You take control of Jermaine Andrews, a high ranking member of the M.O.B., a ruthless African-American Gang from south Broker. As a lifetime resident of the Firefly Projects (a set of low income housing projects in the borough of Broker, Liberty City), Jermaine has spent his whole life living in relative poverty while in search of the American Dream, which for him translates as Money, Power and Respect.
For some time Jermaine has gotten by by putting in work during the day in a local Garage/Pay 'N' Spray shop and for his M.O.B. homies during the night, all the while managing to stay out of jail. But now in order to keep himself and his gang from going under he must face all that the city has to offer, which of course includes getting his hands very dirty in an attempt to establish himself at the top of the Liberty City underworld, while constantly obeying the code of the streets.
Gameplay wise, The game will offer a fresh perspective on Liberty City as you start off small in the squalor of the Firefly Projects and start to move your way up from the depths of the underworld, battling against authority, opposition and the imminent implosion of your gang under the pressures of modern day Liberty City.
The game will be about 50 missions long and will run concurrently with the stories of GTA IV and The Episodes from Liberty City, occasionally intersecting with aspects of their stories (and answering alot of unanswered questions) and will begin roughly at the same time as Niko's story. The game will make use of The Ballad of Gay Tony's mission replay system as well as utilising new interactive in-game internet features that will allow you to do things such as play online poker and buy vehicles from Auto-Eroticar. Your Safehouse will be located in an abandoned project building (located here) with the interior being laid out similar to The Lost MC clubhouse having separate rooms for playing games (such as Cards, Video Games and pool) and Jermaines living quarters (complete with a Wardrobe, Bed, TV and Computer). Cars can also be stored in the nearby parking garages (although only a few are working) in a addition to the parking space out front where Jermaine's custom Red and Black Bravado Boxer (Dodge Challenger) is parked from the start of the game. The City itself will be as it is in Episodes from Liberty City (including Tony's clubs and a fully detailed Lost Clubhouse etc.). The game will be available soon for download on Xbox Live, Playstation Network and Games For Windows Live or as part of Grand Theft Auto: Tales from Liberty City.
Jermaine Andrews (The Protagonist)
Jermaine has lived in the ghetto all of his life, becoming a gang member at an early age. He has put in a lot of work for his gang over the years, almost single handedly bringing them to prominence and joining them with their main rivals in the south broker area, The Beechwood Ballas (who traditionally wear blue) after the Jamaicans took over their turf. Lately however he has been feeling the pressure of immigrant gangs in the area who have been systematically taking over his criminal enterprises, launching him once again back into the life of hardship he faced growing up.
Jermaine has a (semi) legitimate part-time job as a mechanic in a shop called Native American Engines on Gibson Street, although business has been less than great lately, meaning that he must resort to less legitimate ways of making his money. Jermaine is a man with strong morals but he is also a man with a sharp intellect, which has kept him out of jail for most of his life (a fact that frustrates the LCPD), he also has a problem with authority and doesn't like taking orders, which is something he will quickly need to overcome in order to put money back in his pocket.
Tyrell is Jermaine's best friend with the two having known each other since they were kids growing up together in the same project block that they now run together. Tyrell has good intentions but due to a serious lack of formal education, his plans always seem to land him (and Jermaine) in the sh*t. Tyrell employs a shoot first ask questions later attitude, typically feeling at ease with a semi-automatic weapon in his hand. This aspect of his personality serves Jermaine well though, because not only is he always ready for a fight, he can bring a fully stocked mobile armoury to a convenient location within minutes of Jermaine calling him.
Omar "O-Dogg" Jackson
Omar is a good friend of Jermaine's who has built up quite a reputation around south Broker for being a ruthless killer. He is fiercely loyal to Andrews, once taking the fall for a murder he committed in the 90s, seeing it as repayment for Jermaine helping him overcome a crack cocaine addiction years earlier. One call to Omar can have two armed thugs sent out to assist you with any difficult task. He can also leave a fully stocked weapon in the projects for you if you need it. The weapons that can be left in the projects by Omar are: Pistol, Stubby Shotgun and a Machine Pistol.
Andre is a mechanic that works with Jermaine at Native Engines who makes himself a side profit by fixing up and respraying stolen cars so he can sell them. He will task Jermaine with stealing a list of cars for him offering a percentage of the profit in return, after which he will pay him for any cars delivered to the garage. Jermaine can also phone him at any time to have one of a number of vehicles brought to his location. The vehicles that can be brought by Andre are: Alpha, Flash, Boxer, Cheetah, Cityscape, Jester, Sunrise, and ZR 500 (although not all vehicles are available from the start).
