Product Type: Rockstar Xbox 360 games
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Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City (Xbox 360)
Member Name: Seven17
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City (Xbox 360)
Date: 11/01/12, updated on 12/01/12 (36 review reads)
Advantages: Ballad of Gay tony is a BIG improvement more features too.
Disadvantages: Lost and Dammed lacks everything, not many extras and poor longevity.
(+) (What You get for your money) This game comes with two "add-on" stories, which inter link with the main story. In many missions we see Niko and the hardcore American biker, and also Luis who is Gay Tony's right hand man. There are a few holes in the story line though. When you see Patrick McReary dealing Diamonds for exchange of the Mob's Daughter, Luis is not there instead it is someone else. In The ballad of Gay Tony Luis is back where the other guy should be. A pretty big blooper Rockstar did not think about.
@ The lost and damned @
(+) (Good storyline) The lost and dammed follows a story line of an American bike club known as the dammed and their leader Billy. In the story there are just over 30 missions and all the regular pastimes such as Seagulls to shoot, odd jobs, and new friends. The whole story line is based around Billy, who gets out of jail and then goes straight back in after a deal goes wrong and the cops arrive. Billy believes that the vice president who you play as, Johnny has set him up.
(-) (Lost and dammed is poor value for money) To be honest I was not pleased with the amount of content you get for this. There are lots of bikes added to the game and one small hatchback car. You also get new music but only for two of the rock stations. LCHC and Liberty Rock Radio. You also get quite a grainy picture at sunset and this does not normally happen in the regular GTA.
(+) (The missions are the good bit) The missions are excellent and there are plenty of explosions and special effects in the game, not to mention variety of characters, there has to be at least 20 characters new in the game. Again the story does inter link with the original GTA IV and lets you play as Johnny the guy who meets Niko for the diamonds. In the lost and dammed though you see what Johnny is like behind Niko's back and you get to see what he actually thinks about him...
(-) (Glitches and bad acting) The lost and dammed also lacks the voice quality that I find the original story and Ballad of Gay Tony has. For example when falling off a building Johnny shouts "Oooh noo!" and you just know an actor said that because it lacks oomph like he really could not careless about dying. The story line also has a few glitches in where on missions like the one where you get Billy's bike back, you go outside again and Billy is already gone, but he didn't leave until you walked outside, so he has somehow run past you, got on his bike and started riding off without you knowing in that split second cut scene.
@ Ballad of Gay Tony @
(+) (Bigger link with original Story) Ballad of Gay Tony starts to interlink with the main story at Three Leaf Clover when you gain access to all islands. The story starts neatly when you play as Luis who is in the bank when Niko robs it. (Small world right?) Luis is the right hand man for Gay Tony and again there are about 30 missions but I think Ballad of Gay Tony has more features than Lost and Dammed. More cars, Nitro in the cars, Base-jumps with parachutes, more weapons and a complete change of music on the Dance stations.
(+) (Gifts and bonuses) You also get gifts such as vehicles from Yusef and more to the point, you get a great deal of things to do after the story is complete. Cage fighting, parachuting and completing missions all to 100% with all requirements.
(+) (New places and things to do) You get access to new places such as Bahama mammas which is a rival nightclub, and other aspects open up like drinking, dancing and bouncer for the nightclub. There is so much more to do which is why I always play Ballad of Gay Tony rather than the original story. In my opinion this has to be better than the original. More features, cars, guns, things to do etc and it never ends because you always need to complete missions to 100% and shoot seagulls etc. I have often found that in some aspects like vehicle damage and explosions are equal to the story line, they are all clearly animated and not realistic.
(+) (New Phone means new features) In the game you get a new mobile phone too, which yet again unlocks new features such as Booty call for girls you meet in the club and when out and about with friends you can do things like play golf, which again unlocks the golf cart! There is so much in this storyline that the Lost and Dammed simply does not have.
@ Overall @
(N) (One is good, one is bad) Lost and Dammed ruins this package because it does not have as many features as Ballad of Gay Tony, and once you have finished all the missions that's it, poor longevity but with Ballad of Gay Tony you can complete missions to 100%, go drinking, hang out with friends and there are base jumps.
(-) (Room for improvement) I love the fact that the story is interlinked and I think Rockstar have very cleverly done this in such a way that even more missions could be created in each add on game but there are still improvements to be made: First of all, in the Lost and dammed give it some more features, its way too basic and poor value for money. In the Ballad of Gay Tony they don't use enough of the storyline to have an effect, since you already know what will happen. The mission where Luis has to get the diamonds to the chef for the deal goes wrong, but in the main storyline and in the lost and dammed, you KNOW this will happen because you've played it twice before!! Very predictable.
(+) (On the whole) It's a fantastic package and I would recommend it. If you haven't fully completed the original GTA IV then do so, or the story wont make any sense at all.
Summary: I would still recommend this just for the Ballad of Gay Tony - What an add-on this is!