With the last Grand Theft Auto IV episode,
Rockstar takes you back to Liberty City and shows a different area of life happening within
the so called, “Worst Place in America.” Instead of the normal GTA with street crime
and focused on criminal life, The Ballad of Gay Tony shows the high glamour, high style
life of the Liberty City club scene, which is filled with celebrities, multicolored dance
floors, and underground rooms filled with beautiful people. It is a welcomed departure
from the grit of previous GTA games. You play as Luis Lopez, a former street thug
and now personal assistant of Anthony Prince, also known as Gay Tony. Tony is the owner
of several high profile clubs and with a lot of fame comes many more problems. Tony takes
out a loan from the mafia who wants their money back, rival clubs are looking to move
in, and there are internet gossip rags that need dealt with. Lucky for Tony he has Luis
to help with these troubles. By now you know what to expect. You will drive
around the living city and complete missions. Most of the missions consist of you going
somewhere and killing someone, or destroying something or stealing something. You will
use the cover system for firefights, and the GPS for driving. Everything controls perfectly,
making for a streamlined feeling. As for new things to the gameplay, the game
now has a heavy focus on helicopters. An early mission has you stealing an attack helicopter
from a yacht, and then using it to sink the yacht and cover your tracks. The missions
will start off being frustrating as you struggle to learn the helicopter controls, but once
you get them, they will become the most fun missions. And seeing as you work for a club, you can
do things involved with night clubs. You can play drinking games at the bar, do work as
a bouncer, and even impress some ladies on the dance floor. These are all mini-games
and are welcome distractions. But you can also now go base-jumping, hit some balls at
the driving range, street race, and even enter underground fighting tournaments. There is
plenty to do and see in Liberty City. With the interesting storyline and great new
mini-games and activities, The Ballad of Gay Tony is a great conclusion to the GTA IV era.
Taking you away from dirty street crime to the more glamourous life of crime. It may
be the best reason to return to “The worst place in America,” one last time.