Grand Theft Auto: Television City 3 - The Wrath Of Dob
Grand Theft Auto: Television City 3 - The Wrath Of Dob or to some fans, Grand Theft Auto: Television City Ver.II is, obviously, the sequel to Grand Theft Auto: Television City 2, but this upgrade has some Elite Bosses' cheap AIs fixed. Like the previous games of this award-winning series, this game is based upon The Price Is Right, this game takes place in and around CBS Television City in Los Angeles, though we are now introduced to new places not yet seen in the previous two games. This time around, however, you play as legendary producer Roger Dobkowitz, after being unceremoniously fired after decades of faithful service. It's up to you to destroy those who plotted to stop The Dob, and reclaim what is rightfully yours.
It's July 3, 2008.
Roger Dobkowitz (you) awakens, looking forward to a fine holiday weekend of movies, pizzas shipped to you from Buffalo, margaritas, and cake from Vons. The Price Gang has just concluded its 36th year of dominance. Drew Carey had finally taken a bold step and taken over The Price Gang. Life is good...
Or is it?
Soon, your weekend - and your career - comes crashing to the ground, after you are told that you have been fired after 36 loyal, faithful years to The Price Gang. You're told the Gang is going in a different direction, and your services are now longer needed.
What? Who the fuck do they think you are?! A contestant on The Apprentice? George Jetson?! YOU'RE THE DOB, BITCH! They can't fire you, and they sure as hell can't stop you!
After a weekend of wastin' away again in Margaritaville, you vow revenge. Sadly, though, you are not Khan Noonien Singh, so that eliminates stealing the USS Reliant (but, then again, you'd have to deal with James T. Kirk, so maybe that's for the best). Besides, what does Dob need with a starship?
But, you have made many friends - outside of the Gang as well as within - over the years. Teaming up with them, you declare war on those who conspired to snuff you out. Soon your enemies will learn that while they may have fired you, nobody will never, EVER STOP THE DOB!
You play as Roger Dobkowitz. Roger was hired back in 1972 by Price Gang mastermind Mark Goodson, after he sent him his masters' thesis on game shows. Over the years, Roger worked his way up in the Gang - from production assistant, to producer, to unstoppable force. His firing leaves The Price Gang with no remaining members from its birth in 1972, and erases any doubt that the Gang is in the midst of a hostile takeover.
While Roger does not have the power that Bob Barker or Drew Carey possessed in the first two games, he does have a loyal army and his own tricks up his sleeve. You will need them, for the battle you're facing is the toughest of your life.
Roger's unique production style often stumped contestants and viewers alike - leading to many painful losses and Friday Prediction Game embarrassment for the Golden-Road.net Gang. You will need to harness those skills to baffle your enemies as you fight to reclaim your spot in the Price Gang.
The Dob's Allies
The protagonist of Grand Theft Auto: Television City 2, as well as the show's current host. After defeating Bob Barker to claim the Price Gang for himself at the close of the last game, Drew returns to find the Gang in total disarray. You've been fired, and your enemies are plotting radical changes to the show and Gang - changes that can only lead to the death of an American institution.
Taking no time to recover from his epic battle with Bob, Drew quickly teams up with you. He accompanies you on many missions. He is a valuable asset, thanks to his six years serving in the Marine Corps Reserves.
Yes, he's back! The protagonist of Grand Theft Auto: Television City makes his third appearance in this series.
After being defeated by Drew Carey, Bob returns to his mansion to lick his wounds and plot revenge. Needless to say, he was in for quite a surprise when he found out that his former right-hand-man, The Dob, had been pushed out of the Gang.
Setting aside his differences with Drew, he teams up with you, Drew and the rest of your new gang. Because while Bob (and now Drew) may be the ones getting all the attention, he knows that the Gang cannot survive without everything you've done behind the scenes. And no gang means no profits, no power and no glory - for him, Drew or anyone.
Since Bob has not fully recovered from his injuries from his battle with Drew, he doesn't accompany you on any missions until near the end of the game. In the meantime, though, he provides weapons, sends you on Rampages, and offers support.
The announcer for The Price is Right. He attained his position in April 2004 after assassinating Rod Roddy (who himself assassinated Johnny Olson in 1985). Although Rich was supposed to become Bob Barker's successor, the other members of the Price Gang decided they didn't want someone who would be the next Bob Barker. They wanted someone with a completely different style, and Drew fit that bill.
Hesitant at first to go against the "new" Price Gang, Rich eventually decides to join after he finds out that Bob has teamed up with you, though has some regrets early on. Those regrets disappear, though, when he finds out that the only thing he will get to say on the "new" Price Is Right is "This is Rich Fields, speaking for your overlords at FremantleMedia. All your bases are belong to them!"
He serves for you with the same loyalty he showed to Bob and Drew in the first two games. He will also accompany you on missions, and continues to help run the car-boosting ring - however, since he can't store them at Television City now, he now has 12 blocks of stolen cars lining the streets around his home.
Dr. John Barrett Clapinger
The well-renowned doctor comes out of decades of hiding to team up with you. Dr. Clapinger was famous for writing a number of books in the 1970's (amongst them The Clapinger Report, and I'm O.K And I Don't Give A Flying Fig What You Are), and for stealing the Taj Mahal and turning it into the Clapinger Clinic For The Treatment Of Athlete's Foot And Related Diseases.
Dr. Clapinger, of course, first disappeared in 1970, while leading an expidition into Howard Cosell's mouth. His return, however, was not triumphant - he immediately ran into both of his wives, who had just discovered each other. He immediately went back into hiding, where he remained for over 30 years until recently finding out you had been fired from The Price Gang.
