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                                The Ballad of Gay Tony
    
    ---------------- \ Games for Windows LIVE Achievements Guide / ----------------
    
    ---------------- \                Version 1.00               / ----------------
    
    ---------------- \         Last updated - 14/07/2010         / ----------------
    
    ---------------- \     By Hydro_PT (hydro_pt@hotmail.com)    / ----------------
    
    ---------------- \      Copyright (C) 2010 Mário Peixoto     / ----------------
    
    ---------------- \            All rights reserved.           / ----------------
    
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    1. Copyright notice
    
    2. Introduction
    
       2.1. Structure of the guide
    
    3. Guide version history
    
    4. About the game
    
    5. Achievements guide
    
    6. Conclusion
    
    7. Contact details
    
    8. Credits
    
    9. Trademarks notice
    
    
    
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    1. COPYRIGHT NOTICE /
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    This may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal,
    private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed
    publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other
    web site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a
    violation of copyright.
    
    The only sites that are allowed to have this guide are the following:
    
    - http://www.gamefaqs.com (all updates to the guide will be posted here first)
    - http://www.cheatbook.de
    - http://www.cheatchannel.com
    - http://www.gamershell.com
    - http://www.gta4.net
    - http://www.neoseeker.com
    - http://www.supercheats.com
    
    
    If you want to host this guide on your site/blog or other place, please email
    me to ask for permission. See section 7. to know how to contact me.
    
    
    
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    2. INTRODUCTION /
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    I decided to write this guide because it might be useful for players that are
    trying to unlock some or all the achievements in the PC version of Grand Theft
    Auto: Episodes From Liberty City. This game is the retail edition of the two
    Episodes released for Grand Theft Auto IV, which are also available as DLC
    (downloadable content). If you buy each Episode as DLC, you will need to have
    GTA IV already installed for the DLCs to work properly. If you buy the retail
    edition (Episodes From Liberty City), you don't need to have GTA IV installed.
    No matter what you buy, this achievement guide will work for the DLCs and the
    retail edition. Just remember to be be connected to Games for Windows LIVE
    while playing, otherwise you won't unlock any achievement.
    
    Please note that this guide only applies to the "The Ballad of Gay Tony".
    For "The Lost and Damned" achievements guide (the other Episode/DLC), check
    the following link:
    
    -> www.gamefaqs.com/pc/987736-grand-theft-auto-iv-the-lost-and-damned/faqs
    
    
    Almost everything on this guide comes from my personal experience, as I do
    unlock all achievements before writing the guide. However, I base myself on
    some sources to be sure that what is written here is as correct as possible.
    Everyone that helps me (directly or indirectly) is properly credited.
    
    Having said that, I hope you find this guide useful. Thank you for reading.
    
    
    Hydro_PT
    
    
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    2.1. STRUCTURE OF THE GUIDE ~~
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    I try to make a good structure for the guide, so that way you can quickly find
    what you need. Even though most browsers nowadays feature an easy-to-use search
    function, this section will help you understand how I structured the guide, in
    case you have any trouble.
    
    All achievements are organized in alphabetic order. I use their official name
    to organize them alphabetically. So, in the first line you have the name of the
    achievement, its official description and its Gamerscore. Below that I give
    a detailed explanation on how to unlock it. Here's an example:
    
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    . Adrenaline Junkie - Freefall for the longest possible time. [25] .
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    . Explanation on how to get this achievement goes here.            .
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    You can refer to the following page to see a list of all achievements:
    
    -> http://www.gta4.net/ballad-of-gay-tony/achievements.php
    
    
    
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    3. GUIDE VERSION HISTORY /
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    Version 1.0 - 14/07/2010
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    Guide fully written. All achievements are covered.
    
