Tips & Tricks
a few notes, please read this crap:
of the title, this is more than a tips page. You will also
find observations, Easter eggs, regular tips, mission tips, and
other random stuff people have found in GTA3.
of the tips below may contain spoilers so proceed with caution.
feel free to submit your own tips and tricks after you've made
sure they aren't already listed. If you'd like to add something
to a tip, just send me an email and mention the tip number and
try and make your submission as grammatically correct as possible.
The less editing and capitalizing I have to do the better.
section is a little sloppy at the moment because it was just cut
and pasted out of the news archives. Some of the tips were
posted hours after the game came out, so some of them may seem
a bit obvious.
material in BLUE and in quotes was
yanked directly from the submission.
sent in the following tip that most of us used in GTA, "you
should try out some of the old skool tricks in this new version.
i.e. like causing a traffic jam in the middle of a huge intersection
and then blowing everything up. Everything catches on fire and
blow up in succession. It's awesome! we used to do that in GTA
1 and 2 cause it was the quickest and easiest way to get money
to progress in the game. There's not much need to do this in
GTA3 since much the progress is story driven but it's still
cool. Plus, the city and its drivers and pedestrians all react
in mayhem anytime there's a massive explosion like the ones
or driving around on the elevated rail tracks can give you a
birds eye view and will help you track down hidden weaponry
and power-ups. JWeb sent in a more specific tip but believe
me, its more fun to track this stuff down on your own. The
easiest access point is on top of big hill in Portland, not
far from Salvatore's mansion.
Old Skool GTA
you played GTA, try some of the same stuff in GTA3, a lot of
the same vehicle stunts still work in the same way (L1, the
handbrake button, is your friend).
perform at drive-by in GTA3 you must have an Uzi. When
you get into a car your weapon will automatically change to
the Uzi, then you just hit the R2 or L2 buttons to change to
a side view, and then hit the CIRCLE button to fire. You
can only do a driveby with the Uzi.
are only on certain cars, when you get into a car with Hydraulics
it will tell you how to use them. Basically you hold
down L3 (the horn button/left analog stick) and then adjust
tire height using the right analog stick.
an eye on what people drop, some of the homeless people living
in the tunnel behind 8-Ball's bomb shop drop some very useful
items. Also, some peds are richer than others, especially
if they recently visited an ATM machine.
Side Mission Rewards
side missions in the police car, ambulance, fire truck, and
taxi are more than just a fun diversion, you can earn rewards
back at your safe house if you do enough of them.
Package & Vehicle Rewards
hidden packages are another way to get rewards in the game.
Every time you find ten of them, something new will
appear at your safe house.
Packages (replenishing item in hideout):
launcher and $1,000,000
Complete 100 taxi missions (not necessarily in a row)
and a new borgnine taxi is created in Harwood. The fares
you collect are yours to keep.
If you save 50 pedestrians, health power-ups will be created
at your hideouts. Save 100 pedestrians and Adrenaline is
created at the hideouts. If you complete ambulance level
12 then infinite run is awarded enabling you to run/sprint
Truck: You double the money earned with each consecutive
fire extinguished in a single mission. Put out 30 fires
in each area of town (covering all three districts) to get
the flame-thrower at your hideout. This weapon will not
be unlocked by collecting hidden packages.
Car/Vigilante: Kill 40 criminals in each area of town
in all three districts to create police bribe power-ups
at the hideouts. Two are awarded for each district.
that deal with taking out a certain person is very easy with
the Sniper Rifle. It can be bought in the Ammunation in Staunton
Island for $10,000. You get 20 or 25 shells, AND IT'S WORTH
EVERY CENT." --
Submitted by Insane2757
House Item Respawn
you don't want to wait for the items at your safe house to respawn,
try going into your safe house, then when it asks you to save,
just hit cancel. When you come back out they should all
be there again.
A Police Car
you need a police car there are a few ways to jack them successfully. The
first method is to try jacking the car from the driver's side,
then run to the passenger side and get in when the cop gets
out. You can also try jacking the cop car from the passenger
side, then run around some cars and peds to confuse the cop.
Then jump in his car before he can get back to you.
in the street and wait for a car to come up behind you, the
jump on the hood. The car will drive around the city while
you stand on top. It's not always easy to stay on and
if the cops are looking for you they will ram the car and try
to knock you off.
mentioned that if you hit the CIRCLE button fast enough in melee
combat you can perform limited combos. Mainly a punch
followed by a kick to the face. Personally I think it
is all related to distance, because I tried this about twenty
times and I could never quite get the same combo twice, even
when I did the exact same thing over and over again.
sent in a rather complex and dangerous way to get a tank, read
on and find out how. "My tip
is how to get an army tank, to get one max out your warning
level and steel it when the military come for you, its easier
if you have at least 50 hidden packages then go to your house
in the second part of Liberty City and collect all the items,
then go up and shoot pedestrians, and cops with your Uzis
in front of the ally that goes to your house until you get 5
warning stars. Then jump in a car and the FBI should be after
you. You should blow up the FBI cars by drive by shooting them,
its easier that way cause if you get out of your car they'll
gun your ass down. After you blow up about 3 or 4 FBI cars you
will have 6 warning starts, this is when the military come for
you. Try to lure a tank down to your garage and try to get them
to come out of the tank, then shoot them down, and if your lucky
you can get their tank then drive it into your garage and save
because it's fucking hard as hell to do, and once you've done
it you won't want to do it again. I spent several hours trying
to get one but I finally got one and its bad as hell and was
well worth all the time spent getting it."
you listen to GameRadio in GTA3 you'll occasionally hear them
announce the URL, www.hiphophoneys.com.
Striderhiryu2557 went to take a look and the site does
exist. It is not a site created by Rockstar Games, but
it does exist and it is of an adult nature.
turns out that you can pick up a hooker in the game. Someone
mentioned that a strategy guide mentioned it so I thought I'd
give it a try. They didn't say how so I just figured it
out based on my past experience picking up hookers (yes, I'm
kidding... no really). I'm not sure if it requires a specific
car, but I used the Esperanto since it looked like a pimp-mobile
to me. Just pull up next to the hooker of your choice
and honk the horn, they should then walk up to your passenger
side door. If you wait a few seconds she will get in.
