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GTA 'Episodes from Liberty City' Hitting PC, PS3

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No longer an Xbox 360 exclusive after March. Come and get it, PC gamers!

Are you a PC or PS3 gamer who preferred your Grand Theft Auto IV experience on your non-Xbox 360? Right now, you've been missing out on some of the best downloadable content yet with the "Lost and the Damned" and the "Ballad of Gay Tony" expansions – but that will soon change.

It appears that the Microsoft exclusivity period on the GTA IV DLC will be expiring on March 30 as the "Episodes From Liberty City" – which contains both DLC packs – will be appearing at both retail and online for download on PSN and Games for Windows Live.

Expect the retail package to include both DLC packs and the online download to allow gamers to buy separately.

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    alextheawesome , January 29, 2010 10:27 PM
    It's about time.
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    ominous prime , January 29, 2010 10:32 PM
    Hoping for a better port than GTA IV, what a nightmare that was.
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    LATTEH , January 29, 2010 10:39 PM
    i never played the DLC i hope there good...
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    logitic , January 29, 2010 10:49 PM
    I just hope we can use all of our GPU's this time around.
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    JonathanDeane , January 29, 2010 11:09 PM
    ominous primeHoping for a better port than GTA IV, what a nightmare that was.


    How was the PC version compared to the PS3 version? (the only version I got to play for more then a few minutes)

    I was thinking about buying the PC one since its much cheaper now, that is if its any good.

    At any rate this is good news I guess?
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    idisarmu , January 29, 2010 11:13 PM
    I'll pass. I'm not a fan of GTA IV. I would have loved it if it hadn't cut so much stuff out that GTA:SA had.
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    fulle , January 29, 2010 11:14 PM
    I bought GTAIV for $7 on Steam, and I feel ripped off! Its one of the most glitchy pieces of console port garbage I've ever made the mistake of trying. GTA has low detail textures, poor character models, long loading screens, horrible CPU optimization, and graphical glitches galore (like having a boat disappear if looked at from an angle), yet, for some reason it still got glowing reviews for the PC from the likes of online gaming sites (like IGN).

    With the track record Rockstar has at this point, I don't know why anyone would think that they'll ever make a decent GTA port. Remember how GTA3 ran on the PC when it was released? With GTAIV, I heard the rumors, but figured that I'd risk it due to the sale price. Never again.
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    princeandy63 , January 29, 2010 11:40 PM
    finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    nforce4max , January 29, 2010 11:50 PM
    About time since I am getting bored of wow. Even more so if I am dusting off old games like Blade Runner then you know after a Lv 80 blood elf pally and a lv 80 warrior tank.
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    fulle , January 29, 2010 11:59 PM
    @Bog...
    You're kidding, right?

    When GTAIV released it was playing at 38FPS at 1280x1024, on a C2Q OCed to 3.6GHz, paired with a GTX 280 for the GPU. Absolutely pathetic performance for the visuals offered.

    http://forums.vr-zone.com/news-around-the-web/362187-gta-4-pc-cpu-benchmark-review-13-cpus.html

    I have no doubt that you probably can run GTAIV at a decent framerate, but it's probably still under 60, and with a 50% view distance. I'd also hate to see what the min FPS values look like. Even with a complete monster system, with say a 5970 and 4+GHz i7 920, GTA would STILL stutter due to its poor system memory optimizations. Noticeably.

    The shadows just downright piss me off. They have this sort of hashing to them, because they were designed to run with a post-processing filter.
    Here's an example:
    http://img183.imageshack.us/i/newbitmapimagemq7.jpg/

    Due to this, if you run with AA on, depending on the AA method, the shadows look especially horrible... and could have a shimmering effect.

    Gameplay is the same old stuff from the GTA3 series. Only, a little more story driven. The sandbox environment is actually LESS interesting than in previous GTA titles.

    Good game my ass.
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    ALANMAN , January 30, 2010 1:24 AM
    It amazes me that people don't realize GTA IV for PC has been patched several times and the performance issues have been fixed.

    I bought it in March last year for PC via steam and by that time it was very playable on an old Athlon X2 5600. This is at lower settings with a Radeon HD 4830. IMO the view distance setting and some of the other graphics settings don't make a huge impact on the overall experience, the game is still fun. Upgrading to a Phenom II 940 brought my frame cap from 25 to 45 and sometimes higher.

    4890 or better and a slight CPU OC will produce around 60 FPS @ 1920x1080 at higher detail settings.

    The only problems I have with the game are
    - P2P Multiplayer (Windows Live)
    - Not only do you need a Live account, but you must also create a Rockstar Social Club account.
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    liquidsnake718 , January 30, 2010 2:00 AM
    gta has become boring and stale on a pc when its played at such a close proximity. It should be viewed on a huge 40plus inch screen and played from a distance on console.... its not an rpg or a fps, it is not a pc game by heart and as much as I love Pcs and its propriotary games, GTA is a console game...
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    JohnnyLucky , January 30, 2010 12:45 PM
    Sounds like business as usual.
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    truehighroller , January 30, 2010 1:24 PM
    alanman It amazes me that people don't realize GTA IV for PC has been patched several times and the performance issues have been fixed.

