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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[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
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  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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  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 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 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. 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 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
  4. DonFromholland
    Dec 16, 2009
    9
    This is DLC at it's finest! I personally love the glitz and glamour of this episode. It is in my opinion what GTA is all about. Over the This is DLC at it's finest! I personally love the glitz and glamour of this episode. It is in my opinion what GTA is all about. Over the top characters with loads of tongue in cheek silliness. I'm hoping that Rockstar will create a next gen Vice City story next. The fact that you purchase a Vice City FM radio station might be a hint. Fingers crossed! Expand
  5. Oct 23, 2012
    9
    TBoGT is more like an expansion pack than a DLC.

    In my opinion, TBoGT adds some of the content that I missed in GTA IV. What actually made
    TBoGT is more like an expansion pack than a DLC.

    In my opinion, TBoGT adds some of the content that I missed in GTA IV. What actually made GTA IV really GOOD was the storyline and improved game engine. But outside of the story, and the very REPETETIVE mission design, not enough was to be found. Nightclubs, drug deals, golf, all kinds of random side-missions such as working as a security gaurd at a club, doing drug deals, jumping parachute is now in TBoGT. Unfortunately, a lot of things that did exist in GTA does exist in TBoGT, such as vigilante missions. Still, this is a very impressive EXPANSION PACK / DLC, but its downside is that all the content that is included DOESNT GET included in GTA IV.
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  6. ElPup
    Mar 24, 2010
    9
    When the lost and the damned was released, I remember the only complaint I would hear from EVERYONE was "Oh my god there is way too much dick When the lost and the damned was released, I remember the only complaint I would hear from EVERYONE was "Oh my god there is way too much dick in it"... So naturally I thought when the ballad of big gay tony was gonna be released, I though it was rockstar screwing with anyone who was homophobic but loved GTA. Well, it's not the case... You play as some straight Spanish dude who can best be described as "mildly likable." When I say mildly likable, I mean just that. He has very little personality, so I didn't have anything to fall in love with (no gay pun intended). However it's not quite a deal breaker, because while he may sorta be about as personable as a cardboard cut out, he never does anything that annoys me, and he nails almost anything in a skirt. The real story is built around EVERYONE around him. Gay Tony him self is a AWESOME character who is a fucking wreck.. but ALWAYS entertaining. The only other characters that are annoying are his two "homeboys" from back in the day. However they are so unlikable, they make the main character seem pretty likable... almost making one forget he's playing a character with no personality. The mission replay, Triatholons, cage fighting, etc. all improve on GTA IV. It doesn't try to force you through a tutorial every 5 minutes, and the story itself is actually really really good. Worth $20. 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 itThe 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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