Getting and Saving a Maverick Helicopter - Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
Getting and Saving a Maverick Helicopter
Ever since it launched, gamers have struggled to gain access to helicopters in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. Below is a guide for how to get one of the helicopters in this game (the PSP version), and how to store it so you can keep on using it! Methods with and without cheats on False Idols (where you can save it) and Calm Before the Storm (where you can't) are given below.
There are two levels where getting a helicopter is a possibility. There is only one where you can save the helicopter for future use, however. We’ll look at the least useful one first.
MISSION: Calm Before The Storm:
There is a Maverick helicopter in this mission. The objective in the actual level is to follow the helicopter as it zips around Liberty City. First, it stops at a construction yard in Hepburn Heights. Continue to follow it until it lands on the roof in Chinatown.
According to the mission, you would go upstairs to the objective marker to trigger the next stage of the mission. Ignore this, and get on a motorbike (the PCJ600 is best) and physically drive it upstairs. This may take some maneuvering. You now don’t have to worry about the objective marker, as you are on a vehicle so it will not trigger. You can now skirt around the roof, get off your bike at the helicopter, which you can then get in and fly off! Because you avoided the objective marker, you have effectively glitched the game into letting you past.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to now save the helicopter for future use, but you can fly around the immediate area.
Note: you will be able to continue until you crash, or if you fail the mission (by shooting or injuring Massimo Torini or his pals). You are also limited to the area around Torini (roughly Chinatown), as the game thinks you have ‘lost’ him if you stray too far.
MISSION: False Idols:
This is the big one. On this level, you can successfully hijack a helicopter, return it to your garage and store it for future use. It takes a lot of effort to get (though you can cheat to get it), but is definitely worth it, even if just to impress your friends.
The False Idols level involves killing three radio celebrities.
This strategy is credited to strapwood. To begin, enter the following cheat codes:
Cars Drive on Water: CIRCLE, X, DOWN, CIRCLE, X, UP, L1, L1
Pedestrians Follow You: DOWN, DOWN, DOWN, TRIANGLE, TRIANGLE, CIRCLE
Traction/Jump Cheat: L1, UP, LEFT, R1, TRIANGLE, CIRCLE, DOWN, X
Make sure you have a sniper rifle in your arsenal. Begin the mission and check your map for the objective indicator at Francis International Airport. Get a vehicle and wait for pedestrians to get in with you (they should do, with the pedestrian cheat activated). Drive towards the objective indicator, enter the water to cross when possible - you can use the jump cheat for this. As you approach the island, you should see the helicopter hovering. Don’t get too close to the island until the helicopter is away from any buildings – once you get near to the island, it automatically lands – you don’t want it to land on a building as you will not be able to get it!
Exit the water and you should see the arrow pointing to the helicopter. Get out and run to the helicopter. You should still have all your pedestrians with you. Kill all of the pedestrians following you except for one. Try to get into the helicopter and you will see it is locked. Your pedestrian will still try to get in, however (you may need to push the helicopter so that there is enough room for the pedestrian). Once he is inside, quickly move around the front of the helicopter (or the side window) and shoot the pedestrian in the head with the sniper rifle. If done correctly, you should be able to press Triangle on the pedestrian’s side, and he will fall out. You can then enter the open door by pressing Triangle again.
The helicopter is on fire, because you shot it, so once you are inside, use the Health cheat to keep it alive:
Health Cheat: L1, R1, X, L1, R1, SQUARE, L1, R1.
You can then fly to your garage on Staunton Island. You first need to wedge the door open, so get a motorbike such as the PCJ600 and park it half in half out. Land the helicopter as close as you can in front of the garage. You can then get out and push it towards the door. Once it is in position to keep the door open alone, get the bike and push it the final way inside. The helicopter has to be diagonal to fit in. A good tactic is to have the body of the helicopter in line with the door, but the tail sticking out of the side. If you then push it into the garage, it wraps around the wall of the garage and should fit inside. Make sure the door shuts, then save the game to store it in there permanently. Getting it out can be tricky too, and requires the same technique as above, but making sure it saves is the main thing!
Added by: MongooseGeneral Jul 24th 2011, ID#4054