GTA IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony Preview

This Thursday, October 29, marks the release of the second and final DLC for Rockstar’s hugely popular Grand Theft Auto IV. It also indicates a return of what a lot of gamers missed from previous GTA games: crazy antics and huge explosions.

GTA IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony pits gamers in the roll of Luis Lopez, assistant to the title character Anthony “Gay Tony” Prince and promises everything from over-the-top missions (train robbery by helicopter, anyone?) to rocket launcher toting aircraft to base jumping off many of Liberty City’s tallest buildings and even stealing tanks. The story arc so far has Luis protecting Gay Tony’s several night clubs from rival owners, earning money to support his boss’s drugs habits, and generally wreaking havoc across the city. There’s sure to be a good reason why you’ll be stealing a train car with a helicopter, but Rockstar is remaining tight lipped as to why.

You’ll also find, like with the previous expansion, The Lost and the Damned, that some things will carry over to Niko’s story as well as multiplayer. One of the new areas that Rockstar is looking to expand into is what they call the Multiplayer Base Jumping Challenge (also known in-game as the “Z Games”). The idea here is that sixteen players will split into eight teams of two and race around Liberty City to compete for the fastest time. There will be a total of nine buildings to leap from, with the second player in the team acting as a transport from building to building, and perhaps intercepting the competition with the likes of rocket launchers. Haven’t you always wanted to lob rockets at innocent parachute? The team to survive long enough to complete all the jumps in the least amount of time wins the day.

Of course, there’s more to the new expansion that just action packed mayhem. Rockstar has shown several new television programs for those of us addicted to the Republican Space Rangers. There’s a new anime send up called Princess Robot Bubblegum that takes pot shots at nerdom at its finest, and new Weasel News and Fizz content as well, that is sure to tie in with the high life that Luis and Gay Tony have become accustomed. And there’s always the hope that Liberty City’s finest talk show host, Lazlo, earns himself a new segment, if not a full return on the much-missed Chatterbox FM.

Gamers are encouraged to keep an eye out for GTA IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony to hit Xbox Live on Thursday, or you can pick it up at retail with Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City. And be sure to watch for our upcoming review!

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