat/muscle combinations
that not only affect the way that CJ looks, but his actions
and performance and the way that other people react to him.
Whatever you’re craving, San Andreas has is all, especially
if it’s fast food. Leslie Benzies told us: “One
of the things that stood out to us when researching Grand
Theft Auto: San Andreas was the enormous impact food and
restaurants had and still has on Los Angeles. Just the variety
of restaurants and how they’ve come to embody the
lore of LA, from the Brown Derby to In-and-Out Burger, is
truly astounding and bizarre all at once. We kept encountering
stories of people that went in for a burger and came out
wanted for double homicide!”
are some of the choices of restaurants you’ll find
in the game, each with different menus and varying degrees
of fat content, so watch what you eat—
This chicken shack features all things chicken—chicken
burritos, fried chicken, wings—all served by guys
in chicken suits. Menu choices include the Cluckin’
Big Filet Burger and Cluckin’ Huge Double Filet; the
wings pieces bucket and fowl wrap burrito.
Pizzas and more. The Buster, The D-Luxe, and The Double
D-luxe are enough to tide even the hungriest of players
over, but be careful about how much you gorge—the
staff here is a bit aggressive and won’t take lightly
to you vomiting all over the counter.
If you like ground beef, this is your spot. Lots and lots
of beef. The Double Barreled Burger is always a favorite.
out the uniforms at burger shot ..
you’re there, you’ll want to have a look around
you at the décor in these places.
You’ll also notice other customers ordering and eating
food - everyone’s gotta eat!
you want to eat on the go, you don’t have to go to
a restaurant to grab a bite. Stop by one of these appealing
vending carts and pick up a snack.
more to life than food
One final thing that is important to note is that this is
not a game about eating! Eating is a fun component that
is a part of increasing the player’s control and interactivity
with and customization of their individual character. Like
in earlier installments in the series, it is all about providing
the player with choices, not chores.