GTA IV fan-built realism mod makes us question our own eyes

Fans have been modding GTA IV for three years now. Realistic vehicles, new weather effects, better lighting, depth of field... it's all very clever stuff. But what do you get when you put it all together into one amaze-o-package? A sad PC. Yes, you do get that, but you will also get good. And that's exactly what's happened here. Check out GTA IV looking like nothing else around. The city - it lives!

This first version is of an old version of the mod, but it was still enough to make our excitement glands flare up like a bloom lighting effect set to maximum flaryness. It should be pointed out that the gameplay footage was being recorded using FRAPS, which is a great program but does force the frame-rate to take a hit in busy scenes like this. The real thing supposedly moves nice and smoothly on a decent PC.

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Then there's this newer mod which is still at the tinkering stage. Its special effects are more subtle, arguably making it look more like the existing GTA IV.

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But the point that should be taken from this is that even aging games can be made to look cutting edge, just so long as modern special effects are applied to their rhumatic bones. We haven't downloaded the mod ourselves so can't vouch for its safety, but there's a link to it via aimedehaire's video page on YouTube if you're keen to try it for yourself. As for us, we just hope GTA V can look as good as this... when its existence is finally announced, of course. And for some more Grand Theft Auto goodness, check out our GTA IV cheats page for codes and walkthroughs for all things GTA IV.

05 July, 2011





  • Combat Colin - December 4, 2011 3:46 a.m.

    It'd be better if he stopped moving that bloody camera around all of the time.
  • Nodoudt - July 6, 2011 8:28 p.m.

    Directed by Michael Bay.
  • Genericpenisjoketista - July 6, 2011 4:42 a.m.

    It's incredible, but the earlier video looked so much prettier than the second one.
  • Gameguy94 - July 5, 2011 10:32 p.m.

    HOLY SHIT! NO WAY! That's just amazing right there.
  • SRS1017 - July 5, 2011 8:53 p.m.

    The name of the song in the first video is Dyvan Cowboy by Boards of Canada, in case anyone was wondering
  • ThatGamerDude - July 5, 2011 6:58 p.m.

    now if only Gran Turismo 5 look that good... lol
  • TheHungryLemur - July 5, 2011 6:39 p.m.

    And this is why the modding community will stay alive! I got to say, the modding community has been so good to Rockstar. Remember Max Payne's Kung Fu mod? :P Nice work aimedehaire.
  • nadrewod - July 5, 2011 6:38 p.m.

    @FlyingHawaiian13, so you would have thrown them all your money to have your horse glisten as it galloped past lanterns, and have its reflection appear in the muddy ground when it rained? LOL
  • ChrisCultista - July 5, 2011 6:21 p.m.

    @turboash But why would you lube up marbles? GROSS!
  • Turboash - July 5, 2011 6:09 p.m.

    What does it matter how good it looks if the cars still handle like they're driving on lubed-up marbles?
  • marioman50 - July 5, 2011 5:36 p.m.

    This video and a new trailer for SotC HD in one morning?! Fucking LOVE!
  • Kage_No_Shi - July 5, 2011 5:04 p.m.

    Well, I gave it a shot and it looks fairly terrible. Probably because steam auto-patched it to 1.0.6 or higher already, and apparently 1.0.4 is the patch version it runs on best. Oh well.
  • BriNk581 - July 5, 2011 5:02 p.m.

    my pc can hardly run witcher 2 on medium. OMG I wish I could run this
  • infernox - July 5, 2011 4:23 p.m.

    @chriscultista frostbite 2 won't have mods. they say its because its too complex but the truth is, EA just want to sell map packs etc. crysis had a complex engine but was moddable. some mods made it look even better. anyway, a gaming pc costs around $1k(£700) at most. wait for the new graphics cards and you'll be able to get the same performance for cheaper.
  • ChrisCultista - July 5, 2011 3:49 p.m.

    Behold the powah of the PC, and its glorious modders!!! You should also check out the Oblivion and Morrowind graphics mods too, they are on even older software, but still look pretty fantastic. This just goes to show why people built 2-3k gaming rigs from scratch. It is not what the devs put out (Crysis being one of the few objections) it is what the modders do. ALSO! Just imagine what these crazy guys will do when they get the id tech 5 and Frostbite 2.
  • Yaro - July 5, 2011 3:36 p.m.

    It is absolutely beautiful, that is why all the characters will look so extremely out of place XDD
  • FlyinHawaiian13 - July 5, 2011 3:31 p.m.

    If they would've did this to Red Dead Redemption I would throw them all my money. All of it.
  • Kage_No_Shi - July 5, 2011 3:27 p.m.

    I heard about this the other day, but never grabbed it in spite of hearing it was under 3MB. Now that I've actually SEEN it, I've grabbed it. Not started using it yet though.
  • electrofreeze - July 5, 2011 3:23 p.m.

    Looks so goooooood! Also, I like that the modder chose Boards of Canada for the music. Good taste, my man.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - July 5, 2011 3:22 p.m.

    Amazing job, whoever did this

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