Then drive somewhere secluded, and well, use your imagination
from there. No I haven't tried this in first person view
but I don't think there is really anything to see. You
then get an extra 25 health (so you can get up to 125 health
total) but it costs you money.
sent this in but I haven't checked it out yet. "Hey,
this is a little something I've noticed while playing GTA3!
First you go to Staunton Island, then you go to that Internet
cafe (the place where you can smash through the glass to get
in), after you do that you gotta go to the two comps by the
stairs, then look through first person mode at the comps! You'll
see something very familiar ;)."
are a few tips from illspirit on melee combat, "I
think hits and kicks might have to do with how hard you hit
the button. Also, you can creep at slow speeds in car
by holding down the x button very lightly."
you don't mind spoilers, Terran Redneck XII found a message
board for you, click
here for the GameFAQ's GTA3
message board. Whes007 (GTA3
World) also mentioned GameFAQs.com, apparently they have
posted a strategy guide you can view here.
Out The Tanks
got you down? Here is a GTA2 tip from LoneWolf that works
in GTA3, "If you actually manage
to live long enough so you have the Army after you, you've probably
found that the Tanks are pretty much invulnerable to bullets.
Try and find a tight alleyway, where the Tank has to fight to
get at you. While it's trying to get into the alley, pelt it
with molotov cocktails (pretty much the exact same way to beat
the Tanks in GTA2). Pretty soon, the Tank will be set on fire,
and will eventually explode."
noticed that if you tap the L3 button while driving an emergency
vehicle it will turn the sirens on. I think I may have
mentioned that before actually. Anyway, after you have
the sirens on you can hold the L3 button to emit different siren
sounds. The sirens should make the cars in your path move
out of your way.
found a way to pack more cars in the ShoreSide Vale garage,
here is his tip. "To [fit more
cars in the ShoreSide Vale garage] do this, you can either park
the 3rd car in front of the garage door (which isn't opening
because you already have 2 cars in there), then get out really
fast, which causes the door to open because you're near it.
After it starts opening, you get back in your car quickly and
drive through the door before it closes again. Another
way to do it is to block the door with a car you already have
in the garage, then drive your 3rd car inside while the door
shakes around trying to close. However, this doesn't work as
well because the car jamming the door will disappear if it leaves
your field of vision, closing the door in the process."
are a few from Insane2757:
"Kill Frenzys/Rampages can be passed
more easily if you jump on a car that is not moving. This
way, the people with baseball bats cannot hit you, and peds
cannot punch you. (That is, until you jump off the car.)"
is a definite spoiler from Stom4571. "OK......after
you beat the game (all the required missions), go to Phil
Cassedy's army surplus. When you get there, there should
be a tank next to all the sand bags! When I went there
to buy a rocket launcher, it was there, and even after I (accidentally)
rolled it over (don't ask). I went back to the surplus
store and it was there again......cool huh?"
first get the pill power-up, then get the Uzi out the run up
to a ped and punch him. He should go flying in the air,
and while he is in the air hold R1 and blast away." --
Submitted by BadBoys1987
tracked down another hidden URL, bringing the total to three.
So far none of the URLs has gone live so it will be
interesting to see what they do with those. Here are
the URLs I've received so far:
& E-Razor have been trying to get the Dodo off the ground
and apparently they've had some success. "So
this is how you do it, you start at full throttle and after
a while it wants to go up, then u push the left analog stick
a lil forward, just enough so you stay on the ground. At the
end of the runway let the stick go a lil so you take off and
fly over the water to Staunton! When your in the middle
of Staunton the plane will get a steady speed and you can
let go the L3 stick and just fly high into the sky!"
Dodo flight tip came in from M Goddard.
there have already been one or two messages telling you how
to do it, and I'm sure you've probably figured it out by now,
I'm going to tell you where to take off to get a better chance
of staying in the air for an extended amount of time. The
first good place to take off from is the hill near the blocked
tunnel, next to the Dam in Shoreside Vale. Just aim your plane
down the hill, and takeoff like you normally would, only you'll
notice that since you are going downhill, you will gain speed
much faster, and wont have to wait as long to take off. The
second good spot is on the Callahan Bridge, going in either
direction. If you are going to fly towards Staunton Island,
You should start holding the stick up as soon as the game
comes back after the "Welcome to Staunton Island"
screen. You may want to start from a complete stop, or going
slow, and make sure the road ahead of you is clear. Don't
try to do this in the middle, for some reason the plane tends
to jump around, like the wheels are getting stuck in the grate
or something. If you're flying towards Portland, You wan to
try to be in the air before the "Welcome to Portland"
screen comes up. Start holding down the stick and accelerating
as soon as you get over the incline when you are coming onto
the bridge from the Staunton Island side. No matter which
way you choose, you should be able to get some serious altitude
yet another flight tip from mark.
"Pilots Listen Up!!
THE DODO- (easier to understand than the other tip posted)
Taxi dodo to end of runway facing Staunton Island
2) Accelerate down runway
3) Third of the way down runway make the nose of the aircraft
tilt down towards runway- by pushing analogue stick away from
you. Do this for 20 secs or less.
4) Then slowly release analogue sticks and dodo will rise
5) Always keep speed- NEVER pull up to go higher
6) To land, stall dodo by pulling up over runway or road,or
other straight, flat area of land
7) follow above tips to takeoff and land anywhere in Liberty
8) For level flight and turning always use small inputs to
analog stick, no sharp turning!
9) Flying makes your arms ache!"
lastly, a huge explanation with CaliGangstar's flight FAQ.
send in this rather long FAQ on flying the dodo. Perhaps
this might help any of you having trouble with it.
"Ok, I know that ALOT of people
are having a hard time flying the Dodo. So... I decided to
write a FAQ to help you all.
