The BBFC have rated The Ballad of Gay Tony and surprise, surprise it contains strong language, sex, violence and drug use.
The classification filed last week goes on to make sure gamers are well aware of the games contents and stresses not only strong language but VERY strong language not only that but STRONG sex & violence and HARD drug use. All in a days work for The Ballad of Gay Tony. The BBFC then go into a fair amount of detail of the specific details of these
EPISODES FROM LIBERTY CITY – GRAND THEFT AUTO THE LOST AND DAMNED – GRAND THEFT AUTO THE BALLAD OF GAY TONY comprises two stand-alone, episodic, expansion missions that take place in the same open world gaming environment of Liberty City that featured in Grand Theft Auto IV (GTA IV). In the first mission the player assumes the role of Johnny Klebitz, a member of Liberty City based motorcycle gang and in the second the player takes on the part of Luis Lopez, a 'gofer' / bodyguard for a character known as 'Gay Tony'. Played from the third person perspective, both missions look, play and feel very similar to the original GTA IV. In addition to playing through the set missions, the player can simply roam freely through the massive gaming environment. The game was passed ‘18’ for very strong language, strong sex and violence and hard drug use.
Violence is a central theme of the game, with the featured characters able to carry out missions that invariably involve killing in return for money and other in-game rewards. The characters have access to a variety of weapons, including knives, baseball bats, snooker cues, a variety of handguns and long-barrelled weapons (assault rifles, machine-guns, shotguns and the ubiquitous sniper rifle), explosive charges, pipe bombs and rocket-propelled grenades. The player can also mow down pedestrians whilst driving any of the vast selection of motor vehicles or motor bikes that are available to him or her. There are blood spurts as people are shot and stabbed etc. and pools of blood form on the ground. However, there is never any discernible injury detail and it is not possible to inflict post-mortem injuries, although there is considerable ragdolling as dead bodies are shot. The characters controlled by the player are able to attack and kill any other character in the game, including innocent bystanders.
The Guidelines at ’15’ state that there may be frequent use of strong language (for example ‘fuck’) and that the strongest terms (for example ‘cunt’) may be acceptable if justified by the context. Although the frequent use of strong language in the game would have been acceptable at ‘15’, the at least four uses of very strong language that crop up in some of the cut scenes were considered to be best placed at the adult category.
The game includes some sex scenes. The sex is quite strong, but always masked and the characters concerned are invariably fully clothed (no nudity). In cut scenes the Luis Lopez character is seen to be on the receiving end of oral sex (slumped on a chair with a woman's head buried in his lap). The same character engages in sexual intercourse on at least two different occasions. For example he stands between a woman's raised legs and thrusts into her and he also bends a woman over a desk and thrusts into her from the rear. The game also contains strong verbal sex references throughout and there is one scene of full frontal male nudity (without a sexual context).