Chapter 1 - The Introduction
The game opens with the game's theme music
playing and helicopter shot flying over liberty city's bright mid afternoon skyline, after a few seconds the camera zooms down to street level and begins cruising in and around the many hoods of Broker and Dukes as criminals and gangsters commit various crimes. The voice of the protagonist narrates (off camera) "Welcome to the lovely Liberty City the greatest city in the f*cking world" the camera will then continue moving across the East borough bridge weaving through heavy traffic as the protagonist continues his angst ridden monologue about how wonderful the city and it's equally wonderful inhabitants are. The camera will then move northwards up columbus avenue towards north holland, finally resting on a modestly dressed young italian man standing on a subway platform before zooming in to give the player a tight shot of the man's face as he introduces himself as Carlo Devino "one such inhabitant of this wonderful city". Carlo will then board a subway train but the camera will remain outside following closely alongside the train as Carlo tells us about his life growing up in Liberty City and how hard it is for him to secure a decent job to pay his rent and look after his elderly Mother. After a minute or two the train will pull up at another station in Bohan where Carlo will disembark and walk towards the exit still narrating as he walks, commenting on how his native Bohan is like one big prison camp for all of the city's outcasts, junkies and low lifes, constructed by city officials in an effort to keep such degenerates out of Algonquin. After a few minutes of walking through the streets of Bohan in what is now the late evening, Carlo will stop outside a small appartment building and walk inside as the theme music fades to silence.
Carlo will open the door of a second story appartment to be greeted by an elderly woman (introduced on screen as Mrs. Devino) who walks over to him and throws her arms around him before pulling away and slapping him accross the cheek.Mrs. Devino (in a strong Italian tinted accent):
"Carlo where have you been? Your dinner was ready hours ago"Carlo:
"I was out Ma.. I got some take out"Mrs. Devino:
(imitating Carlo) "I was out ma
" "That's all you ever say" "God forbid you'd be out looking for a job!"Carlo:
"I know ma, I know"Mrs. Devino (continuing her rant):
"I've been here all day slaving away to put dinner on the table for you and what thanks do I get? Huh? no sorry I missed dinner ma, sorry I never called,
just some half assed explaination, that's all"Carlo:
"Sorry ma, I'll go look for a job tomorrow I promise then I'll Call and tell you all about it, right now I'm tired, I'm going to bed"Mrs. Devino:
"Ok see you tomorrow, and you better be up early!, Good jobs don't wait around you know"
After the introduction the game will properly start off with you assuming control of Carlo in the living room of his dinky apartment and the game will guide you through how to use the bed in order to save your game (which you will presumably do).
After a timelapse the game will have advanced six hours and Carlo will be awoken by his alarm clock. He will get out of bed and advance towards the door, as he does so however he will be stopped in his tracks and you will be given an automated tour demonstrating the basics of gameplay such as how to change your clothes, watch T.V. and how the health bar works etc. When the game has finished guiding you through these steps you will be instructed to go talk to your mother who is cleaning in the kitchen. Carlo will talk to his mother about his intentions of going out to look for a job but will be asked by his mother instead to go and pick her up some groceries. This will form the basis of your first mission.
Upon your arrival outside Carlo's appartment you will be shown towards your beaten up old car
and the parking space system will be explained on screen. From here you will be instructed to drive to the grocery store which is a few blocks away from your appartment. When you arrive at the grocery store Carlo will go inside and emerge a few seconds later (via a time lapse). Upon exiting the store Carlo will (literally) bump into his friend Daniela who he has known for many years, dropping his mother's groceries all over the sidewalk. Carlo will apologise for his clumsiness and Dani will tease him for being such a clutz and help him pick up his groceries. As she helps him to gather up the groceries she and Carlo will get talking and she will end up asking him if he wants to go grab a cup of coffee. Carlo will be conscious of returning the groceries to his mother but will agree to go anyway, relenting that it's "only a cup of coffee" and shouldn't take too long. At this point you will be instructed to drive Dani to the local coffee shop. As you approach the car however Dani will tell Carlo that she "wouldn't be caught dead in that piece of sh*t" and would rather walk. Carlo and Dani will walk towards the coffee shop which is just a couple of blocks away, talking to one another as they walk.
Upon arriving at the cafe Carlo and Dani will talk over coffee and she will tease him about his car, with Carlo citing his lack of a job to be the reason behind him driving such an embarrassing ride – at which point Dani will offer to put him in touch with her uncle Frank, saying that he might have some work for him. Knowing the type of work that Frank may offer him, Carlo will initially refuse the offer but will eventually take his number "just in case". After the two have finished their conversation, Carlo will look at his watch and noticing the time will tell Dani that he has to get back to his apartment. The two will say their goodbyes and leave seperately.
After leaving the cafe you will regain control of carlo and be instructed to return to your car. As you approach your car you will notice a couple of hoodlooms resting on it. Carlo will approach and tell them to the get the f*ck off of his car, the two gangsters will (unsuprisingly) take exception to Carlo's choice of words and a fight will ensue. During the fight with the first gangster you will be taken through the new fighting mechanic and will be shown how to attack and counter punch etc. After downing the first guy, the second guy will pull out a knife and you will be required to disarm him, which will prompt him to run away scared.
After this little fisticuffs you must return to your appartment where your mother will be waiting angrily for you. Carlo's mother will again berate him for neglecting his responsibilities and returning home with what she identifies as a black eye. Carlo will apologise about wasting the day and being late returning home with the groceries and control will be returned to you. At this point you can choose to go to bed, call Frank
or explore the city.