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Grand Theft Auto III

Developers: DMA Design (PS2), Rockstar North (Windows), Rockstar Vienna (Xbox)
Publishers: Rockstar Games (US/EU/AU), Capcom (JP)
Platforms: PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox, iOS, Android
Released in JP: September 25, 2003 (PS2), July 29, 2004 (Xbox)
Released in US: October 22, 2001 (PS2), May 20, 2002 (Windows), October 31, 2003 (Xbox)
Released in EU: October 26, 2001 (PS2), May 24, 2002 (Windows), January 2, 2004 (Xbox)
Released in AU: October 26, 2001

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Grand Theft Auto III is the entry where the series went into a 3D third-person view and really threw GTA into mainstream media, laying down the foundations for the rest of the series as well as defining the wicked sense of humor that would enrage lawyers for years to come.

To do:
C'mon, guys, there's a lot more than what's been posted so far:
  • Unused lines
  • Console port differences
  • Xbox and Mobile version differences:
    • Xbox version graphics, most notably the redone billboard signs.
    • Mobile version has a lot of interesting content leftover, like scrapped multiplayer maps for the online mode.
    • Hidden developer tools
  • Waaay too many revisional changes between PAL and NTSC versions.
  • French and German version changes
  • Texture and naming oddities, such as the Badfellas poster using beta renders and the McAdam Airways billboard originally being named Plummet in prerelease media and the "Petrol" brand only appearing on low-resolution textures.
  • Unused scripts, such as the player being able to destroy airplanes.
  • Vadim M Beta Analysis video
  • So much prerelease stuff to cover.
  • Dummy file (Needs to be found out what the file is [PADDING.NUL], It's not a blank dummy file.)


To do:
There's a ton of unused map objects, we should have a page on those too.
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Ancient wheels!
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Pedestrians and Characters
Some very unfriendly faces.

Other unused objects

To do:
Finish this mess

Grand Theft Auto III's history of being ported to various platforms over the years has resulted in a staggering amount of unused models and textures being left in the files of each subsequent release. This includes nearly every vehicle and pedestrian model from the earliest builds of the game!

Radar Dome

This game has been cracked :p

A rather unfinished radar dome with its top being egg-shaped. Likely meant to be placed between the runways of Francis International, as the Shoreside Vale map from GTA III strategy guide suggests.

Lion Statue

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A very menacing statue of a lion, internally named "iten_chinatown38". Early in development, two of these were placed on a small plot of grass that once occupied the area now taken by the Punk Noodles shop in the final.

The statues, as seen in an early screenshot.

Camera Pickup

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An icon depicting a camera. Code hidden within the mobile version of the game has spawn points for it, but only the PS2 version has fully functional programming. It may have been an earlier implementation of the stunt camera, as it basically does the same thing. The icon itself didn't go to waste, though, as it was later reused in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas as a snapshot indicator.


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A mysterious mine. It's unclear what its original purpose was, as its model isn't found in the same file as the weapons are and it makes no appearance in any prerelease media. This model popped up consistently in every 3D-era game up until Vice City Stories, where it finally made a small cameo as a cut weapon.

Unused Animations

There's a surprising amount of animation left over from various stages of development.


GTAIII-anim-idle drink.gif

Someone taking a drink, then wiping their mouth. Can only be found in the PS2 version's files.

TURN_180, TwistCCW, TwistCW

Simple turning animations, reminiscent of Grand Theft Auto IV. It's unclear as to whether they were meant for special situations or normal gameplay.

Vice City Leftovers

Also hidden away within the files are several animations with the prefix "skin_". which are several of GTA III's current animations (plus one new pose) adapted to work with skeletal animation, using bone names nearly identical to that of Vice City. The fact that the idling stance used here is near identical to Tommy's is no coincidence, as it was originally developed as an expansion pack to III. Although there are no leftovers as far as character models are concerned, any Vice City model can be used to view the animationsː

First-Person Shooter Mode

According to leftover data, first-person was once going to extend beyond a simple crosshair and into a fully-fledged mode with animations and all! Apparently the feature didn't make it very far, as not all of the necessary animations were completed, and comments in the weapon stats file indicates that it was only in the testing stages before getting axed:

###### NOT USED IN THIS VERSION ##############
#	X:	1st person version of anim (using orig HGUN & PUMP cause they work better at mo')
#	Y:	1st person vers of 2nd anim
#	FPS anims loaded (ie available):	FPS_PUNCH, FPS_BAT, FPS_UZI, FPS_PUMP, FPS_AK, FPS_M16, FPS_ROCKET

Implementing this feature wasn't tried again until Grand Theft Auto V, and only for the next-gen versions as not even the 7th-Generation consoles could handle it. Ouch. Fortunately, the PC version still has all of the animations made up until then, so we can witness them in all of their glory:

For more viewing pleasure, there are some videos of these animations being played IN first-person:

Interestingly, the animation for the rocket launcher uses bones much in the same way as the skeletal animations above doː

This, along with the fact that all of these leftovers can only be found within the Windows version of the game, suggests that FPS mode was a concept meant for the prequel instead.

