Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned Review
Downloadable content might not have had the most comfortable of welcomes but it has been quick to leave its mark on this generation’s game industry. Developers are turning to DLC to improve on their work after launch, extend its shelf life or just to reward a gamer’s dedication. Upon the release of GTA IV, Microsoft invested a large amount of money securing two downloadable episodes as exclusives for Xbox 360 causing controversy when it came to deciding which platform would offer the best GTA IV experience. The question now stands: Will ‘The Lost and Damned’ be worth the investment of both Microsoft and the gamer?
Unlike most DLC albeit new missions or a new gun or costume, TLAD will see you take the role of a whole new character in a whole new story rather than continue the struggles of Niko Bellic. Your new protagonist is Jonny Klebitz, vice-president of the Lost biker gang who is struggling to keep calm as returning from rehab gang leader Billy starts leading the Lost down some dark paths.
It is a story that has a lot of pros and cons. It’s a little predictable, some character relationships aren’t given enough thought and it ends far too abruptly but for it does the job and the voice acting is truly outstanding in some cases better than it was in GTA IV. Rockstar haven’t lost their humorous touch, be prepared to be put in some hilarious situations whether it’s coax a familiar overweight hostage back into the backseat or witnessing some full frontal nudity in the most hilarious way possible.
Jonny isn’t as loveable as Niko. Perhaps this is because you don’t have as much control over Jonny’s reactions as you did with Nikos. There’s less friendship building and keeping relations , you’re just picking up from a pivotal point rather than re-discovering Liberty city although chances are if you’re buying this content you’ve already become familiar with the surrounding once before and to do so again would be pointless. However this doesn’t stop Liberty city feeling as fresh as ever, you’ll start your game in Alderney, an island once neglected in Nikos travels and you’ll spend a lot more time here than Niko did. We’re not sure what it is about Lost and Damned but it’s as if Rockstar have peeled off a new layer of Liberty city, the much appreciated grain filter really echoed the mood of the Lost bikers.