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 PC Vice
 Friday, April 25, 2003 04:02pm

 An interesting thing about the aforementioned taxi is its textures- I can tell from the shape that it's one of the low-poly models which the game uses for far away vehicles. And if you've done any car modding for GTA3 on the PC, I'm sure you've noticed that these versions are usually somewhat flat shaded. I know it might not seem like a big deal now, but the little details like this really do add a lot to the feel; I mean wow, you can even distinguish the shut-lines on that distant taxi.

The most interesting part about the screenshot would of course be the player model. If you take a minute to compare it to some of the old PS2 shots, it really does look a lot smoother- which is extra interesting when you consider that most of the old shots were most likely made using the development kit on a PC. The first thing I noticed was that the textures are much cleaner, and it looks to me like the number of polygons may have even been bumped up a bit. Maybe I'm just too accustomed to the PS2 version, but it really does seem as if the model is a bit smoother now. I know one of the main (and few) complaints about the console version was that the hands were rather blocky, however here they seem much more defined. Anyhow, I'll quit rambling now and let you soak in the high-res VC goodness for yourself now:

Also Rockstar has not announced it yet, but on IGN.com there is a page for members only where it has information about the next GTA set to come out mid Jan 2004! Will have more details if I can get a hold of em'

 GTA '97 & PC Vice
 Thursday, April 10, 2003 2:54pm

 In todays GTA Mailing list issue R* announces they decided to offer the first in the series of GTA (1997) for free.

All you need to do to get it is hop over to www.rockstargames.com/classics.

A small catch.. the file is 336mb, so you're going to need a lot of patience or a fast connection.

In other news here are the requirments to play GTA Vice on your PC:
  • Intel Pentium IV / AMD Athlon XP processor
  • 256 MB of RAM
  • 1.55 GB of free harddisk space
  • 64 MB videocard /DX 9.0 compatible drivers