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GAMBLER'S BLUES Edit
As you're leaving Homeland in 3-1, Lee and his wife are arguing in the alley outside. Talk to them to learn about Ryugujo on Park Boulevard.
When you get there, three homeless men will hire you as a debt collector. Maria and her five foreign bodyguards are sitting outside Millennium Tower's front door in the garden; take out the bodyguards to collect what she owes. Kamei's just north of Shellac in the Champion District, and while he's got a lot of health, you can manhandle him pretty easily. Finally, chase down Akune in the Central Parking Lot; there are no obstacles to speak of, so you just need to stay on top of him to win.
Once you've chased down all three welshers, you receive two million yen... all of which immediately goes to Lee and his wife. A grateful Lee gives you Explosive Fishing!!!, a magazine that gives you the designs for the Squid Spear and Great Marlin, and 5,000 XP. More importantly, it unlocks access to Ryugujo for Tanimura.
ANOTHER CASE Edit
As you're leaving Little Asia at the start of 3-2, going anywhere near Homeland will trigger an event where you must rescue Zhao. He's at the far south end of Senryo Avenue, right where it turns left, arguing with a few crooks. Take out the four Shady Men.
Your next stop is a fortuneteller's shop near Stardust. Naomi's Palace is just a little further south along the street. Speak with Naomi, who directs you to Saki, who's the transvestite standing at the corner where Nakamichi Alley meets Pink Street. Chase Saki down, and he'll guide you to Nadine.
Take a taxicab to the docks and pummel the Shady Men standing around near the warehouse entrance. You'll automatically return to the city afterward and get 5,000 XP.
THE MIXER Edit
There are two guys outside Café Alps who need your help at a party. Agree to go with them to the mixer, then answer the questions like this:
- I'll leave it up to Yusuke.
- Throw Yusuke a Lifeline
- Recommend Cocktails
- How about you take care of her, Yusuke?
In exchange for helping Yusuke hook up with his girl, you'll receive 50,000 yen and 3,000 XP.
After you clear "Another Case," you'll get a call over the police radio shortly thereafter about a homicide outside Mach Bowl. Go to the cops on the south side of the building and talk to them. Afterward, you'll get a call from Saki, who asks to meet you at Shellac in the Champion District.
Her tip is to meet a woman with ties to Bridge in Nakamichi Alley. Her office is behind the Club SEGA. Go inside and pummel four yakuza with their own office furniture, then return to Tenkaichi Street and talk to Naomi. Pay her 50,000 yen to learn that Yabe used to hang out at the Cuez Bar in the Underground Mall.
Go to the bar. Talking to the bartender will cue a dialogue sequence instead of a chance to buy liquor. Leave the bar and take out the three Shady Men who're screwing around with the nearby lockers. The bartender rewards you with an Eye of the Dragon, and you receive 5,000 XP for wrapping up the substory.
BURNING BRIDGES Edit
The next time you pass through the intersection in the center of Nakamichi Alley after completing "Clues," three Shady Men will jump you. Knock out the one with the pistol first, as usual, before dealing with the other two.
Go meet with Saki at Shellac, then stop by Naomi's Palace. Saki calls while you're there, and asks you to meet her on the roof of the Volcano. There, defeat four more Shady Guys, one of whom is carrying stun grenades.
Your next stop is on Suppon Street, which is a small dead-end avenue half a block north of the New Serena Backlot. There's been no reason whatsoever to go there until now. Head there to visit Urban Foods and pick a fight with Tsugawa. It's a decent fight with a bunch of bodyguards in a tight space, but abusing the Essence of Guillotine Heel can help cut them down quickly. After the fight, you'll return to Shellac and receive 5,000 XP.
KAMUROCHO CULTURE Edit
On Shichifuku Street, after you complete "The Mixer," a bunch of yakuza are harrassing Smith. Defeat the yakuza, then agree to be Smith's guide. He wants to visit a shogi salon and a hot spring, and in exchange for your help, he'll tip you 50,000 yen. You also receive 5,000 XP.
CAR THIEVES Edit
At the intersection of Theater Square and Shichifuku Street West, two guys in suits are complaining about car thieves. After you overhear that conversation, you can find two guys about to break into a funny-looking white car near Children's Park. Take them out, and a grateful businessman rewards you with a Red Jewel. You also get 2,000 XP.
THE WITNESS Edit
On the east side of Theater Avenue, you'll overhear a couple of bystanders talking about a scared guy in the Kamuro Theater tunnel. Go downstairs and speak with him to get the Artist's Likeness, which automatically puts you in Theater Square.
The guy you want has blond hair and is wearing a black suit, standing with another guy who has a weird logo on the back of his leather jacket. Talk to him to start a fight; he and one buddy have swords, and the third has a pistol. Dispose of them for 5,000 XP and a Blackjack Amulet.
A DANGEROUS GAME Edit
After you clear "Gambler's Blues," go to the casino in Ryugujo. Talk to the old man on the couch near the entrance and agree to play his unnamed game. It turns out to be Russian roulette.
After the cutscene, keep playing, and pull the trigger "with a fearless expression," and then "with a blank expression." You'll win a cool three million yen and earn 5,000 XP.
