Two stories, one city
Grand Theft Auto fans are in for a double dose of story driven action with Episodes From Liberty City, two full games available on one Blu-ray Disc or as separate downloads available from PlayStation Store.
First up is The Ballad Of Gay Tony which features an overdose of guns, glitz and grime. You play as Luis Lopez, a part-time hoodlum and full-time assistant to legendary Liberty City nightclub owner Tony Prince aka Gay Tony. Throughout the game you'll struggle with the competing loyalties of family and friends, and with the uncertainty as to who is real and who is false in a world in which everyone seems to have a price.
In The Lost And The Damned you play as Johnny, a veteran member of The Lost, a notorious biker gang on the streets of Liberty City. When your boss and President of The Lost, Billy, returns from rehab hell-bent on bloodshed and debauchery, you quickly find yourself in the middle of a vicious turf war with the rival gangs in a battle for control of a city torn apart by violence and corruption.
More of a good thing
In The Lost And The Damned, the city of Liberty hasn't changed but the additional content on offer packs even more of a punch. Included in this new episode are a whopping 54 new music tracks, 20 new vehicles, loads of new weapons including a powerful grenade launcher, new side missions, TV shows and multiplayer modes.
You now have the ability to call on your biker friends during missions for backup by using your in-game phone, which can be accessed by the up button. The more times you use them in a firefight and depending on whether or not they make it out alive, the more adept they become at handling themselves in battle. Alongside the campaign mode there is also a wealth of side missions to complete plus some brand new mini-games.
In The Ballad Of Gay Tony, the series makes a return to the zanier mission types fans of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on PlayStation 2 may remember. Here, you have to take on tasks such as stealing gunships, sinking yachts and parachuting from a helicopter to a rooftop gunfight before leaping from the building using a second chute. It's intense, hilarious and challenging from start to finish.
There are also new weapons for you to get to grips with alongside mini-games that include dancing in nightclubs, club management and champagne drinking challenges. When you eventually finish both games, you will find out exactly what happened to the diamonds that were stolen from Niko and his cousin Roman Bellic during the course of Grand Theft Auto IV's epic storyline.
Liberty is your playground
Both The Lost And The Damned and The Ballad Of Gay Tony feature a vast amount of multiplayer modes for you to explore once you have completed their respective single player campaigns. In The Lost And The Damned you can take part in Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Races around the city.
The brand new Witness Protection mode tasks one team as the police escorting a witness to a nearby station, while the others take on the roles of the bikers in an attempt to stop them. Another new addition is Lone Wolf Biker wherein one player is pitted against everyone else on the map. Whoever takes out the Lone Wolf Biker takes on the mantle and so on until the timer finally reaches zero.
In The Ballad Of Gay Tony, multiplayer modes are similar to The Lost And The Damned and include Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and various forms of street racing.