    I bought it in March last year for PC via steam and by that time it was very playable on an old Athlon X2 5600. This is at lower settings with a Radeon HD 4830. IMO the view distance setting and some of the other graphics settings don't make a huge impact on the overall experience, the game is still fun. Upgrading to a Phenom II 940 brought my frame cap from 25 to 45 and sometimes higher.

    4890 or better and a slight CPU OC will produce around 60 FPS @ 1920x1080 at higher detail settings.

    The only problems I have with the game are
    - P2P Multiplayer (Windows Live)
    - Not only do you need a Live account, but you must also create a Rockstar Social Club account.



    The game's still messed up because the most recent patch that they came out with, 1.0.4.0 is the worst one that they've released so far. You can see the road paint on the tires of your car now, You can only see Niko's shadow on the ground when driving a car now because they did a cheap quick fix for the motercycles shadow issues and the end result was them breaking the car shadows. They screwed up the optimization worse now then it ever has been with this most recent patch as well.

    I could sit here and drag out more details but, I've wasted so much of my life trying to get that game to run properly by jerry rigging it with command prompts that "R*" them selves have asked people to do because their patches are shit and it's such a bad POS port that I'm done at this point but, nice try though.. Yeah it runs perfect what ever... The game is a POS.
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    ALANMAN , January 30, 2010 1:30 PM
    truehighrollerThe game's still messed up because the most recent patch that they came out with, 1.0.4.0 is the worst one that they've released so far. You can see the road paint on the tires of your car now, You can only see Niko's shadow on the ground when driving a car now because they did a cheap quick fix for the motercycles shadow issues and the end result was them breaking the car shadows. They screwed up the optimization worse now then it ever has been with this most recent patch as well.I could sit here and drag out more details but, I've wasted so much of my life trying to get that game to run properly by jerry rigging it with command prompts that "R*" them selves have asked people to do because their patches are shit and it's such a bad POS port that I'm done at this point but, nice try though.. Yeah it runs perfect what ever... The game is a POS.


    Sorry to hear that. I don't have such issues with the 1.0.4.0 patch, the game runs pretty well.
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    truehighroller , January 30, 2010 1:55 PM
    Sorry I meant to say the most recent patch 1.0.0.4 not 1.0.4.0, 1.0.4.0 actually isn't all that bad per say..

    That in it self is sad to I'll note. When you know what patches you can or can't play the game successfully on, that's pathetic. Half of the people that have GTA IV it's broke. The other half that have i, it works fine but with a catch, you have the road paint on tires glitch and the shadow glitch and that's a fact because every one that is on patch 1.0.0.4 has these glitches and its been proven so don't say you don't because, you do..
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    ALANMAN , January 30, 2010 2:50 PM
    My bad, I assumed the June patch 1.0.4.0 was the latest one. Haven't played any games since September (long story).

    Anyway, I don't understand why the November update would be numbered lower than the previous one. 1.0.5.0 or 1.1.0.0.or even just 1.1 would have been better. Hopefully the issues will be fixed soon and no new ones will arise because the game worked so well with the previous patch.

    Quote:
    That in it self is sad to I'll note. When you know what patches you can or can't play the game successfully on, that's pathetic.


    Such is the life of a gamer. I lived through BF2 patch hell - when a patch breaks or alters your favorite game you never forget it, and BF2 had plenty of those.
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    henrystrawn , January 30, 2010 7:56 PM
    I was so disappointed with the whole exclusivity, and horrible port with both San Andreas and GTA IV. If Rockstar Games wants to do only console content, and then do a half assed port job, to throw us PC games some scraps, they can keep it. One word: BIOWARE.
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    captaincharisma , January 31, 2010 1:09 AM
    ominous primeHoping for a better port than GTA IV, what a nightmare that was.


    as long as Platinum games (bayonetta) is not doing the port then the PS3 port will be fine
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    truehighroller , January 31, 2010 2:40 AM
    alanmanMy bad, I assumed the June patch 1.0.4.0 was the latest one. Haven't played any games since September (long story).Anyway, I don't understand why the November update would be numbered lower than the previous one. 1.0.5.0 or 1.1.0.0.or even just 1.1 would have been better. Hopefully the issues will be fixed soon and no new ones will arise because the game worked so well with the previous patch.Such is the life of a gamer. I lived through BF2 patch hell - when a patch breaks or alters your favorite game you never forget it, and BF2 had plenty of those.



    I apologize as well. I get a little to defensive when people say that GTA IV runs perfect. Yes, the patch naming scheme makes no sense what so ever. Also I really hope they get it fixed too because it's a really good game when it runs right. They've just broke it to a point on the PC to where it's a disgrace now IMO.
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