Brian Johnson's death was the event that drove Big Smoke and Ryder off the deep end.
The Grand Theft Auto universe takes place in the final stages of universe 25Universe 25: http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-sci-fi-dystopias-weve-actually-created-for-animals/ There's a huge amount of violence, there are heaps of people who don't fit in and attack each other, and most importantly there are no children in the entire game. Remember the pram Easter Egg? This would put the GTA universe in the final stages of a human version of universe 25.
The Statue of Happiness in GTA4 eats childrenNotice how there are no kids in a GTA game except for the ones in cutscenes? And that strange beating heart inside of her? Plus the fact that she looks like Hillary Clinton? It all adds up.
The protagonists of GTA IV are psychic.Specifically, they can tell when people are lying, and what the person really means. This is why people out-and-out say on the radio that they're going to rip you off if you buy their product (they really are), or that they're going to kill someone (they're thinking that they'd love to do it while saying normal things), or political commercials hurling insults at the opponents instead of just saying "their policies suck". Somehow WEAZEL News has managed to partially shield their reporters, as you can tell they're trying to impede free speech by saying people that don't like ridiculous government restrictions are terrorists, but you don't hear them say out loud that they are actually a propaganda machine. Independence FM is probably taking the music and radio announcer directly from the protagonist's mind, as at one point the DJ says "now for more lies from WEAZEL News." or something along those lines.
GTAIV's Liberty City is a purgatory for lost souls.Liberty City is a place where partially sinful souls can earn redemption. For one thing, notice that Liberty City is an island that is impossible to leave. No matter how far you fly, swim, or boat away, you can never leave the city. As well, if you follow the random inhabitants around the city, you will notice that they never actually do anything. They are simply soulless husks, placed there to give the illusion of a city. Something else that fits in with purgatory being different for each main character is how their perceptions of other characters change. For example, in Niko's story, Jim Fitzgerald is white, whereas in Johnny's story, Jim is a black man. Johnny is clearly established as being Jewish American, so he sees Jim in purgatory as a fellow minority. Also, notice that anyone who expresses anti-Semitic beliefs against Johnny ends up dead. Perhaps in Johnny's original life, he was a victim of racial violence, and in order to earn his penitence, he must kill those who expressed racist beliefs. In fact, upon further reflection, the game is rife with symbolism. The title of the game is The Lost and Damned. Johnny leads a gang of souls, some of whom, such as Johnny, Jim, Terry, Clay, and Angus, are simply lost in purgatory. There is no gang affiliated with the term "Damned" in the game, making it clear that it refers to the corrupted souls within the gang. As well, there is plenty of other symbolism, such as the rival gang being named "The Angels of Death", and the fact that the final act all the "Lost" characters do is to burn down the club house, symbolizing spiritual cremation and earning their rights to ascend to heaven. A final note to consider: In all three games, the penultimate confrontations either take place on modes of transport that would allow you to leave Liberty City, or the enemy has an explicit want to leave the city. Niko kills Dimitri on a tanker ship, then kills Jimmy Pegorino in a helicopter while he attempts to escape on an outboard boat. Johnny kills Billy Grey, who were are informed was going to be leaving the city and moving to Arizona, and in the end of The Ballad of Gay Tony, Luis kills Bulgarin in a plane in midair as he attempts to fly away from Liberty City. sdmitch16: So each person in purgatory gets their own city?
GTA IV is in the Matrix.To out-weird the above theory; Why is it that cheats (or hacks) are accessed via phone? Why do the police have a hive mentality, indeed with some being copies of each other? Why can't you leave the city? Why do people never die? Because Niko, and everyone he knows are part of the Matrix.
