Liberty City Stories to be cheaper on PS2

Take-Two CFO Paul Eibeler says the first PSP-to-console port will cost less than the handheld original.

When Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories was released last October to solid reviews, many people plunked down $249 for a PlayStation Portable just so they could play it. Many of those same people scowled when Take-Two Interactive, parent of GTA publisher Rockstar Games, announced it will port the game to the PlayStation 2 during its February to April quarter.

As Liberty City Stories will be the first game ported from the PSP to the PS2, speculation was rampant about what the console version of the game would be like. Would it merely be a straight port of the handheld game, which has the same setting as Grand Theft Auto III, or would its developers at Rockstar Leeds add new features and content that couldn't fit on the 1.6GB Universal Media Discs that the PSP uses?

Today in a postearnings report conference call with analysts, Take-Two CEO Paul Eibeler hinted that the PS2 Liberty City Stories won't be that much different from the PSP version. "We've delivered unprecedented and tremendous value to the consumer, in terms of the size of the actuality and the scope [of the game]," he said.

Perhaps more telling was Eibeler's revelation that Liberty City Stories will cost less on the PS2 than it does for the PSP. "We've been very, very successful at full price on the PSP, which is a different type of consumer," he said. "We've delivered a new game for the PSP, that's a $249 purchase, and we're looking at lower pricing on Liberty City Stories for the console, which is a $149 or below purchase."

Currently, the PSP version of Liberty City Stories is $49.99. One scenario is that the PS2 version will debut at the $39.99 price point, which Electronic Arts, a bitter Take-Two rival, is now releasing its games at. However, unconfirmed online reports say retailers have recieved materials saying the game will cost $29.99. It could conceivably be priced even cheaper, perhaps even bearing the same $19.99 sticker currently sported by the Greatest Hits version of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

A budget price point would make it less attractive for Take-Two to put excessive resources into adding new content to Liberty City Stories for the PS2, however. And Eibeler seems pretty satisfied with the game in its current form. "We think Liberty City Stories is a great product, and we look forward to bringing together the console and handheld [platforms]...because it does tie back into the original Grand Theft Auto III storyline," he said. "It's very engaging for the consumer."

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68 comments
smeags11
smeags11

They arent porting it retards they are redoing it same missions same cities (as GTA 3) but just way better graphics

massuht
massuht

I can't believe so many of you are crying and whining about Rockstar for doing this. I was NEVER gonna buy a PSP because if I'm not at home I have other things to do than play video games. For everyone like me, this is just a chance to play another GTA game, and that is a good thing. Even a so called half-a$$ed GTA is better than nearly all of the games being released right now. And this isn't an alternative to making new GTA games, they're obviously doing that. Consider this an appetizer and show some gratitude.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

thANK GOD I DID NOT WATE 50 FOR 2HRS OF GAMEPLAY AFTER EACH CHARGE NOW I CAN PLay it all day and all yr wo bATTERY DYING FOR CHEAPER

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

thANK GOD I DID NOT WATE 50 FOR 2HRS OF GAMEPLAY AFTER EACH CHARGE NOW I CAN PLay it all day and all yr wo bATTERY DYING FOR CHEAPER

aaronwilkins
aaronwilkins

I know it's probably not possible, but I want to be able to swim, fly, target better...so really, many of the things we were able to do in San Andreas. To do those things would be hard for Rockstar to put new code in a '01 game, so I'll set my sights low for this one.

peterzhao333
peterzhao333

This will just make less people buy PSP version these days

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I'm cool with that. I sure am glad I didn't have to waste $250 getting a PSP just to play it.

dirt_palace
dirt_palace

oh f***. i was quite happy when i heard this was SUPPOSED to be a PSP only title but here this comes out. we PSP owners need at least one title we can hold over PS2 owners(even though I own both)

dounowhatiam
dounowhatiam

huh i already have this game on psp seems like rockstar want to make a quick buck again with the same product with only little changes. gta3 was on psp then ported and changed a bit to the psp now it is comeing back to the ps2 with the new story

Jackov
Jackov

LOL! Since they can't release a new GTA PS2 game this year, they have to resort to porting a PSP/portable game instead. No savee, meester.

spartan202
spartan202

so it will be the same game for ps2???????

somesthetic
somesthetic

this game will get like a 7 on ps2. besides, theres many more reasons to own a psp than just this game.

DrKill09
DrKill09

$20-$30?! Sold! Now I'll just have to squint my eyes so I don't get bothered by all the grainyness of the PS2.

B-bad
B-bad

what a load of crap how could they do this, I'll never look at them the same....... nah I really dont care if they port it over to the console at a lower price I played it on the PSP and I was happy about getting it when it came out. But hey if they can do this then why dont they import The Warriors over to the PSP at a discounted price just to make things seem fair.

