Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City is a standalone compilation of the DLC episodes for Grand Theft Auto IV, containing both The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony on one disc. It was released alongside the DLC release of The Ballad of Gay Tony on 29 October 2009 for the Xbox 360 and released on 13 April 2010 for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 3. It does not require a copy of Grand Theft Auto IV to play, nor is an Xbox Live or PSN account necessary (except for multiplayer). The content is also played straight from the disc, and does not need to be downloaded to a hard drive to play, like various other disc-based expansions for other Xbox 360 games that have been released in the past.
The engine is still extremely demanding for this game – even months later for the newest hardware. The latest version changes some of the rendering calls and is used partially within the latest Max Payne engine.
Grand Theft Auto 4: Episodes from Liberty City really show the power of the GTX480 with huge differences in frame rate throughout when directly compared to the AMD solutions. The reference HD5870 just about manages to remain playable with the overclocked Black Edition offering another 4-5 fps. The GTX 480 however is giving an average increase of 14 frames per second, which is a staggering performance boost. The additional memory count on the nVidia board also helps at these very high settings.