GTA IV: The Ballad Of Gay Tony - What GR editors thought

What do you think of the new storyline and theme?

"I’m actually really excited by it. Just getting to see another side of GTA IV’s story is interesting to me at this point, but I like that they’ve taken it in a more lighthearted, colorful direction, because The Lost and Damned’s grain filter gave the proceedings a more depressing, joyless feel than I think Rockstar intended. Everything’s big and loud and colorful and explosive." Mikel Reparaz

"I really like that Rockstar is using Luis’ position in the centre of the hedonistic and affluent club world as an excuse to go screaming-mad-bonkers with the gameplay and mission design. No longer do we start as a lowly crime-loving pauper scrabbling around for peashooter and cheeseknives." Dave Houghton

"The idea of focusing on Liberty City’s gay scene is interesting. I just hope they don’t treat it with the series’ usual broad-brush stereotyping - one Florian Kravich was enough, ta very much." Dave Meikleham

"The theme and storyline are spot on. They hark back to the colourful and comical world of Vice City and the amount of things to do (base-jumping) in San Andreas." Nathan Irvine

"I'm never massively fussed about storyline. As long as I get to do plenty of stupid crazy shit along the way in a GTA game, that's me happy. And Ballad of Gay Tony looks like it'll keep me happy." Matt Cundy

Is Luis Lopez a good choice as lead role?

"Yeah, he strikes me as an interesting guy. At first I was leery about playing as a character who’s at the beck and call of a single boss, but if you think about it, having to protect Tony and run missions for him probably won’t be all that different from Niko’s relationship with Roman." (MR)

"So far I have no reason to think that Luis is a bad choice, but I’ve seen nowhere near enough of his character to decide whether I really like the guy or not. At the moment he’s just another gritty, put-upon GTA anti-hero, but at the moment I’m happy to believe Rockstar will make him more interesting than that. Let’s hope it does." (DH)

"The only GTA lead I’ve ever really taken to was Tommy Vercetti. To be honest, I’m fed up with playing supposedly conflicted characters, trying to go on the straight and narrow that have an aversion to killing, who then go on to garrotte more people than Genghis Khan. Luis’ story looks like it might be set in this mould, which would leave me a bit cold." (DM)

"Not particularly. We’ve only seen a glimpse into what makes the guy tick, but he's a carbon-copy of Rockstar’s previous leads. Tough? Check. Shady past? Check. Torn between doing right and wrong? Check. Will kill indiscriminately either way? Check. Rockstar may have missed a trick by not making Gay Tony the lead. It would’ve been interesting playing as a gay man who'd rather swing a handbag than a baseball bat." (NI)

"Rockstar has gone to the trouble of giving the interface a completely fabulous makeover and the trailers suggested a dazzling neon sparkly disco-ball vibe. So I didn't get why I was playing as such a disappointingly not fabulous lead. Lopez looks like he would be at home in San Andreas. But here? He just doesn't feel like he fits the glitz." (MC)

What did you think of the new OTT weapons and vehicles?

"The weapons are fantastic, especially the auto-shotgun with its explosive shells. At the beginning of my hands-on time, they gave me a minute to just play around with the guns, and the devastation I was able to wreak on the cops was breathtaking." (MR)

"I judge the fun factor of video game hardware on my patented Scale of Giggle. If a gun makes me smile, I like it. If it makes me titter, it’s a winner. Gay Tony’s cranked-up death-kit took me from 0 - demented cackle in about 1.5 seconds flat." (DH)

"The new shotgun, which packs bus-bashing, copter-crashing explosive shells, is amazing. I kept deliberately failing missions simply because I couldn’t resist shooting the fuzz in the face. The new helicopter seems like a hoot, too, and was much easier to manoeuvre than GTA IV’s unruly whirlybirds." (DM)

"GTA’s going out with a bang in this one and the new assault shotgun and sticky grenades are there to encourage carnage in the most entertaining way possible." (NI)

"The exploding shotgun shells bring a new meaning to devastation. You want carnage? Holy shit kickers. This is two barrels of super-sized wrecking ball Armageddon carnage. If you've got a bad-tempered elephant, this is the gun that can take it down. Oh, and Sticky grenades + pedestrians = GOOD TIMES." (MC)


  • silentmusic16 - September 28, 2009 7:24 p.m.

    i didnt get gta 4 but...this sounds fun enough to warrant a buy. if i have money after mw2, assassins creed 2, kh 358/2, and brutal ledgends. you know, even though we have all these games moving to 2010 this year is still awesome!
  • AlexMercer1337 - September 20, 2009 11:13 a.m.