    
    
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    4. ABOUT THE GAME /
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    - TITLE: Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City - The Ballad of Gay Tony
    
    - PLATFORM: Microsoft Windows
    
    - RELEASE DATE: 16 April 2010
    
    - DEVELOPERS: Rockstar North and Rockstar Toronto
    
    - PUBLISHER: Rockstar Games
    
    - WEBSITE: www.rockstargames.com/episodesfromlibertycity/
    
    - ACHIEVEMENTS: 10
    
    - TOTAL GAMERSCORE: 250 points
    
    
    
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    5. ACHIEVEMENTS GUIDE /
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    Adrenaline Junkie - Freefall for the longest possible time. [25]
    
    Parachutes are back to Grand Theft Auto games, after they made an appearance in
    San Andreas. This "toy" becomes available after the mission "High Dive" for
    Yusuf Amir. After this mission is complete, Armando will send you a message
    saying that he now has parachutes available in his Gun Van. Just select the
    option "Gun Van" in your phone and Armando will spawn near you with a van full
    of weapons. Buy a parachute and search for a helicopter. Before entering the
    helicopter, select the parachute and press LMB. This will make the parachute
    appear on Luis' back, ready to use. When you are in a helicopter, the map will
    show an altimeter. Climb as high as you can, until you see that the helicopter
    cannot go any higher. Then, press F to get out of the helicopter and enter in a
    freefall. Press the W key to descend really fast, and then open the parachute
    just before hitting the ground. If done correctly, the achievement will unlock.
    In case you pull too soon or too late, just try again until you get it. The
    trick here is to go as high as you can and open the parachute at the very last
    moment, but without dying.
    
    
    
    Bear Fight - Win the L.C. Cage Fighters championship. [15]
    
    The L.C. Cage Fighters championship will become available after the mission
    "Momma's Boy". In this mission you will learn where the fights take place, and
    after the mission is complete you can return here to fight or bet on other
    fighters. To unlock the achievement you must win all 6 rounds, which is a hard
    thing to do. Each round brings 3 different opponents, so you must defeat 18
    different guys without dying to win the championship. The first 2 rounds don't
    cause any problem, because the opponents are easy to beat. The problem starts
    in the 3rd round, where the enemies are harder to beat and, to make things even
    worse, they are allowed to bring weapons: a wooden bat and a knife, both of
    which can cause some serious damage with only a few hits. You won't go far by
    just using your fists, so the trick here is to counter the opponent and steal
    his weapon, which you will be able to use for the rest of the round. To perform
    a counter attack and steal the weapon, you will have to press SPACE right
    before the enemy performs an attack on you. It is hard to get the timing right,
    but if you manage to do it, Luis will crouch and you just have now to quickly
    press R to steal the opponent's weapon. With a bat or a knife in your hands it
    is much easier to beat each opponent. The achievement will unlock after your
    beat the last enemy in the 6th round.
    
    Here are a few tips and a link to a video to help you get this achievement:
    
    - Never let an opponent recover from the attacks, keep punching or kicking him
      all the time;
    
    - Remember not to be too far or too close to an opponent, otherwise Luis won't
      be able to attack properly;
    
    - The first opponent of round 4 and 5 brings a bat, so try to take it without
      losing health. This bat will be very useful to beat these two rounds, because
      the enemies are very though.
    
    - Try to save your health for the last 3 matches of the 6th round. You gain 25%
      of life when each round begins, but this isn't much, so try not to lose any
      health during the first 5 rounds (body armour doesn't offer any protection);
    
    - The guys that bring a knife are the hardest to beat, because they are very
      fast and they take a lot of your health with a single combo. You can try to
      take their knife, but it is hard to do it and requires a great timing, so my
      advice is to steal the knife only in the last round and if you have a lot of
      health. All 3 final opponents bring knives, and it is very hard to beat them
      without one, so the sooner you get yourself a knife, the more chances you
      have of winning;
    
    - Keep trying and trying. This achievement is hard to unlock, but with some
      training you will eventually get it. Remember: practice leads to perfection!
    
    -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQZVs2hKN-A
    
    
    
    Catch the Bus - Dance perfectly in both Tony's nightclubs. [15]
    
    The clubs become available after the first mission is complete. There are two
    that are owned by Tony: Hercules and Maisonette 9. You can go there at night
    and dance with a lady. To activate the mini-game "Bus Stop", you must dance
    perfectly on each club. If you fail 3 or 4 moves, you won't take part in the
    special dance, thus you won't unlock the achievement. To dance perfectly, press
    WSAD according to the beat in the image. When you are told to HOLD, just hold
    one of the keys, and then press RMB and LMB, again according to the beat until
    the pink bar around the beat is full. If you do it right, you will now take
    part in the "Bus Stop" mini-game. This event is composed of quick time events,
    and all you have to do is press the key that appears on the screen on time. It
    is actually quite easy, the only problem is taking part of this mini-game,
    because the lady seems to be very exigent with the quality of your dance. Once
    you have successfully complete the "Bus Stop" on each club, the achievement
    will unlock. Check the link below to see a video of the achievement being
    unlocked:
    
