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GTA 4: Lost and the Damned Impressions

Pros

  • Story. I didn’t think that they could make motorcycle culture interesting, but they definitely did. The characters and dialog are far better than most movies or TV series. The out of control gang leader, the corrupt congressman, the junkie girl, and of course the conflicted protagonist were all great characters. Every single second of cut scene with them was completely entertaining to watch.
  • Core Engine And Liberty City. The regular GTA 4 core engine and city is still quite amazing.
  • “Magic moments”. While playing standard mission types, players will experience unscripted jump out of your seat spectacular crashes, kills, and explosions. Also, the game is filled with NPC reactions and chatter that is absolutely priceless. This hasn’t changed since standard GTA4, but it’s a big draw to the experience.
  • Liberty City Extra Content. New soundtrack + new radio content + new TV content + new weapons + new motorcycles. Much is recycled from GTA4, but there is plenty of new stuff, and it is all awesome. For example, “Martin Serious” is a hilarious parody of Howard Stern.
  • The Finale. The action was spectacular, and the dialog was among the best in any game.

Cons

  • Short. 22 main story missions and that includes a few very simple missions. It took me about five hours to complete at my normal relaxed play speed (and I normally take much longer than the standard play times suggest). Other previews led me to believe that this was going to be a giant DLC pack, the size of Liberty City Stories; it’s not close. I’d guess Liberty City Stories had almost triple the content and took me about 14 hours to complete.
  • Hard to find all the Great Content. There is no motivation to explore or experience the city beyond hitting checkpoints and clearing missions. This is really disappointing, because I know there are so many hidden gems to find throughout the game, but it can be a real chore to find them.
  • Standard Mission Types. All of the missions are basically one of the following: On-foot shoot outs, racing, or chase & kill. At their low point these can all feel predictable and generic, especially the on-foot shoot outs. On the up side, I always felt interested at unveiling more of the story, the action is littered with unscripted “magic moments” mentioned above, and the Liberty City environment is so rich and varied, that it’s great to have structured missions to give you a reason to experience more of it.

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New Game Releases for the Week of April 11th, 2010

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There’s really only one release this week, and that’s the release of GTAIV: Episodes from Liberty City. If you’ve been reading comments on the Official blog, you would have seen the outright backlash that Rockstar Games have received. Without going deep into my opinion, I am ashamed of the lot of them for being so downright disrespectful and rude. It’s the same qualities that we look down at “XBots” for, so why stoop to their level PlayStation fans? Despite my opinion that the price may very well be a little high, given the content the games come with, it’s worth it. Keep in mind, though, if you download the episodes (as opposed to buying both in disc form), you need the disc from GTAIV to play it. Also released (in Japan) is the ported PS3 version of No More Heroes: Heroes Paradise.

Also, no listed releases for PSP this week.

PlayStation 3

Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City – April 13th // ESRB M

Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City – April 16th // PEGI 18

Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City – April 16th // OFLC MA15+

No More Heroes: Heroes Paradise – April 15th
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City – April 16th
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Release dates provided by VGReleases.com

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GTAIV Episodes Now Available

If you live in the US, and are a PS3 owner, and have been waiting since the 360 got them “exclusively”, Rockstar Games’ Episodes from Liberty City are now available for purchase on BOTH the PlayStation Store and in retail on a disc. I believe you can also get the Lost and the Damned and the Ballad of Gay Tony separately as well (maybe in download form), so if you’ve been waiting for it, it’s now yours. The rest of the world will get them this Friday. You can get it for $40, which, in my opinion, is worth it if you especially enjoyed GTAIV.

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Episodes from Liberty City Delayed to April

The Episodes for GTAIV have been delayed a couple weeks on both the PS3 and PC. Rockstar Games made this statement as to why:

Due to a last minute game submission request from Sony Computer Entertainment Europe to edit some of the in-game Liberty City radio station, television, and internet content – we are forced to delay the worldwide release of Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City for both PlayStation 3 and PC for an extra two weeks.

They will now be released on April 13th in the US and on the 16th in Europe. The PS3 leaderboards in the Social Club will also be down for maintenance from March 22nd and will extend for a week, to prepare for the launch of the Episodes. Why two weeks?

Those game changes sound pretty minor. Why does the game have to be delayed a whole two weeks?
Unfortunately, with each round of changes comes fully re-testing the game and a full re-submission to PlayStation. This is the nature of the game submission process. Believe us, if we could expedite the turnaround any sooner – we would. We are dying to get this game in the hands of fans who’ve waited for it for so long in the first place.

Via Rockstar

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