2009-10-29 - GTA Gay TonyRockstar Games, the publishing label behind the super popular GTA video game series, announced this week that their new title, Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony, is now available for download exclusively from the Xbox LIVE’s Marketplace, as well as retail stores.

For the first time ever, players are invited to experience The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony, two complete games, together on a single disc, dubbed Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City.

The disc-based offering does not require Internet connectivity or a copy of GTA IV.

“We’re thrilled to share the final chapter of this epic Liberty City tale,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “The team at Rockstar North has exceeded every expectation with The Ballad of Gay Tony, creating an explosive conclusion to the Grand Theft Auto IV saga.”

In The Ballad of Gay Tony, players assume the role of Luis Lopez — right-hand man, bodyguard, and confidant to Tony Prince, the nightlife impresario of Liberty City. Luis’ story explores Liberty City’s high-end nightlife, as he struggles to balance the temptations of money and vice with family loyalties. In addition to new story missions, the title introduces a host of new vehicles, weapons, music, television content, multiplayer features, and side activities such as base jumping and managing Tony’s various clubs.

Episodes From Liberty City features The Ballad of Gay Tony and the first downloadable episode, The Lost and Damned, in which players explore Liberty City’s seedy underbelly as Johnny Klebtiz of The Lost motorcycle club. The Lost and Damned boasts a darker story complemented by additional metal and hard rock tracks along with gang warfare-based gameplay.

So far, critics are loving the new GTA titles. The New York Times says, “with Gay Tony, Rockstar Games has gleefully ripped the final vestiges of plausible realism away from Liberty City in favor of over-the-top action … Gay Tony is one of those great, rare games in which you can lose yourself for hours just exploring and discovering new things to do.”

IGN.com scored The Ballad of Gay Tony a 9.2/10, stating, “The Ballad of Gay Tony is the perfect way to close out the GTA IV saga.”

Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony, rated M for Mature by the ESRB, is available for download now for 1600 MS points on Xbox LIVE. Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City is in retail stores now for $39.99.

For more information, visit RockStarGames.com/EpisodesFromLibertyCity.