References to Previous GTA Games
Self-referencing is nothing new to the GTA franchise, but we still always get a knowing little chuckle every time we recognize something in the game from a previous iteration. References inside GTA 5 include this graffiti sign welcoming you back to Los Santos (note the “SA” for “San Andreas”):
You’ll also encounter Marnie and the Lost Biker Gang from GTA 4, and you might hear Lester mention “some Eastern European guy” in reference to Niko.
But our favorite GTA meta-reference is during the Hood Safari mission, where you head back to Grove Street, the ‘hood of GTA: San Andreas’ CJ and the other Grove Street Families. The neighborhood has certainly changed since those times… but just as you roll onto Grove Street, turn right instead of left, and keep your eyes out for three characters on bicycles. We swear they look exactly like CK, Ryder, and Sweet.