TANIMURA VS. HOSTESS CLUBS Edit
As with Akiyama, Minamizawa needs a hand with the local club scene. He's outside MEB on Shichifuku Street, and as with Akiyama, you need to visit Jewel and Shine, then come back to Minamizawa at the Cuez Bar with solid intel on the ladies.
At Jewel, visit twice and request Chihiro on your second stop. Don't order hard liquor for her, mention her kabuki club at college, and remember that she wants to become an actress.
At Shine, visit twice and request Himeka on your second stop. She likes chicken and white champagne, somebody's harrassing her on her blog, and she's a fan of comedy.
Minamizawa rewards you with 10,000 yen for every correct answer you give him. Even if you totally screw this up, you get 5,000 XP at the end for resolving the substory.
BE MY BOYFRIEND? Edit
After you complete Gambler's Blues, go to Homeland in Little Asia to meet Fay. Agree to her admittedly bizarre request, then go to Shellac in the Champion District. Defeat Isawa, who's only a little more durable than your average street punk, in the street outside. A grateful Fay gives you a Cold Pack.
When you try to leave the Champion District afterward, Isawa shows up again with about 50% more health and a cheap pistol. Take him out again.
Finally, after Fay calls you, head to Purple Moon on Pink Street North and chase down Isawa. He's kind of a moron, but this is one of the more cluttered areas in the game for a chase sequence, so you'll need to be reasonably careful. Afterward, Fay gives you a Chunk of Wood (Sacred), and you earn 5,000 XP.
After you've completed "Burning Bridges," Naomi will call you. Stop by Naomi's Palace again, and Tanimura will uncork what may be the dumbest plan of all time: go to Pink Alley and wait for somebody to try and assassinate him.
Right on cue, it will abruptly become punch-out-a-bunch-of-assassins o'clock. Afterward, Naomi will call you, and Tanimura will automatically proceed to Millennium Tower. Dispatch Katsuura's bodyguards to begin one of the tougher chase sequences in the game; it's very easy to trip over so many obstacles and people early on that Katsuura winds up with an enormous lead.
You've just wrapped up one of Tanimura's father's last cases. Saki will reward you with a Seal of the Dragon, and you'll earn a sweet 10,000 XP.
LOOKING DOWN Edit
After you've completed "The Witness," look for a woman in a white pantsuit near the big billboard in Theater Square. Speak to her after the short dialogue scene, and she will ask you to check on the rooftops nearby to see if she's being stalked.
Climb up to Kamurocho Rooftops West using the stairs by Volcano or the movie theater, and Tanimura will provide a running commentary about where he needs to go next. Go to the dead-end rooftop he points out, which begins a chase sequence against the Pervert.
For a chase scene vs. a guy who basically runs in a narrow circle, this is harder than you'd think. Trying to loop around on the Pervert while he's resting, which he'll do behind the fountain on the Volcano rooftop or Kamiyama's shack if you aren't visible at the time, doesn't seem to work; like every other chase sequence, the key is to cut corners and catch up to the guy, then tackle his spine in half.
For resolving the issue, you receive 5,000 XP and a copy of Shocking Spy Gear Exposed, a magazine that provides two new weapon designs.
STOLEN FUNDS Edit
After you clear "Gambler's Blues," you should receive a phone call from Mei Hua the next time you're entering or leaving Little Asia. Return to Homeland, and you'll find Zhao's been mugged.
The thieves are in Tenkaichi Alley across from Public Park 3, the hole-in-the-wall playground across the street from New Serena. There are five of them, but they aren't armed or particularly dangerous. Take them out, and you'll get 5,000 XP and a Ruby.
VOICELESS CRIES Edit
Speak to Zhao and Mei Hua right outside Homeland to begin this substory. It's basically a game of hide-and-seek in Little Asia. Nui is initially in the alley behind Homeland, but when you find him, he runs off and hides behind the Alley Vendor next to Homeland.
Tao is painting graffitti on the hallway outside Nair's hideout, and when found, goes and hides underneath the nearby staircase. He's difficult to spot, but there'll be "..." word balloons popping up when he's close by.
Finally, to find Mi-Youn, it's probably fastest to leave Little Asia entirely and circle around to the southern entrance. She's painting a wall across from the Alley Vendor here, and runs off to the east when spotted. Unlike the other two, she goes almost all the way across Little Asia, and hides on a balcony above Homeland's front door. You'll automatically go to West Park afterward to deliver a touching lesson and earn 5,000 XP.
LETTER TO MEI HUA Edit
This substory has remarkably low priority. It can be picked up at pretty much any point after 3-3 or so, but if there's any other substory or event that involves somebody inside or just outside Homeland in Little Asia, it trumps "Letter to Mei Hua." Once everything else is out of the way, you can go find Zhao outside Homeland and begin the substory.
Begin with a brisk walk to West Park, then with Zhao's help, bludgeon some punks. Take a cab to the north side of the Hotel District, then go a bit west and maim the three yakuza who've just beaten up Zhao.
This leads directly to a brawl inside a nearby office building, and the top yakuza brass, Kubota, is one of the tougher "standard" enemies in the game. He can actually enter HEAT mode, where he mostly attacks with fast, vicious volleys of punches, and at that point, your best bet is to parry and counter as best you can. Rescuing Mei Hua is worth 5,000 XP.