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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.


Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony Xbox 360 New automatic shotgun with exploding shells. I like!
Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony Xbox 360 Ballad adds new nightclubs to Liberty City.
Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony Xbox 360 Sticky bombs allow you to set and trigger some nasty traps.
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TeamXbox Oct 28, 2009 9.8 out of 10 98
GameSpot Oct 28, 2009 9.5 out of 10 95
AusGamers Nov 05, 2009 9.4 out of 10 94
Xboxdynasty (XD) Nov 02, 2009 9.4 out of 10 94
Digital Chumps Nov 03, 2009 9.2 out of 10 92 Nov 18, 2009 91 out of 100 91 Nov 23, 2009 90 out of 100 90
GameSpy Oct 30, 2009 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90 (UK) Oct 28, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Absolute Games ( Jan 13, 2010 78 out of 100 78


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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.


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


  • 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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