Parents' Guide to

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Highly provocative expansion with drugs, sex, and killing.

Game Xbox 360 2009
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 18 parent reviews

age 18+

Not for kids

Great game but not for kids!

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 18+
Gta gay tony is great I like it Gta is cool

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (18):
Kids say (49):

If you liked Grand Theft Auto IV, then you’ll love The Ballad of Gay Tony. It offers more memorable characters, irreverent dialogue, daring missions, and a fully interactive open-world you can lose yourself in for hours at a time. Much of your attention will be on dealing with Tony's debtors, addictions, and boyfriend, while also helping to run his nightclubs and play mini-games. The $20 download is well worth the investment, or $40 for the packaged episodes (Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City, which includes the first downloadable episode, The Lost and Damned) -- but just as its risqué predecessors, those easily offended need not apply.

Online interaction: GTA IV offers multiplayer online modes but this expansion pack lets you unlock new weapons and use them in a head-to-head mode. Interaction with strangers is unpredictable.

Game Details

  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Rockstar Games
  • Release date: October 27, 2009
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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