There are many, many different ways to get around the world of San Andreas. This chapter willintroduce you to the most popular ones, but there are still others in the game world for you todiscover, such as trains, SWAT tanks, and a certain 60-million dollar military secret project. Anything not listed here will likely pop up as a mission reward, so it’s unlikely that you’ll missanything.
Nothing’s quite as reliable as your feet when you need to escape from a sticky situation. AlthoughGTA characters have always ran like big spazzes, CJ has a few improvements over hispredecessors. For one, you can now increase his stamina by leaps and bounds at the gym,allowing him to run much longer than could Nameless Guy or Tommy Vercetti. Secondly, you cannow scale boxes and ledges by hitting the square button to jump. If you’re near a ledge, youshould attach to it automatically, and can press the square button again to pull yourself up.
Cars are going to be your primary mode of transportation in San Andreas. They’re plentiful, easyto steal, and come in a wide variety of makes and models. Although you’ll begin the game in thehood, where most of the vehicles are slow-moving coupes and the like, you’ll soon graduate tomore stylish and speedy autos.
The triangle button, as ever, will let you jack a car for yourself. Very few cars are actually locked(probably because the game wouldn’t be very much fun if they were), so feel free to walk up toparked cars and take them as you like. If the car’s empty, you won’t have any problems, but if there’s someone in the driver’s seat, CJ will have to hit them before throwing them out, whichresults in a jacking motion that’s a bit slower than in previous GTA games. You can also usuallycause someone to exit the vehicle by hitting it with a weapon, but they’ll sometimes decide tofloor it instead.