Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned - Multiplayer Hands-On

We hop on our chopper and check out the multiplayer action in the upcoming expansion for Rockstar's open world action game.

At the heart of The Lost and Damned, the upcoming downloadable expansion for Grand Theft Auto IV, is the idea of being part of a gang. The protagonist of the expansion, which will be available on February 17 on the Xbox 360, is Johnny Klebitz, who is the vice president of his biker gang, The Lost, and is mixed up in a life-and-death struggle with his gang's archrivals, The Angels of Death. The single-player game's focus on gang warfare is enhanced by The Lost and Damned's extensive 16-player multiplayer modes, which we had a chance to try out last week, courtesy of Rockstar.

The most noticeable change in The Lost and Damned is the new multiplayer character models themselves. As in GTAIV proper, you have customization options for your character in multiplayer, and the various visual enhancements we saw included new outfits (like leather biker jackets and vests) and new face and hairstyle choices. More importantly, however, is the new hardware you'll have at your disposal, including new weapons and new vehicles. New motorcycles--including tricked-out choppers--are a natural fit for the biker gang motif in the game, but you'll also have new vans, trucks, and sport bikes at your disposal. According to Rockstar, the motorcycle handling model has been tweaked, with a higher top speed and an improved turning ratio.

Biker gangs will be causing havoc in the multiplayer fun found in The Lost and Damned.

New weapons include two shotguns (one a sawed-off model, the other an assault model), an automatic 9mm pistol, a grenade launcher, and a pipe bomb, each of which have distinct advantages. There's also a new addition for your cell phone in The Lost and Damned--an instant play option that will put you directly in a multiplayer game without having to sit in the lobby and wait for the game to begin. That might be a nice option for those who hate to wait, but for those who like to have a long list of options to choose from, multiplayer in The Lost and Damned looks to have plenty to offer as well.

During our multiplayer session, we got a chance to sample several of the new modes, which cover the gamut from straightforward street racing to more sophisticated mission-based modes. Witness Protection is a fine example of the latter kind of mode. In it, two groups of players are pitted against one another--one team must protect and drop off state's witnesses at various police stations around the city, while the Lost team is tasked with bringing them down any way they can. This mode centers on the armored bus that is transporting the witnesses to their destination; one member of the protection team is in charge of driving the bus and dropping off witnesses at the locales noted on the minimap. The other players must do their best to fend off the Lost gang members as they do whatever they can to blow up the bus and kill the witnesses. While Witness Protection is especially enjoyable when there are lots of players centered on the slow-moving bus, it's easy to get off track and involved in petty one-on-one battles with enemies and forget your overall objective.

Own the City pits two gangs--The Lost and The Angels of Death--against one another as they try to take over various sections of the city. The sections of the city up for grabs are indicated on the minimap, and to conquer a territory, you have to clear it out of all members of the opposing gang, be they actual players or the AI-controlled defenders that are posted in each territory. Of all the game modes we tried, this one had the most surprises--you have to be on your toes, not knowing if you'll find an enemy AI (who are relatively dumb by comparison) or another player looking to take you down.

A couple of the multiplayer modes were heavily vehicle-based. In Lone Wolf Biker, one player is the lone wolf, with the rest of the players looking to take him or her down. Whoever manages to kill the lone wolf then becomes the lone wolf. As with the other modes in the game, dying in multiplayer mode will cause you to respawn elsewhere, and you can respawn manually at any time. The manual respawn is especially important in Lone Wolf Biker, because it's easy to fall behind the action if you crash your bike or car.

Racing is much more fun when there are baseball bats involved.

Chopper vs. Chopper is an amusing mode that features a one-on-one battle between one player starting out on a bike and the other player starting in an attack helicopter. The goal for the biker is to get from point A to point B without, you know, getting blasted to kingdom come by the attack helicopter. After one round, the roles switch and you get to do the whole thing over again.

The last mode we tried was Race--which is, as it sounds, a straightforward sprint from the start to the finish line. Amusingly, players can swat one another with bats while racing, which keeps things interesting in close quarters. The real challenge, of course, is dealing with the peculiar vehicle physics during the race; liberal use of the hand brake when driving a car makes things easier in this mode.

In addition to the aforementioned modes, The Lost and Damned will include a mode called Club Business, where all players will play as members of The Lost and complete a series of tasks. There's also apparently an added bonus for riding in formation with your friends, but because we didn't get a chance to play the mode for ourselves, we're not sure how that will work. Add in Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, and Free mode, and it's clear that The Lost and Damned's multiplayer is going to have plenty to offer. Look for the GTAIV expansion pack next week on Xbox Live.

