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"... so, keep quei bastardi dei Leone tied down in Portland, and when my associates control this city, you'll be taken care of. Ci pensiamo noi."
Massimo Torini

Calm Before the Storm is a mission in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories given to protagonist Toni Cipriani by Joseph Daniel O'Toole from Paulie's Revue Bar in the Red Light District of Portland Island, Liberty City.


Toni drops by Paulie's Revue Bar, where JD informs him that the Sicilians are trying to broker a peace between the families. However, Salvatore thinks he smells a rat and wants someone to follow Massimo Torini. Toni is required to head to Sal's home within two in-game hours (two real-life minutes) before Torini flies off in a helicopter, so as to be able to follow him and investigate.

Torini first lands in Hepburn Heights, where he meets the Diablos and promises them Hepburn Heights if they help the Sicilians. Torini then flies to Chinatown and meets the Triads on a rooftop, informing them that if they co-operate with the Sicilians they will be "taken care of". The Triads, however, spot Toni. Torini flies off in the helicopter, whilst Toni kills all hostile Triad members in the vicinity in order to return to Salvatore Leone with the information.

Mission objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Reach Salvatore's mansion. Massimo is leaving soon
  • Follow Massimo. Don't lose him
  • He's moving off...follow him again...
  • You'll need to get in closer...
  • You've been spotted! Take out the Triads


The reward for completing the mission is $1,000 and the mission The Made Man for Joseph Daniel O'Toole. Triad members will also become hostile to Toni Cipriani, though the Diablos will not.


  • This mission marks the first time in the GTA series that the main antagonist is introduced in a mission other than the first mission or opening cutscene. This is followed by the mission Crime and Punishment in Grand Theft Auto IV.
  • This mission reveals creation of the Triads and Diablos.
  • During the cutscene where Torini meets with the Triads, Toni is seen crouching behind some barrels. However, the ability to crouch is absent from the game.
  • This mission is notorious for a bug which causes the game to crash on the iOS port, after the cutscenes when Torini lands his helicopter on the rooftop at Chinatown.
  • This is the first mission for JD that can be played while Toni is wearing the Leone's Suit.
  • It is entirely possible to obtain the Maverick in this mission, the player has to duplicate 2 different missions, preferably Rampage and a vehicle with a side mission. To duplicate missions, park your vehicle next to a rampage icon and leave the car while you start a rampage mission. Wait until rampage timer reaches 00:00, then quickly enter your vehicle and start the side mission. If done correctly, a stack of mission texts should appear. Fail the vehicle's side mission first, then start this mission, wait until rampage is about to fail and go to the marker. Engage vehicle side mission again (provided they're still using the same vehicle) when the second cut appeared after Massimo has entered the chopper. If done correctly, the maverick will land itself and the player is free to take the helicopter since it is unlocked.


Video walkthrough

PS2 Version iOS Version
GTA Liberty City Stories - Walkthrough - Mission 28 - Calm before the Storm05:59

GTA Liberty City Stories - Walkthrough - Mission 28 - Calm before the Storm

GTA Liberty City Stories Mobile - Mission 28 - Calm Before the Storm06:18

GTA Liberty City Stories Mobile - Mission 28 - Calm Before the Storm


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