Dr. Clapinger can help treat injuries you and the rest of the Gang suffer during the game - often using unusual methods, such as repairing broken bones with Vitamin C. He also can teach you how to hide and sneak around, which is vital for some missions.
For some strange reason, though, people often confuse the two of you with each other, and routinely ask if you are related. You're not, of course. It's just an amazing coincidence.
The longtime CBS cameraman, he teams up with you once again. He knows that without you, the show will die, and he will be out of a job. Worse yet, he will no longer be able to groove to Pink everyday just before the cameras start rolling.
Known as "Barker's Beauties" under Bob Barker's reign, this harem is now nameless (even though some people think they should be "Carey's Cuties"). Bob used to pimp them out, but refused to share them in the later years of his tenure, and would destroy anyone who tried to touch them.
While they are hesitant to betray the new leadership of The Price Gang, they ultimately realize they have no choice but to follow their former and current pimps, and team up with you as well.
Fortunately, the models aren't complete damsels in distress; they can defend themselves somewhat... What, did you think they wore those 6" heels solely for fashion?
Former head of the CBS Page Gang. He no longer has his gang, after being demoted to Dancing With The Stars. Angry over being stripped of his red jacket and his power, he joins forces with you to help defend The Price Is Right - since he, too, is a Loyal Friend And True.
Chuck will gives you some Rampages, and if you're really low on money, rob the production staff of Dancing With The Stars and ABC.
A double-agent, and once a high-ranking member of the CBS Page Gang, Scott betrayed Drew during the previous game, despite working for the production company. Scott once again turns, this time joining your gang, despite still working for the production company. He gives you inside information from the "new" Price Gang, as well as serving as a human shield for Bob when he joins you on missions.
The ghosts of Mark Goodson, Frank Wayne, and Johnny Olson
Mark Goodson was the original founder of The Price Gang, and he's currently rolling over in his grave after what has been done with his legacy. Frank Wayne was the first Executive Producer Of the show, and like you, knows what makes the show and The Gang work. Johnny Olson, another original member, was the show's first announcer.
These Three Ghosts Of Priceless Past all aid you throughout the game with advice and side missions.
Marc Green and "Clock Game John" Sly
Leaders of the Golden-Road.net Gang, and owners of golden-road.net. Drew Carey battled them in the previous game, but they have now teamed up with you.
golden-road.net over the years had earned a reputation of being one of the most vile, ruthless, vulgar and hostile websites ever created. Every thread is a flamewar, many personal threats are posted, and anyone who doesn't use enough profanity, post pornography, or doesn't type in leetspeak is banned immediately.
However, Marc and John are not only the leaders of the Golden-Road.net Gang, but the founders of the Roger Dobkowitz Fan Club. When news of your firing reaches the gang, the members are so upset they can't even work up the energy to flame, threaten and try to kill each other. Even the moderators are too shell-shocked to enforce the site's profanity ratio, and for the first time in the site's history, nobody murders another member for an entire week.
United with a common cause, Marc, John and their rather large gang team up with you. Why wouldn't they? While they are devoted to the show, their real loyalty has always been with you.
The G-R.net gang collects protection money from nearby businesses, and rough up other websites and little old grannies to help bring in even more money for you.
Shane The Security Guard
Shane nearly sacrificed her own life a month ago, when she rescued you from pirates who tried to take over The Price Is Right. Despite successfully freeing you, she was then taking hostage by the pirates, then left for dead. She was found stuffed inside the big wheel, barely alive. She has vowed revenge upon these dastardly pirates, and has joined your efforts.
She stands guard at your base, and gives you some side missions to complete during the game.
Remember her from the second game? The young, ambidextrous blue-eyed blonde-haired "Wonder Woman" is now stronger than ever - and she has an army. It consists of kind-hearted people from California as well as youth. Two of her army members have won $1,000,000 on Drew's Million Dollar Spectaculars, and they can be of huge help in helping you find the culprit or culprits who did this to poor Roger. Like the second game, she will (if Ashlee Register or James Lafferty's armies are against her, Kimberley's, Scott's or Suzanne's armies) switch the actual retail prices of the Showcases around to ensure an enemy overbids, as an overbid cannot win on The Price Is Right.
Amor -- like the second game -- will give you some side missions around California to complete.
Like Amor Graciano from the second game, this Virginian is back and with a vengeance. Upset that Roger was fired - and thus James Lafferty and Ashlee Register are still up to no good like the second game, she's out for revenge and rub BOTH of them out while teamed up with fellow Price alum Amor Graciano, a Californian also from the second game. Her army - like the second game - consists of kind-hearted young women who will give Drew prizes if they win the Showcase. She's happy that Bob came back to help Drew, but will not stop until victory is hers.
Kimberley can also give you some side missions like Amor as well as some recruiting bonus stages.
The woman that supplied Drew with members of her army consisting of people who have been on past game shows taped at CBS TV City - Michael Haynes, Scott Hostetler, Kelly Vaught, Thom McKee, Doc Fass, Ron Duvall, and many others (excluding Raymond Taylor--he's back too) as well as the remaining three people on each season of ABC's The Mole (that are over 30, that is) are people in her army are some examples. She was originally after Tracy Brown the time the second game ended and rumor has it she may be back. She had teamed up with Scott Michael Foster at the beginning of this game to stop the instigator, but it was to no avail.
Like her debut in the second game, she will also try her best to block her rivals Raymond Taylor and Tracy Brown and your enemies, the Elite Bosses James Lafferty and Ashlee Register from letting their army get on stage, but this is not foolproof like Roger Dobkowitz' plans, as some are trained to Stop the Dob. She's also insensitive to boos when players don't get the Big Wheel on Price all the way around. If too many of her army gets on stage, the chances of Magic Number appearing in the lineup for the episode will greatly increase, stopping Ashlee Register and barring her of all attacks. If one of her recruits are in the Showcase, you will win an extra $100,000 if they manage to defeat any of Ashlee Register or James Lafferty's recruits.