    -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNLYv7WmnFw
    
    
    
    Diamonds Forever - Complete the Trinity. [5]
    
    If you have played Grand Theft Auto IV and The Lost and Damned, you are well
    aware of the "diamonds deal" that is a major point in the storyline of the
    three games. This is also the only mission where all protagonists are together,
    hence the name "Impossible Trinity. In The Ballad of Gay Tony, you will now
    take the role of Luis, the one who made the deal go wrong. It is a very simple
    mission, compared to Niko's and Johnny's. You just have to pick up the Buzzard
    from Yusuf Amir, land on the roof of the museum and then go to a small window,
    where a well-known cut-scene will start. After watching it, get back on the
    roof via a stair, fight some cops with the Buzzard's weapons and then land back
    on the heliport, where Tony is waiting for you. The achievement will unlock
    right after this. The mission is called "Not So Fast", and if you need help to
    beat it, check the following walkthrough:
    
    -> http://www.gta4.net/ballad-of-gay-tony/missions/not-so-fast.php#mission
    
    
    
    Four Play - Hit a flag with a golf ball four times. [10]
    
    The golf mini-game will be available after the mission "Practice Swing" for
    Gay Tony. In this mission you will learn how to play golf, and after that you
    can come back and play against a friend or a random NPC. To unlock this one you
    need to get a perfect swing 4 times. Use the mouse to move the target around
    the field, and place it exactly on the flag (zoom in by pressing and holding
    RMB). When the target is where you want it, press LMB. On the left side of the
    screen you have a bar, that will raise and come down until you press LMB again.
    You must press the button exactly when the bar hits the black mark. If you do
    so, the ball will hit the flag perfectly. Just do this 4 times (it doesn't need
    to be in the same game) and the achievement will unlock. It might take some
    practice to get this done, but it is not hard.
    
    
    
    Gold Star - Score 100% in all missions. [80]
    
    In The Ballad of Gay Tony each mission has a scoring system, that is calculated
    according to a certain number of requirements, like time taken to complete the
    mission, shooting accuracy, headshots performed, among others. To unlock this
    achievement you must score 100% in all 25 missions. It is almost impossible to
    score 100% the first time you play the game, because you don't know what you
    have to do in each mission and you don't know what the requirements for 100%
    are for that particular mission. So, after you beat the game, you will have
    the opportunity to replay any mission. Just use your phone, select "Missions"
    and choose the one you want to repeat until you get 100%. The requirements are
    cumulative, so you don't need to meet all requirements for a certain mission at
    once. The mission "Chinese Takeout" is a good example of this:
    
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    . Time ----------- 0:05:20 .
    . Player Damage -- 10%     .
    . Accuracy ------- 70%     .
    . 100% Headshots - [X]     .
    ............................
    
    As you can see, you must complete it in 5 minutes and 20 seconds, and at the
    same time suffer only 10% of damage, perform 100% headshots and have a very
    good accuracy. You can play a first time at a very fast pace to meet the time
    requirement (without caring about player damage and accuracy), and then play a
    second time, focusing now on accuracy and other requirements, without worrying
    about how long it will take. Once all objectives are completed, the mission
    will have a score of 100%. Do all 25 and the achievement will unlock. To know
    what are the requirements for each mission, check the link below, which will
    take you to a great walkthrough provided by GTA4.net. At the end of each
    mission walkthrough you have the requirements for 100%.
    
    -> http://www.gta4.net/ballad-of-gay-tony/missions/
    
    NOTE: You cannot die during a mission and you cannot use a taxi. You will be
    rewarded with a score of 0% if one of these things happens.
    
