Grand Theft Auto IV & Episodes from Liberty City: The Complete Edition

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Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete is the ultimate Grand Theft Auto IV game experience available. The perfect choice for both players coming to Rockstar Games’ open-world third-person action-adventure masterpiece for the first time, as well as fans of the series looking for the most complete GTA IV experience possible, Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete has everything players need to delve into every inch of terrain, every story and every character lurking in the crime-ridden streets of the fictional Liberty City. Game edition contains the original GTA IV game for Xbox 360, both stand-alone game episodes originally released as downloadable content, plus extras included in this special edition. See the complete contents below.

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Niko's Dream as it should have been from GTA IV

The dream as Niko expected it.
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Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto IV concerns the experiences of Nikolai “Niko” Bellic, a new immigrant from an undisclosed eastern European country whose troubled past and the persuasion of his cousin Roman have brought him to the fictional Liberty City. Unfortunately, Niko’s search for the American Dream and a much needed fresh start, hits an immediate snag when the rags to riches story Roman spun to pique Niko’s interest is exposed as not only a complete fabrication, but a ploy to enlist Niko’s well-known skills as a tough guy against the ample list of enemies clamoring for Roman’s debt-ridden blood. Yet, because Roman is the only person Niko knows in Liberty City he begrudgingly accepts his role as Roman’s protector despite the deception. But as time goes on Niko comes into his own and his experience on the wrong side of the tracks proves more valuable than he could have ever imagined as he fights for survival and later supremacy on the crime ridden streets of Liberty City.

Gameplay
Niko and Roman from GTA IV

There’s always a catch.
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Historically GTA games have focused heavily on mission-based play, requiring successful completion of fixed tasks in order for players to progress through the game, but this has changed to a great extent in GTA IV. Players will experience an entirely new and exciting emphasis centered on the blending of on-mission and off-mission play, resulting not only in an increased sense of realism, but more interesting and unrestricted gameplay.

Game Environments

Based on several of the boroughs of New York City and parts of New Jersey, Liberty City, familiar to players of previous games in the series, has been entirely redesigned for GTA IV. Players can expect visible detail down to the weeds growing in the cracks in the sidewalk, cars and buildings of visibly different ages and a much greater level if verticality in the buildings and bridges that they are able to explore as Niko moves through the city streets. In addition, pedestrians in GTA IV are much more realistic. No longer simply moving cardboard cutouts, these NPCs are intelligent, modern, human representations that laugh, cry, eat, drink, use cell phones and ATMs, and talking amongst themselves regardless of Niko’s interaction with them.

Multiplayer
Niko with an automatic weapon in GTA IV

But some skills are international.
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Give Niko a rest and create your own multiplayer “hero.” GTA IV has added multiplayer modes allowing you to take your creation out to play online in competitive, co-op, and free form modes. Competitive mode has you fighting against the cops, jacking cars, or racing to finish odd jobs. Co-op challenges you and your friends with various tasks including Hangman’s Noose where you are responsible for escorting a wanted kingpin to a safe extraction point. Freeform lets you and 15 others lose on Liberty City. Use this mode to hit up the bar and play virtual darts versus each other or head out to the streets and set up your own drag races. If you can dream it, you can do it in Freeform mode.

Key Game Features
  • Improved Combat System – Now you can use cover and also a target lock system, which allows you to take out targets with greater ease and accuracy. Plus, you can engage in some hand-to-hand combat if you can’t get your hands on a piece quick enough.
  • Cell Phone – Not just for basic phone calls anymore, use your in-game cell phone to receive missions via SMS, snap photos, and ZiT (tag) songs that can be downloaded exclusively on Amazon.com/mp3.
  • Free Time – In between missions you can take advantage of “me” time. There are gentleman’s clubs, comedy clubs, bowling alleys, and bars, which all house unique activities.
  • Take a break From the Story – A variety of side missions allow you to help run a car service, “borrow” cop cars, assassinate targets, help solve problems for those on the street, or take to the air with stunt jumps that are scattered all over the city.
  • Control Your Own Fate – Throughout the game choice moments will arrive causing you to make a decision that will affect relationships and money.
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2 new GTA heavies and backstories.
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Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City

Get ready to experience the Liberty City of Grand Theft Auto IV like never before. Originally created and released as episodical content for Grand Theft Auto IV and only available as separate downloads through Xbox LIVE Marketplace, the two installments that make up Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City introduce new characters, new weapons and two new stories for players on Xbox 360 to enjoy on disc. Keeping with their original option as standalone games, not requiring the original GTA IV for play, the two episodes — The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony — are supplied on a separate disc from the main Grand Theft Auto IV game included in this game edition.

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Episode One: The Lost and Damned

Developed by series creator Rockstar North and set in Liberty City, Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned features a new main character, Johnny Klebitz, and a plot that intersects with the storyline of Grand Theft Auto IV. Players will also experience new missions that offer an entirely fresh way to explore Liberty City with new multiplayer modes, weapons and vehicles and a diverse soundtrack with additional music – all with the incredible production values that are the trademarks of the Grand Theft Auto franchise.

