35 Grand Theft Auto facts – the best secrets from Rockstar’s legendary crime-’em-up series
9 Pop legend Phil Collins had an extended cameo in PSP exclusive Vice City Stories. As he performs moody classic In the Air Tonight, you have to prevent him from being assassinated by Forelli hitmen.
10 Ray Liotta, star of Goodfellas and voice of Vice City’s Tommy Vercetti, allegedly didn’t know how big GTA was. He regretted not demanding a bigger pay cheque for the role, which he only did “for the money”.
11 Rapper Young Maylay, who voiced San Andreas’ Carl Johnson, had never done any acting before. DJ Pooh – who consulted on the game’s music – introduced him to Rockstar, which offered him an audition when it heard his voice.
12 US radio host Lazlow Jones has been involved with the series since GTA 3. He writes pedestrian dialogue, and hosts V-Rock in Vice City, Entertaining America in San Andreas, Chatterbox FM in GTA 3, and reports for Integrity 2.0 in GTA 4.
13 Grand Theft Auto is one of the most successful game series in history. Across 16 platforms, from consoles to mobile phones, the series has sold a staggering 125 million copies. GTA 5 looks like making all that look like small change though with after hitting $1 billion in less than two days later.
14 A sign near San Andreas’ Gant Bridge (based on San Francisco’s Golden Gate) reveals that it’s made up of 15,000 polygons, has a 600m draw distance, uses 11 textures and takes up 1.27MB of disc space.
15 Over the years various parties have tried to sue Rockstar for a collective total of over $1 billion, including a £246 million suit from activist Jack Thompson who described the game as a “cop-killing simulator”.
16 In San Andreas, the word ‘f*ck’ is used 365 times, not counting the soundtrack or random NPC dialogue. Every game in the series received an 18 rating, except for GTA Advance which was rated 16+.