- "I ain't scared of nobody, but a motherfucker says he's gonna kill me? Then a motherfucker's gonna die."
- ― Playboy X
The Holland Play is the final mission given by Playboy X to Niko Bellic in Grand Theft Auto IV. He requests Niko to kill Dwayne Forge, while Dwayne also wants Niko to kill Playboy. The player then must choose to either kill Playboy or Dwayne. The mission can play out differently depending on who the player chooses to kill, also affecting the player's reward.
Mission objectivesIn order to complete the mission the player must:
- Kill PLAYBOY X or DWAYNE
- Take down Playboy
- Take out Dwayne
The Holland Play… (Part 1)
Niko Bellic speaks to Playboy at his apartment. Playboy asks him to kill Dwayne, and Niko says he will think about it.
Soon afterwards, Niko will receive a call from Dwayne (or the player can call him to save the wait), asking him to kill Playboy. The player must choose whether to kill Playboy or Dwayne. Playboy will eventually call Niko (or again, the player can call him himself to save time), and a red 'X' and 'D' will appear over Playboy and Dwayne's locations; choose by going to the target's respective location.
…The Holland Play (Part 2)
If the player decides is to kill Dwayne Forge, head over to Dwayne's apartment in the projects of North Holland, Algonquin. Go up the stairs to the first apartment, and the player will encounter Dwayne's friend, a tramp, wielding a baseball bat; shoot him or beat him up. Go around the corner and face Dwayne.
To kill Forge, there are two options, the player can kill him with one of the special execution scenes, or do it the conventional way. Rather than resist, Dwayne simply turns his back on Niko, in the execution scene, Niko turns his head and closes his eyes and shoots Dwayne in the back of his head.
If the player decides is to kill Playboy X, head over to Playboy's penthouse in Northwood, Algonquin. A cutscene plays, and Playboy realizes Niko is after him; he retreats to the balcony, leaving his bodyguards to fight Niko. Niko will be behind some cover; shoot as many guards as possible from safety, then get out of cover and kill the rest. Go onto the balcony and chase Playboy down to street level. Some of his crew will get into a Patriot and try to gun the player down. Take care of them, and corner Playboy X in an alleyway. He will drop his jammed Desert Eagle.
The player can either kill Playboy in the normal way, or use a pistol to trigger an execution scene, in which Playboy looks to the sky, and Niko shoots him through the lower jaw, the bullet exiting through the top of his head.
There is a much more straight forward alternative — while the player is in cover in Playboy's apartment, switch to a Rocket launcher (if the player managed to get one — one can be found relatively nearby on the small rocky island north of Holland) and fire it at the bottom half of the open door through which Playboy escaped. Playboy will most likely be caught in the explosion and die while hiding behind the tree - re-aim and shoot again if that's not the case. The mission will pass as normal. If the player still cannot manage to blow up Playboy, shoot his goons and go to the left of the big room. There the player can shoot him, as he will have a clear view of his head.
After the mission
Playboy will all of a sudden have a change of heart towards Niko killing Dwayne (possibly from realizing that he actually called a hit on his own mentor and regretting it, as he states that when he sees Niko's face he sees "the cat that killed my mentor") and will cut his ties towards Niko and never speaks to him again, saying that Niko is nothing but a "cold hearted killer".
If Niko calls Roman, he will tell the story in a sad tone.
Dwayne will be pleased that Niko choose to kill Playboy instead of him. Dwayne says that back in the day, Playboy was a good kid, but was always hungry for more and that he should have kept a closer eye on Playboy. Dwayne also invites Niko to stop by his place so they can hang out. Dwayne will then become a friend, if the player respond positively to an e-mail he will send. Dwayne's special ability is to send two gangsters to help the player in a gunfight.
Roman, if called, would have wanted the money from killing Dwayne even though Niko felt like he did the right thing.
- New safehouse: Northwood Safehouse (Playboy X's Penthouse)
- New weapon: Combat Pistol (Only if glitch method is used)
- New friend: Dwayne Forge (ability: backup from two gangsters)
- New outfit: Claude's outfit
- If Niko aims his pistol at Playboy through the window of his loft, his target reticule will show. If fired, the two characters will be transported to the execution area and the cutscene will play. The only difference is that the player can pick up the Combat Pistol, because Playboy died while holding it.
- On rare occasions, Playboy X may not make the jump from his penthouse to the other building and will simply fall to his death, simply passing the mission.
- This mission can be played even after completing the ending in GTA IV.
- During the first cutscene, Playboy mentions Dwayne thinking that the drug game is like 1992 again.
- The name of this mission is possibly a reference to "The Scottish Play", a common nickname used in the theatrical community to refer to William Shakespeare's Macbeth. The nickname is used because referring to the play by name inside a theater is considered bad luck.
- If the player chose to kill Playboy X, when he is cornered, he will say these lines: "Even if you kill me, you're gonna have this whole town after your ass.", "Another motherfucker gone and let the money go to his head.", "I showed you the world, gangster. You don't control this shit.", "I thought you was money, you low rate bitch.", "You coulda been someone, Niko."
- If the player chose to kill Playboy X, when he is cornered, Niko will say these lines: "You shouldn't have asked me to kill Dwayne, Playboy.", "You're a bad joke, Playboy.", "X marks the spot.", "Not such a big man now, are you?", "It was you or Dwayne, I chose Dwayne.", "Where are you going, Playboy?".
- If the player chose to kill Dwayne, Niko will say nothing. However, Dwayne will say these lines: '"Shit, Niko, that weren't cool.", "Hell, Niko, no.", "Niko, you cold.", "Damn, son. I'm your friend.", "What you doing, son?", "Damn, you done fucked me over in the end.", "I thought we was close, Niko.", "Don't play me like that, Niko.".
- The final cutscene where Niko kill Playboy can actually be skipped as the player can shoot him before he runs into the alleyway. This also works when he's in the alleyway and the player can shoot him from a distance.