|System: X360 (XBLA)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Rockstar North||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Rockstar Games||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: February 17, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-16||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Mature||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
As expected, motorcycles will also play a major part in The Lost and Damned. Johnny comes equipped with his own unique ride, the Hexer, which is actually the only one of its kind in the game. Still, no matter which bike you happen to be taking for a spin, it'll be easy to notice the improvements made to these two wheeled vehicles' performances since GTA IV. All motorcycles in the game will be quicker, have tighter steering, and be substantially more stable than before, allowing players to enjoy their motorized experiences rather than worrying about constantly wrecking their rides.
Even if you do happen to take a spill and need a new bike, Johnny can just make a quick call and have a replacement delivered. While Niko was new to town and had to work hard to make contacts and earn safe houses, Johnny starts in much better shape. Since he's a longtime resident of LC, he will begin his adventure with several safe houses and every contact he'll ever need already available to him. Thankfully, this not only makes sense from the perspective of the story but should also help to provide a more intense, albeit condensed, adventure.
During the ten to twenty hours The Lost and Damned is said to take to complete, players will also be treated to a host of other new content that should help make it worth the price of admission. Aside from its new missions and better handling bikes, there will be a bevy of new weapons, mini-games, music, television shows, internet sites, and multiplayer modes to enjoy. Johnny will get to handle new killing instruments such as automatic pistols, sawed-off and automatic shotguns, and a new grenade launcher, even when on the back of a motorcycle. Of course, if you're looking for something a little less violent, there's always arm wrestling or playing hi/lo card mini-games with members of The Lost to help you pass the time.
While the rest of the new content will likely remain a mystery until The Lost and Damned is released, it already sounds like an appealing package. The prospect of playing through a few missions included in GTA IV from a differing perspective is reason enough for most GTA fans to get excited. Add in the rest of the new content and missions and suddenly the twenty dollars starts looking like a really good deal. Check back for our full review of GTA IV: The Lost and Damned after it is released to see if it manages to live up its full potential.
CCC Staff Contributor