Anton is Tyrell's cousin who owns an electrical repair shop in Broker. During the early part of the story, Jermaine is told to go see him for some work by Tyrell, who believes that he can make things happen for them on the strength of his connections, despite his apparent unreliability due to his addictions to cocaine and gambling. He gives Jermaine a number of jobs (one of which being Easy Fare from GTA IV) before he moves on to other employers. Anton's house and adjacent business are located here.
Trey "Playboy X" Stewart
Playboy employs Jermaine quite early in the game tasking him with performing some jobs which will help him in his quest to own the city. Jermaine and Playboy have a relationship that dates back a number of years with Jermaine helping him by giving him access to some of his gang to use as protection from rival gangsters trying to put him out of business. Playboy however has since got the better of this deal and made quite a bit of money that Jermaine wants a piece of.
Saleem "The Guru" Greene
Saleem is introduced to Jermaine by Playboy X as a man who can help him set up a drug distribution operation, which he agrees to do after Jermaine helps him out with some trouble with the Triads. After his missions have been completed he will accompany Jermaine on Drug runs, helping him to kill rival dealers and steal their stash. The Guru is a 5 Percenter Muslim (despite his use of and involvement in Drugs) and often talks to Jermaine in a philosophical manner.
Daryl "D-Mack" McKenzie
D-Mack is an associate of Tyrell's cousin Anton. When the relationship between the two turns sour, Jermaine starts taking jobs from him. Mack is a man with great connections throughout Liberty City and he uses this status to help Jermaine to climb the criminal ladder in return for helping him. Mack initially comes off as a bit of an asshole who drinks heavily and abuses drugs and women but he and Jermaine develop a trusting relationship over the course of the story.
Oswaldo is a fifty one year old Peruvian native who has lived in Liberty City since the late 80s. He is a notorious pimp and a drug addict but also a powerful criminal with his own gang of loyal foot soldiers who run most of his prostitution and drug dealing operations due to his short temper and drug dependency. He is introduced to Jermaine by D-Mack who feels that helping Quiroga will be a good way to boost his status in the criminal underworld.
Olivia "Liv" Thompson
Olivia Thompson is a model from Algonquin. She and Jermaine become romantically involved after meeting at a cocktail party. At first she is unaware of his true occupation and is mad when she finds out what he does, this is short lived however. She and Jermaine begin dating shortly after meeting each other and she plays the role of girlfriend in typical GTA fashion from then on.
Nicholas "Little Nicky" Bottino
Nicky is allegedly the result of a one night stand between a prostitute and famed Gambetti underboss Sammy Bottino 24 years ago. He is introduced to Jermaine when D-Mack sends the two men on a job together to watch each other's backs (although D-Mack's true intention is to have Jermaine make sure Nicky doesn't try and rip him off). A while later the two meet again when Nicky contacts Jermaine with an opportunity to work for the Gambettis, after which the two do a few jobs together which involve taking care of family business and making trouble for rival factions before Jermaine moves on to working for his boss Roy Zito (who Nicky calls Uncle Roy despite there only being 12 years between them).
Zito has been the underboss of the Gambetti Family since Sammy Bottino went into hiding. He sees himself as the rightful successor to Jon Gravelli after his impending death after showing him infinite loyalty over the years. He tasks Jermaine with performing a number of jobs for him that mainly revolve around changing the perception of other mobsters who see him as a joke and an unworthy boss (due to rumours that he is gay). Zito has quite a flamboyant personality and makes no secret about being a mobster - feeling that he is untouchable. He wears expensive suits and drives expensive cars, prefering to go out and have fun rather than sit in and wait for the cops to take him down - feeling that this would never happen to a respected local businessman who made a fortune from washing people's dirty laundry (as well as the mafia's dirty cash).
Leonard "Big Dogg" Williams
Williams is a big time crack cocaine dealer operating out of a project building in Dukes. He first came to prominence in the mid 90's when Dwayne Forge, who had previously been known as the most successful crack cocaine dealer in the city went to prison. In 2008 his operations are a lot more low profile than they were in the 1990's due to the amount of police scrutiny placed on him, but his influence is still far stretching and he is still said to be the biggest distributor in the greater Liberty City metropolitan area.
