Let's Be Bad Guys
Joined: Sep 14, 2011
Although I'm sure none of following will present much of an interest to those of you who have played Grand Theft Auto IV until your eyes bled, it is really intended for the newbies who are new to the game and just starting out. Now that (as of the time of writing) GTA-V is coming out, GTA-IV will no doubt become popular and quite a few people may be trying it. Well, if you're new to GTA-IV you might want to check out the following ... I've entitled it Things to Do in Liberty City (before you die)
ABSCOND WITH A POLICE CAR -- It would seem that the Liberty City police are remarkably inefficient at securing their own vehicles - even when they are in police parking lots, or parked out front or behind police precincts. In fact, in various places in the greater Liberty City area the cops have just left police patrol vehicles parked unattended in the street. One of them even has the lights still flashing on it. In the majority of cases it will become necessary to stroll up to the vehicle, break a window and climb in, wherein if you have not been detected or observed you can attempt to access the police mainframe from the vehicles computer. However, under normal circumstances it is best if you leave the area as quickly as possible before accessing the computer. Once you have a police car it will serve to provide camouflage in certain situations, information (from the suspects database) and even help to clear traffic out of your way when you switch the siren and lights on. As a side-benefit, police vehicles do not have to pay bridge tolls. However, if you are driving a police car while engaged in certain missions, the mere sight of the vehicle may frighten off people who you wish to speak with (and subsequently lead to the mis-termination of certain missions).
ASSAULT A COP - TAKE DOWN A POLICE HELICOPTER -- If you want to get the attention of the brutish and often brutal police in Liberty City, it is as simple as walking up to one and hitting the guy - or shooting him. Assaulting a cop will lead to an immediate All-Points Circle being projected around your current position and the nearest police unit being called to intercept you - followed by many others as they are for the most part, bored out of their minds and just itching for a fight. Sooner of later you will do something that will earn you the attention of a police helicopter. Atypically, these are manned by three cops, one being the pilot and the others are armed outriders who have assault rifles. Although you can use a simple pistol to take out the outriders, or even the pilot if they are at low enough altitude to be effective, their disposition is better achieved by using a SMG, Micro-SMG, Assault Rifle or even a Sniper Rifle. Due to their relative expense and issues related to accuracy, rocket-propelled-grenades (RPG's) are best left for those really tricky situations, but if you feel the need to use one, aim just ahead of a helicopters projected path, or if it is relatively motionless just above the side doors, so even if the RPG goes wild, you have an equal chance of hitting both body and blades. However, please note that the best way of bringing down a helicopter is to take out the pilot. He can be shot through either of the side windows, the main windshield, the lower window in the nose or from an angle. It often takes two clean hits with the first breaking the glass on his side window, and the second taking down the pilot. When you REALLY annoy them, they stop sending in ordinary cops and the guys with N.O.O.S.E. body armor and weapons are sent out to fly and man them instead. If they really have an issue with you, armed response helicopters will turn up and you will have no problem identifying them as they carry machine guns, missile racks and will open fire on you the first chance they get so try to find cover. Taking them down is possible but they can take more punishment, although it is still possible to kill the pilot in the manner described above. You can also bring them down with RPG, or if you wish with an Assault Rifle - which is particularly effective on moving parts. TIP: Since GTA-IV uses a all-new body-points system it is entirely possible for you to aim at any body part (hands, feet, legs, arms, torso and head) and with the appropriate weapon inflict damage and/or serious injury on your victim - including death if you have sufficient firepower. They will react accordingly, showing evidence of pain and injury. When you hit a target the circle around them denoting 'life' and 'armor' will reflect that damage until such time that they are no longer a threat to you.
