GTA 4: Ballad Of Gay Tony hailed as one of the greatest ever DLCs
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Unlike Grand Theft Auto V, its predecessor Grand Theft Auto IV introduced two episodic expansion packs to the base game: Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned and Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony. It is the latter instalment that was recently hailed as one of the greatest ever DLCs by fans.
Released in 2009 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, the episodic expansions for Grand Theft Auto IV were a big hit and a chance for fans to experience more of what Rockstar had to offer. Whereas Lost and Damned followed the story of Johnny Klebitz, The Ballad of Gay Tony followed Luis Fernando Lopez, the best friend of Anthony "Gay Tony" Prince. Despite the DLC being released over 10 years ago, it is still hailed as one of the best even today.
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The story follows Luis as he attempts to help Tony with a series of problems, including drug addiction, an excess of debt and disputes with the Mafia. Featuring similar gameplay as Grand Theft Auto IV and the Grand Theft Auto series as a whole, you will need to fight, race and kill your way to the top all whilst completing a series of quests, side missions and activities.
For some Grand Theft Auto fans, The Ballad of Gay Tony is one of their “favourite GTAs of all time” with another saying the DLC “was great”. This has been a common theme for the Reddit community for many GTA discussions. One fan wrote, “I loved TBOGT, it had a completely different feel and vibe to the original or Lost and Damned. I loved running errands for Tony and being around the nightclub.” Another said, “Just incredible. There was a perfect amount of camp in TBOGT and the ending... was satisfying. It was positive. I cried. It was a perfect bookend for GTA IV. I just wish we had even more of it.”
With Grand Theft Auto VI arriving in the near future (hopefully), it remains to be seen if it will be as iconic as the previous instalments in the long-running series.