What? A PS3 site thinks a magazine is biased towards 360? No Way!

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Someone’s a little sour.

A PS3 gaming site called playthree.net has posted an article titled “CVG: GTA IV Xbox DLC will be bigger than San Andreas ” complaining about CVG magazines new GTA IV Special (sponsored by Microsoft), saying “What stands out is their blatant lust for the Xbox 360 version over the PlayStation 3 version. Why? Because of the Downloadable Content of course”.

I really feel that at this point I need to mention that if we all lived in upside-down-land, where Sony had secured the DLC to GTA IV and sponsored a CVG special, that playthree.net’s article would have been something along the lines of “Awesome CVG GTA IV Special Discusses PS3 exclusive DLC!”.

Right then, what the heck are they on about? Here’s the 411.

CVG’s new special says that the DLC is not going to only be your standard additional missions or vehicles, but might rather be a sizeable extension of the games real-estate as well.

“DLC so far has meant the odd new car, jumper of bit of horse armour, but GTA IV is set to completely redefine the idea with expansions that are to GTA IV what Vice City or San Andreas were GTA III. Yes, Rockstar is clearly hinting at new downloadable cities; and the chances of them being London, Vice City or SA again are slim to none. So that’s new as in brand new. GTA IV’s Liberty City is the beginning. Think about that and be excited.”

The guys from playthree.net then go on to say “What should be noted is that this special edition magazine has been sponsored by Microsoft. There are advertisements for the Xbox 360 edition of GTA IV (with DLC) as well as other 360 games including Ninja Gaiden II and Lost Odyssey.”

Come on. These guys know for a fact that the exclusive DLC makes the 360 version of GTA IV look more appealing than the PS3 version, keeping in mind that the game is going to retail at the same price on both platforms. If only one console existed, and you had the choice between two equally priced games, identical, except that one would have access to DLC and the other one couldn’t, which one would you be putting on the checkout counter?

Some sites are saying that the idea of creating DLC that large isn’t even feasible and that it’s nothing but a rumour manifested by CVG, especially since the DLC will already be available in the Autumn (Spring on our side of the world). Maybe, maybe not. Conspiracy theories aside, why would CVG try and pull a stunt like that when Microsoft are the ones sponsoring the special and are aware of it’s content?

And if we all took a trip back to the previously mentioned upside-down-land, I’m sure that there would be a 360 news site making the same sour comments.

So then, what playthree.net is trying to say here is that CVG prefers the 360 version over the PS3 version because it’s going to have additional content available?

Heck, I don’t blame them, sounds pretty straightforward to me.

Last Updated: April 18, 2008

Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since '08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

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