ATM ASSAULT / MUGGING -- Among the various methods of making money in Liberty City is conducting a mugging at an ATM Machine. ATM Machines can be found at branches of the Liberty City banks, some grocery stores and other locations and are available both to check the balance of your own account and to ... ahem, obtain money by separating it from its original, rightful owners via the application of extreme violence in numerous forms. To begin any mugging, simply wait near or in the vicinity of any ATM machine in the city and eventually somebody will come along - including cops - they will execute this neat little animation, dialing in their code and then they look left and right to make sure nobody is nearby ... at which point, get 'em! Parties using an ATM Machine will release a variable amount of cash onto the ground and any nearby surfaces, including those above them to a height of approximately four meters so be prepared for this possibility. Some of the bills, which are arranged in neat stacks, will glow and be easily identifiable, but others, mainly those located a short distance from the victim will not and therefore may not necessarily be visible, so if possible circle around the immediate area, even walking over the victim several times until you are sure that you have collected all of the money before leaving the area. These forms may include, but are not limited too the following: FISTS: Hitting the victim with your fists - unless you are seen by a cop this often acts to incapacitate them silently but it may take some effort. Depending on their relative strength and gender they may or may not prove to be an easy subject to mug. BASEBALL BAT: If you decide to hit the victim with a Baseball Bat you will need to be both in close proximity to them and to make a clean contact with them - which in all fairness, seldom is the case, and it can sometimes be frustrating for the player to be swinging away at the victim yet not making contact with them, which may bring about undue attention of the police and give the victim a chance to escape. However, once you do make contact with them, you may need to put in considerable effort to drop them. KNIFE: Use of a knife - a knife will give you a considerable advantage over an enemy, especially in close quarters combat, and it has advantages - the most obvious being that its relatively silent in its execution unless you are seen by a cop. The victim often goes down with relatively little effort on your part - not for the squeamish as it requires considerable violence. GUN: Employing a firearm - whether you choose to use a simple pistol, smg, assault rifle or shotgun the weapon in question will generate a loud report (noise) and depending on where it is used and the proximity of any cops you may or may not be noticed using it. It has been my observation that you can safely use a weapon 10% of the time without the police becoming alerted and an All-Points Circle being generated. If you choose to use a firearm, the best method for incapacitating the victim is to aim for a clean head shot - payout is virtually instantaneous. OTHER METHODS: There are several additional options, two of which to me at least should be considered as 'overkill' and these consist of the use of Grenades, Molotov Cocktails or even crushing the victim with a vehicle aimed at the ATM Machine in order to make them release their cash. The previous two items are expensive and therefore unsuitable for this purpose. However, in extreme circumstances, crushing is workable, but there is always the possibility that the victim may effect a last minute escape, or you may be noticed by a cop while doing it. Explosions or fire will generally bring about immediate attention from local law enforcement. TIP: THIRD PARTY INTERVENTION: One of the dangers of ATM Mugging takes the form of unexpected hostile intervention by a third party - and not necessarily a cop. You will discover that in certain situations, especially in the case of mugging female Non Player Characters (NPCs) that male characters may come to her assistance, often with their bare fists intent on beating you up, or even with firearms or knives. under these circumstances you have two realistic options. (a) Eliminate them, or (b) leave the area. The same phenomenon may also occur in areas where you have a community spirit in place - such as the projects (estates) or within groups, such as the biker gangs who will see any assault as an assault on them all, or their way of life. NOTE: The same rules as outlined above also apply to ordinary street muggings - and remember, if you are being chased by somebody, whether they are a cop, a pedestrian or simply an outraged driver intend on beating you up, you do have the option of running away and concealing yourself until they pass - wherein you can slip away undetected quite easily.
BOWLING, DARTS and POOL -- When you are not out (literally) painting the town red, you can indulge in a little recreational time. Niko can go bowling, play darts at a bar or play pool either on his own or in the company of a friend.
CALL LITTLE JACOB TO OBTAIN CUT-PRICE WEAPONS -- Probably the one character in GTA-IV who you want to keep on your side. Little Jacob is your pal, your buddy and your best source of cut-price weapons and equipment. To keep him happy, take him to eat at Cluckin' Bell, and make sure you see shows with him, or play pool - or both. He will understand if you cannot make a meeting (see cancel plans with a phone call) but its best to keep him happy. If you are really close with him, he will offer to sell you weapons and equipment at cut-rate prices and will drive to a location near you to make good on his offer.
