Ever wondered what would happen if you took Liberty City and dumped Egypt on top of it? You’d get something resembling Desert Storm. As one of the most haywire mods out there, this mod covers 70% of the city in sand and wasteland for you to explore at your own leisure. Tired of Liberty City not allowing for many sick jumps? This should fix your problem just fine.
First Person mod
If you liked GTA IV but hate third person games, this will fix that particular grievance. Some parts may still be a bit shaky like when you hijack a vehicle, but the rest of the gameplay is relatively smooth. Not surprisingly, you get an all new perspective of Liberty City when you don’t have to stare at the backside of Niko Bellic the whole time.
The download links and installation tutorial can be found in the video description.
This isn’t technically a mod since all you need to do to play it is change a simple variable to activate negative vehicle friction. The results are nothing short of terrifying and hilarious.
Instructions to do this yourself:
1. Find a file named ‘handling.dat’ in your GTA install folder.
2. Duplicate this file so that you have a backup of the original, as you need to edit this file.
3. Open ‘handling.dat’ in notepad/textedit.
4. Change the ‘wbias’ value to -9 for each vehicle.
5. Save, load GTA4, enjoy.
Alternatively, you can backup your handling.dat file and replace it with this.
GTA IV San Andreas
For many, San Andreas was both the best game in the GTA series and also the best location for one. GTA IV San Andreas plans to eventually recreate the entirety of San Andreas in the RAGE engine.
Its multiplayer may not stand up to SA:MP just yet since it’s still in beta, but they’ve come quite a ways with it. Nearly all of the notable SA landmarks are there as well as the HUD and some of the original voice samples. This is one of the most ambitious mods out there and if you can’t wait for GTA V (which is taking place in Los Santos) then this is the next best thing.
GTA Vice City Rage
But what if you preferred Vice City over San Andreas? Well guess what, someone made a mod for that as well.
Like GTA IV San Andreas, this is a total conversion mod that brings Vice City into the RAGE engine and it’s actually more accurate to the original game than the San Andreas mod, while still providing upgraded visuals and physics. GTA Vice City Rage brings back the days when GTA was a mess of neon colors and happy go lucky murder, unlike the dreary, realistic setting of GTA IV which was dismal to many fans.
This is probably the most publicized mod out there, but not one that everyone can run necessarily. iCEnhancer is a graphical overhaul of GTA IV that turns the game into a near photo-realistic experience; the requirement being that it takes a beast of a computer to run at decent frame rates. If you have the system for it, you may very well fall in love with the visuals this mod provides.
How about a mod that lets you play as a cop? No, this isn’t just a skin replacement. LCPD First Response lets you actually play as a police officer going around busting criminals with a plethora of new features at your disposal. Not a rogue police officer with a habit of destruction either. Sound boring? You’d be surprised.