Grand Theft Auto: 10 Coolest Easter Eggs, Secrets & References Explained

Revisiting the ultra-controversial 1997 classic that started it all.


With more than 280 million copies sold and over $9 billion in revenue, the Grand Theft Auto franchise is one of the most lucrative entertainment enterprises the world has ever seen - video game or otherwise.

But the cinematic sandbox action series had undeniably modest origins when it launched back in 1997, as an honestly rather ugly top-down offering from the folks at DMA Design (later Rockstar).

Played today, the original GTA seems hilariously quaint - the story is minimal and the mechanics are sometimes frustrating, but without it the series never would've evolved into the critical and commercial colossus it is today.

And with the game being close to 25 years old (!), it's safe to say that most fans haven't revisited it in many years.

Returning to the first GTA in 2020, it's certainly a comparatively basic offering, but also shows the smart, satirical DNA which would define the series thereafter.

Better still, there's a good deal more detail hidden within the game than its rudimentary visuals might suggest.

Though certainly lacking the immensity of its successors, the original GTA nevertheless boasts some sneaky Easter eggs you most certainly missed, as well as a few ridiculous secrets, and even an insane feature you've probably long forgotten about...


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