CANCEL PLANS WITH A PHONE CALL -- One of the more annoying aspects of GTA-IV is the requirement for Niko Bellic to become involved in social interaction with other characters - most notably, Roman, Brucie, and his girlfriends. He will also be called by Little Jacob, but in this case, keeping the Rastafarian happy is well worth the trouble involved as he is a valuable ally. Although other characters will reward your social interaction with gifts, services and such, none are more valuable than Little Jacob. If a contact calls you and attempts to engage you in a social situation that you neither have the time or the inclination for, you can initially agree to attend then call them back, this time selecting the option to cancel plans. Niko will apologize to them, and for the most part they will understand that he is unable to attend. You may from time to time receive a less than enthusiastic response, especially in the case of Brucie or any of the woman in Niko's life - but most of them will accept the situation. Failure to make an appointment will earn you a 'thumbs down' from them, sometimes even a mild rebuke. The girlfriends may even become abusive or make negative comments - so its best if you CANCEL plans where possible. TIP: If you consistently let down your friends, previously offered services may be unexpectedly withdrawn without warning, or you will begin to receive semi-abusive messages from them. In a scant few instances, you can make plans with a contact only to discover that the meeting cannot be cancelled and attempting to call them will put you through to an answer phone.
CAUSE A VEHICLE TO DETONATE -- Almost every vehicle you will see being utilized in Liberty City can be dramatically detonated resulting in a beautifully animated explosion, which in turn produces a burning hulk of twisted scarred metal which can be approached after the fires have died down. By almost I mean the majority of vehicles excluding at least Armored Vans (which are covered elsewhere in this guide). The simplest way of doing this is with a firearm, aimed at either of the back wheels and fired until flames erupt from the wheel arches. Within a few seconds, the flames will cause an explosion, so be sure to get clear or suffer the consequences of your (or other peoples) actions. Although a pistol will work well, an SMG, Micro-SMG or any of the assault weapons will do an excellent job. You may also bring about a detonation by rolling a Grenade under a vehicle, or smashing a Molotov Cocktail on the bodywork, although this sometimes fails to ignite the vehicle. You may also use a Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) on vehicle vehicles, especially those armored against assault, often used by the police, N.O.O.S.E. or military personnel. In fact, any form of explosive source will do the job if the vehicle is close enough, including other burning vehicles. NOTE: Vehicles may also spontaneously ignite and subsequently detonate if they are rammed, ram solid objects, or impact with propane gas cylinders.
CIRCUMVENT BRIDGE BARRICADES -- As with the earlier Grand Theft Auto games, the game unlocks in stages. Initially, you only have access to three isles on the map, these being Broker/Dukes (where you begin), the smaller one above it named Bohan, and the one between them named Charge Island which sits in the East River. In order to unlock Algonquin you have to do the mission "Blow Your Cover". Alderney is unlocked by taking part in the mission called "Three Leaf Clover". However, if you are feeling adventurous and are willing to take a few chances, my best advice to you is to find some body armor, some weapons and to consider one or more of the following options to attempt an illegal crossing: Although the police have made it difficult to cross the various bridges using a vehicle by placing concrete 'Jersey Barriers' across all of the roads and bridges going into and out of Algonquin and Alderney, it is not impossible to circumvent them. However, be advised that any attempt made on foot is both slow and leaves you open to hostile fire, which if you are thought to be a terrorist, will be considerable. However, if you still wish to attempt it before the island are unlocked there are six places where you can do it without the need to swim.
* BROKER BRIDGE * Consisting of two lanes of roadway and a public walkway, Broker Bridge is initially guarded by police armed with assault rifles. The easiest way across is to use a motorcycle to access the public walkway, or if you are feeling more daring, you can attempt to circumvent the police roadblocks, but expect to be fired on at either end.
