LEVEL 5: PARISIAN GHETTO
Items: 2 health items, 7 treasure/money, Ex-Janitor's Key or Bartender's Key and Café Owner's Contact
Weapons & Ammo: 2 ammo items
Upgrades: Lower Body
NOTES: This walkthrough covers the various maps that make up the Parisian Ghetto proper, along with several small but separate areas: the Café Metro, St. Aicard's Church, Willowtree Herbalist and Rennes' Pawnshop. I have combined them for convenience since you'll end up going back and forth between them. Due to their larger size, the Serpent Rouge nightclub, St. Aicard's Graveyard and Bouchard's Hideout are treated as separate levels.
ABANDONED METRO CAR: Exit the train car and go to the left to the homeless men around the fire.
Dialogue - Homeless Man: Ask the man with the dog about Louis Bouchard. You won't get much info, but he does suggest you try the Café Metro.
Return to the train car. Climb onto the pipe alongside it and jump up to grab the top of the car. Pull up, cross the top of the car and crawl under the large pipe to get a large health pack. Lara says, "I can climb that easily." Jump to grab the chain link fence on the wall and climb up and to the right. Drop onto the wide grating ledge.
Turn back toward the homeless men. Take a long running jump to grab the next wide grating ledge. Pull up. Note the items on the other side of the chain link fence to the right. To get there, jump to the narrow ledge along the wall ahead. (See this screenshot for clarification.) You can grab or not. If Lara lands on her feet, activate walk mode and walk along the ledge to the right through a gap in the fence. If she grabs, traverse to the right and pull up. Go right to get the goodies, 160 Euros and a chocolate bar. Return along the narrow ledge past the chain link fence. Jump back to the wide ledge and then take a running jump to grab the other wide grating ledge and pull up. (Or safety drop onto the train car, cross over it and climb up the bit of chain link fence to the ledge.)
RUE PERDUE: Jump to the ledge on the left at the gap in the fence. Approach the man.
Dialogue - "City Guide": This guy obviously knows the neighborhood, but he is cautious about what he reveals. He'll tell you a bit more about Bouchard and the Monstrum. Bouchard runs a club called Le Serpent Rouge but had some trouble recently involving the deaths of a number of his staff. The young man also suggests you try Café Metro for more info, but if you ask about the café's owner, he says the guys' a loser.
After speaking with the "guide", your notebook will be updated. Follow the wall to the right and around the corner. At the end you'll find 160 Euros at the bottom of some steps. Backtrack to the guy you just talked to and go through the door next to him.
COURS LA SEINE/JANICE: You emerge on a nearly deserted street near Le Serpent Rouge, which is closed. Approach the lady in red.
Dialogue - Janice: It is important to talk to her. She will give you some useful information, and speaking with her also unlocks future dialogue options. Like the others you've met, she advises you to be wary of Bouchard. She doesn't know where he is now but suggests you might find out from one of Bouchard's ex-employees. Bernard, the former janitor, now frequents the park. Pierre, the ex-barman, now runs the Café Metro. She also mentions she heard on the radio that something terrible happened to a woman named Carvier. Again, your notebook is updated.
Click for a printable map of this level. (Thanks to John B. for this.) Or, simply refer to the in-game street maps. (There's one right across the road from Janice.) Approach any of these and press Action for a close-up view. Each map has a you-are-here marker and shows the buildings where all the major activity in this level occurs. The first map is just down the street from where Janice is standing, to the left if Lara's back is toward the door where you entered this street. The blue and white signs will also direct you to points of interest.
Now you must decide which ex-employee you'd like to meet. Once you've agreed to help one of them in exchange for information, the other won't talk to you. Details on the Bernard/Pierre missions are below.
There are also a few optional side areas to visit and items to pick up:
BUG WARNING: After betting on the fighters once, avoid the boxing ring. If you approach the trainer a second time, you may trigger a bug in which the fighters begin sparring again but never finish. Then the only way to escape from the cut scene is to shut down the game.
TO FIND BOUCHARD THROUGH BERNARD: Head along the Cours la Seine away from Janice and the Serpent Rouge (to the right if Lara's back is to the door next to Janice). When you reach the tractor-trailer blocking the street, turn left and follow the Rue de Piolet uphill.
The Parc de Lune is at the top of the hill, opposite St. Aicard's Church. Enter through the gate with the "Metropolitan" sign. Bernard is feeding the pigeons...or drinking...or something. There is also a gated entrance to the abandoned Metro tunnels that doesn't open from this side. (See the Metro Tunnels section of the Serpent Rouge walkthrough for more info.)