Scott Michael Foster
The young man who won a decisive battle against James Lafferty (an Elite Boss who is back as well), but once he heard the word that Roger was fired, he teamed up with Suzanne to stop the instigator, but was unsuccessful. His army - like the second game - feature young men with curly hair and will help you out. They're actually nice to Drew, and some are willing to help you solve the case of the missing producer. Scott and Suzanne are determined to find him!
Scott will also give you side missions to complete as well.
A new member of the Price Gang this year. Sent by a feminist group annoyed with James Lafferty's tactics in the second game - and even giving Drew Carey a headache since the second game, she tries to make sure neither he nor the Elite Bosses succeed with their evil plan, as well as Kathy Greco and Syd Vinnedge. Like Scott Michael Foster, Jessica Stroup, too, has a grudge with James Lafferty and his army.
Her army - like Amor Graciano and Kimberley Handy's armies from the second game - consist of said feminists that may look like they're from Ashlee Register's army, but they aren't that evil or insane. It's said that a contestant with a striking resemblance to James Lafferty pumps her up and sends more of her army members to try to get him to fail badly. Ouch. She can also bring in designer label prizes like Louis Vuitton handbags, etc. that Bob wouldn't allow when he was the leader of the Price Gang, as some of her army members consist of a younger demographic - people in their 20s. You're awarded $100,000 if one of her allies defeats either Ashlee Register or her hated rival, James Lafferty's allies - and it's doubled if one of her allies wins BOTH Showcases!
Jessica can also give you side missions to complete.
Sega and Namco developers
New members of the Price Gang - the makers of the Pac-Man and Sonic the Hedgehog series of games are in offices in California, Namco in Santa Clara, Sega in San Francisco. They supply fully-working arcade cabinets from other companies for One-Bids, pricing games, and Showcases. They sometimes drop business cards for you to call them - they can help you defeat tough violent enemies and or the Elite Bosses.
They can also give you classic arcade games to play as well as some side missions.
The Saturday Night Live Gang
A minor gang who lives in New York City. You might need these guys in your Jeopardy!-centric missions, as they have the power to keep Alex Trebek at bay.
Source of the contestants who are "Dobstoppers". He was a contestant on Jeopardy! for 74 days straight and won close to $2.5 million. He's a big help for your Jeopardy!-centric missions.
Source of some of the female contestants who are "Dobstoppers". She was a contestant in the Jeopardy! Teen Tournament in 1996 and later in that year's Tournament of Champions, advancing as far as the semifinals. She is known to have won a heartbreaking tiebreaker final round in the Teen Tournament finals in 1996 against an opponent amongst young fans of Price--the female persuasion. She's not only a big help for your Jeopardy!-centric missions, but she can also give you advice on how to defeat Ashlee Register (one of two Elite Bosses that upset many players with her cheap AI and the programmers fixed her in this version) and her army, like coming up with some weird yet fascinating trivia facts nobody knew before, for example.
Host of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, but many still remember him for his "you might be a redneck if..." schtick. As he is seen Thursdays around CBS TV City (unknown studio number; possibly 36), you can ask him to have an enemy that's bugging you (Howie Mandel, for example) take the grade-school quiz for $1,000,000. If they get one question wrong and a classmate can't save them, dropping them to $25,000 can hurt an enemy or boss' morale.
Jeff can also give you some side missions while at his assigned studio.
Similar to Jeff Foxworthy. Wayne was Drew's performing partner when they did Whose Line is it Anyway? Now he's host of Don't Forget the Lyrics!. He can also be seen on Thursdays around CBS TV City (unknown number; perhaps 43). You can ask him to have an enemy that's bugging you around Studio 33 take the challenge to see if he or she cannot forget the lyrics to 11 songs for $1,000,000. Like 5th Grader, if any lyrics at any point turn red, dropping them to $25,000 can hurt their morale.
Wayne can also give you some side missions while at his assigned studio.
Wink Martindale, Bob Eubanks, and Carol Burnett
These guys are no strangers to CBS Television City--as Martindale, Eubanks, and Burnett have had shows taped there (High Rollers, Gambit, and Tic Tac Dough for Martindale; Card Sharks for Eubanks (1986 version); for Burnett, The Carol Burnett Show). They will stop by Studio 33 to see how you are doing. Martindale and Eubanks were once allies to Bob Barker before he retired, but he passed them down to you in July 2007.
They are highly enraged that Dob was pushed out of the gang and will go out of their way to help you fight to retrieve Studio 33 from the jerks that took it from you.
The CBS Page Gang
These people are no longer your friends. They were a great asset in the first two games - protecting the turf around Television City, and collecting protection money from nearby businesses. But, now, without the guidance of Chuck Dukas, and being ordered to keep you away from TVC, they will now shoot at you on sight. Fortunately for you, though, their red jackets make them easy to spot. And you do have the help of Chuck, who can tell you what you need to know to deal with them.
Tougher than The Pages, they too will shoot on sight - and they're betters shots than The Pages. They can be distinguished from the Pages by their black jackets. They also tend to confuse bottles of Arizona iced tea with alcoholic beverages.
Like in most Grand Theft Auto games, you do have to deal with the police here. Be careful about drinking too many margaritas and raising hell, because the cops will be on you like stink on shit. And, no, you are not famous enough to get off on Not Guilty By Reason Of Celebrity.
Fortunately, you have your gang to help cover things up, fight back against the cops for you, and raise bail money. But, they can only do so much.
Dave Price, Mark Steines, George Hamilton, and others...
