A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game doesn't offer many positive stereotypes of motorcycle gangs (who are violent law-breakers), women (many of whom are strippers or prostitudes), immigrants (such as the criminal Nico from Eastern Europe), Jewish people (The Lost's VP, who can be vicious at times, is referred to as "The Jew") and politicians (mostly dirty ones).
Violence & Scariness
Players can use all kinds of weapons (automatic 9mm, sawed-off shotguns, pipe bombs and grenade launchers) to kill people in this game, including innocent civilians and police officers. You are a member of a violent biker gang and killing others is very much a part of the game-play. Players will see blood but not gore. But will see extreme situations like pushing someone's face into a spinning motorcycle wheel as punishment.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
While there is no hidden sex game as was found in GTA San Andreas, this game does show full-frontal nudity with a male congressman getting a massage.
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The game is laden with swear words including "f--k," "motherf--ker," "sh-t," "damn," "hell" and many others.
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Products & Purchases
The game doesn't show any real brands but the music is licensed.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Gamers will see cigarette smoking, drinking (including doing shots with friends...before riding bikes, no less), and some drug references (including the "President" of your biker gang who comes out of rehab at the start of the game).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game GTA IV downloadable expansion is most definitely not for children, tweens, or teens (under the age of 17). It is even more controversial than its predecessors because this game has full frontal male nudity. The game lets you lead a life of crime as part of a motorcycle gang with plenty of gang violence (including pushing someone's face against a spinning mototcycle wheel in a bike repair shop), relentless foul language, drugs and alcohol, and sexual references. The star rating given to this game is based on quality of gameplay within this adult genre of video gaming and is not an endorsement of the violence within the game.
Is It Any Good?
Rather than tackle missions by yourself, this expansion is all about "gang banging" with your crew, such as riding (or racing) the streets in a pack and partaking in many gang wars together. The hogs handle nicely, so there shouldn't be a learning curve when it comes to the controls. As with past "GTA" games, The Lost and Damned can get quite violent, even from the first scene when someone's face is pressed against a spinning motorcycle wheel at a bike shop.
Along with the new single-player missions, the downloadable game offers many new multiplayer modes including the ability to smack opponents off their bikes while in a race to the finish line and a co-op mode where you can either protect a bus filled with informants or ride a hog as part of The Lost gang determined to destroy it and the snitches inside. Needless-to-say, the content is designed for a mature gamer and for someone who enjoys the virtual, visceral thrill offered by past "GTA" bad boy games. With this in mind, it truly is a fun ride worth considering.
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