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An Xbox 360 exclusive expansion pack for GTA IV

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GTA IV will feel like a new game.

  • Feb 18, 2009
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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 GTA IV story. Let's move on.

How ever you choose to get it...once its loaded you'll begin the L&D mission which takes place in Liberty City. You play as Johnny Klebitz, VP of a biker gang called The Lost. Billy, the Pres. of the gang has just been released from rehab and wants to resume his leadership, but Johnny has something else in mind. As you can imagine, conflict ensues and this leads to a power struggle for The Lost. The campaign shouldn't take long to complete and intersects with Niko's story...which is a plus, but Johnny is the least likeable of all the GTA frontmen and his story isn't very good. To be fair, though, it is an expansion of GTA...so maybe I'm looking at it too deeply.

Now gamers of GTA may have already noticed that The Lost is a biker gang, and bike handling in GTA IV is a pain in the... well, it has been revamped and now more forgiving. Every motorcycle in the game handles better and there are more to choose from. This turns the biggest annoyance in GTA IV into a positive...bikes are now a blast to drive - say good bye to cars. What about the weapons? There are quite a few new ones added, but the best of the best are the assault shotgun and the grenade launcher.

Another addition to the game is battle-readiness. When you're on missions, you'll need your homies to help you...those who survive the fight gain experience, those who die are replaced by newbies with no experience - so watch your homies' back. Now what about the multiplayer modes? A few modes from GTA IY's main story are carried over in L&D with a few new ones: Races is a checkpoint race with weapons. Club Business which is similar to GTA IV's Mafiya Work. Witness Protection is the most fun...as one team plays the cops trying to escort a witness to the police station...and the other team plays as The Lost trying to "get" the witness. Lone Wolf is an every man for himself type game. The other fun mode is Chopper vs. Chopper, here one person is on a bike and he is trying to escape a helicopter trying to shot him to...

I guess there isn't much more I can say...but this is definitely an expansion worth picking up...the only bad news I have to report is that nothing from L&D transfers over to the main story. Aside from that, this has to be one of the best expansions offered on the Xbox 360 and will make GTA IV feel like a new game.

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February 18, 2009
Wow, I just realized how out-of-it I am with video games. I didn't even know what an 'expansion pack' was until reading this. It sounds like GTA requires a lot of skill and alertness, and I'll definitely recommend that my friends read this before they make their next trip to Game Stop!
 
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review by . December 22, 2010
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Don't you dare bring a Honda to the Harley party little man. Lest you be Lost.
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 …
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 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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