Posté le : 29 janvier
It's GTA IV, but with more fluid game mechanics. What you probably want to hear is whether it's worth getting, whether it fills the gap until GTA 5 hits the shelves. So in a word, yes. In two words, sort of.
The game engine is still the GTA IV engine, of course; don't expect any dramatic changes between GTA IV and Episodes From Liberty City (EFLC). The only discernible differences are better driving (motorbikes! yay!) and cover taking mechanics, as well as slightly better AI and new radio content.
The graphics are still the same ones that taxed the hell outta all our PC's back when IV was released; this old engine seems to have been optimized quite a bit since then, even if the physics are still a bit buggy in large scale explosions or bridge traffic pileups (yup, they still periodically do that weird stacking thing on the bridge).
The AI as mentioned before has better cover taking, especially when in a firefight with allies. But, when ♥♥♥♥ gets real, you'll quickly realise that the AI can't handle certain things. There were moments in my playthrough where i'd be in a firefight and just move myself behind a solid object that i could still fire over or around, and find myself then being able to systematically slaughter any bot that had the temerity to walk into my fireline.
The soundtrack to the game is pretty decent. The LC Rock station with Iggy Pop in particular was to my mind the best thing about the Radio stations. There's a fair few gems in the limited new content the radio stations get, but after a while you'll probably find yourself adding your own music just to keep things fresh.
The storyline is alright; it fills in gaps between key events in Niko Bellic's story. In terms of the quality of the storytelling it's more or less your usual GTA fare. Lots of violence, swearing, racism, homophobia and misogyny coupled with explosions, gun fights and chase sequences. EFLC is just as cheesy, offensive and satirical as GTA has ever been, so if that's your bag you're in for a fun, nostalgic ride through that familiar virtual cesspit that is Liberty City.
To summarise, there's nothing really *new* here, and whilst it's certainly a lot of fun revisiting LC through the eyes of two very different characters, after the 30 or so hours of gameplay it takes to rinse through it all, you can't help but feel like it was fun, but you've done it all before. You'll almost certainly find yourself very quickly forgetting the characters and their stories, but at least you'll have enjoyed the process.
Nothing groundbreaking, revisits a lot of old ground, but it's still an exciting sojourn through a living, breathing city.