Reviews for Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City DNS

95

How DLC should be made

Coolicy | Dec. 21, 2012 | See all Coolicy's reviews »

Two mini, yet still lengthy, campaigns for the price of two overpriced CoD map packs. It's even cheaper when you buy it on sale!

This in addition to GTA IV base game tell very different stories. You've experienced Liberty City as a immragrant, now you're part of a biker gang that's falling apart or managing to survive managing a night club. Both are actually much harder than it sounds.

There are actually very distinct visuals for both these campaigns. The bikers storyline is more gritty and more about brotherhood, paranoia and betrayal, whereas the nightlife storyline is about dealing with controlling mafias, doing business deals, and protecting your friend Gay Tony (who's sometimes an idiot). One is more monotone, dirty where the other is more vibrant and colorful.

This is truly value in DLC, especially when other companies milk the crap out of DLC. Rockstar does an awesome job in putting value into their content.

94

Fun and very long

panz3r88 | Nov. 19, 2012 | See all panz3r88's reviews »

GTA 4 is really a fun, big and very long free roaming. If you don't have enough of this title after many hours of gameplay, Episodes From Liberty City is a must buy: the two combined DLC(The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony) add an amount of gameplay hours equal to the one of the original game. You will pass most of the time to steal vehicles or motorbike or to fight in gang or drug wars. You can still go out with your friends and do some activities or play some minigame. The new stories of the two titles are connected to the one of the main game and create with it interesting and complex situations where old and new characters appear. The Ballad of Gay Tony is better than The Lost and Damned because you receive a score at the end of the mission and you can retry it to improve your performances

88

Developers, take note !

MarkDeejay | Nov. 5, 2012 | See all MarkDeejay's reviews »

Developers, take note. This is how you create DLC. Two episodes that span around 15 hours of gameplay (more if you're going to do everything). It feels like a whole new game. Yes, the city is still the same, but the stories aren't and the missions are quite diverse. One thing I really liked was the fact that all important characters are in a way part of the other characters' stories. The graphics and details are still awesome to this day (and the faces could still use some work). The missions from The Lost And Damned (and the story itself) aren't as much fun when compared to The Ballad Of Gay Tony. The missions in Gay Tony range from racing to stealing and basejumping. There's also a few helicopter missions. Flying a helicopter is a pain in the ass though, and it's one of the things I really hate. But that can be overlooked. This game is great ! Recommended !

86

Very worthy additions to GTA 4

dark2025 | Oct. 22, 2012 | See all dark2025's reviews »

The Ballad of Gay Tony is a fantastic expansion that added some much needed silliness as well as a fun story to Liberty City, while The Lost & Damned offered another decent campaign as well as other side-missions to the mix.

While each of the single player campaigns can be pretty short, there's a lot of variety between the two to keep you entertained for the entire duration, and there are also enough side-missions and new cars and weapons to try that free-roaming is much improved from the base game as well. So regardless of whether you would like to either 100% the game or mess around or just play the campaigns, I think you're going to have a good time.

92

Back to the GTA roots

Cooberstooge | Sept. 13, 2012 | See all Cooberstooge's reviews »

This feels like a GTA game - it's got quirky, memorable characters, lots of goofy action, and originality in spades. Niko and Roman may have Sopranos seriousness down packed in the original, but Episodes from Liberty City has all that crazy wackiness the series used to be known for.

Both the Ballad of Gay Tony and the Lost and Damned are solid, great stories that can easily stand on their own, yet they manage to retain characters from the previous iteration, such as Elizabeta and good ol' Niko. This is classic tough guy having to earn their way to the top stuff, but with less time for bowling. The stories are great, tons of new characters get introduced, and there's lots of new weapons and locations to explore that you would never have given a second glance to in the original title.

The graphics look great as expected, and this one seems to run quite a bit smoother than GTA IV. The new vehicles, from the plethora of bikes to the new cars and trucks, are all very nice to see and drive. The sound is great, with good voice acting from the whole cast, and a special emphasis having been put on the major characters. Controls are all very good, and remain largely unchanged from GTA IV, so you can just hop right into this one if you're coming from that title.

Definitely one to recommend, and certainly one to get for those of you who weren't as big a fan of GTA IV as many others.

85

Good Times!

Bakken | Aug. 30, 2012 | See all Bakken's reviews »

I enjoyed the story of GTA IV, A LOT, and when I finally picked up Episodes from Liberty City I fell in love again. seeing the city from two new perspectives, that also plays during the same period as the original story gives this expansion a great feeling of being new in the background of Nicos story. Free roaming also feels great with some new activities to go around such as gang wars (LoD) and parachuting (tBoGT). I would recommend this to anyone!

90

Excellent value for money.

GAMERamble | July 19, 2012 | See all GAMERamble's reviews »

Grand Theft Auto 4 was an awesome game but due to the long wait thanks to console exclusivity and the performance issues when it finally arrived it lost a lot of love from PC players. Having to sit by and watch the Xbox360 get one excellent add on after the other was also a bitter pill to swallow but finally nearly two years after the release of GTA 4 the "Episodes From Liberty City" made the leap to PC. Consisting of both "The Lost & Damned" and "The Ballad Of Gay Tony" will these two titles breath new life into the series or is it a case of too little too late?

I think the "too little" part can be safely eliminated as together these titles represent excellent value for money and put a lot of full fledged games to shame with their content and length. New radio and TV stations, new weapons, new multi-player modes and new characters are just some of the improvements that these titles bring to the table.

Together these two episodes are unbeatable value for money and despite some small flaws should keep you going for days. Everything might still take place in the same city but hen it was created so masterfully in the first place, who cares? I would gladly purchase another episode set in this city if it contained the same quality script and voice acting as these two have. All in all this pack does what the GTA series have always done best, made you the star of your own action movie. The amount of things to do that isn't even story related has given me more entertainment than some other games I've played and once again the top notch voice acting brings the world of GTA to life.This is most certainly not a game that younger players should be playing but if your old enough to separate fact from fiction and can enjoy a game with mature elements then don't miss out on this title.

89

Great Free-Roam fun.

ruready12 | April 15, 2012 | See all ruready12's reviews »

Who wouldn't like this game, it's amazing. First off I will start with the story, it's so great and immersive it will leave you on the edge of your seat throughout the game. The graphics are great for the time of release, which was 2006. The free-roam capability is awesome too, you can do almost anything and everything you want to do, and have loads of fun with it. I reccomend this game to any Free-roam/ third person shooter fan looking for a great experience that never gets boring.