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The Lost and Damned Trip Report

Grand Theft Auto IV - Community News | @ 12:52 AM CST | By Kodo + Zidane
Last week, Zidane and myself were invited by Rockstar for an exclusive Lost and Damned event at Don Hill's in New York City. The event took place on Feb 10 and Feb 11. Skipping all the travel and hotel stuff, the Lost and Damned event went something like this..

A large black van waits outside the hotel to carry all the GTA webmasters over to Don Hill's. Upon arrival, we are greeted at the door by R* who says they aren't done setting up inside. There's some serious security, too, so the 10 of us wait in a circle on the sidewalk. We have some mindless chatter outside while we eagerly await the real deal happening inside.

Tweny minutes pass before R* lets us inside. Walking through the dark entryway, we walk into a biker themed bar with tattoo decorations on the wall and two motorcycles on the stage. The Lost and Damned trailers are playing on HDTVs high above the bar along side Rockstar and Xbox projections on the wall. Of course you can't miss about 10 gaming station set up, each with chairs, an Xbox 360, and Lost and Damned playing on the giant TV. Rockstar says, "What are you looking around for? Start playing!"

We take our seats and pickup the controls, jumping right into the beginning of story mode. The first mission has Johnny picking up the club's new president, who is fresh out of jail, and riding him back to the clubhouse. Rockstar knows you are familiar with the game by now, so there aren't hours of tutorial missions. Nope, now you start right into the fray and it's great. The next mission has you riding with your gang to a firefight against 20 other bikers of a rival game. There is a new feature while in transit to mission locations. If you ride in formation behind the biker president, a "Lost" logo appears on the street and gives you health for staying with it. We played several other missions that involved stealing motorcycles, killing some feds, or burning a club and stealing heroin from it.


We couldn't take any pictures of the game,
enjoy the skyline.
Next we tried the new multiplayer games. First we do a simple deathmatch in the prison, except with the new grenade launchers. It's pretty tough to grenade someone on the run, and it proved easier to sneak up and knife people. Next we try out a new mode called Lone Wolf, where one biker is "It" while the other players hunt him down and kill him to become the new Lone Wolf. It was a blast riding in a pack of hunters, firing off uzis at the guy in front. It's so loud as the whole bar is screaming with gunfire from all the TVs. This is easily the most intense new multiplayer scenario. Other new games include a Lost vs NOOSE, helicopter vs. motorcycle, and a really fun GTA Race on bikes where you can use baseball bats to knock other riders off.

The event ended with Rockstar and Microsoft handing out Xbox Elites with custom Lost and Damned artwork to the attendees. We'll get a picture up soon. Overall we are very impressed with the quality of Lost and Damned and the new perspective it provides. New missions, storyline, guns, music, multiplayer games, vehicles, and modified bike physics are all great things. Rockstar did a tremendous job with the new content and we are so grateful for the opportunity to play it.
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PS3_dude
Registered User

Registered: Jan 2009
Posts: 83
Hey guys congrats... I am jealous from you.... I have no doubt it is an amazing add on. I hope rockstar will make something for the PS3... Please don't leave us like that. PS3 owners also love GTA.
02-14-2009 01:11 AM
chrisandy
Registered User

Registered: Apr 2008
Posts: 10
Cool, that's a really G thing of R* to do. Did you guys notice if Johnny could change clothes/go clothes shopping at all? How were the new guns/music/bikes/etc.?
02-14-2009 02:11 AM
jim_genius5
Registered User

Registered: Apr 2008
Posts: 60
Now we're all jealous..
02-14-2009 02:46 AM
devil chevelle
guy with the worst punctuation

Registered: Aug 2004
Posts: 612
cool i like how rockstats caring for there fansites hope it was fun and noticing by the trend of things it looks like maybe you guys will be able to go there again once dlc#2 comes out

stopped reading your article though i stopped reading right where it said "the first mission".
02-14-2009 03:37 AM
BlackSilver65
Registered User

Registered: Oct 2004
Posts: 685
"what are you looking around for, Start playing!" that would like be the most amazing line I could imagine hearing.
02-14-2009 08:17 AM
zeeshan810
RockstarDB.com

Registered: Mar 2008
Posts: 1,081
"Twenty minutes pass before R* lets us inside" I'll bet you guys (webmasters) couldn't wait to play the GAME** I am Jealous..I wish I was a webmaster like you guys and was Invited to R* TLAD :)

You guys got your own TLAD Xbox360. TOO!

[ post edited 02-14-2009 10:14 AM by zeeshan810 ]
02-14-2009 09:46 AM
dirt junkie
Liberty Cities Most Wanted

Registered: Mar 2008
Posts: 8
lucky, lucky bastards!!!!! lol
02-14-2009 02:27 PM
Johnny-Z


Registered: Apr 2008
Posts: 687
You guys are soo lucky to have these opportunities to see and play the game early! :P
02-14-2009 09:24 PM
spike123
Banned

Registered: Feb 2009
Posts: 0
what clothes does johnny wear?

[ post edited 03-13-2009 10:02 PM by spike123 ]
02-16-2009 08:37 PM
 

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