Luis Fernando Lopez will kill Bulgarin in The Ballad of Gay Tony.This one's not just due to Bulgarin's mysterious disappearance and the police computer referring to him as deceased. Think about it — everyone in Grand Theft Auto IV short of Niko and Johnny gets theirs at some point (and the two of them do as well, to some degree), while Bulgarin seems to pull off a huge Karma Houdini, who causes a lot of problems for a lot of people. The general way the story of the original game was crafted to accommodate The Lost and Damned helps — it seems weird to have a What Happened to the Mouse? situation in this particular game, especially after that diamond subplot that Bulgarin's interference spelled the abrupt end of. And whose diamonds were those initially? Gay Tony's, and Luis is his bodyguard. Plus, Luis doesn't have as clear a position in things as Johnny did prior to The Lost and Damned, so he'll need something to do and somebody to kill...
The entire GTA III canon is part of a Lotus-Eater Machine within the GTA IV canon.It explains how the two continuities seem so connected, yet are so different. Think about how the world of the III-canon games is so wacky and over-the-top, while IV is so much more realistic and somber. The Liberty City in III is a scaled-down version of the Liberty City in IV, with obvious creative liberties taken with the portrayal. Lazlow's presence in both means that either he's in on it, or one of the programmers is a fan of his, and threw in clips from his show as a Shout-Out. The machine is located in a bunker deep beneath the offices of U. L. Paper, whose real purpose is to run the machine as a vast experiment.
The Holland Hustlers are an off-shoot of The Grove Street/Seville Boulevard/Temple Drive Families.The Hustlers are a part of The Grove Street/Seville Boulevard/Temple Drive Families that spread to Liberty City. Proof: If you look at the backup Dwayne sends for you they'll have green hair. Not a coloring glitch, it's deliberately dyed green.
Only very few people in GTA REALLY die.People you randomly shoot on the street are actually never killed but severely wounded. However Medi-care in the GTA world is so damn good that even shooting someone's head clean off can be healed. In previous games you could shoot someone a million times but an ambulance could always put them back on their legs and in Grand Theft Auto IV, even after you killed someone (reduce their health to 0) they still moved sometimes. Shooting them again just knocked them out. That's why you get out of jail with a relatively low bribe all the time, you're NEVER actually accused of murder except during plot points.
Mike Toreno is an X-COM agent.It's never explained which agency he works for, only that it's not the FBI or the CIA. He has undercover agents working in the United States, and has to keep them secret from US government agencies for some reason. At least one mission (the one with the plane landing at your airfield) involves you fighting 'men' in black suits who don't seem to be entirely...human. This troper believes that Toreno is an undercover operative working for the GTA universe's version of X-COM, and he has contracted you to help root out a group of body-snatching aliens that have infiltrated the government.
By 2008, almost every protagonist from the III era is dead.This is pretty much taken from the easter egg in IV with the names of the previous protagonists. Considering the line of work they're in, it's highly likely that such a thing would have to happen sooner or later (more likely for Tommy and CJ, who were last seen in 1986 and 1992 respectively).
Rockstar will be making GTA IV: Vice City and GTA IV: San AndreasThey would be stupid not to.
Uncle Fu from the first game is Fu Manchu in his old ageWell, they have the same surname, the same moustache, and Uncle Fu is said to be over 130 years old, while Fu Manchu is said to be using an elixir vitae to extend his lifespan.
The GTA world works in very slow motionWhich is why the distance covered by a super car going full speed (we'll say 200 mph, just to make it simple) in an hour is the same distance as a regular car in our world can cover in 5 minutes going 45 mph. By 2008 (when IV happens) the world became faster by a small amount. The game just fixes it so that it seems like things are at normal speed and that the clock is just faster for our convenience.
SequelsThe next game will be set in the IV continuity, will star Niko and be set in San Andreas, focusing on Las Venturas. It will be called GTA: Sin City. The next true sequel will be in the timeline of GTA 2 and it will be called GTA 5, and it will have a expansion/sequel set in Tokyo. This is going by the trademarks that R* registered just before San Andreas came out.
