This is a personal project and I'm merely using this as a reference
This is a comprehensive list of story missions in the game Tool. There are 500 missions in total. Not all are required to complete the storyline of the game.
This is not a GTA fanfiction, it's simply a reference for an idea for a game with a GTA state of mind, like Red Dead Redemption.
Please be informed that this page is riddled with spoilers for a work of fiction that does not exist, yet...
- 1 South Yankton
- 1.1 Kubrick County missions
- 1.2 New Gaspard/Fisher County missions
- 1.3 Badlands/Andrew County missions
- 1.4 Black Hills/Rumme County missions
- 1.5 Jayne County missions
- 1.6 Return to New Gaspard
- 1.7 Final Missions (Fisher County)
- 2 Radio Stations
- 3 Tool: The Unwritten Hitlist
- 4 Vehicles
- 5 Film Influences and References
- 6 Development
- 7 Other Projects
Tool takes place in the year 2091, around 50 years after a world-wide war renders the world in an anarchistic state. The state of South Yankton is based mostly on western South Dakota, with a bit of north Nebraska and east Wyoming making up the southern and western borderlands, respectively. Other influences include bits of California, Australia and the Middle-East.
Gavin Wright is a young man from the East coast of the USA. Born years after the fall of civilized life, Gavin grew up in a small New England community, where he quickly obtained a fascination and a hobby of fixing vehicles, starting with bicycles and moving up to gas-powered automobiles. Gavin competed in small local and long-distance races, living a content life, however the enticing lifestyle of the races held in South Yankton, the racing capital of North America, sent Gavin on a trek to the state in hopes of making a living out of his passion for racing.
Gavin, never a man of violence, enters the wasteland with a naive heart, however in time he gradually becomes desensitized after having no choice but to partake in the harsh realities of life in a lawless world.
The game is an homage to the biker culture, which grew in popularity in America in the 1960s and continued to the present. The setting is inspired by western South Dakota, a popular location for bike riders, largely due to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the Black Hills.
The game also takes influence and imagery from 50s car culture, as well as the cyberpunk, hacker and rivethead cultures.
Kubrick County missions
Kubrick County is the eastern-most territory of the explorable game, and makes up the eastern portion of the great plains. It is a region with yellow wheat fields and numerous hills and cliffs.
Protagonist Gavin Wright arrives in the midwestern state of South Yankton, and tries to gain access to the city of New Gaspard to compete in professional races. Missions in this county involve Gavin's attempt to assimilate in this foreign region and gain allies that can help him become better and more knowledgeable in vehicle racing and maintenance, along with several obstacles that threaten him and his chances of competing. Many of these missions have Gavin as the driver with additional help as required.
Kubrick County is the eastern section of the great plains. There are 32 missions in the main thread in Kubrick County.
Gavin's father Dalton has called a friend of his (Clay) living in South Yankton and asks him to help his boy out by getting him settled in the state.
|This Is Not Purgatory||Drive Clay's pickup truck to his garage. Meet Lawrence and Victor.||The starting mission. Introduces the player character Gavin, along with the characters Clay, Lawrence, and Victor. Driving tutorial. Gavin reveals he wants to compete in the races in New Gaspard. Gavin gets hired as garage employee.||Supplier Maker|
Kubrick County access
A bed in Clay's garage/home.
|Drive Clay to the meeting place. Chase and kill the double-crosser. Drive back to the garage.||First violent encounter. First chase.||Locomotive Breath|
|Fix Clay's pickup, and drive around the surrounding wasteland. Escape from the bandits.||Car repair tutorial. Get a feel of driving around Kubrick County. First bandit encounter.||Gavin, Get Your Gun|
Gavin, Get Your Gun
|Take Lawrence to the gun dealer, and test out the weapons.||Gun tutorial. The character Kurtis is introduced. Kurtis' gun store is accessible.||Yard Junkie (Clay)|
Tanker Rigging (Lawrence)
Curtis' gun store
Clay is the owner of the Stillwater Auto vehicle repair shop. He speaks in a gruff southern-drawl.
|Drive with Clay to a junkyard nearby, and kill all the bandits. Take some spare parts and drive back to the garage.||First gunfight.||One-Day Clearance|
|Modify Clay's pickup. Drive to the abandoned convenience store for parts, defend Kevin's gang from bandits.||Car modding tutorial. Introduces the characters Kevin, Oz, Audrey, Cisco, Clyde, Donna, and Nicole. Introduces the convenience store that Kevin and co. live in.||Circle Jerks |
Medicine Men (Kevin)
|Defend the garage from a motorcycle gang.||First encounter with a motorcycle gang.||Scrapper's Delight|
|Take a vehicle to the scrap heap and crush it. Kill the bandits with the crusher.||Earning more of Clay's respect. Access to the crusher.||Negotiator (Kevin)|
Lawrence is a young apprentice of Clay's. He has an energetic and near-psychotic personality. Long black hair.
|Drive with Lawrence to a biker bar, and steal the big rig. Evade the rednecks that throw dynamite at you.||Gavin earns respect from Lawrence.||Speed|
Lawrence as a friend
|Mod a car and race with Lawrence against other racers in the town.||First race.||Favorite Pass-times|
Access to races in the town.
|Coax out the farmer by blowing up his cows with dynamite. Knock out the farmer and take him back to the garage.||The farmer is taken hostage.||Slow Ride|
|With the farmer tied to the car, drive with Lawrence and try to coax the farmer to tell the location of the parts he stole. Retrieve the parts.||The stolen vehicle parts are retrieved.||Rattle and Roll (Clay) (with Free Ride (Oz) and On Ice (Dana))|
Kevin is the leader of a group of survivalists that live in a convenience store.
|Go Kevin and his men to the hospital in the town over. Find the medicine inside and head back to the store.||Cisco can now be properly healed. Introduces the New Gaspard Police Force.||It's An Improvement |
Buyer Beware (Oz)
It's An Improvement
|Modify your weapon with Audrey, and shoot targets around the store.||Weapon modding tutorial.||Jailbreak|
|Use Kevin's modded vehicle to bust out his friend from a nearby prison complex.||Kevin's friend Millie is broken out of prison. The NGPF will now investigate this event.||Dawn to Dusk|
Dawn to Dusk
|Kill the cannibals living in the abandoned shack using chainsaws.||Kevin's son was killed by the cannibals living in the old mansion. Kevin can now rest knowing his son has been avenged.||Negotiator|
|Drive to the bar to make a deal, save Kevin and the dealer (Dana) from the gunfight. Drive back to the store with Kevin and Dana.||Introduces the character Dana Meyer. Kevin gets vehicle parts from Dana.||She's a Rebel (Dana)|
Oz is a vehicle dealer and part of Kevin's gang.
|Deliver the vehicle parts to the three locations, collect the pay. Chase and kill the bikers that don't pay up.||Gavin earns respect from Oz.||Free Ride|
|Steal a Sunset (sports car) from the Pauer mansion.||Stealth tutorial. Introduces the Pauer family, the richest family in South Yankton.||Rattle and Roll (Clay) (with Slow Ride (Lawrence) and On Ice (Dana))|
Dana Meyer (D)
Dana is the female employee of Borland Motors. She currently works for Charlie Borland, inventor and owner of Borland Motors, as an assistant. Dana lives in Rosterburg, a town situated at the edge of the frozen lake, which receives lower-than-normal temperatures.
She's a Rebel
|Take Dana back home by crossing through the canyon.||Gavin takes Dana back to Rosterburg. The character Charlie Borland is introduced.||Biker Women From Venus|
Dana as a friend
Biker Women From Venus
|Race Dana on motorbikes.||Just a friendly race between Gavin and Dana. Also a way of exploring the land around the town.||On Ice |
For the Good of the Company (Charlie)
|Reclaim the stolen parts from the bandit hideout in the boat on the frozen lake.||Introduces the ice vehicle parts.||Rattle and Roll (Clay) (with Slow Ride (Lawrence) and Free Ride (Oz))|
Charlie Borland is the owner of Borland Motors. Voiced by Woody Harrelson.
For the Good of the Company
|Steal the vehicle parts from the train headed to New Gaspard.||Borland Motors gets some high-class vehicle parts.||Midnight Toker|
|Find Charlie's brother Emmett. Follow the directions of an acquaintance of Emmett's.||The character Emmett is introduced.||Strange Brew|
|Take Charlie and Emmett back to the barn where Emmett was found. Find the secret laboratory hidden underneath.||Emmett makes some strange liquid. Gavin encounters liquid water for the first time in his life.||They're Just Smaller |
Sweet Leaf (Emmett)
They're Just Smaller
|Race miniature cars against others around the town.||Just a fun spin on racing.||Raining Blood (Dana) (with Legalize It (Emmett) and Going Places (Clay))|
Emmett is Charlie's botanist brother, who makes a living growing and selling marijuana.
|Find plants in the wilderness for Emmett's drug recipe.||Emmett now has the supplies he needs. Introduces the plant-gathering side-objective.||Legalize It|
|Deliver drugs to a biker clubhouse with Emmett. Kill all the NGPF officers that set up the sting.||Emmett and Gavin bond by smoking weed together.||Raining Blood (Dana) (with They're Just Smaller (Charlie) and Going Places (Clay))|
Rattle and Roll
|Use the minigun on Clay's pickup to defend the convoy.||Clay can safely deliver the supplies to the town.||Going Places|
|Win a race at the Outer Limit Speedway and get sponsored by Stillwater Auto.||Gavin's first big-time race. Gavin gets sponsored.||Raining Blood (Dana) (with They're Just Smaller (Charlie) and Legalize It (Emmett))|
|Kill off the troublesome bikers in the town.||The "epic battle" mission that leads to the next act.||Into the Void|
Into the Void
|Get sponsored by Borland Motors. Pick up and deliver the package back to Kevin's store. After getting arrested by the police, escape the New Gaspard prison with Eddy.||Gavin's second sponsor. Kevin, Gavin and the rest of the group get arrested by the NGPF. Bizmark's rebellion is introduced, as well as the characters Eddy and Bizmark. Gavin enters New Gaspard. Bizmark tells Eddy of his mistake, and forces Gavin to help them find the true vehicle mechanic.||New Moon Rising (Eddy)|
Access to New Gaspard, and the rest of Fisher County.
