* ApprovalOfGod[=/=]OfficialFanSubmittedContent: If Rockstar Games approves of a player-created race or deathmatch map made with their LevelEditor, it will become "Rockstar Verified" and easily accessible in-game to everyone playing ''Online''. Additionally, they regularly feature videos and crews made by members of the Social Club community on their website.
* BannedInAustralia: Averted, surprisingly enough, with the uncut game getting an R18+ rating.
* CastTheExpert: Rockstar Games hired [[http://www.destructoid.com/actual-gang-members-bring-grand-theft-auto-v-to-life-261231.phtml actual gang members]] to voice some of the side characters, and they often rewrote the dialogue when it seemed unrealistic.
* {{Defictionalization}}: In collaboration with West Coast Customs, [[http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/51297/rockstar-and-west-coast-customs-present-the-2013-gtav-bravado-ba.html Rockstar has created a real Bravado Banshee]] - the GTA equivalent of a Dodge Viper.
* DuelingGames: With ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'', which came out a month before. Despite ''Saints'' selling well and getting positive reviews, ''GTA'' completely trounced it, both in reception and sales.
* DyeingForYourArt: Ned Luke put on 25 pounds to help get into character for Michael.
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** Jimmy, Michael's son, is voiced by and modeled after Danny Tamberelli. You might remember him as little Pete on ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'' or Arnold from ''[[Literature/TheMagicSchoolBus The Magic School Bus]]''.
*** If that doesn't do it for you, he was part of the ''Series/AllThat'' cast once upon a time.
** Five years before the events of the game, Steve Haines was [[GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony the doorman of Hercules]].
** Creator/LiamOBrien voices several radio advertisements using a voice reminiscent of [[Anime/CodeGeass Lloyd Asplund]].
** Creator/JimCummings makes his first ''GTA'' appearance as a radio announcer, an [=AmmuNation=] clerk, and a police officer.
** Denise Clinton is voiced by Janet Hubert, who you may remember as [[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir Vivian Banks]] ([[TheOtherDarrin in the first three seasons, anyway]]).
** GTA V continues the tradition of hiring well-known musicians and personalities to provide voiceovers for the in-game radio stations. Creator/PamGrier (as "Mama G") is the DJ of Lowdown FM, Kenny Loggins [=DJs=] Los Santos Rock Radio, Bootsy Collins is the DJ of Space 103.2, DJ Pooh does West Coast Classics, and Flying Lotus (AKA Captain Murphy) is the DJ of his own station, [=FlyLo=] FM. The fact GTA V does ''not'' come with a printed list of game credits (unlike GTA IV and earlier games) increases the surprise as players seriously won't know who is on what radio station until they either pull a GuideDangIt or read the credits at the end of the game.
** Like in ''IV'', several comic actors have their own shows on talk radio; of note is Danny [=McBride=] as Duane Earl on Blaine County Radio, and J.B. Smoove as Dr. Ray De Angelo Harris on WCTR.
* LyingCreator
** Shortly after the game's announcement, Rockstar stated that like in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'', you would not be able to purchase property. That element has since been confirmed. Although, this was most likely done so Rockstar wouldn't spoil any gameplay until they were ready to announce it.
** After ''specifically'' stating that [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV Packie McReary]] wouldn't be in the game, who should appear? Packie.]]
* IKnewIt:
** Fans were predicting that the game would have multiple playable characters not long after the first trailer came out, going by said trailer's focus on different people at different points. It was nearly a year later when Rockstar confirmed this.
** On [=GTAForums=], [[http://gtaforums.com/topic/491242-mapping-los-santos-buildinglandmark-analysis/ an entire thread]] (warning: the thread is [[ArchiveBinge hundreds of pages]] long) was devoted to mapping out the game's play area, going by what information could be gathered from screenshots and trailers. What they came up with turned out to be quite similar to the snippets of the map that were revealed with the announcement of the game's special editions; compare the [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/63305485@N04/8739389940/in/set-72157629958877959 last map]] made before the reveal to [[http://images.gameru.net/image/direct/7d711b07ee.jpg this semi-official map]] (put together from the aforementioned snippets). Likewise, their guesses as to the layout of the countryside [[http://i.imgur.com/Tsi5cDt.jpg were confirmed]] when the full official map (taken from a strategy guide) was leaked.
** Fans were expecting the game's multiplayer component, ''Grand Theft Auto Online'', to be somewhat similar in style to an [[MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame MMORPG]], with more robust character customization than the last game's multiplayer, a free roaming "lobby" similar to the multiplayer of ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'', the ability to customize and store cars, and multiplayer heists. This and more has all since been [[http://www.computerandvideogames.com/424264/gta-online-first-look-rockstars-persistent-online-world-is-its-most-ambitious-project-in-years/ confirmed]].
** PC version. For around 9 months GTA V was the Holy Grail and the forbidden fruit of PC gaming... until E3 2014
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Steven Ogg, who plays Trevor, is incredibly humbled by Trevor's popularity.
* NamesTheSame
** Michael De Santa shares the same name as the real life Michael Townley, who is in witness protection.
** There's a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trevor_Phillips Trevor Phillips]], too.
* RevivalByCommercialization: Any song featured in trailers.
** "Radio Ga Ga" by Music/{{Queen}} was already highly popular, but after the Michael trailer it surged in popularity, with most of the comments for it on Website/YouTube being related to this game.
** "Hood Gone Love It" by Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar. Its views on Website/YouTube tripled in less than a week after being featured in the Franklin trailer.
** Any song featured on the in-game radio stations count. Find any one of the songs from any of the stations on [=YouTube=], guaranteed you will find someone, sometimes the top comment, saying they first heard it on ''GTA''.
* ThrowItIn: Steven Ogg really tripped while recording the introduction to the mission Fresh Meat leading to a mostly improvised scene (Franklin's laughter, Trevor's rant).
* UrbanLegendOfZelda: Considering there are a number of easter eggs in this game, it's no surprise some people are going nuts over rumors. One big, confusing thing at the top of Mount Chilead is a diagram showing what looks like a flying saucer, an underground network of tunnels inside the mountain, and a pictogram of what looks like a man with a jetpack. Cue hordes of people poring over every clue imaginable to try to find a hidden jetpack item (the most popular thing people have been missing since ''San Andreas'').
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: In the "Beta Code" for the Option C ending, it originally was not going to be the GoldenEnding. [[spoiler:It was originally going to be a "Kill Franklin" ending, with the player assuming the role of Lamar who had to do the task.]]
** In 2012, a radio station called Nightride FM was announced by Kavinsky on his Twitter, and was stated to be hosted by him. It seems to have been completely cut and is not even mentioned in the final game - or Kavinsky lied about it ever existing.
* At a budget of $265 million, which includes marketing, ''GTA V'' beat out ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' as the most expensive video game ever created, before being trumped by ''{{VideoGame/Destiny}}'', with a budget of $500 million.
** Sales figures for release day are reported at over $800 million. Three days after release, sales exceeded $1 billion, making it the largest entertainment release in history.
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