From the time Bob Barker announced his retirement in November 2006 to the time that Drew Carey was picked in July 2007, numerous other people tried out for the hosting job. These people are all butthurt that you got picked over them and will try to exact revenge in one form or another.
The reason they were all rejected is because Fremantle Media thought them to be too much like Bob Barker. They wanted someone who could take the show in a different direction. Hence, Drew Carey was picked.
Technically, Rich Fields is in this list, but as was previously mentioned, he's far too loyal to the show to overthrow Drew. Todd Newton is also included in this list, but as you'll soon see, he has other plans...
Pat Sajak and Vanna White
The hosts of Wheel of Fortune and heads of the Wheel Watchers Club. Pat tried to assassinate Chuck Woolery, the previous leader, in 1981, and even though the attempt failed, he nonetheless earned his position then. Vanna attained her position in 1982 after Susan Stafford retired. They originally ran two gangs: a daytime Wheel Watchers Club, and a syndicated one. Pat ran the daytime gang until 1989 (when Rolf Benirschke and Bob Goen took over), but Vanna stayed on until the gang disbanded in 1991. They continue to run the syndicated gang from its very inception in 1983.
It's interesting to note that Vanna wanted to join the Price Gang in 1980, but never made it out of Contestants' Row. So, she exacted revenge by joining the Wheel Watchers.
To defeat Pat and Vanna, you're going to have to play their game. Season 26 of their game now features a $1,000,000 wedge that works like the $10,000 wedge in the show's 1994-95 season when they taped in the Bob Barker Studio. Counter this show with a Million Dollar Spectacular. The way the $1,000,000 wedge works is if a player calls a correct letter after landing on it and correctly solves the puzzle, it's theirs. If they can go ALL rounds without hitting a BANKRUPT, solve the bonus puzzle (they have to have the highest score in the upfront game to make it here) AND correctly and find the envelope on the bonus wheel (which replaces the $100,000 grand prize), then they're awarded $1,000,000.
A former Wheel of Fortune contestant. During the syndicated show's 11th season, circa February 1994, he went on, stayed for three days, and retired undefeated with over $81,000. But he was really crazy and acted like a crackhead. Also, he felt that Sony Studios owed him a favor. This led to him trespassing on the show's property numerous times until he was finally served a restraining order in 1997. Now, after seeing contestants winning more than him thanks in part to the fall 2001 revamp of the show's Bonus Round with the introduction of the $100,000 cash prize and recently the fall 2008 revamp with a $1,000,000 cash prize, he wants revenge.
As was mentioned earlier, some Price contestants are very crazy. Raymond is one of the sources of the crazy contestants. Their attacks can do some terrible damage, so be careful when facing a contestant of the "crazy" type. Wheel actually taped in the Bob Barker Studios when Raymond was a contestant, but the Price Gang's problems with Raymond didn't start until after the show moved to Sony. Counter Raymond and his army's attacks with Plinko, Golden Road, Triple Play, or Three Strikes - or the last new pricing game created by you, Gas Money.
Host of Duel, and head of the Mean Duel Posse. He brags about how his girls on his show are better than your girls on Price. Counter with a Million Dollar Spectacular. He has killer chips that drain Drew's health if he gets an answer to a question wrong. This is also where Drew meets the dreaded Ashlee Register, who's even deadlier than the second game (but unsurprisingly fixed in this version)...! An Avril Lavigne song plays when she pressures an opponent; this lasts 7 seconds. The pressure strobe lights are do impressive damage to Drew's glasses and even Drew, though it's very rare for Register to actually push the pressure button. Even when you defeat Mike and Ashlee, it may not be the last you see of them...!
His second, revamped version is a little different. There is now a MAX Moment question where you must choose one out of four correct answers to double your money. If a player wins 5 consecutive duels without getting a wrong answer and the opponent having the correct answer, he/she will win $500,000. If you're working on Friday, counter this show with a Million Dollar Spectacular to make Greeny's plan go to waste.
John O' Hurley and Al Roker
Took over the Family Feud Gang in 2006. The gang has always been in turmoil; original host Richard Dawson was kicked in 1985 because he became corrupt. He was replaced with Ray Combs in 1988, whom Richard assassinated in 1994. Richard was kicked out again in 1995 and replaced with Louie Anderson in 1999. Louie ran the gang into the ground with his bad hosting, so in 2002, he was out and Richard Karn was in. In 2006, Richard was found to be a similarly bad choice due to his overzealousness. So here we are.
The Feud Gang was a staunch ally to the Price Gang until recently. John O' Hurley was in the running to replace Bob Barker, and the fact that you were picked over him pisses him off severely. So he gets revenge. Like with all other rival game show hosts, beat him at his own game to defeat him.
Al Roker, however, is the host of the summer-only Celebrity Family Feud and goes down the same way as John O' Hurley.
Ricki Lake and Todd Newton
In 1983, a man named Peter Tomarken founded a Press Your Luck Force. This show was a staunch ally to the Price Gang while it lasted, but it didn't last very long. The gang disbanded in 1986, but Rod Roddy lived on as The Price is Right's announcer. In 2002, a man named Todd Newton tried to revive the gang with a show called Whammy: The All-New PYL, but that show fared even worse, due to the complaints of change-hating fanb01z. Pissed off, Todd assassinated Peter in March 2006 and made it look like a plane crash. With the recent events of Roger's botched assassination attempt, Todd is stepping up efforts to make their Press Your Luck Force even stronger than the Price Gang ever was - like they were doing for years.
Meanwhile, Ricki Lake took her own stab at a revival with a Game Show Marathon. This show featured remakes of many other shows, including The Price is Right, Let's Make a Deal, Family Feud, Match Game 70's, and even Card Sharks. But Ricki performed very poorly and ruined the reputation of all those shows. It's even said that Fremantle Media possessed her to do this.
