GTA IV: TBOGT – Game Details


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Grand Theft Auto IV’s second downloadable episode, The Ballad of Gay Tony injects Liberty City with an overdose of guns, glitz, and grime. As Luis Lopez, part-time hoodlum and full-time assistant to legendary nightclub impresario Tony Prince (aka “Gay Tony”), players will struggle with the competing loyalties of family and friends, and with the uncertainty about who is real and who is fake in a world in which everyone has a price. 

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony takes place in 2008, at the same time as GTA IV. The events in GTA IV and GTA IV: TBOGT both happen simultaneously as the stories cross in certain places. Liberty City consisting of four districts, based on four of the districts of New York City: Broker (Brooklyn), Dukes (Queens), Bohan (The Bronx), and Algonquin (Manhattan). West to the city is the independent state of Alderney (Northern New Jersey). There are three minor islands present in the game: Charge Island (Randall’s Island), Colony Island (Roosevelt Island), and Happiness Island (Liberty Island). In The Ballad of Gay Tony, the entire map of Liberty City is unlocked from the start compared to GTA IV of which was locked. This is because the story of TBOGT starts part way through GTA IV’s story.

After witnessing the heist of the Bank of Liberty (carried out by Niko Bellic and Packie McReary), Luis Fernando Lopez enters the loft of his employer, owner of successful clubs Maisonette 9 and Hercules “Gay” Tony Prince. Tony is in serious financial trouble, having taken out massive loans from the Ancelotti crime family and Mori Kibbutz in order to keep his clubs running. He asks Luis to work for Mori Kibbutz ( who is actually Brucie’s older brother) and Rocco Pelosi, an Ancelotti gangster, in order to satisfy his debts. Luis soon becomes acquainted with Yusuf Amir, an Emirati real estate developer who is interested in purchasing and franchising one of Tony’s clubs, and Ray Bulgarin, a Russian crime lord he met in the clubs. Tony also plans to buy two million dollars worth of diamonds in order to sell them at a higher price, but members of The Lost Motorcycle Club intervene the trading and steal them, resulting in the death of Tony’s current boyfriend Evan Moss.

Luis manages to intercept a meeting to trade the diamonds and recovers them. Bulgarin soon reveals that the diamonds are his property, and believes that Luis and Tony colluded to steal them, marking them for death. Giovanni Ancelotti orders that the diamonds are to be used as a ransom payment for his daughter Gracie, who was kidnapped by Niko Bellic and Patrick McReary. Rocco meets with Luis, and suggest that he should kill Tony in order to gain favor with Bulgarin, so that he will spare him. Though he contemplates doing so, Luis ultimately refuses and escapes Tony’s club when Russian gangsters sent by Bulgarin assault it. Luis travels to Firefly Island to disrupt Russian drug operations and cuts off his main cash flow, and learns that Bulgarin is fleeing the city by plane within two hours. With the help of Yusef (who kills Bulgarin’s henchmen attacking Luiz to stop him boarding Bulgarin’s plane) with his Buzzard attack chopper, Luis manages to board the plane, and kills all of the henchmen on board. A vengeful Bulgarin emerges from the cockpit holding a grenade, threatening destruction to both of them if Luis kills him. Luis takes the risk and shoots Bulgarin.

A dying Bulgarin drops the grenade causing the entire plane to explode. Luis parachutes out of the burning wreckage of the plane to safety, and heads to Meadows Park where Tony is waiting . Once there, they both tell Yusef, who has arrived at the scene, that they won’t franchise the clubs since they prefer to keep it a “family business”. In a small twist ending, the diamonds continually fought for are found by a homeless man in the trash. Like The Lost and Damned, the story of the Ballad of the Gay Tony also intertwines with the main story of Grand Theft Auto IV, as well as The Lost and Damned. The first main part of the storyline that intertwines is the diamond deal. A cook aboard the ship Platypus finds the diamonds (as seen in the opening credits of Grand Theft Auto IV]], and the deal between Tony and the cook is disrupted by the Lost motorcycle club, also shown in the Lost and Damned. The second deal at the Libertonian with Isaac is also shown in both DLCs, as well as Grand Theft Auto IV.

