Glitches

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Glitches are unintended affects that can be found in the Grand Theft Auto series.

Grand Theft Auto

The Swimming Glitch

Find some water, Preferably a small pond, but not the ocean and walk towards the water. Continue walking when you hit the water and you'll continue walking/swimming, but only for 5-6 seconds.

Grand Theft Auto III

Walking Above The Porter Tunnel

One is method of reaching Shoreside Vale early on in the game is by exploiting a glitch that allows you to walk above the Porter Tunnel. To do this one must drive a Bobcat to the concrete sea wall above the tunnel entrance. The player has to reverse the car half off the wall above the middle of the tunnel. The player then exits the vehicle, falling into Blue Hell, landing above the tunnel. They can then walk along the tunnel, then jump into Blue Hell at the Shoreside Vale end, so that they can get teleported above the surface.

Walking Above The Subway Tunnel

This glitch can be performed at the subway in Shoreside Vale at the airport. When the train arrives to the platform, take the very last door of the train. Enter the train and then get out again. You will automatically get teleported above the platform, into the Blue Hell and you will see the tunnel. Word of caution, sometimes the tunnel will get invisible and you risk walking off the edges and get teleported back to the streets.

Rhino Spawn Glitch

If you spawn a Rhino (using the cheat code) anywhere in the city, a second one will spawn in the middle of the street at Liberty Campus around the corner from the Safehouse.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • In the original PlayStation 2 version of the game, after achieving 100% completion, if the player obtains a Detonator either through a bomb shop or using a Detonator Grenade, the Detonator weapon will not disappear after using it. Ways to remove the Detonator include having the player be wasted or busted, or have the player walk through metal detectors at Leaf Links or Escobar International Airport. This glitch has been fixed in subsequent versions by having the Detonator weapon slot not be included in the infinite ammo perk.
  • It is possible to morph the player character onto a motorcycle. First the player has to park a motorcycle next to a clothes pickup, just to the left of the pickup so that when the player exits the bike, the character won't change clothes. When the player gets back on the motorcycle, the screen should fade while the character is seated on the bike. If done successfully, the character should be in a standing position while stuck to the motorcycle. The player will never fall off the bike unless they voluntarily exit the bike. This glitch can also be done on cars.
Video demonstration of the "Bike Morph" glitch on YouTube Video demonstration of the "Flintstones" glitch on YouTube
  • A rare glitch involves the rooflight on taxi vehicles (Taxi, Cabbie, Kaufman Cabs) being missing. Traffic taxi vehicles can spawn a rare but legitimate variant of a "lightless" taxi. A trick to obtain a lightless taxi more easily is to first fill up the Sunshine Autos garages to the brim with cars. Run across all the garages, having all four doors open, then run towards the street. By chance, if a taxi does spawn, it could be spawned without a rooflight.
  • It is claimed that the Cherry Popper's save point can corrupt the player's saved file. However, there is no evidence supporting this claim. To avoid possible corruptions of the files, save elsewhere.
  • While flying in a helicopter, when performing a drive-by in the cinematic camera view (and the only way to perform a drive-by while in a helicopter), the sound the gun makes is not the sound of a submachine gun but the sound of a pursuit police helicopter's machine gun.

Test Track & Trial by Dirt

The initial scores of both Trial By Dirt and Test Track will have the same time results once both scores are listed in stats. Once you play the missions again and beat each time, the scores will be individual as they should be.

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Monster Glitch

Obtain a Monster and park ONE wheel onto a random car (sideways or front on, both work). Get out of the Monster, get in the car you park on, and you may find yourself spinning 5000ft in the air, crashing back down to earth.

Taxi Driver Mission Glitch

A glitch can occur when the player begins the Taxi Driver mission, but no fares are available. It happens when the player has crossed over the map boundary, which can corrupt save files. It is advised to do this mission very early to avoid this glitch.

End of the Line Mission Glitch

After completing the mission End of the Line, all law enforcement vehicles, will for some unknown reason, disappear from the players garage (police cars, Rhinos, and even the SWAT Tank) making it very difficult to keep the SWAT Tank.

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A Freight passing through the Brown Streak hijacked during the mission End of the Line.

End of the Line Mission Glitch 2

During the mission End of the Line, the player will encounter an engine carriage of a Brown Streak. Unlike most trains that appear during missions, this one can be hijacked (with the penalty of losing Sweet, thus failing the mission). If this train is jacked, other trains will appear on the player's track, passing through the player's train.

Ghost bike Glitch

If you ram into a bike with a driver, and then quickly drive away, whilst looking back the ped disappears, and the bike will drive with no one on it. This happens if you are far enough away that the ped disappears whislt they are doing the 'get on' animation. The bike reads that the driver is getting on, and drives like normal. But the ped is gone. The bike will drive normal until its flipped over or jacked. The player will not punch anyone off if you try to steal it. Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIhfnaaH0DQ

Interior Glitch

If you go into an interior, and have a parachute on, switch to it, and the altitude meter will be all the way at the top, because you're in the hidden interiors universe.

Flying Train Glitch

In the mission Snail Trail if the player follows one of the Freight trains that spawns instead of the Brown Streak the Freight will make a right turn off the tracks at Cranberry Station and fly across the map until reaching the tracks at Red County where the train will make another right back onto the tracks and continue on its journey like a normal train. Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeX1P19_d8o

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Squashed Bike Glitch

Drive a VCPD Wintergreen to the stadium and buy access to the Phil Collins Concert and exit or watch the concert. When you come out, 75% chance the bike will be squashed. You can still mount the bike but it will revert to normal if you manage to.

