The more times you watch your favorite movie, the more tiny details you will discover. Hidden references, in-jokes and Easter Eggs, and sometimes silly goofs, they will all reveal themselves if you pay attention. Now, as the latest installment of the Grand Theft Auto series GTA V is allegedly the most expensive video game at a combined development and marketing cost of over $265 million, you can expect the same from a video game with the budget of a Hollywood blockbuster.
The in-game city of Los Santos and the surrounding Blaine County are based on Los Angeles and its greater metropolitan area. The fictional metropolis, however, has got a superpower that its real-life counterpart hasn’t. The city rebuilds itself, or more precisely, puts itself back to the state you have found it.
What does that mean? Say, you drive through a wired fence to break into a private yard. Now, if you drive around a bit and return to the same spot, the fence is intact. Who or what fixes things in such a short while? The answer is probably the momentary invisibility. You learn that after playing with the game for some time.
So, what happens when you stay on the spot on purpose? What if you don’t lose sight of the damage? To find out, I performed an experiment, and my findings were hilarious. To set the scope, I caused some serious chaos by driving on the railroad with a fire truck and had it hit by a train. It caused a series of explosions in a busy junction.
First, the city responded promptly, they sent paramedics and firefighters to attend the scene. What’s more, a firefighter got attacked by a driver and left on the ground. Paramedics attended him as well, but left him on the road… for days. Just as the wrecks and the traffic jam caused by the events, they remained there forever. I climbed up on the top of a stationary van and stayed there just looking.
The traffic jam eased a bit only when I looked elsewhere. So, the ghosts were working in the background, but they didn’t have enough time and space to act properly. They removed some cars far away, but couldn’t take care of the car wrecks and the chaos at the crash scene. Funnily enough, the uninjured drivers were just sitting in the traffic jam patiently, including the ambulance, and didn’t drive or walk away. I waited two in-game nights and days, and apart from other trains rattling through the debris, nothing happened in terms of recovery.
And then I spotted an abandoned police helicopter just down the road. I hadn’t seen it crash, so I didn’t know how it had landed here. I couldn’t resist and ran there to see if I could fly it. It turned out to be wrecked too, so it couldn’t fly anymore. But, this short run to the helicopter was enough for the invisible powers to clear up the railroad junction in a matter of seconds, after two days of standstill.
People of Los Santos, you are perfect lab rats!