The trading of the diamonds in exchange for Gracie also is in both Grand Theft Auto IV and the game, as well as the aftermath of the diamonds, which had fallen into a dump truck, seemingly finding their way into a trash can, later found by the homeless man. Yusef Amir is mentioned briefly by Playboy X in Grand Theft Auto IV during the mission in which Niko and he attempt to take back one of his construction sites. Gay Tony is also briefly mentioned by “French” Tom Rivas, who talks about his bankruptcy. The big heist of the Bank of Liberty also features both Niko and Luis.

Luis Lopez – Protagonist:

Luis Lopez, voiced by Mario D’Leon, is the protagonist in The Ballad of Gay Tony. He works as a bodyguard for the Ancelotti Family associate Anthony Prince, and also as a bouncer at Tony’s clubs, Hercules and Maisonette 9. Luis first appeared in the GTA IV mission ‘Three Leaf Clover’, as a hostage during the robbery acted out by Niko Bellic and the Irish Mob. This is seen in the beginning scene of TBOGT. 

Ray Bulgarin – Semi-Antagonist:

Although not a direct antagonist, Ray Bulgarin does make Luis’ and Tony’s life hard nearer the end of the story in TBOGT. Ray is a Russian mobster who, in Liberty City, enters the partnership of the Ballad of Gay Tony protagonist Luis Lopez as seen in the “You’ll Always Be The King Of This Town” trailer. 

Tony Prince (Gay Tony) – Major Character:

Anthony Prince, mainly known as Gay Tony, is a nightclub entrepreneur. Tony is connected with the Ancelotti Family due to his close friendship with Gracie Ancelotti. Tony owns several nightclubs, including Maisonette 9 and the Hercules. Some of Tony’s clubs have been shut down because of drug uses in his clubs. Despite his lifestyle, Prince is broke, and desperate for money. He employs Dominican gangster Luis Lopez as a bodyguard and bouncer at his clubs.

Gracie Ancelotti – Major Character: 

Gracie Ancelotti is the daughter of Ancelotti Family Don Giovanni Ancelotti. The Liberty City Police Department believe her not to be involved in running the family, although believe her friendship to Anthony Prince could be exploited. During the Grand Theft Auto IV mission I’ll Take Her, Gracie is kidnapped by Niko Bellic for the McReary Mob jailed leader, Gerald McReary. 

Yusuf Amir – Major Character:

Yusuf Amir is an Arabic immigrant from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Yusuf is a billionaire property developer, his most notable achievement being the “hanging gardens of Amir” – an apartment complex suspended by balloons over the Persian Gulf. Amir runs into some problems in Liberty City however when his business is being extorted by an unknown sect of mafioso. He also started to work with Luis Fernando Lopez, giving him some over-the-top missions including stealing a train wagon and stealing a Buzzard in which is used to destroy a yacht. He owns a Super Drop Diamond, Buzzard, Swift, Skylift, Subway Train and an APC

Just like TLAD, all the standard weapons from GTA IV are available in TBOGT. In TBOGT, there are an additional 9 weapons (1 which is the Grenade Launcher from TLAD) making that 8 new weapons. They are detailed below:


Pistol .44 – Pistol:

The Pistol .44 is based off of the .44 Automag. It has a good accuracy and a mid-range.


Explosive Assault Shotgun – Shotgun:

Liked the Striker Shotgun from TLAD? You’ll love the new Assault Shotgun in TBOGT as it shoots explosives!


Assault SMG – Sub-Machine Gun:

The Assault SMG is based on the P90. It has a average accuracy, however its range isn’t amazing due to its integrated silencer.


Gold SMG – Sub-Machine Gun:

The Gold SMG is based on the Uzi. It doesn’t have anything extra to it apart from it’s gold plated.


Advanced MG – Light Machine Gun:

The Advanced MG is based off of the M249. It’s great for its HUGE 200 round ammo clip. You can’t fault this gun. Reload speed is the same as the .44 Pistol and it has a great amount of damage to be made.


Advanced Sniper – Sniper Rifle:

The Advanced Sniper is a nice addition to GTA IV in TBOGT. It has better power and damage than other snipers and looks sexy!


