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A Contradiction in the Timeline (The Manual Vs The Website)


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The GTA LCS Manual is a Newspaper Article from October 30th 1998. It seemingly takes place during the early events of the game(Before the mayor is assasinated, but after some of the early missions given references to bike attacks and a screenshot from a Maria mission as a photo). 
 

BUT, this is contradicted by the websites. The main one(an email box run by Ned Burner)’s last email is on May 7th 1998, and it’s from Ma Cipriani, saying her son is coming back to town soon from ‘vacation’. This is further backed up by another email from May 3rd where Leon McAffrey says Toni is heading back to Liberty. This suggests the game starts around May 8th-10th. This is backed up by the Paulie Revue website, which lists several scheduled events. However, the July event is cancelled, implying that after June 8th and before July 10th the business is taken over, which fits the game starting in mid May. And this is only a few missions before the mayor is killed.

 

So either the manual is wrong, the website is wrong, or literally nothing happened between June and October 1998 and nobody talks about that 

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In general I’ve actually been trying to narrow down the ranges GTA games take place.

 

3 is the easiest, we know the exact date (Give Me Liberty occurs on the evening of October 22nd 2001) and we have a decent idea of how long it lasts(The website says after many delays that the Porter Tunnel will probably be finished in November, so the first halfish of the game takes 3 weeks to a month. The final battle with Catalina then probably takes place in mid-late December, shortly before Christmas given there isn’t any snow fall yet and NY generally gets snow in mid-late December)

 

LCS is confusing for the reasons mentioned above. San Andreas is difficult to pin down the start, but given that in Saint Marks Bistro there’s snow in Liberty City(meaning it is late December at the earliest) End of the Line probably takes place early in 1993. It’s a long ass game, it spilling into the next year seems reasonable.

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Personally I think the first leg of the game takes place in May-June, the election arc July-August(The mayor is going through a jog in the park, there’s tourism going on, it fits) and the final arc late August-September. (The final mission takes place during a dark rainstorm, fitting the start of Fall. It would also place Bringing the House Down around September 11th which fits)

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