* ALGONQUIN BRIDGE * The simplest option may be the Algonquin Bridge, which features rail, road and public walkway access. Access to the bridge via the public walkway is unguarded as it is above the police stationed at the road level, so it is possible to by-pass them, however, any intrusion will not go unnoticed. You may also attempt to circumvent the police barricades on the road via use of a motorcycle - but be prepared to come under immediate fire, and to be intercepted before you reach the far side. If you manage, however, to avoid the police, be advised that more units are stationed at the western end and will also open fire on you, as well as report your intrusion to the nearest police department in Algonquin. The easiest method by far is to gain access to the railway via the nearest station, which in this case happens to be Hove Beach and to approach the bridge on a motorcycle, or a car, avoiding subway trains. Once on the bridge the police will quickly realize that you are there, but by then you will be on the far western side and unless you decide to exit to street level, you can carry on into the subway tunnels and travel around the system. You may if you wish, attempt to exit to street level via any of the stations you will see, but life expectancy unless you are cautious is extremely limited as the cops will be using assault rifles.
* EAST BOROUGH BRIDGE * This bridge consists of three distinct sections, two of which (west and north) lead off of Charge Island, wherein the eastern section leads to Algonquin. In all three instances the bridge can only be navigated by foot or in a car or on a motorcycle. Police barricades at in place on the western side of the bridge, preventing access. These can be circumvented in much the same way that the Broker Bridge and the Algonquin Bridge can - with the same consequences.
* NORTHWOOD HEIGHTS BRIDGE * Consisting of a two-lane highway the road is protected at either end by armed police officers standing behind concrete 'Jersey Barriers' and who are armed with assault rifles. Although you can cross it on a motorcycle, running is not advised as there is virtually no cover at all. Please note that either side of the lanes are public walkways separated from the lanes by barricade walls, which may offer some protection from hostile fire.
* ELEVATED RAILWAY BRIDGE AT NORTHWOOD HEIGHTS * This can be accessed by going to the Elevated Railroad station at San Quentin Avenue, located in Fortside and the proceeding west along the track bed. Although the rail bridge can be accessed via foot, it is best navigated with a motorcycle or other vehicle, as you will come under immediate attack, possibly from police helicopters and there is no immediate cover. On reaching the western end of the bridge you will be an easy target for police, so be prepared to take extreme measures to ensure your survival.
* SUB-SURFACE RAILWAY TUNNEL AT NORTHWOOD HEIGHTS * Going up to Bohan, you can attempt to sneak into northern Algonquin via a railroad tunnel entrance located next to the Grand Boulevard at Northern Gardens. Once again, you can either descend down into the tunnel on foot, or on a motorcycle - and it will carry on down and under the East River. Although unguarded at the eastern end, the tunnel leads into the subway system so it will become necessary to exit via one of the stations in Algonquin. Expect the police to go nuts, you will see evidence on your radar of armed police patrol boats, helicopters but they will be unable to attack you as you are under the river.
* COLONY ISLAND (VIA WATER) * If you are willing to take the risk of swimming, there is one additional option available to you and that means going to the waterfront at Boabo close by the Algonquin bridge and slipping into the water at the point closest to the island which is located mid-river. The crossing takes a few seconds, and if you are quick you can out-swim the police patrol boats, getting up onto the dock close by the old abandoned hospital, wherein you will then have to avoid the police who will arrive en masse, and from there have to circumvent via some means Leaper's Bridge before you can access Algonquin. Although Leaper's Bridge has no police barricades, it will be defended by police units who will act to prevent you leaving the Colony Island alive. TIP: If you manage to outwit the police while on Colony Island, you can flee into the old hospital where you will find a shotgun and an assault rifle. If you manage to get to the cemetery at the northern end of the isle, head to the north-western corner of the graveyard, where you will find behind an Angel, body armor.
CLUCKIN BELL / BURGER SHOT (HEALTH) -- Considered the premier fast food chicken and gravy chain of Liberty City, Cluckin Bell serves up fowl fare for relatively little cost. Whether you come in for the Bucket 'o' Chickin' or the Chickin' Choker Kids Meal, you will not leave disappointed (unless you actually work there). It's immediate corporate competition is Burger Shot, whose goal in life is to dominate without mercy the fast food consumer market by any means possible.
