GTA IV Rides Again in Lost and the Damned

Download-only add-on episode revs new life into franchise's fourth outing
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2009 10:22 AM CST

(Newser) Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and the Damned brings gamers back to a Liberty City as gritty and darkly funny as ever, Seth Schiesel writes in the New York Times. The add-on episode, only available as a download through the Xbox Live service, swiftly ditches GTA IV's protagonist to let players take the role of a would-be biker gang leader.

Lost and Damned lacks some of the scope of the original game, Schiesel writes, and these limitations of choice will cut down on playing time. As an add-on, however, it is the most "fully realized, thoroughly produced, and substantial" ever released for a console game. "Anyone who enjoys Grand Theft Auto IV should get it," Schiesel concludes.