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20 things you probably didn't know about GTA

Development secrets, Easter eggs, and odd facts

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11. THE RAGE ENGINE

Game Grand Theft Auto IV Year 2008

For GTA IV, Rockstar developed their own engine - RAGE (Rockstar Advanced Game Engine). It uses middleware from other companies including Euphoria character animation and bullet physics.

12. LONG ARM OF THE LAW

Game Grand Theft Auto Year 1997

The GTA universe features many fictional law agencies. NOOSE are SWAT teams; the FIB, a parody of the FBI, and The Bureau of Narcotics are based on the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

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13. MUSIC LEGENDS

Game GTA: Vice City Stories Year 2006

Many musicians have provided their voices throughout the GTA series (Debbie Harry, Ice T, Iggy Pop, and Axl Rose), but '80s pop legend Phil Collins went a step further in VCS. As he plays In The Air Tonight on stage, you have to stop his character being assassinated.

14. ANTI-HEROES

Game Grand Theft Auto Year 1997
There have been almost 40 Grand Theft Auto protagonists. The early games offered a selection of characters, while later games focused on a single figure. Grand Theft Auto IV was the first game to allow you to play as multiple characters (via DLC) whose stories were intertwined.

15. SHARED UNIVERSE

Game Grand Theft Auto III Year 2001

Other Rockstar games, like Bully and Manhunt, are set in the same universe as GTA. Manhunt's Carcer City is frequently mentioned on radio stations in GTA. Bullworth Academy, the setting of Bully, is shown on the I'm Rich TV show in GTA IV.

16. LAZLOW JONES

Game Grand Theft Auto III Year 2001
US DJ, Lazlow Jones, has been in the series since GTA III. He writes dialogue, and plays a role. His alter-ego hosts V-Rock in Vice City, Entertaining America in San Andreas, Chatterbox in GTA III and reports for Integrity FM in GTA IV.

17. LEGAL ACTION

Game Grand Theft Auto IV Year 2008

Rockstar have been (largely unsuccessfully) sued for over $1 billion, including a £246 million suit from lawyer Jack Thompson, who describes the game as a "cop-killing simulator." Owing to several dismissed cases against Rockstar, Thompson has been disbarred by the Florida Bar.

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18. SCOTTISH ROOTS

Game GTA: San Andreas Year 2004

Based in Edinburgh, Rockstar North's games are filled with references to Scottish culture. The rail bridge in San Fierro is based on the Forth Rail Bridge; there's a statue in GTA III with a traffic cone on its head (a Glaswegian tradition); a parody of Edge magazine in Vice City called 'Erse' ('arse' in a Scottish accent). A horse in San Andreas' betting mini-game is called 'Neigh Bother'. We could go on...

19. THE GANT BRIDGE

Game GTA: San Andreas Year 2004

A sign near San Andreas' biggest structure, the Gant Bridge (based on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge), reveals some interesting facts. It's made up of 15,000 polygons, has a 600m draw distance, uses 11 textures and takes up a staggering 1.27MB. Just one of dozens of fourth-wall-breaking easter eggs in the series, including the hidden sign in GTA III that reads "You shouldn't be here, you know."

20. SCARFACE HOMAGE

Game GTA: Vice City Year 2002

Rockstar North are huge, unashamed Scarface fans. Vice City's version of 1980s Miami is directly inspired by Brian de Palma's legendary film. The '80s throwback radio station in GTA III features songs from the soundtrack, and the game is full of homages including Tommy's ostentatious red and black mansion - almost identical to Tony Montana's. Robert Loggia, (Frank Lopez in Scarface), played Ray Machowski in GTA III.

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