|For other uses, see Helicopter (disambiguation).|
GTA: Vice City
In GTA Vice City the helicoper is similar to Police Maverick, however, there are notable differences, such as slide rear doors and a boxier look at the back, where the tailrotor is connected. The windows are fully-transpartment, but no pilots can be seen. If spawned using trainers, it will appear invisible (only the left skid is visible) and taking it to a Pay'n'Spray will not fix it.
GTA: Liberty City Stories
It is similar to the regular Police Maverick, but it has tinted windows - regular Police Mavericks spawned using a cheat device, however, have transparent windows, in addition, regular Police Mavericks spawned via Cheat Devices will not have a loudspeaker, gun under the fuselage, or a searchlight. This helicopter uses the LOD of Vice City's controllable Police Maverick, with decals and colours changed.
The helicopter appears once the player obtains a 3-star wanted level, the helicopter has an "invisible" 5.56mm machine gun on the fuselage (In GTA III, it is similar in both sound and power to the Pistol. In GTA Vice City and Liberty City Stories, it is now an M-60), as well as a searchlight, and a loudspeaker (used by the police to address the player from the skies).
The helicopter can also airdrop SWAT units on ropes. The Police Maverick flown by the police is actually a special type of vehicle controlled by the script - it is free to fly anywhere - even through buildings - without a chance of crashing either.
The helicopter is only intended to appear during police pursuits. If it is spawned otherwise, it appears invisible and crashes the game upon entry, although the player can use cheat devices to take it to a Pay 'N' Spray, where it will become visible again, (not in Vice City, unknown in GTA III) albeit without rotors. A more difficult method is to use cheat devices to steal the helicopter while it is pursuing the player. This is much more difficult, but once done the helicopter will retain its special abilities - the player can use it to fly anywhere, even through buildings, above the game's height limit, under water, or outside the game's boundaries.
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GTA: Vice City
When spawned, the helicopter is useless and does not accelerate. It also misses some features such as leaning (however, it can lean left/right), going down and turning. When the helicopter is in mid-air, it will fall to the ground immediately.
GTA: Liberty City Stories
When spawned using a cheat device, the Helicopter performs exactly like a regular Police Maverick. However, if it is stolen with cheat devices, it retains its special abilities, and is thus extremely responsive and fast - it can accelerate to full speed and stop in the blink of an eye. It can also accelerate upwards very fast, past the game's height limit without any limitations, it also retains its black windows, obscuring its interior. If the player manages to end the game in 100 % completion, a normal Police Maverick (without special abilities) will appear on the Newport Multistorey CarPark opposite to the Pay 'n' Spray garage in Staunton Island, near the player's safehouse as a special bonus which itself requires another chopper to reach such height.
- A similar helicopter has also appeared in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, the video can be found here
- The helicopter has no blades, has breakable tail and will sink in the ground when landed, making it explode, probably because it was only intended to be flown by the police, and never land safely since it will explode when shooting it down. it is similar in this manner to the unobtainable NPC helicopters in GTA VC and GTA III - although in GTA III the helicopter will be visible, although unenterable, when spawned.
- Interestingly, If you replace the standard police helicopter in GTA III with this one, the colors will still be the same, and the windows will still be tinted black.
- This is the sole AI-controlled Police chopper in the 3D Universe that is not a slide-door variant of the normal player-controlled Police chopper, it's also the first chopper to have black-tinted windows since GTA III.