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GTA 4: Ballad of Gay Tony review PS3 edition

GTA 4: Ballad of Gay Tony, the second and final GTA 4 DLC episode, has finally dived on to the PS3 and PC, six months after touching down on the Xbox 360. If you saw our GTA 4: Ballad of Gay Tony review for Microsoft’s console the first time round, you’ll know we loved it, but has half a year and the onslaught of many more triple A grade games dulled our enjoyment? Read on and we’ll tell all in our GTA 4: Ballad of Gay Tony review for PS3 right here.

Read the rest of our GTA 4 DLC review:
GTA 4: Lost And Damned review PS3 edition

GTA 4 DLC review: Must try multiplayer modes
GTA 4 DLC review PS3 edition: Overall verdict

We’ll say it upfront: The Ballad of Gay Tony isn’t just the better GTA 4 DLC, but what the original Grand Theft Auto 4 should have been. It’s just a shame that the PS3 version took so long to arrive. While Rockstar carved out a fun story in a fantastic setting with Niko Bellic as the lead, all the clownish IRA bankrobbers and twitchy, roid rage car mechanics in Liberty City can’t compare to the absurd cast and antics of The Ballad Of Gay Tony.

You play as Luis Lopez, an ex-con who’s turned his life around, and now acts as a “business partner” and bodyguard to Gay Tony, a nightclub impresario extraordinaire. While you’d have thought nightclub owners would have learned not to hatch business deals with gangsters by now, Tony’s got in with the wrong crowd, and now he wants out – leaving you to do the dirty work.

While the first GTA 4 DLC episode, The Lost And Damned, disappointed a tad with its repetitive gameplay, The Ballad of Gay Tony has no such problems. Said dirty work is incredibly varied, original and outright absurd, which is just how we like it. If Grand Theft Auto 4 turned the series darker, The Ballad of Gay Tony switches back to the comic nature of arguably the two best entries in the series, Vice City and San Andreas, which predate both the Xbox 360 and PS3.

Instead of simply riding out to an abandoned warehouse and gunning down mobsters, you’ll be pulling off all sorts of ridiculous heists and stunts. Within minutes of firing the game up (Install time on the PS3 is around 10 minutes for both episodes from a disc), you’re torturing a low level thug by thwacking him with balls at a driving range, before making a hasty escape along the marina on a bouncing cart. Later on, you’ll steal an entire train with a helicopter, in a nod to the movie Swordfish, for the gold obsessed playboy Yusuf Amir (Brilliantly voiced by comedian Omid Djalili), and pull off an assassination by skydiving into a skyscraper.

Yes, we said skydiving. The Ballad of Gay Tony brings parachutes back to Grand Theft Auto, letting you basejump from buildings and hijack vehicles from above. It’s great fun, and one of a few new game modes and features added. We prefer the new weapons, like the sticky bombs, to the nightclub management mini game, which has you throwing out troublemakers or cutting some shapes on the dancefloor, but it’s an extra option we can’t grumble about when the core Ballad of Gay Tony storyline is so much fun. Even these side missions are injected with Rockstar’s devilish sense of fun, sending up pop culture with poor puns (One club is called Maisonette 9) and much more pointed satire (You might have to stop a rapper from being exposed by the paparazzi at a gay club).

There’s only one aspect in which The Ballad of Gay Tony is weaker than the first GTA 4 DLC, The Lost And Damned, and that’s multiplayer: it’s no different on PS3 than it is on the Xbox 360, but the new modes lack the inventiveness of Lone Wolf Biker or team Witness Protection, as we explain in our multiplayer review. Otherwise, we can forgive any other issues we have with the Grand Theft Auto 4 setting. We’ll happily play through a game with two year old graphics when it’s this silly, and this addictive.

Read the rest of our GTA 4 DLC review:
GTA 4: Lost And Damned review PS3 edition

GTA 4 DLC review: Must try multiplayer modes
GTA 4 DLC review PS3 edition: Overall verdict

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