I just learned how to fly, and trust me, THIS WILL TAKE PRACTICE!
First off, go to the airport in ShoreSide Vale so you can
get the Dodo. When you are there, drive all the way to the
beginning of the runway, or just go down by the place where
there is another Dodo, and a bunch of helicopters.(NOTE: I
get my Dodo usually down in the hanger by the water, but you
can get the one near the helicopters to save time, it doesn't
get on the runway, and make sure you are pointed straight,
so when you drive you wont go off the runway,or the black
part. Now hold the left analog stick very slightly up. This
will cause your place to tilt forwards when you drive, and
help pick up speed. The reason why you should barely move
it up is because then the plane will take longer to lean all
the way down, thus you pick up more speed.
while holding up on the left analog stick, start to drive.
going until you see your plane sort of bouncing up and down,
and you see sparks.
you see your plane sort of bouncing and you see sparks, let
go of the analog stick gently. This will send your plane shooting
into the air, almost vertically, so when you get up, start
pressing up, so your will make the plane level. Sort of point
it a little downwards so the plane will kind of dive, thus
you pick up speed, then you just level the plane by barely
moving the analog stick downwards.
pressing up on the analog stick every so often to pick up
speed, the plane usually does the rest and makes you gain
altitude, so really when you go down and get more speed, the
air will sort of pick you up, and make you go higher, but
you still need to push the analog stick down a little to help
climb higher, and so that you can fly longer.
is very hard, and should only really be done when you know
where you are flying. To turn, just barely tap the analog
stick in the direction you want to turn, but kind of do it
diagonally, like right-up, or left-up, NEVER push is left-down
or right down, this will cause your plane to sort of stall.
And can be very hard to get flying again, and you will most
likely crash. Never make hard sharp turns, unless you want
is pretty simple, just make sure your straight, find a long
flat place, and press up on the analog stick, this will move
you down, and just press Square and R1 when close to the ground,
so that you will stop.
FAQ has been written by Alex Wisniewski, and if you use it
any other places, please give me the credit. Thank you.
GLAD I COULD HELP YOU ALL!"
Tip: Portland Bank Robbery
sent in the following tip on completing the Portland bank robbery
mission, "A handy tip for the bank
robbery mission. When you pull up to the bank do it facing the
oncoming traffic and when the robbers get back into the car
head towards the ally straight in front of you, this ally has
a loose feds item that will take your wanted level down by 1
leaving you to find the spray shop then take a nice quiet drive
to the drop off point."
Frenzies that have to deal with blowing up cars get the ped's
attention, and they come after you. Either Jump onto
a car, or blow them away. If you chose to blow them away,
the cops will find you, so you might want the other choice."
-- Submitted by Insane2757
Anderson and stuntwill sent in the following glitch. I'd
make sure you have your game saved before you attempt this
to the police station at Staunton Island. Then, go down
a set of stairs on the south side of the police station. Take
a left down the tunnel where a police bribe is located. Go
to the end of the tunnel and walk into the wall in front of
you near the corner. You should go through the wall, then
fall into oblivion, etc..."
noted something about the bug where you fall through the map,
here is what he sent in.
thing happens in several places. Note: after you fall through
the '3d wireframe' you DO end up back at the place near your
'fall'. So it's pretty fail safe I believe."
sent in his method for getting the tank without using a cheat.
"Hit all three cities so you can
get a code six. Grab a sniper rifle and rocket launcher then
head over to the multi-level parking lot in Staunton Island.
From the top level by the insane jump ramp start shooting civilians
and blowing up cars until you get a code six. You need to be
standing on the ledge in order to do this next step. Eventually
tanks and military trucks will start tearing around you. Wait
for one to stop below you, the marines will jump out and start
shooting. Kill them and any other cops in the area jump off
the ledge and get in the tank. Take it to your Staunton Safe
House and then steal any normal car and hit up the Pay'n'Spray.
Walla, your own tank that you earned!"
send in the following GTA3 Easter egg he found, its in gray
because it's a possible spoiler: "You
know those stairs behind the liberty tree office on Staunton
island? if you drive a car up them, jump on the car, then jump
on the roof, you can walk over the little driveway and jump
into a small alleyway. In that alley, there is a big sign that
says "you weren't supposed to be able to get here you know!"
you find a Securicar, CAR JACK IT IMMEDIATELY!!!!! This
car is SUPER RARE, and if you drive to Portland with it, you
can put it in the Import/Export Garage, or get $5000 for it
in a building that has doors with number's painted on them.
Drive it through the one with no number."
sent in the differences between the bomb shops on the different
islands, here is what he had to say. "Did
ya know about the different bomb shops? In Portland it
blows when someone gets, in Staunton it's timed, and in Shoreside
you get a detonator."
the Dodo cheat, both Alaron and Insane2757 have flown the tank.
Here are their reports:
Insane2757 writes, "With the Dodo Car code (which is the
same as the "Better Handling/Driver"
code), cars can hop and jump like the Dodo. But the tank, since
it shoots and therefore gets extra speed without it's wheels
having to be on the ground, it can fly ANYWHERE. I could only
get enough speed to do it twice, and believe me, its hard to
fly the thing. The highest I got was almost over the stadium's
wall, and I flew from a 4 lane street (by the Casino) into Portland.
