In the mission Predator, Michael must use a sniper rifle fitted with a thermal scope to find the O'Neil Brothers in the woods at night. If the player zooms in on the thermal heat dot on the bottom right, it appears to be a Bigfoot standing still. Shooting it does nothing and it abruptly disappears after a few seconds.
Multiples UFOs can be seen, most of them only after 100% completion is obtained. 3 are located somewhere in the sky and one off the northern coast of Paleto, underwater, there is a large sunken flying saucer with sea plants growing on it. It can be reached via Submarine.
In Vinewood Hills, there is a juice stand with a big orange ball attached to the top. Shooting or walking into this ball will cause it to detach and roll off down the hill.
Between 23:00 and 0:00, a female ghost appears on the eastern peak of Mount Gordo. The ghost doesn't move or take damage, and will not react to the player being present or shooting it. While the ghost is present, the word "JOCK" is written in blood on the rock where the ghost stands. The ghost fades away if the player gets too close, and the bloody writing will disappear. Investigating online reveals that the ghost is Jock Cranley's wife, possibly murdered by him.
When using a computer, the mouse cursor has its middle finger pointing up, instead of its index finger, appearing to give the player the finger.
The passenger jets that take off and land are actually vehicles, if the player follows one as it lands and waits until it stops, they can then enter and fly it; however it is not storable in any hangar and there are no getting in/out animations. The in-game name is just "Jet". Because they are accessable vehicles, they can be destroyed too. A jet takes about 3-5 hits from the Rhino Tank cannon before it loses its wings and explodes. If there is still a NPC-pilot in the jet while the player is shooting it, the player will get a 3-star wanted-level instead of the 1-star wanted level for killing a pedestrian which means that the game maybe counts the attack on the plane actually as a terrorist activity.
If you access your phone in game and dial 948-555-0100, you will hear the dial up internet sound. This is also the number you call for ZiT in GTA IV. The same will happen if the player dials any cheat codes from Grand Theft Auto IV and Episodes from Liberty City.
Once you have unlocked access to the Submarine, you can explore the seabed and discover a crashed US Air jet, the location of the jet is north-east from the peninsula in Paleto Forest, somewhat close to the parachute jump activity.
By using the submarine, you can find the famous 'Hatch' from the TV series Lost, which is located to the far East of the map, over the coast near the San Chianski Mountain Range. The Hatch cannot be approached either by submarine nor driving, as the protagonist (all three) will get crushed.
With the Collector's Edition of GTA V, use a black light/UV light over the map of Los Santos, Blaine County and the back of the map. Markings, map legends, secrets and text can be found over the map. Most of the things that appear are pointing towards the existence of UFOs. Three of the collectible Space Ship Parts are also shown in the map. A full video regarding this easter egg can be seen here.
In Strawberry, under the freeway, there are a lot of graffiti on the walls. One of them resembles a silhouette of John Marston riding a horse at night time, with a full moon. John is the protagonist of the game Red Dead Redemption, another game developed and published by Rockstar.
References to other mediaEdit
If you look in Franklin's room in his Vinewood house, you will find a few things. If you look in the far right corner next to his bed, behind his fan you will find his "special stash." And if you look in his book case, you will find a few titles that stand out, like the book "Red Dead", by a J. Marston.
In the first trailer, there is a number on the curb of a house for sale that says "2405". This is likely a reference to the birthday of the Houser brothers, who were both born on the 24th of May.
There are numerous billboards scattered around the game for the TV Show "Rehab Island". The commercial for the TV shows can also be found on TV. The logo in the middle looks similar to the logo from the game "Dead Island", with a marijuana leaf replacing the palm tree.
The San Andreas Flight School was established in 2004, the same year Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was released.
The Elysian Fields Freeway in the game is a reference to the Elysian Fields Co. and housing development from L.A. Noire.
There are two roads in Sandy Shores referencing Red Dead Redemption, Cholla Springs Avenue and Armadillo Avenue. Algonquin Boulevard, a nod to the Algonquin borough of Liberty City, cuts through both.
On the eastern side of the Del Perro Pier a piece of graffiti can be found reading 'Nothing to see here - groove along' accompanied by a small illustration of a smiling face. This may be a reference to a similar sign in Grand Theft Auto III.
Floyd's apartment, first Trevor's safehouse in Los Santos, is modeled upon Melanie's apartment from the movie "Jackie Brown" by Quentin Tarantino. Even the pictures on the kitchen's pillar are very similar to those from the movie.
There is a customized JB 700 with Machine Guns, Spikes and a Seat Launcher in one of Devin Weston's Car jobs. This is a reference to the movie from the James Bond's series, Goldfinger. (1964)
If you go to the clothing store near Trevor's house, there is a jacket called "Champagne Driver Blouson," which has a crab on the back. This is a reference to the movie "Drive," as the main character wore the same jacket, with the only difference being is that there was a scorpion on the back.
If you go to to Chiliad Mountain State Wilderness, you will see a drug deal that has gone bad. If you go down a small slope, you will see a guy on the ground telling you to "stay away from the case." If you grab the case (which grants you $25,000), he still state that you are a dead man. This is a reference to the movie "No Country for Old Men," as one of the protagonists stumbles upon a drug deal gone bad and a case which contains $2,000,000. When the protagonist finds and takes the money, he discovers that a hitman (as well as the police and cartel) are out to recover the money.
If you go to Sub Urban, you are able to buy a Hawaiian shirt similar to the one Max Payne wears in Max Payne 3, which is another game created by Rockstar.
In the first heist, Lester refers to an Eastern-European man living in Liberty City who went quiet. This could either mean that Niko has given up his life of crime to live a normal peaceful one, or that he is dead (It's more likely that after the ending of GTA IV Niko had no more problems, he had made a good life).
