Lost and Damned buyers find six days of free XBL

Anyone pondering whether or not to skip work to play Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned just got an extra incentive. Today, Microsoft announced that, to help hype the first of two 360-exclusive expansions, it would let purchasers play the game's new online modes on Xbox Live for six days at...

Anyone pondering whether or not to skip work to play Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned just got an extra incentive. Today, Microsoft announced that, to help hype the first of two 360-exclusive expansions, it would let purchasers play the game's new online modes on Xbox Live for six days at no cost. Typically, the ability to play online on XBL is limited to "gold" subscribers who pay $49.99 per year, with nonpaying "silver" subscribers merely getting access to downloadable content. By contrast, online play is free on the Wii and PlayStation 3.

The six days of the "Lost and Damned Live Week" promotion will begin at 9:00 a.m. PST on Tuesday, February 17, and be limited to GTAIV and its expansion's online modes. Owners of the original Grand Theft Auto IV for Xbox 360 will also be able to play its online modes during the period, which ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 22 (aka Oscar night).

The period will also see Microsoft and Rockstar Games holding a Lost and Damned sweepstakes. To register for the sweepstakes, players must download the Lost and Damned registration picture via Xbox.com or Xbox Live and then either download the Lost and Damned add-on for 1,600 Microsoft points ($19.99) or play a multiplayer game of the original Grand Theft Auto IV. The grand prize is a Samsung 52-inch 1080p Flat-Panel LCD HDTV and a Samsung 1200W 5.1-Ch XM-Ready home theater system with an upconverting DVD player, followed by six custom-made GTAIV Xbox 360 Elites as first prize. Six $500 Best Buy gift cards will be issued as second prizes.

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raptorlead1
raptorlead1

Tell me when it comes to PC and we'll talk about my getting GTA 4..

bombermanator
bombermanator

@psn fanboys: with xbl you're paying for the server space your games are hosted on, that is why the psn games have trouble with latency, games timing out, etc. my friend always has problems with cod4 mp on his ps3, but he has a better internet connection than me, and i almost always have problem free gaming (when not torntin ^.^) PS: omg when i spellchecked it said "internet was incorrect, suggested "Internets" 'cause thats more appropriate!

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

live is only better at connecting other than that its still the same as ps3

FallenSamurai
FallenSamurai

Wow $50 a year, such a huge chunk of change. Gimme a break. If someone really thinks thats such a big deal, then I'd like to know if your parents or yourself had to mortgage out or have a room for rent in your house to buy your precious ps3? If I can work a dull retail and college office job and be able to pay for gaming with 360 with no sweat, than pretty much anyone with a pulse can too. I think what would be the equivalent of $4.17 a month for online play of an endless library of games is totally fair.

reviewninja
reviewninja

i own both and i think xbox live is better but i dont think it is worth $50 just to play online. all the cool features it has are great like prive chat, in-game invites, friend updates, XBLA, and many more but i do think that if a person has a silver account that at the least they should have a lesser experience of online gaming (similar to PS3) where it is free to play online and dowload demos but u dont get much else without a paid subscription. I think that would be pretty fair.

reviewninja
reviewninja

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Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

CasinoOutlaw247 - Nah, what is sad is the lack of a reason to buy a PS3 in the first place.

CasinoOutlaw247
CasinoOutlaw247

In other news PS3 owners still enjoy free online service. Face it: xbox 360 (thumbs down) oh, and I just love the avatars you xb360 owners get to create. How sad....

Squeets
Squeets

Also it is funny how many Sony fanboys are in here... this article is about Live and a 360 exclusive expansion... yet everyone that praises Live/360 has negative thumbs and everyone that praises PSN/PS3 has positive thumbs... If you don't like Live then why are you reading an article about it and leaving bad feedback on people who do use it...? Isn't there some shrine to Killzone 2 you should be worshiping? (not that Killzone will be bad... I have it preordered...) just some fanboys are just acting it like is the second coming of Christ or something...

