|Minigun. Mega damage.|
Franklin arrives in a front loader to bring the guys away, but the goddamn army’s involved now, and the guys make their way through a factory and onto a train in order to leave. Successful heist! We got a little less than 8 million dollars, the FIB takes more than 6M$, hands the rest over and lets the group split the cash. Franklin, Michael and Trevor each get about 400,000$. That’s more than enough to live comfortably, no? I mean, that’s 15 years of my current salary.
|Train-biking: Safer than car-surfing!|
|I suppose it's gonna be useful to pay our apologies to|
Madrazo... but I feel like Trevor would like that statue
better if it was filled with meth.
|Once again, we have a quick moment of gameplay that is|
unexpected, fun, and story-relevant. Shame we never get
a chance to cut out a steel grid ever again afterwards.
Could have been fun as part of a side-quest.
|Must not drop the container... must not drop the container...|
Must not- OH SHIT
|Don't worry, they stay in touch. In secret.|
Dunno if that's heartwarming or creepy.
Speaking of resolving plot threads… Trevor goes back to Floyd’s apartment and meets Debra, Floyd’s girlfriend. The two are kicking him out. After trying bargain, and see that it isn't working... Trevor comes out of the apartment covered in blood. We see none of what transpired in there. All we know is that, in order to put this behind him, Trevor brings his associate Wade to the strip club. As if nothing happened. Even though Floyd is Wade’s cousin. That’s alright, though; Trevor drives to the Vanilla Unicorn and decides to, ahem, dispose of the owner, so that he becomes the owner. Geez, I didn’t know strip clubs worked by the Klingon promotion system.
|"If nothing major happens to break our group apart,|
we should be able to do this score just fine, very soon."
In the events that follow, Michael takes a plane and then drives to the North Yankton graveyard. He finds Trevor well at work, already about to open the coffin. And as it turns out… their old partner in crime who died on the night of the failed score, Brad, is the guy buried in there. See, Trevor thought Brad was alive and jailed. However, Agent Dave Norton was writing to him pretending to be Brad, to uphold the masquerade of Michael being dead. However, in the past missions, Trevor has started to feel increasingly betrayed by Michael and his lies, getting more and more fed up by his old friend’s dishonesty, and this reveal of Brad being dead all along is the last straw. Trevor runs away…
…But Michael doesn’t have the time to leave. Following the botched meth and weapons deals with the O'Neil brothers because Trevor killed the O'Neils), the Triads want Trevor dead. They followed him to North Yankton, and were ready to kill him there – only, Trevor left too quickly, so they decided to attack Michael instead. Whom they mistake for Trevor’s gay lover. Cue the homophobic insults from Asian mobsters. Class act What follows is one of the hardest missions in the game, as Michael has been stripped of his weapons before embarking on the plane, so he only has a pistol and whatever he can get from the guys he kills. He’s badly outnumbered; that group was on its way to battle Trevor, of course they’d send a few dozen guys at a dude who does mass-murdering carnages for fun.
Michael fights well, but ends up captured by the Triads who decide to hold him at ransom. Their leader, Wei Cheng, personally calls Trevor. Wei Cheng’s reveal as a major villain doesn’t come out of nowhere; he tried to connect with Trevor Philips Industries much earlier, but the deal went through, and Trevor also murdered anyone else that the Triads tried associating with. While Trevor was living in Los Santos, he would receive reports from his ally Ron that some Chinese people had been snooping around his trailer. Forget Madrazo; Wei Cheng is the true final boss of Trevor’s story.
|Literally partaking in crime, using a James Bond-esque|
vehicle. It that blasphemy?
|I remember blowing my way through the factory.|
Literally so; with sticky bombs where the enemies stood, and
blowing them up from afar. That was amazing.
|That brown board will be covered in papers, plans.|
blueprints and stuff to plan the heist.
This is as good a time as any for Michael to get his life in order while we’re at it. His son Jimmy visits him at home and brings him around the area to pick up his wife Amanda and his daughter Tracy before bringing everyone to Doctor Friedlander, his psychiatrist. We also take that opportunity to get some revenge on Fabien the yoga instructor and Lazlow, the host of Fame or Shame who had been making insistent, creepy advances to Tracy. Phew! Ah, Michael. When he’s not a distant jerk of a dad, he’s an overprotective, violent jerk of a dad. A perfect picture of parenting!
|Sure, she was working for an asshole, but almost everyone|
in this game is working for ana sshole. Plus, she had no
I don't know if I should feel sorry. I'm at a loss!
So Michael gets the movie, escapes the police, and comes back only to learn that Solomon had plenty of digital copies anyway. In other words: This particular mission was entirely pointless!
My words can’t quite convey it, but that final mission was pretty awesome. But killing Westn's lawyer might have repercussions. I think I’m going to stop there for today. Meet me in Part 5 for the last two heists in the game, and hopefully the final missions.