Rockstar has announced that Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition is now available in North America at retail stores everywhere. This standalone retail offering bundles Grand Theft Auto IV with Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City, featuring the episodes The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony.

“Each story in the Grand Theft Auto IV trilogy brought new perspectives and new gameplay to the amazing world of Liberty City,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “We’re happy to bring these three experiences together for the first time in one complete package.”

Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition invites players to step back into the crime-addled streets of Liberty City to experience its seedy underworld from multiple perspectives. Live the tale of Eastern European immigrant Niko Bellic as he attempts to reconcile his sordid past in a new city in Grand Theft Auto IV; grab a chopper and hit the streets with hardened biker Johnny Klebitz of The Lost motorcycle club in The Lost and Damned; or rub shoulders with Liberty City’s elite as Luis Lopez, right-hand man to nightlife guru Tony Prince in The Ballad of Gay Tony.

This ‘definitive’ Grand Theft Auto IV bundle boasts hundreds of hours of single-player gameplay; a full suite of open-world multiplayer game types limited only by players’ creativity; dozens of eclectic radio stations with hours of music and original dialogue; exclusive new cover art, collectible map and poster, and more. Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition is slated to launch in Europe on October 29, 2010 for £34.99.

What do we think? A fitting re-release tribute to a worthy game or needless cashing in of a series already milked to within an inch of its life?