SPOILER ALERT: There ARE spoilers ahead obviously, so you've been warned if you want to keep your GTA IV experience all fresh and virginal.
Finally Grand Theft Auto IV is in the shops, and the race is on to achieve Niko's American dream and get the key to Liberty City.
We know GTA IV's missions can get very tough at times, so here's our day one, no-nonsense guide to every mission in the game. Good luck.
The Cousins Bellic
A nice easy introduction to GTA's driving. Drive to Roman's place with your drunk cousin in tow. If you fail this, you've got a long road ahead.
It's your Call
Another simple mission, and your first chance to use your mobile phone. Just watch out for the loan sharks and phone Roman when they arrive. Get back to the depot. Easy.
Three's A Crowd
Another mission with the loan sharks. Pick up Mallory at the subway. Then go pick up Michelle, then take her back to her apartment. Call Roman and he'll tell you to buy some clothes - just don't spend too much, because money's tight at the moment.
Here you need to take Michelle bowling. We're not sure if you need to win, but she's so hopeless at bowling that you probably will anyway. Then just take her home. After this, you can call her anytime to set up another date.
Go and find Roman on the basketball court. You're going to have to fight the people beating him up, but try to only take on one at a time, or you'll get surrounded. Use the disarm on Darden to take his knife away and then stab him.
This is your first cab mission for Roman. Pick up Jermaine, take him where he wants, then lose the cops. After this you'll be able to take on taxi missions to earn extra money.
LITTLE JACOB'S MISSIONS
Pick up little Jacob and take him where he wants. Go to the vantage point and wait for dealers - if you stay where you're told, there's no chance of them hitting you. Shoot them all, then get back to Jacob's house. Another easy mission.
This is your first chance to do some in-car shooting, but it's just as easy to run Little Jacob's competitors over. After that's done, take Jacob to the dealers' house and let him keep them busy while you shoot everyone. This mission introduces cover shooting if you haven't done it yet.
Bull In A China Shop
Go to the shop that's giving Vlad trouble, and throw a brick through window to convince them to pay up. This brick trick's handy for causing a distraction in situations when pulling a gun might be considered going a bit far.
Hung Out To Dry
Here you're chasing the owner of the Laundromat, so you'll want to pick a fairly chunky car to ram him off the road - if you hit him directly from behind you might go through the windshield. There's a car out the back you can hotwire, but a Patriot might be a better choice.
Here you just need to catch the subway, then punch out the two guys there. If you've got a gun, just shoot them. Then it's off to the car wash and then to the garage to finish the mission.
Ivan The Not So Terrible
Ivan's a pretty ropey driver, so the tough bit of this mission's chasing him across the rooftops. Chase him in car, across rooftops, stamp on his hands or let him go. This might affect what happens later, though...