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Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony Member Review for the Xbox360

Ivory_Soul By:
Ivory_Soul
01/28/10
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Action 
PLAYERS 1- 1 
PUBLISHER Rockstar Games 
DEVELOPER Rockstar North 
RELEASE DATE  
M What do these ratings mean?

The Good: Great mission variety, some fun new content, amazing dialog, voice acting, and story

The Bad: Lame rating system, not enough new content, short, it ends

Grand Theft Auto has always been the pinnacle for sand box games, angry politicians and moms, and great game play. With and already great game this add on give us new characters, new story, and added features. You play as Luis Lopez who is working for Tony who pulled Luis off the streets and into his club business as a body guard. Both Luis and Tony get in over there heads and there friendship spirals out of control into the brink of destruction, but can Luis save them on time?

You will meet many old characters from the original as well as finishing a few unfinished side stories from Grand Theft Auto IV such as the museum mission. If you want me to jump right to it I will. There are a few great new features and these include cars, people, dialog, parachuting, a rating system, and new weapons. The game also takes a more cinematic turn with epic helicopter rides, train rides, and even saving a person from their certain death in the air via parachuting. There are triathlon missions, escort missions, killing missions, and missions that just turn for the worst.

The story is well planned out and if you finish the story you can finish drug wars on turf, but even if you finish those you get about 10 hours of game play, so I just wish there was more for $20.  The characters are very well thought out and you can get very attached to them. All of this is accompanied by excellent voice acting as well. The rating system however is pretty useless since you don't know what the requirements are and perfecting each mission is tedious. Some require a certain amount of headshots or car damage. Some times this is impossible, but the die hard crowd will strive to waste their time with this.

If you want missions variety is it here with no missions being the same. Each missions is fun and memorable and may actually have you wanting to play through twice. I love mission variety in Grand Theft Auto and Gay Tony provides this. With an epic climax that has you glued to your seat you just don't want to put the game down and this is the first Grand Theft Auto that has done this for me, and that is what was worth the $20 for me. The great voice acting, dialog, story, characters, missions variety, and superb action.

If you are a fan of Grand Theft Auto IV and want more well here you go. The graphics are starting to look a tad aged, there isn't enough new stuff, but the game is high in production values and it really shines through.


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