WarhawK-harris
WarhawK-harris

I really wanted this game when I heard about it. Then I traded in my PSP because I only wanted it for the long drive through Utah. It had fulfilled its purpose and after the trip I went for weeks on end without using it. I'm just not into portable gaming and no tripped-out hand-held hardware is going to change that. A PS2 version is a great idea as far as I'm concerned.

samuelroberts
samuelroberts

I don't care; I got it first, AND on a handheld. Also, I get an absolutely kick-ass console that lets me watch Futurama and The SImpsons wherever I go. Plus it plays films, and an FFVII game is coming out for it. No problems. Plus, on the PS2, GTAIII is far superior anyway. Shut up.

grave_rob
grave_rob

that's rad. i was almost tempted to dish out the cash for a psp just to play it. now i'll only hafta drop $20-30....

eee_master
eee_master

Man, this gets released on My birhtday yaaaaay lol. Good thing I held out from buying a PSP. Best 300 bucks (CAN) I ever saved.

jonnyjd
jonnyjd

Can't wait, can't wait.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

LOL now this is funny. "LCS teh xklusive!!!!!1111"

aliadeel
aliadeel

if any one know that when ps3 is going to be release send me message on my email ali_adeel911@yahoo.com

MastrBetty
MastrBetty

Well, now you know why you shouldn't base spending $249.99 on a console for one game. Because it's very stupid. Buy a PSP for the entire game library, potential, and features. Not just one game. That's like someone buying an Xbox just for Halo and Halo 2. Feasible, but stupid.

ewjim
ewjim

Another GTA, AGAIN?!

NinjaFoot
NinjaFoot

You know the decision to port LCS to ps2 was due in large part to all the money that Take 2 hemorrhaged during the whole Hot Coffee fiasco. It has to be.

zefrin
zefrin

This is stupid! Why would you want to port a psp game to the ps2? They should be making new games instead of porting psp games to consoles.

Floyd_Remora
Floyd_Remora

i hope they allow you to upload your save game

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Ugh... If only I would've known...

Xanog1
Xanog1

I'm starting to gather more and more hatred towards Rockstar as time goes on. Vice City was their peak, San Andreas was just random near-useless additions, Liberty City Stories was pretty good, and I enjoyed having it on PSP, but now I feel ripped off that someone out there can get the same game, for a cheaper price than I paid. I'm beginning to think that I'll only give Rockstar one chance next-gen, and if they fal to impress me with a next-gen GTA, I'll stop buying their products, as they have gones down in quality ever since 2003.

jester_88
jester_88

Rockstar is just trying to make a quick buck to get back some money it lost on all the lawsuits over the Hot Coffee mod and the game Bully. Oh Rockstar how you displease me

i_love_my_ds
i_love_my_ds

sucks for those people that bought a PSP just for the game.

ocdog45
ocdog45

this is rediculous. so what, have the world has the game

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

I was never going to buy an overpriced handheld to play this game (one of very few reasons to do so) so I'm pleased to hear it's coming to console. But which console, Rockstar?

Tamashii_Sensei
Tamashii_Sensei

As I am no longer the owner of a PSP, I simply cannot wait until this game is released for the PlayStation 2. Bit of a blow to the PSP, though.

vaejas
vaejas

Whew, glad I saved $20 by buying it used. Ka-pai -yow! After going all the way to Japan to save $50 on the machine. Ka-pa-pa-pa-pow! ^__^ Gotta be thrifty when these companies inevitably pull the fast ones! What can I say Eibeler, I'm a "different type of consumer ".

btnheazy03
btnheazy03

Enjoy playing this port of a port, cows

btnheazy03
btnheazy03

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faceman420
faceman420

zzz they need to evolutionize GTA again..

BelmontMaster
BelmontMaster

Rockstar stop making these stupid games, they are totally pointless.

teh_ghost
teh_ghost

not suprising it makes it easer for rockstar to release what will probably a pretty shabby game. i dont see a 4th 9.6/10 GTA game for the ps2.

glitchgeeman
glitchgeeman

And cows are saying the sheep are getting milked with the ds lite. I doubt anyone would buy it though unless they gave it a huge graphics upgrade. Graphics in GTA games suck but psp graphics on the ps2 would be horrendous.

NintendoDSShugo
NintendoDSShugo

Yeah, but the PS2 version wont have something the PSP one does: The Awesome hacked Cheatdevice. While you guys on the PS2 are sitting at home driving in GTALCS, I'll by flying my Dodo.

DrCFLY
DrCFLY

why would they port it to the ps2, its a lower quality game than san andreas and costs more.

Zarfus
Zarfus

great, another GTA im gonna end up buying and never gonna play. Thanks rockstar.

ronin_blade
ronin_blade

sighhhhhhh, wtf...... It was bad enough that this was porting over to a console, now we've gotta be insulted even further that we had to pay the higher price. AUGHHHH