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136 comments
VendettaEternal
VendettaEternal

stupid ps3 fanboys. Go fantasize about the next metal gear or something, just let us be. Although admittedly I would be stoked if we had MGS on our console, as well as FF

rexCo
rexCo

Angels of Death huh... I hope their theme song is Angel of Death by Slayer.. that'd make a nice soundtrack addition :P

Lucidmike78
Lucidmike78

True, 2.5 million people will buy it to break even. That's if $50 million was paid. I don't remember if this is an official amount or someone just making it up. The real victory here is that its getting people to buy a 360 instead of a PS3 (or both). More consoles means more game sales for that platform. Microsoft in the long run will definitely be getting a return on their investment, and then some.

NS_RegentPark
NS_RegentPark

""microsoft paid $50 million for this its going to cost more that $20 if they what to make anything out of it" No they won't. XBOX Live has 17 000 000 users. Only 2 500 000 users have to buy it to make their 50 mil back (which they will)". that just to break even and rockstar needs to make money aswell" @brendan: Wow... you seriously don't know much about business. Nobody would price it at $20 if they didn't do the financing before hand TO KNOW they would actually make a decent amount of profit. And believe me... I think Rockstar/Microsoft both did the math on this one.

man-man-man
man-man-man

i' ve downloaded l&d. it's awesome the story is so cool plus the new multiplayers with a cool mood. there r a new mood u have to run from other players on the same color , only u will have to run the other must chase u.and the mission r really hard. u have to buy 1600 mcsft point's believe me, it's worth it. and for the ps3's user's go play kill zone2. it's booooring, hahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lucidmike78
Lucidmike78

I have an idea for a cool mission. What if an assassin comes after you? The catch is you can't see him on the radar. So you must get pieces of information to find him, hide out, and then kill him before he kills you. He might start chasing you, and you might have to run from him or vice versa. Right know, knowing where all the enemies are, we always know when they are coming.

Smoothy08
Smoothy08

My god it sounds so good, i cannot wait to play it. 1600 ms pts its steep but with all theses features it looks like its gonna be worth it.

Lucidmike78
Lucidmike78

First of 2? Its the first time I'm hearing they are gonna charge me twice! It better be good and a lot of content.

knoetgen
knoetgen

I love PS3 people. Every time I read the comments they always make me laugh. They just refuse to see whats in front of them. Its actually pretty sad.

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

I'm still not tempted to go out and buy a 360

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

"microsoft paid $50 million for this its going to cost more that $20 if they what to make anything out of it" No they won't. XBOX Live has 17 000 000 users. Only 2 500 000 users have to buy it to make their 50 mil back (which they will)". that just to break even and rockstar needs to make money aswell

man-man-man
man-man-man

I cannot wait tomorrow............. It'll be the best day this whole year. I want 2 see the new story. I AM SO EXITED........... But XBOX 360 Rules. Maybe sony is making the online feature free,note: ps3 is losing evrything. But it's boring,there is no special thing about it,unlike the XBL it's fantastic. My god I CANNOT WAIT...........................

tidyspidey
tidyspidey

Sounds good - more expansions though please Rockstar! Keep them coming.... it will ensure GTA remains the greatest sandbox game out there.

man-man-man
man-man-man

minimme u said that u have gta4 but u dont have the lost&damend ver. which is sooooo coooooooo1. i am sorry for being soooo rude with ps3's owners. but am soo exited.

JB2B
JB2B

@ minimme PS3 got no expansions for Fall Out. Plus we got Gears of War & Halo exclusive. So no, we're not missing out.

man-man-man
man-man-man

New weapons and new vehicles. Increase in hours of play. Also, there will be a special multiplayer. And killzone 2 is not a bad game. But not comparable to lost&damned.

diggyman
diggyman

10+ Hours of story mode gameplay. Not bad.

zxw-23
zxw-23

Is there going to be new cars in the game?

minimme
minimme

man-man-man they are some awesome games, and we have GTA. We will be missing out on an expansion and we have killzone 2? You are the ones missing out.

hampd0g
hampd0g

I know alot of ps3 owners they always talking about free online. but xbl is better than ps. i don"t mind paying . sorry about tha weak online service

man-man-man
man-man-man

i cannot wait tomorrow............. it'll be the best day this whole year. i want 2 see the new story. i AM SO EXITED........... but XBOX 360 Rules. maybe sony is making the online feature free. but it's boring,there is no special thing about,unlike the XBL it's fantastic. my god I CANNOT WAIT...........................