Big Smoke survived his assassination.His surviving henchmen found him barely alive, and rushed him to a back-alley surgeon, who worked through the night to save Smoke's life. Upon waking, Smoke realized he had gone way over his head. Tenpenny was dead, so he didn't have to work anymore, but he could never go back to Grove Street. Deciding to take it easy for a while, he moved to Liberty City, becoming a saxophone player in a Jazz Band at one of Salvatore Leone's clubs. He takes it easy until 2001, when Claude assassinates Salvatore, and Toni Cipriani takes over the Leone Family. Carl Johnson comes to Liberty City to check up on Joey Leone and offer his condolences, and happens to run into Smoke at the Jazz Club. The two wind having to join forces to take down Tommy Vercetti, who is trying to wrestle control of mob operations in Liberty City, with Claude serving as his Dragon. The whole thing will end with Carl killing Claude (perhaps partially as revenge for killing Catalina), and both Carl and Smoke using a pair of missile launchers to overkill Tommy.
In the GTA universe the evil on the streets is cosmically balanced with the greatest public works department the universe has ever seen.Wherever you drive, you're knocking over lamp posts, mailboxes, fire hydrants, street signs... but circle the block and everything's neatly back in place. There must be an army of DPW trucks following you around.
If Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Stories is ever made, either Ryder or Sweet will be the main character.In the previous Stories spinoffs, the main protagonists were Toni Cipriani and Victor Vance, a supporting chraracter and a minor character, respectively. Following this trend, either Ryder or Sweet would be the protagonist of the San Andreas incarnation. If it turned out to be Sweet, perhaps it would follow Sweet shutting down some of Tenpenny's early operations, a la the Grove Street 4 Life LP.
If Rockstar ever makes a Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Stories, it will star either Ryder, or Brian Johnson.
Mike Toreno is an alien. The Truth is an X-COM agent.The Truth may be a Cloud Cuckoolander, but he also often seems to be the only person who really knows what's going on in the world. Mike Toreno makes a lot of bizarre and inscrutable comments and sends you on strange and ridiculous missions that are never explained. The Truth is at least partially aware of Toreno's existence and seems to be in conflict with him in some way. This troper postulates that Toreno is either an alien in human form, or a human who is collaborating with an alien race. The Truth is an agent of the GTA universe's version of X-COM, probably the organization' resident Bunny-Ears Lawyer, who is working to undermine the alien threat.
The main characters have a power passed down to each otherClaude. C.J. Johnson. Tommy Vercetti. They all hung out in Liberty City at one point. Or just plain met each other. My theory is that 'being able to recover from a machine gunning' and 'cops don't really mind being slaughtered that much' are all part of a huge cosmic power that gets passed from person to person.
Carl Johnson is Jesus ChristSimilar initials. C.J. to J.C. Both easily come back from the dead. Both collect a large following of people, some of questionable morals. They have problems with loyalty.
There's only a few hundred real people in San AndreasEveryone else is just a semi-sentient drone. This explains why C.J. gets in so much trouble over the framed murder of one cop and yet he can mow down dozens of others and get away with it by getting a car repaint. Also, the rest of his hideous massacres (he murders his neighbors in San Fierror and nobody stops by to ask if he saw anything).
The protagonists in GTA are Schrödinger's cat from the point of view of the catThis would explain why a player character never dies, you are seeing the world from the point of view of the protagonist. What ever they do quantum immortality keeps them alive as they are always going to perceive the universe they survived in. When they get arrested they are always going to get executed or killed by the gangs/cops in prison they made enemies with so they always end up getting off free as they will never perceive that universe.
The GTA 3 era games are set in a world revolutionised by hyperspace storage and advanced medical treatment.People only die when the ambulance doesn't show up in time. Vehicles explode easily, but respawn instantly. Nobody locks their cars. Repairs are cheap and easy. You buy spawnpoints instead of specific vehicles, and the replacements are built by a vast excess in production caused by the inefficient american car industry. GTA Radio series, and Adrenaline is clearly the same stuff Max Payne's been taking for the past few years (which might very well be Valkyre...)