Jermaine and his gang had traditionally been associates of Williams' gang, the Yorktown Avenue Click due to close ties between Williams and their leader who is now in jail on charges of racketeering, murder, conspiracy, credit card fraud, armed robbery and drugs distribution. Nowadays however Jermaine and his friends simply see him as a physical representation of the money driven lifestyle that they envy and dispise in equal measures, thus being just another obsticle in their path to the top of the food chain of the many gangs in liberty city.
Kang Lee is the head of a new younger breed of Triad playboys who drive fast cars, party hard and deal heroin. Jermaine first crosses paths with Lee when he attends a phony drug deal set up by The Guru. Following the break down of the deal however, Lee will prove himself to be a formidable enemy who will look relentlessly to put an end to Jermaines journey to the top of the underworld filling the role of the game's main antagonist.
Niko Bellic - Appears in the mission "The Pickup Artist" in the same role as "Easy Fare"
Roman Bellic - Owes some money to Tyrell for a gambling debt
Talbot Daniels - Also owes money to Tyrell
Conrad "The Dragon" Isaacs - A Jamaican drug dealer that Jermaine and Tyrell steal drugs from
Elizabeta Torres - Employs Jermaine to carry out a drug deal for her
Little Jacob - Acts as the introductory between Jermaine and Elizabeta
Joe Corrola - A Pavano Capo that has fallen out of favour with former associate Playboy X
Jon Gravelli - Hospitalized Don of the Gambetti Family
Vinny - Jon Gravelli's bodyguard
AOD Lieutenant - Gets Jermaine to pick up some Heroin for him
D'Angelo Little An associate of Playboy X's who Jermaine accompanies on a drug deal that goes bad. He is seen in the TLAD mission "Shifting Weight"
Devon Campbell The ex-boyfriend of Jermaine's girlfriend Olivia. Jermaine must teach him and his biker buddies a lesson.
3.1. Radio Content
As this game is DLC for GTA IV, All pre-existing radio stations from the original game will still be available in addition to the following radio station updates:
Hosted by Mister Cee, DJ Green Lantern, Statik Selektah and Funk Flex
Fabolous, Joell Ortiz, Papoose & Uncle Murda Brooklyn Go Hard Remix
Joell Ortiz - Brooklyn Bullsh*t
Jay-Z Featuring Swizz Beatz On To The Next One
Red Cafe School Of Hard Knocks
Sean Price King Kong
G-Unit - Feel Good
Charles Hamilton & Cory Gunz Neh, Neh, Neh
Immortal Technique The 3rd World
Nas Cops Keep Firin'
Grafh Not Like Me
Freeway, Peedi Crakk & Young Chris All 2gether Now
M.O.P. & Jadakiss For The City
Reks - The One
Termanology Featuring Prodigy Hood Sh*t
Jim Jones Harlem
Wale Featuring Lady GaGa Chillin'
50 Cent Featuring Ne-Yo - Baby By Me
Drake Featuring Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem - Forever
Hosted by DJ Premier
45 King The 900 Number (Vocal Mix)
The Crooklyn Dodgers Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers
KRS One Sound Of The Police
Wu Tang Clan The Mystery of Chessboxin
Gangstarr - Code of the Streets
Naughty By Nature - Feel Me Flow
Public Enemy - Fight The Power
LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out
Juice Crew - The Symphony
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo - Wanted: Dead or Alive
Eric B & Rakim - Microphone Fiend
Kool Moe Dee - I Go To Work
EPMD - Strictly Business
Big Daddy Kane - Smooth Operator
Hosted by Vaughn Harper
112 Peaches and Cream
Beyonce Me, Myself and I
D'Angelo Untitled (How Does It Feel)
India Arie Brown Skin
Jennifer Hudson Spotlight
Kelis Caught Out There
Lauren Hill The Ex Factor
Solange - T.O.N.Y
Jahiem Put That Woman First
Melanie Fiona Give it To Me Right
Jeremih Birthday Sex
Cassie - Long Way 2 Go
Silk - Freak Me
Jagged Edge - Let's Get Married
Dwele - Hold On
Blackstreet - Don't Leave Me
1. 16 Minutes W/ Corey and Jennifer:
A current events show where Investigative Journalist
Corey Conner conducts probing interviews with people that
are (in his view) the cause of the problems that are faced
by Liberty City residents. Jennifer will then take calls
from listeners to let them have their say.
The hosts are stereotypical Liberals who are somewhat
anti-government and believe that Liberty City residents are
being oppressed too much. During the show appeals will
come on for information to help find Corey who has been
recently kidnapped under strange circumstances that over
time begin to sound like an elaborate stunt.
