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We love
Great new multiplayer modes
We hate
Missions can be repetitive
Verdict
A great setting, but being stuck on a bike so much begins to grind
Launch Price
£13.99
6 Pages
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GTA 4: Lost and Damned has finally hit the PS3 with the GTA 4 DLC launch on Sony’s console, and just as on the Xbox 360 last year, each episode is available separately, as well as on a bundled disc. But with so many brand new games on the horizon readying to eat into your social life, is either still a must-play GTA add-on? We revisited the first part, The Lost and Damned, for PS3 to find out. Read on, gorge yourself on our GTA 4: Lost and Damned review and find out how it fares on PlayStation 3.

Read the rest of our GTA 4 DLC review:
GTA 4: Ballad Of Gay Tony review PS3 edition
GTA 4 DLC review: Must try multiplayer modes
GTA 4 DLC review PS3 edition: Overall verdict

Although GTA 4: The Lost And Damned chucks you straight in at the deep end, with the whole city map open to you from the start and heavy fire missions from almost the very beginning, the first GTA 4 DLC aims to be a whole new experience of its own. Niko plays just a passing cameo role, and instead you’re presented with a whole new storyline that sees you take on the role of Johnny Klebitz, a biker in a Hells Angels style gang, whose (relatively) level headed approach conflicts with livewire leader Billy on his return from rehab.

The narrative’s certainly the most appealing part of the single player in The Lost And Damned: the voice acting is solid and the storyline is recognisable if not believable. It’s no spoiler to say that the tension between Johnny and Billy only ramps up overtime, and while the conclusion seems inevitable, it’s still compelling to play through and witness for yourself.

The controls and fundamentals on the PlayStation 3 stay the same (your gang’s clubhouse acts as a savepoint, though you’ll have to save over old GTA 4 slots on the PS3), but there are a few other additions that GTA 4: The Lost And Damned brings with it to the Liberty City we know and love. New weapons (Hello grenade launcher), new radio and mini games all debut, as well as a new focus on playing as a team: ride in a pack and you’ll be rewarded with replenished health, cycle repair and plenty of biker trash talk. Sixaxis tilting control for vehicles is also included on the PS3 version, and if it’s your preferred way to ride it’ll make things much easier in this episode in particular, since you’re on two wheels for so much of the time.

While we’ve got no complaints about GTA 4: The Lost And Damned’s length for the price you pay (About 8 to 10 hours), the missions do become somewhat stale. As Klebitz, you won’t enjoy any of the high flying hi-jinx of GTA 4: The Ballad Of Gay Tony’s Luis Lopez. Instead you’re given a few more guns and expected to slay hordes of bikers or mafioso in an abandoned warehouse. Then maybe if you’re lucky, you’ll have to quickly get rid of your wanted level, before rinsing and repeating. The new gang system, which sees your AI posse strengthen up as they complete missions with you, doesn’t change the structure as much as you’d hope either: the fairly low difficulty level means you don’t really care about keeping your brothers in leathers alive.

Riding around on a motorbike the whole time can also become tiresome. Even if Rockstar has tweaked the controls, letting you aim and shoot while tearing it down the street on two wheels, being chained to your hog so much isn’t so much endearing as annoying, especially since you can actually fail missions by driving back on a different chopper, which is easily done in gang missions.

The Lost And Damned is still a match for its GTA 4 DLC counterpart, The Ballad Of Gay Tony, though, purely for its multiplayer modes. We’ve broken them down in much more detail in our multiplayer review, but the new options tick all the boxes, whether you prefer co-op play or going it solo. The team Witness Protection mode and Chopper vs Chopper (Helicopter. Bike. Fight!) particularly stand out, and the variety on offer here makes it feel like Rockstar rushed through Gay Tony a tad, throwing in some turbo boosts for car races and calling it a day.

If you’re not fussed about multiplayer though, GTA 4: The Lost And Damned is definitely the weakest part of the Grand Theft Auto 4 saga. It lacks the humour of the The Ballad Of Gay Tony, and even the original GTA 4, and just tries to crank things up to 11 to mask it. It’s still worth playing through for fans, but The Lost And Damned on PS3 (And Xbox 360) is clear proof that the series needs a dramatic rethink before GTA number five hits the streets.

Read the rest of our GTA 4 DLC review:
GTA 4: Ballad Of Gay Tony review PS3 edition
GTA 4 DLC review: Must try multiplayer modes
GTA 4 DLC review PS3 edition: Overall verdict

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