EAT AT THE 69TH STREET DINER (HEALTH) -- You can order a bite to eat at the 69th Street Diner in Hove Beach.
ENGAGE THE SERVICES OF A PROSTITUTE -- If you're feeling lonely and there is nobody else you can turn too and you are convinced that you can look at yourself in the mirror in the morning without feeling like human trash with a worrying rash and an intimate itch that simply won't go away, you might be the sort of person who gets their kicks from liaisoning with the ladies of the night. There are places in Liberty City where you can find scantily clothed women standing at the side of the road ... seeking business in the oldest profession in the world. To engage the services of a prostitute, simply drive up in something with at least two seats, and pulling up at the curb honk your horn at least once. This will act to get her attention, wherein she will walk over and leaning over ask you what your intentions are. Press the action key to give her access to the car then drive to a secluded spot where you can choose the services to be rendered. You can cycle thought the options, wherein selecting one will bring about a sexual animation followed by money changing hands, wherein the prostitute will climb out of the car and depart. WARNING: unlike the 'hot coffee' issue in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, this one is pretty graphic but at no time are any clothes removed.
ENGAGE THE SERVICES OF A PROSTITUTE (PIMP AWARENESS) -- In addition to solicting you can also choose to use these unfortunates for target practice or for the purposes of mugging ... but be warned, in some places in the city they are often accompanied by their pimps, who may be concealed a short distance away and who at the first sign of danger may appear and open fire on you to protect their own interests. In these instances, its a good idea to eliminate the pimp as well as your intended target.
GET DRUNK -- It is possible to visit a bar and to get so drunk that you will be unable to stand up, let alone walk in a straight line and as for driving - my advice is, FORGET IT, you're incapable - and if you do try to drive anywhere at all while intoxicated expect immediate police attention, wherein they will stop your vehicle and by the time you have sobered up you will be missing all of your weapons and some cash from your wallet. To say the least, the drunk experience is best shared with a friend. However, if you find yourself as drunk-as-a-lord and in desperate need to take a guest or companion home, you can hail a taxi to get you there. Eventually you will sober up and the world will return to normal, but while drunk you will be incapable of combat, yet for some reason, piloting a helicopter seems to be unaffected which seems more like an oversight in the game programming than a bug.
GET INVOLVED IN A GUNFIGHT -- We all know Liberty City is a rough place; hell, you've even heard it said on the subway, even in the street that its time that somebody or other got a gun to defend themselves with, but a lot of people in Liberty City have actually gone out and done exactly that and now walk around with a concealed (and sometimes openly revealed) firearm in their possession. Anyone familiar with Hove Beach and Firefly Island in particular will know that almost everyone is packing a piece and is more than happy to use it, so choose your victims carefully there as what begins as a simple assault, possibly a smash-and-grab may quickly degenerate into a vicious gunfight with a pistol packing madman; a shotgun tooling hoodlum or even a machine-gun welding maniac who has only one thought on their teeny-tiny brain and that is to make you very dead very quickly indeed.
GO ON A DATE -- Although your initial date in GTA-IV is chosen for you as a love interest, you will in time meet other women through the LOVEMEET website who will date you. Some of them will provide services, while others offer nothing and may even be a drain on your resources and time. Dating requires you to engage in social interaction with others, go places, do things, purchase meals, etc. Successful romantic liaisons may be rewarded with a cut-scene.
GO SEE A SHOW -- There are at least two places in Liberty City that you can go to see a live show. The first of these is located in Hove Beach and is a Russian Mafia-run revue called Perestroika which features several live acts and at least one singer. The other is Split Sides, a comedy club located in Algonquin which has two comedy acts for you to enjoy.
HAIL A TAXI CAB -- In order to take a taxi cab, simply look for one which does not have a passenger sitting in the back seat, approach it and press the action key. Niko will call for the taxi, drawing the attention of the driver. Now, after he or she has drawn to a halt, carefully approach the back doors only and press and hold down the key you have defined to enter and exit a vehicle (failure to approach the back of the vehicle will result in Niko assaulting the driver, which is exactly what we wish to avoid). Once in the back seat you can access the map screen and select your required destination then go back to the main screen. The driver will then take you to that destination, albeit at a speed which seems relatively slow compared to the normal driving speed of most other drivers. On arrival you will be billed for the cost of the fare and automatically disembarked from the taxi cab. Use of a taxi is preferable to driving yourself when intoxicated.
