ByKen McDonnell, writer at Creators.co
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GTA Series

In celebration of the GTA universe and the recent success of GTA 5 (and the rumours of GTA 6) and all of the insanity within them, I've gone and found some great facts you probably never knew about GTA, from plot lines to gameplay. Let's move chronologically through the games and discover hidden things along the way!

Let's just start with this one! You might not associate Phil Collins with video games, but the former Genesis front man is just one of dozens of celebrities who’ve leant their talents to [Grand Theft Auto](movie:749804).

Some others to contribute include Samuel L. Jackson, Ray Liotta, Michael Madsen, Iggy Pop, Lawrence Taylor, Peter Fonda, Ice-T, Burt Reynolds, and Axl Rose. Within this entry of five things you didn’t know about Grand Theft Auto is the buried fact that GTA was one of the first video game franchises to recruit celebs for voiceover work.

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Grand Theft Auto

The original idea for GTA (before it even had a name) was that you played a cop chasing down criminals in a large city. Imagine how different the entire universe would be if GTA had given you the chance to play as someone that abides by the law. The team then reversed the idea after they thought that playing as a criminal would be much more fun. It is.

Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto

When the original concept document (written in 1995), was leaked online (yep, we've been leaking stuff online for a while now), it revealed that the game's first name was Race 'n' Chase, and detailed many elements that would of course make it into the released product - like freedom, stealing cars, and being able to run over pedestrians in huge cities.

There have been almost 40 Grand Theft Auto protagonists since the beginning. 40. The early games offered a selection of characters, while later games focused on a single figure, therefore GTA V was actually embracing its roots. Grand Theft Auto IV was the first game to allow you to play as multiple characters (via DLC) whose stories were intertwined.

GTA III

Because Rockstar are based in New York City, the terrorist attacks of September 11 affected them directly. In response, content in Grand Theft Auto III was changed as a mark of respect. Cop car decals were changed from blue and white to black and white and aeroplanes were replaced with the dodo. An assassination mission in Grand Theft Auto III sees you hunting a black-suited character called Tanner, who's "strangely animated" - a jibe at the ill-fated Driver 3's on-foot sections.

GTA 3
GTA 3

The lack of bikes in GTA III? Apparently they were banned in Liberty City between 1999 and 2001. The truth? Rockstar's team were unable to program them at the time. It's rare that anything is censored in GTA, but the Australian version of GTA III suffered some cuts. The notoriously strict Australian Censorship Board said that killing prostitutes after hiring them was 'sexual violence', so it was removed from GTA III.

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.

GTA: San Andreas

Rapper, Young Maylay, who voiced CJ Johnson, had never acted before. He was chosen after he was overheard on a phone call while Rockstar and DJ Pooh were meeting about the game's music.

GTA: San Andreas
GTA: San Andreas

In GTA: San Andreas, the word "fuck" is used 365 times, one for every day of the year, though this does not even count random NPC dialogue or uses of it in the soundtrack. 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'. I could go on...

GTA IV

The character of Niko Bellic was allegedly based on Vladimir Mashkov's character from the film, Behind Enemy Lines. According to an interview with a Russian talk show, Mashkov was offered the chance to voice the character but turned it down.

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.

GTA IV
GTA IV

GTA V

Trevor is something of a loose-cannon in the game, and it’s no surprise that he’s one of the most likely characters to take exception to your own choices, and simply over-ride them. If you force Trevor to listen to the music he doesn’t like, he will follow his normal character traits and become unfeasinly angry, switching the radio station back on his own, without a player prompt.

Incidentally, if you wish to avoid Trevor’s wrath, it’s best to keep it dialled to Channel X, his favourite station.

If you switch from a tennis ball to a grenade during playtime, Chop won’t differentiate between the two and will pelt after whatever you throw, leading, quite comically, to grave injury or death when he chomps down to retrieve the bomb. Also, in Grapeseed you can find crop circles and mutilated cows.

GTA V
GTA V

So there we have it, have you guys got any crazy things we didn't know from these titles or GTA 2 or Liberty City Stories? What would you include in GTA 6? Let me know in the comments!!

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