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A Quick Look At GTA IV: Ballad Of Gay Tony's Multiplayer

I mean "quick look" in the literal sense, not the talkin'-over-video sense.

Uncharted 2 and Brutal Legend are behind us, but October releases ain't over yet. Not by a long shot! May I remind you there will be more Grand Theft Auto IV later this month? 
 
Along with the release of The Ballad of Gay Tony comes some new multiplayer tidbits, which Rockstar has just sent out a few new screenshots for. Here's a brief description of what's new this time around. (You'll also get access to this business if you buy the retail combo package Episodes From Liberty City, too.) 

The Ballad of Gay Tony ratchets up the multiplayer intensity to a new level with a complete overhaul for an action-packed, over-the-top experience. Tanks, attack choppers, new weapons, and, of course, parachutes make their multiplayer debut alongside new, tighter Deathmatch arenas, kill streaks, and assisted kills. It’s Grand Theft Auto multiplayer made more intense than ever.  


 Dude, tanks. Choppers. Parachutes. Here, let me prove it to you. 
 
 
Let's be honest: Grand Theft Auto is primarily about its storyline, and about moving that engaging narrative forward with carefully interwoven gameplay. Multiplayer doesn't usually enter the equation when I think about GTA, but this stuff looks pretty good. Think it will steal your attention in this busy holiday season? Brad Shoemaker on Google+
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Posted by Brad
Uncharted 2 and Brutal Legend are behind us, but October releases ain't over yet. Not by a long shot! May I remind you there will be more Grand Theft Auto IV later this month? 
 
Along with the release of The Ballad of Gay Tony comes some new multiplayer tidbits, which Rockstar has just sent out a few new screenshots for. Here's a brief description of what's new this time around. (You'll also get access to this business if you buy the retail combo package Episodes From Liberty City, too.) 

The Ballad of Gay Tony ratchets up the multiplayer intensity to a new level with a complete overhaul for an action-packed, over-the-top experience. Tanks, attack choppers, new weapons, and, of course, parachutes make their multiplayer debut alongside new, tighter Deathmatch arenas, kill streaks, and assisted kills. It’s Grand Theft Auto multiplayer made more intense than ever.  


 Dude, tanks. Choppers. Parachutes. Here, let me prove it to you. 
 
 
Let's be honest: Grand Theft Auto is primarily about its storyline, and about moving that engaging narrative forward with carefully interwoven gameplay. Multiplayer doesn't usually enter the equation when I think about GTA, but this stuff looks pretty good. Think it will steal your attention in this busy holiday season?
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Posted by Bigandtasty

Looks pretty good but I hope it doesn't die as fast as GTA IV and Lost and Damned did

Edited by opivypunk

I saw quick look in the title, I feel cheated!
 
 jk, looks fun

Posted by Pinkshley1

meh.

Posted by Kinarion

Quick...look...?  How dare they play with emotions?  I'll suffer none of this "A quick look" business.

Posted by TheGremp
@Pinkshley1 said:
" meh. "
Posted by aquamooch

as awesome as ragdolling out of a chopper is the parachutes (and tanks) will be a good addition

Posted by Hitchenson

HELL YES!  
I read that there wasn't going to be a new multiplayer component to The Ballad of Gay Tony, boy am I glad that was wrong.

Posted by TheMustacheHero

Hopefully this lights the fire back in the multiplayer.

Posted by Madyew

I'll definitely be buying it when it comes out.

Posted by Pie

Damn you Brad

Posted by Matte_G

You cannot say 'A quick look' and then have no video...... 
 
:sadface:

Posted by skywing

I believe "Fast Glance" would of been a better phrase to use here. lol

Posted by Yummylee

I agree with brad that truthfully the single player portians is what gets my attention with my GTA, still noice to know the options there. Just hope there'll be some more coop missions to undertake.
Posted by wrecks

Brad the Trickster.

Posted by Potter9156

Yes. I'm ready for more Free Mode mayhem.

Posted by Kohe321

Looks really cool!

Posted by Kazona

That looks hella fun!

Posted by BR4DL3I9H

Parachutes and tanks? I'm sold!

Posted by Aishan

GTA4's multiplayer is interesting and fun, but it's hampered by the absolute joke that is its matchmaking and lobby system. It's quite possibly the worst system I've seen in such a high-profile product, I don't know what went wrong, but I seriously hope Rockstar could do something about it.

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Posted by Sanj

Arrgghh got my hopes up.
Posted by zombie2011

More GTA4 is awesome.

