Good news for PS3 and PC gamers this morning as Rockstar have announced that they are finally bringing their Grand Theft Auto IV downloadable episodes multi-platform.
Considering recent comments by Take-Two (Rockstar’s parent company) CEO Ben Feder, saying that the sales of the DLC were not quite what they had expected, this may not come to some as a surprise, but after the reported $50m that Microsoft had invested into Rockstar in order to make the episodes to begin with, both fanboy rage and delight has already started to flood the internet.
My own take on why perhaps they’ve not done as well as the suits have expected, is the often-stereotyped kids from Xbox live. You know the ones that call everything they don’t like “gay” and be all homophobic and stuff. Yes I’m tarring a lot of people with the same brush, but maybe that’s the reason that The Ballad of Gay Tony hasn’t lived up to the great sales The Lost and Damned got when that came out. Because people see Gay in the title and think, I don’t want this on my record, people might think I am too for buying this and I wouldn’t want that to happen. Or perhaps there’s the full-frontal male nudity in one scene that puts people off, but why they’d be OK with seeing a pair of breasts and not a penis is beyond me, but that’s a pretty hefty debate I’ll leave for another time.
That’s just with The Ballad of Gay Tony though, apparently. The Lost and Damned was received well with fans and critics alike.
As a gamer that has GTA4 on both PS3 and PC (but intending to stick to PC for modding purposes) I’m delighted that I’ll finally have the chance to give the episodes a go. But I’m not going all LOL MICROSOFT because let’s face it, they bankrolled the content to start with, and without them we might not have had this content at all.