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We love
The Lost And Damned’s new modes lengthen the game’s lifespan
We hate
The Ballad Of Gay Tony adds little
Verdict
Plenty of fun options give GTA 4 a lifespan much longer than its singleplayer modes
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£13.99 each
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GTA 4 DLC review: Must try multiplayer modes

Both GTA 4 DLC episodes for PS3 don’t just bring new characters and gripping single player storylines to Grand Theft Auto 4, but new multiplayer modes to spice up online play. After two years, we wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve tired of roaming Liberty City with friends, but these new games make multiplayer well worth revisiting. Read our GTA 4 DLC review for the run down on the picks of the virtual litter.

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GTA 4: Lost And Damned review PS3 edition

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There are no PlayStation 3 multiplayer additions compared to last year’s Xbox versions, but you can link your PlayStation Network account to the Rockstar Social Club for both episodes on the PS3 as you can on Microsoft’s console in just the same way. And while several modes for both PS3 expansion packs, The Lost And Damned and The Ballad Of Gay Tony, stick to the original Grand Theft Auto 4 formula (Deathmatch, team deathmatch) there are plenty of all new modes, as well as old ones revisited with a new spin. Here are our favourites.

Club Business
GTA 4 DLC episode: The Lost And Damned
Club Business sees you working as a team of bikers to complete missions, slaying Angels Of Death, and riding in convoys to targets. It’s a fun co-op game that still encourages competitiveness by letting the person who best completes a task become the ride leader for the next one. And just like in the single player game, you’ll want to ride in a pack formation to boost your health.

Chopper vs Chopper
GTA 4 DLC episode: The Lost And Damned
An absolutely genius mode that makes perfect use of The Lost And Damned’s motorbike focus. One player’s seated on a bike while the other rides in a helicopter (They’re both choppers, see): you simply have to race through as many checkpoints as possible before being cutdown the by the helicopter’s rounds, then switch over. It’s a smart game that requires you to make wise use of Liberty City’s narrow streets and cover. The PS3′s Sixaxis controls add a new twist, since you don’t have to just use thumbpads to navigate.

Lone Wolf Biker
GTA 4 DLC episode: The Lost And Damned
It’s you against the world, as one biker has to cane it across the city, while pursued by every other player: you simply have to stay alive for as long as possible. That’s easier said than done of course, since you can’t just hole up in a remote spot with a sniper rifle and your back to the wall. You’ve got to make it through the most checkpoints, so if you stray from the path, you can bet your enemies will be waiting for you on your return.

Witness Protection
GTA 4 DLC episode: The Lost And Damned
A team game that pits a gang of bikers looking to destroy a prison bus and execute the snitches inside, against a NOOSE security van and escorts. The vehicle’s heavily armoured, but the prisoners’ heads certainly aren’t when you’re moving them from it to the police stations dotted around the map, so you’ll have to keep them covered (or in your sights) when the guards make a break for it.

GTA Race
GTA 4 DLC episode: The Ballad Of Gay Tony
The Ballad Of Gay Tony’s all about the flash and the cash, so it should come as no surprise that its race mode offers souped up sports cars with nitrous oxide boosts, Fast And The Furious style. It’s best played in GTA mode, which allows for guns as well, naturally, leading to insanely fast firefights and serious carnage.

Free Mode
GTA 4 DLC episode: The Ballad Of Gay Tony
Free mode’s nothing new of course, and PS3 owners will know this mode inside out already, but with the right friends is immensely fun, and expanded in the last GTA 4 DLC episode with basejumping options. You can all hop up to the top of skyscrapers and dive off: go for formations if you like, but you can also compete to perform the most well executed jumps.

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

GTA 4: Ballad Of Gay Tony review PS3 edition

GTA 4 DLC review PS3 edition: Overall verdict

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