|Platform PS3, 360, Win||Publisher Rockstar Games||Developer Rockstar North||Release Date 2008-04-29|
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By Owen S. Good on Aug 06, 2014 08.06.14
Two weeks ago, Grand Theft Auto 4 on PC got a huge visual upgrade mod that made the game look nearly as good as Grand Theft Auto 5. Now modders have added another feature that brings GTA 4 closer to parity with GTA 5. This is the work of GTA X Scripting. It's basically a new camera angle, positioned in front of the face of the character, even if he's driving. Take a screenshot and there's your selfie. Modders have until autumn to get all their good stuff out for GTA 4; then a remastered Grand Theft Auto 5 for PC launches, and for sure everyone will be playing and trying to figure out how to mod it.
By Owen S. Good on Jul 26, 2014 07.26.14
iCEnhancer, the mod that makes Grand Theft Auto 4's PC version look even more photorealistic, just launched its 3.0 version, and what better way to demonstrate what it does than to present the original Grand Theft Auto 4 trailer and the enhanced version? Here's the original Grand Theft Auto 4 trailer, "Things Will be Different," as it looked in 2007. And now here it is with iCEnhancer 3.0: iCEnhancer is the work of Hayssam Keilany, and it can be configured to accommodate lower-powered PCs. At full power it seems even to rival the game's successor — which, of course, has no PC version. (Yet.) Download iCEnhancer 3.0 here, but realize the site is getting pounded by traffic. The mod's Facebook page may have mirrors to try.
By Chris Plante on Jul 25, 2014 07.25.14
The best Grand Theft Auto 4 mod — arguably one of the best mods of all time — has been updated. iCEnhancer 3.0 further improves upon the mod that increases the graphical fidelity of GTA 4 to levels that rival and sometimes surpass its successor. But unlike GTA 5, the iCEnhancer mod has been developed externally, albeit with Rockstar Games' tacit support. Which is to say, they haven't shut down the mod with a cease-and-desist. The mod introduces a number of new features and tweaks some preexisting ones to improve the overall look, including depth of field, lens textures, post-effects, bloom, motion blur and color processing. And all of the features are customizable, allowing players to tweak the game's appearance, ideal for those who hate when bloom lighting makes the game look like a...
By Owen S. Good on Jun 01, 2014 06.01.14
Watch Dogs? Or Grand Theft Auto? Can't make up your mind which open-world game to play? Why not have both? YouTuber RavenswestR1 cooked up this virtuoso re-creation of Watch Dogs' launch trailer in Grand Theft Auto 4, nailing every shot and camera angle perfectly. This is something of a hobby of his, as he's done the Need for Speed movie's trailer, and the trailer for the film The Other Guys in GTA 4 as well. For comparison, the original trailer Ubisoft released on May 22 is below.
By Emily Gera on Apr 30, 2014 04.30.14
Rockstar titles Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto 4 and Max Payne 3 will be affected by the GameSpy server shutdown on May 31; However, the publisher is working to transition the online systems for these games as a result. While core online gameplay for these three games will be saved, some features will still be lost. This includes both Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto 4's Social Club stat tracking, leaderboards and in-game Social Club services. In-game multiplayer leaderboards will also cease to be on the game's PlayStation 3 version. Max Payne 3's online gameplay, on the other hand, will be removed fully on Mac platforms, while Social Club stat tracking and leaderboards will be unaffected. Rockstar's older releases won't be as lucky, with these games seeing their...
By Samit Sarkar on Mar 02, 2014 03.02.14
The image above isn't a black-and-white photo of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan — it's an image from Liberty City in 2008's Grand Theft Auto 4, as captured by Dead End Thrills. Dead End Thrills shows off the beauty of video game worlds by taking pictures of them with special techniques, such as running games at very high resolutions, using mods and implementing unique visual filters. The site hosts an older set of Grand Theft Auto 4 screenshots in color, but this time around, Dead End Thrills posted the "Walkabout Series" in monochrome. For this particular group, the game was rendered at a resolution of 6K. Liberty City is resplendent in grayscale in dozens of images, from Algonquin (Manhattan) to Broker (Brooklyn) to Dukes (Queens) to Bohan (the Bronx) to Alderney (New Jersey)....
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Feb 28, 2014 02.28.14
Flappy Bird has found its way to Liberty City with this slightly disturbing mod for Grand Theft Auto 4. The mod shown above by modders "julionib" and "quechus13" recreates the Flappy Bird experience with the addition of GTA's unavoidable pedestrian casualties. Players control The Ballad of Gay Tony protagonist Luis, whose head has been transformed into the titular yellow bug-eyed bird, as he flies through the city. Luis flaps his arms to gain height, and while he doesn't crash and burn for hitting scenery, one toe on the ground is lights out, with a smear of blood on the pavement for added measure. The mod even has a point counter. One point is given for every unsuspecting pedestrian Luis descends on, trouncing them into the ground, victims of world out of their control. No vehicle...
By Samit Sarkar on Nov 06, 2013 11.06.13
Digital versions of a bunch of older titles from the Rockstar Games catalog, including Grand Theft Auto 4 and Bully, are currently on sale at Newegg for upwards of 70 percent off. The list of games includes titles as recent as 2012's Max Payne 3, and sale prices range from $3 to $9. Here's the full list; the sale applies only to the Windows PC versions of the games: Grand Theft Auto 3: $3 (reg. $9.99, 70 percent off) Grand Theft Auto: Vice City: $3 (reg. $9.99, 70 percent off) Manhunt: $3 (reg. $9.99, 70 percent off) Max Payne: $3 (regularly $9.99, 70 percent off) Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne: $3 (reg. $9.99, 70 percent off) Midnight Club 2: $3.40 (reg. $9.99, 66 percent off) Max Payne Bundle: $4.50 (reg. $14.99, 70 percent off) Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas:...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Oct 06, 2013 10.06.13
Emerging Technology Lead and Google Glass app developer Mike DiGiovanni created a real-time GPS app Grand Theft Auto 3 players can use to navigate. The app recreates the in-game map, which typically sits in a bottom corner, using the Google Glass screen. Speaking with Examiner, DiGiovanni said he created the app due to annoyance about "how far out of your normal line of sight" the map typically is in Grand Theft Auto. "On a 47-inch TV it's merely inconvenient, but on a projector you feel like you are playing the mini map as opposed to the game," DiGiovanni told the publication. "GTA 4 benefited from having the high end cars give you voice based turn by turn directions. GTA 5 lost that and GTA 3 never had it. This puts the GPS in a much better location, but I think I'd probably be just...
By Brian Crecente on Sep 25, 2013 09.25.13
On one side you had lawmakers and anti-video game rabble rousers decrying the game's examination of and ability to bully. On the other you had freedom of speech defenders likening the game to such works as Judy Blume's Blubber. Caught in the middle: A video game consuming public that was coming into its own as a mainstream force and as a group expecting more serious, more adult topics in their entertainment. While the game was banned in Brazil and pulled from some stores in the U.K (and had to undergo a pre-release examination by a judge in Florida), the sensationalism that surrounded the game's release quickly subsided to be replaced by high praise. Earlier this month I had a chance to speak with Rockstar's Dan Houser bout the impending release of Grand Theft Auto 5 and, as things...