Ever since the first Grand Theft Auto release way back in 1997, the video game developer Rockstar North has made sure to pack each game in the series with loads of Easter eggs, many of them discovered by the best GTA 5 YouTube channels. From references to other games and movies, callbacks to past GTA games, or just some simply oddball goodies to find, the sheer number of in-game GTA Easter eggs throughout the series is exhaustive. In this list, we’ll highlight some of the funniest, most clever, and generally most memorable Easter eggs in the Grand Theft Auto games.
Did you know that you can find the apartment from Scarface in GTA Vice City? Or that exploiting a glitch in GTA IV can launch your car halfway across the city? There are even allusions to still-unsolved mysteries you can find in GTA 5.
The Grand Theft Auto series is one of the longest running, best-selling video game franchises of all time. With such a massive history behind it, the developers have ample room to squeeze in countless hidden features for gamers to find. While this list by no means contains every Easter egg and hidden gem in the series, we consider these 20 to be the very best. As always, feel free to leave a comment with your favorite Easter eggs from the Grand Theft Auto series and be sure to upvote the best GTA Easter eggs below!
Is That the Ghost of Jock Cranley's Wife? (GTA V)Between 23:00 and 0:00, a female ghost will appear on the eastern peak of Mount Gordo. While the ghost doesn't move or react to being shot, it will fade away if the player gets too close. While the ghost is present, the word "JOCK" appears written in blood on the rocks beneath it. This is a possible indication that it's the ghost of the deceased wife of the character Jock Cranley.Cool Easter egg?
There's a Hidden Sign on Staunton Island (GTA III)
In Staunton Island, go to the parking lot across the street from Donald Love's condo (the same place from the mission "Kingdom Come.") Grab a large car (Patriot, van, etc.) and park it next to the dumpster in the back of the lot. Jump onto your car, then the dumpster, and then over the wall. Walk to the left, and look for a hidden message from the developers on a wall behind a ramp.How cheeky.Cool Easter egg?
CJ, Sweet, and Big Smoke Make an Appearance (GTA V)During the mission "Hood Safari," players can see three people riding BMXs down Grove Street away from the cul-de-sac. They closely resemble CJ, Sweet, and Big Smoke from GTA: San Andreas.Cool Easter egg?
There Are All Kinds of Specific Scarface References Throughout the Game (Vice City)
GTA: Vice City draws a ton of influences from the classic '80s film Scarface. While its Miami setting and drug trade themes may be apparent, there are very specific references to Scarface throughout the game.The most obvious is the Vercetti Estate, which is modeled after Tony Montana's mansion in the movie, but did you know that Vice City pays homage to the infamous chainsaw scene in Scarface as well? In the Ocean Beach neighborhood, you can find Apartment 3C, a reference to the scene in Scarface where Tony Montana's friend is killed with a chainsaw in a bathtub. On the south side of the building, you can take a staircase up into the apartment and find a chainsaw in the blood-splattered bathroom.Cool Easter egg?