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





  • andybeans - July 5, 2011 11:06 a.m.

    Nice work! I think this is kind of like polishing a turd though, I thought the original graphics were ok, it was the absurd characters and the barge-like car handling which turned me off the GTA IP
  • MancisFrorkYorgan - July 5, 2011 11:06 a.m.

    I'm giving it a week before Rockstar contact the creator of this video.
  • DarkSynopsis - July 5, 2011 11:07 a.m.

    My PC can have problems with GTA IV as is since its aging now after seeing the videos I really wish I could run such a mod! Looks pretty awesome and got to love people who mod games on PC to look better so those who come in late can always pick up a texture pack and not feel like a game is amazingly dated.
  • DarkTone - July 5, 2011 11:07 a.m.

    This looks great!
  • halfofalife - July 5, 2011 11:15 a.m.

    Is this a late april fools joke? There's no way that can be real... can it? If it is, DAMN!
  • DannyMB - July 5, 2011 11:31 a.m.

    Its.... so .... beautiful!
  • dannymc18 - July 5, 2011 11:56 a.m.

    "I'm giving it a week before Rockstar contact the creator of this video." Rockstar by and large embrace, or at least ignore, mods - just look at San Andreas Multiplayer. In any case, it would be Take2 who would object, but I highly doubt that will happen anyway.
  • shadowreaper72 - July 5, 2011 12:01 p.m.

    ...... I want a gaming PC now :(
  • Kirol - July 5, 2011 12:17 p.m.

    Someone, please employ this man.
  • 435 - July 5, 2011 12:34 p.m.

    My lord, that is AMAZING. Made me pants fill out a bit, that did.
  • Crofto - July 5, 2011 12:56 p.m.

    Can you imagine what this guy could do with Red Dead Redemption? Oh wait, it's not out on PC. >_>
  • Arucard04 - July 5, 2011 1:30 p.m.

    "I'm giving it a week before Rockstar contact the creator of this video." I'm not trying to trivialize the achievement of any involved in this mod, but do you really think Rockstar couldn't have made the game look like this if they wanted? The game was made to run on crappy PS3/360 hardware. If someone got this kind of thing running on those systems I would crap myself.
  • Hydrohs - July 5, 2011 1:53 p.m.

    I've tried it out, it looks pretty good. It's really not anything too major, it's only 8 Megs. But what they've done is drastically change how the lighting works, everything is a lot brighter. I like that. It worked on my Steam version, and I saw no performance hit at all while playing it.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - July 5, 2011 1:57 p.m.

    If this is what modders can do... then what can devs do? :DD
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - July 5, 2011 3:22 p.m.

    Amazing job, whoever did this
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.

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