Press gets hands-on with Gay Tony

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The online gaming press have had their first hands-on time with Gay Tony. preview links now live

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Gay Tony preview in Xbox World 360 magazine

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Xbox World 360 Magazine contains an eight-page preview of The Ballad of Gay Tony. Here’s a rundown on some of the new stuff mentioned:

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  • The HUD (Heads-Up-Display) is a “Parma Violet-style pink/purple”.
  • The Ballad of Gay Tony should feature around 20 missions (roughly the same as The Lost and Damned).
  • Missions get scored out of 100% depending on your style and efficiency. You can re-play missions at any time in order to improve your scores.
  • Three nightclubs are accessible – Bahama Mamas, Hercules and Maisonette 9. Luis is tasked with managing Hercules and Maisonette 9 – the two clubs which belong to Gay Tony. Hercules was off-limits during this preview.
  • The golf course in Algonquin behind Memory Lanes is open for business! A golfing minigame is available.
  • New websites have been added to the in-game internet.
  • A new car based on a Bentley continental Convertible is called the Super Drop Diamond.
  • One of the new random character missions involves “a mental ex-girlfriend of Luis’ who places a bomb in his car, leading to a race to disarm it.”
  • Four missions were previewed during the demo

Rockstar dated Gay Tony

Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City will be released on the 29th of October 2009 for XBOX 360. It will include “The Lost and Damned” and “The Ballad of Gay Tony”. It will not require GTA IV. The RRP will be $39.99 in North America and $69.95 in Australia.

The Ballad of Gay Tony will also be available from XBOX Live and is expected to cost 1600 Microsoft Points ($19.99 USD). This cheaper version will require the GTA IV disc.

The Ballad of Gay Tony

The second GTA IV episode will be called "GTA: The Ballad of Gay Tony".  I never would have guessed that name.  It’s a bold and amusing move and part of what makes Rockstar Games great.  The main character is Luis Lopez (GTA fans worked this out long ago), a hoodlum who works for Tony Price aka Gay Tony.

It will be downloadable from Xbox LIVE® for 1600 points ($19.99 USD). There will also be an XBOX 360 disc released for $39.99. The disc will be called GTA: Episodes from Liberty City, it will not require GTA IV and it will include "The Lost and Damned" and "The Ballad of Gay Tony".

This episode’s focus on high-end night life contrasts with the biker gangs portrayed in The Lost and Damned, whilst giving us a lot of new gameplay possibilities." Grand Theft Auto IV’s second downloadable episode, The Ballad of Gay Tony injects Liberty City with an overdose of guns, glitz, and grime.

As Luis Lopez, part-time hoodlum and full-time assistant to legendary nightclub impresario Tony Prince (aka "Gay Tony"), players will struggle with the competing loyalties of family and friends, and with the uncertainty about who is real and who is fake in a world in which everyone has a price.

Source: Take-Two Press release