InsightBits writes, "The great news is that both episodes have removed the relationship development and management system that greatly hampered the experience in GTA IV. On top of that, these episodes also have a mid mission check point system. This means you are no longer required to repeat the whole mission if you die mid way through. To put icing on the cake, both episodes also provide you with friends from the start that you can call to get cheaper weapons and the some of the best vehicles in the game. This is no holds barred."