New Gaspard/Fisher County missions
Gavin, now inside the city of New Gaspard, has found himself working for a rebellious group aiming to take down the corrupt government that runs the city. Gavin also works to try and get Kevin and his gang out of the city prison, as well as find a way to take part in the competitive races in the city.
New Gaspard is a cyberpunk-influenced city, which is protected from the outside wasteland by an impenetrable force field. The force field also functions as a barrier against the water-freezing atmosphere of the outside world, which allows for artificial rain to be produced within the city limits.
Fisher County is the northern/northeastern region of the state, and makes up the northern part of the great plains. There are 37 missions dedicated for New Gaspard and Fisher County (26 in New Gaspard, 5 in Gaspard ruins, and 6 in the rest of Fisher County). These missions consist of minor objectives which will take you around the city and meet its diverse locals, as well as the surrounding plains and the desolate ruins of the old city of Gaspard.
Eddy is a newly recruited member of Bizmark's rebels, who mistakenly breaks Gavin out of the New Gaspard prison.
New Moon Rising
|Fix the vehicles in the rebel's garage. Drive to the illegal parts dealer and buy the parts. Evade the police.||Gavin's first job for the rebels. Introduces the poorer part of the city. Introduces the more advanced NGPF that patrol the city.||Hand Signals |
No More Lies (Bizmark)
|Test out the Magnet Glove in the scrapyard. Disrupt the police blockade in the city. Evade the police.||Introduces the Magnet Glove ability.||Pedal to the Metal|
Gangster's Wasteland (Malcolm) (with White Hawk Can't Jump (Malcolm))
Pedal to the Metal
|Join Eddy and his friend Rufus at the diner. Steal the bicycles. Ride to Rufus' bicycle shop.||Introduces the character Rufus. Bicycle-riding tutorial. Introduces Rufus' bike shop.||Constant Motion (Rufus)|
The Hot Seat
|Go to the Acropolis Radio Station. Get interviewed by the radio host.||Gavin is interviewed on air. The interview is aired to make people aware that Gavin is trying to compete in the races.||At All Costs (Lex) (with Just a Friend (Bizmark))|
Eddy as a friend
Bizmark is the leader of a gang of rebels that plan to overthrow the corrupt New Gaspard police force. Gavin works for him in order to free Kevin and his gang, find the vehicle mechanic that was taken by the police, and overthrow the corrupt officials in the city.
No More Lies
|Burn down the propaganda posters and fliers.||Bizmark mentions Zeke, the vehicle mechanic that Eddy was supposed to bust out of prison. Gavin agrees to help out Bizmark's cause. Bizmark sees Gavin as a rookie recruit, and sends him out to do rookie work.||Blueprints Brothers|
|Sneak into the industrial warehouse. Take photos of the floor plans of the New Gaspard prison, as well as Nero's Paradise night club.||Gavin takes photos of the floor plans of two locations that will play roles in later Bizmark missions.||Just a Friend|
Just a Friend
|Meet Malcolm in the basketball courts. Drive to Malcolm's house. Chase down the mobster.||The character Malcolm is introduced. Malcolm is going to help Gavin find Zeke.||White Hawk Can't Jump (Malcolm)|
At All Costs (Lex) (with The Hot Seat (Eddy))
Rufus is a bearded cowboyish white man that owns a bicycle shop in New Gaspard. Gavin works with/for him in order to get better vehicle parts.
|Test out the brakes on the 5 newly built bicycles by going down the ramp.||Gavin gets hired by Rufus to work at the bike shop.||Made in Gaspard|
Made in Gaspard
|Take the phony bicycle part to the DNA examiner. Locate the parts thief and get the stolen parts back.||Gavin working for Rufus ensures that Gavin will be getting some nice vehicle parts, as well as sponsorship.||In it to Win It (Lex) (with One-Hour Photo (Lex))|
Lex Palinski is a city official, and is interested in having Gavin compete in the races. Gavin works for him in exchange for getting into the racing league.
At All Costs
|Kill the washed-out racer.||The character Lex Palinski is introduced. Gavin is closer to professionally competing in the New Gaspard races. Bizmark warns Gavin of Lex, saying he should kill him now when he has the chance. Gavin dismisses Bizmark's advice.||One-Hour Photo|
|Take photos of a racer to blackmail him.||Gavin unknowingly removes another racer from the competition.||In it to Win It|
In it to Win It
|Win first place in 5 of the New Gaspard Grand Prix races. (This mission can overlap with others)||Gavin finally competes in the professional races, the reason he came to South Yankton in the first place.||The Gentle Art of Making Enemies|
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
|Avoid Lex's gang's gunfire. Escape through the gator-infested sewer.||The races are revealed to be fixed and Lex's offering of allowing others to race is a scam. Gavin seeks revenge on Lex Palinski. Gavin tells Bizmark of the conspiracy, and Bizmark prepares for the upcoming assault.||E.M.P. (Bizmark) (with Home Away From Home (Kevin))|
Malcolm Styles is a young man living in the ghetto of New Gaspard, usually plays basketball with his mates. His gang has dissipated in the past year, and he has some heat going down with the mobsters of the city. Gavin works with him to get a police radio and a police disguise.
White Hawk Can't Jump
|Learn how to play basketball with Malcolm. Win the game.||Basketball minigame is introduced. Gavin befriends Malcolm.||Gangster's Wasteland (with Hand Signals (Eddy))|
|Shoot up some rival gang hideouts. Rescue Malcolm's mate in the frozen canal.||The character Dino Viscotti is introduced. Dino is an underling of Aldo Russo, the Don of the Russo mob which operates in downtown New Gaspard. Dino gives Malcolm information on the whereabouts of his kidnapped mate. Malcolm shows Gavin around the neighborhood and tells of how controlling the NGPF is. Malcolm respects Gavin a bit more.||Rakim in the Free World|
Rakim in the Free World
|Drive with Malcolm and pick up Darnell from the police station. Take Darnell to his parent's house. Kill the bandits in the house.||The character Darnell (Rakim) is introduced. Darnell's parents' house had been overrun by bandits in the 10 years he was in prison. Darnell decides to live in the house.||Radio Free Yankton|
Phalse Prophits (Darnell/Rakim)
Radio Free Yankton
|Steal the police radio and escape the NGPF on the subway.||The ability to start car engines with the Magnet Glove is introduced. Using the Magnet Glove to latch onto objects tutorial. Gavin now has the police radio that can be used to find the missing Zeke in What's the Frequency, Gavin?||Sheepskinning (wih Paid in Full (Darnell))|
What's the Frequency, Gavin? (Bizmark)
Darnell was an unrelenting gangster when Malcolm was a young boy, however was incarcerated for 10 years for a crime he did not commit. During his time, he had converted to Islam and changed his name to Rakim. After being released from prison, Rakim finds that his parents are gone, and reflects on his life and his actions that led to his life being the way it is.
|Go to the underground racing arena. Do a favor for Phil.||Clues will lead to Gavin and Rakim finding the man that framed Rakim. Gavin is introduced to the underground racing track. Doing the favor for Phil will have him help Rakim in return.||Paid in Full|
Access to underground racing arena.
Paid in Full
|Drive to Wasteland Land. Take a tour of the park. Find and kill the man that framed Rakim.||Introduces Wasteland Land. Wasteland Land is an amusement park in New Gaspard, that aims to show citizens how life is like living in the outside wastes, in a milder and family-friendly tone. Each section of the park represents one county of South Yankton. Now that Rakim has had closure, he can return the favor to Gavin in Sheepskinning.||Sheepskinning (Malcolm) (with Radio Free Yankton (Malcolm))|
Now that Rakim has had closure, he is ready to return the favor to Gavin.
|Steal the police uniforms||Malcolm and Rakim help Gavin break into the police academy and steal police uniforms for the mission Break Out!.||Break Out! (Bizmark) (with What's the Frequency, Gavin? (Bizmark))|
With Malcolm and Rakim's help, Gavin has the equipment needed to find the missing vehicle mechanic and free Kevin and his gang.
What's the Frequency, Gavin?
|Use the radio signal to find the vehicle mechanic (Zeke).||Radio-tuning tutorial. The character Zeke is introduced. Zeke is rescued and can now fix the Vulture (helicopter) for use in the mission Lounge Act. Bizmark can now help Gavin in freeing Kevin and co..||Break Out! (with Sheepskinning (Malcolm))|
|Use the police disguise to bust Kevin and his gang out of the New Gaspard prison.||Kevin and co. have been busted out of prison.||Home Away From Home (Kevin)|
Kevin and his gang have been busted out of the New Gaspard prison. It's not safe back at the store, so Gavin will have to find a new place for them to stay.
Home Away From Home
|Drive back to the store with Kevin and his gang. Drive to the biker hangout so Kevin and co. can live there.||Kevin and his gang will now live with the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Club in Fisher County, in exchange for their vehicle-maintenance services. Introduces the character Jake Tipton and the other members of the IHMC.||E.M.P. (Bizmark) (with The Gentle Art of Making Enemies (Lex))|
A bed in the Iron Horsemen MC hangout.