Not far in a straight line, but I kept doing flips in midair,
and I hardly shot the cannon. This is crazy stuff, if you see
it, you'll know what I mean. To get enough speed to do this,
you must find a straight, and very long, street, start going
down as fast as you can. Turn the turret all the way behind
you, and tap Circle. Then use the "Flying Dodo Car"
or some Hint from Gamewinners or IGN to get you into the skies."
writes, "In GTA3 It's possible
to make the Tank fly like an aeroplane. Not a prolonged jump,
flying around. Gaining altitude and making landings on highways
on top of cars! I posted it on cheatplanet.com just a few
minutes ago. I was trying out the cheats listed there, and
accidentally managed to make the tank take off. It's
Turn on the "peds fistfight each other" cheat (I
don't think it makes them fight but for some reason it makes
the tank fly), which is:
R2, Circle, R1, L2, Down, L1, R1]
Then get a tank one way or another. (I used the tank cheat)
Find a suitable runway, hopefully at night so there are no
cars there to get slowed down by. Turn the tank turret so
it faces backwards, and accelerate down the "runway"
while simultaneously firing the cannon out behind you. When
the tank hits a certain speed it just takes off, and you can
control it's flight with the d-pad. Turn too far in either
direction, however, and you spin out of control. You
have to keep firing to stay in the air. Be careful not to
land on special buildings like the stadium, cos you go straight
through them and end up in this parallel universe where the
laws of PS2 graphics don't apply. It looks cool and
you eventually fall through the floor and onto the street,
but the cops are usually chasing you after the takeoff (Cannon
shells flying everywhere arouse attention) and you can get
found a way to get a long line of hos, here is his tip.
"The "Ho Train" Trick,
This trick will allow you to have a troop of ho's following
you everywhere. First, grab a sporty car and goto the red light
district (basically where the ho's are) and drive up to the
curb. When a hooker approaches, she'll bend over a few times
before she decides to enter your car. (The best way to do this
is by attracting the hooker to the drivers side - so that she
has to walk around the vehicle to get in). Quickly, exit the
vehicle before the hooker opens the passenger door and then
she'll follow you anywhere on foot. You can do this as many
times as you want, eventually getting a "Ho Train"
:) Now I change my costume to the pimp and stroll Portland with
my ho's. This game is just to cool."
sent in this possible spoiler about your reward for bringing
cars to the import/export garages. "Here's
a tip regarding the import/export garages (found in Portland
and Shoreside Vale - not sure if there's one in Staunton). After
you complete the list of requested cars (posted outside on the
garage wall), you will receive a bonus. That bonus is
access to all of the cars that you bring in anytime you want.
So basically, you help the garage get cars so they can export
them for cash and once you complete the list, they'll be able
to import any of the cars you got them any time you want. A
nice handy helper for times when you need a phat car but can't
find one. Also, have you noticed that when you're in a
phat car, dozens of other phat cars are around but when you're
in a taxi or other not-so-phat car, none are around. Strange
huh? the import/export garage is located by the docks in the
Portland and by the police station in shoreside vale. Hope this
helps you and other GTAers!"
sent in this one on driving your car on the monorail tracks.
" Ride the Monorail! At the
subway entrance in Portland there is a ramp on the south side
of the stairs. Get a really fast car and hit that ramp at a
angle pointing towards the monorail and you will land on it.
Warning : make sure you land on the right side, the left side
has the active train!"
found a bug that lets you play the game in the jumpsuit.
I started the game up with no Memory Card in. Skipped the
opening cinema, and the first mission (Give Me Liberty) began.
Just as the opening scene for that mission was playing (8-Ball
talking about his hands) I hit START, put the Memory Card
back in, and Loaded up my old game. When it began, the Character
was in the Jumpsuit.
If you Save your game, he will stay in the Jumpsuit forever.
However, this code disables the Wear Any Outfit code, so you
WILL be stuck in the Jumpsuit for the entire game. You'll
need to decide whether or not you really like the color Orange
before pulling off this trick."
-- Submitted by LoneWolf
sent in a bit about getting a full view of the Liberty City
skyline. "This isn't really
a tip or a cheat, just something interesting to do. When you
reach Shoreside Vale, drive up to the Dam, and at the upper
right corner, you should notice a tunnel at the top of the hill
which is blocked off. If you leave your car and run up the right-hand
side of the tunnel entrance, you'll be able to climb the mountain
heading towards the Observatory. You *Will Not* be able to reach
the Observatory, the rock cliffs become too steep to climb.
However, there's a perch near the base of the Observatory where
you can stand, and its quite possibly the highest point in Liberty
City. Standing there, I got an amazing view of the *Entire*
City. It really made me appreciate the work that went into this
sent in this tip. It's rather hard to understand but
I think you'll get the general point, that you can relocate
a boat to another body of water with the proper time and effort.
"Hi I found a tip for Staunton
Island. Go get a speedboat. Then drive to the waterfence
[pipeline]. Now get some nice speed then drive the speedboat
up to the road and get outta that speedboat. Take a car, crash
the speedboat toward and crash it half timeout/in the water.
Then push the speedboat out in the water jump in it and wait.
It can take some minutes but it works. Then you are
over the waterfence [pipeline]."
just wants people to know that there is an Import/Export garage
both in Portland and in Shoreside Vale
To Shoreside With No Missions
Loyd sent in this tip (it's a glitch really) on how to get
to ShoreSide Vale without completing any missions in Staunton
Island. "In Staunton Island,
get on the road next to a ruined wall that overlooks a building
site. Opposite this wall is a car park with a low wall around
it. Drive up the embankment as though you are about to jump
the wall (if heading downhill then the precise spot is just
before you get to a lamp post inside the car park) and you
can drop through the wall into "null space". You
drop out again into the tunnel leading to Shoreside Vale -
on the Shoreside Vale side of the blockage!"
sent in another possible method.
"For those without memory card and the for the
lazy bastards too. You can get to Shoreside Vale from Staunton
Island pretty easily. Thing you have to do: go and grab speeder
near Asuka's place. Turn to north and start follow Stauntons
coast until you find sea route blocked. Now you need to back
off to get full speed and crush your boat in land few meters
before the concrete wall next to the sea block. After few
tries you should fly over the land to other side of the block.
Now you just drive west until you reach Shoreside Vale and
find a good spot to leave the boat. Welcome to Shoreside Vale.
