GTA IV: Ballad of Gay Tony Trailer Stripped Down

The first trailer for Grand Theft Auto IV’s upcoming downloadable content: The Ballad of Gay Tony has been released, titled: “You’ll Always Be The King Of This Town.” Rockstar have been up to their old tricks and have included some key hints at what to expect from the DLC, but did you manage to spot them? For a fresh reminder and another listen to Eric Prydz – Pjanoo, here is the trailer:

As you probably saw, the first shot of the trailer and multiple shots throughout the trailer, display people dancing in a club called: ‘Bahamas Mamas.’ This appears to be the club the storyline in Ballad of Gay Tony will evolve around. But of course, it wouldn’t be a piece of Grand Theft Auto IV downloadable content without the usual explosions and gunfights, which also make appearances.

Amidst all the dancing and intense action though, there are some key hints at what to expect from the downloadable content. For example: A few seconds into the trailer, we are treated to the first shot of the DLC’s protagonist, hitching a ride on the side of a train, before we see him driving away in a nice-looking blue car, as a train explodes in the background. Could this possibly be one of the missions in the game?

Grand Theft Auto has always seen players taking orders from other people, who don’t particularly like to get their hands dirty, and Ballad of Gay Tony looks to be no different. The trailer introduces us to three of the people looking for tasks to be completed in exchange for money. The first is what we can assume to be Gay Tony, who describes himself as the “hottest gay who owns a strip club,” though has “done a deal with the wrong gentleman” and seems to require the protagonist’s help in order to keep him from losing everything. The second person appears to be a wanna-be rock star whose band plays in his front room, along with his fellow band member, whilst the third (and the final boss-figure displayed in the trailer) is a man who has “somehow lost [his] pants…” Oh boy!

Some of the missions players will be partaking in are hinted at throughout the trailer also. From destroying and abducting trains to climbing the Empire State building, then parachuting off. It seems the mission quality in Ballad of Gay Tony is more extreme than ever – perfect for Grand Theft Auto fans looking to extend the gameplay of the title.

So what new features are displayed in the trailer? Well, the most exciting one has to be the inclusion of parachuting, as the game’s protagonist jumps from a helicopter, deploying a parachute as he falls. There’s a brief glimpse of urban street fighting in what appears to be a specially-made underground arena/cage, which looks set to make the most of the game’s combat system.

Like with Lost & Damned, Ballad of Gay Tony is set to feature new vehicles. Throughout the trailer, two new helicopters make an appearance; the first of which appears to fire RPG’s – perfect for destroying a cruise ship perhaps? Whilst the second is used to pick up a train carriage, though it seems unlikely this second helicopter will actually be implemented for full use and will most probably be used just for the one mission, due to the restricted nature of the helicopter.

As well as new air-vehicles, there appears to be some new fast sports car, perfect for races, and (more excitingly) golf buggies are set to return to Grand Theft Auto, having previously featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Unfortunately, the only sign of a golf course is a fairly small driving range, so limited use, once again, appears to be on the cards.

During one of the first gun fight scenes, there’s a fairly clear shot of one of the new weapons players will be getting their hands on. Whilst there are no exact details on what the gun is, it appears to be a P90-like weapon, which is highly likely to be joined by an array of other new weapons.

So there you have it. Grand Theft Auto IV: Ballad of Gay Tony looks set to improve on Lost & Damned by a long shot, with a range of new features and missions as well as having a much more appetising storyline. The downloadable content will release exclusively on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace on Thursday 29th October 2009 and is likely to be priced at 1600 Microsoft Points.

David Wriglesworth

David Wriglesworth is a Northern lad with a passion for gaming, who graduated from the University of Lincoln with a BA (Hons) Journalism degree. If you can drag him away from the consoles, you can probably find him Tweeting or watching Coronation Street.

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