Squeets
Squeets

@ emacdaddy08... I have both PS3 and 360 and Live is completely worth the $50 (and I only pay $40 for a 13 month card (12+1month) (amazon... +free shipping))... Live has so many features that PSN is lacking... Negatives of PSN: -requires way to much effort to send messages on PSN -no in-game private chat (where you send a friend an invite and talk)... -no voice messaging... -tedious updates (updates happen often and are hundreds of mb's... for both games and the console) -only certain games have "join in progress" and in most cases it is broken... Pro's of Live: -In-game/cross game private chat (send XXX a chat invite while he is on CoD while I am on GTA... during play)... -Up to 8 player private chat/cross game chat (8 different people all in a party all playing different games or the same game if you want can all talk at once...) -Simple messaging... pick a name... send a message.. that simple... same with receiving a message... just press the guide button and you are reading it... no need to go through 4 different options and menus to see a message like on PSN... -Voice messaging... -Cross game joining... (while I am on GTA... a friend can send me an invite to CoD and all I have to do is press my guide button... put in the disc and we are playing...) -Join in progress... I simply have to bring up a friends name... hit join session.. we are playing... -Simple updates... "There is an update, do you want to download?" "Yes." Within seconds updates are completed... for both the console and games... the new live experience which completely redesigned Live took me less than 30 seconds to download and install... You act like you pay $60 for a game... then turn around and pay $50 to play it online for every game... you pay $50 one time for an entire year of service across all games... And it still isn't as expensive as PS3... I bought my 360 at launch and have had Live every year since then and I still haven't spent as much on my 360 ($510... $350 for console, $40 each for 4 years of live... so I won't even = my PS3 until November of 2010 when I purchase my Live for 2011 and I won't surpass it until November 2011 when I buy my live for 2012)... I spent $600 on my PS3 alone... just the PS3... Even at today's prices... you can buy an arcade 360 ($180) and 5 years of live ($200) ($380 combined) for less than the price of the base PS3 model ($400)...

pmase14
pmase14

Some people have said that there's no difference between playing a game on PSN versus on the XBL and are trying to justify being cheap (or broke). I'm here to tell you that those statements couldn't be further from the truth. Example: I bought Madden '09 originally for the PS3 b/c my Xbox broke. I had so many issues with games timing out and lagging that I traded it in and bought Madden a second time, but for my Xbox. Though not perfect, XBL is a much better service. Plus with the installed base of Xbox, and exclusive DLC and games (see Braid), XBL isn't going anywhere nor losing any true gamer to the PSN. PS For those who can't afford XBL's yearly subscription, why not buy just a month passes for only $8 when u pick up a game that you're interested in playing online. Also, keep your eyes on sales ads. Best Buy and Walmart had XBL yearly subcriptions on sale last week for $30 and $40 respectively. Happy Gaming!

sagameister3
sagameister3

Looks like a pretty nice incentive. The sweepstakes prizes sound pretty good too.

SephireX
SephireX

PSN isn't "crappy"by any means but it is not on par with xbox live. Live has better and faster connectivity and is easier to navigate. It is worth the cost by far and though its not perfect, it still is a quality service that will further improve as more updates are released.

TheDecoy2124
TheDecoy2124

All my friends have 360's only so if a game comes out they plan to get, I buy it for my 360. If they don't plan to get it, I buy it for my PS3. And, as for my Wii, it's never played.

emacdaddy08
emacdaddy08

hmm thats interesting you guys say that free online means bad quality? thats not true, i've got a ps3 i play online all the time with and its great, i'd rather spend 60$ on a game rather than 60$ plus another 50$ to play online for the same quality.

CT-Link
CT-Link

Yeah, it's almost a dollar a week...I have no problem in paying $50 a year, and at least have that as an excuse to demand quality online play...you see if it's free, then you could play the crappiest online ever, but you can't demand much can you, since it's free.

Agent-CSim-47
Agent-CSim-47

£40 a year is not that much. I have a paper round and it's paid off in five weeks so stop complaining. £40 for quality online is better than terrible free online.