Bizmark had warned Gavin of Lex, now Gavin wants Lex dead. The following missions will help in bringing him to justice.
|Sneak into the shield generator and plant the EMP charges.||The city of New Gaspard is protected by an electromagnetic field, generated in a building in the industrial district. Gavin places EMP charges that will be used to disable the shield in the next mission Lounge Act.||Lounge Act|
|Enter the Nero's Paradise night club and fight the guards. Kill Lex Palinski. Escape from the club via the Vulture (helicopter) piloted by Zeke.||Lex Palinski is killed, Gavin has his revenge, however decides to stay away from the city for a while until everything settles down. The death of Lex alerts other city officials and makes them go into hiding. The characters Kris and the rest of the rebels are introduced in the aftermath cutscene.||One Man Short (Kris)|
It's Not a Motorcycle, Gavin (Jake)
After escaping from New Gaspard, Zeke lands the Vulture in the ruins of old Gaspard. The rebel hideout in the ruins is accessible, as is the entire ruins itself. Bizmark proceeds to sneak back into the city along with the rest of the rebels that joined in Lounge Act.
Several of Bizmark's rebels work away from the rebel base, out in the wasteland. Kris is the leader of the group that set up camp in the ruins of old Gaspard in Fisher County. Gavin works with them in order to diminish and overthrow the police force presence in Gaspard and eventually the rest of the wasteland.
One Man Short
|Scout the ruins of Gaspard and kill NGPF officers. Destroy the tanks. Chase down the officers on bikes.||Gavin gets a feel of the action in the Gaspard ruins. The rebels destroy a few NGPF tanks, weakening their offense. The officers on bikes must be killed before they reach and alert the NGPF base.||Shock Block|
|Plant bombs on the 5 power generators hidden throughout the ruins.||The NGPF base in the ruins is powered by 5 guarded power generators. The bombs will be detonated in the mission Make Peace Through War.||Smuggling Act|
|Use the stolen NGPF truck to sneak past bridge checkpoints. Drive across the bridge and pick up supplies in New Gaspard. Drive back without causing any suspicion.||The bridge connecting New Gaspard with Gaspard is accessible. Gavin uses the NGPF uniform he stole earlier in Sheepskinning in order to sneak past the guards at the checkpoints.||Arrested Development|
|Disrupt the construction of the wall by killing the workers and destroying the cranes. Escape through the tunnels with the flamethrower.||The wall is an impenetrable barrier that surrounds the perimeter of the city center. However, it's not quite finished, and this mission will prevent the completion of the wall, leaving a gap to cross into.||Make Peace Through War (with Gettin' Tanked (Jake) and School's Out (Mr. Mars))|
Jake Tipton is the president of the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Club. Gavin works with him to learn the ways of the biker gang, and to build allies for the future attack on the New Gaspard city officials. He is voiced by Jason Lee.
It's Not a Motorcycle, Gavin
|Ride with the IHMC to the Salvage Drive. Kill the enemy gang that crashes the event.||Gavin rides with an actual biker gang, and becomes closer to being a member of the gang.||Tiptoe|
|Ride to the bar. Shadow a duo of rival bikers. Survive the gunfight in the canyon.||The rival club have stolen several high-tech bikes from the IHMC. This is simply getting them back. Jake mentions his son Izzy in the pre-cutscene, saying how he hasn't been very good in school lately and has gone off to who-knows-where. In the aftermath cutscene, Jake tells Gavin to go to Izzy's school and find him. Gavin becomes a "hang around" for the IHMC.||Gettin' Tanked|
Pedalfiliated (Mr. Mars)
|Chase and take command of a tanker rig. Drive it up the mountain and ditch the tank as it drives off the cliff.||The enemy clubhouse is situated at the base of a mountain. The tanker plummets down and blows the clubhouse up.||Make Peace Through War (Kris) (with Arrested Development (Kris) and School's Out (Mr. Mars))|
IHMC Hangaround Side Missions
Mr. Mars (MM)
Mr. Mars is a fat, middle-aged school professor and principal of Foxfoot School. He is the teacher of Jake's son, Izzy.
|Drive the school bus and pick up kids. Defend the children from bandits.||The character Mr. Mars is introduced. Gavin does a favor for Mr. Mars, which will also help him find Jake's son Izzy by asking the kids where he can be found.||Wild in the Streets (Izzy)|
Izzy Tipton is the teenage son of Jake. A troubled youth that cuts class in favor of skateboarding in New Gaspard and playing guitar. Jake is disappointed by the lifestyle Izzy chooses to live, and would rather have Izzy be a biker like himself.
Wild in the Streets
|Teach the punks some skateboarding skills. Evade the enemy punks with bombs by riding through the streets, protecting Izzy.||Skateboarding tutorial. The character Izzy is introduced, although he was mentioned before. Gavin is a pro skateboarder, and teaches the punks a thing or two after being taunted. Izzy gets persuaded by Gavin to go back to school.||Mr Wright (Mr. Mars)|
|Teach the students about weapon safety.||Advanced weapon techniques tutorial.||School's Out|
|Kill the bandits in the school.||Bandits have broken into the school and have caused havoc in the hallways and classrooms. Izzy is among the students trapped.||Make Peace Through War (with Arrested Development (Kris) and Gettin' Tanked (Jake))|
Make Peace Through War
|Assault the NGPF base in the ruins. Chase down Noe Stallone with Kris as she drives the minigun truck. Fly with Zeke in a Vulture and shoot down Noe's Vulture.||This is the epic battle that consists of the rebels removing the NGPF occupation of the ruins. The character Noe Stallone is introduced, who is a city official and head of the NGPF. Noe survives the Vulture crash, and calls the NGPF officers to retreat to Andrew County. Kris and the rebels are successful, and set base in Andrew County.||Cheap Thrills|
Access to the Badlands/Andrew County.
Badlands/Andrew County missions
Things have taken a turn for the worst for Gavin. The dream of living a life of luxury by competing in the New Gaspard races is shattered as the races have been revealed to be part of a conspiracy aimed at killing racers. Gavin, seeking revenge, joins Bizmark's rebellion in an effort to hunt down the men responsible for the corruption of the city, and the only way to them is through the Badlands of Andrew County. The Badlands offers a variety of missions to help Gavin and the rebels break through the NGPF blockade that blocks the entrance to Rumme County, as well as gain more allies for the upcoming war. Missions in the game will have Gavin explore the rugged terrain of the Badlands, get exposed to Native American cultures and lifestyles, and help a heavy metal band play a show in the largest bar in South Yankton.
There are 20 story missions in Andrew County.
|Go to the Gun and Aid supply store in the Badlands. Ride with Aaron on his horse to the radio towers and sabotage the signal.||Kris explains to Gavin that the barrier that blocks the entrance to the Black Hills (Rumme County) is the same type of wall that surrounded the city center in Gaspard. The only difference is it's completed, which means it's impenetrable to any known force, leaving the gang to figure out how to cross. The character Aaron Picotte is introduced. Horses are introduced, although Gavin does not have the ability to ride them yet.||Bad Religion|
Wherever the Wind Takes You (Aaron)
|Set up bombs in a church in Fisher County. Wait for the disguised NGPF members to set up their meeting. Blow up the church and kill the surviving officers.||Although the NGPF presence in Fisher County (minus New Gaspard) is non-existent, a few members had secretly tried to set up meetings disguised as church masses. The character Wei Lung is introduced, who is a high-ranking member of Bizmark's rebellion.||Lost Keys (with Dig it a Hole (Vincent)|
Aaron Picotte is a Native American man living in the Badlands of Andrew County. Aaron is a cheap and stingy early-20s man that tries to get everything free in life. His grandfather has told him stories of how back in the day, Native Americans got free healthcare and aid, however Aaron has taken the stories too far and aims at trying to live a life with everything freely given to him, something he sees as his birthright. Aaron and the rest of the Native Americans dislike the use of gas-powered vehicles, using horses or human-powered vehicles in favor of them. Gavin helping Aaron will actually help Gavin and the gang find a way to get past the barrier.
Wherever the Wind Takes You
|Ride the Whirlygig (flying contraption) with Aaron and snag some buffalo in the badlands.||Aaron's village is introduced. The character Dakota is introduced, who is Aaron's grandfather. Dakota mentions an ancient machine he once saw as a kid, which will later be revealed to be the Behemoth.||Ecological Footprint|
|Learn how to ride a horse. Follow the NGPF Vulture with Aaron. Kill the officers at the outpost and steal the supplies.||Horse riding tutorial. Horses can now be ridden. In this mission, Aaron shows the extent of his anti-gasoline lifestyle by tying the car to the horses and dragging it to the destination.||On a Real Horse|
On a Real Horse
|Ride on horses with Aaron and with the War Pigs MC and set up a decoy for NGPF officers. Kill the officers, and chase two officers on hoverbikes with Aaron by using one of their hoverbikes.||The War Pigs Motorcycle Club is seen for the first time. Aaron has some friendly ties with the WPMC, and this mission helps out both groups by getting some hover bikes and other supplies. Hoverbikes are seen and used for the first time.||Guided by Voices|
Appealing to the Masses (Jake)
Guided by Voices
|Ride with Aaron and Dakota to the cave. Ride down the river on a raft while defending against an enemy tribe. Follow Dakota to the burial ground.||Liquid water in nature is first seen. Dakota will communicate with the ancient spirits that will reveal the location of the Behemoth. In reality, the "spirits" are holographic projections that show the creation of the Behemoth, talk about its purpose, and show where it was kept, which is in a buried laboratory that functioned before the war.||The Best Things in Life|
Dig it a Hole (Vince)
The Best Things in Life
|Assault the reservation bureau. Chase down Maxie Paddington and bring him back alive to Aaron's village.||The reservation bureau has oppressed the Natives for too long, and Aaron has now coaxed the bureaucrat Maxie Paddington into allowing Natives to settle anywhere.||Beasts of Burden (Vincent) (with The False Kind (Izzy) and The Only Good Worm (Vincent))|
Jake has heard word of Gavin's presence in the Badlands, and is thinking of using Gavin to help the IHMC gain some allies in Andrew County.
