@universetwisters Yes, PS2 limitations, for it's time San Andreas map was more detailed. It also had three cities and cool places used only in one or two missions. R* always put more effort in details than in size, as you can see in IV. Liberty City was greatly done with more amount of details even more than Los Santos has. And atmosphere also fits New York perfectly. Unlike Just Cause 2 that has way bigger map than V but everything is copy-paste and non used places in storyline. I prefer V's map that has medium size but much detailed than way bigger map but with nothing to see there and no detail, if we are talking about PS3.
Of course, San Andreas was good at it's time, but now, it feels cheap. I'm not sure if it's because I matured or if I've been around games with better gameplay and graphics, but going back to San Andreas kinda feels like moving back into a dingy trailer park after living in a hilltop mansion for many years. Not to mention the "cheapness" of the setting when you compare it to III and Vice City.
Was San Andreas good for it's time? Totally. Was it memorable? Meh. Was it rushed? That it was.
Download the HD mods for PC and get back to me... (as far as the dated/cheap feel).
As far as rushed... and non-memorable... I disagree - I'm not sure what, besides the music, was better about VC or III - they were GREAT GAMES but SA was better, until IV, each successive game felt like it added more to the concept. IV came along and not only RUINED controls, but also deleted SO MUCH (I mean.. there weren't even garages... though it was nice to store a helicopter ) - V kept the ruined controls and didn't even allow the fake "classic" option that IV had... (allowing X and O to be used instead of the silly GT style trigger buttons).
The big feature SA brought to the scene was no more loading times between islands... that was nice. It also added a more robust RPGness to it...
The only reason I've heard for people not liking it was the fact that you're a black guy... I was at first kinda disappointed about that but after playing with it, I now appreciate what it was like growing up in the hood during the 90s (riots and all) - lol