ClassicRadar: Pushing people down steps in GTA IV

It's Sunday, which means it's time for another ClassicRadar moment. This week, Justin talks us through his custom video of Niko pushing people down the stairs in Grand Theft Auto IV. It's incredibly irresponsible, malicious and dangerous behaviour that we obviously don't condone in real life, but these Liberty City residents clearly have it coming. Honestly, even two years on, this video still makes us laugh more than we probably should. All hail the Euphoria engine!

GTA IV just keeps on giving. It's been out for a whole year and we're still finding hours and hours of entertainment in little things. Like... pushing people down steps.

The Euphoria engine allows pedestrians to react realistically to forces from any direction. Which means a gentle nudge on the steps (or a less gentle thwack with a baseball bat) will send them tumbling arse over tit. It really shouldn't be as fun as it is but it kept us amused for ages. Especially when they say things like 'Aw, Hell, I don't need this!" Enjoy.

Note: There is some violence, swearing and blood in this video of an 18-rated game.

First posted 02 Apr, 2009

The idea for this video came about after recording the very first clip and watching it back to laugh at it a few times. The sympathetic 'ouch' as he hits his head on the step turns into laughter for some unknown reason. Like Tom and Jerry cartoons, the fact it isn't real makes awful accidental violence very, very funny. Better still were the soundbites that came from the pedestrians as we pushed them around.

The bit near the end where the guy is back-pedalling down the stairs came with a French accent saying 'excuse me, monsieur' which had me in sticthes but I think one of the team thought it was funnier without so it was cut from the soundtrack.

It actually took us a while to settle on the title for the feature. 'GTA IV stair pushing' was ventured, then 'Pushing people down stairs in GTA IV'... but then-editor George didn't like the word 'stairs' and so we had 'steps' instead. How's that for fascinating insight, eh? It's like you were there!

Even though it's been another two years, GTA's Euphoria engine is still unbeaten in terms of potential for video fun. Red Dead Redemption was sorely lacking in the 'steps' department. And nobody says 'shitcock' in that game. Nosiree.

12 Apr, 2011


  • e1337prodigy - April 19, 2011 8:47 p.m.

    lol just shows there is so much to do in GTA. Have to play the game now just to push a couple of coppers down the stairs.
  • therawski - April 18, 2011 10:04 p.m.

    This was one of the reasons I first fell in love with gamesradar, tho I never figured out how to throw your phone at people in gta4.
  • skynetiscoming - April 18, 2011 7:29 p.m.

    This became one of my favourite things to do in GTA 4 after I saw this video a few years ago.
  • ichigoame - April 18, 2011 3:41 p.m.

    It's a ragdoll sort of physics engine, it getting there but the people seem to be double jointed with bones made of bendy straws
  • sternparez - April 18, 2011 1:28 p.m.

    I'd read Gamesradar for a long time before this video first came out but I think when I saw this that was when I fell in love with the site!
  • willheuer - April 18, 2011 11:51 a.m.

    Also if you throw a coffee cup at someone they nprmally fall down. I figured this out at the second apartment with all the stuff on the table.
  • NatDaGamer - April 18, 2011 10:11 a.m.

    loool!!! just what i needed. also the cop dropping his doughnut when he fell was priceless :P
  • jackthemenace - April 18, 2011 9:30 a.m.

    I like the bit where people fall down the steps.
  • LTS - April 18, 2011 8:58 a.m.

    The Physics system is singlehandedly my favorite part of GTA IV.
  • The4X - April 18, 2011 5:26 a.m.

    They really shouldn't die after falls like this... But the body behaviour is awsome.
  • BonesawisreadyforsomeFootball - April 18, 2011 4:12 a.m.

    That was pretty hilarious Iloved the guy who got double tapped by the rando at the 1:22 mark.
  • sexyman500 - April 18, 2011 3:57 a.m. creepiness to the max! And they can't walk for shit!
  • majormoses117 - April 18, 2011 3:48 a.m.

    man I love this game.
  • erreip199 - April 18, 2011 3:29 a.m.

    I remember this video as if ive seen it yesterday!... been lurking this site for WAY too long :D Nonetheless doing this is possibly best when your drunk/high/tired/ whatever, easier to laugh histerically :D
  • xDxP - April 18, 2011 3:28 a.m.

    The guy getting kneed after falling down the stairs made me tear up laughing.
  • PimplesInYourAsstista - April 18, 2011 3:11 a.m.

    Everyone in Liberty City must be at least a little bit tipsy, surely?

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