Appealing to the Masses
|Ride to the War Pigs Motorcycle Clubhouse and propose a partnership with the IHMC. Ride to the Javelin and witness the Nuclear Fleas performance. Steal a limousine from a bandit-infested junkyard.||Jake wants to establish ties with a biker gang in Andrew County. The War Pigs MC is properly introduced, led by Raul Gomez. The WPMC have a share in the income that comes into the Javelin, the largest bar in South Yankton, which generates greater income thanks to the Nuclear Fleas, a live band that plays every week. The Fleas are about ready to quit the Javelin gig, leaving Raul worried that income might suffer. The Nuclear Fleas are introduced, and tell Gavin that their last show will be held next week, and want a replacement band to be their opening act. Gavin becomes an associate of the IHMC.||I Wanna Rock (Izzy)|
IHMC Associate Side Missions (after Hangaround side missions have been cleared)
Jake tells Gavin to ask Izzy for help with this situation, knowing that Izzy is into "that sort of stuff".
Izzy is doing much better now that he's getting his life together. Now finished with school, he's taken up residence in his dad's old home in the Badlands, and wants to form a heavy metal band.
I Wanna Rock
|Drive with Izzy to his old friend's house. Help Izzy play his guitar louder than Riley.||Izzy will help Gavin in his quest to get an opening act for Nuclear Flea's farewell show. The character Riley Stubbs is introduced, the lead singer and guitarist for a band that consists of some of Izzy's old friends. Riley is commanding and rude, making the other bandmates hate him. Riley controls the band and makes them play generic metal, making Izzy realize their wasted potential.||Can't Keep a Good Man Down|
Can't Keep a Good Man Down
|Kidnap Riley from his house and stash him in Izzy's basement.||The kidnapping of Riley will now allow Izzy to sing and play guitar for the band. By suggestion of Izzy, the group decides to name the band "Iron Horsemen".||No Fancy Stage Aesthetics|
No Fancy Stage Aesthetics
|With Izzy and his two bandmates, steal flamethrowers from the arsenal, steal searchlights from the military base and steal dry ice barrels from the underground lab.||These materials are going to be used for stage purposes. The flamethrowers are for pyrotechnics, the searchlights are for spotlights, and the dry ice barrels are makeshift fog machines.||No War For Heavy Metal|
No War For Heavy Metal
|Witness the bands' performance. Defend the stage from Riley and a gang of bikers backstage.||Riley Stubbs dies. The Nuclear Fleas leave the Javelin, leaving Iron Horsemen as their replacement for the weekly act at the Javelin. Izzy is finally content with his life, and his father is now slightly acceptant of the life he chose. The War Pigs MC, seeing that their financial problem is solved, can now acknowledge the IHMC as allies.||The False Kind (with 21st Century Demo Man (Dustin))|
Izzy as a friend
Vincent Doolittle (V)
Vincent is a prospector/miner that works in the badlands. Gavin works with him in order to find the Behemoth.
Dig it a Hole
|Ride to the excavation site. Kill the giant worms in the site.||The giant worm creatures are encountered for the first time, and they've overtaken the excavation site Doolittle was working in.||The Only Good Worm|
Lost Keys (Kris) (with Bad Religion (Kris))
The Only Good Worm
|With the help of Wei Lung and his team of rebels, enter the giant worm cave and venture inside to kill the queen. Drive the Badger (digging machine) out to the cave entrance.||The Badger, a high-powered digging machine, is now back in Doolittle's possession, which will be used to find the Behemoth.||Beasts of Burden (with The False Kind (Izzy) and The Best Things in Life (Aaron))|
|Go to the motocross track. Race on motocross bikes through the course.||The keys to the hauling truck have been misplaced The hauling truck will be used to transport the Behemoth easily. Kris suggests searching for them at a motocross track. The characters Dustin and Shelly are introduced. Dustin, Clay's brother, owns several extreme sports facilities in the Badlands, and asks Gavin to help put on a show at each venue. Also the characters Denzel and Hoffman are introduced, two stoner alien-hunters that work for Dustin.||Crawling to the Top (Dustin)|
Dustin is the owner of several extreme sporting facilities in the Badlands. He is also Clay's younger brother, and asks Clay to pursuade Gavin to do a solid for him.
Crawling to the Top
|Race to the top of the mountain with the Rock Crawler.||Gavin does more extreme sports jobs for Dustin.||21st Century Demo Man|
Rock Crawling races
21st Century Demo Man
|Ride the monster truck in the arena and put on a show. Chase down Hoffman and Denzel through the arena and out into the badlands. Destroy the stoners' car fort. Chase them through more badlands.||Monster truck tutorial. Gavin's final job for Dustin. Gavin finds out that Hoffman had found the keys, and decided to keep them from Gavin after Gavin had taken his job. Gavin chases Hoffman and Denzel, however during the chase Gavin loses control of the monster truck and drives off a cliff, losing them.||The False Kind (Izzy) (with No War For Heavy Metal (Izzy))|
Monster Truck demo challenges
Gavin phones Izzy and asks for his help with getting the keys from Hoffman and Denzel back. He also asks Aaron to help.
The False Kind
|Use Aaron's Whirlygig with searchlight and track down Denzel and Hoffman's van. Use the Magnet Glove to "levitate" the van and bring it to Izzy's underground hangar.||Denzel and Hoffman, avid alien-hunters, are scared shitless by Gavin and his pals. In the hangar, Izzy and the bandmates use their fancy stage aesthetics to mock an alien encounter. The band begins playing, and Gavin threatens the confused duo. Hoffman gives the keys to the hauling truck.||Beasts of Burden (Vincent) (with The Only Good Worm (Vincent) and The Best Things in Life (Aaron))|
Beasts of Burden
|Enter the unearthed laboratory and find the Behemoth with Dakota. Bring power to the Behemoth and guide it to the exit.||The Behemoth is now in possession of the rebels.||Another Bolt in the Wall (Kris)|
With the Behemoth, the rebels now have a way of destroying the wall that blocks their path to the Black Hills. Thanks to Gavin's efforts, the Native Americans, the Iron Horsemen MC and the War Pigs MC also help out in the assault.
Another Bolt in the Wall
|Lead the convoy to the canyon. Assault the NGPF checkpoint in the canyon with your allies, while protecting the truck with the Behemoth. Protect the behemoth as it makes its way to the wall.||The epic battle that leads to the next act. A sizable chunk is created in the wall, thanks to the Behemoth. The Behemoth gets destroyed shortly after, and the NGPF retreat into the Black Hills. The rebels set up base in the small settlement of Buffalo Loon on the Buffalo Loon statue.||Burning Desire|
Rumme County/Black Hills access
Black Hills/Rumme County missions
These series of missions take place in the most major area of the game: The Black Hills. Gavin will find himself trekking across a vast forest region, complete with renditions of Mt. Rushmore (Mt. Borglum) the Crazy Horse statue (Buffalo Loon), and the towns of Sturgis, Deadwood, Lead, Rapid City, and Keystone, in order to find the New Gaspard city officials that have fled to the region, as well as become a full-fledged member of the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Club.
Missions here will involve bike riders, gold diggers, a nature-loving neo-hippy, a war over the limited supply of hoverbikes, modern cowboys, NGPF officers, Natives, lumberjacks, and many many mountains.
There are 40 story missions in this region.
|Take Jake to the Biker Association in Fort Rapid. Drive to the IHMC clubhouse.||Jake drives in a car to the meeting place, saying it's Izzy's. The Black Hills is introduced by Jake, as is the Biker Association in the city of Fort Rapid. Jake sees the Association as an elitist club and will attempt to gain their favor. Gavin becomes a prospected member of the IHMC.||Higher Ground|
IHMC Prospect Jacket outfit
IHMC Prospect Side Missions (afer Associate side missions have been cleared)
|Jack a Tanker truck on the highway with Cesar||$7000||Interdiction|
|Protect Toreno's allied helicopter from enemy choppers in Arco del Oeste, retrieve the package, then deliver it to Las Brujas||$1000||Verdant Mission|
|Buy Verdant Meadows airstrip cost $80,000||Save point (no closet) at Verdant Meadows airfield||Learning to Fly |
Race tournament access (will open after received a call from Jethro in the middle of the mission) (Must finish Puncture Wounds first)
|Finish Flying School||Increased Flying Skill
Plane parked in the airstrip depending of the medals you won
Winston Pauer (W)
Winston Pauer is the richest man in South Yankton, a self-made millionaire that funds the New Gaspard races. Gavin had recently stolen a vehicle of his back in Kubrick County with Oz, and now he demands some sort of payback. Gavin gets a phone call from a man telling him to meet at a disclosed location.
|With Oz, find the Sunset (sports car) that was stolen in Free Ride.||Gavin gets kidnapped by Winston and his goons, and finds out that Oz had been kidnapped before him. Winston Pauer is officially introduced, as well as his Black Hills mansion. Gavin and Oz will be under heavy surveillance by Pauer and his goons, threatening to kill them if they don't pay back, giving them no choice but to work for him. Winston's mansion will play a vital role in a much later mission.||Gavin repays Winston Pauer for his crime.|
Dalton Wright, Gavin's 49-year-old father, visits South Yankton in an attempt to convince Gavin to go back home. Word had spread of the rebellion across the U.S., and Dalton was worried that Gavin might get into trouble. Clay phones Gavin and tells him that Dalton came over and is waiting at the Keyhole bar.
|Save Madd Dogg from falling, then take him to Ivory Towers Rehab before he dies.||None||High Noon|
God Bless You, Please
|Crash the Biker Association in Fort Rapid. Kidnap Sonny Robinson and take him to the IHMC clubhouse.||Jake has had enough and is now going to do what he's always wanted to do. As Sonny is tied, Jake insists Gavin help in killing Sonny, however Gavin tries to reason with Jake and tell him that killing him won't solve anything. Jake questions Gavin's loyalty and begins to wonder if Gavin is a threat to him. Sonny is imprisoned in the IHMC clubhouse.||Saint Mark's Bistro|
Jake phones Gavin and says he can hardly control himself while in the general vicinity of Sonny, and tells Gavin to finish his business with Sonny quickly.