Todd Newton was in the running to replace Bob Barker and was the fans' second favorite, right after Rich Fields. But he was rejected for you. That pisses him off even further, causing him to combine forces with Ricki Lake.
These guys are tough to defeat. And the Whammy makes them even harder. He'll turn out the lights and try to steal all your money while you're in the dark. If you hear a foghorn-like buzzer, he's close. Hide from him as best as you can. Ricki and Todd will also try to lure contestants away from The Price is Right.
Host of Deal Or No Deal. He tries to horn in on your harem by starting one of his own. The harem is made of expatriates from your harem like Claudia Jordan, and even girls currently in your harem like Lanisha Cole and Phire Dawson! (Coincidentally, they do mention having "secret lives"...) Howie himself shouldn't be too hard to defeat, as he's a germophobe. Watch out for his Million Dollar Missions; this dangerous desperation move can happen after people from your Million Dollar Spectacular have walked away with the $1,000,000 prize!
Former host of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and currently Million Dollar Password. He assists Meredith Vieira by using his higher budget and his assistant, Kelly Ripa, to draw contestants away from The Price is Right. Counter with a Million Dollar Spectacular.
Current host of Millionaire. She's also a reporter for NBC's Today show, so be very careful when fighting her, as you are on camera and have a higher chance of being arrested by the police!
For many years, people thought these were just harmless fans and contestants of the show who took delight in predicting your Friday lineups, or winning a pricing game after you gave it an evil setup. But, we know now that is not the case. Immediately after your firing, they began taking credit on the Internet and in the news, celebrating with glee, and thinking that with you gone that everyday on The Price Is Right will be
6 for 64 for 4.
This gang should be approached with extreme caution. Somehow, some way, they have the magical ability to see through you and your plans, and sabotage them. You will need to come up with new tricks, and reach a higher level of greatness, to thwart them.
Fremantle Staff, and American Idol contestants
Blindly loyal to their bosses, they now see you as discarded trash - with no value, no purpose and no reason to exist. They not only attack you on sight, they even hunt you down during various parts of the game, since you no longer server any purpose to them.
The Price Is Right Pirates
And you thought they were just part of a Showcase skit? Thought they just wanted to loot the Port O' Price? Think again.
These two ruthless pirates were part of a hostile takeover against The Price Gang. When their plan to kidnap you and sabotage the show from within were foiled, they instead joined forces with Fremantle.
Both you and Shane have a score to settle with them. Perhaps you can succeed in turning the tables and make them walk the plank instead?
The Ghosts of Gene Rayburn and Charles Nelson Reilly
Bored of living in a plane of existance where they can no longer abuse you, they terrorize you from beyond the grave now.
Gene has returned to beat you up some more with your cue cards. In the past, he had injured you more than once with them, so be careful. To make matters worse, he still has his long, skinny microphone - perfect for jabbing you with when fighting at close range.
Charles, inspired by one of your mistakes in the late 1970's, spent five years of his life inventing Pyraid (after failing to invent an anal bum cover). Now armed with a limitless supply of Pyraid to spray at you, he's incredibly dangerous. And, he too is dangerous at close range, since he has his many ascots to try to choke you with.
Host of American Idol, and all around doofus. Seacrest seems to have Fremantle wrapped around his finger, and can get everything he wants. And what he wants next is Drew's job - and with you out of the picture, there is now nobody can stop this from becoming a reality.
Knowing that, Seacrest attempts to ambush you on the way to Television City, knowing that Stopping The Dob is essential if he wants to become the new host of The Price Is Right, and use the show as a vehicle to continue to drive the world insane.
Do the world a favor and send Seacrest, out, once and for all.
Dominic on The Bold & The Beautiful, and will stop at nothing to interfere with your show during three pricing games. He often makes complaints, saying that B&B is right next door to Price in CBS Television City - and even did something disgusting when Drew was nearby!
As much as you may believe, the Fremantle executives may be the mastermind behind Wagner's random attacks on your show. When you were fired, the show became one with gimmicks and whatnot - something they call "taking the show in a new direction". If you make enough money and complete enough missions, this is the boss that may show up at random. Give him a Can't Stop the Dob! he won't forget to make him a laughingstock to the Price Gang!
Mrs. John B. Clapinger and Mrs. John B. Clapinger
Over the past 30 years, they put aside their hatred for each other, instead saving it for a common enemy - Dr. John Barrett Clapinger. After finding out that "Clappy" had come back out of hiding, they began stalking him - which, of course, leads them to you and your gang.
Normally, this shouldn't matter to you, except for one little problem... Like everyone else, they can't tell you and Dr. Clapinger apart! Which means you and Dr. Clapinger will have to fight side-by-side to defend each other from two deliriously insane, jilted women.
Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles
Two Canadians who were allies to Drew in the days of Whose Line is it Anyway? and even performed in the original British version hosted by Clive Anderson. But they always felt that you shafted them by giving them really crappy roles and scenes to perform. And your constant need to have Colin play a woman in some scenes scarred him for life. In a move similar to the Speed series, they plant a bomb in Studio 33 that will blow up if the show's ratings ever drop below a certain number. You have to get on your A-game (and making Million Dollar Spectaculars won't hurt) and keep the show's ratings alive while your allies defuse the bomb. Hopefully you haven't lost those kick-ass improv skills from the Whose Line days... Rumor has it they may know who's behind Roger's unceremonious firing...
