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Grand Theft auto games have all been great. Although I can understand why parents don't want their kids playing them. Drugs, violence, sex, guns, theft and Arson. Just to name a few. I have always been a fan of the games though. The box contains the main story and its two 'episodes'. 'The Lost and Damned' and 'The Ballad of Gay Tony'. The main plot is about a man named 'Niko Bellic' coming to a fictional place called 'Liberty City' to fulfil his dream of becoming rich and famous. Instead he becomes involved with car theft and gangs. This leads to many shoot-outs car chases and death. I was a little disappointed at their being less things to do to your character and his looks. For example in this game you cannot get tattoos, haircuts or workout your body which have been possible in some of the earlier games. I like the skydiving feature in this games and was happy to see this in 'The Ballad Of Gay Tony' episode. There is lots you can do on this game and you can have fun by doing things that are illegal and getting away with it.
The Grand Theft Auto Series is popular, yet highly controversial. Murder, Drugs, Sex, Arson, Profanity and Street Crime, just to name a few, have been mainstays on Grand Theft Auto.
The games on the disc are the original Grand Theft Auto IV and its weaker "episodes", The Lost and Damned & The Ballad of Gay Tony (basically 2 concurrent stories featuring different characters.)
The first game, GTA IV is easily the best of the trio. The player controls Niko Bellic, a Serbian entering Liberty City for the first time, primarily to seek vengeance and closure on one of 2 men who betrayed Niko and had his friends killed in the war. Naturally, in true Grand Theft Auto style, Niko gets involved with crime lords throughout the game, some of which Niko has to kill.
New to the series is the ability to surf the internet, which plays an integral part in some of the missions. Things such as finding a date, sending e-mails as well as accessing a secret website which helps the player achieve 100% makes this a neat addition. Social activities are included too. Visiting strip clubs, bars, comedy clubs, bowling alleys and simply just watching TV add a degree of realism. The ability to ride trains also returns, although they are sadly still not available to drive. This can help Niko get to destinations very quickly, as well as show a panoramic view during the journey. Similarly, Niko can hire a taxi, which at most time of the game is free. The jousts with the taxi driver add comedic value to this dark game. The mobile phone feature is also new to the game, which allows Niko to phone his bosses and friends to do some missions (some story and others side), in addition to getting vital information relative to the story. The phone can also be used to enable the SIXAXIS feature, which is used mainly for driving. While a fun feature, the motion capture is far too sensitive, where a slight tilt of the controller will result in a hard turn in the game. The phone can also be used to input cheats and also has a nice feature where the player can learn the name of a song on the radio if they do not know it, much like the TrackID tool some Sony Ericsson phones feature.
Perhaps the biggest new feature is the online play. Players can face each other in a variety of games, such as a deathmatch, where the player with the most kills and points is the winner. It's a welcome addition to the game and fun too.
Naturally, some of the features from the previous games have been removed. The ability to swim has been removed as Niko will drown as soon as he hits water. Planes and the parachute feature have also been removed, although the parachute returns for The Ballad of Gay Tony. The two episodes also see the removal of some of the social activities Niko is able to do.
The second game, The Lost and Damned is a side story featuring a different character, Johnny Klebitz (who is featured in the main game as an ally), a member of the Lost biker gang, a group who's rivals are The Angels of Death. Most of the game is spent fighting the rival gang, as well as Johnny dealing with a betrayal. Needless to say, it is a very short game and one which didn't really impress me.
The fact that the playable character is from a biker gang gives Johnny some good skills on his chopper. It's very difficult to get Johnny to fall of his bike because of this. Some fun new side games such as arm wrestling and cards are available to play too just in case the player is bored of the missions.
The third game, The Ballad of Gay Tony is probably the better episode. Here the player controls Luis Lopez, a business associate and bodyguard of Gay Tony, who, needless to say, isn't shy to tell his sexual orientation. Luis performs missions which basically help Tony to survive. Again it is kept very short, but it's probably a much better game than The Lost and Damned.
Added are new weapons and a few more vehicles, which are fun to use. New to the series is the ability to replay missions. All missions come with a set of optional objectives the player can reach, although it does not hinder the story if you fail to reach these goals. They are simply for 100% games. Also new to the game is the cage fighting and security guard features, where Luis can fight random opponents for money or be a bodyguard at one of Gay Tony's clubs. The controversial side of this activity is when a female member of staff and Luis engage in sexual acts. Luis can also engage with one of the customers too.
The front cover of the game features the faces of the three playable characters and the back cover has a small paragraph that acts as a synopsis. Unfortunately, because the player is getting three games on one disc, there is simply too much information e.g. controls, radio listings etc., for a booklet to have. Instead is a map of Liberty City. Controls are given in the game anyway, so the absence of a booklet is only a minor gripe.
This is a definite must buy to add to a collection. There is a reason why the Grand Theft Auto series is one of the most successful and it's because Rockstar can somehow keep the newer games fresh and avoid similar replay patterns. A strong recommendation for all to buy this game
Grand Theft Auto IV:The Complete Edition for PS3 is all the Grand Theft Auto games in one box who could ask for more if you are like me and a big Grand Theft Auto fan.
The Grand Theft Auto IV collection consists of "Grand Theft Auto IV","The Lost and Damned" and "The Ballad of Gay Tony"
Grand Theft Auto IV is set in a fictional city called "Liberty City". You play as the main character "Niko Bellic" who comes to Liberty City to fulfill his dream of becoming rich and famous but instead gets involved in car stealing, drug dealing, gangs, corruption. This leads to many car chases with other gang members and of course the police.There are 118 vehicles that are available f0r you to use.
There are 85 missions were "Niko" is rewarded with money if he completes the mission. There are 15 weapons. There are different types of weapons some which can be thrown, but mostly the weapons are guns of different shapes and sizes from melee, pistols, shotguns, rifles and of course there is the Grenade Launcher.There are also trophies to collect. This game is good to play with your friends online. The first item you need to use throughout the game is the Cell Phone you receive messages, send messages and call any number listed in the Cell Phone.
The Lost and Damned is also set in "Liberty City" but it based on the City's biker gangs. The main and playable character is "Johnny Klebitz" who has been running the biker gang. This game is set in the area called "Alderny". The Lost and Damned has 22 missions and 4 random character missions and 6 new weapons- Melee- Pool Cue, Pipe Bomb, Automatic 9mm, Sawn-Off Shotgun, Assault Shotgun, Rocket/Grenade Launcher.
The Ballad of Gay Tony is set in the glitzy area of Liberty City and focuses on the high end of Nightclubs. The 2 main characters are Tony Prince and the playable and business character Luis Lopez. The Ballad of Gay Tony has 25 missions.I love using the parachutes in multiplayer to jump off roofs in this game. This game introduces 7 new military style weapons these Sticky Bombs, Handguns - Pistol 44, Sub Machine Gun - Gold SMG - Assult SMG, Shotguns - Automatic/Explosive shotgun, Machine Guns - Advanced MG, Super Rifles - Advanced Sniper,
One of the many favourite things about Grand Theft Auto IV is the radio station that allows you to access 18 stations. My favourites are "The Vibe 98.9" and Liberty Rock.
Over all 3 games in 1 box which will keep you engrossed on and offline and great value for money.