Sonny has been taken hostage by Jake and Gavin, and is held in the clubhouse jail cell. He has some more intel on the whereabouts of the remaining city officials.
|Didier Sachs |
A Home in the Hills
Breaking the Bank at Caligula's
|Kill the NGPF officers in Borglum. Kill Drew Brown. Avoid Jake's gunfire. Chase Jake through the Black Hills and the Badlands. Chase Jake and Izzy into Jayne County.||Jake is revealed to have ties with NGPF and the New Gaspard government, however Jake's point of view sees them as the good guys. After seeing Gavin kill Drew Brown, a man he was very good friends with, Jake finally sees Gavin as an enemy and antagonizes him. Gavin tries to talk to Jake and tell him of the situation, however Jake believes Gavin is trying to kill him. Jake takes Izzy from their home in the Badlands and tells him to shoot Gavin as he gives chase. In a small town in Jayne County, Izzy is ordered by his dad to shoot Gavin, which he does, however the shot is not fatal. Gavin wakes up 3 days later in the care of an elderly woman and her young adult granddaughter, in the same Jayne County town. The characters Estelle (old woman) and Nelly (young woman) are introduced. Everyone thinks Gavin is dead, and that Izzy is the one that killed him.||Debt to Society (Estelle)|
Access to Jayne County
Alright, for all the loyal fans out there, I will be working on this soon.
I'm stumped as to what to do here.
Some events to use:
These pertain to the Black Hills/Rumme County strand:
- One government official is living in the Biodome, and the only way in is with the help of a hippy.
- Jake's motive for getting the War Pigs MC as allies was to steal their supply of hoverbikes. Jake's friend Drew Brown (a New Gaspard official) gave Jake orders to find a way to steal the hoverbikes from the War Pigs MC. Luckily for Jake, Gavin happened to appear. The hoverbikes, which give enhanced mobility, are planned to be issued to the NGPF, for use in New Gaspard as well as the rest of South Yankton.
- Lemmy, an IHMC member, is involved in an accident and gets medical help at the IHMC Black Hills lodge. Jake uses this to his advantage, and lies to Gavin, saying members of the WPMC had ambushed Lemmy. Jake suggests that Gavin help bring justice by stealing their supply of hoverbikes. Gavin says Jake is overreacting and this is probably just a misunderstanding, however agrees to go talk to Raul Gomez (WPMC president).
- Gavin gets involved with a family living in the western-most portion of the hills: The Rickerman family, and has to deal with their rebellious teenage members. Reggie Rickerman, one of the teenagers, is a mission-giver, along with Barney Rickerman, his brother. And there's Nicole Rickerman, their sister.
- Gavin steals a shipment of water from a truck that makes deliveries to New Gaspard. The city gets its water from the Bio-dome in the Black Hills, which is used for drinking, bathing, and most importantly the artificial rain. However Gavin's attacks on the water shipments eventually halts all water-shipping into the city until the culprits stealing the water are caught. This means that the city will get limited water supplies until Gavin is caught. The world is just so gray and gray.
And these pertain to the following strand (Jayne County):
- Dalton is kidnapped by Jake and makes him bait for Gavin.
- Several IHMC members join Jake, as he tells them that Gavin has forced him out of the club, and tells them that he (Jake) will relocate the "real" club to the town of Landon for the time being, and will plot to retake the clubhouse from Gavin.
Jayne County missions
Gavin's quest of bringing justice to South Yankton has taken an interesting turn, as Jake is revealed to have ties with several New Gaspard city officials. Gavin's acts of justice against the officials has antagonized Jake, leading him to abandon his position as IHMC leader and begin working for the few remaining officials out of paranoia. Gavin wakes up from injuries sustained out of Jake's betrayal in the care of a kind elderly woman and her granddaughter.
There are 10 story missions in Jayne County.
Estelle is kind and elderly woman living in an apartment in a small town in Jayne County, along with her granddaughter Nelly. Gavin does favors for her in exchange for helping him with his injuries. Nelly believes she is taking care of the old and frail Estelle, however Estelle is more than capable of taking care of herself, showing a proficiency with weapons and combat. It's Estelle that is taking care of Nelly, however her old age means her time will soon be up.
Debt to Society
|Take Estelle to the park. Feed the birds.||Gavin repays Estelle for her kind deed. Gavin believes that doing these favors are pointless. Estelle is revealed to be a former outlaw gunslinger.||Something More Comfortable|
Something More Comfortable
|Take Estelle to the mall. Use a disguise and avoid the NGPF. Escape the mall with Estelle.||The mall is heavily guarded by NGPF officers, which means Gavin needs a disguise to hide his identity. On the drive to the mall, Estelle mentions that her granddaughter will need someone to take care of her, and suggests Gavin take Nelly out on a date. She mentions that Nelly has needed someone to watch over her ever since her mother was taken by government officials to an underground bunker, and Gavin wants as much info on that bunker, and Estelle says that Nelly might know something about it. Estelle gives Gavin Nelly's number.||Breadbasket|
Small Talk (Nelly)
|Steal an NGPF supply van.||Estelle shows her violent side and helps Gavin get supplies from the officers.||Somethin'|
Gavin phones Nelly and asks to hang out, and Nelly says to pick her up at noon of the following day. The mission Small Talk is started automatically.
Cornelia "Nelly" is the granddaughter of Estelle. Estelle has asked Gavin to do her the favor of taking Nelly on a date. Nelly's mother was taken to an underground bunker, a location Gavin has yet to know of. Phoning Nelly will begin her mission.
|Take Nelly to the cliffside diner. Follow Nelly's directions to the bunker entrance.||Gavin asks Nelly about the whereabouts of the underground bunker. Nelly takes Gavin to the cave she remembers from her youth.||Something|
Nelly as a friend
A voice message left on Gavin's phone by Izzy shows Izzy's apology to Gavin for shooting him, and that Jake has taken over the town of Landon by orders of the New Gaspard government. Phoning Izzy will reveal more info on the situation at hand.
|Drive to Landon disguised as an exterminator (gas mask soldier). Shadow the government officials||Izzy apologizes to Gavin in person, and tells him that everyone thinks he's dead by Izzy's hands. The town of Landon is taken over by Jake by orders of the New Gaspard government. Izzy and a disguised Gavin go to Jake's office in the town bar, where they see a changed and slightly paranoid Jake running the town, asking what Izzy's been doing. Jake mentions that he should keep Izzy umder strict surveillance. The two gov officials taken hostage by the rebels.||Next Izzy... maybe...|
|Follow the Caligula croupier; Millie Perkins. Don't spook her||Respect
Millie Perkins as a girlfriend
|Dam and Blast|
|Plant explosives in Generator Hall of Sherman Dam||Respect||Cop Wheels|
|Steal four police bikes and load them onto the circling Packer for Woozie||Respect||Up, Up and Away!|
|Steal a Cargobob from K.A.C.C. Fuels
Use its magnet to grab a Securicar and deliver to Airstrip.
Leviathan at Verdant Meadows
|Breaking the Bank at Caligula's|
|Rescue Johnny Sindacco from the Forelli Family||$5000
|The Meat Business |
|Take Ken Rosenberg to abattoir
Escape from the abattoir alive
|Fish in a Barrel |
|Retrieve the dossier from an agent at Aldea Malvada||None||High Noon (after Freefall)|
Return to New Gaspard
CJ has money, power, and respect, but his conscience still nags him about the unfinished business in the 'hood. He's been watching lame acts audition and wants some real closure on his sense of pending duty. He has to go back and reclaim the old neighborhood. With the news of Madd Dogg's release, it appears the time has arrived.
There are 15 story missions for Gavin during his return to New Gaspard.
Bizmark has tasked Gavin to help Zeke with various missions in weeding out any more NGPF officers outside the city.
|Fly the Vulture with Zeke to the top of Mt. Borglum (Mt. Rushmore spoof). Shimmy down the faces of the Presidents and plant bombs in their nostrils. Infiltrate the NGPF base within the mountain and drive the officers out of the mountain.||Gavin drives a Vulture for the first time. The NGPF officers abandon their base within Mt. Borglum. The faces of Mt. Borglum have been blasted off.||Zeke 2|
|Pick up Sweet at Pershing Square LCPD
Retake the cul-de-sac.
|Respect||Cut Throat Business |
Beat Down On B Dup
|Chase OG Loc to the Record Label using the Vortex and Kart.||Respect
(also Vortex and Kart spawn around SA)
|Riot (after Grove 4 Life)|
Melanie is a mysterious character that calls Gavin on his phone and asks to arrange a meeting.
|I don't care what Gavin does, this mission is just to introduce this awesome character and important plot point.||Melanie is seen for the first time. Introduces Melanie's son, Todd. Todd is a potty-mouthed yet polite 8-year old that never leaves his mother's apartment, playing video games all day.||Natural Born Killer|
Grigori Poboisk is a Russian hacker living in a New Gaspard apartment. Grigori is a neat-freak germaphobe, who lives with his unhygienic uncle Feliks. Gavin works with him in order to hack into the New Gaspard government computer system and compete in the races once again.
|Take a shower at the bathhouses, and pick out a clean outfit, and return to Grigori's apartment. Go to The Wires cyber club and talk to Trent regarding a piece of equipment Trent had borrowed from Grigori. Follow Trent's friend Peter to the LOCATION OF BETRAYAL.||The character Grigori Poboisk is introduced, and access to the bathhouses is unlocked. Grigori will not let Gavin inside his apartment unless Gavin takes a bath and wears clean clothes. Grigori is going to hack into the government network and help Gavin bring down some more officials.||Natural Born Killer|
Natural Born Killer
|Sneak into Buck Burns' apartment and steal his racing uniform. Escape the apartment and kill Buck.||Grigori has hacked into the racing network and has found one of the racers hired by New Gaspard to keep other racers from winning: Buck Burns. Gavin steals his racing uniform and kills him. Gavin will now impersonate Buck Burns, and Grigori will give Gavin some personal info about Buck in order for him to impersonate him better. Grigori says he will remind Gavin of his racing schedule, in a post-mission phone call.||Grigori 3|
New Gaspard Grand Prix races (4 races)
This Ain't a Race, It's an Arms Scene
|Win the final race. Kill the official at the awards ceremony. Escape the NGPF.||Gavin kills some government official or something or other (maybe Noe Stallone, head of NGPF), the reason he was competing in this set of races was to get close to this official. The government will now look into this event and eventually trace it back to Grigori's apartment.|
Gavin phones Charlie Borland and asks him to go to New Gaspard in order to help with the operation there, telling him to meet at the Springfield Diner. Charlie brings Dana and Emmett along.
