Review by Alexisonfire360
Peace and Prosperity be Damned
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned is the next installment in the GTA series. Unlike the other games in the series GTA IV: The Lost and Damned is much more gritty, and aggressive with it's biker story. However is it for the good or bad? Let's find out.
You begin the game as the Vice President of The Lost, Johnny Klebitz. The Lost Motorcycle Club are in war with their rivals Angels of Death. Along the way you'll find some cameos from characters in GTA IV in this game (Niko Bellic, Roman Bellic, etc). At first, you might feel a little distant from Johnny, but that seems to go away on it's own. The humor in this game is also top notch, what you'd expect from a GTA title. Overall, the story was done well, but felt a bit predictable at times, not bad however.
The audio is The Lost and Damned is superb. As for the voice acting, it's excellent. Each and every character has a distinct voice that you'll grow a custom to. Nothing out of the ordinary in the Grand Theft Auto series. The people at Rockstar Games also added new tracks for the radio stations in Liberty City. LCHC received new tracks from Cannibal Corpse, At the Gates, and Sepultura. Liberty Rock Radio, The Beat, and Radio Broker have also been added more tracks. The new death metal tracks definitely add to game's tough and aggressive environment.
The Lost and Damn's graphics are excellent. The facial expressions are getting old, but still good nevertheless. There is also a noise filter which adds a dirtier effect to the game, adding to it's dark atmosphere (Quite similar from the Manhunt games). Overall, I have no complaints on the graphics.
Game Play (10/10):
As far as the game play goes, it's about the same as GTA IV. There are quite a few improvements from GTA IV however. The physics have changed, the way you run, the way you ride bikes, and the way you move are all different. Riding bikes is much easier because it's more difficult to fall off the bikes. The new additions also include new missions (side missions as well), characters, weapons, vehicles, physics, achievements, music and new multiplayer modes. There are 22 brand new missions to complete in GTA The Lost and Damned. The missions don't get repetitive or boring, so it's an enjoyable experience playing through the story. The new side missions, including gang wars are also a wonderful addition to the game. In gang wars, you get on your bike and go slaughtering the Angels of Death. Other side missions include bike races, character missions, and random favors. There are also new weapons this time around, including an assault shotgun, sawed off shotgun, Automatic 9mm, pipe bombs, and a grenade launcher. Along with the new handling with bikes, some of the other physics have changed as well. The only real complaint I have with the game play is the way Johnny runs. He runs slow and in an awkward way. Other than that, I have no problems with the new physics. If you're wondering how long The Lost and Damned will last you, well it'll last quite a while. With all of the missions and extras to do, this is one of the biggest game add-on's yet.
There are all new multiplayer modes this time around. They include Witness Protection, Race, Lone Wolf Biker, Own the City, Club Business, and Chopper vs Chopper are the new multiplayer modes. Here's what each mode offers. Witness Protection: One team is bikers, and the other team are cops. The cops must drive around random places around the citites to drop off witnesses. While the bikers are trying to blow up the bus. Race: Unlike GTA IV, the racing is limited just to bikes. The only other difference is that you can knock people off their bikes to win the race. Lone Wolf Biker: Someone becomes "it," you must then kill them to proceed the game. Like hide and go seek only with bikes and weapons. Own the City: Sections of Liberty City are divided up and you must take control of it by killing all the AI's in that area. Club Buisness, very similar to the Mafia mode in GTA IV. Chopper vs Chopper: Perhaps my favorite of the multiplayer modes. Here, someone is on a motorcycle while the other person is in a helicopter. The biker must survive through a number of checkpoints or time. Overall, kudos for Rockstar Games to include new multiplayer modes.
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned is the most wonderful experience I've had with Downloadable Content ever. When Rockstar Games first announced that they were going to make an episode with hours and hours of game play, they weren't kidding. The Lost and Damned is an amazing experience and I recommend this DLC to any fan of the Grand Theft Auto series.
Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Product Release: Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned (US, 02/17/09)
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