If you are a fan of Grand Theft AutoIV, chances are by now you would have at least one playthrough of the storyline with Niko Bellic, and some of you hardcore ones may have even clocked 1000pts of Achievement points in that game.
Only on Xbox360, Microsoft has made it possible for two episodes to be made exclusive. Named ‘The Lost & Damned’ (TLAD) and ‘The Ballad of Gay Tony’ (TBoGT), they are available for download on Xbox LIVE Marketplace as well as purchased from retail. The price for downloading each episode is 1600 MS points which is about S$33. TLAD episode was released in February 2009 and there was a temporary promotion on Xbox LIVE to download its episode at a reduced price of 1200 MS points. TBoGT was only released on 29 October last week so it will take a while before we see a similar promotion like TLAD’s.
GTA Episodes from Liberty City, notice the exclusion of the roman numeral IV, (GTA EFLC) is the name given to a compilation of TLAD and TBoGT episodes into 1 retail disc. Recommended for sale at S$59.90, it is a cheaper option to anyone who has not played both episodes. If you were like me who purchased the TLAD retail pack months ago and finished it, it is probably hard to justify the purchase of GTA EFLC compared to just buying TBoGT online, but here are some things worth considering:
1) GTA EFLC does not require any downloads into your Xbox360 hard drive. It’s pop and play.
2) If you’re downloading TBoGT from Xbox LIVE, you need to set aside another 2GB of space in your Xbox360 hard drive. TLAD required that amount of space also. If you’re still playing on Xbox360 with 20GB hard drive, it is going to deplete your precious space soon.
3) Downloading TBoGT from Xbox LIVE requires GTAIV game disc to play so if you lost track on where you kept your GTAIV or have sold it off, it is not a wise decision to get another GTAIV on a bargain (unless you borrow from a friend thus preventing him from joining you on TBoGT multiplayer games).
4) Downloaded TBoGT requires internet connection or rather connection to Xbox LIVE to access the episode’s content to play. Sure, setting up an internet connection or connecting to Xbox LIVE is easy peasy, but let’s cut out the hassle. Pop and play is one of the reasons why we play console games.
5) GTA EFLC can be sold away one day if you choose to. We all know the hard decisions we make when we have to sell our old games to make way for new ones. GTA EFLC can be traded away a couple of months from today should you wish to. Downloaded episodes cannot be done that easily unless you’re selling away your hard drive too.