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Don't you dare bring a Honda to the Harley party little man. Lest you be Lost.

  • Dec 22, 2010
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+4
The Ballad of Gay Tony was a great add on for the Grand Theft Auto IV series.  It was fun and bright with big nights of glitz and action.  The Lost and the Damned replaces many of those aspects for the down and dirty anarchist biker gang in Liberty City: The Lost and it's Vice President Johnny.

In Liberty City, Billy, The Lost MC's  President has been released from rehab and seems to have changed being very impulsive and reactionary in the eyes of Johnny the VP.  In between the rival Angels of Death biker gang and dealing with other issues like Johnny's junkie girlfriend and crooked cops, Johnny feels that The Lost may be falling apart. 

Again similar to The Ballad Of Gay Tony, The Lost and the Damned gives you a view of this different side of life in Liberty City, except instead of playing the immigarant Army soldier Niko or as the security chief Luis, you play as Johnny Klebbitz the biker.  Much like The Ballad of Gay Tony, new vehicles again are added with most of them being bikes but the tow truck is also a nice addition.  New weapons like the grenade launcher and pipe bomb also appear for extra destruction.  Also the automatic pistol and sawed off shotgun give you another option for fighting when riding.

The improved checkpoint system returns from the Gay Tony game and other activities like air hockey in some locales, and bike races.  The term "road rash" is stated also hearkening back to those Genesis days of the motorcycle races where you can beat your enemies with bats and get them to crash.  Good times.  Gang wars can have your men posse up and find the enemy gang and put them in a one way ticket to that Harley Parking Lot in the sky.  It is a war keep in mind so your own men can often bite the wrong end of a fender too many times.  Speaking of which.  Some missions are definetly harder then others and you can easily run out of money cause of those Hospital visits.  Have some gang wars often to keep the cash flow coming.

The gang clubhouse is a highlight.  a dark and foreboding place full of cigarette smoke, loud metal music, girls in cages dancing and graying wood.  Watch TV, get on the computer, play cards or arm wrestle with your fellow gang members.  Theres even a shrine to fallen members of The Lost that you lose in missions.  This place is a mood setter for the world your in.  Johnny sleeps on a mattress in a store room and I've only seen one kind of outfit for him.  Other gang members over the phone can assist you in jam, even sell you cheap guns like Little Jacob in GTA IV.

The big difference in the game over the Gay Tony game is that not only is that sunny and happy feeling of the game gone, replaced with GTA's more gray and somber feel but it's made grittier with a grainy camera look for the game, kinda like the early seasons of The Shield.  This game is so gritty that the camera suffers but this can be turned off.

Again, the only bad side is that the game is short.  For a DLC no you can't get a lot of missions but the experience was so much fun, I didn't want it to end. I hated the bike missions in the first GTA IV but here, I found my trusty Hexer being my best friend that I could start on Sunday and ride till Saturday.
Don't you dare bring a Honda to the Harley party little man. Lest you be Lost. Don't you dare bring a Honda to the Harley party little man. Lest you be Lost. Don't you dare bring a Honda to the Harley party little man. Lest you be Lost. Don't you dare bring a Honda to the Harley party little man. Lest you be Lost.

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Quick Tip by . December 21, 2010
DLC add on to GTA IV has an even bigger grimy and grungy tone for Liberty City as Biker gangs declare war. Good add on and atmosphere.
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Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned
How long has it been since Rockstar released GTA IY? Not even a year later we're treated to the L&D expansion pack. Now aside from the twenty dollars, this Xbox 360 exclusive is one beefy EP. So what do you get, exactly? You get a new campaign, new weapons, new vehicles, new side missions, new music, and new multi-player modes...did I mention new TV shows? Now do you believe me when I said "beefy"? Just a side note: nothing used or acquired in the L&D expansion is playable in the regular …
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Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned is the first of two planned episodic expansion packs to be developed for the Xbox 360 version of the sandbox-style action-adventure video game Grand Theft Auto IV, developed by Rockstar North. The first episodic pack was released on Xbox Live on 17 February 2009.

The Lost and Damned features a new protagonist, Johnny Klebitz, who is a member of Liberty City's biker gang The Lost, a gang which is featured in several missions throughout the course of Grand Theft Auto IV. Dan Houser, vice president of creative development at Rockstar Games, claims the episode will show "a different side of Liberty City" Jeronimo Barrera, Vice President of Product Development for Rockstar Games, has said that the episodes are experiments because they are not sure that there are enough users with access to online content on the Xbox 360. Take-Two Interactive's Chief Financial Officer, Lainie Goldstein revealed that Microsoft was paying a total of $50 million for the first two episodes.

The content was first announced during Microsoft's 2006 E3 press conference on 9 May 2006. Peter Moore, the then-head of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business division described downloadable content as "epic episode packs", and not just an extra car or character. A press release during the conference said that the packs would add "hours of entirely new gameplay" to the game.[8] On 20 February 2008, it was initially announced that the extra content would be introduced...

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ESRB: Mature
Number of Players: 1 or more
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Developer: Rockstar Games
Console: Xbox 360
Genre: Action
Release Date: February 17, 2009
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