Girlfriends in GTA IV

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The ability to date girlfriends, introduced in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, returns in Grand Theft Auto IV. Like in GTA San Andreas, two of the girlfriends are introduced during the storyline. The other three girlfriends are met online from the dating websites, as www.lovemeet.net and www.craplist.net

Aside from the amusing interactions between Niko Bellic and the women he dates, there can be several in-game benefits to starting a relationship with any of the datable characters. Putting in a little bit of time to raise the fondness of the girlfriends can unlock their "special abilities"; these can help in particularly difficult missions late in the game.

Like the other relationships that Niko has with his friends in GTA IV, favor can be gained with girlfriends by taking them to different venues around the city. Unlike the male friends, however, dating is more than just worrying about the venue. To have a successful date Niko must cater to the women's tastes in three areas; clothing, vehicle, and how fancy the date is. Each woman has different tastes and will respond accordingly.

Reaching 100% fondness with all five girlfriends is not required to achieve 100% completion of the game.

Storyline Girlfriends

Michelle

Michelle is introduced by Mallorie Bardas during the mission Three's a Crowd. After completing this mission, Niko is told to purchase some clothes from the Russian clothing store (to impress Michelle), after which he can call her to set up a date.
Preferences

  • Clothing Preference: Michelle prefers Russian clothes.
  • Vehicle Preference: Michelle likes almost any vehicle, excluding police cars, trucks, and beaters.
  • Venue Preference: Michelle likes any venue, though her favorites are bowling, darts, pool, the Burger Shot restaurant, diners, and the Cluckin' Bell restaurant.

Notes

  • To achieve 100% fondness with Michelle, be sure to achieve that goal before the mission The Snow Storm.

Kate McReary

Kate McReary is introduced in the mission Harboring a Grudge. After completing the mission Waste Not Want Knots, Packie McReary will call to suggest to Niko to take his sister on a date.
Preferences

  • Clothing Preference: Kate likes Modo clothing and nice shoes.
  • Vehicle Preference: Kate like a nice moderate car; not too fancy but not too cheap.
  • Venue Preference: Kate likes Darts, Pool and Steinway Beer Garden.

Notes

  • It is not possible to be invited into Kate's house for "coffee" after any date.

Internet Girlfriends

After the mission Out of the Closet for Brucie Kibbutz, dates can be set up online through www.love-meet.net or www.craplist.net. 12-24 in-game hours after contacting the girl, she sends Niko an email. The date and time of the first date will be added to the organizer in Niko's phone. The first date is very important as it will determine whether or not the girlfriend will give Niko her phone number so he can continue dating her. If an Internet girlfriend's fondness is raised to a high enough level, her "special ability" is unlocked.

If the player has a bad date or does not ask to come inside, the girl dumps Niko. However, wait a few in-game days and they reappear on the site so Niko can try again.

Carmen Ortiz (SoBoHoe)

Carmen Ortiz can be met on www.love-meet.net. Her profile name is SoBoHoe. The first date is always at 00:00 (midnight).
Preferences

  • Clothing Preference: Carmen likes expensive clothing; Modo or Perseus; Change clothes for future dates.
  • Vehicle Preference: Carmen likes expensive vehicles; luxury or sports cars and coupes
  • Venue Preference: Carmen likes bars and strip clubs for early dates; and restaurants for later dates (except SuperStar Cafe).

Special Ability

  • Health Boost: Allows Niko to call Carmen for medical advice and a quick health boost; this feature has a bug that makes it not work during some missions.

Notes

  • A first date at a bar and the second and third at a strip club should raise Carmen's fondness quickly.
  • According to the Police Database, Carmen may be the second young woman to appear in the game's artwork; she was seen leaning down to a car with a guy in it.
  • In an intermission scene for Elizabeta Torres, Carmen is seen dancing with Elizabeta at a house party.
  • There is a slight possibility that Carmen is bisexual, becuase of her interest in going to strip clubs and on her Love-Meet profile it says "Free Spirit" under 'sexuality'.

Kiki Jenkins (LawChick)

Kiki Jenkins can be met on www.love-meet.net. Her profile name is LawChick.
Preferences

Special Ability
  • Remove Wanted Level: Allows Niko to call Kiki to remove up to three stars of wanted level. This ability even works on some missions, however can only be done once in a game day and is more likely to work if Niko was recently on a date with Kiki.

Notes

  • Subsequent dates after the first can be set up by calling her between 6:00AM and 2:00AM.
  • Since Kiki likes clothes from the Russian store, she is a good choice for an early girlfriend.
  • A first and second date at Split Sides and a third at a sports venue should raise Kiki's fondness quickly.
  • Sometimes Kiki sends Niko text messages with a picture of her, sometimes of her butt as well as her cleavage and vagina.
  • The player should be careful when dating Kiki while dating other girlfriends because after a while, she starts stalking Niko.

Alex Chilton (Liberated Women)

Alex Chilton can be met on www.craplist.net by responding to the "Party girl seeks man for NSA fun and blog material - 29" ad, under "Women seeking men".
Preferences

Special Ability
  • Store Discount: Allows Niko to call Alex to get a 50% discount from all clothing stores for the next 24 in game hours.

Notes

  • A few dates at Split Sides should raise Alex's fondness quickly.
  • Niko can check her blog titled 'Liberated Woman' at www.blogsnobs.org. She often talks about her relationship and sex life with Niko, so the blog serves as a report on the outcomes of their dates.
  • Alex's last name Chilton is possibly a slight reference to Hilton-- and based of heiress/socialite Paris Hilton. Paris is the Trojan| equal of the name Alex.
  • Alex's name is a reference to the song by the same name, "Alex Chilton," by The Replacements, which is itself referring to Alex Chilton, guitarist and singer for the band Big Star.

Damageproofing Vehicles

A glitch in the game can make any vehicle damage proof by scaring Niko's date right when she gets in the car (however these properties can randomly disappear at any time). To do the trick, fire a weapon when Niko's date gets in the car (wait for both door-opening and seating animations to pass). With a helicopter, snap off the blades at a height where Niko's girlfriend can get hurt but won't die.