GTAIV: Episodes from Liberty City PS3, PC bound

Grand Theft Auto IV's previously Xbox 360-exclusive expansions to hit PlayStation 3 and PC owners on March 30; two episodes also to be sold separately as DLC.

Welcome to the party, PS3 and PC owners.

Back in 2006, then-Xbox marketing chief Peter Moore surprised the gaming world by brandishing a mock Grand Theft Auto IV tattoo. He also announced that not only would the open-world sequel launch on the Xbox 360 at the same time as the PlayStation 3, but that Xbox owners would be getting exclusive downloadable content. That content ended up being two lengthy episodes that debuted on Xbox Live--Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony--before being later bundled onto one retail disc dubbed Grand Theft Auto IV: Episodes From Liberty City.

Now, it seems the $50 million Microsoft paid for these Xbox 360 exclusives was only for a set time, with Sony and Rockstar today confirming both episodes will be heading to the PlayStation and PC this March. The PC version of Lost and Damned was revealed last November in a GFWL achievement leak, and the PS3 versions were rumored as far back as last May.

Just as with the Xbox 360 version, PS3 and PC owners will have the option of buying both episodes on one retail disc or buy them separately through either the PlayStation Network or Games for Windows Live. In a press statement, Rockstar president and cofounder Sam Houser said: "We appreciate the patience of our PlayStation 3 and PC fans worldwide, and we look forward to putting the games in your hands this March."

Both The Ballad of Gay Tony and The Lost and Damned were critically acclaimed when they were released in October and February 2009, respectively. Episodes From Liberty City for the PS3 and the PC will hit North American stores on March 30, 2010, while The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony will be available on the same day on the PSN and Games for Windows Live. PS3 owners will have to shell out $39.99 for the retail disc or $19.99 for each of the episodes online.

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h3rb
h3rb

@Rsoub That's what she said.

vandaman123
vandaman123

in my opinion gta looked terrible on the ps3, atleast xbox did it some justice with 1080p, i have compared it on all 3 systems and pc takes the cake. As long as u have a pc capable of playing @ 50fps minimum, very cpu intensive game, i am running amd 965 quadcore b.e and it holds 70% with graphics up high, aswell as using almost 4gigs ram (ddr3) i know my input is a lil off the topic but toooo bad. If u can afford a good gaming pc get one and quit whining. Pc gaming is superior!!

Rsoub
Rsoub

is it a dick or add on dlc

ECW33063
ECW33063

I'm just glad we finally got some ps3 love. Thought Rockstar games forgot about their devoted GTA players..

Killer_73
Killer_73

w8 for new episodes hope it will be cool not boring

superveka
superveka

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targook
targook

im guessing a 360 fan boy put a thumbs down on my comment :P

MariusGta
MariusGta

@Pilch_R_eD bravo! dude.....everyone should read your comment! stupid fanboys :)

targook
targook

im glad they r finally coming on ps3 and even though i hate the x360 i didn't think even microsoft was stupid enough to pay so much for a few months of exclusivity well all i have to say is suck on it 360 fan boys :P

MariusGta
MariusGta

yeah.......take that xbox!!!!....can't wait to play it on my pc

Earth_Krish
Earth_Krish

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UnrealLegend
UnrealLegend

Yay!!!!!! That episodes thing is on PS3!!!

rebelious
rebelious

Bout time the inevitable happened

X360PS3AMD05
X360PS3AMD05

Nice! I knew it, even less of a reason to buy a 360.

classic-gamer
classic-gamer

at last party for pc owners......assassins creed 2 awaited..may be..someday...

notserbamma
notserbamma

This console war rift is just too ugly this generation...I hate it...grow up...