Unused Mission

Early "Luigi's Girls"

The iOS port of the game contained mission source files, one of which seems to be an earlier version of Luigi‘s Girls. In issue 93 (July 2001) of HYPER magazine, Leslie Benzies mentioned that "...the first [mission] could be looked upon as a training one. This inaugural mission involves Luigi, pimp and owner of a seedy strip club called Sex Club Heaven, getting you to pick up two "ladies of the night", one from a shop and the other from a clinic. Pick up the girls and return them to Luigi, who rewards you handsomely." and that it was "...for you to familiarize yourself with game controls and city layout.", though this version of the mission doesn't have any kind of tutorial implemented.

The mission doesn't seem to have a proper motion captured cutscene or any voice acting yet. The objective is also different, telling you to not only pick up Misty from the hospital as you do in the final mission but a second girl named Trixie from "Reverend Flannery's" as well. As the source file is from a much earlier point in development, Misty's coordinates do not match up with the location of the hospital in the final game. Trixie is set to spawn near Saint Mark's Bistro and uses one of the generic pedestrian models. After delivering both girls back to Luigi's, the mission is passed and you are rewarded $1500 as in the final (though this text isn't displayed properly). Additionally, no mission passed music cue is present yet.

Unused Text

Can the Real Claude Please Stand Up?


The very first string found within the game's text file. This could be a reference to Claude Speed, who was the protagonist in Grand Theft Auto 2, and if so, they likely intended to give the player character in this game, who is normally nameless, the same identity. In San Andreas, it is indeed confirmed that Claude is the GTA3 player character's name.

Debug Text

Debug:- Cam Choice1. No Locking, used as game default
Debug:- Cam Choice2. Reaction Cam On A String. Uses Locking Button LeftShoulder 1.
Debug:- Cam Choice3. Game ReactionCam with Locking
Debug:- Cam Choice4. Chris's idea. Also control the camera using the right analogue stick.

Just some debugging text for the camera, along with what seems to be an in-joke about Rockstar's longtime art director Aaron Garbut. Given the context, "Chris" is most likely Chris Rothwell, one of the game's designers.


Get outta here! You're perfectly healthy.
Healthcare costs.
I'll just fix you up.
That will be $250.

Either these appeared when you were killed and are reviving at the hospital, or you had to enter the hospital itself to get healed (reminiscent of Grand Theft Auto IV via Emergency Services), instead of health icons being there for you to collect.


You are already on a mission!

When you accept a mission, all blue markers will disappear preventing you from starting other missions. Therefore, this is never used.


It seems like the missions were originally called odd jobs.

Oh shoot!


It was most likely used when you're being crushed inside the car by the crusher at Harwood Junkyard, since the game tells you to get out of the car before the car being crushed, this goes completely unused. If you try to do this using Airbreak into the car crusher, the game will still say "Wasted!".



A placeholder name for unusable Airtrains, found among the vehicle names.


Another placeholder name for the police helicopter.


The aforementioned cut vehicle.

Radio Range

The ambulance radio is out of range, get closer to a hospital!
The police radio is out of range, get closer to a police station!
The fire truck radio is out of range, get closer to a fire station!

Apparently, the radio could go out of range at some point of development. These messages are still programmed to appear in the game, but it only happens when all three islands fail to load, which is impossible under normal conditions.

Sick What?

Sick fuck
Sick fucker
Sick fuck selected
Sick fucker selected

No idea. Possible remnants of a debug menu or multiplayer character selection.

Come Again

~g~Luigi's interviewing some new girls -Come back later!
~g~Joey's out on the town with Misty -Drop by later!
~g~Toni's taken his Momma to the opera -Call in some other time!
~g~Maria and Kemuri are all tied up at the moment -Drop by later!
~g~Kenji is attending a Yakuza meeting -Call by some other time!
~g~Ray has other toilets to hang around -Try again later!
~g~Donald Love has other business to attend to -Make an appointment later!
~g~Kenji is busy! -Call by later!
~g~The Hoods are not available at this time!
~g~Come back between 05:00 and 21:00 for a job
~g~Come back between 06:00 and 14:00 for a job
~g~Come back between 15:00 and 00:00 for a job

These strings suggest that various characters only offered their jobs at certain times. Also, Kemuri was most likely an early name for Asuka and for some reason Kenji is mentioned twice.

