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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Grand Theft Auto IV's second downloadable episode, The Ballad of Gay Tony injects Liberty City with an overdose of guns, glitz, and grime. As Luis Lopez, part-time hoodlum and full-time assistant to legendary nightclub impresario Tony Prince (aka "Gay Tony"), players will struggle with the competing loyalties of family and friends, and with the uncertainty about who is real and who is fake in a world in which everyone has a price. [Rockstar Games] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 67
  2. Negative: 0 out of 67
  1. 100
    Despite the grim set-up, The Ballad Of Gay Tony is an altogether more upbeat affair than The Lost And Damned. The location is far more glamorous as most of the DLC's action forsakes Liberty City's dour ghettos and docile suburbs for the glitzy island of Algonquin (or Manhattan to you).
  2. 95
    As DLC, The Ballad of Gay Tony is an incredible offering, but when combined with The Lost and Damned in 'Episodes From Liberty City' at retail, it's irresistible.
  3. The Ballad of Gay Tony is one not only one of the best of the two episodes but it’s also one of the most awesome Grand Theft Auto games that is more than able to stand on its own. With a thrilling story that seldom sees a dull moment, you will find yourself going back into Liberty City and loving every minute of it.
  4. The Ballad of Gay Tony is a fantastic add-on. The game delivers a great story, strong characters and cool missions. Furthermore the game is coming with new weapons and a solid playtime. For twenty bucks your busy for a while.
  5. The voice acting continues the Grand Theft Auto trend of excellence, even with weirder characters like Yusuf. ("I seem to have forgotten my pants.") The dialogue is excellent, even if it is laced with enough slurs and profanity to make a senator cringe.
  6. 90
    Although the graphics are perhaps a little rough around the edges, the sprawling cityscape is as appealing as it ever was, the NPC population just as lively, and the renowned in-car radio broadcasts swing between a bonanza of musical styles and fabulously written politically incorrect talk shows and discussions that are laugh-out-loud funny.
  7. Time and expectations have taken a certain toll on Grand Theft Auto IV, but all that aside, the bottom line for The Ballad of Gay Tony is that it's just not as good as the GTAIV experiences that preceded it. It feels like Rockstar has run out of tricks, and it has got its work cut out for it with whatever comes next for Grand Theft Auto.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. BrianB
    Nov 1, 2009
    10
    The fact that this DLC is barely holding down a Universal Acclaim rating is somewhat of a mystery to me. The game costs $20. You get SO MUCH game out of that investment. The story is awesome, there's a ton of new stuff to do (including basejumping!!), and I haven't been able to put down the controller. That's an unquestionable 10 in my book. Expand
  2. DavidJ
    Oct 30, 2009
    10
    This game is great. It definitely has added a few more things to the original GTA IV story and spiced it up. Not only the storyline, but the game itself. New cars, motorcycles, women and men. 2 thumbs, Ebert and Roper! Haha, I highly recommend this game. Expand
  3. JacksonK
    Oct 29, 2009
    10
    Its a monumental game, the missions are great, the mini games are fantastic and their is also new vehicles, which is a very nice addition to the game. The game has a GTA San Andreas feel, which I think is tremendous. Expand
  4. JamesD
    Jan 6, 2010
    10
    For those who have waited for the over the top GTA IV experience that the L&D missed then I am happy to say that the ballad of gay tony is an extreme GTA experience which ties up the loose ends from the original experience and the L&D. Firstly this game drops the overlay for a traditional GTA IV look and it looks as grand as ever. New side missions are a blast whether doing drug errands or doing parachute based challenges. The missions are a lot more over the top as well from blasting choppers from a train to having a massive war is the nightclubs. The vibe is excellently captured, the soundtrack compliments this. At night you could choose to do nightclub errands which are ver repetitive but can be really funny and there is even a segment where you then realise how this got an 18/M rating. So yes it is a lot better than the L&D and stands as a fantastic experience all its own. Expand
  5. Anthony
    Dec 31, 2009
    9
    Been playing this today after giving up on GTAIV in February of last year after disliking Lost and the Damned and enjoying Saints Row 2 more. From playing this I was blown away as this is how LATD should have been, it is excellent. Pluses = The graphics are superb - possibly having some touch up to GTAIV, voice acting is funny as it always was, and the missions are absolutely frantic and superb from get go. Negatives: The only (slight) negatives I would say is the story is not as good as GTAIVs, and the characters not as interesting as Niko Bellic and his cousin. The negatives really are nothing note worthy to be honest this is a definite must buy. Expand
  6. Jul 14, 2012
    9
    For those who're waiting for MID-AMERICAN DREAM , bit settled guy with a fun over ride .. this is just it !! ... Its the grate brighting and rainbow theme and for those who think that LAD was brown and dark .. story is however decent .. but still much improved than LAD ... gameplay is just like as it is .. but some cool new minigames are also making it much better .. Missions are some very great and some are totally regret .... but however voice acting is always at its 100% ... it's a good enough to be an expansion pack Expand
  7. Jun 6, 2011
    8
    The game looks beautiful, except that after 15 minutes of play the pc starts to whistle due to overheating of the processor .... and it happens only with this game. The point however is the huge demand for resources that this game requires. Expand

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