ShadowOfKratos
ShadowOfKratos

[QUOTE="plalk"]...ARE A FREE AIM SHOOTING WITH THE MOUSE HOW THE HILL (Hell... I assume) THEY COULD BE IN PS3 WHAT YOU GONE AIM WITH THE STICK UP DOWN UNTIL U GET KILLED ....[/QUOTE]Look, at least go to your nearest store and look at a PS3. It clearly has USB connectors where you can connect a USB-mouse. Even the Cross Media Bar supports a mouse, I'm not lying, ask anyone with a PS3 to connect a USB mouse to their PS3 and they will tell you that it works. [QUOTE="plalk"]JUST BUY A DAME COMPUTER PEOPLE AND U CAN PLAY IT ALL.[/QUOTE]I wrote this post using a computer, so yes I can play it all (with the right patches and emulators i.e.), but I like to play on the PS3 becouse of HDMI. My computer doesn't have that. (I mean, I can connect my computer to the tv, just not with HDMI)

plalk
plalk

MASS EFFECT AND GEARS OF WAR ARE A FREE AIM SHOOTING WITH THE MOUSE HOW THE HILL THEY COULD BE IN PS3 WHAT YOU GONE AIM WITH THE STICK UP DOWN UNTIL U GET KILLED .JUST BUY A DAME COMPUTER PEOPLE AND U CAN PLAY IT ALL.

ShadowOfKratos
ShadowOfKratos

[QUOTE="Darth_Slayer"]Funny, because there's just as many PS3 fanboys in this thread begging for Mass Effect and Gears of War on the PS3[/QUOTE] Yea I find that ridiculous, and more so on the fact that 3rd party companies make exclusives for one system, when everyone could very well be enjoying a well made product together without discrimination. And just for the record, I do usually see more flaming from the 360 fanboys than the PS3 fanboys (no offense). But this whole loyalty thing is ridiculous (this goes both ways). I know I might have given the impression that I'm a PS3 fanboy, fine, that's your opinion if you may think so, but trust me when I say you'd be more accurate in saying that I'm a PC fanboy. I just like to play it all. I like being a gamer, not a worshiper. And right now I just hope the drift mod on the PC will be compatible with the GTA 4 EFLC DLC.

TES_Nut
TES_Nut

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Fenriswolf
Fenriswolf

Funny, because there's just as many PS3 fanboys in this thread begging for Mass Effect and Gears of War on the PS3.

General_Lee45
General_Lee45

I knew this was gonna happen from the beginning and am glad I will be downloading onto PS3 as soon as the become available on PSN I have waited long time for them to come to PS3 and knew they would come since they were announced for XBox I knew they would not be exclusive forever and can't wait to play them and then they will hopefully make more or come out with another Grand Theft Auto!

ShadowOfKratos
ShadowOfKratos

[QUOTE="blackace"]Microsoft should ask for a refund. Why pay all that money if it isn't going to be exclusive? M$ should have saved theur $50 and just bought Rockstar games from Take-Two. They the games would definitely be exclusive permanently. lol!! I wonder when FF XIII VS will be announced for XBox 360. You had to WAIT for them, while 360 fans played and beat those games over 6 months ago. Microsoft should have made the exclusive last until 2011.[/QUOTE] You really don't seem happy with these news, despite the fact that (I have Left for Dead, Ninja Blade, Gears of War and Mass Effect). Sony doesn't need to wave money at folks like MS does.

AnimeNutJill
AnimeNutJill

I'm happy they finally decided to put this on the PS3 and PC. I was planning to buy these for my 360 later this year, but since it's coming to the PS3, I'm just gonna get them all for my PS3 instead. They should have put it on the two systems and PC all together in the first place, but everyone's power hungry these days.If they just tried to keep games like these as a "shared product" then it would be better for business overall I think.

FabioPizzini
FabioPizzini

I've played gta4 on my ps3, but after i saw the expansions be exclusives for the xbox .. i sell it and i never play/buy another game from this company.

Venom341
Venom341

@spyfromspace I think we all do....Ps3 fanboys will just be like "HA! what nuh M$ suckas? we got 'exclusive dlc'" with awful spelling like that. 360 fanboys will just be like "Oooo, we so scared. We alriddy had shtuff for monts" with awfull spelling as well. Just be like the guys that support both consoles and spell correctly!

