Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned

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Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned

Dave Cook checks out the downloadable Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned

The first of two episodic downloads for last year’s console hit is much darker then the core game. Playing as new lead Johnny Klebitz, vice president of biker gang The Lost, it’s up to you to diffuse a violent gang war. Unlike previous episodes, there’s more focus on squad play. Your crew will cover you as you pick off enemies, but should they fall in battle they are gone for good. The ones who survive get stronger with each fight.

Improved bike handling means you can engage in high speed pursuits with relative ease. There are new race side missions that let you club bikers off their hogs with your baseball bat. It’s cheating, but hugely satisfying. Gang War side missions are straight-out chase and gun battles, made more enjoyable with your team by your side.

Most downloadable content offers up new maps, a few new weapons and perhaps new playable characters, but Lost and Damned is another ballgame entirely. With a well-written, dark – and at times, shocking – story, and offering some 12 hours’ play time, you’ll feel that you’ve just invested your cash wisely. It is also full of nods to the core game, as Johnny’s story weaves in and out of Niko Bellic’s, keeping you interested to see what familiar faces are going to pop up.

With plenty of missions, activities such as air hockey, and over an hour of new songs and radio chat, this is easily the most generous console expansion ever made.

GTA IV: The Lost and Damned (Rockstar) is available now on Xbox LIVE

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