Game Review – Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City

Grand Theft Auto 4 had transcended whatever made the highly-acclaimed franchise so successful. Its visuals are top notch, the storyline is one of the best in gaming history, and the gameplay is absolutely dynamic. The prospect of destroying everything in your path along with the story of building yourself up from the ground up after immigrating from Serbia made Niko Bellic a new icon. Of course, Liberty City does not stop even if you’ve finished the first game. If you played it in your Xbox 360, then you should get Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City and finish it as well.

Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City includes The Lost and the Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony, two storylines that will blow you out of the water. Each is an individual game that will have you spending more hours playing just like in the original. Keeping the setting in Liberty City was definitely a good choice as it expands it even more and provides more perspectives to the true protagonist of the game – Liberty City. The different original characters are definitely human with their own personalities and tendencies that will affect your main character in different ways. Your main character is also a personality on his own, just like in previous games, and not like protagonists in other games that are almost like hollow shells. In these two separate games, the only thing wrong is that they can’t be even more real as you would sympathize or hate each of them as if they’re real.

The weapons and vehicles have been expanded even more to cover more ground and give you more options as you cause more chaos along the city streets. The cutscenes are just as engaging that you will still not want to skip it unless you have no soul. The minor details within the game have also been enhanced from the previous game in many ways. More TV shows, for example, have been added to provide even more parody to real life shows. Such things make sure that you do more than just play the actual game itself. The minigames within have also been multiplied. Liberty City has truly become a world in its own.

Perhaps you should take note of the bad points as well since you wouldn’t want to be too biased to the game. The visuals, for example, are starting to look dated since the original game was released from way back. The times are surely moving on pretty fast nowadays. Also, multiplayer lobbies are separate for each game, which can be quite frustrating. Why Rockstar Games didn’t combine them is beyond any explanation as they are all of the same setting anyway. Well, we really can’t have everything, it seems.

Perhaps the best thing about this game is that it is great value for money since you getting two great games for the price of one. Perhaps they are of the same franchise, but there is so much material in it that you just can’t really complain. Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City is a must buy. End of argument.

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  1. I love the Vice City Games, I think my fav was hunting for the cocaine statues, after awhile I got more into driving around and seeing what crazy things I could actually manage to do. The music isn’t half bad, but the comments did get to be much after extensive play.

  2. A friend of mine, Marco Fernandez, is actually one of the behind the scenes wizards of the GTA series. He wanted to go to LA and work in movies, but he ended up moving to New York and got involved in game design and production. He is (or was) the voice talent director of at least one of the GTA games.

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