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

Which bit of the hands-on demo impressed you most?


"It’s a toss-up between the skydiving, which was a lot of fun and which I proved to be really good at, and the mission where you’re riding on top of a subway so that Yusuf can steal one of the cars.

"I liked the sense of speed and the wind drag slowing Luis down, and I liked that he occasionally had to flatten himself against the car when a tunnel came along. But mostly I liked tearing attack choppers apart with the explosive auto-shotgun. That was pretty badass." (MR)

"A stratospherically high parachute mission gave me the most spectacular view of Liberty City I've enjoyed yet. The sheer scale of Liberty City is *still* utterly mind blowing. I'm glad the parachute's back." (MC)

"The sky-diving infiltration mission really brought home to me how much of a scaled-up, San-Andreas-crazy feel Rockstar seems to be bringing to Gay Tony. Parachuting to the top of a skyscraper from not far below cloud level before butter-knifing down through it with a P90 has exactly the right balance of brutality and ludicrous carnival decadence." (DH)

"The epic fight atop the train carriage that the crazy Yusuf character wants to steal. Blowing SWAT team choppers out of the sky with the new shotgun is bags of fun." (NI)


How does it stack up against the original game and Lost and The Damned?


"At its best, GTA has always been about playing with toys we’d never be able to touch in real life, and that’s what the chunk of Ballad I played through delivered. In terms of gameplay, I like that there’s more stuff to do, even if certain things - like the dancing minigame - are likely going to be throwaway asides I’ll probably try once and then forget about.

"Otherwise, what we’ve seen so far seems to be in line with the last two installments in terms of mission complexity and scope - although I’ll withhold judgment until I’ve had a chance to play through more." (MR)

"I’m definitely more excited about it than I was about LatD. It keeps the grit and texture of GTA IV, but blends it with so much gleefully exaggerated lunacy as to feel almost like a GTA theme park ride." (DH)

"Again, a bit early too say. But the change in tone from angst-ridden bikers to a paranoia-filled jaunt of base-jumping, criminals caught in their kecks and flamboyant nightclubs seems more in keeping with the series’ previous sense of fun." (DM)

"More comedy, outrageous weapons and more variety of things to do in Liberty City equals a more unique experience than the last two." (NI)

"It looks every bit as incredible and feels every bit as playable as both previous Liberty City excursions. But, fundamentally, there's no drastic difference - it's still trademark GTA. Anyone that's interested knows exactly what that means by now." (MC)


Is it 'gay' enough?


"It’s kind of hard to tell from what we saw - I think the idea of an openly gay character playing a big role in the story is intriguing, if only because it’s venturing into territory that the game industry is still obviously uncomfortable with. I’m interested to see whether Rockstar uses Tony Prince’s apparent homosexuality as a humanizing character trait, or if they just play it for laughs." (MR)

"Admittedly we’re going to have to get further into the rampant glam of Gay Tony’s club realm before we can see just how glitzed-up this GTA is, but between the daylight, city-based missions and Luis’ dour persona, I felt like the only nod to the sparkly madness we were hoping for was the multi-coloured reskin of the options menu. I want eye-searing neon and flaming camp, goddamnit." (DH)

"Well, the menus are a bit pink. Does that count as gay? To be honest, it doesn’t really matter. Look at GTA IV, everyone bangs on about how amazingly gritty it was. But, last time I checked, bombing around in a bright orange sports car, while wearing a thousand buck suit and listening to 80s rock wasn’t exactly the definition of grit." (DM)

"The neon gradients, soft sparkles and liberal use of pink are all well and good, but that promise of 'flamboyant playfulness' wasn't really bursting through in any of the demo's characters or scenarios. The Rockstar rep assured me that it would be more evident when playing from start to finish. And, in fairness, I didn't get to meet Gay Tony or check out his club, so... I think the logo and trailers filled my head with glittery thoughts and I was expecting a little more than pink mission markers." (MC)

The Ballad of Gay Tony will be available to buy on disc as one part of Episodes from Liberty City, which will also include the much celebrated first episode, The Lost and Damned. Episodes from Liberty City will be available in stores on October 29th, 2009 for $39.99/£34.99. You do not need to own a copy of the original GTAIV to play Episodes From Liberty City. The Ballad of Gay Tony will also be available separately as a download on October 29th, 2009 for 1600 Microsoft points.

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22 comments

  • 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.

    I LOVE YOU I WANT IT!!!!!
  • 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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