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The 8 Best Hidden Secrets In GTA – With Videos!

March, 24, 2016

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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.

Chocolate easter egg in GTA

Clever! An actual chocolate easter egg

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.

Badfellas movie poster

The GTA streets can feel like a mafia movie at times

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.

The Borgnine Taxi

The Borgnine Taxi

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.

Kaufman Cabs

Kaufman Cabs

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.

The Bickle ’76

The Bickle ’76

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.

Map of GTA with creators names

Creators love to leave their mark

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:

Signs says 'Hello again'

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… and on PS2:

Sign says ' You just can't get enough of this alley can you?'

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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.

sign says 'There are no Easter Eggs up here. Go away'

Now they’re just getting cocky

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.

niko next to a heart in GTA

very random…

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:

 

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Comment below you’re favourite GTA Easter egg whether it’s mentioned here or not. Check out my YouTube channel and blog for more gaming content!

With thanks to HystEric for help with the footage and screenshots of some of these easter eggs.


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  1. NK KURMI
    May 31, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    I think… 3. At the heart of GTA 3 there’s… a heart! is the best one !!!!!!!!!

  2. ND
    September 19, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Great game gta good old days

  3. Kerry
    July 10, 2017 at 11:37 am

    gta is a great game. I didn’t know about the gta 5 one.. i need to do it! 🙂

  4. Nicole Cartwright
    June 26, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    I got to check all these out! I know about the heart one but not the GTA 5 one

  5. Nathan Stead
    September 7, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    I think… some of the GTA V Easter eggs deserve a mention

  6. houssamben benaissa
    August 25, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    I think… that grand theft auto is the best game ever because of the open life and how to be funny so it’s amazing game !!

  7. megah mbahmomo
    August 23, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    I think… If no easter egg in gta, then it is not gta

  8. james waller
    July 4, 2016 at 11:36 am

    I think… GTA is such a amazing game always full with new things to do that you won’t of found and can be out for years before you get bored of it

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