Friday, April 3, 2009

Beaten : GTA IV : The Lost and Damned

The feeling of "Whoa, you get a lot of content for a download" quickly fades to "Awww, that's it?" when you ride into the sunset of Grand Theft Auto IV : The Lost and Damned, which is a testament to how much fun it all is. It isn't that short - and there's still lots of content I've yet to finish, just as there still is with the main game - but the climactic last few story missions are epic enough to leave the gamer hungry for more.

I don't have much to add that I didn't cover in my previous post about the game. I'll just reiterate that this is the way to do downloadable expansions. There's another chapter coming this fall, according to the game's makers, but if there were one a month I'd buy and play them all.

The story wraps up well, and once again the exemplary writing skills of the staff at Rockstar make the player somehow care for and empathize with a bunch of sociopaths on a rampage. The characters are quirky, funny, and real in many ways, even as they are shooting rocket launchers and riding through the streets of Liberty City.

In short, this was a purchase well worth the price. I'll be going back again soon, I know, to tie up any loose ends - even the trivial ones - because this game world and these characters are timelessly fun to play with.

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