Grand Theft Auto 3 getting fan port to GTA4 engine

A modding team is working to bring the entirety of Grand Theft Auto III into the modern era using the Grand Theft Auto 4 engine.

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Rockstar's rendering of Manhattan in Grand Theft Auto III was awfully impressive, but technology marches ever onward. Nowadays, even our phones can handle it. So if you crave the mafioso story, but wish it looked prettier, GTA3 is getting a visual upgrade in the mod scene.

A seven-modder group calling itself the Rage Team is working to modernize GTA3 with the visual engine used for Grand Theft Auto IV, reports Develop. The team has already made the GTA III HD Cars, GTA SA: Liberty City, Project Oblivion, and GTA III HD mods, which will be packaged together in the finished project.

The team hasn't outlined release plans or a target, but you can check out a teaser-trailer for the mod below.

To keep updated on the mod's progress, visit GTAForums.com.

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    March 27, 2012 8:30 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Grand Theft Auto 3 getting fan port to GTA4 engine.

    A modding team is working to bring the entirety of Grand Theft Auto III into the modern era using the Grand Theft Auto 4 engine.

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      March 27, 2012 8:33 AM

      this appears to be a good use of their time

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      March 27, 2012 9:13 AM

      Some people are also porting GTA: San Andreas to the engine.

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      March 27, 2012 9:20 AM

      Holy shit. How do these guys do it without proper mod tools?

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      March 27, 2012 9:36 AM

      I'd be more excited if they ported either game to an engine that was actually built for PCs from the ground up.

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        March 27, 2012 9:59 AM

        Yes, the GTA IV engine was incredibly inefficient at LOD rendering, and AA.

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        March 27, 2012 10:30 AM

        I second that.

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        March 27, 2012 10:54 AM

        It's incredibly saddening that the game can barely run better off a top of the line 2012 card as it could on a budget 2010 one.

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          March 27, 2012 11:00 AM

          It's super CPU bound, so this makes sense.

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          March 27, 2012 11:00 AM

          You need to upgrade your CPU, not GPU, for that game. I noticed a HUGE increase in performance going from a Core 2 Duo to a Core-i7 920. I haven't tried it yet on Sandy Bridge-E, but I'm assuming it would be even faster.

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            March 27, 2012 11:27 AM

            Oh I did get a quaddie; I was one of the guys that nabbed a 25k sandy from Microcenter. With a 3gb 7970 you'd think I could load everything the game has to fucking offer.

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      March 27, 2012 11:49 AM

      probably has a better chance of being finished than the San Andreas to IV port, but less of a chance of having a point