New GTA IV feature revealed - first 'hand' look!

Okay, so the image is fairly self-explanatory. We've noticed - following intricate scouring of scant GTA IV materials - that one of the most pronounced advances in GTA's character model, apart from the more natural way Niko walks and climbs is in the hand modelling.

While in the past Tommy, CJ and 'the other guy' have sported the equivalent of a LEGO man's plastic appendage - a mere hand-textured paddle to slot in a gun orbaseball bat - Nico has a proper veiny hand with knuckles and wrinkles that moves and grasps objects in an entirely realistic fashion.

Check out our visual guide to the evolution of GTA hands below - and remember you saw it here first.