* BannedInChina: The Thai government called for the ban of the game after Royal Thai Police officer caught an 18-year old student who killed a cab driver. He admitted that he wanted to rob him to get some money to play in the arcade, especially since the suspect said he wanted to see if it's easy to rob someone like in [=GTA4=]. As of 2013, the [=GTA=] series are not allowed to be sold in the country for commercial purposes.
* DuelingGames: This game came out around the same time as ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'', and each of these two games have almost diametrically opposed design philosophies, which means a lot of gamers tend to favor one over the other.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Most of the radio [=DJs=]. For example, Juliette Lewis for Radio Broker and Iggy Pop for Liberty Rock Radio.
** Ray Bulgarin is the infamous Russian that Paulie and Chris tried to kill in "Pine Barrens" episode of Series/TheSopranos. Eugene, the guy who tried to retire from Soprano crime family, plays Anthony Corrado, a character named after Tony Sopranos and his uncle Corrado "Junior" Soprano.
** The announcer for "Republican Space Rangers" is Bill Flynn, aka [[Franchise/MassEffect Ambassador Udina]].
* TropeNamer: For VengeanceFeelsEmpty.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Early in development, Rockstar considered setting the game not just in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, but in UsefulNotes/{{New York|State}} ''[[UsefulNotes/NewYorkState State]]'' as well, a la San Andreas, complete with their own rendition of the Hamptons and the Adirondacks. While this was dropped so that they could focus on Liberty City, references to an area called "the [[Literature/TheGreatGatsby Caraways]]" (presumably based on the Hamptons) can be found in some dialogue.
** The player could also do friend activities with [[FlamboyantGay Bernie]], [[TheUnintelligible Real Badman]], and [[ProperlyParanoid Phil Bell]].
** The mission "Pest Control" was originally supposed to let the player choose between killing [[spoiler:Ray or Phil]].
** Some vehicles from previous games were going to appear, with several even completely finished [[DummiedOut within the source code.]]
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