|Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned|
Grand Theft Auto series
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned or TLAD is the first of two episodes of downloadable content for Grand Theft Auto IV on the Playstation 3, PC and Xbox 360. This episode features a new storyline, with a new protagonist - Johnny Klebitz, of The Lost Brotherhood biker gang.
The episode features new missions, multiplayer modes, weapons, vehicles, and music/radio shows. It became available for download via Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network and costs $9.99 or 800 Microsoft Points. It is part of a disc-based title, "Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City" , which does not need a GTA IV disc to be played and is bundled along with the second episodic content, The Ballad of Gay Tony, for $39.99.
"Johnny is a very different character than Niko, with a very different background," says Dan Houser, vice president of creative development for Rockstar Games. "I can't go into too much detail on the story, because we try not to give away too much plot before the game is released. But I can say that the story will show you a different side of Liberty City."
"The story is not directly impacted by decisions you took in the main game," he says. However, "tons of details and mysteries from the main story get explained, so it will add a lot of color to the main story."
The game was first released as a download on Xbox Live on February 17th 2009 as an "Xbox 360 exclusive". However, recently, in GTA IV's fourth PC patch, The Lost and Damned's achievements were added to the PC version. At first, The Lost and Damned along with the second piece of downloadable content, The Ballad Of Gay Tony, were to be released to the PS3 and PC on March 30th 2010, but, due to Sony Computer Entertainment wanting to edit some of the radio stations, it was released on April 13th in North America and April 16th in Europe.
The stories for GTA IV, The Lost and Damned, and The Ballad of Gay Tony were written by Dan Houser and Rupert Humphries. All 3 stories happen at the same time, intertwining with each other.
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The Lost and Damned plot bears an uncanny resemblance to Peter Pan, down to both the biker gang and Peter Pan's entourage calling themselves "the Lost boys". The biker gang consists mostly of men in their late thirties and early forties, who are constantly pressured to "grow up" by abandoning their rough lifestyles, getting white-collar jobs and raising families. Billy Grey is the equivalent of Peter Pan, who is the most reckless of all and leads the others in a stubborn refusal of rational methodology (even in the case of Johnny, when Billy frowns upon him for making peace with the Angels of Death). Among many other similarities, another important element is the Lost Clubhouse's role as a dingy, dirty, hard-rock version of Neverland, where the gang members are liberated from conventional responsibilities like jobs or children, and free to partake in beer, motorcycles, bar brawls for sport and (even married men in the case of Jim Fitzgerald) strippers. When Johnny Klebitz and his fellow bikers feel compelled to "put this place out of its misery" by burning it to the ground, it is the end of Johnny's 34-year childhood and leads to the moral of the story - everyone has to grow up sometime.
- Johnny Klebitz and Jim Fitzgerald: Johnny is the game's playable protagonist, and vice/acting president of the Lost. He struggles to lead the gang with reason and, at the same time, is pressured to become more reasonable by "model citizen" types outside the gang (such as his brother or Thomas Stubbs), eventually realized when he gives up the biker bar at the end of the game. Jim is a very rare role model of responsibility in the gang, an older guy with a wife and child. He is Johnny's closest friend and despite outranking him, he looks to Jim for sagely advice. After Jim is dead, he calls him "the man we all wanted to be", most likely because he could balance the joys of biker life with rationality and a nice family, unlike any other character in the story.
- Billy Grey and Brian Jeremy: Billy Grey is president of the Lost and, as mentioned above, leads the gang in a pursuit of pride, fast times and a love of violence. His own immature sense of pride leads him to start a war with the Angels of Death and try to kill Johnny, dividing the Lost. He is very much a regressed child; one clear example is when Jason Michaels dies, he calls him "just a kid, but [...] the kind of man I'd want to be". Brian is his closest follower, almost a kiss-up with a lack of confidence, who rallies his own sanction of Billy-loyalist Lost members against Johnny after Billy is arrested.
- Ashley Butler: Johnny's ex-girlfriend, who he still defends when she is threatened by gangs or overdosing on drugs. Johnny's dissatisfaction with her throwing her life away is a major step forward in his maturity.
- Elizabeta Torres, Malc and DeSean: Elizabeta is a Puerto Rican female drug lord, while Malc and DeSean are black males in the Uptown Riders gang. Aside from personal growth, racism is also a theme in the Lost and Damned. While the Angels of Death, who are possibly white supremacist, are often called racist (particularly by Johnny, "you racist pricks make me gag!", Klebitz and the rest of the Lost (apart from Billy, who insults Johnny's Jewish heritage and openly refers to the Chinese as "yellow") are much more liberal, having a black member named Clay Simons in the Brotherhood and cooperating very closely with Elizabeta, Malc and DeSean.
