GTA IV - spoiler-free walkthrough

Killing ******* (censored to avoid spoiler)
Before taking on this mission, answer the text message on your phoneto find a bulletproof vest behind the bins. Pull your shotgunbefore the club. Shotgun everyone, head through the alley andup the stairs. Wait for him to get to the roof, then you can do him as he pops out. No mercy, because he’s got a machine gun.

Logging on
This is your introduction to the internet cafe. Just go and set up a profile at - the second part of this mission comes later.

Search and Delete
First, get a cop car and use the computer. When you find your target, you can’t stop him until a certain point, although you can shoot out his tyres. You need to watch out for trucks swerving around in the road in front of you, but the trickiest part of this mission is losing the police attention you’ll get from running through toll booths. Just stay calm and don’t bump or shoot any civilians and it’ll be fine.

Easy As Can Be
This is a tough drive with lots of shooters. Brake early on the corners - it’s better to slow down a bit than power slide, mess it up and have to reverse out of a spot while everyone’s peppering you with gunfire.

Although this mission’s called Shadow, you don’t really need to be that stealthy - you can just spook the dealer you’re after, then sprint after him. Then shoot him and his mates, and you’re done.

Russian Revolution
Little Jacob will help you out on this mission, but this is mainly about precision aiming and taking cover. You’ll have to brave the cops to make it out of the front, but if you pop a couple you’ll have a fairly clear route past the rest. Then it’s plain sailing to lose them.

Out Of The Closet
Go to the internet cafe. Your date’s going to be at the diner on 69th and Hove. There are cops around, so stab him when he runs to avoid any trouble.

No. 1
This is the game’s only story mode race - the only thing you need to worry about is the second to last checkpoint where crashing through a barrier could put you in the riverbed. Otherwise, just take the corners steady - you‘ll have plenty of time to outdistance the other racers on the straights.

Escuela Of The Streets
This is the first mission where you really need to tail someone. Watch out at the traffic lights and on corners, because it‘s easy to accidentally get too close and scare your targets off early. When you get to your destination, shoot everyone. You can either shoot the lock off the door - which’ll warn them that you’re coming in - or throw a brick through the window, climb in that way and take them by surprise. There’s a Sprunk machine at the back of the warehouse to top up your health when you’re done.

Street Sweeper
Here you need the element of surprise to get all your targets. Kill the first two gang members by ramming your car into them, jump out to finish stragglers then get the other car. There are cops everywhere, but if you start a gunfight there’s a chance they’ll actually do your job for you.

The Puerto Rican Connection
Here you‘re following an elevated train. Just switch to the far view with select and look out for corners by watching the radar. When it stops, pop the two goons then sprint after the guy. You can shoot him at a distance if you use the lockon, but try to do him in one shot to minimise police interference.

Luck of the Irish
A relatively simple introduction to sniping, this. The only tricky bits are that you’ll need to shoot the guy struggling with Packie on the left, and the last guy through the window of his truck.

Blow Your Cover
Don’t pull a gun until you’re up the first flight of stairs in this mission - even though the people downstairs threaten you, you don’t actually need to take them on. On the way up the stairs, blast everyone, and grab the medipack on the stairwell. Get the vest on the rooftop, then blast a path out through the SWAT teams.

The Snow Storm
If you‘ve got a sniper rifle, you can shoot the first couple of guys with that. Then head into the old hospital and methodically clear everyone out. The room with the coke has two guys with guns and a bulletproof vest inside - you’ll need it to escape from the cops. Don’t get bogged down in a gunfight, just clear a path and grab one of the SUVs parked on the left as you leave.

Deconstruction for Beginners
Although Playboy X wants you to go up on the roof with him, you don’t have to - the three lookouts are on the end of each crane and you can shoot them from ground level with a sniper rifle. Switch to the AK as you enter the building site and be methodical before you move forward. Clean out as many people as you can before you shoot the third union boss - this’ll send in a chopper full of backup for the final boss. You move in a fairly straight line, so as long as you don’t dash forward nobody should get behind you.

Photo Shoot
Here you’ll need to use your mobile phone camera to identify your target, but as long as you get him vaguely in the shot you don’t actually need to get a close-up of his face. Your target's the one in the black jacket - he’s got two cars parked for the getaway but you can pop him before he gets to them if you shoot straight away. If he makes it, they’re both Patriots, so you’ve got a tough chase ahead…

Call And Collect
The blackmailer you’re looking for is wearing a black and yellow puffy jacket. If you can’t see him, just walk through the crowd - you can call him on the phone twice, but the second time Niko will start threatening him and scare him into running. There’s no way to kill him without attracting police attention, so shoot him in the head and make a run for the nearest car.

Final Interview
Go to Perseus to get a suit plenty of time ahead of your job interview. Once you’re in the office with him alone, shoot your target. The easiest way to escape - assuming you’ve got a bit of health left - is to shoot out the windows and jump out, avoiding taking on security in his office. Then grab a car and make your getaway.

Alternately, you can quietly knife him and walk out the front entrance or the window with nobody the wiser. Your call.

Once you’re on the roof with the sniper rifle there are two ways of getting the target in your sights - you can either shoot his satellite dish so that he gets up to adjust his TV, or check his phone number - it’s on his phone - through your sights and give him a call to make him get up. Either way, pop him in the back of the head.

Ruff Rider
Go to the arcade: you’ll be given a choice of killing a girl or letting her go, but either way you’ll need to chase down her boyfriend on a motorbike. He’ll crash eventually, and you can run over his head.

Undress To Kill
This is a slightly tough mission, because there are three guys to kill. The first is in the front office, near the doors, with a shotgun - if you sneak in, you can kill him with a melee weapon without alerting the club staff. The second target’s near the stage, chatting to a stripper - you can’t shoot him without causing a massive ruckus. The third guy’s in a booth at the back, having a dance - he’s carrying an AK and being guarded by a guy with a shotgun, but you’re best off popping him second, then killing the second target when he runs. Anyone who makes it to the car park will jump in a van and head down the stairs at the rear, making you chase them - if more than one guy gets away, the passengers will shoot at you as you chase them. If you’ve got a car, you can block the steps, but trying to break into any of the vehicles in the car park will set off the alarm.

Have A Heart
This is an easy mission - just remember to pay the toll on the way to the hospital, or you’ll get bogged down in a police chase and run out of time.

The Holland Play
This is where you get to make the game’s first major decision - whether to kill one friend or another. The less powerful one's only protected by one guy with a bat. The more powerful one's protected by a gang of goons, and he’ll make a run for it - but killing him gets you his apartment as a safe house.