Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City Game Preview

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Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City

Grand Theft Auto: Episodes of Liberty City is a unique concept in the video game world because it is two standalone episodes that do not require the original GTA IV to work. Therefore, people who do not have GTA IV can purchase these new mini video games and play them at full capacity. This new game is available on Xbox live on October 29 and is definitely worth checking out because it provides two new missions in the typical GTA style of games.

The new episode that is found on this disk is called The Ballad of Gay Tony. In this episode, you will play as a bodyguard named Luis Lopez. Lopez is also a business associate of Gay Tony, who is constantly looking out for the title character's interests. Tony owns two of the top nightclubs in Liberty City, but has recently gotten himself into trouble with shady individuals and needs your help in straightening things out. If you have played GTA IV, you will recognize some of the happenings in the city while Lopez's story is playing out, as these video games do not have a little bit of overlap. As Lopez, you will be forced to deal with upper class problems, as he does not deal with street hoods the way that many other GTA characters do.

An example of this comes from a mission where Luis Lopez has to lean on the owner of Liberty City's professional hockey team, since a Russian crime lord named Bulgarin wishes to purchase the team and the owner refuses to sell. As with everything else in high society, everyone has a price, so it is up to Luis Lopez to find that price in order to get people what they want. If they will not sell out, as is the case with the hockey team's owner, Lopez is forced to kill them, as is customary in the GTA video games.

Some of the new features in this episode feature more helicopter and other stunts, as the high profile nature of these dealings ensure that Lopez is constantly making daredevil maneuvers. There are also a number of new weapons included with these games, as Lopez has more of a budget than GTA characters have had in the past. Other unique features like planted electrical charges allow Lopez to take care of people remotely, so he does not even have to be in the area to get even with someone. An example of this occurs when some police officers get a little too close to Lopez and Bulgarin. In this scene, the two of you and one other gangster hide while some police officers are blown up while searching Bulgarin's car. As is prevalent in these video games, the police then swarm the area and you are forced to escape and hide. This scene alone makes these games well worth a purchase because it is unique to Grand Theft Auto: Episodes of Liberty City.

If you feel like you are ready to step into white collar crime, then this game is definitely something you should play. You will deal with some high level crooks in these video games, who have the resources to make you disappear very quickly. Lopez even has the chance to practice running the nightclubs through a series of mini games, which make Grand Theft Auto: Episodes of Liberty City something that is worth checking out.

The other episode that is included with this game is The Lost and the Damned, which is part of the original GTA IV game. In this episode, you will play Johnny, who is a reformed biker gang member who finds himself in the middle of a turf war. Johnny deals with the lower end of criminals, which is much different from the story of Luis Lopez. The good new is that since you will get both of these video games on one disk, you can experience all levels of crime through these games. This two disk set is available in stores or through Xbox Live on October 29 and every GTA lover will definitely love these video games because they perfectly add to the legacy that GTA has put forth in the past.

By: Fei Lim

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