We Built This City
|Drive Charlie's van and take Charlie, Dana, Emmett and Grigori to the rebel base. Go into the burning rebel base and find Bizmark and Eddy, shooting any NGPF officers in your way. Escape the burning base with the two and drive Charlie's van with everyone in it to Zeke's hangar, avoiding the officers on the way. Escape from New Gaspard on Zeke's Vulture and land at the IHMC clubhouse.||In the pre-mission cutscene, Gavin sits alone at a diner. Grigori appears and sits with Gavin, pretending to be alright, however it turns out that the NGPF had pinpointed his address and evicted him from the premises of his apartment, and tells Gavin that they had killed his uncle Feliks. Gavin assures Grigori that he will be avenged. Charlie, Dana and Emmett show up at the diner and Gavin fills them in on the situation. The gang discovers that the NGPF have found the location of the rebel base and have destroyed it. Gavin, Charlie, Dana, Emmett, Grigori, Eddy, Bizmark and Zeke all relocate to the IHMC clubhouse. Bizmark has been seriously injured during the raid of the rebel base. Most of the rebels have been killed, captured, or MIA.||' (Bizmark)|
Final Missions (Fisher County)
With Gavin, Charlie, Dana, Emmett, Grigori, Eddy, Bizmark, Zeke, Kevin (and his gang) and the remaining IHMC members all under the roof of the clubhouse, a plan will be devised that will finally bring justice in South Yankton.
|Cheat||Cheat||Friends with Benefits (Kris)|
|Steal the high-performance computer from Winston Pauer's mansion.||Grigori will now have a computer that he will use to hack into government computers.||Something|
The plan is set and Gavin and the entire gang will now execute it.
|Ride to New Gaspard with the crew.||The final mission.||meh|
It's probably asking for too much, but this is pretty much how I envision the perfect soundtrack for the game.
Genre: Biker rock, various rock genres
Station HQ: Kubrick County
DJ: Murphy "Sixgun" Fonda
Steppenwolf - Born to be Wild
Eric Clapton - Cocaine
ZZ Top - La Grange
Blondie - Call Me
AC/DC - Highway to Hell
Ram Jam - Black Betty
Bad Company - Bad Company
Black Crowes - Hard to Handle
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Mary Jane's Last Dance
Red Rider - Lunatic Fringe
The Stone Roses - Love Spreads
Joe Walsh - Rocky Mountain Way
Canned Heat - On the Road Again
Norman Greenbaum - Spirit in the Sky
Ted Nugent - Stranglehold
The Hollies - Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress
The Allman Brothers Band - Midnight Rider
Muffler FM, broadcasted from somewhere in Kubrick County, is a "biker rock" radio station. The station plays songs that are (for lack of a better term) related to the biker culture, and is DJ'd by Murphy "Sixgun" Fonda, a man that has close connections to several biker gangs in the state.
The station plays in several locations in the game, notably in a few bars.
Genre: Skate rock, hardcore punk, action rock
Station HQ: Fisher County (New Gaspard)
DJ: Matt Slumdog
Suicidal Tendencies - Possessed
Circle Jerks - Wild in the Streets
Agent Orange - Bloodstains
Misfits - All Hell Breaks Loose
Sonic Youth - Kool Thing
Squirtgun - Social
Nirvana - Lounge Act
Beastie Boys - Sabotage
D.R.I. - Thrashard
Descendents - Myage
Black Flag - The Chase
Rage Against the Machine - Testify
7 Seconds - Young til I Die
Gang Green - Death of the Party
Smut Peddlers - Freeway Psycho
Wasted Youth - Blind Nuns
Tad - Flame Tavern
Acropolis Radio is a skater rock/punk station, broadcast from the middle-class neighborhoods of New Gaspard. The station is hosted/DJ'd by Matt Slumdog, a young white man that detests the city government and supports the rebellion. The setlist is mostly comprised of hardcore punk/skate punk songs, however high-energy alternative songs are also in the mix that give a similar vibe to the punk tracks.
The station is played in the indoor skate park.
"Acropolis" is a Greek term that literally means "city on the extremity". In other words, "Extreme City Radio".
Black Hills Broadcasting
Station HQ: Rumme County (Black Hills)
DJ: Greg Almond, an 82-year-old white man with a habit of forgetting things.
Michael Parks - Long Lonesome Highway (Theme from Then Came Bronson)
Doris Day - The Black Hills of Dakota
Roy Rogers - Ride Concrete Cowboy, Ride
Boxcar Willie - Freightliner Fever
Bobby Bare - 500 Miles Away From Home
David Allan Coe - You Never Even Called Me By My Name
Kris Kristofferson - Help Me Make It Through the Night
Willie Nelson - On the Road Again
Marty Robins - El Paso (No I did not fucking choose this song because of that show about meth.)
Station HQ: Rumme County (Black Hills)
DJ: Hank Hankovich
The Old Chisholm Trail
Summit Records is a secluded radio station that broadcasts from a high mountain in the Black Hills. DJ'd by Hank Hankovich, the station is comprised of yodeling songs.
Genre: Hip Hop, Alternative Hip Hop
Station HQ: Fisher County (New Gaspard)
DJ: MC Squid
Cypress Hill - The Phunky Pheel One
Poor Righteous Teachers - Holy Intellect
Yo-Yo - Ain't Nobody Better
Naughty by Nature - Hip Hop Hooray
Aesop Rock - Coffee
Busdriver - Casting Agents and Cowgirls
House of Pain - Put Your Head Out
The Brand New Heavies - Jump N' Move
Eric B. and Rakim - Don't Sweat the Technique
Fun Lovin' Criminals - The Fun Lovin' Criminal
The station plays in some of the basketball courts in the city.
Genre: Heavy Metal
Station HQ: Andrew County (Badlands)
DJ: Souixsee Q
Motorhead - Ace of Spades
Pantera - Cowboys from Hell
Motley Crue - Dr. Feelgood
Iron Maiden - Run to the Hills
Anthrax - Indians
Slayer - Angel of Death
Megadeth - Hangar 18
Metallica - Battery
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Judas Priest - Hell Bent for Leather
White Zombie - Black Sunshine
Twisted Sister - Burn in Hell
Quiet Riot - Run for Cover
Joe Satriani - Surfing with the Alien
Van Halen - On Fire
Tesla - Modern Day Cowboy
Overkill - Elimination
Deep Purple - Speed King - Should this song even be here? What do you guys think?
Inferno FM is a heavy metal station DJ'd by a woman calling herself Souixsee Q, a Native American that discovered the heavy metal records and fell in love with the way the tracks made her feel energetic and violent. She is very defensive and proud of her race, as heard when the tracks "Indians" and "Run to the Hills" are played. Her name is a combination of the words Souix (as in Souix tribe of Native Americans) and Susie (female name) which was used as a stage name by real-world musicians, notably the lead singer of Souixsee and the Banshees and the guitarist of Dead Sara. The name is also a reference to the Creedence Clearwater Revival song "Susie Q".
It is the favorite station of Izzy. The station is played inside the Javelin bar, in Andrew County.
Genre: Industrial, Electronic
Station HQ: Fisher County (New Gaspard)
The Prodigy - Omen
Angelspit - A La Mode A La Morte
KMFDM - Ave Maria
Wumpscut - Christfuck
Specimen A - Flying Saucer
Headscan - Lolife
The Crystal Method - Trip Like I Do
Oakenfold - Ready Steady Go
Combichrist - This S'it Will Fcuk You Up
Skinny Puppy - Paragun
Test Dept - New World Order
Front Line Assembly - Maniacal
Juno Reactor - Tanta Pena
Haujobb - Subsonic
Suicide Commando - My Blasphemy
Front 242 - Rerun Time
Radio Looper is an industrial/electronic station DJ'd by a man going by the mononym Sampson, a man with a British accent. The station plays industrial and electronic music, a style of music that is popularly associated with the cyberpunk genre.
It is the favorite station of Grigori Poboisk, being the station that is played in his apartment during his pre-mission cutscenes and in his Vixen (car). It is also the station played inside The Wires cyber club.
Genre: Arabic classical/traditional
Station HQ: Jayne County
DJ: Raviv Shajid
Sand Sounds is a station specializing in traditional Arabic music, whether vocal or instrumental. The songs evoke the feeling of being in an Arabic setting, and the station was started and DJ'd by Raviv Shajid.
FOS (Freedom of Speech)
Genre: Talk show
Station HQ: Unknown
DJs: Beehive Nebbsy, a man that speaks in a faux accent to hide his identity on the air.
New Gaspard FM
Genre: Electronica, Alternative Dance, Electropop, Trip Hop
Station HQ: New Gaspard
Republica - Ready to Go
Tricky - Black Steel
Goldfrapp - Strict Machine
Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch
Culture Kultur - Toxic Pulse
Massive Attack - Black Milk
Android Lust - Saint Over
Garbage - Subhuman
Ting Tings - Soul Killing
Portishead - Pedestal
Dirty Vegas - Days Go By
Everything But The Girl - Missing (Todd Terry Mix)
Lords of Acid - Crablouse
Poe - Hello
Britney Spears - Toxic
Peaches - Operate
Nelly Furtado - Glow
Splashdown - Asia At Odd Hours
New Gaspard FM is the go-to pop station of the city of New Gaspard. This is about as close to a pop station the game is getting. And choosing the songs for this station is so fun!