To The Other Parts of Liberty City
sent in the following tip on how to use the low gravity cheat
to get to the other islands. "Since
I do not have a PS2 memory card, I was trying to find a way
into the other islands after I knew Portland completely, I found
one way to do it, enter the low gravity code (Right,R2,Circle,R1,L2,Down,L1,R1)
get a Cop Car, Banshee(inside the car dealership by 8-Balls),Diablo
Stallion, or Mafia Sentinel and head to the bridge by Greasy
Joe's Cafe. You must fly over the gap in the bridge using a
little bit of speed, Welcome to Staunton Island. Turn off the
low gravity code(put it in once more) then head to the Porter
Tunnel,just east of the stadium, once there u can head straight
found an interesting GTA3 Easter Egg while flying around in
"Hi, I am a loyal GTA3 fan, and I
was flying the Dodo around Liberty City. I was flying around
the Airport, BEHIND the dam, and I ended up in an area where
I wasn't supposed to be. I could see the bottom side of Shoreside
Vale! As I was flying, I saw a series of buildings, but after
numerous attempts, I figured I couldn't hit/land on the roads
or buildings. I got bored and decided to go on, to see other
goodies I might find.
I was flying along, and I saw a bunch of weird shapes on the
radar, but at closer inspection, they were words! I had manages
to read a few. Woodcounty? Chris' Town? Aaronvile? The list
goes on, but I figured they are all cast/DMA/Rockstar people.
I was wondering if I could have the whole list of names that
appeared on the radar, and I would like to know what the buildings
behind the unfinished tunnel are/were meant to be for. Also,
do these have anything to do with the full winged Dodo? (If
there is such a thing)"
Unfortunately I don't have any answers to Ryan's questions,
but I'll see what I can do.
sent in an observation he made about the cars parked around
"Well I noticed that, in Kenji's
Casino, the parking lot down below, has cars parked in it.
I noticed that when I travel from around noon, to about 9
at night, the car doors are locked to the Sentinel and the
cobra look alike and the Yakuza car. I went back like at 2
in the morning and the doors where unlocked however, the alarm
found a way to mug the muggers, here is his tip. "First
find a mugger, they either wear dark red and blue jacket and
a bandana or white and blue camo pants and green hat. Follow
them until they mug someone then target them make sure they
see you and they will drop what they stole."
sent in three useful tips on Securicars and getting another
"1- How to get a Securicar easy.
When you get that mission from Donald Love to escort the securicar
don't worry about it, just wander the streets near Donald's
apartment, when I did it I saw 3 of them, when you get 1 put
it in your garage than just fail the mission (suicide, arrests,
whatever) and go save.
a new boat. When you get the mission to kill Ray's partner
don't shoot him, just chase him until he throws all the buckets
off. He'll drive his boat on the beach, just get out
on the beach and kill him, then get in his boat and reverse
for a while till your in the water, its called the missing
Rosen and Tom Taylor send in this useful tip on getting your
safehouse stash to respawn. "If
you walk all the way in and then all the way out of your hideout's
car garage, (so that the camera angle is forced to change...),
any and all 'stuff' you've accumulated through missions/packages
in the hideout will respawn. VERY convenient when trying to
get that pesky 5 star wanted level down and you have 2 bribes
waiting for you at home. (If you make it home...)"
Taylor sent in a correction on a tip he sent in previously.
"A week or more back I told you
about the trick to respawn whatever goodies you had at your
hideout? Well, upon further review, we've found that
running into and out of the car garage does NOT seem to want
to work at your hide out in Shoreside Vale. However,
at all your hide outs, you can make everything respawn by
stepping into the save area and hitting Cancel. Cheap,
but it gets the job done (and interrupts game play a little...)."
The Tunnel Blockade
Brodd sent in a tip on getting through the tunnel blockade,
giving you access to different parts of the city. "I
printed the cheats for GTA3 a few days ago, I stood on the Harwood
cliffs above the tunnel entry and called in the cops near the
Shoreside vale tunnel, and much to my surprise I saw the copcars
drive out of the tunnel through the blue tunnelblocker! I
repeat: This is no spoiler! This can be done but it's hard and
you need alot of health, I would even say that you need armor
to do this cheat. Call in the cops twice so you have 4 stars
lit. Now drive to the tunnel and let the cops chase you there.
When you have 4 stars you also have to deal with cop busses.
Since they weight is quite heavy you better do this with
a light car i.e.. a taxi or similar. Now accelerate and let
the cops crash you against the blocker, if you're lucky the
car flips and slides through the blocker on the roof. The chance
is if you succeed 99% that the car will be destroyed, so get
out of the car as soon as possibly and run for your life. Now
disable the cops. and start to walk. You can even access Staunton
Island this way, and when you get there make sure to save as
soon as possible. The safehouse is in Liberty Campus on Staunton
Island, and in Wichita Gardens in Shoreside Vale. If you get
wasted you'll end up at the hospital in Portland."
Straight To Staunton
also sent in the following tip, I haven't tested this yet so
I'd make sure you save your last save to a new slot just in
case anything goes awry. "When
the game starts up and the memory card is accessed hold down
X to get to Staunton Island."
Lancaster sent in the following tip on using the adrenaline/slo-mo
pill. "If you take the adrenaline
pill(aka slow-mo pill)you can sprint at cars and it will damage
them or if no one's in the car you can flip it but,you must
be sprinting while doing this or it won't work and if you don't
believe me ask someone to try it or do it your self. I now love
the adrenaline pill."
sent in a tip on doing drive-bys while riding on top of cars.
"Want to do drive-bys with a gun,
other than the Uzi? Well, try this. Jump onto some car
(I like Bobcats, but that's just me), and make sure you don't
start to slide off. Stand on his roof, trunk, or spare tire.
Then he will start to drive, allowing you "to blast
any mutha that gets in the way". (It's from the GTA song,
listen to Lips 106) Have fun!
you want to go faster, do this: shoot the car once with the
M16 (or something so it doesn't do too much damage!). The
car SHOULD start driving really fast! But it will drive erratically,
so you may fall off/get killed!"
sent in the following tip on how you can get infinite ammo.
"Infinite ammo is gained
for a gun if you get the ammo over 9999. For example, I got
an M16 19 times, and realized the ammo read 9999 - 60. I saved
the game, then went to nick a car. I shot some passersby,
and realized the ammo didn't decrease from 9999! I am now
trying to get this with the AK47 to verify that it works.