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Posted by Zombutler

Disappointed not because of how amazing TBoGT looks, but because I was expecting a QL. 
 
:(

Posted by Vinchenzo

Nothing can save the piece of shit that is GTA IV.

Posted by RHCPfan24

Damn, this add-on is going to be fantastic.

Posted by MyNameIsJoe

Brad you are devious!
Posted by ErgoProxy77

Shit I clicked in this link in the homepage and thought it was going to be a Quick Look video!  I am very disappointed!

Posted by GeekDown

This is the game that I'm look forward to the most this month.

Posted by Venatio

Looking forward to this expansion

Posted by Jayzilla

i like the multiplayer for some of the modes in gta. this stuff would really make it a lot better and hopefully get people playing it.

Posted by doe3879

damn
was expecting a QL too :(

Posted by yyZiggurat

I didn't find GTA IV's multiplayer all that appealing.  This new addition won't factor into my decision to buy LC: Stories

Posted by Hitchenson
@Vinchenzo: It would seem most people commenting would disagree with that.
Posted by Ivanetc

i was just saying to myself that if they introduce better choppers, tanks and parachutes into the multiplayer, they'll make this game instantaneously better, which is great considering it's already one of my favourite games ever.

Posted by Icil

I've always regretted not finishing GTAIV before my old roommates moved out. Now I get to finish a great game. That multiplayer looks great, too.

Posted by day2daze
@Aishan said:
" GTA4's multiplayer is interesting and fun, but it's hampered by the absolute joke that is its matchmaking and lobby system. It's quite possibly the worst system I've seen in such a high-profile product, I don't know what went wrong, but I seriously hope Rockstar could do something about it. "
get real.
we all know gears 2 takes that title, hands down.
the only thing it's 'hampered' by is you chumps not playing it.
what  is it? too many playlists to wrap your head around?
Posted by AllanIceman

LoL, You meant an actual quick look! 

Posted by Yzzerdd

The aiming system made GTAIV unplayable for in deathmatch modes, griefing dudes in free mode is where it's at!  
Actually I had a lot of fun in team deathmatch by running over my teammates nonstop because friendly fire is off.

Posted by DavidSnakes
@Aishan said:
" GTA4's multiplayer is interesting and fun, but it's hampered by the absolute joke that is its matchmaking and lobby system. It's quite possibly the worst system I've seen in such a high-profile product, I don't know what went wrong, but I seriously hope Rockstar could do something about it. "
Yes, yes, yes a million times over.  GTA4's multiplayer is not the complete shitfest that GB makes it out to be, but getting matches together is the biggest pain in the ass.  I've never seen multiplayer with as much potential get killed by network crap and interface issues than GTA4's.
Posted by nick69

oooo cool stuff

Posted by Akeldama

too bad the GTA IV multiplayer was garbage

Posted by SecondCell

Meh 
Posted by Upryse
@Akeldama said:
" too bad the GTA IV multiplayer was garbage "
This.
Posted by MarkWahlberg

Does GTA IV multiplayer let you do a character creation thing, or is it just using preset dudes?

Posted by Yummylee
@MarkWahlberg:
Nah u just choose from a select few face skins, torso clothing and bottom clothing..can't even choose any specific shoes yah can wear.
Posted by Brutopian

hopefully the MP wont suck a bag of dicks.
 
p.s. fuck GFWL!

Posted by Nate
@Akeldama said:
" too bad the GTA IV multiplayer was garbage "
Gotta say: I've played Halo 3, COD 4, Gears, Orange Box - and between all of these I still find myself going back to GTA IV multiplayer the most. I suppose I'm weird, but in my mind it can't be beat!
Posted by Aishan
@day2daze said:
 the only thing it's 'hampered' by is you chumps not playing it. what  is it? too many playlists to wrap your head around? "  
There's just a whole series of issues on the back-end that are bizarre and poorly thought out. Something like having the luck to be chosen host for the match means you have complete control over every option in the game, or there not being any automatic team balancing in the ranked playlists, when you could easily have teams of 3v13. The system is just simply flawed on a fundamental level, which is a damned shame given the quality of the gameplay.
 
Not to mention having to load up the single-player before you can even start a multiplayer game.
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Posted by Video_Game_King

Looks like Grand Theft Hawkstrider :P. (Is it obvious that I've never played an MMO in my life?)

Posted by solviper

This is what it should of been like at the beginning.

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