The ability to date girlfriends, first introduced in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, returns in Grand Theft Auto IV.
Like in GTA San Andreas, two of the girlfriends are introduced during the storyline.
Putting in a little bit of time to raise the fondness of the girlfriends can unlock their "special abilities": these can help in particularly difficult missions late in the game.
Like the other relationships that Niko has with his friends in GTA IV, favor can be gained with girlfriends by taking them to different venues around the city.
Michelle is a mechanic and can be found at the water cooler inside the driving school in Doherty, San Fierro.
She will not be in the driving school all of the time.
Each friend offers a 'special ability' in return for maintaining a good friendship.
You can perform upto four activities on each outing in order to give your 'like stat' the highest possible boost.
Unlike the male friends, however, dating is more than just worrying about the venue.
To have a successful date Niko must cater to the women's tastes in three areas; clothing, vehicle, and how fancy the date is.
Not much is known about her past life except that she may have had criminal links herself.
She claims she is not a local in Liberty City having arrived from the midwest.
She regretfully says that she has dated some "creeps" in the past, and admits that she felt Niko was better for her than any of them because ultimately, she knows he is a nice guy despite his criminal activities.