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Published on Jun 16, 2008
Although you could technically die from falls in Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, there was no real mechanism in place which ensured a spectacular death when falling from a great height. Falls would bring down your health until you eventually died, regardless of whether the fall itself was 2 stories or 20 stories.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andres was the first in the franchise to implement a proper fatal fall mechanism in which no matter how much health you had, falling from above a certain height would automatically shatter your legs and result in certain death.
Grand Theft Auto IV built upon this design by incorporating rag-doll physics into falling deaths. But is there any way to circumvent this? Stuck on a tall building with no way down? What's your best chance of survival?
Since there is no cheat to survive a fall, no matter how much health you have, falls from a tall building will kill you every time unless you take advantage of certain glitches in the game. Hitting an object or angled surface right before you hit the ground or falling into a deep body of water can make survival possible, however those are not always viable options. This particular exploit allows you to survive great falls by essentially causing the burning animation to interrupt the fatal fall damage you would otherwise receive.
To do this, you must first start a fire at the edge of a building or high platform by throwing a molotov cocktail on the outer edge and standing in the fire until you start to burn. Alternatively, you could just simply stand on the edge and throw the molotov at the ground directly beneath your feet so you ignite instantly. Once you catch on fire, you must immediately walk off the edge of the building. While falling your character will be “burning” and as such, perform the burning animation. Hitting the ground at the right time will allow you to survive because the burning animation itself will be prioritized over the fall death.
Give the glitch a try and see how big of a fall you can survive. Keep in mind however, this glitch only works in single player mode. Not multiplayer / online.