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The Ballad of Gay Tony is the second and final expansion pack for Grand Theft Auto IV. It is made available as DLC (downloadable content) and requires the original game to play.

The story is centered around a new character, Luis Fernando Lopez, who is part of a ring of Dominican drug dealers. He is also the bodyguard of Anthony "Gay Tony" Prince. The game introduces a lot of glitter, with an eccentric storyline and many sports cars, including the return of the familiar Bullet. Other additions include new aircraft and a parachute (previously featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas). New activities are a driving range (golf), and various drinking- and dancing-based mini-games in the many nightclubs. Multiplayer includes updated game modes and adds a BASE jumping multiplayer competition. The game starts with Luis Fernando Lopez held hostage during a bank robbery that involves Niko Bellic from the original game. From there, a large plot unfolds that involves the survival of the night clubs, a set of stolen diamonds, drugs abuse and various gangs.

Through this expansion players can replay previously completed missions with a scoring system, similar to Manhunt and the Hitman series, and this feature was previously introduced in the GTA series in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars.

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Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony Windows Don't even think about playing the various helicopter missions with the keyboard
Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony Windows New mini game: base jumping
Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony Windows One of the recurring themes of <i>Ballad of Gay Tony</i>: big explosions
Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony Windows ...which leads directly to the next mini game: price fighting

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User Reviews

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Critic Reviews

XboxAchievements Xbox 360 Nov 30, 2009 10 out of 10 100
AusGamers Xbox 360 Nov 05, 2009 9.4 out of 10 94
IGN Xbox 360 Oct 28, 2009 9.2 out of 10 92
4Players.de Xbox 360 Nov 18, 2009 91 out of 100 91
Vandal Online Windows Apr 16, 2010 9 out of 10 90
NZGamer Xbox 360 Nov 03, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox 360 Oct 28, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Thunderbolt Games Xbox 360 Nov 08, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Xbox 360 Jan 13, 2010 78 out of 100 78
newbreview.com Xbox 360 Nov 06, 2009 3 out of 5 60

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

References

The credits for the original GTA IV can be seen numerous times on a TV in Yusuf's apartment

Awards

  • Gamespot
    • 2009 - Best Downloadable Content/Expansion
  • IGN
    • 2009 - Best Xbox 360 Downloadable Add-On
    • 2009 - Best Xbox 360 Downloadable Add-On (Readers' Choice)
  • Spike TV
    • 2009 - Best Downloadable Content
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