chikinstien
chikinstien

Cwagmire21, I agree. For those of you who are already paying for XBL, there's not much point in boycotting 40cks a year. In all honesty, that's nothing compared to things like WoW, where 45 bucks only buys you three months. But, let's say you don't own a console yet and are interested in playing online. Personally, I would pick the PS3. All the new gamers out there who were lured into gaming by the Wii, and are seaking to expand theirhorizons, are going to be looking at these things, and will most likely buy the system that will be cheaper for them overall. The ps3 runs for about 400 dollars now, plus 60 bucks a game. The 360 you can get for (I think, haven't bought one recently) 300-400 dollars. (c/d?) Anyway, when you factor in 2 games that you buy with teh system that you want to try your and at online, that's 120 for the games. For the PS3 that's a grand total of 520 dollars. However, if you wanna play online on the 360, you have to add at least another 12 dollars, which would put the grand total at about 427-527. Still relatively cheaper tan the PS3, but also keep in mind that the PS3 play Blu-Ray, and, from what I hear, has a much better chance of surviving being taken out of the box. bobasweat, It's not that I can't afford it, it's just that I haven't had 40 extra dollars to put into it, after bill, taxes, food, and WoW (yes, WoW>XBL subscription) I'm not left with much extra money. Last year I started my WoW yearly and XBL yearly on the same day. This year, I didn't nave enough to cover both of em D: Hopefully next week I'll be able to grab a subscription.

bobasweat
bobasweat

if you can't afford £40 a year, then you need to get a job

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

The best way to display your discontent for paying for XBL is to stop paying for it - or not buy it in the first place. If MS sees the demand going down they could lower the price or cut it out completely. While, I'd prefer it to be free (who wouldn't?) I don't mind paying under 40 dollars a year (amazon is a beautiful thing :D) for good online play. I honestly don't buy a lot of games so I can't say my money would go into other games.

Xanzibar_Joe
Xanzibar_Joe

Me too. Why pay outrageous fees when you can play the same game online for free on the PS3? and save $50 a year?? Microsoft can probably afford to cut the cost of it, but are simply intent on getting as much money as they can.

eddy_purpus
eddy_purpus

i actually agree with ya chikinstien.

chikinstien
chikinstien

You're going to flame me, but it must be said: They need to just stop with the "gold membership" sh!t. I understand that running servers and paying GMs and mods costs money, but they make far too much money to need to collect a subscription fee. And yes, I am saying this because I haven't been able to afford XBL for the past 4 months due to monetary issues XP After all, both the Wii and the PS3 have a free online play feature (however limited they may be), and I think Microsoft MIGHT start falling behind in sales on FPS games, and other popular Online Multi-player genres because of this. If you own both a PS3 and a 360, and you want to play a game that was released for both of them Online, which system would you buy it for? Probably the 360 if you already have Gold Membership, but if you DON'T, then you'll likely buy it for the PS3 for 60 bucks as opposed to the 360 for 60 bucks plus another fifty for XBL for a year. LET THE FLAMING BEGIN

Turbo-Evil
Turbo-Evil

Yay! Now I can hopefully grab some online achievements for it!

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

Dang, I was hoping they would credit 6 days to your account or something. This doesn't affect me since I'm a gold member.

OfficialBed
OfficialBed

Sounds good to me. I still have to pick up GTA IV though :(

thorsen-ink
thorsen-ink

Anyone pondering whether or not to skip work to play Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned just got an extra incentive. Today, Microsoft announced that, to help hype the first of two 360-exclusive expansions, it would let purchasers play the game's new online modes on Xbox Live for six days at no cost. Typically, the ability to play online on XBL is limited to "gold" subscribers who pay $49.99 per year, with nonpaying "silver" subscribers merely getting access to downloadable content. By contrast, online play is free on the Wii and PlayStation 3.

The six days of the "Lost and Damned Live Week" promotion will begin at 9:00 a.m. PST on Tuesday, February 17, and be limited to GTAIV and its expansion's online modes. Owners of the original Grand Theft Auto IV for Xbox 360 will also be able to play its online modes during the period, which ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 22 (aka Oscar night).

The period will also see Microsoft and Rockstar Games holding a Lost and Damned sweepstakes. To register for the sweepstakes, players must download the Lost and Damned registration picture via Xbox.com or Xbox Live and then either download the Lost and Damned add-on for 1,600 Microsoft points ($19.99) or play a multiplayer game of the original Grand Theft Auto IV. The grand prize is a Samsung 52-inch 1080p Flat-Panel LCD HDTV and a Samsung 1200W 5.1-Ch XM-Ready home theater system with an upconverting DVD player, followed by six custom-made GTAIV Xbox 360 Elites as first prize. Six $500 Best Buy gift cards will be issued as second prizes.