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GTA: San Andreas Steam update removes songs, breaks some save files

Happy 10 year anniversary!

A new update for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has removed 17 music tracks and left some old save files unusable.

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Not all players are experiencing save file problems, but those who are report that saves made before the update simply start a new game (thanks, Rockstar Nexus).

The missing songs, meanwhile, are the same ones that Rockstar removed from its recent mobile and Xbox 360 ports - presumably due to licensing issues.

A couple of other issues have also been noticed - including a few resolution types that are now longer available (such as 1920x1080).

But these options were added to the game at a later date, and fans have speculated that Rockstar simply "updated" an earlier version of the game without these present.

Happily, a fan-made patch has now been released to fix the problems - and restore compatibility to old save files.

The SilentPatch includes a workaround for save issues, restores aspect ratios and even adds new resolutions, among other fixes.

Rockstar recently celebrated Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas' 10th anniversary by re-releasing the game on Xbox 360. But as a re-worked version of the game's mobile port, Digital Foundry's appraisal was less than glowing.

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