Turn off-and on Glitch

Try to play a difficult side mission (best examples are Vigilante and Paramedic) and turn off your PSP, then turn on again until at some time it will freeze and your PSP will restart.

Helicopter Glitch

Have a 2-star wanted level or more, then fly a little low in an area where the cops are chasing you. The police will take you off the helicopter even though you're flying.

Invisible Biker Glitch

Sometimes if a battle with the Bikers are going on in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, shoot it with an Assault Rifle while it's driving fast, and it'll show the Angel doing the donuts with no driver.

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • After a missions ends in which an enemy was shot or blown into water (such as the missions Tunnel of Death or Uncle Vlad), the body of that particular enemy will not be shown in the water, even if the cut-scene ended with the player only a few feet away from the sea.
  • If the player falls into a gap (i.e. between two cars or between a car and a dumpster), Niko Bellic will suffer minimal damage even when falling from a height that will normally kill him.
  • At the beginning of a date with any Girlfriends while in any vehicle, wait for her to get tired and fire a weapon to end the date. The vehicle the player is currently in will become damage-proof.
  • Bringing up the camera option on the Phone while driving in a car or on a bike will instantly stop the car or bike no matter what the speed the vehicle was going. (Fixed in the PC Version)
  • In the subway tunnels, it is possible to be forced through the wall and into Blue Hell. If the player is riding a motorbike and is trapped between the wall and a moving train, he can be forced through and off the bike. The player could also use a large vehicle (such as the Bus) and get shoved by two subways going in opposite directions to get forced into Blue Hell. All that occurs is falling for a brief few seconds before respawning on the ground above.
  • In the online multiplayer mode "Bomb Da Base II" players have reported a bug/glitch, that occurs at a certain point in the mission. The screen will go black and then start loading, the player will be loaded back to single player.
  • In Francis International Airport in the online multiplayer mode "Free Mode", if the player drives a truck up one of the ramps in the Airport it is possible to make the truck fall on its side and start spinning in circles, this is not only visible to the player, but also other players.
  • If the player gets out of a vehicle parked on the entrance gates leading to Francis International Airport's cargo yard (with stop signs on them,) the gates will go back down and cause the vehicle to disappear.
  • If a vehicle's engine doesn't start, it will start if someone calls the player on the cellphone, more conveniently, if the player calls someone else.
  • On multiplayer mode, if a vehicle's engine doesn't start, it will restart by kicking the front of the vehicle.
  • Sometimes when driving by the gas station in Westdyke, there are two vehicles parked in the parking lot, one of which could be parked with it's engine running, doors locked, and the hazard lights on, which cannot be turned off by the player.
  • When trying to open or get on top of a moving vehicle that is driving down a slope if Niko misses the vehicles door and it drives away Niko will sometimes start walking weird and won't stop until he hits another object. This glitch has been dubbed 'Retarded Niko' by the way he looks and walks when in the glitch.
  • A player can lose a 5 or 6 star wanted level by flying their chopper over Francis International Airport. The wanted level will revert to a 4 star.
  • Sometimes the protagonist is stuck in a loop when trying to buy some food at Burger Shot - he then just stands in front of the vender doing nothing. The only way to get out of this loop, is to reload the game. This is also true with any of the Hotdog stands, with the only difference, that the player walks in a circle all the time. If you are lucky and wait long enough, the animation might stop and the protagonist gets the food at last.
  • If you spawn a car using cheats while looking over the edge of an overpass, the car may float in the air. If you shoot it, it won't become damaged, but it will fall down. Alternatively, if you spawn one while standing just before the entrance of the Booth Tunnel, the car may become stuck in the top of the tunnel. Again, shoot it to get it down.
  • Occasionally a 'rock car' spawns in the game (sometimes in multiplayer). This vehicle looks like any normal NPC while in motion until hit, however the vehicle does not move from its line of travel, creating tremendous forces against both vehicles, leaving little cushion since the reaction is close of driving the vehicle directly into a wall. The impact usually kills the NPC and creates high to extreme damage to the player's car. (Damage to engine, suspension, etc.) Damage may be lessened on the NPC's car, but not as much. Other possiblities besides vehicle damage is ejection of player through windscreen and NPC's vehicle combusting internally.
  • On XBOX 360, if you kick somebody using the X button while they are using a computer in TW@, their health will be completely drained or almost drained. This usually doesn't work if the NPC is sitting at a chair with no computer.
  • Only possible in TBoGT: When in a car, boat, or on a motorcycle, and equipped with either an SMG or Micro-SMG, switch the drive-by weapon to the SMG. Activate the "Advanced Weapons" cheat, and your SMG will be replaced with an Assault SMG, which can't normally be used in drive-by mode. When firing the Assault SMG, Luis's body will become extremely deformed due to there not being a proper animation for firing this weapon from a vehicle.
  • If you reverse while looking at the front of your car, then stop reversing while staying in the same camera view, the hood (or bumper, in the Banshee's case) lights up while you reverse, as if it were a reverse light.
  • There is a glitch that happens with cars that have tiny door sills. If the car hits a curb when one door sill hits the curb or when turning hard enough so that one of the door sills hits the ground, the door(s) on the specific side will fly off. This works best with the PMP 600.

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