Soupwned
Soupwned

should be interesting, I don't know how long it'll be before I have the money to dish out for the Microsoft points though

jazilla
jazilla

this content is psFREE! 360 only suckers!

drivinggod2005
drivinggod2005

Does anyone know how many weapons this expansion is actually going to have? Because having only the 5 weapons mentioned does seem a bit lacking in my opinion.

art_milonakis
art_milonakis

It looks good, I bought my xbox360 for playing games like this one: violent and exclusive.

atm0073
atm0073

Sounds great; I can't wait.

Arkady_Husky
Arkady_Husky

To me a biker gang is a lot more interesting than a snarky eastern European immigrant (and I have a lot of respect of E. Europeans since they had to live under the evil of communism). And I played GTA IV way past the end; a lot further than I do with most GTAs. I can't wait for this. Hell, I might even buy it before reading any reviews. I don't spend any time worrying about the feelings of PS3 owners. But since this seems to be a theme of this thread, and I don't want to go against the grain as it were, well, maybe PS3 users can watch a Blu-ray or play outside or something.

CMakaCreative
CMakaCreative

I hope the offline is a decent length. I don't play much online but I might check out some of the modes on this. As for the PS3 people. If you also own a 360 but got GTA4 on the PS3, the price has gone down if you want to snatch a 360 version. I think I seen it as low as $35 for a used copy. Sam's Club was selling the collectors edition for like $55 at one point.

metalkid9
metalkid9

wow cant believe how sony made their consumers so disappointed tsk tsk tsk shame on you sony ... while on the other hand I'll be playing this in 2 days!!! :D

robe5000
robe5000

yeah, we're really missing out on this huuuge 360 exclusive, if anybody needs me, ill be playing killzone 2

man-man-man
man-man-man

poor ps3 user's hahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gmreedy
gmreedy

Looks bad, PS3 users will not be missing out.

boxofwit
boxofwit

Looks good, PS3 users will be missing out.

sorenmoseley
sorenmoseley

well you can buy 500 points for £4.99, so you do the math, but you can get points cheaper in the usa and use them in the UK or Europe for cheaper, gotta love that exchange rate, btw you can just make a XBL account pretending ur in the US, just make sure u Hotmail account says your in the US, and if you need a Zip code just use 90210 LOL!

tonyhawksP8
tonyhawksP8

How much is one Microsoft point? I don't own an Xbox 360 so I'm curious.

sorenmoseley
sorenmoseley

Will cost 1600 Microsoft points, or $20, £13.60 or €17

enigmaticrobot
enigmaticrobot

"microsoft paid $50 million for this its going to cost more that $20 if they what to make anything out of it" No they won't. XBOX Live has 17 000 000 users. Only 2 500 000 users have to buy it to make their 50 mil back (which they will).

man-man-man
man-man-man

could any 1 plze tell me how much point will the lost and damned cost?????????????????????????????

The_ripster88
The_ripster88

Sound’s good the online play look's entertaining. I’ll consider it.

The_ripster88
The_ripster88

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metalkid9
metalkid9

its not "may" appear, if you watch the second trailer you will see him, he will definitely appear. also there are like a sh*t load of new bikes in this expansion you can check it out in the rockstar site: http://www.rockstargames.com/thelostanddamned/index2.html#buy These are the bikes: * Diabolus * Hexer * Lycan * Hellfury * Innovation * Revenant * Wayfarer * Daemon * Wolfsbane * Angel * Nightblade * Double T * Double T Custom * Hakuchou * Hakuchou Custom * Bati 800 * Bati Custom and these are the cars: Towtruck Gang Burrito Slamvan

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

I'm still not tempted to go out and buy a 360

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

microsoft paid $50 million for this its going to cost more that $20 if they what to make anything out of it

Jak_Napier
Jak_Napier

looks good, new cars, new songs on the radio and new characters and a new storyline. Ive even heard that Niko Bellic may even be making a cameo appearance in this game.

Rawdog86
Rawdog86

Ah, gamers and their broken English...

WWIAB
WWIAB

This is gonna rock harder than a bag stones at the grand canyon