Grand Theft Auto IV

The Lost and Damned

by Arun Subramanian

4 December 2009

 
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Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned

(Rockstar Games)
US: Feb 2009

Review [2.Apr.2009]

Rather than a map pack or simply a new set of vehicles, this is essentially a game unto itself, and as such it stretches the boundaries of what downloadable, add on content can be. Even if you never played Grand Theft Auto IV, as long as you have the game disc, this story stands alone.  It is a measure of how accomplished The Lost And Damned is that you could realistically play it and the main game in either order, and still come away satisfied. All that would change would be the direction in which the nods and winks acknowledging the other side of the story were perceived.

While the vulnerability of racing bikes makes them difficult to handle, the Harley Davidson inspired choppers are remarkably fun. In many ways, The Lost and Damned is one of the most ambitious pieces of downloadable content yet on the console market.  Many games that cost twice as much as this title don’t contain half the content, and it’s easily worth it for series fans.

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