HEIST AN ARMORED VAN -- There operates in Liberty City a company called Gruppe 6 which specializes in the movement of large amounts of unmarked bills - old fashioned cash, folding-green. If you are fortunate enough to find one of their Securicars (also known as armored vans) and successfully hi-jack it you have the option of detonating it in order to get at the cash inside it. However, you cannot just 'blow the bloody doors off' you will have to use quite a considerable amount of force to get inside. Since the vehicle is impervious to all but a rocket propelled grenade (which are expensive) and the most powerful of explosions the best way of getting what you want is to park it at a gas station next to a pump and then detonate the pump (a Molotov Cocktail or several clean hits with a firearm will achieve this) wherein the exploding pump will detonate the vehicle, spinning it around and causing it to burn for a few minutes. This will also scatter just over one thousand dollars in cash on the ground immediately adjacent ... and of course, draw the attention of any nearby police units. It is possible under certain circumstances to be able to carry this action out without being noticed by the police, but this is a seldom seen occurrence - but have an escape vehicle nearby just to be on the safe side.
HUNT DOWN CRIMINALS (POLICE COMPUTER) -- Although the option is unavailable to Niko to begin with, when he steals police cars, he will eventually be able to access the wanted list and choose to locate and carry out executions only (no arrests) on known criminals within the Liberty City area - be advised, they are often accompanied by gang members, and will if assaulted defend themselves. You can also search out crimes in progress at various locations, arrive on scene in the police car and then take down the bad guys. In this instance, police officers arriving on the scene will not attempt to intervene or to shoot Niko. Alternatively, you can wander around the city and by listening in on conversation identify potential criminals, including thugs, murderers, gang members and gangsters ... and subsequently, if you're of the mood, make it your personal business to give them a little payback for all of their evil deeds, whether real or implied. TIP: Gangsters and criminal types often carry concealed weapons and when killed may drop variable cash amounts in the immediate vicinity.
KILL PIGEONS -- There are a couple of hundred pigeons sitting in Liberty City and the local inhabitants think of them as 'flying rats'. Although it is a thankless job, you can get some small amount of enjoyment (but no financial reward) out of hunting them down wherever they roost and blowing them away. You will quickly discover that the best way to do this is with a firearm, but explosives also work. Do try to be discreet while executing them, as the sound of gunfire often brings the cops running and scares nearby people.
LEARN TO FLY A HELICOPTER -- Flying a helicopter is not as bad as some would have you believe and it is in fact an essential skill to learn as later on in the game knowing how to pilot one becomes absolutely essential in order to finish at least two of the missions. This is probably even more true of The Ballard of Gay Tony which has its main character piloting a helicopter in a number of combat situations. Although you cannot access a helicopter at will to begin with, you will gain access to one to train on when you befriend Brucie as he owns one and will ask you to fly it. On accessing Algonquin will be able to go to the heliport at Fishmarket South at the far end of southeastern Algonquin where you can obtain one by the usual means. A helicopter may intermittently appear at a private landing pier in the Purgatory district also in Algonquin, and finally one is always available (with a quick respawn) immediately above the western end of the Booth Tunnel in Alderney. Learning to fly also provides a means wherein you can access some of the more inaccessible locations in Liberty City, go to places far faster than any roadway would permit and in dire emergencies (even with police helicopters chasing you) allow you to make a swift exit from the scene of a crime, or land at a safe house location before the police have a chance to cut you down. You also need the helicopter and the appropriate skills required to fly one in order to complete the 'Under the Radar' side-mission.
