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The Linerunner is a semi-truck featured in most 3D Universe games.

Design

3D Universe

The Linerunner is designed as a typical American standard cab-styled semi truck resembling a Kenworth W900L. Its name is most likely a parody of Freightliner.

The truck remains largely similar throughout its appearances, having a large front bumper with the license plate in the center and square indicators on either side, as well as a long nose with large fenders, rectangular headlights and an air filter on the driver side. The bottom features large access steps and large fuel tanks, while the cab features large mirrors on the doors, a trumpet horn on the roof, long exhaust stacks and the extended driver's cab quarter, with a single rear-facing window. The rear section mostly consists of the main chassis with a set of trailer cables above, the tail light units and the license plate. Depending on the game, there are minor cosmetic changes between each model:

  • In Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, the truck has a rectangular front bumper and a shorter pointed grille, while the hood/nose is slanted and pointed, and the front fenders mount single rectangular headlights. The front of the cab features a single windshield, while the extended driver's cab quarter has various sections simulating compartments. The rear of the truck features large fenders above the rear wheels, and a set of upper red and lower white tail lights on the rear end, along with a license plate on the passenger side. The truck spawns in a variety of primary colors applied to most of the bodywork.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the truck's front bumper has angular shapes on the outer edges, and the grille is tall and flat, while the hood/nose is rectangular in shape. The fenders also appear to be straighter in shape on the rearmost portion, while the front uses a set of dual square headlights. The front of the cab features a split windshield, while the extended driver's cab quarter features silver/white trim on the rear and bottom sections, as well as numerous compartments and side marker lights. The rear section remains largely similar to the GTA III model, but adds a set of mudflaps on the rear, a metal panel texture below the trailer cables, and an actual trailer platform over the chassis. Again, the truck spawns in a variety of primary colors applied to most of the bodywork.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the truck remains largely identical to the GTA Vice City model, but the front bumper is finished in silver and features smaller indicators and a vented detail in the center, also relocating the license plate slightly below. The grille and hood/nose are also similar in shape, but the silver detail has been relocated to the top edge of the grille. The front fenders are also similar to the GTA Vice City model, but the outer edges have marker lights. The front of the cab features a split windshield with wipers and additional marker lights on the roof, while the extended driver's cab quarter has fewer compartments and side marker lights. The rear of the truck features a red chassis with the tail lights and license plate on the rear end, while a set of mudflaps cover part of the wheels. The details above the rear portion of the chassis remain the same, albeit with the functionality of tow trailers. The truck spawns in a variety of primary colors applied to most of the bodywork, as well as the air filter.

Version History Gallery

Performance

3D Universe

The Linerunner's performance is what would be expected for a vehicle of its size and weight, it is slow to accelerate and hard to maneuver in tight spaces, but once it gets going it has a decent top speed. Disappointingly, though, it is not quite as strong as its intimidating appearance and size would suggest, and it gets knocked around by other vehicles surprisingly easily; nevertheless, the truck proves effective breaking through police roadblocks, provided it is sufficiently speedy. The Linerunner's handling is fairly steady, but if the player does manage to roll it over, it is very difficult to get it back onto its wheels due to its height. In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, it can easily be driven and balanced on only one side, making it the easiest vehicle to get a two-wheel bonus in.

Along with the Tanker and Roadtrain, the Linerunner in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas can be connected to a trailer in order to haul cargo, and is used in the Trucking missions; with the presence of two new semi-trucks in GTA San Andreas, the Linerunner is also revealed to be the slowest and least powerful semi-truck of the three. It is also the smallest out of the three. When attached to a trailer, its handling becomes very similar to a train, in that it will have a higher top speed (while sacrificing acceleration), and is nearly unstoppable; nothing will ever actually stop a Linerunner (or any other truck), it will just slow it down a bit.

The Linerunner is powered by a large diesel engine, which is coupled to a 5-speed gearbox and powers the rear wheels. It uses a loud diesel engine sound shared with trucks such as the Packer, the Flatbed and the Barracks OL in most games, while in GTA San Andreas, it is shared with the aforementioned semi-trucks.

3D Universe Overview


Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.cfg
N/A 75 / 120 5 Diesel RWD 3800 / 8378
Observed
N/A N/A 5 N/A RWD Cannot be observed

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Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Locations

The Linerunner is often common around the city's industrial districts of each game.

Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

  • Common around Callahan Point, Portland Island.
  • Seen in Atlantic Quays, Portland Island.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Trivia

  • The name "Linerunner" may refer to a person who snorts lines of cocaine.
  • The Linerunner features single wheel on the rear axles as opposed to double wheels as seen on the Tanker and Roadtrain, which would usually make it incapable of holding heavy articulated loads.
  • A Linerunner can be found in Manhunt and Manhunt 2.

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