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These Grand Theft Auto screenshots are fake!

While researching our These Screenshots Are Fake! feature last month, we happened upon a few wonderfully faked GTA shots. Some we'd seen before, some we hadn't. But impersonating Rockstar's megaseries is so popular that, in just a few minutes, we had found a dozen such creations purporting to be everything from the very first GTA IV image to a super-realistic London-based episode.

So, obviously, there was only one thing to do - dedicate an entire feature to them! Just remember - don't believe your eyes. Not even for a second...

A fair few of our false finds are like good April Fool's pranks - ridiculous enough to be funny, but with just enough graspable elements to be almost real. You must have seen this effort, which mixes familiar GTA furniture with bits from other games (like Crazy Taxi) and a lady model from software suite Poser3d. See? But did you know that it was a gang of desperate journos from the UK who created it?


We remember this one appearing way back in 2005, claiming to be the first ever shot from GTA IV. Rockstar, of course, shot it down - but only after first releasing a statement of "no comment". Which, of course, only prompted speculation that it was real.


This we just came upon in a forum, one of the many where forumites stick up GTA shots they've faked. Which are then critically analysed for obviously not being real. Which prompts angry reaction explaining that it's a FAKE screenshots thread. Which triggers a full-blown flame war. Can't we all just get along?

10 comments

  • Gingerbread - October 23, 2008 1:42 a.m.

    First...Wow those are sooo fake
  • spliffsucker93 - June 30, 2009 2:41 a.m.

    i shotgunned a fat ass blunt just like the trashy guy on the last page, 3rd picture down is doing. that shit got me kissin the sky
  • Vandalizer - June 29, 2009 8:11 p.m.

    And in the 3rd last one(x box 360) ehhhhh hello!!doctor who i dont lyk dat show but i still recognise him!!1
  • 360fanboy - June 25, 2009 3:28 p.m.

    Hmm, okay so..the second cover shot, has no one noticed johnny gat and the rollers tag from Saints Row?
  • melch - June 25, 2009 8:55 a.m.

    GTA London pppppplease!!!!!!!!!! bbbbbbbbbaaaaaaaaaaaaa
  • TractorBoy21 - June 24, 2009 4:49 p.m.

    SECOND! It's only a matter of time before fake screens for GTA 5 start to emerge, if they haven't already
  • L4DFanatic - June 25, 2009 2:59 a.m.

    *to the guy above me* I bet you do :D
  • Ezekiel17 - June 25, 2009 1:23 a.m.

    lol! If I'm remembering correctly, the girl in the last fake box art pic is from Need for Speed: Most Wanted. I remember the weirdest things.. :P
  • CRYPTONiC - June 24, 2009 6:58 p.m.

    4TH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • SenorChunky - June 24, 2009 6:37 p.m.

    THIRD! Some of these aren't actually to bad, but other just play awful!

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