Set to be released in September or early October 2001, the original release date was pushed back toward the end of October due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. This led to speculation from many players that some of the games content as been removed or altered as the game has been set in inspired New York City.
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Grand Theft Auto III is the first game in the famous series to have been rendered with 3D graphics.
In Grand Theft Auto III, the main character's real name is never revealed. It is not until Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, in which the main character (or someone looking very suspiciously like him) is met alongside another GTAIII character, Catalina, as her boyfriend. It is there that you learn that the main character of GTAIII is named Claude.
Police helicopter co-pilot: Have you read the manual for this thing?
Gentleman: My mother's my sister!
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Donald Love: Nothing drives down real estate prices like a good old-fashioned gang war. Apart from an outbreak of plague, but that might be going a bit too far in this case.
"YOU WERENT SUPPOSED TO BE ABLE TO GET HERE..."
Kenji: When trouble looms, the fool turns his back, while the wise man faces it down.
Connection to Other Media
One type of pedestrian, which appears randomly along with all other pedestrians, wear a construction worker outfit and say lines such as "Young man", "There's no need to feel down", "In the YMCA" and "In the navy".
The entire mission Two-Faced Tanner is a mockery of the Driver series; the briefing starts with you being told you need to take out a "strangely animated undercover cop" who is "useless outside of his car". The appearance of Tanner and his 70's like car also matches the Driver games.
The string of Marty Chonk's missions - The Crook -The Thieves - His Wife - Her Lover, is a reference to 1989 crime drama movie The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Love.
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