The Grand Theft Auto III universe is a film franchise in the Grand Theft Auto IV universe.Think about it, GTA IV's universe is more realistic, Liberty City goes above and beyond on being an expy for New York, and Lazlo Jones exists in both universes. The GTA 3 Liberty City could be a set on a back lot, or filmed in Toronto to save money. We see Las Venturas on TV in GTA IV, and the other cities are said to exist, so it's possible those movies were filmed there. That's why the games in the GTA III franchise are based on mafia movies, Vice City is like Scarface, and San Andreas makes multiple movie references and features many A-list actors.
The Grand Theft Auto III universe and the Grand Theft Auto IV/V universe are one and the same.The events of GTA III happened, but it's all in Broad Strokes. The Liberty City we know in GTA III is simply retconned to be the one we see in GTA IV, and the same applies to Los Santos in San Andreas/GTA IV. Given Liberty City in GTAIV being increasingly a police state paranoid of terrorism, and being largely a cleaned-up, gentrified version of its former self, it's not hard to draw a line from the explosive events of GTA III (not to mention Liberty City Stories and GTA Advance) to the obvious parallel of 9/11.
Michelle is killed by Dimitri.Maybe he shot her silently and got rid of her body with Niko and the head of Liberty Paper didn't noticed it. When Niko confronts him in the end, Dimitri didn't mention to him what he did to Michelle because he is aware that they're not a couple anymore.
GTA V will be set in the "London" of the GTAIV-verseAwesomeness will ensue...
All GTA protagonists are Assassins.They have one mission: to turn their Crapsack World into a better world. It involves in ruling the world and killing the Templars, the rival gangs and corrupt officials.
Luis Lopez and Johnny Klebitz are parts of Niko Bellic.When Niko has arrived in Liberty City, he has trouble of understanding what America's lifestyle is. He represses the moments of getting to know of it that he suddenly splits into three people: himself, Luis, and Johnny. Luis is the manifestation of having an American lifestyle working for clubs while Johnny is the manifestation of leading his own gang.
Grand Theft Auto V will be multi-regional.Liberty City, Vice City, and San Andreas will all be featured in the game. With some luck maybe even Carcer City.
The protagonist of Grand Theft Auto V will be an All-American optimist.To fully contrast against Niko's well-travelled pessimism.
The GTA Universe is really an libertarian utopia, or dystopia, depending on which way you see it.It's got a great amount of social freedom, and great public service, the most prominent of which are the health care and public works department. Because of the great medical care it's nigh impossible to die, and of course the public works department puts anything back to normal improbably fast. Utterly relaxed, sometimes non-existant, laws can be observed when dealing with free speech, traffic safety and property damage. On the other hand: People are more tense, neurotic dramatic because to the consequences of this society, such as poverty due to higher taxes and rampant criminality, higher drug use, etc.
Carl Johnson didn't learn ANYTHING during his time at Liberty City/San Andreas contains a mysterious force that helps develop people towards faster attribute growthThe more Carl (CJ) uses weapons, or drives, or partakes in physical activity such as running or swimming, in San Andreas it adds to a corresponding meter. When each meter is high enough, he rises up a level. Through each level, he'll become a better driver, be a better aim with weapons (can even get to a point where he can fire two weapons simultaneously while moving), and have longer stamina (even becoming a harder hitter with more muscle gained). CJ starts the game as bottom in all stats. In the grand scheme, he's a poor driver, rubbish aim, and even other people comment on how pasty and skinny he is. His time back in San Andreas sees him build up his stats, but he spent alot of time in Liberty (when he left San Andreas), and didn't build up any of these stats at all. One might even go as far as to say Liberty City has a mysterious presence that HINDERS people's attribute growth.
Cars will need fuel in the new game.The series had become a lot more realistic. GTAV is set to be a commentary on the economic crisis. And fuel is very much a part of the financial landscape. Plus this will add to the challenge: you have enough to buy that Uzi you want but you need gas too.
Claude is immortal and far older than his looks imply.He appears in a poster in Vice City (which takes place in the mid-80's), and doesn't age a day between his cameo in San Andreas. The only possible reason for this is that Claude is simply a lot older than he looks.
