developer: Rockstar Games
publisher: Rockstar Games
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet, players: 1-16
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony for PC, X360 and PS3 is the second major expansion created for one of the best games of 2008 – Grand Theft Auto IV. Both the expansion and the core game were developed by Rockstar Games. The expansion brings a separate story set in Liberty City, and the core game is required to experience it. The expansion was released also in a set containing The Lost and Damned as well. In the latter case, the base game is not required.
In The Ballad of Gay Tony for PC, X360 and PS3, the player assumes the role of Luis Lopez. He is a part-time gangster and an assistant of the legendary king of night clubs – Tony Prince, nicknamed Gay Tony. The boss is in trouble, for both Russian and Italian mobsters are after him. Due to his peculiar lifestyle, he cannot deal with certain problems himself. Luis' task is to help him by any means necessary. The action takes place in Liberty City known from the core game, but apart from cosmetic improvements, the expansion adds mainly interiors of new clubs, such as Hercules or Maisonette 9, as well as a golf course. The city seems to be less dirty now, and streets are illuminated with neons reflected on the chrome paint of luxurious cars.
In The Ballad of Gay Tony for PC, X360 and PS3, the gameplay consists mainly of completing dangerous missions, requiring the protagonist to perform such breakneck actions as exploding a yacht, stealing a car of a city train or parachuting off a skyscraper's terrace. The expansion offers twenty-six spectacular missions, which can be replayed after finishing the main storyline. In so doing, the player can increase their mission scores described in percentages. The Ballad of Gay Tony offers new vehicles, such as Super Drop Diamond (cabriolet), new weapons – P90 for instance, new internet sites and TV broadcasts. Additionally, the game features different mini-games, such as dancing at clubs, playing golf or serving the role of a guard at a disco.
Microsoft Xbox 360
Uses: Xbox Live
Sony PlayStation 3
PC / Windows
Recommended: Core 2 Quad 2.4 GHz, 2 GB RAM, graphic card 512 MB (GeForce 8600 or better), Windows XP/Vista