The ammo is lost if you are killed, and you have to again
get 9999 ammo for it to work. Could somebody test this to
check it isn't just a fluke."
and Troy wrote in about the infinite ammo trick and it doesn't
appear to work as advertised. Apparently the ammo readout
only goes up to 9999, even it you have more ammo that that.
So, if you have 10000 ammo, the readout will read 9999.
After you get back down to 9999 the ammo count will
begin to read correctly again.
sent in this
link, where you can find scanned images of the hidden packages
sent in a
link to a thread he started about a secret roof area he
missions can be MUCH MUCH easier if you do them in a row, because
the extra time accumulates after each drop-off. Also, the green
blip isn't the one YOU HAVE TO GET, you can drive past them,
and someone else will want a ride."
-- Submitted by Insane2757
found a way to start your own race with some unwilling opponents.
"OK first try to get a fast
car like a Banshee or Cheetah, then goto Staunton Island where
all of the fast cars like the Banshee (duh). Go find one of
those fast cars driving and get on the side of him (still
in your car). All ya gotta do now is do a driveby shooting
at him, but only hit him once or twice. If your lucky,
he'll take off and now you can race him!! You might have already
known that, but it's fun to see how long you can keep up with
also sent in his own version of this tip by doing it in the
"It work's the same as in the city.
I saw a tip about your own created street race. Well this
is the same just in the tunnel. Do a drive by in a tunnel
and stick behind the piss in his pants scarred driver you
just shot at. It doesn't take them to long to get in a horrible
accident in the tunnel and blow themselves up and the traffic
jam that builds up :)). For more fun wait for a van
or something else biggy. They swerve more. Just be sure not
to get in any accidents yourself."
you are looking for a security van, Nicholas might be able to
help. He says one of the best places to check for this
elusive vehicle "is the underpass
below the lift bridge on Shoreside between 15:00 and 16:00 (game
found an interesting tip on getting a bulletproof Cheetah
that was originally posted by Evil_Stallion.
when I say "always", I mean it's EXACTLY like the
BP Patriot and doesn't lose its bullet resistance when you
put it in the garage and save.
all happened last night when I was messing around with the
Turismo race. I decided it would be fun to try and beat it
using the Barracks OL. So I came screaming down the street
and slaughtered one of the cars from behind to start the race.
It slid through the first checkpoint on its roof and came
to a stop against the wall at the end of the street. Now this
is where I became interested in the car. It just sat there
on its roof for a whole minute and never caught fire. So I
got out of the Barracks OL and put 3 shotgun blasts into it.
When it didn't blow up, I pulled out the flamethrower and
tried roasting it, to no avail. So I finally decided to run
a little ways up the street and put a rocket in it, but when
I turned around to take aim it had disappeared and I caught
a glimpse of it speeding away down the street.
this point I had determined something was up and decided to
reload and try the mission again. Started the race the same
way as before, but this time I didn't flip the car I hit.
But, I did succeed in trapping it with the Barracks OL. I
jumped out, being sure never to lose sight of the Cheetah,
and tried to open the door and jack it. THE DOORS WERE LOCKED!
So I turned and jumped in the Barracks OL , but since the
car left my field of vision when I turned, the computer had
reset it on the road and it sped off.
finally did it right on my third attempt, this is what you
one of the Cheetahs and stand near it, (never letting it leave
your sight) until you fail the mission when time runs out.
When you fail, the driver will exit the vehicle and run off.
Don't try to jack it because the doors will still be locked.
Take your Barracks OL and push it back to your hideout. (The
best route is to go opposite the starting direction of the
race and down the street and through the alleyway to the Red
Light District with the Police Bribe in it.) I've found it
car is easier to push and control when it's on its roof. So
try to keep it on its roof for the duration of the trip. Once
you get it to the hideout, get it on its wheels and shove
it in the garage and save your game!
take your new bullet-proof Cheetah out of the garage and put
shotgun rounds into it a point blank to your heart's content,
or better yet take it to Saint Mark's and kick some Mafia
sent in this one about pistol whipping people. I have
tried this and it does work, sort of, it's just difficult to
stay close enough so you don't actually shoot the gun. "I
thought this was interesting. If you wanna smash someone's face
with a pistol whip, get in very close proximity to them and
target them, then simply press circle. It looks like you punch
them but they fall down in one shot. I never thought anything
of it until I realized I was hitting them with my gun. That's
a move they didn't list in the instruction booklet."
beating the first mission, the dune buggy that Joey was working
on in his garage BF Injection), is created at Misty's Flat,
by the El Burro Phone. You can pick it up only at a certain
time period, but I only know that a little after 9 you should
find it. It's parked right in front of the doors."
-- Submitted by Insane2757
DiCamillo found an Easter Egg of sorts. He noticed that
a Realtor sign in Shoreside Vale reads John Homes. According
to Jim, John Holmes is a porn star.
can pick up hookers with any vehicle, as long as it isn't a
van, taxi, or law enforcement car. Also, if you exit the car
the same time as she does, you can get back in and make her
do it again. You can repeat this process up to 125 health."
-- Submitted By Insane2757
Lynch & GTA3
did some thinking and came across some interesting stuff that
links cinematic works of David Lynch to GTA3. I'm not
really sure if this qualifies as an Easter Egg, but any David
Lynch fans should find it interesting:
I think I figured it out. All right, Donald Love is
played by Kyle Maclachan, who also starred as agent Dale Cooper
in the David Lynch movie and TV series Twin Peaks. Agent
Dale cooper disappears in the end of Twin Peaks. In
another movie by David Lynch called Mullholland Drive, there
is a mysterious box that causes a character to disappear (Donald
Love's package maybe?). This box ends up with a really
mysterious evil looking homeless man, who in way is similar
to the Darkel character. Now if you've seen Twin Peaks
and Mullholland Drive, you might notice that it appears the
two stories are interrelated, like how the backwards talking
midget from Twin Peaks is in Mullholland Drive with a normal
sized body, yet both times is always in an odd room surrounded
by red curtains.