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A helicopter attacking targets on the ground at close range in Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City

Devastating new weapons.
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Episode Two: The Ballad of Gay Tony

Grand Theft Auto IV‘s second downloadable episode, The Ballad of Gay Tony, injects Liberty City with an overdose of guns, glitz, and grime. Players take on the role of Luis Lopez, part-time hoodlum and full-time assistant to legendary nightclub impresario Tony Prince (aka “Gay Tony”), as he struggles with the competing loyalties of family and friends, and with the uncertainty about who is real and who is fake in a world in which everyone has a price.

Key Game Episode Features
  • Complete your Grand Theft Auto IV experience with content previously only available via Xbox LIVE Marketplace download.
  • Two complete, Grand Theft Auto games together on one disc: The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony.
  • Brings the interweaving Grand Theft Auto IV stories of Niko Bellic (main game), Johnny Klebitz (The Lost and Damned) and Luis Lopez (The Ballad of Gay Tony) to an explosive conclusion.
  • Two diverse games let you experience the criminal lowlife and the glamorous high-life of Liberty City like never before.
  • Both game episodes are standalone releases that do not require the original Grand Theft Auto IV game, an Xbox LIVE connection, or even an Xbox 360 hard drive to play.
  • Powerful new weapons, amazing new vehicles, diverse new music, never-before-seen features and all new mission types.

Extras Included with Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete for Xbox 360

  • Exclusive front of box art work for collectors and fans of the franchise
  • New game manual
  • New Liberty City map and poster

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  1. 60 of 67 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Rockstar’s Rashomon, November 1, 2010
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    korova (Varosha) –

    = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Grand Theft Auto IV & Episodes from Liberty City: The Complete Edition (Video Game)
    Long time fans of Grand Theft Auto know that each of the games in the post-PS1 era is thematically linked to a particular genre of movie. GTA III is heavily indebted to Mafia movies such as Goodfellas and The Godfather, as well as to the cable television series The Sopranos. Vice City is clearly influenced by Miami Vice and Scarface, while San Andreas draws a great deal of inspiration from Colors and Boyz N the Hood.

    GTA IV-The Complete Edition carries on this tradition by transforming Grand Theft Auto IV into an homage to Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon. As in Kurosawa’s film, a set of events is seen from multiple points of view, leaving the player to decide which perspective he or she believes is the most credible. Niko Bellic, Johnny Klebitz, and Luis Lopez, the main characters, each bring a different experience and interpretation to GTA IV’s story line. Niko is an immigrant, forced to assimilate and adapt rapidly to a world completely new to him. Johnny is caught in a classic master versus apprentice situation. Luis, who is the only character with any kind of insider status, must choose between building his future and honoring his past.

    These are all familiar character situations in videogames, of course, but Rockstar creates deeper and richer stories and characters than most other game developers. The majority of games stick to the bare rudiments of character motivation and development. Rockstar has given us THREE strong stories in the GTA IV series, each with a complex and compelling main character. It was ambitious of Rockstar to release Niko’s view of the story first, in isolation, without any indication of what was to come later. Many of the events in the Niko version of the story, in fact, aren’t fully explained until the Luis and Johnny episodes. Compare that to the usual rote or clichéd story arcs found in too many games, even multi-episode games. There are a few studios that consistently produce well-written games in addition to Rockstar–Bungie, Valve, and Kojima Productions are three standouts–but the vast majority treat story and plot as afterthoughts.

    Story and influences aside, the bigger question is whether or not GTA IV and the two Episodes are fun to play. The answer is YES, even though it is clear that Rockstar devoted a lot more development time to Luis’ episode than it did to Johnny’s episode. TLAD feels somewhat stripped down and is similar to GTA III in many ways. You’ll spend most of your time following the main story, driving or riding to combat missions. If you fully explored Liberty City in Niko’s episode, there isn’t a whole lot to discover or do that you haven’t already experienced. On the other hand, TBOGT contains a much broader variety of missions, side activities, and minigames. Most players will spend more time with TBOGT than with TLAD–but now that they’re both part of this value priced set, it’s no big deal. The important thing is to play the series in the order in which it was released (GTA IV then TLAD then TBOGT). If you don’t, you’ll miss out on properly experiencing how the full story unfolds.

    Well worth picking up.

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  2. 27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Perfect Release, November 23, 2010
    By 
    F. Rodriguez (Philadelphia, PA) –
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    = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Grand Theft Auto IV & Episodes from Liberty City: The Complete Edition (Video Game)
    This game is amazing. If you didn’t get GTA IV yet, you need to get it. I recommend this version instead of the original standard version so you can, of course, get the 2 episodes that were only available as downloadable content before. It’s best to buy the whole package instead of buying the original and then downloading the 2 episodes through Live Marketplace. The few extras are also something that make it worth picking up this spectacular game.

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