The 8 Best Hidden Secrets In GTA – With Videos!March, 24, 2016
Creators of GTA, Rockstar, are no strangers to the gaming easter egg. Hidden in a number of GTA games are numerous jokes, hidden messages, objects and references – some being more obvious than others. So now it’s time to choose what in my opinion are the top 8. But be warned! Number 1 will give San Andreas fans some major feels…
8. An actual easter egg?! – What could be more of an easter egg than, well, an actual Easter egg? Rockstar decided to include this rather literal interpretation of the gaming term on GTA Vice City. Considering it’s in an unassuming building accessed by a window that looks solid and impassable, it’s a wonder that anyone ever found it in the first place. But, we’re so glad they did.
7. There’s something about those taxis… – TV and movie references are absolutely everywhere in the GTA series. GTA 3 takes influence from many a Mafia movie, with a movie poster for Badfellas (an obvious parody of Goodfellas) as one example.
However, it’s the taxis that are perhaps the most intriguing, referencing various movies and TV shows. The Borgnine taxi can be unlocked on GTA 3 by completing 100 taxi fares, the name being a reference to the late actor Ernest Borgnine who played a cabbie in the film Escape from New York.
But the references don’t end there. Jump to GTA Vice City and you’ll see Kaufman Cabs battling it out against VC Cabs for taxi supremacy. The name Kaufman refers to actor Andy Kaufman, who starred in the hit TV series, Taxi.
In Liberty City Stories, there’s also a prize for completing 100 taxi fares – the Bickle ’76 A reference to Robert Di Niro’s character, Travis Bickle, from Taxi Driver.
6. Mystery city names – It’s justifiable for designers and developers of GTA 3 to be proud of their gaming creation and want to leave a mark on it… So that’s what they did.
When flying the Dodo or the Rhino behind the Observatory in Shoreside Vale past Ghost Town (which is an easter egg in itself) you can see a series of made-up place names that are named after members of the Rockstar team. Most notably, there’s Les County – a reference to Leslie Benzies, former President of Rockstar North.
5. ‘You weren’t supposed to be able to get here you know’ – …is a legendary easter egg sign in GTA 3. Watch below to see how to find it:
But, did you know that there are two more signs in the PSP and PS2 versions of GTA Liberty City Stories, too?
Here is the same alleyway on PSP:
… and on PS2:
4. More signs! – Another notable sign is one that lies at the top of the Gant Bridge in San Andreas that states: ‘There are no Easter eggs up here. Go away.’ Probably the biggest slice of irony in a GTA game.
3. At the heart of GTA 3 there’s… a heart! – In GTA IV if the player progresses past the plaque that says ‘no hidden content this way’ (like they could fool us!) they’ll discover a beating heart inside the Statue of Happiness, probably one of the biggest easter eggs in the entire franchise.
2. Never forget where you came from – Rockstar always love giving a nod to their previous GTA titles. This actually started way back in GTA 3 inside the Tw@ café, where the player can see screens from GTA 1 & 2 on the monitors.
1. Feeling homesick – Seeing as this is the only GTA V easter egg that’s on the list, I thought it better be the best one…
The Rockstar team obviously weren’t ready to wave goodbye to everything they created for the 2004 classic, San Andreas – most fans’ idea of the perfect GTA game. So Grove Street makes a reappearance, where on missions like ‘Hood Safari’ you can even see a group of cyclists resembling CJ and other members of the Grove Street Families.
If you didn’t already get a wave of nostalgia from looking at all these easter eggs dating back over a decade, get ready to experience a feels overload:
With thanks to HystEric for help with the footage and screenshots of some of these easter eggs.
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