for a Workout?
As described in the Appetizer feature, although CJ needs
to eat, there are consequences and if he eats too much he’ll
get fat! In order to stay in peak physical shape, like the
rest of us, he could benefit from a little time at the gym.
There are several gyms in San Andreas where CJ can workout.
The gym in Los Santos is a tough place—just like those
using it. Gyms vary from one to another in terms of equipment
etc but this one has a variety of workout options to burn
off unwanted calories and build stamina and muscle.
out will give you the strength and stamina necessary to
have any chance of surviving the streets of Los Santos.
A healthy CJ will run faster, cycle faster and swim faster.
As CJ becomes healthier his stamina will also increase and
he will be able to keep up the pace for longer. His recovery
time will also be faster. Outside of the gym also, the more
CJ runs, the more his stamina will increase. Here a chubby
CJ pants and struggles to regain his breath. When overweight
or until his stamina has been built up CJ will grow tired
in previous Grand Theft Autos, the more frequently he runs
and sprints, the more stamina he builds. But now, as CJ’s
stamina increases, the player’s ability to complete
missions and tasks will improve dramatically. As CJ works
out he will also gain muscle and strength. As he gets stronger
he is better placed to win a fight as his punches and kicks
will increase in force. The relationship between body fat
and muscle is not automatically the inverse of one another;
these are 2 separate statistics, which result in a lot of
different combinations depending on how you want CJ to be.
So, for example, CJ can build strength and be fat.
city has a distinct style of gym, each with it’s own
look, feel and type of characters who visit as well as its
own type of equipment, workout and instruction available.
The gym in Los Santos is a typical, grungy gym, the sort
of first-floor joint where you can imagine gang members
hanging around and sparring. Not only can CJ work out here
but this is also a good place practice your fighting skills
and to learn new fighting moves to complement the moves
you started the game with. By taking on an opponent in the
ring CJ can learn a variety of fighting moves to put his
new found strength and stamina to the test—punch combos,
punching on the ground, and punching while running are all
new skills that will come in very handy in Los Santos. The
gym in San Fierro, in contrast, is a serene dojo. Here you
can learn and practice an entirely new set of fighting techniques
that we will be releasing details on later. The gym in Las
Venturas is a seedy, down-on-its-luck boxing facility with
a ratty ring in the middle and numerous holes in the concrete
floor. Here CJ can learn street fighting and some pretty
aggressive and below the belt moves!
fighting the player can now lock-on to opponents during
melee combat and the use of a second button has now been
incorporated allowing for more advanced moves and combos,
enabling CJ to pull off some crazy combination moves! Plus
self-defense has been incorporated - CJ can now block incoming
blows from attackers.
As you can imagine the BMX bike is particularly fitting
for getting around the Los Santos neighborhoods. It’s
great for going short distances especially as it’s
inconspicuous and convenient - it allows CJ to weave through
traffic-clogged areas of Los Santos, get down narrow alleyways
that larger vehicles cant follow you down, and it’s
also a lot of fun to ride. But riding a bike is work, you
can’t just hold down a button and expect to tear off
at great speed, you have to tap the button to build up your
pace. This makes the bike really controllable and great
for doing stunts on. The more CJ rides the BMX, the better
he gets at it. He will build up stamina and be able to keep
riding longer but his skill will also increase, he will
fall off of the bike less, and the bike will handle better
and be more responsive. It
wouldn’t be a BMX if you couldn’t do tricks
on it, including bunnyhop, wheelies and endos. CJ
can also perform a variety of combinations, including 360s
and 180s on the BMX.
The police in San Andreas are pretty smart and responsive.
They will try a variety of tactics to take down anyone they’ve
got it in for. During high-speed pursuits, police will open
fire with their weapons and will follow, not only from behind
but also from all possible angles—coming at CJ head-on,
down side streets, cutting him off or ramming his car in
order to end the pursuit.
are also very skilled at following a suspect with the spotlights
on their helicopters. When they point one of these lights
at you, the light is too bright to see anything, making
it much harder to take out the helicopter or aim at the
cops on the ground in the direction the light is shining
from. Shining bright lights in the eyes of the criminal
to paralyze him is a well-known tactic that is frequently
used by LSPD. They also will look out for their own safety
and will seek out and use cover during gunfights.
may have noticed the motorcycle cops, watch out for them,
they also have the ability to fire their guns while in pursuit.The
San Andreas police force has quite a challenge keeping the
peace and patrolling the streets of San Andreas. Be careful,
they are up for the challenge.
lighting in Liberty City was designed to be grim, distinctly
urban, and rather depressing even with sunlight. Vice City
was the total opposite--bright and sunny, giving the city
a warm, friendly and optimistic glow - however superficial.
San Andreas is such a huge place with so many different
atmospheres, lighting is such an important part of setting
the mood we wanted to make sure that the lighting was appropriate
to each setting, so that the lighting in downtown Los Santos
feels very different to the light in the open countryside
and again very different to the artificial glare of Las
item in the game has been modeled for both day and night.
Shadows and textures are unique not only to each individual
item, but specific times of day. Cars will look different
from day to night. Shadows will change with the time of
day. Also, very specific lighting schemes were assigned
to the cities in San Andreas. Los Santos was designed to
reflect the lighting environment of Los Angeles. Smog is
an element in the atmosphere, at times a physical presence,
leading to dramatic sunsets.
was used to give each city a distinct physical presence.
San Fierro and Las Venturas have very different lighting
effects - as you can imagine based on the cities that
they are inspired by. In San Fierro for example the changeable
weather with crisp blue skies and fog and rain call for
very different lighting from the oppressive, dirty heat
of Los Santos. The glitz and neon of the Las Venturas strip
contrasts with the blistering heat of the desert where you
can literally see the shimmering heatwaves coming off the