I have many memories of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The first time I came to the top of Mount Chiliad. The first time I saw the big Golden Gate Bridge imitating. Play the last mission and beat the whole game. But my favorite memory of GTA San Andreas is when I had to fly out of the map and explore a small part of Liberty City, the site of Grand Theft Auto 3.
I remember that Moment very clearly. I was 13 and it was the weekend. A mission asked me to get on a plane and fly to Liberty City. I expected the game to show me a cutscene in which I fly into town and then perhaps a cutscene of C.J in Liberty City before I spit home. Instead, I was shocked to see that I actually went into town and would fulfill a whole mission in this East Coast metropolis.
Grand Theft Auto During games, the player rarely leaves the map and visits another location. Grand Theft Auto V is perhaps the only other example of this and sends the player twice in the game to the snow-covered city of North Yankton. At the very beginning and later during a story mission towards the end of the game. And while I've enjoyed these moments in GTA V they're not as cool as Liberty City in to visit GTA San Andreas again.
The main reason why the detour to San Andreas is more memorable for me is in the situation. In GTA V you fly into a small town in the north, which is neat. In the games of GTA we are not allowed to visit rural towns very often. But I have little connection to this place.
Liberty City is a place I know. I can navigate the streets of this digital city better than most of the cities where I lived. I can get blindfolded to the Banshee Spawn. I know where the airport is and where the Dodo is at this airport. I remember the first time I crossed the bridge. I can still find gun shops without looking at the map. It has a special place in my brain and I will never forget it.
So it was amazing to fly back to Liberty City during the game San Andreas . It was wild to see my old, snow-covered tamping places. Things had changed when I was in Vice City and San Andreas.
The place C.J visits during the mission is Marco's Bistro, which I remember well from my time as GTA 3 . Here you park a car with a bomb to kill a mafia member dining in the bistro during an early mission in this game. Getting to this place, which was never done in Grand Theft Auto 3 was so exciting for young Zack at the time.
The mission that CJ has to fulfill in Liberty City is not very interesting. They just kill a few mafia thugs and go. However, a visit to a snow-capped Liberty City more than makes up for a boring mission.
To cancel this visit, Rockstar recreated part of the city and then placed it high above the map of San Andreas. Strangely, this area is actually considered as an interior, even if it seems to be outside. This is due to how San Andreas deals with locations and spaces. When you fly to Liberty City, Rockstar will basically teleport you to a large room that is the city and bistro. Another funny fact about this mission and trip across the country: This is the first time we have seen snow in a game of Grand Theft Auto .
15 years after the release of San Andreas I'm still thinking about this mission. I hope that in the future Rockstar will let us fly to another city with the inevitable Grand Theft Auto 6 . Even if it is only for a mission. These types of missions help make the world and the game feel bigger. And who does not want to go on vacation from time to time?