(Source: Sheeza)

What Did You Call Me?

Come on you dumb bitch!

Would have most likely been said by Catalina during The Exchange.



An odd one, as it's written in all-caps unlike most of the other text. It may have been intended for the intro, where it would have fit nicely.

No Man Left Unskinned


Undoubtedly meant to appear in the Player Setup menu added in the PC version when there were no skins in the skins folder, except the game always has the Default player skin on the list, making this impossible to see.


Can't save the game. You're in a car

Presumably meant to appear if you somehow managed to enter a safehouse with a vehicle. However, vehicles are too wide to fit in Safehouse doors, as motorcycles had not been introduced yet. Even more strangely, if one DOES manage to enter a safehouse with a vehicle, the save menu doesn't show up. Perhaps the player could save the game through the pause menu.

Saving Elsewhere

Can save only at hideout.

Unknown where this would appear.

Ammunation Greetings

I got all your home defence needs.
You want a license too?
I don't need to see any I.D. you look trustworthy.

These lines are used when entering any Ammunation shop, yet these subtitles for the lines are not.

Cut Briefings


This line is present seven times in american.gxt alongside subtitles for mission cutscenes for Marty Chonks (three different times) and D-Ice, implying that they would have more lines of dialog. This line also appears in USJI1, USJI2, and USJI3.


I was so scared, but then I thought to myself, you're a big girl now. Oh we're going to have such fun, cause, you know, my sister said she wanted to come to stay with her two kids, because her husband's playing around again and.. XXXX

This text resides in american.gxt, attached to the ending text from Maria on the Cochrane Dam, suggesting she was to be even more of a hassle, before the protagonist would shut her up.

Unused Code

Flyable Helicopters

Even though there are no flyable helicopters in the game, some partial coding for them remains in the game's executable. This might mean that they were supposed to appear in GTA III after all, but were cut for unknown reasons. It should be noted that most of the buildings in the game don't have a solid roof (or even a roof at all), so the city was definitely not meant to be seen from above, even though a semi-flyable plane (Dodo) remains in the game.

A mod was made that's based on the leftover code and restores helis to the game. According to the mod's author, the helis were supposed to fly much slower than in the game's sequel, Vice City.

Apparently there are some bike code leftovers too, but not nearly enough to restore them to the game.

Debug Menu

R4GN0R0K found a fully working Debug SCM in the mobile port, and made it usable for the Windows version as well. SILENT_Pavel found some Debug functions like a car spawner in the PS2 version.


Cut Song

To do:
Rip the advertisement sound clip.

Though a song called "Wash Him Off" by the fictional band Marydancin didn't make it into the game in its entirety for unknown reasons, the song is only previewed for a few seconds in one of the advertisements on Lips 106. The same advertisement also features a clip from "Rush Rush" which plays on a different station, Flashback FM. The song was eventually released by Rockstar on iTunes as part of the Lips 106 Soundtrack album some time later.

You can listen to the song here. The advertisement can be heard at the beginning of this video.

Cutscene Model Differences


Although not unused, "playerx" is the player model used for the intro with the bank robbery, and appears to be based on an earlier design of Claude seen in screenshots from around E3. The most notable difference is the head which has more of a babyish face, with lower cheeks and much smoother skin.

player playerx
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The pants have more ripples in the fabric, as well as button holes. Interestingly, the soles of the shoes have a unique texture which isn't present on the finished model.

player playerx
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The look of the texture itself is very indicative of its date. Though the jacket is identical, the style of everything else is simpler, softer, and uses brighter colors than what we see in the final product. This is something that still remains in many pedestrians in-game, which goes to show how close to the deadline the change really was.

player playerx
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Catalina's head is notably different in texture, in comparison to the cutscenes on the PlayStation 2 version. Despite the new hairstyle, the old cutscene model is still used in newer ports.

PS2 cutscene model PS2 in-game model
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Unused Graphics

Unused HUD Icon

This Police Car can be found in the hud.txd file, next to the other Minimap Icons. Perhaps it was planned to display Police Cars on the Minimap?

Early Loading Screen

There is an early version of the PC loading screen that looks almost identical to the PS2 loading screen, except the copyright date says 2002 instead of 2001.

