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If you're a fan of Grand Theft Auto IV and want to know how the story ends, then you have no excuse not to pick up Episodes from Liberty City. This is a budget title that adds two new stories, tons of memorable characters, more weapons and enough online modes to keep you satisfied for months to come. Best of all, these games do the impossible - they make Liberty City feel fresh and brand new again!
This is the perfect sandbox game because when you want a break, you can just jump in a car, cruise and listen to some entertaining radio stations while you do whatever you need to do, whether picking girls or just making a twit of yourself, it doesn’t get any better than this.
The Lost & Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony are the perfect way to close out the GTA IV saga. Finally, we know what happened to the diamonds stolen in the main story two years ago. Though Johnny and Luis don't have very interesting storylines, there are some fantastic additions to the supporting cast. The voice acting is superb, there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, the presentation is amazing and there's still the wonder that is Liberty City for you to explore. Sure, it's pretty much the same place you saw as Niko in GTA IV, but it's still an incredible creation.
Grand Theft Auto 4 is still an impressive feat thanks to its large scope and characters that remain larger than life; and Episodes from Liberty City manages to trump its cousin. These games are a testimonial to how much gaming has evolved while giving us a taste of what this current generation could offer. And while all the talk today seems to revolved around 3D gaming, motion controls, etc., I would much rather return to Rockstar's world of crime, violence, and vice. Bring on Grand Theft Auto 5!
Episodes from Liberty City är sammanfattningsvis ett fenomenalt prisvärt paket, och på många sätt facit på hur man gör expanderar ett spel. Det finns inte en tillstymmelse till simpel cash-in; Rockstar har med de båda episoderna visat att man tar sina verk och världar på allvar. Har du inte stiftat bekantskap med Johnny Klebitz och/eller Luis Lopez tidigare är det hög tid. Glitter och glamour i ena änden, skinnpajar och MC-skägg i den andra. Allt i samma stad, i samma förpackning och av samma karaktäristiska uppkäftighet.
The concurrent storylines approach also works very well, lacking the contrived feel of typical “What happened next” expansions, and it means that along the way you’ll bump into Niko, Johnny and Luis, and various acquaintances, through cross-linking plot-points that reveal what was going on behind the scenes of some of the most memorable scenarios in each of the three games. Whilst they are short, by their very nature, they ultimately represent everything that GTA IV should have been. If you loved GTA IV, you’ll love this – and if you didn’t, you might just find yourself being dragged back into the fold.
It's unfortunate that PS3 owners have had to wait so long to get their hands on this content, but that's certainly no reason for you not to enjoy it. The PS3 episodes are indistinguishable from there Xbox 360 counterparts, and there's no question that you should play them. So, the only decision you need to make is whether you'd rather download them for $20 each or pay $40 to get them on a disc.
So, for a total of $40 are these expansions worth it? Absolutely. Episodes From Liberty City is a great way to soak up 30-some hours on a sandbox adventure. Combine the two titles together, and the stories add up to about the length of a standard GTA game. With a horde of new features and modes for both online and offline gameplay, there is definitely no reason a GTA fan should be without Episodes From Liberty City for the PlayStation 3...unless of course, you've already played them last year on the Xbox 360.
The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony would be worth buying as standalone games, so as sub £15 downloads they're essential purchases, while the two together for under £30 if you shop online is a real bargain. PS3 owners can finally get their hands on what is the finest example of DLC we've seen to date.
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Si elles ne corrigent pas tous les défauts de leur aîné, ces deux extensions offrent une nouvelle plongée au coeur de la ville la plus impressionnante du paysage vidéo-ludique et bien qu'elles n'innovent pas radicalement, on y trouve des moments de storytelling d'une qualité rare. Difficile donc de bouder son plaisir pour peu que l'on soit amateur du genre, l'humour étant toujours aussi irrésistible et l'action toujours aussi intense. Cerise sur le gâteau, la compilation est vendue à prix réduit, autant dire qu'à moins d'être totalement réfractaire au concept il n'existe aucune excuse valable pour s'en priver.
Episodes from Liberty City är proppat med speltimmar och innehåll. Visserligen lyser de stora spelmässiga nyheterna med sin frånvaro jämfört med GTAIV. Men detaljer som sparpunkter i uppdragen, fallskärmshoppning och nya sidosysslor gör att det ändå känns fräscht. Dessutom är berättande och handling bättre än någonsin. Trots vissa kvardröjande brister i kontrollen är detta ett prisvärt måste för GTA-fans.
If you’ve never played Grand Theft Auto IV or if you’ve pawned off your copy, you don’t need the original game to play this one, though completing the first one is important to fully appreciate the plot. Though the engine has aged, there are few companies out there dedicated to open worlds as strongly as Rockstar is and several elements of Episodes from Liberty City will certainly be incorporated in future games both by Rockstar and other developers. The two episodes offer a robust gameplay experience, providing nearly 30 hours of gameplay to the truly dedicated. Fans of Grand Theft Auto IV shouldn’t hesitate to pick this up.
It gave credence to Liberty City's billing as the worst place in American, with a host of different characters running schemes all over the place. When the grand narrative is presented in a mashed up faction, it really makes me curious as to where Rockstar could go with the next true iteration of the franchise. Multiple playable characters could boost Grand Theft Auto’s pacing, and piecing the story together like Pulp Fiction could do wonders for the plot. In any case, it appears Gay Tony is the curtain call to Liberty City - so we'll have to wait and see.