As I'm running around Liberty City after having finished the story, it's nice to hear the news reports on some loose ends.
What really surprised me was all the specific dialog and references to Derrick being dead, his past, his heroin addiction, and so on. I really liked this scene, and that it was played out against a pathetic little man under the noise of the airport. I wanted to see where it would go if Niko acknowledged that killing wasn't a solution. Well, since I wanted to follow the Kate storyline to its best ending, hoping for a "happily ever after" for Niko, I opted for revenge, which seemed a bit weird, but it's what Kate wanted. My impression is that despite the choices I made, I didn't have any control over how it ended. And I know it's silly, but for lack of a better reason, I did it for Kate. Is the funeral mission the same, with the shoot out and then the hearse trip (I like that the hearse is called a "Romero"! Otherwise, Tom, I made all the same decisions you did. You end up getting betrayed by Demetri again and have to shoot your way through a bunch of guys in a boat yard then chase down the guy with the money from a drug deal gone bad.It was a bit disconcerting to hear the typically cavalier Weazel news report about Kate's death. The guy is such a mopey sad sack, especially as the game goes on. And if he doesn't become a buddy, does that mean you can't get the "Liberty City (5)" Achievement for getting all five friends to 95% liking you? Since I'd decided I wanted to get in good with Kate -- way to set up a really effective emotional manipulation, Rockstar! Plus, it seems obvious that as a cop, Francis has more to offer Niko. As I'm running around Liberty City after having finished the story, it's nice to hear the news reports on some loose ends.There are a few unsettling random stranger encounters that -- as far as I can tell -- don't allow any choices. So what did you guys do in the following situations, and what was the effect? And I know it's silly, but for lack of a better reason, I did it for Kate. He becomes a friend who will provide two back-up dudes. As a result, I got Francis' bonus, which is to shut off your wanted level. I killed Francis because I was sick of him threatening to blackmail me. The resolution of the lost diamonds was pretty funny.It says the guy hanging off the roof you could choose to save. I ran over to where he was and a cutscene played and he fell to his death with no input from me.I haven't actually got to any of these other choices yet as I'm still on the first island and can't really muster up any desire to keep playing.