Tool: The Unwritten Hitlist
The Unwritten Hitlist is an expanded story. This is basically a DLC expansion similar to TLAD and TBOGT. In this substory, the main character is Malcolm Styles, the black gangster Gavin met upon his escapades in New Gaspard, who will go through hell on earth as he tries to do right to the wrongs his gang had done to the Russo Mob family. These events will see the dichotomy between "hood" and "mafia" gangsters and the themes seen within the two crime lifestyles, and will show whether or not the term "organized" has any meaning within the world of crime.
The timeframe of these events is set after Gavin kills Lex Palinski in New Gaspard, leaving Malcolm to do business while Gavin is elsewhere. The story ends roughly before Gavin returns to New Gaspard.
Darnell is still shaken up a bit after losing his parents.
|Go to the underground racing arena and find out who framed Rakim.||Clues will lead to Gavin and Rakim finding the man that framed Rakim. Gavin is introduced to the underground racing track.||Something|
Georgette is Malcolm's lady friend from his childhood.
|Do something.||Introduces the character Georgette.||Something|
Calvin is a gangmember and an old friend of Malcolm's, who questions Malcolm of his decision to leave the gang life. He tries to coax Malcolm back into the gang in order to get revenge on the Italian mafia that they have been getting into conflicts with. He sees the world as Gray and Gray, and has a hatred towards all of the mafia families, despite the fact that only one of the families had wronged the gang.
Dino Viscotti is an underling of Aldo Russo, and a close acquaintance of Malcolm's. He is the only member of the Russo families he makes contact with.
|Do Sicilian things... or somethin'...||Introduces Sicilian things.||More Sicilian Things|
Motorcycles and similar vehicles
Rodger-Hellis (Harley-Davidson) (Biker gangs)
Bully (chopper) (unaffiliated bikers and misc.)
Nitrojan (futuristic motorbike) (New Gaspard citizens)
Hydra (futuristic motorbike, multiple exhaust) (New Gaspard citizens)
Nimbus (generic motorbike) (misc. and Gavin's beginning vehicle)
Energy (sports motorbike) (New Gaspard citizens)
Compton (dirt bike) (misc.)
XTM (sports bicycle) (misc.) (Rufus' shop)
Todd (bicycle) (misc.) (Rufus' shop)
Vertica (New Gaspard hoverbike)
Wasp (NGPF flying bike) (not accessible only until the final mission)
Scout (wasteland hoverbike)
4 Door Cars
Zenith (sports car)
2 Door Cars
Sunset (sports car) (New Gaspard citizens and Pauer family)
Humpty (volkswagen) (misc wastelanders)
Yello (School bus) (bus drivers and outside schools)
Skateboard (skateboard) (skaters)
Hoverboard (hovering skateboard) (high-class teens)
Vulture (tiltrotor VTOL helicopter) (NGPF, Zeke, found randomly on helipads)
Whirlygig (flying bicycle) (Native American villages)
Mastodon (APC tank) (NGPF and rebels)
WAV-300 (minigun jeep) (NGPF and rebels)
Film Influences and References
|Book of Eli||2010||
|From Dusk till Dawn||1996||
|Mad Max 2||1981||
|Natural Born Killers||1994||
|Renegade (Television show)||1992-97||
|Sons of Anarchy (Television show)||2008-Present||
|White Men Can't Jump||1992||
|28 Days Later||2002||
This section is for me to post images and videos that will let you understand how the game's setting will look like.
That son is a member of Jake's gang: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAi2mTr2gsk
I found it difficult imagining what a skateboard slam/fall/crash might look like, so here's some videos for reference.
- One slam http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUngxsSOCms
- Slam compilation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPFbGNkGcE0
- Slam compilation, slow motion effects used http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zW7U4l0Iq1o
- Slam compilation, slow motioned http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOdWBF-oPaQ
- Another slam compilation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlfwhG20PHE
So apparently Rockstar San Diego made these games:
I had no idea these existed. Maybe this is a good sign that Tool should be a Rockstar game.
So I just discovered this movie called Thrashin' (1986), it's a movie heavily featuring skateboarding. Here's a clip from the film, and it's featuring a song I had chosen for Acropolis Radio. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoECn8asxdA
Biking in SD
Just a reference for bike-riding in South Dakota. Music is "Come Original" by 311! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nu8FEEVXkMI
Ride to Hell: Retribution
So apparently... this game was made.
Released this past June.
Today (14th of September) is the day I found out of its existence, and reading the info about it reveals that it was intended to be a "Grand Theft Auto-styled game set during the late 1960s". So essentially an open-world outlaw biker game. Wow, half of me is upset that it was incredibly lame. On the bright side, the other half of me is glad that I have a chance to make the first good open-world biker game. But yeah, just look at how incredibly lame it is, wasted potential...
NORTH YANKTON IS NORTH DAKOTA
So... this means that in the GTA universe, their version of South Dakota would be "South Yankton".
This is either a really big coincidence, or.... Rockstar games just shoehorned that opening mission after discovering and reading this page. I mean, of all states, why North Dakota? And why would they call it "North YANKTON", of all names!?
This is interesting.
So (My Opinions/Rants/Comments on GTA V's Soundtrack Selections)
So I guess we can all agree that GTA V has one of the worst licensed soundtracks of the series (if not the worst).
Edit: I'm not saying that it's bad, there are some good tracks. I'm saying that it is the worst of the series, and it could've been much better.
The punk station is alright, an improvement over the one from IV. But honestly, you hear those 12, 2-minute tracks over and over again, it gets a bit stale. And seriously, they could've gotten a better Black Flag song than "My War". I guess they just went for the title track. I love how they got Keith Morris to DJ.
The "rock" station, ugh. Half of those songs I don't consider "rock". This is disappointing considering how amazing LRR from IV was. Listen Rockstar, "Edge of Seventeen" (from IV) by Stevie Nicks is, in my opinion, the perfect song ever used in a GTA game, however "I Can't Wait" is... what... is... it... it's not rock. I would've been content with any Fleetwood Mac song, or even Stand Back would've been okay. "Hollywood Nights", in the vein of "New York Groove" used in IV... of course this song had to be put in here. I don't like it. And of course another Bob Seger song is in the mix. I mean at least "Her Strut" (from IV) was awesome. "Baker Street".... okay. "Big Log"... okay, and I'm surprised R* was able to get a Robert Plant song for the game. "Dirty White Boy"... I remember seeing this song in a list of "best motorcycle riding songs" (when I was looking for Muffler FM tracks). It's an alright song. "Heartbeat"... no. "Higher Love"... meh. "I Don't Care Anymore"... strange addition, not too bad, for some reason this song was played on the local rock station today. I would've liked a Genesis song instead, though. Like I'm talking Peter Gabriel Genesis, you know what I'm sayin'. "I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You"... no. "If You Leave Me Now"... I have mixed feelings for this song, it's a nice song to have, honestly a better Chicago song (and an actual rock song by the band) could've been used, but meh. Probably should've been on the pop station... maybe. "I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)"... holy mother, we're talking about Kenny friggin' Loggins, here, you know... "Danger Zone" and "Footloose" Kenny Loggins. What the hell, Rockstar. "Lonely is the Night"... one of the better songs in the mix, good choice. Would've chosen "The Stroke" (too bad Eminem mutilated that song). "Ogden's Nut Gone Flake"... the song was used in the trailer, so of course it has to be in the station. But shiiiiit it's less than 2 minutes long, and Kenny's opening and closing speeches are within 20 seconds of each other! "Photograph"... I'm fed up with Def Leppard, especially this song. At least it wasn't "Love Bites" (which isn't actual rock), but if they were gonna put this band in here, then I would've liked a different one. "Radio Ga Ga"... I didn't like this song the first (and only) time I heard it. It's alright, but honestly................ "Rain" by The Cult.... when I first saw the list, I swear I had read "Fire Woman" by The Cult. Now obviously this meant that I wish "Fire Woman" was used instead, a much better song. "Rock'n Me"... I hate that opening riff. That's my only gripe. "Saturday Night's Alright".... I don't care for this song (honestly it's better than "Street Kids" from IV). "The Breakup Song"... meh. "Too Late For Goodbyes"...by Julian Lennon... what? It's all on our minds, everyone's thinking it. The only reason it's on here is cause of his daddy. "What a Fool Believes"... good.
Pop station: First of all, Rockstar claims they've never had a pop station before. Oh yeah, cause Lips from GTA3, CSR from SA, The Vibe and Vice City FM and to some extent The Beat from IV, and um what else... oh yeah the entirety of Vice City weren't pop stations at all. Alright, onto the selections... "Adult Education"... meh, for some reason Hall and Oates feels so out of place in here. I would've liked "Maneater", however it was already used in BOGT. "The New Anthem"... nothing special. "Don't Wanna Fall in Love"... nothing special. "Everything She Wants"... nothing special. "Gimme More"... to me, it's an alright song. To this station, it's a perfect addition. "Glamorous"... the most perfectly-used song in the game, in other words the best song that was chosen for this game, I shit you not. "Lady (Hear Me Tonight)"... I forgot how this song goes, which is probably an indicator that it shouldn't have been used. "Music Sounds Better with You"... same as the last one. "1 Thing"... if I remember how it goes, then it's an alright song. "Only Girl in the World"... I do not like Rihanna's post-2009 works, however this is one of the exceptions. I'm glad they used this one instead of any of her other modern crap. "Pure Shores"... I keep mentally blocking out this song when listening to it. "The Rhythm of the Night"... nothing special. "Scandalous"... good. "West End Girls"... the second greatest song put in the game. This honestly wouldn't be out of place on the rock station, though, which shows how pop-oriented Los Santos Rock Radio really is. "With Every Heartbeat"... forgot how it goes. "Work"... I love Kelly Rowland. Good choice, or is this just bias?