In a random event, you help two people get away from a robbery. One of the robbers is Irish and keeps saying that Liberty City was easier to rob. This robber turns out to be Packie from GTA IV. After this encounter he becomes a possible hire for a heist.
In one of the discount stores, you can find a red jacket named "Overlooked red blouson", which is the jacket worn by Jack Torrance in the movie The Shining. The hotel where the Torrance family stays in the movie is also called "The overlook hotel".
Sometimes when you switch to Trevor when not in a mission, he and another man in front of him will be riding a Faggio and Trevor will say, " We are scooter brothers! Scooooter brothers! ". This is a reference to 4PP (4PlayerPodcast), more specifically http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxKj_CmtHRI
During the mission Hood Safari on the last turn before you get to Grove Street you will see 3 peds riding BMX's down Grove Street away from the cul-de-sac. These 3 peds closely resemble C.J, Sweet and Big Smoke.
During an optional tour in Downtown Vinewood, the Vinewood Tour lady will state that the mayor's office appeared during a "twenty-minute final dogfight to save Earth in the movie Invasion: Los Santos". Invasion: Los Santos is a reference to the movie Battle: Los Angeles. The serial killer's inscription.Added by Zantus In the desert in Sandy Shores, on a few rocks, a lot of the number 8 are inscribed. There is also an inscription which writes: " One is done, Two was fun, Three tried to run, Four called mom, Five's not alive, Six is nix, Seven's in heaven, 8 won't wait. " written by Peter Dreyfuss. This may be a reference to Freddy Krueger's poem.
Inside Lester's safehouse, before you leave his bedroom, take a right. There will be some action figures that closely resemble Master Chief from Halo, Superman and Black Adam from the DC Universe, presumably Han Solo from Star Wars and two other figures. Also, below the figures is a replica of the Excalibur sword.
The heist mission 'The Big One' is a reference to the film 'The Italian Job ' where 3 Mini Coopers are used to carry out a heist to steal gold bars. However, the protagonists use four Gauntlets to steal gold. Still, both involve manipulating the traffic light system and armoured trucks.
If you listen to Trevor's radio in his signature Bodhi you can hear a conversation between a truck driver and another who goes by the name Eddie Low, who was a serial killer that could be found in Alderney by Niko inGTA IV.
If the player goes into the Yellow Jack bar in Sandy Shores, behind the counter will be several $50 bills hanging on the wall. Pictured on these bills is the artwork of the prostitute that appeared on the disc and coverart of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
In the mountains there is a Thelma and Louise Easter Egg. If you go to the right part of the mountains between 7:00 and 8:00 PM you see a vehicle similar to the one from the movie a few feet behind the vehicle are a few police cars and a helicopter. You see an officer begin to approach the vehicle. As he gets closer the vehicle's engine starts and the car drives off of the edge of the cliff. This Easter Egg only happens if you are in a helicopter. You will not see it on foot.
On the beach of Paleto Bay, there is an abondoned boardwalk. On there is a possible reference to the 1988 Tom Hanks movie "Big." At the end of the movie Tom Hanks' character is seen wandering on an empty board walk looking for an old fortune telling machine. On the pier in Paleto Bay, there is a similar looking fortune teller box, however it is empty unlike in the movie. Although the setting and the resemblance of the box could still be a reference to the movie.The Pier in "Big" vs. The Pier in Paleto Bay.Added by Imikida
In Richman, there is a mansion garden filled with half naked women. This is likely a reference to the Playboy Mansion.
In the Los Santos Country Club, there is a golf sign saying, "169 Yards".
"69" is graffitied on the back of the Vinewood Sign.
The name of the shop Liquor Ace sounds like "lick her ass" when said aloud.
The Lifeinvader commercial suggests that the Lifeinvader tablet can be used as a fleshlight.
The two tires used as the Tire Nutz logo line up with a silo behind them to form male genitals from a certain angle.
GTA V has 69 storyline missions.
In Vinewood Hills, there is a house (near the runaway bride's home) with a garden gnome leaning forward with his pants down, as if he is ready for anal sex/mooning.
In Michael's bedroom, theres a "kama sutra" book on the night table.
After switching to Michael in his home, sometimes when he suddenly enters his room and his wife is on bed,Amanda says that thought she had locked the door, and throws away a dildo, then goes to sleep.
Wiwang (wee wang) is the brand of various AC units installed on building rooftops.
References to real life people and eventsEdit
2011 London riots in the UK mentioned on radio advertisements.
Syrian uprising mentioned by the host of Non Stop Pop 100.7
Cold War mentioned on the radio.
Leonora Johnson's murder is a clear reference to the Black Dahlia murder: the victim, Elizabeth Short, was found murdered and severely mutilated on January 15, 1947 in Leimert Park, Los Angeles. Some of her wounds, like cuts on her breasts and portions of flesh removed, are similar to Leonora's.
There is a poster that includes a picture of Marilyn Monroe along with many real-life celebrities.
Just outside of Sandy Shores is a small hill painted and engraved with many words and pictures relating to aliens and UFOs. One of the engravings is '6EQUJ5'. This is a reference to the famous Wow! signal, a mysterious and controversial radio signal from space detected in 1977 that many believe originated from an artificial interstellar source.
There is an electrical box in Sandy Shores with 1.21 GW (Gigawatts) written on it. This is a reference to Back To the Future as it is the amount of Power needed to power the DeLorean.
The $12,000 briefcase is found outside a stony cliff near the tail section of a crashed airplane. The cliff resembles Point Mugu in Ventura County, California. The plane has similar markings to Alaska Air flight 261 which crashed near Point Mugu on January 31, 2000.