Best of GR videos: Naked Gun intro done in GTA IV

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We love silly humour, so it's no surprise that The Naked Gun (and Police Squad, the series it spawned from) is one of our favourite series. And, of course, we love the 'police car drives through sillier and sillier locations' opening sequence - lovingly lampooned by shows like Family Guy or the Red Rock Cider ads.

Which is why we decided to do our own videogame homage to the skit, using Grand Theft Auto IV. So here's our Naked Gun intro sequence, GTA IV style...

Originally posted 06 Jun, 2008

A little more about this video, mainly because it's GamesRadar's most-viewed custom video from the past 5 years (and also scored some YouTube ripper some 290,000 hits for free). I had the idea for the video while using the on-board camera, thinking how similar the bonnet cam looked to that classic intro, and I still remember pitching it at the morning meeting.

I wish I still had the original video files to give you a true HD version, but I've re-uploaded the original master in our new player so you can see it in much higher quality.

Interesting things you probably missed:

  • You can't just drive into the hotel lobby - the scene cuts in at the final moment I scraped in through the door after several minutes of trying (and 'fix car' code entering).
  • It's not possible to get a police car into the skatepark, so I had to spawn in another vehicle. If you look closely at 0:50s, you can see the police car parked outside the entrance, where I left it in frustration.
  • The comedy club scene was incredibly hard to do. The car's turning circle is too wide to turn on the floor, so you're actually watching three small handbrake turns. Can you tell?
  • The rollercoaster gets too narrow for the police car to get through - right at the second after it cuts away.
  • You can see tyre tracks on the skate ramp from where I tried it before. Also, the car rolled onto its roof after that last ramp.

Finally, this video was made before the tragic death of the great Leslie Nielsen. But I hope it's a fitting tribute to him.

08 Mar, 2011 


  • Austin_SJ - March 8, 2011 12:54 p.m.

    This video reminds me of the Family Guy episode that begins with a similar paradoy. Man, Family Guy has got to be one of the funniest, and all round greatest TV shows of all time.
  • SpaceCowboy - March 8, 2011 12:58 p.m.

    Haha that is brilliant. I remember seeing this on the site ages ago but i don't think i ever got round to watching it. Well done :)
  • jonnylil - March 8, 2011 1:05 p.m.

    Nice Beaver!
  • GR_JustinTowell - March 8, 2011 1:07 p.m.

    Thanks, I just had it stuffed...
  • NeelEvil - March 8, 2011 1:19 p.m.

    That was amazing, I grew up watching Police Squad & the Naked Gun films so I've gone all nostaligic now.
  • TitanofRock21 - March 8, 2011 2:05 p.m.

    freakin awesome work lad. RIP Leslie Neilsen one of the greatest comedy legends of all time!
  • Cutter9792 - March 8, 2011 2:17 p.m.

    This is freaky. I just got around to watching this movie for the first time yesterday.
  • Balaska - March 8, 2011 2:29 p.m.

    Totally awesome, I haven't laughed so much in a very long time
  • Kouin - March 8, 2011 2:53 p.m.

    Fantastic. What a great video to start the morning with. I'm in the mood for some Naked Gun now.
  • Gavo - March 8, 2011 3:05 p.m.

    I remember when this came out. I've been on this site too long haha.
  • jackthemenace - March 8, 2011 3:27 p.m.

    OMG. A couple months ago i got really depressed, so me and my dad stayed up late an watched some Police squad and it cheered me right up. And then Leslie Nielson died. Thankyou so much for the tribute to him.
  • Junpeihermes - March 8, 2011 6:03 p.m.

  • tifanity - March 8, 2011 7:45 p.m.

    I am pretty impressed on how well this was done. I loved the Naked Gun movies and I remember always laughing during the intro.
  • UltimateZeldaFanboy - March 8, 2011 9:06 p.m.

    Love the tribute, i absolutely love Police Squad and The Naked Gun. and R.I.P. Leslie Nielson, truly one of the greatest
  • TFUPrivateIron - March 8, 2011 9:23 p.m.

    Ah, Naked Gun. When I was a kid, all my friends were watching Spaceballs, and I was watching Naked Gun. I made the better choice, obviously.
  • RonsonPL - March 8, 2011 10:39 p.m.

    That is really cool and funny :D ...and sad when you think about Leslie N. :(
  • 8bitBaby - March 8, 2011 11:19 p.m.

  • Crabhand - March 9, 2011 midnight

    I had never seen this before, but it's totally awesome. Really well done.
  • mikeydo00 - March 9, 2011 1:34 a.m.

    Fucking yes Leslie Neilson
  • The_King_of_Nothing - March 9, 2011 6:44 a.m.

    That was amazing. Very well done. A perfect tribute to the late great Leslie Nielson.

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