35 Grand Theft Auto facts – the best secrets from Rockstar’s legendary crime-’em-up series
29 Other Rockstar games are set in the same universe as the Grand Theft Auto titles. Manhunt’s Carcer City is mentioned on radio stations in the series, and Bullworth Academy is shown on GTA 4’s I’m Rich TV show.
30 The mansion that Tommy takes from Ricardo Diaz in Vice City is an almost perfect replica of Tony Montana’s Miami mansion from Oliver Stone’s gangster classic Scarface. This is just one of countless references to the film – which was also set in ‘80s Miami.
31 Rockstar North’s games are filled with references to Scotland – unsurprising, seeing as the studio is based in Edinburgh. A bridge in San Fierro is based on the Forth Rail Bridge, and there’s a statue in GTA 3 with a traffic cone on its head (a Glaswegian tradition). In GTA 5 the Scottish town of Hawick as taken offence to being included as a drug addled Los Santos district.
32 Some of the race horse names in San Andreas’ Inside Track betting shop are references to Chris Morris’ subversive comedy series Brass Eye, which is known for its surreal humour. These include the likes of Shatner’s Bassoon and Cocoa Shunter.
33 There are no motorcycles in Grand Theft Auto 3 because Rockstar was unable to program them at the time. They later appeared in Liberty City Stories, where their absence is explained: they were banned in the city in 2001.
34 Grand Theft Auto 3, Vice City, San Andreas and the PSP spin-offs were all designed using Renderware, a popular PS2-era game engine developed by Criterion, most commonly known as the studio behind the Burnout series.
35 Rockstar built its own engine for Grand Theft Auto 4 called RAGE – which stands for Rockstar Advanced Game Engine. It uses middleware from other companies, including Naturalmotion’s incredible Euphoria physics engine.