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Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City
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DevelopersRockstar North
PublishersRockstar Games
Release dates

PC

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PlayStation 3

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Xbox 360
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Platform

Xbox 360
PlayStation 3
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EngineRAGE
ProtagonistsJohnny Klebitz
Luis Fernando Lopez
LocationLiberty City
Alderney State
Setting2008
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, (also known as GTA IV Episodes, Episodic Content or Downloadable Content) are expansion packs for Grand Theft Auto IV that add extra missions, areas, weapons, characters, and more to the original game, as well as a new storyline that interweaves with the main GTA IV one. Currently, both episodes are available for the Xbox 360 version of the game, along with the PlayStation 3 and PC ports which were released a year later.

If downloaded online, each episode requires the original GTA IV game disc in order to be played, but doesn't require the disc if the Episodes from Liberty City game disc is used instead.

List of episodic content

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Overview

Both The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony were also released together on a single boxed game disc called Episodes From Liberty City, on October 29, 2009. Unlike the individual episodes, Episodes From Liberty City doesn't require the original GTA IV game. The disc includes three new radio stations exclusive to the double-pack version to compensate for some music not carried over from GTA IV. The single-episode DLCs do not contain exclusive music, but the original music is been carried over. Players who do not have GTA IV installed on their console will find that some phone conversation dialog in Episodes From Liberty City is missing.

If you were to download any episode online and save a game using TLAD or TBOGT in the original GTA IV, and then later use the Episodes from Liberty City game disc, the saved games will still be available, however, the GTA IV saved games will not be, requiring to start a new game. Nevertheless, you can still reload your last saved GTA IV and play it as usual.

Episodes from Liberty City also introduces three aforementioned exclusive radio stations; Vice City FM, Self-Actualization FM and RamJam FM. The additional tracks from the episodic content, for the existing radio stations, are also included.  However, the original playlists from GTA IV have been omitted. Vice City FM replaces The Vibe 98.8, Self-Actualization FM replaces The Journey, and RamJam FM replaces Massive B Soundsystem 96.9 and Tuff Gong Radio.

Release

Reception

Episodes from Liberty City received critical acclaim. IGN awarded the pack with a 9.2/10, praising the DLCs' gameplay and features, but criticizing the short storylines. 1Up gave the PS3 version a score of -A. GameSpot gave the PC version an 8.5/10, while both PS3 and Xbox versions received 9/10 from the site.

Versions

PC & PS3 release

On January 29, 2010, Rockstar officially announced that both expansion episodes would be released for the PlayStation 3 and the PC on March 30th. However, due to having problems with Sony Europe with the Liberty City radio, television, and Internet content, the episodes had been delayed until April 13th in North America and April 16th in Europe. Like the previous release on Xbox 360, each episode was been made individually available online at the PlayStation Store and at Games for Windows - LIVE Marketplace, as well as together on disc.

Rockstar Games Collection

Episodes from Liberty City is also part of the Rockstar Games Collection Edition 1 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Controversy

Legal Action in Brazil

On October 18th, 2010, the 3rd Civil Court of Barueri, in São Paulo State, in Brazil, has decided that the game "Episodes From Liberty City" violates the Brazilian law concerning copy rights by using a song called "Bota o dedinho pro alto", from the Brazilian composer Hamilton da Silva Lourenço in the game without his permission.

In the decision the court ordered that all copies of the game for Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and PC should be recalled from stores. The decision also states that if the game is not recalled in 48 hours Rockstar Games should be billed in R$ 5,000.00 (approximately USD 3,125.00) per day.

According to the claimant lawyer this decision should be fulfilled in the US too because it's where Rockstar is located.

Rockstar can still appeal to the State Court of São Paulo and other superior courts although the decision is to be taken immediate action.

Crossovers

Trivia

  • The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony have removed features which were present in Grand Theft Auto IV, most noticeably, the ability to buy clothing from the various shops, they are inaccessible. Girlfriends in GTA IV is also a feature that has partially been taken away. There are women in the clubs present in The Ballad of Gay Tony, but they can't be dated and only have sex with Luis Lopez. These features were possibly removed so that new features like clubs, new radio stations, TV shows, and the new Vehicles and Weapons could be placed in the game.
  • Vigilante and Most Wanted missions cannot be enabled, if the player tries to use the Police Computer, a network error will appear. However, the player can, use computers to call for cops.
  • These are the only two games in the series (besides GTA V) where every island is instantly accessible.

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