GameShark writes: "I know what you're thinking. "Why do I need a character guide for a third person, gangster fueled sandbox game? Don't I just get some guns, get some homies and start smoking fools?" Well, you can certainly do that, and have success with it, but if you really want to make your mark on Stilwater, and make the main story missions easier in the process, you're going to want to ease back the hammer, put the heater away for the time being and divert your attention to activities for a moment.
The reason for this can be summed up in one word: unlockables. As you make progress in the various activities sprinkled around your fair city, you'll unlock abilities, weapons and discounts. Most of the unlockables are unlocked after completing level three and level six of an activity, meaning that you can do but a few levels of an activity to pump your character up a little, and at the higher end, spend less than an hour to get some very powerful bonuses, bonuses like unlimited sprint, unlimited pistol ammo, 3x health regeneration and more melee damage. Do I have your attention now?"