Zombies are fictional undead corpses that have been revived typically by an incurable virus. Most Zombies in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto IV, and the other Grand Theft Auto games, are simply mods, which are used to make horror machinimas and movies. Despite this, zombies exist as references or Easter eggs in various games.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City & Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
The only appearance of zombies in GTA Vice City Stories is in the mission Brawn of the Dead, in which the player must act as a movie stuntman for Spitz and kill a large group of actors dressed as zombies. The name of the mission is a clear homage to the 1978 film Dawn of the Dead, which are about zombies. There is also a poster of a sequel named Boy Scout Zombies, surrounding the walls of InterGlobal Studios on Prawn Island. There is an article on the Liberty Cock newspaper referring to Zombie Elvis.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, there are many different types of Zombies. Here are just a few.
- Rednecks, specifically the bald, shirtless redneck who is also thought to be Leatherface.
- Pedestrians that are modified to look like Zombies.
- Strange Alien creatures that resemble zombified crabs.
Many people said the player can find zombies in GTA San Andreas countryside. A business called Zombotech is found near downtown San Fierro. In San Andreas, zombie-like pedestrians can be created. If the player lures a pedestrian into a Pay 'n' Spray whilst he is getting a car sprayed, the pedestrian in logic will have normal health, but will continue to walk even if their HP reaches 0, thus creating a type of zombie in a sense.
At the drive-in theater near Fort Carson, there is a movie playing named Zombie Cheerleader Sleepover 5.
Grand Theft Auto IV
In Grand Theft Auto IV, there are a lot of different Zombie types.
- There is a video game/movie poster advertised in the subways called "Z Resurrection". It is believed that this was to be a mini-game like QUB3D but was cut from the final version for some reason.
- There are loads of random pedestrians, who have been given a zombified skin in multiplayer.
- In multiplayer, by ranking up once, you will obtain the ability to play as a Zombie. The Zombie can make moaning sounds and only wears an orange pair of underwear that has the Rockstar Logo on them. This was done at a Rockstar Games Social Club event called "Zombie Invasion in Liberty City", and getting leveling up once in Multiplayer will unlock it.
Grand Theft Auto V
In GTA V, there appears to be a zombie actor imitating as a zombie right next to a movie theater. This is meant to be an Easter egg, but Rockstar Games could be hinting a zombie apocalypse myth. Other rumors suggest that the Humane Labs and Research develops zombie viruses and that the package Michael took in the mission "Monkey Business" is a zombie virus.
It is possible new players of GTA V can drive past the zombie actor in Vinewood, without noticing him, then looking in the Dialogue section of the Brief tab in the pause menu and seeing one of his lines, may be the cause for reports of true zombies in the game.
There is also a mission in which Michael must play dead to get into the morgue. When the coroner's are looking at his "dead" body, moving Michael's head will cause one of the coroner's to say "He's reanimating!", a reference to zombies. The mission's name, Dead Man Walking, is also a reference to zombies.
Lurcher, a hearse added in Halloween Surprise update, has a coffin with a zombie mannequin in it.
Zombrex, which is a pharmaceutical drug used to prevent people from turning into zombies in the video game series Dead Rising, is mentioned in a Weazel News report.