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I think I’m almost done! I went back to the main story, and found Darko Brevic – who I decided not to kill. I don’t know if that was the right decision or not, but since I’ve saved everyone I could so far, and Roman was quite insistent I spare him, I thought it best.

And then I attempted what I assume is the final mission. I was given the choice of working with Dimitri, or killing him. I chose to work with him, but as expected, he double-crossed me. And I died trying to finish the mission. Pff.

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Just vigilante missions again today, and completed them all. Which netted me another achievement! Some of them were pretty good too – far better and more varied than the usual stuff from previous games in the series.

I then played online for a while, on Ranked Deathmatch. Picked up another two achievements there as well, even though I didn’t do especially well.

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Just Vigilante missions again today. I’ve finished all the Most Wanted missions in the Bohan/Broker areas, and completed two in Alderney too.

I’m also over 51 hours in now. And I’ve still not completed it. It’s also just about the only game I’ve played for almost two weeks now too. Yes, it is very good.

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Mainly spent my time on vigilante missions today, getting the achievement for taking down 20 criminals found on the police computer, and then completing all the Algonquin “Most Wanted” missions.

After that I did Gravelli’s (or whatever his name is – old bloke in the hospital) next mission – blowing up some vans filled with cocaine. I took an indirect route around some rooftops, which made it much easier than it originally looked. Then I retried Phil’s mission getting some drugs from a boatyard. Found that much easier than last time, completing it easily.

Finally, I took Kate out on a date. It didn’t go well, as to start with I turned up just one minute late, then se complained about my clothes, my bike riding skillz (she didn’t like being on an NRG 900 for some reason) and then when we arrived at the bowling place it wouldn’t let us start a game, so we left and I accidentally threw her from the bike when I clipped a kerb. So she went home on her own. Smooth, Niko, really smooth.

GTA Glitch Watch
Glitches in abundance today! Lots and lots of objects popping in after I’ve hit them, and the tunnel from Alderney to Algonquin was completely black for a good 1/3 of its length before any of it was drawn in.

One of my cars parked outside my East Holland safehouse vanished too – even though it was in the designated parking, and, in fact, had been there for around 20-odd hours play at least.

Then there was the problem with Kate’s date. I got to the bowling place but it wouldn’t let me play. No idea why – and no, she hadn’t requested a particular sort of date (in fact I rang her) and when I’d picked her up it was shown on my map as a “valid” place to do. Very odd.

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Quite a lot of play on this again today. I’m past 48 hours on it now. That’s a lot more than any of the other GTA games, despite the fact this has a smaller map than San Andreas. Or does it? It might actually be larger – just being more filled in makes it seem smaller…

Anyway. I broke the $500,000 “barrier” today, mainly by nicking cars for Brucie and Stevie. And not a lot else, actually. Silly me hadn’t realised that the box the game comes in includes a map of Liberty City, complete with street names, so I could have saved myself a lot of aimless driving around for Stevie…

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First off today I did my first Assassin mission, followed by the rest of them in quick succession. They were all pretty easy, and doing all nine netted me an achievement. I then did a couple of missions for Jimmy, and found a guy on the street I’d met in the game previously and did a “side-mission” with him. Or rather, shot him.

Then I stole some cars (and bikes) for Brucie, took Little Jacob and Dwayne out for meals, and then did another mission for Jimmy. And attempted one for Phil but it was too hard.

Finally, I went to see Mr. Gravelli in the hospital, and did a couple of missions for him – including killing a Korean money counterfeiter – the same guy I helped into the country earlier in the game, it seems. Oh well.

I’m trying to get my cash up to the half-million mark. I’m on $440,000-ish at the moment.

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Mainly missions for Ray (one of which went horribly wrong – for him at least) and then a mission for Ray’s friend Phil. After those, I spent ages messing around with jumps near the Acter industrial yards, and took Little Jacob and Roman out drinking and eating.

41 and a half hours in, it says. Blimey.

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Aside from one mission for Bernie (chasing Russians on a boat), today’s play was spent almost entirely trying to replicate this.

It took ages to find the swings from the video, and although I found other swings elsewhere, I couldn’t make my car to anything on them. Finally found the set shown, and had a merry time glitching cars into oblivion.

I didn’t get anything amazing out of it – certainly no huge launches like the video – but I did get some impressive spinning cars and fantastically damaged vehicles.

GTA Glitch Watch? I think that was the point today, wasn’t it?

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Tada! I scanned some covers in 🙂

As for today’s play… I found Bernie, killed some people for him, did a few more jobs for Ray, and spent ages trying to get the achievement for blowing up 10 vehicles in 10 seconds. In the end, my wife’s suggestion of blocking up a tunnel and filling it with cars was the winner, as not only was it easy to get the cars piled up, but the police didn’t see what I was doing and spoil the party.