    Holy crap, I'm buying the two episode CD edition. Thanks for the tip GR!
  • yungkartooon - September 19, 2009 7:53 p.m.

    p-90 the gun
  • YuGiOhisbetterthanMagic - September 18, 2009 11:40 p.m.

    i dunno... can it beat the dick? LatD set high standards, but this will probaly be the greatist GTA adventure yet, just so long as theres brucie =p
  • MilitaryRaiden - September 18, 2009 3:58 p.m.

    @Gamesradar: How about music, new DJs, new station or new tv segments - did you see anything in BoGT? And if so can you tell us about it?
  • cart00n - September 17, 2009 8:06 p.m.

    @Yeager: If you think about LatD and BoGT in the same light as VC and SA, $20 for a GTA sequel isn't too bad. @wrapdump: Frankly, I'll be upset if Brucie doesn't show up and formally come out of the closet in THIS installment! @IKOemos: I presume you're on the PS3 - well, you guys give up the Joker, and then we'll talk. @hardcore_gamer: The fact you don't own a 360 sez you should reconsider your handle. Just sayin'...
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - September 17, 2009 6:28 p.m.

    I presume this is for the seXbox only? *sigh* CURSE YOU MICROSOFT
  • Yeager1122 - September 16, 2009 9:47 p.m.

    Getting it will it cost the same as Lost and Damed though?
  • Samael - September 16, 2009 9:26 p.m.

    "Belgian P-90 assault rifles" Buying this. I know it's cliche and it's in so many games these days, but that gun always makes my eyes melt.
  • Fancy Rat - September 16, 2009 8:31 p.m.

    "...steal aboard a gigantic yacht, jack an experimental helicopter..." Goldeneye was my favorite Bond movie.
  • cheatgangsta1 - September 22, 2009 10:57 p.m.

    "jack a helicopter and sink the yaught," HAVE TO BUY THIS DAMN GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • MilitaryRaiden - September 18, 2009 7:07 a.m.

    I've greatly enjoyed both GTA IV as well as the first episode and really can't wait for this one especially since it's going to be a tad closer to the all-out craziness of San Andreas in current-gen's Liberty City. Great preview and it was a really good choice to allow more than one editor to voice their opinions as well as their concerns.
  • gamble45 - September 18, 2009 2:36 a.m.

    is the game for x box live or is it in stores
  • RedBandit - September 17, 2009 11:06 p.m.

  • wrapdump - September 17, 2009 2:46 p.m.

    If the next dlc is not brucie-based, I will not be happy
  • Seabread - September 17, 2009 11:53 a.m.

    no one wants a massively over the top gay game. using the 'bosses' sexuality as a means to open up what's on offer is one thing but turning everyone in Liberty into Florian wannabes would ruin GTA.
  • iKOemos - September 17, 2009 12:16 a.m.

    ... Microsoft play fair goddamn it!
  • Rhesus - September 16, 2009 11:57 p.m.

    Halo:ODST, Modern Warfare 2, Assassin's Creed II, Madden 10(still) and now this. What am I?! Made of money. (I'm not by the way)
  • VenomVip7 - September 16, 2009 11:37 p.m.

    Dude...this looks and sounds awesome.exploding shotgun shells? AWESOME!
  • nadrewod999 - September 16, 2009 9:36 p.m.

    Right now, I don't have GTA IV, but based on how good this looks, I think I will soon be playing as a character with the initials LL.

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