Claude in Grand Theft Auto III is not the Claude in Grand Theft Auto II but...He is his father. Claude impreganated Catalina in the early days of their relationship. After, she gave birth, Claude was concerned for his sons well being and didn't want him to grow up with Catalina's abuse, so he abducted his son from the hospital and put him up for adoption in an orphanage. Claude still wanted his son to know who he is, so he had him named Claude Speed Jr. Jr heard of his father through news reports on his crimes and it infulanced him to become the criminal he is in Grand Theft Auto II.
GTA V will have multiple main characters.The trailer and the images have, so far, depicted two characters prominently. One of them is a middle-aged man in a business suit, who appears to be the narrator of the trailer and is seen leading the robbery of the store and driving a blue convertible. Later on, we see a black/Latino-looking man running from the police. The former character can be quite clearly seen in this image◊, while in this one◊, the man in the picture appears to be darker-looking. Conclusion: GTA V will have two main characters: the rich, middle-aged white guy, and the younger street thug. How their stories will interact, it's still too early to say.
If Rockstar makes Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories 2, it will star either Roman, Little Jacob, or Brucie.If Roman is the star, it would detail how he got into so much debt to the Russian mob. If Jacob is the star, it will be about him becoming friends with Roman and he will do missions for Badman. If Brucie is the star, it will be about his rise to super-stardom and how he became the owner of a company, as well as detailing how he became friends with Roman as well.
There will be a Los Santos chapter of the Lost and/or Angels of Death MCConsidering there are chapters across the country, it'd be no surprise if the Lost or Angels of Death also have a presence in LS. Don't expect the remnants of the Alderney chapter (Johnny, Terry, Clay and Angus) to be there.
GTA:III is the only game that is not in continuity with the HD universe
Victor Vance survived the drug deal ambush at the start of Vice City, went to get revenge on Tommy for the death of Lance, leading to both being killed for realIt wasn’t Victor Vance that was killed, at the start of Vice City (1986), it was Pete Vance, his and Lance’s other brother. Hence why he looks much older than Victor, and has a completely different personality. Presumably he has a strong Dominican accent because being the oldest brother, he was the only brother to be born in the Dominican Republic, unlike Victor and Lance who were born in the States. In addition to that, Victor openly stated (1984) he was getting out of the drug game, so it was likely Pete got well and decided to fill in his place. Some time after the events of Vice City, maybe 1987, Victor hears about the death of his brothers, Pete and Lance. Pete’s killers, Ricardo Diaz and his cartel, had already been wiped out, but Lance’s killer, Tommy Vercetti (as well as his gang), still lives on as the dominant crime influence in the city. Victor, with the assistance of Ron A.Muck (one of Victor's associates) and several other previous Vance crime family associates, rage an intense and gruesome war with the Vercetti Gang, wiping each other’s gangs out, and in the process leading to Victor and Tommy facing off, killing each other. Ken Rosenburg, having gone into rehab, remains sketchy of most of his memories, and is still living in denial that Tommy is in fact dead. Hence why Tommy wasn’t answering his calls, because there was no longer any Tommy Vercetti to answer his calls. And the reason we no longer hear anything coming from Vice City after 1986, is because there is nothing interesting to mention, as all the gangs have been weakened to nothing but wandering street gangs, and with all it’s kingpins gone the drug scene has been diminished. Hence why Kent Paul moved out of it, and went to Las Venturas.
GTA 7/VII will be in Las VenturasWith the logo combining with a slot machine-777.
GTA 6 will take place in Carcer City or Texas/New Austin
San Andreas was meant to be rotated through 90 degreesAs it is, the geography doesn't quite match up with the Real Life versions of the cities and surrounding environs. But if you rotate it 90 degrees clockwise, Los Santos becomes a southwestern coastal city and San Fierro is north(ish) of it. Las Venturas would become a city to the east of LS but on the same general longitude. This agrees with real life geography better (even if perhaps the SF airport might have had to be redesigned). Perhaps this was neglected due to time constraints.