GTA Glitch Watch
A few things today. First up was when I was driving a bike down the pedestrian part of (I think) the Broker Bridge. I hit a lamp post and was thrown off the bike. I got back on the bike, but my body was wedged inside a bridge support strut, and I couldn’t move. I got off the bike, but the bike then got flung a few metres away as if it had been on elastic.

I was driving a car I’d just nicked around Alderney, and took a staggered junction badly, resulting in me driving head-first into a tree – albeit very slowly (I’d managed to brake almost in time). I reversed away from the tree, round a corner, and bumped into a wall. Then, as I was just pulling away, my car exploded, killing me. I didn’t have any police after me, the road was deserted, and aside from a slightly dented front bumper, my car was in perfect condition. Bizarre.

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Didn’t complete any more missions this go, but did take Roman, Little Jacob and Carmen all out. I then nicked the helicopter from near my Alderney house and flew under all the bridges to get the associated achievement.

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Played this loads today. Too much to go into everything, though.

Completed another couple of missions for Packie, some for Ray, and some for Gerry and whatever the other Irish brother is. Then I had another choice of two people to kill, and so chose the one I hated the most (who probably deserved it) then went to his funeral. WHich seemed a bit wrong.

Anyway, I then kidnapped some mob daughter, and found some more jumps.

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Oh – I forgot this!

GTA Glitch Watch
Some great ones today. First up was when I was chasing after *spoiler* to kill him. I cornered him in an alley, and when I shot him, he collapsed and his head and top half of his body fell through a wall. He dropped his gun, but it too was “in” the wall (I could see the red glow, but not the gun).

I was driving across the main bridge from Broker to the middle island, when for no reason at all, the car slammed into something that wasn’t there and launched me through the windscreen. It was like hitting a low wall, but the was nothing in the way.

I went to buy some guns, and in the gun shop I picked up an assault rifle. Niko held it and swung it round a bit, then it vanished from his hands – but he was still doing the holding-it motions.

On the Three Leaf Clover mission, on one of my many attempts, I came across a completely indestructable policeman in one of the alleys you run down. He wasn’t behind cover, but simply refused to take damage. I ended up failing the mission as he killed Packie.

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After making the difficult decision on whether to kill *spoiler* or *spoiler*, I ended up killing both via saving and reloading. My first choice (who was the one you meet earlier in the game than the other) was the one I stuck with. I got a new safehouse for my trouble.

Then I spent the best part of three hours attempting the same mission over and over and over and over again. “Three Leaf Clover”. You have to rob a bank with Packie, then eascape, make it into the underground, come back above ground, nick a car, and make it back to Packie’s house. Without Packie or his brother dying. Or you dying, obviously. And you have a five-star rating almost the entire time. It took loads of attempts to even get as far as the underground station, let alone the (more difficult) car journey home. As I posted on a forum:

…it took me six attempts to even get as far as having a car – got a police car, which blew up. Next go there were *no* cars for me to nick, so had to run home and got shot. Next go, got a van which was rammed into the river on the bridge. Next go, got another police car but was shot dead before I could pull away. Then got another van, made it over the bridge, but got my tyres shot out and drove into a wall, causing the van to stall, the police to carch up, and Packie to die. Then I got a normal sort of car, but neither Derrick or Packie would get in, and so one of them died. *Then* I got another van and *again* ended up in the river because a police car drove under me launching me off the bridge. Derrick wouldn’t get out of the van so drowned.

Frustrating, not least because there are absolutely no checkpoints, so you have to do the long, relatively easy, bits over and over just to get to the hard bit and die.

Thankfully, I finally managed it, through sheer fluke. Again, as I posted elsewhere:

I came back outside, and tried to get in the car placed by the exit, but got mown down by a police car. Killed the police and nicked their car, and made it to the first corner. Got stinger’d just past it, then made it to the next corner, and for some reason I lost all my stars. The police cars chasing me just drove on past! So I nicked a car hat didn’t have burst tyres and very carefully drove the boys home.

Hurrah!

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After doing another mission for Packie, and then one for Ray, I was out of missions. Except one: the Dwayne one I can’t do. Or at least, I couldn’t do before, but on my first attempt today I managed it easily. The police didn’t turn up in the club, which really helped. Hurrah!

I then celebrated by smashing up lots of cars, and then went looking for nice cars to park outside my safehouse.

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I really should get round to scanning more boxes in…

Anyway. Played a bit of this this evening, and I’m running out of open mission and am going to have to return to the kill-the-club-owners one for Dwayne soon, which I’m not looking forward to as it was hard.

I did, however, complete another mission for Francis. Then he went nuts at me because I spared the life of the guy I was supposed to kill. Tch.