GTA San Andreas is still a treasure trove of secret material even after all these years. Players are still looking for difficult-to-find secrets in the game.
While there are a few small mysteries tucked away here and there, Rockstar Games would have wanted to keep some of them hidden.
Rockstar Games’ GTA players have learned an important lesson about open-world exploration: always look everywhere. Even locations that are off-limits invite players to visit without permission.
As a result, several of the secrets on this list were discovered by accident (with or without the consent of Rockstar Games).
5 GTA San Andreas secrets that weren’t meant to be found
#5 – Hot Coffee
This is, without a doubt, Rockstar Games’ most costly blunder. The company had originally planned to include a sex mini-game. After a successful date, one of CJ’s girlfriends might invite him over, triggering this feature. However, before the game’s release date, this mini-game was removed.
What Rockstar didn’t count on was someone playing this mini-game on the GTA San Andreas Windows port. Until a year after its first release, no one knew about it. It sparked a tremendous commotion among moral guardians when it was uncovered. Members of Congress joined in the fun as well.
Rockstar was in legal peril, despite their denials of any misconduct. The GTA modding community demonstrated that there was a filtering tool that could be used to disable this feature. As a result of the class-action litigation, the company was forced to pay millions of dollars.
Blue Hell (#4)
Every single 3D game in the GTA series has what is known as Blue Hell. Underneath the map terrain is an empty place where players can see the entire landscape.
GTA San Andreas has its own version of Blue Hell. Not every area in San Andreas is solid; there may be openings where a GTA player can fall right through. If players use a jetpack, they will find themselves an opening somewhere on the map.
With the use of the jetpack, GTA players can now explore this empty area. They will see many streets and the inside of several buildings.
Players should note that Blue Hell is not to be confused with the Hidden Interiors Universe. The latter is where the in-game interiors can be found, not the outdoors.
#3 – Downgrading the Steam version
GTA San Andreas has a history of porting disasters. Whenever Rockstar outsources to a cheaper company, it results in a lack of quality control.
Steam versions of GTA San Andreas are terrible for three reasons: music track expirations, countless glitches, and updates that remove modding features.
To get around this, GTA players have to downgrade GTA San Andreas back to the original v1.0. There are several videos online on how to achieve this, which can be helpful for players who lack tech-savviness.
#2 – Game-breaking skip that beats the game
Long before the speedrunning community took off, video games were meant to be played in a linear fashion. Rockstar certainly didn’t intend for players to figure out ways to exploit the game.
Speedrunners want to make it to the end as fast as possible. There is a secret that players can learn to do so.
A few years ago, speedrunner Powdinet figured out a way to cut back game completion from three hours to less than 20 minutes. Long story short, GTA players can manipulate in-game variables through specific tasks. If done correctly, the game starts the final mission.
Speedrunner Karl Jobst has a great video on how to perform this trick. Although Powdinet no longer has a world record, it’s through his efforts that GTA players can beat the game more easily.
#1 – GTA players can attend a Ballas funeral without any hostility
There is no love lost between Grove Street Families and the Ballas. In a deeply personal rivalry between two major gangs, Sweet decided to forgo civility and to crash a funeral.
GTA gamers must travel to a cemetery in the Los Sepulcros objective and wait for a high-ranking member to come. They must normally avoid making a scene in order not to startle the Ballas.
Climbing over a wall and talking to Sweet behind a building is the goal. They can, however, turn right and head to the funeral.
CJ will not be attacked by any of the Ballas. Given their mutual animosity, this seems surprising. It could be a mistake on the part of the developer.
In any case, until the rest of the Ballas arrive, GTA gamers can gaze at the casket. They can even shoot at it without harming themselves. If they hit the Ballas, though, the mission will fail.