MEDICAL ASSISTANCE (HEALTH) -- If you are in desperate need of medical attention, you can often get it by locating your nearest medical center. The main ones will have a lobby that will contain vending machines, possibly even a first-aid medical box. Smaller ones may have a first-aid medical box outside attached to the wall and surrounded by a glow.
PICK A KNIFE FIGHT -- As you will quickly discover, a number of Liberty City's residents habitually carry a knife and are more than willing to use it. If you don't have one, hitting them will make them drop it, wherein you will have a knife. One word of advice, don't take fists to a knife fight as unless you have a mean right hook, you will probably come off second best and be left for dead by your assailant or would-be victim.
PURCHASE CLOTHING -- It is possible to buy clothes for your character. However, there are only four interactive stores within the boundaries of Liberty City. These are represented by a single Russian import store in Hove Beach; one Modo store which sells utility clothing and two Perseus stores which offer high class suits and shoes, however they are not available until you gain access to Algonquin. Within the stores, you have the option of trying on clothing and then deciding if you wish to keep or leave it resulting in your being indebted accordingly. You may also change outfits as you wish at any safe house. In addition certain of the missions arrange for you to be given clothing specific to the mission, which can also be changed at the safe house for your own 'default' outfit. Although you can change clothes in GTA-IV and The Ballard of Gay Tony, this option seems to be missing from The Lost and Damned and the stores are closed to the character, preventing purchasing.
ROB AN INTERNET CAFE, LAUNDROMAT OR CLOTHES STORE -- It is possible within GTA-IV, The Lost and Damned, and The Ballard of Gay Tony to enter any of the TW@ (twat) Internet Cafe's, Laundromats and at least one of the clothes stores - in this instance, Modo, for the purposes of robbing them of their takings. To do this, simply stroll up to the cash register, press the action key and a variable amount of cash will be obtained. You can rob any of these places as many times as you wish, but the moment you do so the owners (whether you leave them alive or dead) will immediately inform the police who will attempt to intercept you. When you rob them of their takings, the owners may attempt to assault you or run away.
STEAL SPECIFIC VEHICLES -- In addition to the commonly encountered vehicles you will see in use in Liberty City you will encounter from time to time specialist vehicles, some of which are relatively rare or usual enough to prove a distraction. Some players have in the past taken to 'collecting' such rarities wherein they can be kept by parking them outside their safe-house locations in the provided parking space. Most of these vehicles can be repaired at any Pay 'n' Spray (assuming they are not too large or originated at any of the public services) and can even have their color changed. In the course of playing the missions you will be introduced to a friend of Brucies named Stevie who will send you out on missions to locate specific vehicles for his own private collection. Sadly such vehicles HAVE to be delivered to him and not kept for yourself or it will foul up the programmed missions list. Among the more desirable vehicles are high-performance sports cars, most of which can be found in the richer neighborhoods, and when you get to Algonquin, in a dealership located there, although it will be necessary for you to literally drive it out of the dealership.
STREET VENDORS (HEALTH) -- While out and about in Liberty City you may from time to time need to replenish your energy reserves - especially when you are wounded and close to death (as indicated by a flashing health bar). To do this all you need to do is seek out any of the street vendors scattered throughout the city. They can supply you with Roasted Nuts, Hotdogs (with free mustard and ketchup) and Hamburgers, however there is a price to pay for their convenience and that is the price of the food, which is often much more expensive than that served up in such fast food chains as Burger Shot and Cluckin Bell.
STRIP CLUBS -- There are two strips clubs in Liberty City which can be visited. The first is located in Bohan and is known as The Triangle Club, wherein the other is located in Alderney and is known as Honkers. Although entry is free, once inside you will find yourself pestered non-stop by strippers who walk around the club seeking out men who may wish to pay for a private lap-dance. Weapons of any description are forbidden within the clubs, and the attempted use of them for any purpose will immediately draw the attention of the club's own bouncers and subsequently the police.
