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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas characters look amazing in AI-generated art

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has been re-released on multiple platforms ever since it came out in 2004.

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition is easily one of the best ways to enjoy some of the most iconic titles in gaming history. The bundle is composed of remasters of GTA III, GTA: Vice City, and GTA: San Andreas. Although it didn't enjoy the best launch, Rockstar Games and Grove Street Games have, subsequent to launch, worked to improve the quality of each title in the collection.

So far, the Epic Games Store and Steam release of the individual remasters have been better received compared to the bundle's initial launch.

With that said, the remasters only fueled the hunger for proper remakes of the said games. San Andreas, in particular, received a stunning Unreal Engine 5 remake by a fan last year. Now, another fan has given San Andreas a facelift with the help of AI.

u/AaronGP went viral after sharing the results of his AI-generated art on r/StableDiffusion. They used a combination of ControlNet, Img2Img, and RealisticVision, to create realistic versions of the characters from GTA: San Andreas.

It's not quite like a full-on remake for modern platforms but the AI art teases at what could be if Rockstar Games entertains the idea.

GTA: San Andreas brought to life with ControlNet, Img2Img & RealisticVision
by u/AaronGNP in StableDiffusion

GTA: San Andreas was originally released in 2004 for the PlayStation 2. It's considered one of the most influential titles in history. The story revolves around CJ Johnson, who returns to his hometown, San Andreas, following his mother's death. However, upon returning to the gang-ridden city, CJ finds out that some things have gone from bad to worse. The game is still arguably the most controversial entry in the series due to its depiction of violence, sex, gambling, as well as gang-affiliations.

Rockstar Games revisited San Andreas with the release of Grand Theft Auto V in 2013.

If it's any consolation, GTA: San Andreas doesn't look half-bad in its latest remastered form.

At the moment, Rockstar is busy updating GTA Online while working on GTA 6. According to reports, GTA 6 is a step closer to launching.


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Ray Ampoloquio

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"Hmm.. nice bike," as soon as he heard those words, Ray was hooked into the world of the GTA games. Since then, he's spent countless hours gangbanging the ballas and hanging out with Roman. He insists that GTA IV is the best Grand Theft Auto title of all time.