Sticky Bomb – Projectile:

The Sticky Bomb is a great weapon for any GTA player. Toss it, stick it, blow it.


Parachute – Miscellaneous: 

The one thing EVERYONE loves… a PARACHUTE! Head to the top of the Rotterdam Tower, grab your chute, jump and glide to the Statue of Liberty. Just make sure you actually pull the cord.

Gay Tony:

  • I Luv LC – Take Tony to Hercules, Maissonete 9, then take your friends home, then go to your apartment.
  • Practice Swing – Play some golf and kill the Union Official’s men.
  • Chinese Takeout – Go to the Triad building, and then escape from it.

Adriana Yanira Lopez:

  • Momma’s Boy – Assist or kill Mr. Santo in making money by attending the L.C. Cage Fighters.

Armando Torres and Henrique Bardas:

  • Corner Kids – Assist Armando & Henrique in a Drug Deal that is botched.
  • Clocking Off – Assist Armando & Henrique in a Robbery.

Yusuf Amir:

  • Sexy Time – Steal the Buzzard and destroy the yacht, killing Frickie Van Hardenburg.
  • High Dive – Kill Tahir Saeed and Ahmed Khalil, and escape the ambush.
  • Caught with your Pants Down – Steal an APC.

Mori Kibbutz:

  • Kibbutz Number One – Kill Mori’s rivals.
  • This Ain’t Checkers – Race Mori betting Luis’s eternal loyalty and all of Tony’s debts.
  • No. 3 – Escape the cops with Mori and Brucie Kibbutz after stealing some cars.

Gay Tony:

  • Bang Bang – Use the Sticky Bombs to destroy the targets.
  • Blog This!… – Set up a deal for The Celebinator.
  • Frosting on the Cake – Buy the Diamonds along with Tony, then kill the bikers that ambush the deal.
  • Boulevard Baby – Go to Bahama Mamas to dance with Monique, then kill Vic Manzano, then leave the club.
  • …Blog This! – Teach The Celebinator a lesson.
  • Not So Fast – Steal the diamonds from Isaac Roth, and then escape the museum.
  • Ladies’ Night – Follow Packie McReary to where Gracie Ancelotti’s being held captive.

Ray Bulgarin:

  • Going Deep – Eliminate the NOOSE associating with Marki Ashvilli.
  • Dropping In… – Kill Marki Ashvilli.
  • In the Crosshairs – Escape Bulgarin’s ambush.

Yusuf Amir:

  • For the Man Who Has Everything – Steal a subway car.

Gay Tony:

  • Ladies Half Price – Deal with the guys who kidnapped Gracie Ancelotti, trade the diamonds for her and escape.

Rocco Pelosi:

  • Party’s Over – Kill Uncle Vince, and then kill Bulgarin’s men.

Gay Tony:

  • Departure Time – Kill Ray Bulgarin, Timur and destroy the Heroin Shipment.

The second DLC, The Ballad of Gay Tony, similarly updated five different stations: Vladivostok FM, K109 The Studio, Electro-Choc, San Juan Sounds, and Integrity 2.0. With both DLC packs installed, the player hears the combined radio content in all single-player and multiplayer modes. You can view the full original GTA IV song list here.

The two episodes are available in a stand-alone format, Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City. The radio content included with The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony is combined with additional, exclusive music appearing on three new radio stations: RamJam FM, Self-Actualization FM, and Vice City FM. These replace several radio stations that did not carry over from GTA IV. However, if the player downloaded the episodes, the radio stations from GTA IV will still be available, as the three exclusive radio stations from The Ballad of Gay Tony episode are only automatically included if the player bought the special disc from the episodes.

The Beat 102.7 (Contemporary Hip-Hop and R&B, Hosted by Funkmaster Flex and Statik Selektah in EFLC)

*This station replaces The Classics 104.1 in Episodes from Liberty City.