Kat Dennings and Jessy Schram
Two attractive young women born five months apart in 1986 who have caused trouble for the Price Gang since 2005, and since Drew got picked by Bob in July 2007, they've gotten even stronger. While Kat Dennings plays most of the rebellious, punk rock-inspired teenagers in movies, Jessy Schram, however, is known to play a younger version of the main character, Allison DuBois (played by Patricia Arquette) from Medium from rival NBC. To earn the right to face either James Lafferty or Ashlee Register, you're going to have to defeat these two seductive women. They've been toned down this year - most of their cheap attacks have been removed.
They were once henchwomen to James Lafferty, but a recent quarrel with hated rival Scott Michael Foster (who was part of the now-defunct Price Gang) that he didn't tell the girls about caused them to turn against him ("Misery Business" by Paramore signifies Kat or when they team up; like the second game, "Dirty Sunshine" by Lillix signifies Jessy alone). These two troublemakers will try to gain levels to make Ashlee Register's army and even their queen, the Elite Boss herself even harder. And if that isn't enough, Dennings and Schram supply Register with some of the youngest female contestants for Register's army, from age 18-30. They're also being hunted by Amor Graciano and Kimberley Handy, as the two young women in the Price Gang decided to eavesdrop on their evil plan and kill it. To defeat Dennings and Schram, make sure that one of your shows do not have any more than 2 of them. Some of their attacks are strikingly similar to the boss Blaze clones, Mona and Lisa from the Sega Genesis game Streets of Rage and Streets of Rage 3 as well as other girl enemies from other '90s 16-bit beat-'em-ups, which is enough to hurt Drew and any other Price gang member who isn't careful. They also used to encourage Register's army to Stop The Dob as well as give such raunchy taunts. Your unexpected firing from Studio 33 made them very happy and now they're pulling out all the stops to make sure you don't go anywhere.
One way to defeat them is to have zero young females in a Million Dollar Spectacular, or like Register and Lafferty, have a male or an ally of Suzanne Sload or Scott Michael Foster win the Showcase and/or $1,000,000. Oh, and having Dob put Magic Number in a pricing game show lineup scares them off--causing whoever's song that's playing to faint like a turntable losing power at a club. However, if one young female is playing Magic Number, the song won't go away and the Dob can be stopped very easily. Be aware; should she play Magic Number and it happens to be that she wins the game and the Showcase, the mission will not only be failed, Ashlee Register will also defeat Drew, so be careful. If she does NOT win the Showcase, something funny will happen to one of the girls' themes that's designed to make you laugh out loud... (that also means the loss forces BOTH Kat Dennings and Jessy Schram to retreat.)
The daytime foe that Suzanne Sload was after in the second game. Tracy is a 5-day game show champion from Texas who retired undefeated in 1985 with $57,636 in cash and prizes on Press Your Luck. She also has a partner, Adele Borgier, a 2-day champion also from Press Your Luck with $28,933, but was asked to come back due to a new rule in 1984. She's also known to go a number of spins without a whammy. Like Raymond Taylor, she is a source of really crazy contestants, and she is one of the toughest bosses Drew has to deal with. Her army is full of young women out to hurt Drew's morale and health. Their attacks consist of a devastating shriek wave which can make a dent in Drew, so be careful. (A remixed version of the last boss theme from the Sega Genesis game Splatterhouse 2 plays when such a contestant approaches Drew; the final boss theme from the game Sonic the Hedgehog 3 plays when both leaders Tracy and Adele are approaching.) The Price Gang has had a problem with her for years since 2000. The leader's major attack is leaving a smell of fragrant perfume around the studio that's lovely and serves as an attract mark for her army--but also drains Drew's health to 0, so be careful.
Like the second game, this is one of the hardest bosses you will face. Ashlee is a registered nurse and prime time game show winner from Florida with $1.7 million on Duel. Ashlee's main attack is a devastating clap which is supposed to imitate an alligator chomping (sideways hand clap) which brings down Drew's morale and momentum as well (the last boss prelude from the 1996 arcade game Salamander 2 followed by a remix of the odd-level Robotnik bosses from Sonic 3D Blast signify Ashlee). When Grand Theft Auto: Television City 3 Ver.I was released, gamers were VERY upset with Register's cheap boss AI, but by the time this version was released, the programmers toned Ashlee down so that those cheap attacks she loves are all censored from this version.
Her army in daytime and nighttime alike consists of radical feminists who try to Stop The Dob (like the Dobstoppers mentioned in "Bosses" as explained above), shriek a lot, and hurt Drew. Having the new director put Magic Number (nicknamed "Geezmo" by die-hard TPiR fans) in his show's pricing game lineup helps to stop them. But this plan is not foolproof, because if a young woman gets into the Showcase, Ashlee Register will go into her most powerful form, making her one of the hardest bosses in the game ("Everybody's Fool" by Evanescence signifies Ashlee Register's last form). She's also insensitive to the overbid horn (in other words, "MRRRRRP" to some die-hard TPiR fans), especially if it happens to one of her recruits. This sound that nobody wants to get on Price serves as an attract mark to both Amor Graciano and Kimberley Handy, two of Ashlee Register's most hated rivals to try and score the upset if this happens in the Showcase Showdown or the Showcase.
To defeat Ashlee in her most powerful form, get a contestant to win $1,000,000 in a Spectacular or get a male to win the Showcase or any other game show, as she's rumored to attack other shows as well with her army of young women. Then Ashlee comes out and you can fight her directly. Her attacks consist of the aforementioned perfume and pressure button from Duel. She also acts as a dominatrix and attacks with a whip. If you can defeat all three of her forms, she will be defeated for good.
Assists Ashlee Register by giving her recruits for her army. He also has his own army.
