gamers (93%) found this review helpful
Honestly this was more fun than the regular GTA IV for three reasons
1. Better weapons especially in the ballad of tony you got a silenced P90, golden Uzi if you complete certain missions, cool night vision sniper that can shoot explosive rounds (cheat code) explosive punches and sticky grenades you can drive next to someone's car and throw one and you control when it explodes
2. Better cars and motorcycles. AND a PARACHUTE so you can finally jump out a helicoper and land safely.
3. Music is way better with new songs and it seems that with the selection of songs that they added that they actually took their time to select the songs.
Overall it was a great game that would have gotten a 10 from me if the stories werent so short about 3-4 hours of gameplay per story
gamers (90%) found this review helpful
To properly evaluate this disc, you really need to know what it is. It's not a full game, but it does stand on it's own, and does not require any other GTA games, but it is very much an expansion to GTA IV. With that said, let me start out by saying that this game is excellent.
If you've played GTA IV, this disc will provide 2 different views of some of the major plot points in GTA IV. If you haven't played GTA IV, don't worry, you just won't see the viewpoint of Niko.
Where GTA IV throws so much into the equation, it does too much as story based content, and not as side missions. This disc fixes that issue, with very little extraneous play being part of the mission story line. There's still plenty to do in side missions on this disc, but what I cared about was the story. The difficulty is ratcheted up from GTA IV in The Lost and the Damned, and then set to more difficult again in The Ballad of G ay Tony. On top of that, TBoGT throws in a scoring mechanism, rating how well you did on certain factors, but you don't see the list until the end. That scoring mechanic was the biggest negative for me (it should have been hidden from view until a second playthrough) in the whole disc, since I needed to use re-tries for a few of the missions, but a re-try invalidates your score.....
If you ignore that nit, the game play is spot on, assuming you like GTA. The story telling from 2 additional sides will make the original story all the more real, and you might even find yourself cheering on some of the NPCs before you're done.
gamers (85%) found this review helpful
To clear this up....you don't need GTA4 to play this game.I'll start with the awesome parts of the game and how the two add-ons differ.First The Lost and bleep.The lost and the bleep makes you conserve ammo and scrap for cash unlike GTA4 which adds another layer of challenge plus it is more of a team game.If you did not like how in GTA4 Niko Bellic goes on a massive mission you'll be pleased bacause the lost tells of a corrupt biker gang no helicopter chases and massive explosens included.Although I don't like that their are barely any cars on the street when you have teamates plus I wonder if their mentaly challenged by the amout of time they spend crashing into walls.The Ballad of bleep Tony is exactly the oppisite because it focuses on upbeat clubs race cars attack choppers yachts aand much much more.The only problem I find in Tony is the lag caused by attack choppers shooting missles.Overall, I think this is a great buy!By the way,the bleeps are bacause gamefly censors parts of the names of the add-ons.