Despite the sudden unexpected appearance of the masses last night I did get a chance to boot up href="http://www.rockstargames.com/sanandreas/">GTA San Andreas on the PS2. First impressions are pretty favourable.
I'm still getting used to the new car physics which feel a little less forgiving than the previous instalment. However the one or two crashes I've had so far have shown the car roll more realistically than I remember. I suspect its just a case of getting practise in.
The biggest change seems to gone into the "RPG" aspect of the game. You can customise pretty much everything about your character including hairstyle and clothes (all costing money of course). There is a series of stats that cover things like your fitness, sex appeal and various technical abilities like driving and riding. One of the stats controls how many people you can have in your crew, however I haven't had a chance to start doing missions with minions yet. The controls for running around have been revamped (no more snapping to FP view to look around) and the character is a lot more mobile than before. You can now climb over fences and up walls which is handy when you've run into someones back yard to escape the cops.