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Episodes from Liberty City Review

Great characters and excellent missions ensure that these episodes are well worth checking out.

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Perhaps the biggest change to the gameplay of GTA 4 would be the inclusion of a checkpoint save system. Anytime you perish during a mission you can use your phone to bring yourself back to the last checkpoint. This can greatly reduce the travel times for longer missions when you make a silly mistake. For harder missions though it’s not a huge help because once you perish you lose all your armor and any ammo you used since the last checkpoint. If you keep repeating checkpoints you’ll just reduce your ammo to zero. So for the gunfights you’ll probably need to get some ammo and weapons anyway or just reload your last save.
Just like Little Jacob in GTA 4 Rockstar have assigned one of your friends in both episodes with a “gun van” that serves as ammunition shop called in a few blocks away. It is a pity however that there is a cool down associated with its use. Another change you don’t immediately notice is the fact that friends don’t call you much to “hang out” possibly related to having fewer friends in the episodes but still a big positive.

My RPG? No officer that was lying on the street before the car exploded
In continuing with the trend of Grand Theft Auto 4 the mission variety is good but it is the characters that keep the game fresh. It never fails to surprises me how far Rockstar pushes the stereotypes and in which directions. Great voice acting wouldn’t be as successful without the witty dialogue to match it. Both episodes together will probably take you around half the time it took to get through the GTA 4 main story. There are of course lots of little side missions to extend playtime including drug wars, gang wars, racing, parachuting, dancing and even golf.

Ballad of Gay Tony undoubtedly feels superior in terms of characters and missions but Lost should be completed first as it makes more sense from a connected story perspective. Ballad is also a longer game excluding the side missions. The performance of these new episodes is not much different from GTA 4 on the PC. The episodes do have far better looking shadows (also patched to GTA 4) so you are getting better visuals for the performance. If you enjoyed the great adventures in GTA 4 then these episodes will provide more then enough entertainment and are great value.  

Our ratings for Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City on PC out of 100 (Ratings FAQ)
Liberty City still looks great and now fronts a better looking shadow system, great voice work and great new radio stations
Now features a serviceable checkpoint save system and some more powerful weaponry the gameplay remains much the same but with minor improvements.
Single Player
The great characters and dialogue continue in both episodes but are highlighted in Ballad of Gay Tony. Some good missions that can be replayed.
Mayhem all over the streets of liberty city this time with mad parachuting. Can be wildly addicting but not without lag issues including strange deaths and warping vehicles.
(Show PC Specs)
CPU: AMD Phenom II 955 @ 3.2GHz
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 1GB
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
PC Specs

Performance is much the same as its predecessor and the mouse controls for the helicopter are terrible. A high end PC is needed to get the most out of the game.
Great characters and missions mixed with slightly better gameplay design make this game a must have for fans of GTA 4.
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#6 Jun 7, 2010 13:39:26 (Jun 7, 2010 13:39)

They really need to just abandon lockon and do a better job of structuring gunplay as fun, and not tedious.
#5 Jun 6, 2010 03:21:36 (Jun 6, 2010 03:21)

 Just picked this up, so far really enjoying The Lost and Damned, more than GTA IV in fact thats to the numerous minor but important gameplay improvements. I'm not finding it as frustrating or repetitive, they did a great job of immersing you in the world of a biker. Hope it doesn't get a lot harder near the end. 
#4 May 20, 2010 08:01:04 (May 20, 2010 08:01)

 This game is more taxing on my system than crysis though
I'm running a Q6600 OC'd to 3.1 ghz
8 Gb DDR3 1600 mhz
4870 1gb
And I'm running at med low settings. with res at 1920x1200
#3 May 19, 2010 21:44:16 (May 19, 2010 21:44)

I still haven't got the time to pick this up...
#2 May 19, 2010 13:46:35 (May 19, 2010 13:46)

The mutliplayer was empty the last couple times I tried to play.
As for single player...  WAY better than the original game.  A must buy for people with any penchant for GTA. 
I really didn't care for the SP in GTA4 but Gay Tony is everything I've ever wanted from a GTA game.
#1 May 19, 2010 12:05:46 (May 19, 2010 12:05)

Interesting to get a PC review of this.. I always forget that games like this, things that I normally play on console, are even released for PC. It's awesome that they are, but it's unfortunate that performance-wise this game suffers.
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Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City is ranked #277 out of 1492 total reviewed games. It is ranked #39 out of 118 games reviewed in 2010.
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