Busta Rhymes (feat. Ron Browz) – “Arab Money” (2008)

Busta Rhymes (feat. Young Jeezy & Jadakiss) – “Conglomerate” (2009)

T.I. (feat. Swizz Beatz) – “Swing Ya Rag” (2008)

Ron Browz – “Jumping” (2008)

DJ Khaled (feat Kanye West & T-Pain) – “Go Hard” (2008)

Kardinal Offishall (feat. Akon & Sean Paul) – “Dangerous (Remix)” (2008)

John Legend (feat. André 3000) – “Green Light” (2008)

Kanye West – “Love Lockdown” (2008)

B.o.B. – “Auto Tune” (2009)

Termanology – “Here in Liberty City” (2009)

Freeway – “Carjack” (2009)

Saigon – “Spit” (2009)

Skyzoo – “The Chase Is On” (2009)

Consequence – “I Hear Footsteps” (2009)

Talib Kweli – “My Favorite Song” (2009)

Electro-Choc – (Electro House, Hosted by Crookers in TBOGT & EFLC)

Major Lazer (feat. Leftside & Supahype) – “Jump Up” (2009)

Daniel Haaksman (feat. MC Miltinho) – “Kid Conga” (2009)

Boy 8-Bit – “A City Under Siege” (2009)

Crookers (feat. Kardinal Offishall & Carla-Marie) – “Put Your Hands on Me (A Capella)” (2009)

The Chemical Brothers – “Nude Night” (2003)

Crookers (feat. Solo) – “Bad Men” (2009)

Miike Snow – “Animal (A Capella)” (2009)

Jahcoozi – “Watching You (Oliver $ Remix)” (2009)

Crookers (feat. Nic Sarno) – “Boxer” (2009)

SonicC – “Stickin” (2009)

Black Noise – “Knock You Out (Andy George Remix)” (2009)

Mixhell (feat. Jen Lasher & Oh Snap) – “Boom Da (Crookers Mix)” (2009)

Crookers (feat. Kelis) – “No Security” (2009)

K109 The Studio (Disco, Hosted by Karl Lagerfeld)

*This station replaces IF99 in Episodes from Liberty City.

Change – “A Lover’s Holiday” (1980)

Rufus (feat. Chaka Khan) – “Any Love” (1979)

The Fatback Band – “(Are You Ready) Do the Bus Stop” (1975)

A Taste of Honey – “Boogie Oogie Oogie” (1978)

The Trammps – “Disco Inferno” (1976)

Creme D’Cocoa – “Doin’ the Dog” (1979)

Chic – “Everybody Dance” (1978)

Sister Sledge – “He’s the Greatest Dancer” (1978)

Sylvester – “I Need You” (1980)

Patrick Cowley – “Menergy” (1981)

Stephanie Mills – “Put Your Body in It” (1979)

Dan Hartman – “Relight My Fire” (1979)

Peaches & Herb – “Shake Your Groove Thing” (1978)

Rose Royce – “Still in Love” (1982)*

Machine – “There But For the Grace of God Go I” (1979)

Candi Staton – “Young Hearts Run Free” (1976)

Liberty City Hardcore – (Hardcore Punk, Crossover Thrash & Extreme Metal, Hosted by Max Cavalera in EFLC)

At the Gates – “Slaughter of the Soul” (1995)

Drive By Audio – “Jailbait” (2009)* Only available in the original TLAD Xbox Live version; later removed from all versions

Celtic Frost – “Inner Sanctum” (1987)

Entombed – “Drowned” (1990)

Sepultura – “Dead Embryonic Cells” (1991)

Soulfly – Blood Fire War Hate (2008) Only the introduction was played for the station’s feature indent.

Deicide – “Dead by Dawn” (1990)

Cannibal Corpse – “I Cum Blood” (1992)

Bathory – “Call from the Grave” (1987)*

Kreator – “Awakening of the Gods” (1986)

Terrorizer – “Fear of Napalm” (1989)

Liberty Rock Radio (Classic Rock and Alternative Rock, Hosted by Iggy Pop)

Nazareth – “Hair of the Dog” (1975)

Styx – “Renegade” (1979)

Rod Stewart – “Every Picture Tells a Story” (1971)

Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Saturday Night Special” (1975)

The James Gang – “Funk #49” (1970)

The Edgar Winter Group – “Free Ride” (1973)

Aerosmith – “Lord of the Thighs” (1974)

Deep Purple – “Highway Star” (1972)