Scrapped Online Multiplayer

There's a fair amount of leftovers showing that this game was supposed to have online multiplayer support, from graphics to text but the mobile re-release has a lot more such as maps!

According to Rockstar, it was cut rather early in favor of focusing development on Vice City instead.

Leftover Text

FEM_MAP - "Select Map"
FEN_CON - "Connection"
FEN_GAM - "Find Game"
FEN_GNA - "Game Name:"
FEN_NAM - "Name:"
FEN_NET - "Network"
FEN_PLA - "Number of players:"
FEN_PLC - "Player color"
FEN_PLS - "Player settings"
FEN_TY0 - "Deathmatch"
FEN_TY1 - "Deathmatch stealth"
FEN_TY2 - "Team Deathmatch"
FEN_TY3 - "Team Deathmatch stealth"
FEN_TY4 - "Stash the cash"
FEN_TY5 - "Capture the Flag"
FEN_TY6 - "Rat Race"
FEN_TY7 - "Domination"

Text relating to multiplayer modes.

(Source: Rockstar Games)

Present in menu.txd, and was certainly meant to be used in multiplayer, as it claims to be powered by the defunct Gamespy multiplayer service.

Multiplayer Menu Backgrounds

Also in menu.txd are three menu backgrounds that are unused with names referencing multiplayer. Also worth noting is that the menu background used in the Player Setup menu is internally referred to as 'findgame24'.

Hidden Map Details

Hidden on the map are the names of various Rockstar developers, in the form of made up town names. These can be seen in-game if the Dodo is flown out of bounds. From left to right, Obbe Vermeij (Technical Director), Aaron Garbut (Art Director), Alisdair Wood (3D Artist), Leslie Benzies (Producer), Gary McAdam (3D Artist) and either Adam Fowler (Technical Director) or Adam Cochrane (3D Artist).

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Version and Platform Differences

Version Differences

To do:
Cover Xbox version's graphics (and sound when ripping becomes possible), cover mobile stuff more.

PAL 1.40 to PAL 1.60/NTSC 1.40

When Grand Theft Auto III was first released, two different builds were simultaneously released in PAL regions. The earlier of the two features some minor changes seemingly made in response to the September 11th attacks, suggesting that the wrong build may have been initially sent in for manufacturing.

EU V.1.40/1.60 NTSC 1.40
  • Both PAL 1.40 and 1.60 still show the original blue design of the LCPD car in the intro.
EU V.1.40 EU V.1.60/NTSC 1.40
EU V.1.40 EU V.1.60/NTSC 1.40
Throw over the cash and you can have your overused puta back.
Throw over the cash.
  • A line of dialogue from Catalina during the cutscene for The Exchange was edited, removing the second half. The echo was also removed.
EU V.1.40 EU V.1.60/NTSC 1.40
~g~SPANKED-up suicide bombers!

~g~Destroy the bomber's vans!!
~g~SPANKED-up madmen!!

~g~Destroy the madmens' vans!!
  • The mission Kingdom Come originally referred to the madmen as suicide bombers.
To do:
Get a map of the flight direction and a video link.
  • The Dodo flight path was altered due to it originally flying dangerously close to buildings. The old path seems to have been made with an older version of the map in mind as at one point the Dodo flies through a Chinatown Building, with pre-release material confirming that the building in question wasn't present in earlier builds.
  • Checkpoint collecting sound doesn't play in PAL 1.40.
  • In Her Lover, the lines of dialogue at the end of the mission won't play in PAL 1.40. Subtitles can be seen.
  • The scene where 8-Ball tells the player to get $100.000 counts as a mission attempt in v1.40.
  • In PAL 1.40, while picking up patients and moving in a hill doesn't move the patient vertically with the vehicle, instead that position stays the same until the animation is finished.
  • A single byte was changed in SPANISH.GXT between PAL 1.40 and 1.60, changing a lowercase L into an uppercase I in the drive-by tutorial text. This fixes a minor error and makes the game to render the circle button in the tutorial message as intended.

NTSC-J 1.03

  • A new animated logo for Rockstar North, replacing the old DMA Designs one. The intro was also slightly edited, with Rockstar Games Presents being centered and the DMA/Rockstar North credit being omitted.
  • The song "O mio babbino caro" by Giacomo Puccini was removed from Double Clef FM, this change would carry over to further ports.

Platform Differences

To do:
Explain this in greater detail; there's details missing from the PC version.


The changes made to the PC version are present in all newer ports of the game, with the exception of the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 releases.

