Grand Theft Auto 3 (Video Game 2001) Poster

(2001 Video Game)


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The main character of this game does not say a single word.
Lazlow's Career goes in this order:
  • 1984 - Co-host and Intern at V-Rock in Vice City with Couzin Ed

  • 1986 - Host on the rock station V-Rock in Vice City

  • 1992 - Replacing a host on Entertaining America in San Andreas

  • 1998 - Field reporter on the show Chatterbox (as opposed to the channel) in Liberty City

  • 2001 - Host of Chatterbox in Liberty City

  • 2008 - Host of Integrity in Liberty City (After a long stint of being pulled off the air for rudeness)

The game was temporarily removed from sale in Australia, for re-rating. The objectionable content was the player's ability to collect a prostitute, who would sit in the car's passenger seat; if the car came to rest in a secluded area, it would begin to rock violently, implying sex (although both characters remain, unmoving, in their respective seats and stare forwards). What made the content objectionable for the Australian Censorship Board is that you could kill the prostitute after the act was done, therefore deeming it "sexualised violence". A censored version for Australia, removing this ability, was thus released, as was done for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002).
Tanner, an undercover cop from another driving game, Driver (1999), makes a small appearance in the mission 'Two-Faced Tanner', as the Yakuza find out his true identity. Driver has some similarities with this game, like the in-car point of view for example.
The main character's name is later established as Claude. You can find this out after completing the storyline of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004). It is assumed that Claude is Claude Speed, the main character from Grand Theft Auto 2 (1999).
One character was removed from the final version of the game. Yet the character names are left in the book, and in the game's credits, named Darkel. There is nothing left of him in the game except for Darkel's character skin, who appears to be a hobo / homeless person. Two popular ideas about Darkel's removal are: 1) He gave terrorist like missions, and were removed due to the 9/11 attacks. 2) He gave you the rampages, but the company decided the traditional skull icons would be better. Darkel was voiced by Bill Fiore.
There are various newspapers on the ground throughout the game, They say something along the lines of 'Elvis Zombie found'.
The "glitch" that lets you use any vehicle for Taxi Missions by exiting a taxi while holding R3 an releasing it in another car also works for the Paramedic Missions.
If the player shoots the moon with the sniper rifle, it will change sizes.
Originally the police cars were going to use the NYPD blue and white paint scheme. A few screenshots of them can be seen in the map/poster that comes with the game (the best one is right under the word "Liberty" in the title "Welcome To Liberty City"). It is believed that the police cars were changed to the standard black and white paint scheme to make them not look like the NYPD cars because of the terrorist attacks on the USA of 11 September 2001.
The character Claude Speed (from Grand Theft Auto 2) is the main character you play in this game, although he has no voice actor.
The phone number for Fernando's New Beginnings is 555-9292.
All of the songs featured on Flashback FM are from the movie Scarface (1983). Robert Loggia, who voiced Ray Machowski, starred in Scarface as Frank Lopez.
In Portland, there's a sign that advertises a movie called Badfellas, and obvious spoof on Goodfellas (1990), in which Frank Vincent (Don Salvatore Leone) was a cast member. A poster of Badfellas also appears in the subway.
Some of the vans featured in the game contain the logo "Toyz And The Hood" A reference to the movie Boyz n the Hood (1991).
Was the best selling video game of 2001. It was also the second best selling video game of 2002, behind Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002).
The motto on the fire engines read "Putting Out Since 1999".
Every license plate in Liberty City reads "LC R29".
A caller on the Chatterbox station says "FREE KEVIN", in reference to infamous hacker, Kevin Mitnick. Chatterbox DJ/Writer, spoke of Mitnick's trial on his radio show.
Became the first British game to receive an ELSPA Diamond Million Seller Award.
The sound bite "1000 Chestnut" heard on the emergency dispatch channel is taken from the Dirty Harry sequel The Enforcer (1976).
Around the city, there are numerous spoofs to movies and Broadway shows. They are: "BadFellas", which is a spoof of Goodfellas (1990); "Fannie", which is a spoof of "Annie"; "Saturday Night Beaver", which is a spoof of Saturday Night Fever (1977); "Duck Pond" (from Liberty Ballet Co.), which is a spoof of "Swan Lake"; "Rats," a spoof of "Cats"; "Half-Cocked," which could be a spoof of cop movies, such as Dirty Harry (1971); "Top Down City," starring "Arnold Steelone", which could be a spoof of Arnold Schwarzenegger & Sylvester Stallone action films; "69th Street," a spoof of "42nd Street"; "Soldiers of Misfortune," a spoof of war films; and "Pirates In Men's Pants," a spoof of "Pirates of Penzance."
There are movie advertisement posters in Liberty City that read "Top - Down City." This are a reference to the previous games Grand Theft Auto (1997) and Grand Theft Auto 2 (1999), which both had a top down perspective.
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The company Borgnine Taxis that drives with the Cabbie type of the two taxis available in the game is an obvious reference to Ernest Borgnine, who played 'Cabbie' in Escape from New York (1981).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The fate of Donald Love after his disappearance is not known. Love's only other appearances are in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002) in the year 1986, and in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (2005) in the year 1998; both set before the events of this game, in 2001. With Grand Theft Auto IV (2008) being set in 2008 and essentially being a reboot of the GTA series, with no recurring characters (except Lazlow Jones), Love's fate is unlikely to be ever resolved.
In the mission 'Waka-Gashira Wipeout!', Donald Love quotes his former mentor Avery Carrington: 'Nothing drives down real-estate prices like a good old fashioned gang war, apart from an outbreak of plague... but that might be going too far in this case.' Love then sends the protagonist on a mission to start a war between two rival gangs so the property values in the area will go down. In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002) - which takes place 15 years before - there is a similar mission, 'Two Bit Hit', that Carrington gives Tommy Vercetti. When he gives Vercetti this mission, a young Donald Love is present as Carrington's protégé. Carrington tells Love to pay attention as he might learn something, and then utters the original quote.
In the opening cutscene, three prisoners can be clearly identified: the protagonist, 8-Ball and the old oriental gentleman - a friend of Donald Love. He is broken out by the Colombians to hold Love to ransom. Love has you rescue the old oriental gentleman from the Colombians custody in the mission 'Liberator'. The irony is that the protagonist's constant enemy, the Colombians, unwittingly helped him escape and begin his revenge on Catalina.

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