Dialogue - Bernard the Janitor: Agree to find Bernard's trinket box inside the Serpent Rouge—and pay him 160 Euros—and he will help you get to Bouchard. If you don't have enough money, if you have already agreed to help Pierre, or if you have not yet talked to Janice (above), then Bernard won't talk to you. You can sell items at Rennes' Pawnshop (above) to get more money, but once you've made an agreement with Pierre, you can't deal with Bernard.
After this conversation, your notebook is updated and you have the EX-JANITOR'S KEY in your inventory. Leave the park and turn right onto the Rue de Piolet. Go down the hill. At the bottom, where the truck blocks the road, turn right onto the Cours la Seine. You'll find the nightclub's garage entrance on the left. Enter using Bernard's key. Continue following the Serpent Rouge walkthrough.
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TO FIND BOUCHARD THROUGH PIERRE: From the spot near the Serpent Rouge where Janice is standing, cross the street and go up the stairs. Continue straight on until you reach the Rue Dominique, which runs left to right. Turn left here and go past the low cement barriers to a dead end. This is the Place d'Arcade, where you'll find the Café Metro. Go inside.
Kurtis Trent is seated in the corner, but he won't talk to Lara. Instead talk to Pierre.
Dialogue - Pierre the Bartender: If you tell him you're the kind of person who sorts out problems, he'll make a deal with you. Agree to retrieve his trinket box from the Serpent Rouge nightclub and he will help you get to Bouchard. If you have already agreed to help Bernard, or if you have not yet talked to Janice (above), then Pierre won't talk to you.
After this conversation, your notebook is updated and you have the BARTENDER'S KEY in your inventory. Leave the café and turn left. Go past the cement barriers. Turn right and continue to the stairs leading down. Descend to the Cours la Seine, turn left and continue along the street past Janice.
Cut scene: Kurtis Trent comes out of an alley near the nightclub and peels out on his motorcycle.
Pass the garage entrance and turn into the alley on the right (Rue de Clef). Use Pierre's key to unlock the stage door and enter the club. Continue following the Serpent Rouge walkthrough.
ONCE YOU HAVE RETRIEVED THE TRINKET BOX: Return it to Bernard or Pierre, or take the box directly to Bouchard's doorman (above).
IMPORTANT: After speaking to Bernard or Pierre, make sure you've pawned everything you want to before continuing to St. Aicard's Graveyard and Bouchard's Hideout. You will not have another chance to sell your items. See Rennes' Pawnshop if you haven't been there yet.
Find Bernard in the Parc de Lune where he was before. When you give him the box, he tells you the password: "pluit noir" (black rain...hmm...cryptic). Your notebook is updated. Go to the doorman with this info and he'll let Lara pass through to St. Aicard's Graveyard.
Or, return to Pierre at the Café Metro. When you bring him the box, he mentions that another customer was asking about Bouchard. In exchange for the box, he gives you the security code for his ex-girlfriend Francine's apartment building. (Yes, apparently Pierre is a loser.) Your notebook is updated and you get a slip of paper, the CAFÉ OWNER'S CONTACT, with the code on it.
To get to Francine's, leave the Café, go left past the cement barriers to the Rue Dominique (with the crosswalk/zebra crossing) and continue a short way to #17, on the left. Enter the security code you got from Pierre (15328) on the keypad, go inside and up the stairs and open the door. Francine's apartment is covered in the walkthrough for the next level, St. Aicard's Graveyard.
NOTE: To exit the keypad screen before entering the correct sequence of numbers, press Enter. I assume its Triangle on the PS2, but I'm not positive about this.
†UPDATE HISTORY: 1/16/07 - Various minor changes for clarity and flow. Expanded the page on St. Aicard's Church interior. Thanks to Minty for help with that.
1/27/07 - Added info on the boxing ring bug in St. Aicard's Church. Thanks to Nikki J. and Elliot S. for this info.
2/10/07 - Amended the boxing ring bug info, thanks to Lucas. Apparently this bug happens on the PC, as well as the PS2.
6/23/14 - Added screenshots for the Euro pickups and a note about the third stack of cash being missing in some versions of the game. Thanks to all the players who wrote in about this.
12/5/14 - Added note at the end about exiting the keypad entry screen without entering the correct sequence.
1/30/15 - Amended notes on dialogue options in this level. It is necessary to talk to Janice, otherwise neither Bernard nor Pierre will talk to you. Thanks to Eddie for this correction.
ABOUT MONEY: There is lost cash to be found throughout this level. You can also take certain items you find to Rennes' Pawnshop and sell them. As a result, you will have the opportunity to collect thousands of Euros, most of which you won't actually need. If you choose every option that costs money, you should only spend about 2,000 Euros, and you can get by without spending any.
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