It started as a simple top-down Cops-And-Robbers
game even bearing the name race and chase in the very beginning and now
Grand Theft Auto,
The setting of GTA 4 was
originally supposed to be Liberty State instead of just Liberty City. It would have included
countryside with mountains and forests surrounding the city much like the setting of GTA 5
But because of time limitations to choose to focus development on only the city instead
The now iconic font used in almost all of Grand Theft auto
Titles name the price down is actually the same font used in a popular game show The Price Is Right
There's evidence that other Rockstar games could exist within the same universe as Grand Theft Auto
for example in GTA 5 in Franklin's apartment
There's a book named Red Dead by Jay Marston for those of you
Don't know it's a reference to the main [protagonists] John or Jack Marston from the game Red Dead redemption
The game Manhunt takes place in a fictional city called Carcer City
And that city is in fact mentioned in several GTA games both in conversation and on Radio stations [now]
Bro, what was your first bank score?
88 outskirts, Carcer City?
In GTA 4 the school Bullworth academy from the game Bully is featured in one of the in-game TV shows called I'm Rich.
Months before GTA 5 was released some very devoted fans over at GTA
forums was able to predict what the GTA 5 map
would look like with some almost unreal precision. They did is by very carefully
analyzing every single piece of information they could get their hands on from various trailers
advertisements images interviews and other media Rockstar released prior [to] the game
The protagonist Niko Bellic from GTA 4 was based on the Russian actor
Vladimir Mashkov in the film Behind Enemy Lines, this becomes very clear when you compare them side-by-side as they look extremely
similar, he was even offered to voice the character himself, but turned it down
Rockstar did the same thing with a three main protagonist in GTA 5 except they actually voiced their characters as well
In the GTA 4 mission Three Leaf Clover
it's possible to actually kill the main protagonist of the ballad of gay Tony.
He's featured in one of the cutscenes as well as lying on the floor with the other
hostages during the mission however killing him won't have any effect on this story
In GTA 5, Rockstar actually hired
real-life criminals to voice various criminals within the game just to make it feel more realistic
and a lot of the time they just improvise lines instead of following the script to get the game closer to reality.
one voice actor was only let out of prison the day before he went in to record his lines
Back in 1999 with the release of GTA 2
Rockstar were as they were called back then DMA Design
also made a short film for the game it was released for the purpose of
advertising the game and several clips from the film was included as an opening cutscene
within the game itself. It follows the main
protagonist of the game Claude speed as is chased by a group of armed gang members around the city. Because it was only intended as
advertisement the eight-minute short film was never given an official name and thus it simply referred to as GTA 2
the movie the film is no longer available on the game's official website, but can still be viewed on YouTube.
Back when GTA 3 was released in 2001, several things were changed and removed from the game out of respect for the recent 9/11 attacks.
For example the design of the police cars were changed the old color scheme of blue with white stripes
specifically resembled that of the NYPD.
The iconic box art style was also redesigned partly because of 9/11.
The original cover art which was released as the cover of the game in Europe was changed in the last minute for the North American release.
A character named Darkel was removed as well
but can still be found in the credits as well as in the game files. There was also one mission
which would have featured a flyable plane missing most of its wingspan. The mission was removed
but the airplane can still be found in the game and is actually still flyable
but it's extremely hard to control. When asked about exactly how much was changed from the original
version Rockstar stated that only about 1%
and that they only removed one mission that referenced terrorists and changed a few other cosmetic details such as the
aforementioned car details, some pedestrian comments and radio dialogue.
We all know that Grand Theft Auto is one of the biggest video game franchises out there
But with the release of GTA 5 it's on a whole other level, even though GTA 5 was released only last
year, it's already claimed the number 6 spot of best-selling video games of all time.
It's even more impressive considering it's only been available on two systems the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3
so far it sold thirty two point five million copies across both platforms.
Compare that to GTA 4 which was released in
2008 and it's currently number 14 on that list. The game also holds seven Guinness World Records.