I know it sounds far-fetched, but maybe its not. I mean,
the game is full of little references, parodies, and tributes
to other films. For instance, the whole Flashback FM/Scarface
thing. This might just be another one of those.
But wait a minute, if it is, then that actually makes the
whole thing even more confusing because it means you have
to understand what exactly was going on in the David Lynch
stories, and I don't think ANYBODY really understands those.
Nevermind. My brain hurts now!"
sent in this observation as a follow-up to illspirit's David
Lynch theory. Kirk's email mainly compares Scarface
and GTA3. This contains spoilers, so please don't
read it if you haven't finished the game yet.
"I found that little piece in the
news that illspirit wrote about David Lynch interesting...
Now when I read that I was totally NOT surprised because GTA3
takes so many different characteristics from a multitude of
movies and even a TV show. Now it's no surprise that Tony
Cipriani is modeled after Tony Soprano. He has personal problems
with his mom (Listen to the caller 'Tony' on ChatterBox) and
he pretty much acts like him. The whole Mafia is pretty much
a combination of The Sopranos and The Godfather. And don't
forget how big of a role Scarface plays in this movie. It's
a coincidence that Salvatore has a girlfriend that ends up
falling for your GTA3 character? No. If you've ever seen Scarface
you will know what I'm talking about. Maria is Elvira, and
you are pretty much Tony Montana. Also, this is interesting...
you know the Bus? Not the Coach, the bus. Well, when was the
last time you saw a Bus like that on modern roads? Well, if
you watch Scarface, in the scene where Tony and Manny are
on the way to Freedom Town in a prison-like bus, it looks
EXACTLY like the Bus you see on the roads in GTA3. Coincidence?
I don't think so. Just goes to show how cool this game really
is, also how cool Rockstar [and DMA] is."
Tip: The Purple Nines
sent in the following report:
"Firstly, I've not used any cheats
at all in the game yet. Not once. But when I first tried the
Dice mission I noticed that I needed WAY more time to even
be able to FIND that many Purple Nines. My mission time was
over and I still need like 10 more kills to complete it. Then
as I tried and tried to complete this damn mission other things
would stop me from succeeding...namely being abused by the
gangs' Rumpo vans and the occasional Police car. All this
added up to utter aggravation. I sat down and really tried
to think of a way to complete it. This is what I came up with.
I got in a Rhino. The tank. I drove it to the phone, started
the mission and just drove around that one block (around the
two apartment buildings). With the tank, I no longer needed
to worry about any vehicles either harassing me or interfering
with my line-of-sight for my drive-bys. And the Rhino also
drives at an almost perfect speed for drive-bys, not too fast
so you don't need to modulate your speed as much as with other
cars. I got lucky and completed the mission my first time
with the Rhino. Using the tank obviously won't make more Purple
Nines appear, but I think that the advantages it affords can
make up for their dismal numbers. But, as additional help,
I did notice that once in a while there is a rather large
gathering of gang members (sometime red, sometimes purple,
sometimes both) that hang out directly in front of the sign
to the right of the dirt path (the one that leads to the Patriot
for "Gripped"). So, I always took my time as I drove
by there, making sure to really fire off some good shots.
Also, I may have found another compelling reason to use the
tank. I don't know that this works for a fact, but since the
Rhino's cannon fires as well as your Uzi during drive-bys
than any Purple Nine death resulting from the explosion from
the tank shell while holding R2 or L2 also counts towards
your ultimate kill count. I am not 100% sure about this, and
if someone could test it and attest to it that would be good.
Hope this helps."
Pagliaro sent in his thoughts on what might cause the problem:
"First Time I played I didn't cheat
and nines were there but I deleted my game save by mistake.
second time I played I got all 100 hidden packages before
I did the D-ice missions and the 9's were gone
3rd time I played I only got Portland's hidden packages a
and I didn't cheat (any type of cheating) and the 9's were
since the game is on a DVD it can not auto store or delete
any memory so the glitch itself is on the memcard
the glitch occurs Delete GTA 3 data from memcard (memcard
manager) not during gameplay and do not use ANY cheats until
Dice missions are done.- This worked for me but as you can
see I had to start over 4 times just trying to get 100 % which
is a lost cause now."
Albert sent in some tips on finding the Nines:
"I played the DICE mission today
called, "Uzi Money" which someone said that the
Purple Nines refused to appear. I never encountered
this problem. I spotted all of them and finished the
mission in no time. However if you do not spot them,
try driving straight a little bit then make a U-Turn and they
should appear. Also don't drive anywhere else, stay
in Witchita Gardens. Better yet, keep driving back and
forth on the street where you receive your mission."
Tip: Dice - Rumble
on the last mission for the Dice (RUMBLE), it's hard to survive
an attack by all those Purple Nines with bats. Make a run towards
the back of the parking lot and jump on the flatbed of the pickup
truck. The Purple Nines will surround you but cannot hit you.
Slam your bat onto their heads until they are all dead. When
you're done, get in the pickup and drive home."
-- Submitted by Wan Yue Chiu
the "Criminal threat" is in view and the blue arrow
is floating above the car simply pause the game wait a second
and unpause it. The "Criminal" will get out of his
car and start shooting you so all you have to do is run him
over. This comes in VERY handy when they just fly past you and
you have no hope of hitting them"
-- Submitted by Pigwidgeon
you are in a car and you do the health cheat
(R2,R2,L1,R1,Left,Down,Right,Up,Left,Down,Right,up), the cars
health gets restored and any fires go out. The car will still
LOOK smashed up but will have full health."