TAKE THE TRAIN -- Liberty City is served by a number of excellent rapid transit train lines serving Broker, Dukes, Bohan and much of Algonquin (although there is no subway or elevated railroad serving Alderney). To use it simply go to any station and enter the first train you see which is going in the direction you wish to travel. Initially you will be restricted to traveling only in Broker, Dukes and Bohan, but when Algonquin is unlocked lines will continue on to there. The train fare varies and is destination dependant, but compared to taxi cabs it is comparatively inexpensive. TIP: As an added benefit you can use trains in order to make a quick and smooth escape from the police if you are being pursued - unless the police are sufficiently annoyed to have the trains stopped, wherein you will not be going anywhere. In fact, you may even see the train zoom past the station you're at and be unable to use it, meaning any potential escape will have to be by running along the walkway immediately adjacent to the tracks in order to clear the All-Points circle if at all possible.
TAKE AN ASSAULT RIFLE OFF OF A COP -- Several of the cops in Liberty City are armed with assault rifles. There is one which can be found in the Hove Beach elevated railroad station, often after dark who has one ... two more, sometimes one can be found at the western end of the road which goes through Middle Park in Algonquin. Several are located outside of and in the immediate vicinity of the gates of the Alderney State Correctional Facility, and even more at the government buildings ... the point is, where there is something to protect the cops are armed with assault rifles and since said rifles are expensive, they are worth taking off of their rightful owners! To do this, simply stroll up to the victim and preferably from one side, shoot them dead and pick up their fallen weapons. You can successfully hit the same place several times to get quite a stock of free ammo this way - and all without going once to the backroom places where you are effectively throwing your money away!
TOLL BOOTHS (AVOID PAYING TO PASS THRU) -- There is a significant gap between the two pay booths at the Charge Island stop and pay. A motorcycle can easily slip through this gap, so if you want to avoid paying the five dollar fee and want to avoid police attention for any such reason, just slow down a bit and pass between the booths and out the other side - Scot-free!
USE A POLICE COMPUTER -- Once you have gained possession of a police car and are standing motionless, you can access the police computer. You will be presented with several menu options, these are: * VIEW CURRENT CRIMES: Selecting this option (once unlocked) will display a list of criminal acts which you may intervene in. On selection you will have the location of the crime transferred to your radar, wherein traveling to that location will allow you to engage them in combat. You will be paid for terminating suspects. * SEARCH POLICE RECORDS: Selecting this option allows you to search the records by typing in the name of a suspect (where known) or by providing an image. If the name you enter has a corresponding file in the police database, the criminals file is displayed. You then have the option of identifying their present whereabouts and transferring that location to your radar so you can track them down. Depending on your mission you may be given the option of terminating them. You may also search for a suspect by connecting a wireless device (such as a cell phone) in your possession to the police computer wherein it will read the image, identify the criminal and display the criminals file. * VIEW MOST WANTED: Selecting this option brings up a list of names of known suspects. On selection of any criminal you have the option of locating and executing them, but be advised in many instances they are seldom alone and may have gang members with them; some of them may even be on the move so be prepared for almost anything. * CALL POLICE BACKUP: Selecting this option will bring nearby police vehicles to your location.
USE AN INTERNET CAFE -- You have the option in Liberty City of accessing the Internet via the TW@ Internet Cafe network. To do this, simply walk in, find a computer, sit down and log in. Once online you can access your email, see whose been trying to contact you and why (they may be offering work, sending you messages or even SPAM). You can also access various websites from TW@, including those related to figures in and around Liberty City, the news, special interest stories, weather, etc etc. The Internet is also available to the main characters in The Lost and Damned and The Ballard of Gay Tony.
VENDING MACHINES (HEALTH) -- Soda vending machines are located at various points all over Liberty City. Relatively inexpensive, a shot or two will re-energize your ailing health.
WATCH TELEVISION -- Lets face it, if you have nothing else to do or are simply waiting for a call to go someplace you can sit in your safe house and watch the television. There are a number of channels to choose from, many of which have entertaining shows, one of which is entitled Republican Space Rangers - my personal favorite.
This is an updated posting of my original article. If anyone has any SERIOUS options to add which I have not covered here, please feel free to include them below. Thank you.
This post has been edited by Karjerker on Sunday, Mar 4 2012, 18:38