Free Falling, is the term given to a jump of great heights. It is known mainly for suicidal attempts. In all of high building-accessible GTA games, the player automatically dies when he falls from great heights above ground, with the exception of San Andreas, where the player can exploit a glitch. In GTA San Andreas, GTA Vice City Stories and GTA IV era, if you fall into a body of water, you will not die since the player has the ability to swim.
If a player bails out of an aerial vehicle, he can use a parachute in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and The Ballad of Gay Tony. The player can then increase his falling speed by means of diving, or to slow it down, by air resistance. If for an instance, the player removes his parachute, he will fall to death and be wasted.
Because it is a strong physical damage, falling will result your health to decrease, even if you are wearing Body Armor.
GTA III era
Obvious heights of falling from tall buildings are most likely to kill Claude. But unlike the other games, the height for the player to die in free fall is shorter, compared to GTA San Andreas. Also, free falling in this game absolutely kills the player, since Claude cannot swim (if he falls into water) and there are no glitches that prevent death from free falling.
GTA Vice City
The same as in GTA III, Tommy will not die by falling from height, although in Vice City there are tallest buildings, however the player will certainly die if he/she has a low Health level. The same as in GTA III and in GTA LCS, the player has not the ability to swim, also falling into water from any height will result in player's death.
GTA San Andreas
The player will immediately notice that when CJ shouts during a freefall (except for freefalling above a sea or river), he will die. This death ranges from heights of two-stories, mountains, and skyscrapers, up to the highest point (the sky). This occurs only if CJ does not have, or has removed his parachute. Wearing a parachute also changes the animation of CJ as he dives downward and able to control the direction of freefalling.
- If CJ's health is increased to the maximum, then he can survive falling from even the highest building of San Andreas, in which case a very small amount of health will remain. However, if he is wearing a parachute and doesn't deploy it, then he will still die.
- See Parachute Glitch
- "Freefall" is a title of mission, where CJ have to bail out from the plane to jack into a jet full of hitmen.
- In the end of mission "Dam and Blast", there is a cutscene that shows CJ freefalling (without a parachute) to the other side of the dam in order to escape the police.
- In most of the games, if the player is inside a land vehicle while falling (summoned by cheats), he can still survive as long as the car is not damaged severely, or if he does not bail out.