This game is the best and will be the best PS2 game EVER! As the PS2 takes a step back for its' successor, i think it is plain to see that this game easily holds this grandiose title.
It has everything a great game should have, it builds immensely on the foundations set by its' predecessors GTA3 and Vice City.
The game focuses on so much space varying vastly from large farm and country land; desolate desert areas; large main cities; mountain range and small town hick villages. The landscape also focuses on three main cities, using many of their real-life landmarks and buildings, they are Los Angeles (CA); San Fransisco (CA) and Las Vegas (NV); these culturaly diverse cities offer varying different gameplay for the player making gameplay extremely different and original.
As usual the game involves a diverse and well-written story line, focusing on 90's hip-hop west coast gangster rap criminals, expanding to include corrupt (Los Angeles) police officers; triads; mexicans and other well thought out and greatly written characters.
The music used on the various radio stations are well chosen, LSR gives the best in 90's gangsta rap (such as NWA) whereas Radio X gives the best in the rock music of the time. Other stations give country and western; pop; electronic and talk radio music to the soundtrack, allowing 90's music for everyone and something to everyone's taste.
The side missions include all the clasic favourites such as Paramedic; Vigilante; Fire Fighter and Taxi as well as new missions such as Spray Tagging; Photo Opportunties; Horseshoes; Oysters and countless others.
You also work on may different gameplay skills such as muscle; fat; stamina by going to the gym and driving'flying/bike and boat skills by going to the respective schools. As well as dating girlfriends; betting in casinos and on horse races; dancing; races and many, many more!
If you've read all this, you're probably either really bored or really uninterested by now, but i can't begin to scratch the surface of the possibilities of this game and how ultimately enjoyable this game, and franchise is, a must have for any gamer of any kind!!!