- Thomas Stubbs, Ray Boccino and Dave Grossman: All influential, white-collar men who employ the Lost for dirty work that they don't want to be seen doing themselves. Stubbs especially, they talk down to the Lost and are rare examples of the outside world come to influence them. Johnny sees all three of them as bad news because he is attached to his way of life, particularly seen when he harasses the Maitre'D before meeting Stubbs.
As read in the booklet included with Episodes from Liberty City:
Across the West River from glamorous Algonquin lies Alderney; home to industrial wastelands, strip malls, dreary suburbia and The Lost Brotherhood, a notorious biker gang along with band of thieves, murderers and drug-runners. The Lost have sworn to live by their own rules, above the law and in complete allegiance to the brotherhood. Billy Grey, the clubs President, has one set of priorities: Bikes, Booze, Babes and Blow; in any order and preferably all at the same time. His second-in-command, Johnny Klebitz, knows that time is running out for this gang of outlaws, and with money to be made in Liberty City, he is determined to make cash as quickly as possible before they all ride off into the sunset. Johnny has been in control of the club while Billy serves out a court-ordered stint in rehab. He has focused the gang’s activities on deals and truces, instead of petty vendettas, and has been making good inroads into Liberty City's organized crime world, even developing a working business relationship with the Angels of Death, long-term rivals of The Lost. One problem. Billy's coming home, and he's crazier than ever...
Johnny Klebitz, Vice President of the Alderney Chapter of The Lost Brotherhood, has been busy protecting the gang's business interests in Liberty City, and is loyal to the motorcycle club's President, Billy Grey, who was recently sent to rehab for a heroin addiction after narrowly avoiding a prison sentence. When Billy returns, his violent actions towards the gang's rivals, The Angels of Death, causes a previously established truce to be broken between the two gangs, threatening the Brotherhood's survival. When a member of the gang, the recently patched-in Jason Michaels, is killed in Broker, Billy uses the opportunity to convince Johnny that the Angels were responsible for the murder, rather than the actual killer. In retaliation, the Lost attack an Angel clubhouse and secures a large amount of heroin. The gang attempts to sell the heroin through drug dealer Elizabeta Torres, but the buyer turns out to be an undercover cop. After this, Billy introduces Johnny to Thomas Stubbs III, a corrupt Congressman who pays Johnny to help him stay on top politically. Eventually, Johnny's friend and fellow club member Jim Fitzgerald learns that the heroin was stolen from the Triads by the Angels of Death, so the gang attempts to sell it back to them, only to be betrayed leading to a shootout in which Billy is arrested by the police.
As Vice President Johnny again takes control of the gang, but member Brian Jeremy refuses to follow, being fiercely loyal to Billy and blaming Johnny for his arrest. Brian attempts to create his own chapter, and Johnny is forced to kill him.
In order to keep the brotherhood afloat, Johnny begins working with people such as Uptown Riders members Malc and DeSean, and eventually comes to help out Pegorino Family capo Ray Boccino after his former lover Ashley Butler asks him to. While working for Ray, Johnny steals a large amount of diamonds from "Gay" Tony Prince and attempts to sell them to the Jewish Mafia with the help of Niko Bellic, but the deal is ambushed by Gay Tony's bodyguard Luis Lopez and Johnny manages to escape with the money, planning to keep it for the Brotherhood. An angry Ray kidnaps Jim and tortures him while holding Johnny at gunpoint, but the two escape. Johnny fights off several hitmen and learns from Ashley that Jim is dead. He plans to attack Ray but is told by Stubbs not to, and instead focuses on Billy, who has agreed to testify against Johnny and Angus Martin so that he may be freed from prison. Johnny, Terry Thorpe, Clay Simons and other members of the Lost infiltrate the prison and Johnny personally executes Billy.
Angus Martin, Terry, Clay, and Johnny find the Lost MC Clubhouse ransacked, and they agree to put the clubhouse out of it's misery. Terry douses the main room with gasoline, Johnny pushes Angus in his chair out to the street followed by Clay. The four stand on the street, staring up at the blazing inferno that was once their home, and prepare to take on an unexpected future. By the end, the Alderney Chapter has truly become Lost, and may even be forever damned.
- The Lost and Damned Official Website
- USA Today article
- Take 2 Games Press Release
- Gametrailers TV visit at Rockstar Games
- The Lost and Damned on Wikipedia