The main character of this game, (Claude Speed), does not say a single word throughout the entire game, though you can hear him grunting when he falls after jumping and groaning if he ends up drowning in the river.
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.
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).
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 ) - 2013 - Co-host on WCTR and host of Fame or Shame
The "glitch" that lets you use any vehicle for Taxi Missions by exiting a taxi while holding R3 and releasing it in another car also works for the Paramedic Missions.
There are various newspapers on the ground throughout the game, They say something along the lines of 'Elvis Zombie found'.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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 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).
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).
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.
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 (it's also a reference to Grand Theft Auto, Grand Theft Auto: London and GTA 2, which all featured a top down view) ; "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."
The sound bite "1000 Chestnut" heard on the emergency dispatch channel is taken from the Dirty Harry sequel The Enforcer (1976).
The gay construction workers in Liberty City will say lyrics from Village People songs, such as "young man", " theres a place you can go" and "you can sail the seven seas"
Since Grand Theft Auto and Grand Theft Auto II were both played from an overhead, "bird's eye view", this game is the first fully three dimensional game in the Grand Theft Auto series.
The Taxi company, "Mean Street Taxis", is a reference to two Martin Scorsese films. Mean Streets (1973), and Taxi Driver (1976).
Tony Cipriani's relationship with his mother (yelling, bickering), is a reference to Tony Sopranos relationship with his mother in The Sopranos (1999).
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.
In Grand Theft Auto Online, you have the option of choosing Claude Speed or Niko Bellic as your online character's father, and make yourself resemble them.
Frank Vincent, Joe Pantoliano, and Robert Loggia all starred in The Sopranos (1999).