In the world of the sandbox-crime-videogame, I’ll let you in on a little secret: “Saints Row 2” is better than “Grand Theft Auto IV”. That may sound like heresy and I’ll admit that “GTA IV” is technically superior and has a stronger storyline but “SR2” offers more of what I look for in a videogame: FUN. You know what’s not fun? Speeding through a city only to accidentally knick a cop car and then having to waste time going on a chase. You know what’s not fun? Having your “friends” call you up every five seconds like a bunch of whiny bitches who constantly need to hang out. You know what’s not fun? Restarting missions but not really restarting them because every mission requires you to drive somewhere before it really begins. “GTA IV” coasted on being called “GTA IV” and while it’s not a bad game by any means, “Saints Row 2” was more innovative and allowed you to break up a fight between pirates and ninjas with a chainsaw or ride a motorcycle while wielding a katana and listening to Europe’s “The Final Countdown”. How is there any debate as to how “Saints Row 2” is clearly superior?
But I know I’m outnumbered by the “GTA” fanatics out there (I will say that “Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars” for the Nintendo DS is the best videogame I’ve played so far this year) so you’ll be jazzed to know that Rockstar has announced the latest downloadable content for the popular game: “Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony”.
Set for release this fall for $19.99 or 1600 Microsoft Points (because they can get away with charging that), “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.
Furthermore, Rockstar will be releasing “Gay Tony” and the previous DLC, “The Lost and The Damned” as a separate disc available for $39.99 and you won’t need “GTA IV” in order to play it. Of course, I imagine that anyone who would want those expansion packs wouldn’t be without “GTA IV” so I guess it’s really just for those who don’t have XBox Live.
Oh, and for $7 there’s going to be new DLC for “Saints Row 2” on Thursday. Just sayin’.