- "Ok, we got a high class fare needs picking up from Starfish Island - any takers?"
V.I.P. is a mission in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City given to the protagonist Tommy Vercetti by dispatcher Delores from Kaufman Cabs in Little Havana, Vice City. It is unlocked after the purchase of Kaufman Cabs.
Once you get in the cab that starts the mission, you will be told you have one minute to get to Starfish Island and pick up a V.I.P. customer to take him to the airport. Make a quick drive to his mansion, (but try not to damage your cab since you'll need it in a good state for later). When you arrive to Starfish, park on the purple marker and sound the horn.
The V.I.P. will get out of his house, but suddenly, a driver from VC Cabs will arrive and steal your fare, now you have to get it back! Here there are two choices on how to do this, those are:
In the first method, you will have to ram and drive-by the other cab until the V.I.P. gets scared and limbs onto your cab, now you have to take a drive to the airport, since the other driver will attack you to get the passenger back, make it to the airport and drop off the V.I.P.
The other choice is to kill the VC driver immediately. As soon as the VC Cab steals your fare, get out of the cab, pull out an assault rifle and shoot at the VC Cabs tires so it crashes, when he's crashed, hurry to the cab and kill the driver, then the V.I.P. will get out. Get inside your cab and pick him up, then drive him to the airport at your own pace, then drop him off.
It's also highly suggested that the player do not complete the 100 taxi fare side mission before this one as the player will gain the "Boosted Jump" ability If he does. Since the L3 button (PlayStation 2) activates this feature, during tight turns, the player may accidentally activate this and send him flying if he chooses to use the "chase method". This makes the mission very hard to complete since Kaufman Cab by itself is much harder to turn than the Taxi Cab.
If the player choose to use the chase method, try and intercept the fare before the left turn to the airport in front of the Cherry Popper Ice Cream Factory. A PIT maneuver here especially will force the fare onto the opposite of the road. Due to the AI, he will try to get back on the right side of the street. Since the street is blocked off by palm trees, the Player should have no trouble forcing the fare out of the Taxi Cab.
After dropping off the passenger in the airport, the mission is complete.
In order to complete the mission the player must:
- Pick up the V.I.P. on Starfish Island.
- Sound the horn.
- Get the V.I.P. back! Take the other car out.
- Take the V.I.P. to the airport.
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