The Price Gang's history with him began in 2003 around the time teen dramas such as One Tree Hill and The O.C. aired. Times have changed, and only One Tree Hill remains on TV airwaves. His army consists of male college kids and frat boys, as well as people from California (usually the Orange County area and the San Fernando Valley), defunct reality TV stars, MTV junkies, and "skater punks" who are really posers working for Avril Lavigne. They are stuck up and arrogant by not congratulating the opponent who loses when they win the Showcase and by showing off in many ways ranging from hurting Drew to having too many friends and family come out on stage to celebrate when he/she wins the Showcase, but will deceive you by saluting you the best they can. All these enemies care about is their lives. (If you hear a Kelly Clarkson song, a woman approaches; if you hear a Trapt or Papa Roach song; a man will approach; a remixed version of the Doomsday Zone from the Sega Genesis game Sonic & Knuckles signifies the leader's first form; Ortega's theme (Stage CWA) from the 1994 Capcom arcade game Ring of Destruction: Slam Masters II, revised in stereo sound and Windows Media Player-like SRS Wow Effects signifies his last and true form. His attitude and his army explains why Amor Graciano and Kimberley Handy want him defeated since 2003. James Lafferty is the other Elite Boss gamers got VERY upset about because of his cheap AI when Grand Theft Auto: Television City 3 Ver.I was released. The programmers toned him down in this version and took all of his cheapie moves away from him.
Like Ashlee Register, James Lafferty has three forms. Or, you can have Drew sit on him until he taps out. This won't work on his second form, as his army is beefed up to be a real pain in the bleep. As always, have an ally of Suzanne Sload, Scott Michael Foster, Amor Graciano, or Kimberley Handy win both Showcases and/or $1,000,000. If the people described above (as his army) fail to beat the four in the Showcase three times, James Lafferty will get very angry, arrogant, and self-assured. This is his third form and this behavior will get him to come out of hiding and actually start fighting like he did in seasons 1-3 of One Tree Hill. Give him a Can't Stop the Dob! he won't forget!
Eldrick "Happy" Gilmore
He is back... yet again.
World-class golfer, and an archenemy to TPIR. He performs the role in this game that Bowser serves in the Mario series: the ultimate, #1 enemy in the series (or is he?)
He became an enemy to The Price is Right after Bob Barker destroyed him in a fight in 1996. But Happy, smug in the knowledge that Bob Barker was nearly invincible to attack, chose not to seek revenge right away. Instead, he honed his skills and worked on becoming a golf legend so that he could gain enough power.
After winning numerous PGA Tours and even beating the crap out of Tiger Woods, Happy then launched his plans. Using his fame, influence and money from Nike and Reebok endorsements, Happy devotes the majority of his time and money to destroying TPIR. Happy creates the Gilmore's Goons Gang, a collection of hockey wannabes and crazed golf fanatics. Happy has also funded a series of attempted terrorist attacks against Bob, Drew, and the CBS Television City headquarters. He also founded Anti-PETA, or ATEP, a group that opposed Bob's animal rights activism.
At first, Happy was content to sit back and watch The Gang crumble after your removal. Blinded by his hatred for Bob, he teams up with Fremantle after he finds out Bob is aiding you.
He and his gang devote their time and efforts toward disrupting your plans and trying to destroy you, while Happy waits and hopes for one last chance to battle Bob to the death.
After aiding Drew Carey in defeating Bob to close out the second game, Happy is even more dangerous than ever. Not only will you need the help of Bob to get past him one last time, but you might even need to call upon more friends to defeat Happy. Trevor Immelman, perhaps? Rocco Mediate, maybe?
Just don't call upon Phil Mickelson...
After battling Happy outside the gates of Television City, you make your way closer to your old turf - The Bob Barker Studio. However, waiting for you in an old friend - and they're not there to shoot the shit.
Kathy "Fingers" Greco
Your former assistant, both on the show and in the crime family. Early in the game, she acts like a friend and ally. However, she seems unwilling to actually take part in any of your missions, and eventually quits coming around and talking to you over the phone, claiming she is busy and "something came up".
It had been rumored for many years that she is a dominatrix who chopped people's fingers off (hence her nickname), tortured people on a "Secret X", and fed people to gators while she danced.
At long last, the truth has been revealed. Fingers awaits you outside the entrance to the studio - dressed in leather, wielding a whip and a vicious looking knife, with her "Secret X" and a pool of hungry gators set off to the side.
And, what had "come up" was your position in the crime family, which Fingers seized without hesitation. She had no desire to help you reclaim your place, because it was now hers. Like Seacrest, she too had much to gain from your ousting.
Angered over her betrayal, and no longer believing you could trust her in the future if you reclaim your position, you know that this battle is inevitible, and only one of you will survive it.
After giving her gators a meal and a dance they will never forget, you finally enter Studio 33 for the first time since you were ousted. But, nothing could prepare you for what would await you...
You enter the studio. However, if you didn't know better, you would've thought you were in the wrong place.
The walls are now painted blue, and in white sloppy paint, have written on them "All the same and no change makes Syd a dull boy." and "ELTNAMERF". You sense an evil the likes of which you'd never encountered as you make you way further in.
The set, as you once knew it, is gone. In it's place is an enormous video wall, outrageous lighting, a black floor, and an unrecognizable logo. A ridiculous sounding song - which sounds like a TV theme - plays over and over.
And, there, in the middle of the stage, is a pile of debris - what's left of the big doors, the turntable, the big wheel, Showcase podiums, even pricing game sets. Rolling around in the middle of it, laughing hysterically, a look of utter insanity on his face... Syd Vinnedge himself.
At this point, you put it all together. The Sydinator was not here to enhance or improve The Price Gang - even if he stood to personally benefit from it. His goal all along was to destroy it, and if you don't act quickly, his plan will succeed.
You square off with Syd in one final battle - not only to reclaim your place with The Price Gang, but to save this dynasty before it's too late.
