We’ve just had a first play of GTA 4 Ballad of Gay Tony, the next installment of Xbox 360 DLC for Grand Theft Auto IV, and we’re already hooked. Want to know why? We break down all the new features and gameplay goodies right here in our feature.
Oh yes. Skydiving is back, San Andreas style. Thanks to the unending pile of cash Gay Tony is sitting on, you’ll be bankrolled to pull off all sorts of insane stunts, including assassination attempts by parachuting on to a skyscraper helipad from above. The controls are very similar to San Andreas, with you needing to pull up to slow your descent or pencil drop to land in the right spot. But you don’t just get to sky dive in the story missions though…
2. New gameplay modes
Outside of the new storyline objectives in GTA 4 Ballad of Gay Tony, there are two brand new gameplay modes. The first, basejumping, lets you skydive from the top of a bunch of buildings in downtown Liberty City and around, with the aim being to land on a truck – that’s moving. Rockstar also promised a Club Management mode, so you can oversee the venues Louis has a stake in. We didn’t get to play it, but micro management simulation of gay bars seems like the next logical step for GTA, wouldn’t you say?
3. New weapons
There’s a bunch of new weapons for Louis to dispatch cops, crooks and innocent passers by with in GTA 4 Ballad of Gay Tony, including the lethal P90 which squirts out 900 rounds of headshot a minute. Our favourite new addition to the arsenal though is the sticky bomb remote mine. You simply place it where you’d like death to occur, scarper and hit down on the D pad to detonate. You can even set off chain reactions if you dot them along in a line, leading to pure devastation.
4. Replayable missions
Just like you can in GTA Chinatown Wars on handhelds, GTA 4 Ballad of Gay Tony lets you replay any mission you’ve completed any time you like so if you enjoy a god rail gun session, you can switch back to the brilliant subway train stealing mission as often as you like.
5. New audio
There’s new radio content to keep you chuckling along in the car in GTA 4 Ballad of Gay Tony, but the real coup Rockstar’s pulled off is with voice acting. From our first play, Arabic gangster Youssuf is shaping up to be one of the funniest GTA characters ever, and he’s voiced by none other than Omid Djalili. If you’ve ever seen his impersonations of swaggering young Iranians on TV, you’ll know just how comical this genius bit of casting is.