2. The Love In W/ Sunrise Adams:
A phone in show where people call in to seek advice about
relationships and dating usually to be told by the host
(who is a Porn Star) to have kinkier sex.
3.2. New T.V. Shows
The Caraways: This show follows a group of self confessed "Fame Hungry Whores" as they spend their summer in a massive mansion in The Caraways off the coast of Liberty City in an attempt to get famous, drink until they get hospitalized and have casual sexual encounters with as many men as they can, before going back to their vapid, meaningless lives in the city. Expect lots of fake tans, hair extensions, eating disorders, 4 drunken weddings and a Quinceanera across two raucous episodes that play continuously on MeTV.
From Gents to G's: This MeTV show takes a group of sophisticated millionaires as they swap Caviar and Soirees for Crack Cocaine and Blanket Parties for a chance to win absolutely nothing. Each week the contestants will be tasked with completing several "gangsta" tasks such as selling drugs and blasting some fools to avoid facing elimination. Then at the end of the show the result of the task is totally disregarded and the contestants get "Jumped in" (undergo a gang initiation ceremony) with the first person to pass out or cry for their momma being forced to hang up their bandana and leave the crack house.
Republican Space Rangers: The Code of The Streets features another episode of this popular cartoon wherein the crew crash land on a strange planet enhabited by murderous aliens with dark skin. Upon inspection of the planet the crew establish that the aliens behaviour is the result of ingestion of an indigenous plant that grows on the planet. The crew consider the benifits of ridding the planet of the deadly plant, but instead decide to consume some themselves resulting in them experiencing hallucinagenic side effects and killing everybody.
The in-game internet will feature several new sites as well as improvements to pre-existing ones from the other games.
Big Deck Poker.com: Big Deck Poker is an online poker site where Jermaine can play two different types of Poker (see mini-games section below) against virtual opponents for real money. The game is fast paced and the bets are big.. Can you handle the Big Deck?
LC Slut Finder.com: This site allows members to cruise online for potential sexual partners. The catch is there are no actual women on the site - it's sole purpose is to get money out of gullible losers.
Shamazon.com: This is a shopping website that sells on people's old crap such as busted couches and torn panties for well over the cost price. The player cannot actually purchase anything from this site.
MOB.net:The official website of the M.O.B. which gives information on the gang, sells merchandise, hosts member blogs about killing rival gangsters and smoking weed and offers visitors the chance to become a "Col' Hearted Mutha f*cka and Roll Wiv Da Best Ov Em".
Auto Eroticar.com: All of the cars on this site (except for Gracie's Feltzer) will now be purchasable. The way this will work is Jermaine will either click a "Buy" button underneath the car for those with a price on them or phone the number provided at which point cash will be deducted from your total money. The car will then be picked up by the player from one of two places - The Auto Eroticar showroom in Alderney or outside the seller's house. For a list of cars available from the site that are carried over from GTA IV Click Here. In addition to the cars that were previously available from the site, there is also a new addition in this Episode - this being a 2002 Chrome 3.5l Twin Turbo V8 Ghost (exclusive to the site) for $55,559.
Liberty City Police.com: The database on this site will be updated to include all of the characters that appeared in GTA IV era games with a previous conviction.
VIP Luxury Ringtones: New cellphone themes, Ringtones and SMS alerts will be added to this site in order to give more variety to the player.
News Sites: Liberty City's three major news websites The Liberty Tree, Weazel News and Public Liberty Online will report their own versions of events that happen as the story progresses as well as other hot topics concerning Liberty City Residents.
3.4. Comedy at Split Sides
Split Sides Comedy Club will re-open in this episode having been temporarily closed in The Ballad of Gay Tony. The New Comedian that will appear on stage will be Dave Chappelle. Chappelle will perform 2 routines from his popular shows. The 2 routines will be: Weed and Public Transportation.
This add-on pack features a whole host of unique vehicles that range from high performance Japanese Tuners and Spectacularly Speedy Motorbikes to tie in with Jermaine's passion for street racing to luxury Sports and Muscle Cars driven by the elite of the underworld to demonstrate their wealth and success. Altogether in this episode there will be 18 brand new vehicles, 8 vehicles carried over from previous episodes and 4 new variations of already existing vehicles. These fabulous New Vehicles and some other returning ones from GTA IV Episodes The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony are listed below.
Vehicles in GTA IV. Vehicles with * beside them are Multiplayer Only