Syd, however, might be the most dangerous enemy you encounter from any of the GTA: TVC games to date. Not only does he have a nearly-endless supply of The Price Is Right debris to attack you with, he also has his trusty newspaper to beat you with. Worse yet, he is now too far insane to feel pain of any kind - he seems to take a beating and come back for more.
After finally defeating Syd Vinnedge, you and the rest of your gang look around the rubble of your once proud TV show and gang. Believing there is no way to repair the damage, you're now left wondering if your fine tradition can be rebuilt.
Fortunately, though, you have the help of the great Dr. John Barrett Clapinger. Armed with enough Vitamin C to keep an entire army from ever suffering scurvy, he puts it to use on the remains of the set.
With nearly everything back to normal at The Bob Barker Studio (except for a few job openings in need of being filled), Dr. Clapinger departs once again for the most difficult expidition of his life - entering Britney Spears' head in order to try to see if she has a brain in there somewhere.
With you back in place, and your gang once again standing strong, there's only one way to celebrate - with some tall margaritas, pizza shipped in from Buffalo, and cake from Vons.
Roger Dobkowitz's House
Nowhere near as big as Bob Barker's mansion, of course - you were only a producer. But you can still store some cars and weapons here. This is your main base for a good portion of the game.
Various Bars in Los Angeles
Roger needs margaritas to keep his health up, which means a lot of time sitting in bars, drinking to his health. Just be careful not to drink too much and get too rowdy - you have enough problems without the LAPD on your ass, too!
Bob Barker's House
A magnificant mansion, complete with its own golf course. You can store some of your cars and weapons here as well.
Headquarters for the G-R.net gang. You will go there to get some of your missions - which are disguised as harmless looking posts in Out In Left Field, such as "dreams" members claimed to have about the show.
Despite its ruthless reputation, you are considered a god here, and are perfectly safe.
It is here where you will go to battle various members of Fremantle's staff, as well as conduct missions to try to sabotage their efforts.
CBS Television City
Studio 33 is where The Price Is Right is taped, and the main base of operations for the Price Gang. You spent 36 glorious years working here until you were betrayed.
You will fight the final battles of the game in and around Television City as you try to reclaim it.
While you can get around on foot just as well as you can by car, you will occasionally need to ride in luxury - or transport people and weapons on your missions. For these purposes, here are some of the vehicles available.
- 1959 Volkswagen Beetle: One of your obsessions in life. You once promised to never sell it, and you've kept your word - even though you haven't driven it in years. It's a good thing you kept it, though, thanks to its fuel effeciency - gas averages $4.46 a gallon in California, and will of course rise as the game progresses.
- Chevrolet Aveo: Basic form of transporation. You used to have access to thousands of them before you were fired. Fortunately, you stole some of them when you still worked for the crime family. Rich Fields also has his share of them thanks to his car-boosting ring.
- Ford Focus: Slightly better than the Aveo, and almost as common.
- Ford Mustang: Somewhat sportier car, and another frequent prize on The Price is Right. For some reason, contestants think they cost more than they are really worth.
- Dodge Viper: Fastest car in the game, but unable to carry very much. It's very rare to see this car given away on The Price is Right. You were only able to steal one from the show, so be careful with it. Once it's gone, it's gone!
- MTA Bus: Back in the good ol' days, you used to be able to just take the buses that brought groups to the show. Not anymore. Fortunately, though, your gang is able to boost some of the buses that serve the Los Angeles area. While slow and rather dull looking - like the buses from previous games - they can transport dozens of gang members and tons of weapons, making them very useful on some missions.
- Lexus LS: Bob Barker's official ride. Stylish, luxurious and capable of carrying four other gang members. It's highly recommended that you use this car when looking for new models. It's rumored that Bob created the "no foreign cars" policy on The Price is Right during the first Gulf War in the early 1990's just so he'd have an excuse to never give this car away.
- Coney Island Roller Coaster: Okay, so it is of no help to you in this game. But Roger is obsessed with riding it.
- Guns: The weapon that's standard to all Grand Theft Auto games.
- Armor: Makes you immune to other people's guns/projectiles but not to physical attacks.
- Spiked Belts, Bracelets, Necklaces, etc.: Causes people to get hurt when they punch you, making you immune to physical attacks. Guns and projectiles can still hit you, though.
- Hole in One or Two Putter: You can bludgeon opponents with this normally. But if you charge up its power enough, you can whack 'em sky-high!
- Plinko Stick: This stick has the power to impale people and blow up cars. But it's unwieldy, and requires charging up before you can do that! Uncharged, it's just an ordinary stick that can pummel people.
- Can't Stop The Dob!: A magical, inexplainable weapon that manages to deceive your enemies. Careful, though. They can only be used so many times in a fight, and certain CSTD's only work with certain enemies.
- The Price Is Right Theme - Sheila Cole
- Come On Down - Crystal Waters
- Music from The Price is Right - Score Productions
- Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffett
- San Francisco (Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair) - Scott McKenzie
- Don't Stop Believin' and Wheel In The Sky - Journey
- It's Not Over ('Til It's Over) and We Built This City - Starship
- Stone Cold Crazy - Queen
- We're Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister
- Unchained - Van Halen
- Last Resort - Papa Roach
- Love is a Battlefield and Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Pat Benatar
- Cleveland Rocks - from The Drew Carey Show
- Walk The Night - Skatt Bros.
- Beat It, Human Nature and Thriller - Michael Jackson
- Crazy For You, Borderline, Don't Tell Me, What It Feels Like For A Girl, and Human Nature - Madonna
- Sta Passando Novembre - Eros Ramazzotti
- These Boots Were Made For Walkin' - Nancy Sinatra
- No More Mr. Nice Guy - Pat Boone