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(Notice: This review will some what act like two. I will cover both The Ballad of Gay Tony and The Lost and Damned on two seperate subjects. If you want to skip through you can. It's all labbled for you.)
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City is a must have for any Grand Theft Auto fan.
Both Ballad of Gay Tony and The Lost and Damned are wounderful editions to the Grand Theft Auto family.
You wont be too unfamiliar towards both Louis Lopez nor Johnny Klebbitz if you played throught most of the story of Niko Belic.
Enough with the intro, lets first start off with the Ballad of Gay Tony!
The Ballad of Gay Tony (TBoGT):
In TBoGT you play as Louis Lopez. A body guard for Gay Tony, the owner of two of the hottest clubs.
Seems like a nice life, right? Wrong. Gay Tony is in a bad spot, battling drug addiction, a gold digger boy friend and finacial issues with the Russian Mafia that could cause him to loose his clubs... or life. Louis is trying his best to help Tony, but it becomes hard with his two childhood friends Armando Torres and Henrique Bardas give him a hard time for working with Tony and claiming that Louis is pretending to be something that he's not. On top of that, Luis's mother is also getting loans from Mr. Santo. That may not sound too bad, but I'll leave you a quote from Mr. Santo - "It's business. We run a service, she knew the rules. She should have read the small print."
If you've played Grand Theft Auto IV then you have a good set of mind on how the gameplay is like.
There's nothing new on how mechanics work out, and the missions are about the same, but some of them have a new twist.
There are a few flying missions in TBoGT and I found it a bit dificult to fly helicopters with the keyboard and mouse, but with a little practice, I had a easier time with it.
With TBoGT there are some new added weapons and vehicles which you will find within the first hour of playing.
There is also some new added music to most, if not all radio stations.
Intervenes with GTA IV story
Most of the missions don't feel like a rinse/repeat
Good story length for a DLC
Flying Missions can be stressful without a gamepad
Can be buggy
Rating from 1-5: 4.5/5
I really enjoyed TBoGT and the story caught my attention right off the bat. I know some people would disagree with me about the story, which is alright, cause it's slightly different from what most GTA stories consist of and I think that may be the reason why I liked it so much. I also found Tony Prince to be a likable character and found him and Louis to work well together. Hopefully you will be able to see that if you choose to play through The Ballad of Gay Tony.
The Lost and Damned (TLAD):
In TLAD you play as Johnny Klibbitz. Member of The Lost Motorcycle Club, along side with William "Billy" Grey, James "Jim" Fitzgerald, Brian "BJ" Jeremy, Terrence "Terry" Thorpe and Clayton "Clay" Simons. Billy has recently been released from rehab after being "cured" of his heroin addiction and retakes his position as the club's President. Johnny and the rest of the gang are "excited" for Billy's release, but soon find that things are starting to head south after Billy neglects to run things more 'formal' than last he was President. You'll see that Billy likes to do things the old fanshion way and how everyone starts to pick sides with either Johnny or Billy on the matter of how the Club should be run and certain situations should be handled.
Same as TBoGT not much is different from Grand Theft Auto IV.
TLAD also adds new vehicles, weapons and some added songs from most if not all radio stations.
When it comes to newly added vehicles, you have a good amount of added motorcycles. So, if you enjoyed riding motorcycles in Grand Theft Auto IV, you'll love the hell out of TLAD.
Now with motorcycles being your main transportaion around Liberty City, Rock Star made it less sensitive for you to wreck/fall off your motor bike, so don't worry about that.
If you're a biker or liked the Sons of Anarchy you'll really enjoy this story line.
A good gritty story
Transition of riding motorcycles as main transportation
Very Likable Characters
Intervenes with GTA IV story
New weapons, vehicles, music
Can have that rinse/repeat feeling with missions
Can be buggy
Story feels shorter than TBoGT
Rating from 1-5: 4.2/5
The lost and Damned is pretty good and if you are a GTA story fan, like myself, you don't want to miss out on this title.
The lower rating is mainly due to the story lenght. I could be wrong, but it felt shorter than TBoGT and I felt they could have added more to the story. I really liked that I felt as if I was apart of a motorcycle club and actually lived in a more run down part of town. It allows you to play more around in some parts of the map that you may have missed in GTA IV or TBoGT.