Xbox LIVE GTA IV multiplayer free from Feb 17-22nd

To celebrate the release of next weeks Grand Theft Auto IV’s The Lost and Damned DLC, multiplayer for GTA IV will be free for all Xbox LIVE members from February 17th through the 22nd. Details on the press release

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  • Badassbadger7

    I’m glad that they are giving some of the Silver members a chance to see what they are missing out on.

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  • Anonymous

    Got to do something to cover up the cost of 1600 MS Points. I won’t be getting it, not after the shambles of the 100% Key to city, I completed the game well within time and was told I only had 85% when the deadline came.

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  • Danowat32

    @Badassbadger, in the case of GTAIV, all silvers members are missing out on are 14 year old faux gangster wannabees screaming down their mics how they are going to “bust a cap in yo ass”, and making nasty racist comments.

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  • Badassbadger7

    I would agree that it is a little more prevalent in GTA than most other games, but it does get a little old. Left 4 Dead is the only game I can play on a regular basis without having to mute half the players in the game.

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  • Danowat32

    In that case then, looks like I should buy L4D!!!!

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  • Sole Epiphany

    GTA online, is dead. The co-op is fun, more of that please.

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  • MrGreen13

    Great! Now even more trash talkers and whiners will be playing this game on live! The community is horrible as it is…and now they are opening the gates to even more vile people.

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  • USA Chris

    i dont get it, we pay for xbox live service, yet the silvers get the free stuff?????

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  • slardybartfast8

    They get it free for a week Chris, get a life. Like your 50 dollars a year really matters by the end of the year anyway. You get everything, even demos, a week before they do. Either way, I never play GTAIV anymore, kinda sad. There are better online games to play, and I highly doubt I will buy Lost & Dammed. The multiplayer, while ambitious and impressive, really just isn’t that much FUN, which is what matters. And yeah, every person on there is a vile, racist moron. Probably the worst game to plan on live currently. Extremely unfortunate.

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  • Secret Fuller

    Yes good but shame not every one will know about it.

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  • RidinSlow

    Well, I’m interested in the DLC a little, but online multiplayer was more important to me. So, I bought the game for PS3 instead so I didn’t ever have to worry about being blocked from online for not paying a fee.

    I’ve had a lot of fun with multiplayer with no lag or network issues.

    So; There is no need for me to worry about Microsoft and their hand-outs used to boost sales. Not a bad marketing move for the DLC, though.

    I suppose it’s a nice gesture depending on each gamers options a preferences.

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  • KP ScuzzyBunny

    …and if you bought the PS3 version there is no reason to worry about DLC, since there isn’t any! Has anyone seen that 1600 pts is the actual price? If so, the disc is by far the better buy, since it’s the same price ($19.99), comes with a case, cd, and book, and if you work in the right places you can get it discounted…or I guess you could roll the dice and try to win one of the codes from MN, but the odds just seem so slim!

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  • ZeroBXU

    @ Killer Scuzzy J – 1600 points is the confirmed price, but buying it in a store (or via Amazon, etc.) only gets you a card with a redemption code on it. No CD, no case, etc. Although some place online was offering it with 3 months of XBL Gold.

    As for GTA IV being “no fun” online, get a couple of good friends together in the Party Mode, and you probably won’t even bother with anything else. We’ve literally killed hours just screwing around there.

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  • Ark Hunter

    Mehh. I don’t know why I haven’t sold GTA4 yet.

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  • Nibbles37

    I didn’t even bother to beat GTA4 game is terrible they took so many things out that made San Andreas so good. Saints Row 2 is ten times better in every form and fashion.

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  • XxLaZyStRyKeRxX

    so, silver members get a week of free. and what do us who actually pay for live get!! i don’t think that its fair really. we pay to have the ability to play online, MS or RS should give us something different

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  • Anonymous

    so nothing awesome for the people who pay for gold?

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  • BrarStar

    relax guys its just a week free, probably to get some more people playing GTAIV.

    Im not to worried about it.

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  • ZeroBXU

    Call me crazy, but Gold members really do get something out of this–we get a LOT more folks to go multiplayer with during that six days. In addition, at least a few of those folks will probably like it enough to upgrade to Gold–which means there’s a few more folks on multiplayer as a result. Not to mention, some tiny fraction of their Gold fee goes back into development for the XBL service. So while we don’t get anything immediately tangible and obvious, we do see a benefit. And if you paid $50/year for your XBL Gold, then six days of Gold works out to roughly $0.82. Maybe you can start a petition to demand 65 free Microsoft points for your troubles…

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  • Anonymous

    Just make multiplayer free all together and make up more Xbox Live Gold benefits. I don’t think anyone should get excluded from online multiplayer if they refuse to pay for it. It’s just wrong.

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  • MACPH1ST0

    I was just at GameStop, and the manager showed me the in-store version of the DLC. It comes in a cardboard box the same size and thickness of a game case. It’s $19.99 and comes with a code card and a two-sided fold-out poster with a full-size shot of the biker chick from the front cover on one side, and a Liberty City Map on the other. If you pre-order it from Amazon.com by 2/14, you get a FREE 3-month XBL Gold Card!

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  • KP ScuzzyBunny

    ABSOLUTE FAILURE…just confirmed what ZeroBXU said, and this has got to be the absolute dumbest move for a video game since the Horse Armor in Oblivion! What is the point of having a “retail release” of a CODE??? So, for 1600 pts I can download (I guess tomorrow, since I didn’t see it in the MP), for $19.99 I can buy a CODE, in a box, that I can get online and enter, that will let me download (this is in stores today), or for $19.99 I can buy 1600 pts, then download the content whenever it gets on the MP? When I saw this listed as “coming soon” in retail stores I naturally assumed it was a disc version that would allow people without XBL to access the content, like Oblivion, Marvel, and a few other games have done in the past. WHAT IS THE POINT? Oh well, at least I get mine a few bucks cheaper (and if you pay with a trade-in you don’t even have to pay tax). Again…FAIL.

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  • MACPH1ST0

    @ Killer Scuzzy J: When you’re buying MSP and Gold cards in stores, you’re also paying for a retail release of a code (instead of using your credit card to buy them over XBL). In this case, I guess buying the in-store version would be best for those who (for whatever reason) can’t get or don’t want to deal with MSP and would rather just buy it directly. Plus you get a little extra free bonus content with the retail version too as previously mentioned. (I forgot to mention that it also comes with a 48-hour Gold trial code too) And the official release date is 2/17, but you can already buy the store version in advance now so you have it ready to use on the 17th.

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  • Quicksilver4648

    Note to everyone: Live will be free to Silver members ONLY if you are playing GTA IV or Lost and Damned. Silvers will NOT be able to play online in Halo, CoD, Madden, and etc.

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  • ushman360

    Well technically it isn’t free for me, and the majority of LIVE members since we’ve already paid for the service. So this is pointless.

    No offence, but it’s stupid the way its worded now. Why wouldn’t Major say ‘MP free to all SILVER members’. That would be more politically correct.

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