PS2 PC/Xbox/Mobile
  • The PS2 versions of the game have different police scanner audio, with more clarity compared to the muffled sound they gained on other platform releases.
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GTAIII-tex-radar save(ps2).png GTAIII-tex-radar save(pc).png
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  • Some of the textures have been modified, giving them a less desaturated look.
  • The PC version removed one song which was present in the PlayStation 2 version, "O mio babbino caro".
  • The PS2 versions of the game lack the ability to shoot off people's limbs, but it can be reactivated with a button code (Square, L1, Circle, Down, L1, R1, Triangle, Right, L1, X - the only such code that doesn't give a confirmation sound when entered). The PC versions have this feature enabled by default, but there still is a cheat code (NASTYLIMBSCHEAT) that's been stubbed out and does nothing.
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  • Although completely unused, the PC version has extra branding on its loading screens which is absent from the PS2 releases:
  • The mission "Waka-Gashira Wipeoutǃ" plays differently on PS2 versions of the game. Instead of Uzis the Yakuza guards are armed with M16s, making the mission much more difficult to complete.
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  • This storefront texture had the name edited out in the PlayStation 2 versions, while the Windows version restored the original texture.
Model Changes
PS2 (cutscene model) PC (cutscene model)
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  • Catalina's head got a slight design modification in the PC version, where her face is more relaxed with a bigger pony tail and bangs hanging to the side. Despite this, her in-game PS2 model is still used on the PC.
Audio Changes
  • Oddly, the briefing for "Under Surveillance" is completely different between the PS2 and every other version of the game. On the PS2, it's Leone gangsters that are spying. In every other version it's the FBI, which doesn't match the character models used, or even the subtitles!
PS2 PC/Xbox/Mobile
My police source indicates that the mafia are watching our interest around the city in a bid to track you down. We cannot continue our operations until they're dealt with. Take out these spying fools and end this vendetta once and for all!
My police source indicates that the FBI has mounted a surveillance operation at key locations around the city. It is too late to contact anyone and avoid incrimination. Take out these spying cops, but be careful, they're bound to have backup.
  • The PS2 versions have altered cutscene audio for "Bomb Da Baseː Act I", where the introduction with Salvatore speaking about the war with the Triads was cut.
PS2 PC/Xbox/Mobile
The Cartel has got bottomless funds from pushing that SPANK crap.
We should take these Colombian bastards out, but while we're at war with the Triads, we ain't strong enough. The Cartel...



The game was re-released for Android and iOS systems on 15th December 2011, where several new additional changes were made. For starters, every weapon icon was redrawn in 128x128, using more of a "brassy" shade of yellow.

HUD Icon Changes

PC/Xbox Mobile
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The sniper scope was changed slightly when it was redrawn, and the pager is completely different.

PC/Xbox/PS2 Mobile
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Splash Screen Changes

The mission splash screen was changed to match up the 10th Anniversary branding, using artwork of different characters, and a hue of grey and gold rather than blue.

PC Mobile
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The text is also now centered to the middle of the screen when the player starts a mission.

Regional Differences

Japanese Version changes

To do:
  • The Stretch was renamed to the Limousine.
  • When starting the game in the Xbox version, the player will be greeted to a screen which vary between three versions stating they must be 18 or over to play it, with the CERO rating displayed on it.

German/French version changes

The German version had several edits made in order to get a USK 16 rating, which was the highest rating possible until 2003 when the USK 18 rating was introduced. Despite the rating change of the original game in subsequent releases for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and Windows, the changes were still retained. This strangely also applies to copies of the French version.

  • All instances of blood were removed, due to the overly-violent nature. That also includes the removal of headshots.
  • All of the Rampage missions were removed, along with the stats relating to it.
  • The player can't hit people lying on the ground with a baseball bat nor unarmed, and instead will just wave the bat/punch in the air.
  • Headshots and amputations were removed, although the affected character(s) still limp after being shot.
  • Killed characters never drop any cash.

In most newer releases, such as the Steam, PlayStation 4 and 10th Anniversary Android/iOS ports, the changes are omitted due the game now carrying a USK 18 rating.

(Source: Schnittberichte)

Australian version changes

When Grand Theft Auto III was going to be released in Australia, it was banned by the OFLC when it didn't qualify for classification on November 28, 2001. Though the game was released with a MA15+ rating later in January 2002, the ability to hire Prostitutes for a health boost had been removed. This was due to including the option to kill the prostitute and take her money, which exceeds the OFLC guidelines.