What better than GTA IV? The next best thing. However I had already sort of played it and was bored with the storyline So instead I picked up a copy of GTA IV: Episodes from Liberty City. This consists of 'The Lost and the Damned' and 'The Ballad of Gay Tony'. Both manage to look at Liberty City in a new way complete with updated radio stations. TLATD focuses on a biker gang whose leader has just returned and the tension that follows. This means a lot of riding about on choppers in gangs and heavy metal. TBOGT is pretty much the opposite, you play as Lois Gay Tony's business partner and reluctant henchman. In TBOGT you get to see a lot of clubs as well as having a lot of memorable times in gold-plated helicopters; the 'Electro Choc' radio station is now a mix from the Crookers which soundtracks some pretty amazing moments.
Both add new elements to the original GTA IV game play as well as having very unique and different characters to Nico Bellic. What I also like about it is that Liberty City is open from the start, so no five stars for going over a bridge. Another nice touch is that both these two stories and the original overlap; however riding around the whole time on a motorbike is a bit of a pain in TLATD especially during chases, the last thing you need is to fall off your bike. Also bear in mind that these two stories are shorter than the original, though you will have the city to mess about in afterwords.
The 'Liberty City Stories' can be picked up for only a tenner which is hard to beat considering when your getting two great games for one. Hopefully it'll keep me distracted till September..