Rockstar's Ballad of Gay Tony aims to make Transformers look subtle

Posted on Fri Sep 4 2009

Didn't get your fill of ear-splitting noise, ridiculous dialogue and outlandish action at the multiplex this summer? In other words, you didn't see that latest Michael Bay movie? Well then, that's where Rockstar Games steps in with Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony. It has Dominicans! (Bikers and Eastern Europeans are so five minutes ago as the baddies-du-jour). And homosexuals! (How'd that happen?) Gay Tony, the newest $20 downloadable chapter of Grand Theft Auto IV, is so intentionally over-the-top that lead writer/Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser says he "wanted it to feel more like the way action films are when they get ridiculous." Done! The story includes Latino character Luis Lopez jumping out of a high-rise building after shooting a rival and landing safely on the ground via his parachute, and nightclub impresario Gay Tony having a Scarface-like drug addition. No one could ever accuse GTA of subtlety. Gay Tony, in all his gangster glory, launches exclusively for Xbox 360 on Oct. 29.

—Posted by T.L. Stanley



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