Radio Los Santos... wow, this station was amazing in San Andreas (I think it's cool to see the evolution it went through). I am, however, not a fan of this modern rap fad. I hate the modern style of rapping, and how it seems like every single modern rapper has to rap that way. So I'm just gonna leave this station alone. I do like the chorus of "Hood Gone Love It".
East Los FM: Oh my gosh, I live near the border with Mexico and I gotta say, when I first turned to this station I was laughing my ass off... because this station EXISTS IN REAL LIFE. To me (and probably other people that know where I'm comin' from) this is a big joke station. I'm only referring to the traditional Mexican songs on the station, as the electronic and rock songs on this station do not show up in real life (since, you know, they're actually good).
FlyLo FM: I really do not understand the appeal of Flying Lotus, and I have no idea why he got his own station. Seems like typical electronica to me.
Radio Mirror Park: When I found out there was going to be a chillout/electronica station, I was excited. This isn't what I had in mind. A decent setlist.
Soulwax FM: I'm going to say that this station is very similar to the above two. I hate to say that. I guess this station is actually electronic/house music. Maybe I haven't been listening to it very much. I should try it out some more and then come back.
Rebel Radio: I'm not as knowledgeable about country as I should be, however the setlist is very good, no complaints on this station. Oh another thing, I had thought about putting "Convoy" by CM McCall in Tool's soundtrack, but I didn't cause I thought the chorus was awful.
The Blue Ark: I haven't really checked this station out, but from what I've heard it doesn't seem like there should be any complaints to it.
The Low Down: No complaints, although I'm not as knowledgeable about funk as I should be.
Space 103: Same as the Low Down. I love that they got Bootsy Collins to DJ, man is hilarious.
Vinewood Boulevard Radio: Honestly..... and I don't use "honestly" too often... generic modern garage rock all bundled into one station. Could've been a modern rock station, but no, they went with this buzzy-guitar-laced swampy mess. If this is Los Santos' answer to Radio Broker, then it's a failure. Damn this station makes Radio Broker sound as good as Radio X from SA. I only listen to this station when I want to hear some actiony rock music and I've gotten tired of Channel X.
West Coast Classics: Like I said, Radio Los Santos was amazing in GTASA. This is pretty much its spiritual successor. My only complaint is that there is no Cypress Hill song in this station. Oh well. Oh well I do have some other complaints, mainly on the choices of songs. Some of the songs I feel weren't really good choices for the station. Oh and I really have no idea what the Geto Boys are doing on this station when they are from Texas and not California.
Worldwide FM: Yet ANOTHER electronica station, well it does play some world music, but damn all this electronica and no artists that I actually know of? Damn.
Songs I would've liked to be added:
"Keep it Comin' Love" - KC & the Sunshine Band (what station, though? Low Down? Doesn't fit)
A Dead Sara song, I love Dead Sara. Actually replace VBR with a modern rock station that plays modern bands (CTE, Chevelle, yadda yadda)
A The Doors song
A The Who song
Honestly, if they were going to put common rock songs in GTA V, then I would've appreciated "Carry on Wayward Son" by Kansas. Yes, as much as it's played in real life, I would've welcomed it with open arms in GTA V.
"Sultans of Swing" by Dire Straits (LSRR)
A Cheap Trick song (maybe Dream Police or Surrender... maybe...)
"Space Truckin'" by Deep Purple (LSRR)
A Cream song (Sunshine or White Room) (LSRR)
A Hendrix Experience song (any song, really) (LSRR)
"Destroyer" by the Kinks (LSRR)
Fuck this section, I give up.
Crazy Horse monument
Expect a Crazy Horse statue spoof in South Yankton.
Random Info on the Game
Here's where random bits of trivia about the game will go.
- Tool is set in 2091. World War 3 arrived around half a century ago (2051) and set the world back about 200 years (1851), so everything is pretty much like the American old-west.
- For some reason gas is still infinite.
- The war happened during October, so there's a crapload of Halloween decorations throughout the game world.
- I've had this idea for a while, although I think originally it was going to be Christmas decorations. It probably stemmed from my gripe with San Andreas: there's enough evidence to suggest that the game takes place in December 1992, yet there's not a single Christmas decoration anywhere.
- Gavin Wright was born in a small town in the east coast in 2067.
- Gavin is left-handed. The reason being that I wanted players to be able to swap between shooting and using the magnet glove. And the Magnet Glove is used to start car engines quickly, and the ignition slot where one would insert a key would require the driver to use their right hand, in American vehicles.
- I will be drawing each major character in the Rockstar Games art style. Soon...
My name is Jesse. I'm an age 19 male from the United States of America, and the sole creator of Tool. I am currently not enrolled into any higher education program, although I was for the 2012-2013 fall/spring semesters, and let me just say that it felt like a huge waste of time. I plan on attending a university as soon as possible, and will pursue a major in computer animation (as well as a film studies minor).
Update: I am now enrolled in a university (the same one of last year), and I plan on transferring to a better university in the near future.
The idea for Tool came about in the winter (January) of 2011, stemming from an idea about making a game similar to Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, only having it set in a post-apocalyptic setting, and having the vehicle-building be very realistic and organic, as opposed to the gridlocked vehicle-building of BK.
The original idea for the game focused on a young man named Gavin Miller, who would go to a large post-apocalyptic-yet-civilized city far from home and compete in the glamourous races held there. The game was essentially a vehicle-building sim and racer. The idea was soon modified to include an open-world element to gameplay, which took inspiration from Red Dead Redemption's "open world wasteland on horseback" gameplay, and motorcycles were introduced as the player's main mode of transportation, as a contrast to the horses of RDR. Another motivator for this addition was the fact that despite the plethora of post-apocalyptic games, I had never seen one that let the player ride a motorcycle in an open-world setting. Gavin's surname was changed to Wright, and Miller was retconned as his mother's maiden name.
The setting of South Dakota was chosen solely on the idea of having an open-world game that let you visit and drive around Mt. Rushmore. I had no prior knowledge of South Dakota, and did not even know what state Mt. Rushmore was in. Over years of research, I eventually realized that South Dakota (or at least a world based on the state) was a perfect location for this type of game. Originally intended to be a scaled-down rendition of South Dakota, the game world was modified to be based mostly on South Dakota, in order to wipe out any sense of boredom that may come from playing in a game world that tried to accurately mimic the real world (yes I'm looking at you, LA Noire). The game world would see areas based on central South Dakota, the Badlands and the Black Hills, as well as areas taking inspiration from California, the Middle-East, and Australia.
Having never played a Grand Theft Auto game at the time of conception (my first exposure was of GTA IV in August, 2011), the style and tone of Tool was very different from its modern iteration, most of the details having been forgotten. Around December 2011, the style and tone of Tool was changed to match that of a Rockstar game, complete with guns, killing and drama, and my vision of Tool was also modified to include the Euphoria physics engine present in RDR and GTAIV-V. Grand Theft Auto's tradition of using alternate names for the cities and states the games are set in also saw its way to being used in Tool, one example being the state of South Dakota was renamed as South Yankton, in order to give reason as to why it is not a scaled rendition mentioned earlier.
The idea of having Tool be a biker gang drama/epic didn't come around until the summer of 2012, when a sudden spike of interest in the biker genre flowed into me. In order to keep a sense of diversity in the locations, characters, and the story, I had kept the original idea of having Gavin be a "country-boy moving to the big city" type of character, as well as the large city where the races were held. Gavin's character development would then see him changing from a naive and non-violent young man from a small town in the east coast, to the bloody-clothed biker gang member of the wasteland.
The city of New Gaspard (as well as Gaspard) was originally named New Pierre, as an offshoot of the desolate ruins of Pierre, South Dakota. The name was chosen in order to stick with the city's French origin. Originally the city was a brown and rust-pipe-infested crapsack city, however was changed to match the cyberpunk look of the cities seen in films such as Blade Runner and The 5th Element, in order to break away from generic post-apocalyptica, as well as to make it seem as if racing in the city truly was glamourous and elite. Poorer sections of the city took cultural inspiration from hood gangs of the 80s and 90s, as well as 50s and 60s mafia stories. Visual inspiration for the poor sections stood true to the crowded streets of the cyberpunk cities.
I am a man of many musical tastes, and every song chosen for the game's soundtrack was/is chosen by me, personally. In the early years of development, I had absolutely no musical knowledge past what is commonly known, and originally the track list had some pretty shit and generic songs all bundled into one station. Eventually I became more musically aware, and heavily modified the tracks and the format. The only two songs that were never removed and have been here since the beginning are "Dr. Feelgood" by Motley Crue and "Born to Be Wild" by Steppenwolf. Regarding the song "Highway to Hell", I'm still not very sure if putting that song would be in the best interest of the game.
In regards to the voice acting, I want to get unknown voice talents, yet ones that have very unique voices and can really give life to the characters I have crafted. If I could only get one well-known actor to voice a character, it would be Jason Lee, to provide the voice of Jake Tipton. It's a role that was made with him in mind from the beginning. If I could get one more famous voice, it would be Woody Harrelson to voice Charlie Borland. Not only would he provide the voice, but the motion capture and likeness for Charlie. I mean I shit you not, if this were a live-action film, Woody Harrelson would play this character. Another voice I have in consideration would be Bobby Ellsworth (lead singer of Overkill) to provide the voice of Kevin.
If you enjoy Tool, here are some other projects I'm also developing.
- Retreat - Retreat is my other child, my firstborn. Conceived in 2010, Retreat was my first ever idea that I truly wanted to develop further and make into a reality. All the info of Retreat (well, most of it, really) can be read at https://retreatrome.jottit.com/
- Star of Africa (working title) - Another game that has a GTA state-of-mind. This game is set in 1967 and follows the story of an African-American that travels to a fictional South African city to escape civil turmoil. He develops earth-manipulating powers and shit and becomes a superhero.
- Coat of Arms - A multiplayer bonanza game featuring animals shooting each other with guns and other weapons.
- Sunny Days - a drug game that takes place in a medical institute. Not much has been developed on this.