FIRST 10 MINUTES | X360 Friday, October 30, 2009 | 9:10 AM

The First 10 Minutes: Ballad of Gay Tony

The First 10 Minutes: Ballad of Gay Tony

The last exclusive extension of Grand Theft Auto IV was released yesterday and here are your typical first 10 minute videos of this whole new adventure in Liberty City. Inside you will find the introduction of the game as well as two more videos actually showing what happens during the first 20 minutes or so. Enjoy!

Introduction
The First 10 Minutes
The First 10 Minutes part 2

All comments

Commented on 2009-10-30 10:25:32
One the best 360 exclusive, even if it's not really a "full game".
Can not wait to pick up some MsPoints and download it.
Commented on 2009-10-30 10:48:59
I have not played GTA in years but this last one looks pretty good.
Is there some specific order in which those games should be played? like IV > TLaD > TBoGT?
Commented on 2009-10-30 12:10:40
Is this the DLC with the Parachute-Feature?
Commented on 2009-10-30 12:15:44 In reply to uzivatel
Posted by uzivatel
I have not played GTA in years but this last one looks pretty good.
Is there some specific order in which those games should be played? like IV > TLaD > TBoGT?
No but every game in the series is pretty crappy, so you're damned no matter which you get.
Commented on 2009-10-30 12:20:40
LMAO... what's happening to the womans face? looks like she's swallowed a wasp! lol Looks interesting though...apparently it's got lots of sex in it. ;)
Commented on 2009-10-30 12:40:40 In reply to Smokin
Posted by Smokin
Is this the DLC with the Parachute-Feature?
Yes.
Commented on 2009-10-30 13:59:17
thats my girl! ^^
Commented on 2009-10-30 14:03:21 In reply to DJmizuhara
The woman is overwhelmed with joy, 1st pic is spot on.
Commented on 2009-10-30 14:12:57
Watched all the parts. Looks great.

Close shave there on part 3.
Commented on 2009-10-30 15:55:16
Great game just wish the story had beena bit longer. Still one of the best games ive played this year by far!
Commented on 2009-10-30 18:19:36
I pretty much agree with the gamespot review, more and better content than most full priced games. To say the least, this is one hell of a deal.

Should be interesting to see where they take this series from now on.
Commented on 2009-10-30 23:45:33 In reply to PlumbDrumb
Posted by PlumbDrumb
No but every game in the series is pretty crappy, so you're damned no matter which you get.
You must be insane..
Commented on 2009-10-31 04:09:19 In reply to Trebby
Posted by Trebby
You must be insane..
We all have our own tastes. I couldn't even bring myself to keep playing MGS4 after the vamp boss fight I was getting so bored with it. Most people love that game but it just didn't do it for me.

That said, though I didn't enjoy MGS4 much, I'd never call it crap. I realize why it might be fun for others.
Commented on 2009-11-02 23:34:29 In reply to Nietzsche
Posted by Nietzsche
We all have our own tastes. I couldn't even bring myself to keep playing MGS4 after the vamp boss fight I was getting so bored with it. Most people love that game but it just didn't do it for me.

That said, though I didn't enjoy MGS4 much, I'd never call it crap. I realize why it might be fun for others.
I'm with you there. I too just can't stomach MGS4. Got about to the halfway point, and just had to stop. That said, I'm not going to show up to what is largely an appreiation thread for MGS4 and crap all over the game with flamebait statements like what dude said, above. Not that I would not debate in a reasonable manner the merits of the game, or what about the game made it something that did not appeal to me at all in a MGS4 thread. Just that I would not show up to one just to drop flamebait is all.

That said, The Ballad of Gay Tony is awesome. Have not beat it yet (taking my sweet, sweet time), but so far it's the real deal. And like Gamespot's review stated, has more going for it, than most full price games to come out this year. I personally put it up there on equal footing with personal favs from 2009 like Infamous, Arkham Asylum, Borderlands and and better than Red Faction, Halo 3: ODST and Prototype. I liked all six games mentioned on varying levels, but the fact that a mere $20 game is good enough to be held in the same company, and even be considered better than some of the games on that short list, is pretty impressive. Between TBOGT, TLAD and Shadow Complex, 2009 has been a pretty awesome year for inexpensive, downloadable games.
Posted by uzivatel
I have not played GTA in years but this last one looks pretty good.
Is there some specific order in which those games should be played? like IV > TLaD > TBoGT?
That depends. Any of the three parts you can play independent of the other two. So if The Ballad of Gay Tony is looking more like your thing, then go for it and don't worry about playing GTA IV or The Lost and Damned.

However, one of the most AWESOME (for a videogame) things about all three parts, is that they mesh together to form one cohesive larger story, Pulp Fiction style. Playing through each of the games independently, is like being able to dissect the different story lines from Pulp Fiction, and parse each one into it's own independent movie. Unlike Pulp Fiction however, each of the story arcs in the GTA IV saga, stand as a complete story unto itself. So if you only played through the story in The Ballad of Gay Tony (for example), then it works to the point where you do not ever have to play through the other two episodes, and you still walk away with the satisfaction of having gotten a complete story out of just the one game.

On the other hand, playing them together, is something truly special; watching the multi-layered story unfold to reveal new depths to the whole, with each episode.

From what I can tell, chronologically, Niko Bellic's story in GTA IV begins before Johnny's or Luis' story in each of the separate episodes. Meanwhile, it appears as if Luis' story from The Ballad of Gay Tony ends after the other two episodes. That said, having played all of GTA IV and The Lost and Damned twice, and from what I have seen so far of The Ballad of Gay Tony, you should be able to play through all three of these in any order and still wind up with cool, "ah-ha," moments when you make the connections between people and events from one game in the other two.

Everyone I know who has played all three games, have played them through in order on their first outing. It would be interesting to see if the games have the same impact for someone to play them through out of order. If they do, then the entire GTA IV saga may represent the first time ever in a game, where you could get away with doing such a thing, and it works.

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