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

I am so fed up with 'why isn't it on my PS3?', 'I am so glad it's on my 360!', 'why isn't being released for my PC?'!! It's about time game machine owners of the world started coming together and start saying things like 'glad it's finally out on PS3 and 360', or 'glad it finally out for PS3 and PC', or 'Shame it's out tomorrow for PC and not on 360 or PS3 until next week, but I hope you PC guys have fun with it this week!' The industry and media wants to 'divide and conquer'. If we're at each others throats we're not going after them for crappy games, or no after sales service, and a media that seems very biased toward 4 or 5 companies and tough on the rest!

slipknot_army
slipknot_army

I agree with blackace, they should get games the stay exclusive for the 360,and if the game comes for the pc as GTA IV came the optimisation was awful.

blackace
blackace

Microsoft should ask for a refund. Why pay all that money if it isn't going to be exclusive? M$ should have saved theur $50 and just bought Rockstar games from Take-Two. They the games would definitely be exclusive permanently. lol!! I wonder when FF XIII VS will be announced for XBox 360. ***************************************************** xmb1993 lol micro soft sucks i cant w8 4 these --------------------------------------------------------------- That was the point. You had to WAIT for them, while 360 fans played and beat those games over 6 months ago. Microsoft should have made the exclusive last until 2011.

zidan4000
zidan4000

it was about damn time the dlc coming to pc and ps3 although i think that im getting the stand alone disc for pc.

l0kmun
l0kmun

There were really just two reasons to consider an xbox over a PS3, the mass effect series, and GTA dlc...and now there's just one. I wasn't that confident back when I bought my PS3 that it was the right choice (compared to Xbox), but with the games last year, and now this, its pretty much a no-brainer. Keep it up Sony!

Sparky2002
Sparky2002

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Joshua250
Joshua250

@HectorFAO I think if Rockstar read that, they would probably laugh at you. This "console loyalty" shtick is pretty mundane at this point in time. In the end, NO ONE loses (except maybe someone like you acting as if Rockstar cast a plague on your house). Xbox owners were able to play the content early. Microsoft reaped the rewards of temporary exclusivity. PS3/PC owners received the content anyway. Everyone. Wins.

acsam12304
acsam12304

its was just a matter of time for this to happen. yet an other 360 only game gets ported tot he PS3. whats weird is 360 didnt want the extra games to be ported to the PC once they came out a year ago. i guess they wanted to go against Steam so they can make PC gamers to get a 360 to play the extra GTA4 games

blutundkrieg666
blutundkrieg666

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yesterday1965
yesterday1965

God, people are dumb. Doesn't anyone understand that Microsoft reaped more profits than their investment of $50M. Microsoft did not waste anything. It's just simple economics my fellow gamers...

MP40_sprayer
MP40_sprayer

Excellent! as a PS3 only owner i've always been wanting to get hold of this..

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@candyman305 Hopefully you know that just because you prefer X360, doesn't make the PS3 any worse vice versa. Controller is a matter of preference, I like it, you don't. Too bad. But, before you mock the headset and it's price, you should know that you can use most Bluetooth headsets with PS3, not only does the Sony's official work. :P Even Nokia BH600 works. Also, graphics.. ..seriously, what kind of a gamer really cares about graphics that much? They're very identical in multiplatform games due to them being PORTED from X360. Don't know what you mean by the "Downloadable Content" on PS3 sucking, but guessing you're referring to the ammount of content. End of case. @Michael324 $25 Million dollars per DLC, seeing there's two of them, that's 50 million, not 100 million in total.

xmb1993
xmb1993

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HectorFAO
HectorFAO

Good and bad.. I love GTA but since they traded to the Xbox for 50mil i say f- that keep em over there and stay with xbox.. evendoe SONY made them who they are.. if there cheap a** prodution team cant make GTA on PS3's hardware then they shouldnt be part of the SONY team anyway! They madd late.. plus i heard those games are short thats y they selling em in a double disk.. I say f- that Sony should let em go for good. Ive had every GTA game until that one and ima make sure me and all my friends keep it that way.. I say if GTA company want to win there loyal SONY fans that brought the game with out second guessing it then they should make a NEW one not some old hand me down Xbox game .. MY OPINION!!! And i hope SONY reads this! HECTORFAO on PSN if ya wanna holla at me! 1

Michael324
Michael324

M$ paid $100M for a timed exclusive? LOL!

kamizuka
kamizuka

@notserbamma i heard that gay tony is more like San adreas.

notserbamma
notserbamma

To anyone who has played these before.... Are both of them better than the original GTA4? I truly truly hated GTA4 with a passion...not because of the gameplay mechanics but because of the less-than-memorable main character and supporting characters...SO WEAK!!! The story never threw me for a loop like San Andreas did, it's like I saw everything coming from miles away. Pleeaaase tell me these episodes are better than the original game...cuz I haven't even given these games a second look after the first disappointed me so much....