    
    
    Gone Down - Complete all base jumps. [5]
    
    The base jumps will be unlocked after the mission "High Dive" for Yusuf Amir.
    You just need to buy or pick up one parachute for the locations of the base
    jumps to appear on the map (you can ask Armando to bring his Gun Van so you can
    buy a parachute). The base jumps are marked on the map by pink parachutes, and
    there are 15 of them. Just go to the location and press E to accept the jump.
    There are 3 types of jumps:
    
     - Jump off buildings and land on the target;
     - Jump off buildings and land on a moving vehicle;
     - Jump off helicopters in mid-air, pass through the rings in the sky and land
       on the target.
    
    You don't need to get 100% on each base jump, just land on the target and it
    will count as a complete jump. The ones you already completed successfully will
    appear in the map in grey, so you know which ones you have done and which you
    haven't. It might take a bit of time to get used to the parachute controls, but
    it isn't a hard achievement to get.
    
    
    
    Maestro - Finish the Ballad. [30]
    
    This is a story related achievement. There are 25 missions that you need to
    complete in order to finish the story. The achievement will unlock after you
    either watch or skip the credits. This guide is NOT a walkthrough, so I don't
    give any information on how to beat the game or a specific mission. If you need
    help to complete the missions, please check the link below, which will take you
    to a great walkthrough provided by GTA4.net.
    
    -> http://www.gta4.net/ballad-of-gay-tony/missions/
    
    
    
    Past the Velvet Rope - Score 80% or above in all missions. [45]
    
    See the achievement "Gold Star" for more information.
    
    
    
    Snow Queen - Complete 25 drug wars. [20]
    
    Drug Wars are unlocked after the mission "Corner Kids". These side-missions are
    done with Armando and Henrique. There will always be 3 or 4 Drug Wars marked on
    the map, so just choose one and drive there. Your two friends will appear in a
    black Cavalcade FXT, and you are the designated driver. Drive to the location
    marked on the map and do what you are told. There are various types of Gang
    Wars, but in the end all of them require you to kill people and steal the drugs
    or the money. Armando and Henrique do not die during Gang Wars, but if they are
    badly hurt, they will disappear and you will have to finish the mission alone.
    To complete a Gang War, do what you are told and then return the drugs/money to
    the hideout marked on the map. Remember to have a good amount of ammo and body
    armor with you to make things easier. As you do more and more Drug Wars, things
    get more difficult. Once all 25 are done the achievement will unlock. You can
    then continue to do Drug Wars up to 50. This will no longer count for the
    achievement or game progress, but it will give you weapons at the safehouse for
    free.
    
    
    
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    6. CONCLUSION /
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    This is the end of the guide. I hope you had enjoyed reading it and I hope it
    will help you get some achievements. It was a pleasure to write it. Check the
    section below in case you need to contact me.
    
    Thank you for reading.
    
    
    
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    7. CONTACT DETAILS /
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    Feel free to contact me (hydro_pt@hotmail.com) in any of the situations below:
    
    
    - If you see any fault of any kind (incorrect or incomplete information,
      spelling/grammar mistakes or other), please let me now so I can fix it.
    
    - If you want to contribute with useful information to improve the guide, don't
      hesitate in doing so. Full credit will be given to you if your contribution
      is accepted (don't forget to include a real name or alias so I can properly
      credit you). I will inform you if your contribution is accepted or not.
    
    - If you want to host this guide on your site/blog or other place, please ask
      me for permission first.
    
    - Last but not least, if you have any doubts about a certain achievement, you
      can also contact me. I promise to answer as soon as possible.
    
    
    I only accept emails written in English or Portuguese. All emails that are not
    written in one of these two languages WILL NOT be answered. Also do not forget
    to include something like "GTA Achievements Guide" in the subject, or it might
    be recognized as spam, and therefore I might not read it. Thank you.
    
    
    Hydro_PT
    
    
    
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    8. CREDITS /
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    - GTA4.net staff for all the pages with important information, such as the map,
      mission walkthroughs, list of achievements, etc.
    
    - GTA Wiki members for the precious information on various subjects, such as
      the new cars added, info on random characters, etc.
    
    - Xbox360achievements.org for the list of achievements and important info.
    
    
    ## If I forgot someone, please forgive me and contact me to add you. ##
    
    
    
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    9. TRADEMARKS NOTICE /
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    All trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are owned by their
    respective trademark and copyright holders.
    
    
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