-- Submitted by Pigwidgeon
easy to see the AI improvements from previous versions of GTA,
but the police AI still has its limitations. In Portland, attract
the attention of the police (the higher the level, the better)
and head to the Callahan bridge. Carefully drive around the
barricade and up towards the collapsed section. Once you reach
the edge of the gap, get out of your car and jump up onto the
concrete side rail. All the police vehicles pursuing you will
try to ram into you, but will be stopped by the side rail, and
you will have a nice view as they sail into the river one at
-- Submitted by Nicholas Hulst
Down Rare Vehicles
you are having trouble finding vehicles such as Mr. Whoopee,
The Securicar, and others, try doing either a fire truck side
mission or a vigilante mission in the police car. Both
missions type randomly generate a vehicle and before too long
your target should be one of the rare cars. Used in combination
with Tip #70, this could be a very easy way to find your target
cars for the Import/Export Garages. -- Submitted by Nicholas
to Ammu-Nation in the first zone and look at it from across
the street, then look slightly to the right at a building in
the background, which is happily and unashamedly labeled 'Fudge
Packing Corps' hehehe"
-- Submitted by Stuart
Blown Up Cars
I would like to say that I didn't find this out. Someone over
at the GTA3 message board at GameFAQS.com did. I forgot who
it was though. OK, stand next to the car you want to ride around
in blown up (it MUST have someone driving it) and start entering
the "blow up all cars" cheat. Since triangle is one
of the buttons your character uses to get into cars, your character
should still be doing the carjacking animation (throwing the
driver out) as the car blows up. You should be sitting in the
blown up car. As it is about to blow up again enter the Health
Refill cheat and the fire will go out and you can get in and
out a blown up car. You can also go to the pay-and-spray to
get all then doors back."
-- Submitted by Gamesharkpro
pick up more than one hooker, drive up next to one in any
car other than a government or taxi vehicle. After she gets
in, drive up to another hooker and get out of the car and
back in it really quickly. This should get both hookers "talking"
to you (by standing beside your vehicle and doing the exhausted
animation). They should both get in your car at the same time.
You can get up to 3 hookers. What purpose this serves? None,
but sometimes you need more than one ho to make you feel all
-- Submitted by stuntwill
The FBI Car
you want a quality car its definitely the FBI's! The trick is
near the spray shop in the last island. Do your damage until
after you. Sit in your car so you can see through the gap in
next the the entrance of the spray shop. Wait until an FBI car
get through to you but it will fail and just run against the
quickly get sprayed and get out to the FBI car and get in as
you'll only get one star for this so you do one back to the
spray shop! enjoy"
-- Submitted by Kleky
Tip: Cutting The Grass
"After several futile tries at beating this mission...I
decided, instead of trying to follow the cab, I was gonna steal
another cab, and pull right behind the cab he was supposed to
get in...When he came out, much to my suprise...he got in mine!...After
that it was a walk in the park."
--Submitted by LONESTARxp
Tips: Turismo & Evidence Dash
are two tips that depend on the destroy all vehicles code
Don't Feel like racing? Pull up to the line, when the race
starts get out of the vehicle, head over to the sidewalk and
enter the code. Then find the first vehicle you come to and
start going through the checkpoints. Shortly into your little
drive you'll come to 3 burnt out husks with arrows over them..
Talk about one code making a mission a whole lot easier...Type
in the code...Mission passed..Simple huh?
One last note...ever look at the company name on the Securicar?..."Gruppe
Sechs"...pronounce it out...and you get (Group Sex)"
Goddard sent me this interesting email explaining the "Free
Kevin" call on Chatterbox:
has to do with the whole "Free Kevin!" call on Chatterbox.
Some of you, but probably not all of you, already know about
Kevin Mitnick and the whole Free Kevin thing that was going
on up until a year or two ago (probably while GTA3 was in
development), but for those of you who don't, Kevin Mitnick
was the first Hacker/Phreak to make it on the FBI's Most Wanted
list. He was caught once, released, then was on the run. After
he was captured, he was placed in prison for years without
a trial. Anyway, if you want to read about all that, go check
something like that. Also, there is a sign at the exit of
the tunnel near Francis Int. Airport for a computer company
called "The Big BEIGE Box.", a beige box is a tool
used by phreaks to clip onto the ring and tip terminals of
other people's phone lines."
Tip: Donald's Package
so that was a bad joke.
"This tip is for all you out there
who are having trouble surviving the pick up the packages
in the bay mission. You know the one from Donald Love. First
you drive to Portland to pick up the speed boat. Get all the
packages (and have 5 stars) but don't go back to the Portland
dock, instead go to the Staunton dock (where you get the first
Staunton Island missions from the Yakuza chicka). Get into
any car parked there and drive up the road into the city.
About half way up that road on the right you have the multiple
story parking garage. If you take the hard right between the
garage and the other building you get to the paint shop :))
and gone are the 5 stars and all the pig's after your ass.
We had so much trouble getting it done any other way, and
forget driving around picking up star's as you go. We tried
with a touring bus and that failed as well." --
Submitted by PJ
it to OPEC
was just playing GTA3 and I figured something out, something
not too big but I think its pretty cool. Ok, the gas
station on Portland Island, in St.Marks near the place where
you get the Banshee. The pumps will explode if u shoot
em. I tried ramming with a car but that doesn't work
so just shoot the pumps and they explode. I was using
the AK47 and the M16 so far to blow em up. I tried with
the Uzi, the pistol, and even the shotgun but it seems that
only the rifles do the trick"
-- Submitted by Jandar
addendum I'd like to make to Jandar's observation is this.
When you are running from well armed rival gangs, do
not take cover near the gas pumps :). I ran through
that station more than once trying to get away from Mafia
only to end up dying in a massive explosion.
I was driving around by the construction yard, I noticed something
very peculiar. If you look at the building with the glass all
around it, It keeps getting taller as time progresses. I drove
over to the base of the building and noticed an elevator. I
tried to get in and pressed triangle, but nothing happened.
I don't know if it has something to do with how far you get
in the game or how much time progresses in the game, but I really
hope that you eventually get to use the elevator to get up to
-- Submitted by Mike
a rad little tip for getting free resprays. Drive in as
normal, but when you reverse out, don't go too far. If
the colours look whacked then drive back in for a complimentary
respray. You can keep on doing this until you hit the
colour you want. You still have to pay for the first time but
it's worth it if you wanna be rockin something with a bit of
-- Submitted by ShabbyCat