Rockstar Games is pulling out all the stops for Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony, the last installment in the Grand Theft Auto IV saga. As the latest trailer demonstrates, this action-packed episode is going to be big, bright and balls-through-the-wall nutty. The episode focuses heavily on Liberty City’s nightlife, as “Gay” Tony Prince is one of the city’s most famous (and now desperate) club owners. This means that players will be spending a lot of time at the three new clubs that will be available in the game: Bahama (how it's spelled in the game) Mamas, Maisonette 9 and Hercules.
In addition to just being cool places to hang out, there will be several mini-games and even a club management feature to keep you busy as well. You’ll be able to show off your moves on the dance floor, and as Rockstar explains, “The better your moves are, the more points you’ll score with the ladies.” Whether this will result in any horizontal dancing isn’t clear, but given the over-the-top tone of the game, I wouldn’t be surprised if it showed up in there somewhere (Luke Warm Coffee?)
You can also head over to Maisonette 9 and spray crowds with magnums of champagne before chugging the rest of the bottle, in a clearly responsible way, of course. Once you’ve had your fun, it’s time for business. One of Luis Lopez’s many hats is that of manager, which means you’ll be able to pick up shifts at Tony’s clubs and experience the thrills and spills of dealing with “club security and unruly club patrons, as well as tending to the many needs of the Liberty City party-going elite.” There aren't any details on how the management mode will playout gameplay-wise just yet, but I have a feeling that I’ll be doing drug runs and disposing of someone else’s dead hookers for a change.
GTA: The Ballad of Gay Tony is shaping up to be one hell of a wild and out of control ride. Oct. 29 needs to be here sooner.
Click through to see some new screens of Liberty City nightlife in action.