AC/DC – “Touch Too Much” (1979)*

Foghat – “Drivin’ Wheel” (1976)

The Doors – “Five to One” (1968)*

Alice Cooper – “Go to Hell” (1976)

Jefferson Starship – “Jane” (1979)*

Iron Maiden – “Run to the Hills” (1982)*

Mötley Crüe – “Wild Side” (1987)

Saxon – “Wheels of Steel” (1980)

The Doobie Brothers – “China Grove” (1973)

Bon Jovi – “Wanted Dead or Alive” (1986)

Radio Broker (Contemporary Rock, Hosted by Juliette Lewis)

Blonde Acid Cult – “Shake It Loose” (2007)

Kill Memory Crash – “Hell on Wheels” (2008)

Magic Dirt – “Get Ready to Die” (2009)

Brazilian Girls – “Nouveau Americain” (2008)

Freeland – “Borderline” (2009)

Kreeps – “The Hunger (Blood in My Mouth)” (2009)

Japanther – “Radical Businessman” (2008)

Foxylane – “Command” (2009)

Monotonix – “Body Language” (2008)

Game Rebellion – “Dance Girl (GTA Mix)” (2009)

The Yelling – “Blood on the Steps” (2008)

The Jane Shermans – “I Walk Alone” (2008)

San Juan Sounds (Reggaeton; Latin Hip-Hop; Bachata and Merengue, Hosted by Henry Santos Jeter in TBOGT & EFLC)

Aventura – “El Desprecio” (2009)*

Elvis Crespo – “Suavemente” (1998)

Angel y Khriz (feat. Gocho & John Eric) – “Na De Na” (2008)*

Ivy Queen – “Dime (Reggaeton Remix)” (2008)*

Don Omar – “Virtual Diva” (2009)

Wisin & Yandel (feat. DJ Nesty) – “Me Estás Tentando” (2008)

Tego Calderón (feat. Oscar D’León) – “Llora, Llora” (2006)*

Fulanito – “Guallando” (1997)

Vladivostok FM (Eastern European Music, Hosted by DJ Paul in TBOGT & EFLC)

David Morales feat. Lea-Lorien – “How Would U Feel” (2004)

Steve Mac – “Lovin’ You More” (Freemasons Vocal Club Mix) (2005)

Sucker DJs – “Salvation” (eSQUIRE Mix) (2008)*

Stonebridge (feat. Therese) – “Put ‘Em High” (JJ’s Club Mix) (2004)

Marly – “You Never Know” (Morjac Extended Mix) (2004)

Shape: UK – “Lola’s Theme” (2003)

Freemasons feat. Amanda Wilson – “Love on My Mind” (2005)

Soulsearcher – “Can’t Get Enough” (1998)

Michael Gray – “The Weekend” (Extended Vocal Mix) (2004)

Jonathan Peters feat. Maya Azucena – “Music” (2005)*

J Majik & Wickaman – “Crazy World” (Fonzerelli Mix) (2008)

Booty Luv – “Boogie 2Nite” (Seamus Haji Big Love Mix) (2006)

Hook N Sling – “The Best Thing” (2008)

Eric Prydz – “Pjanoo” (Original Club Mix) (2008)

David Guetta feat. Kelly Rowland – “When Love Takes Over” (2009)*

RamJamFM (Reggae, Dub and Dancehall, Hosted by David Rodigan)

*Exclusive radio station on EFLC disc and PC version of GTA IV: The Complete Edition

Barrington Levy – “Don’t Fuss” (AKA “Sweet Reggae Music”) (1979)

Ini Kamoze – “Out of Jamaica” (2009)

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – “Holiday” (2009)

The Morwells & Prince Jammy – “Jammin’ for Survival” (1979)

John Holt feat. Sizzla – “Police in Helicopter” (1983)

Sugar Minott – “Hard Time Pressure” (1978)

Desmond Dekker – “007 (Shanty Town)” (1967)

Major Lazer feat. Turbalance – “Anything Goes” (2009)

Prince Jammy – “Jammy A Shine” (1979)

Toots & the Maytals – “54-46 Was My Number” (1970)

Frankie Paul – “Worries in the Dance” (1983)

Mr. Vegas – “Mus Come a Road” (2008)

Self-Actualization FM (Ambient and Chillout, Hosted by Audrey)

*This station replaces The Journey, Jazz Nation Radio 108.5 and Fusion FM in Episodes from Liberty City.

