Xbox 360 Review of Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City
The fun doesn't stop with "Grand Theft Auto IV", it continues in two episodes presented in the franchise's latest - "Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City". Check out some of the fun that you'll have in this latest GTA version.
Story: 10 out of 10
The first Liberty City episode, "The Lost and Damned", features a new protagonist named Johnny Klebitz who is apart of a biker gang called 'The Lost' (previously featured in missions from "Grand Theft Auto IV"). The second GTA episode, "The Ballad of Gay Tony", has protagonist Luis Fernando Lopez, one of the members of a Dominican drug dealing empire as well as the personal bodyguard of Anthony 'Gay Tony' Prince, and packs some story punch with tons of crime, glitz, and guns. All in all, this makes for a great turn of events when you pick up Grand Theft Auto Episodes from Liberty City and get to see some old favorites mingling in with the new ones. It makes the story line so much more interesting.
Audio: 10 out of 10
If you are a hardcore 'Grand Theft Auto' fan, then you already know that audio and soundtrack is one of the categories which every single game in this series never fails to satisfy. Well, the same can be said for "Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City". A round of applause, please, as the audio here in GTA Espiodes from Liberty City offers up some extremely well put together music to completely just tear stuff up with.
Gameplay: 10 out of 10
Aside from audio and soundtrack, gameplay is perhaps the biggest category of all which every 'Grand Theft Auto' game succeeds and entertains each and every time. New weapons and vehicles present themselves here, as usual in this series -- grenade launchers, pipe bombs, shotguns (sawed-off and assault included), motorcycles of variety, and much more. There's a checkpoint feature this time around that will prove to be a huge help in the event that you fail in a mission. You will spot many references between 'The Ballad of Gay Tony' and "Grand Theft Auto IV". The biggest difference between the two episodes is that 'The Lost and Damned' separates itself from the "Grand Theft Auto IV" formula featured in 'The Ballad of Gay Tony' by having you work as a team with your biker gang brothers often.
The online multiplayer aspect is very plentiful here. 'The Ballad of Gay Tony' has four of them, all of which are enhanced counterparts of the ones from "Grand Theft Auto IV", such as death match, team death match, race, and GTA race. 'The Lost and Damned' has seven multiplayer modes and contains the most inventive of the pair such as Chopper vs. Chopper (very fun), Club Business, and Witness Protection.
Graphics: 10 out of 10
What can I say? It's 'Grand Theft Auto' of course. Being that this is post "Grand Theft Auto IV", the graphics in "Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City" are as good as it gets. But you and me both know that, at the end of the day, it's the gameplay that makes a 'Grand Theft Auto' game what it is. This rule of thumb especially applies to the first two 'Grand Theft Auto' games.
Overall: 10 out of 10
"Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City" features two interesting story lines that differ from each other and are a lot of fun to engage in, there's plenty of new vehicles and weapons to upgrade the game experience, and the whole multiplayer aspect is icing on the entire cake. Overall, whether you decide to buy both episodes separately or together, "Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City" is a fantastic value for your money.