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Hints and Tips for GTA 5

Navigate story mode like a pro and make the most of your gameplay.

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This is page 7 of our general hints, tips and guides for Grand Theft Auto V single player (story mode). If you have any hints or tips of your own, feel free to send them in!


Ultimate Map

Stabyourself from Reddit took it upon himself to stitch together a 6,000 x 8,000px map of Los Santos and Blaine County (warning: 14.3 MB). Easily the best map we've come across! Click the image below to see the full size version.

Ultimate Gta V Map Small

Underground Train Station Shoot-out

If you liked hospital shoot-outs in past Grand Theft Auto games (noting they don't exist in GTA) then this subway shoot-out feature might be for you.

Travel to the underground train station by going to the place indicated in the maps below.

Train Shootout

Train Shootout

Shoot a few randoms up top to get your wanted level up and the police will start arriving...

Train Shootout

Train Shootout

As a bonus, you can choose to simply loose your 5 star wanted level by running further into the station.

Thanks to sirtrivium

Under the Bridge Aerial Challenge Locations Guide

If you complete all 50 Under the Bridge Aerial Challenges then you'll be half way through to the "Close Shave" Trophy or Achievement. You also need to do all the Knife Flight challenges to get that one! Details here by the way.

You can do all of the 50 challenges with a Maverick helicopter from the South Los Santos hospital helipad. We have a handy hint for getting that too. If the chopper doesn't spawn at first just go back down the street and then back up to the helipad.

To make a fly through count towards the challenge you can't let any part of your chopper touch either the ground or the bridge. You'll be notified on-screen when you do a correct fly under.

Also make sure you quick save before doing some of the harder ones. Even if you get through, or if somehow you damage you chopper, then will enable you to quickly get going again with a fully repair aircraft. See this hint for details.

Finally, if you're doing this with a plane and not the chopper, make sure your landing gear is up! It will fly much more smoothly that way. Press down using the left analog stick (when you're in the air!) to pull the landing gear up.

Unlock Packie McReary

You can unlock Packie McReary as someone to use in your heists.

To get Packie in your crew pay him a visit at the location below. It's that easy!

Packie Mcreary

Use Truck Trailer to Ditch Cops

If you are driving a truck with a trailer you can press right on the digital pad to detach its trailer. This can be useful to block of narrow roads and alleyways etc.

Vapid Bullet Spawn Location

Check out the Youtube video below to see where the Vapid Bullet spawns in story mode in GTA V. It's one of the fastest cars in the game but can be a little hard to control!

Vibrating Mobile Phone

Head into the settings of your cell phone and you can actually set it so that it will vibrate when an in-game call is received, as opposed to ringing.


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  1. I didn't realize that you could actually aim for a gas tank on all vehicles and it makes it so easy to blown them up. How have I been playing this game for 6 years and am only just now realizing this? LOL Great list of GTA 5 tips!

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