*Exclusive radio station on EFLC disc and PC version of GTA IV: The Complete Edition

Barrington Levy – “Don’t Fuss” (AKA “Sweet Reggae Music”) (1979)

Ini Kamoze – “Out of Jamaica” (2009)

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – “Holiday” (2009)

The Morwells & Prince Jammy – “Jammin’ for Survival” (1979)

John Holt feat. Sizzla – “Police in Helicopter” (1983)

Sugar Minott – “Hard Time Pressure” (1978)

Desmond Dekker – “007 (Shanty Town)” (1967)

Major Lazer feat. Turbalance – “Anything Goes” (2009)

Prince Jammy – “Jammy A Shine” (1979)

Toots & the Maytals – “54-46 Was My Number” (1970)

Frankie Paul – “Worries in the Dance” (1983)

Mr. Vegas – “Mus Come a Road” (2008)

Vice City FM (1980’s Pop Music, Hosted by Fernando Martinez)

*This station replaces The Vibe 98.8 and Fusion FM in Episodes from Liberty City.

*Exclusive radio station on EFLC disc and PC version of GTA IV: The Complete Edition

Neneh Cherry – “Buffalo Stance” (1988)

Swing Out Sister – “Breakout” (1988)

Robbie Nevil – “C’est la Vie” (1986)*

Roachford – “Cuddly Toy” (1988)

Narada Michael Walden – “Divine Emotions” (1988)

Five Star – “Find the Time” (1986)

T’Pau – “Heart and Soul” (1987)

Mai Tai – “History” (1985)*

Nu Shooz – “I Can’t Wait” (1986)

Texas – “I Don’t Want A Lover” (1989)

Marillion – “Kayleigh” (1985)

Hue and Cry – “Labour of Love” (1987)

Climie Fisher – “Love Changes (Everything)” (1987)

Hall & Oates – “Maneater” (1982)

Curiosity Killed the Cat – “Misfit” (1986)

Coldcut feat. Lisa Stansfield – “People Hold On” (1989)

Level 42 – “Something about You” (1985)

Jeffrey Osborne – “Stay with Me Tonight” (1983)

Womack & Womack – “Teardrops” (1988)*

Roxette – “The Look” (1989)

Re-Flex – “The Politics of Dancing” (US Single Version) (1983)

‘Til Tuesday – “Voices Carry” (1985)

Boy Meets Girl – “Waiting For A Star To Fall” (1988)

Prefab Sprout – “When Love Breaks Down” (1984)

Terence Trent D’Arby – “Wishing Well” (1987)

Wet Wet Wet – “Wishing I Was Lucky” (1987)

Scritti Politti – “Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin)” (1984)*

John Farnham – “You’re The Voice” (1986)*

Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony is the second of the two episodic expansion packs available for the PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 versions of GTAIV. It was developed by Rockstar North and released for the Xbox 360 on 29th October 2009. It was then released for the PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows on 13th April 2010. 

  • An early interview stated that there would be a random character encounter where a crazy ex-girlfriend of Luis would rig a bomb to her car (possibly Margot).
  • Tony wore different glasses that were tinted purple instead of clear as seen in the main game and the TLAD expansion.
  • Armando would be able to sell every weapon in the game from his gun van including the Desert Eagleand the Micro Uzi.
  • The Automatic Shotgun was fully automatic.
  • The Advanced Sniper’s scope was not tinted green.
  • The Assault SMG did not have a silencer.
  • The Skylift was white, not blue, and had a different design.
  • Armando and Henrique had a bigger role in the game.
  • Tony, Mori Kibbutz and Yusuf Amir could be taken on friend activities
  • The Parachute was entirely yellow in the beta.
  • In the Meet: Luis Lopez trailer for TBoGT, Luis is seen wearing the brown and black Perseus suit, but with blue jeans. This implies that it may have been one of Luis’ already available outfits.
  • In the game files, Aleks Thornton was meant to appear in the game but was removed for no reason.

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