Drop a Pin in Liberty City

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#51 Posted by MaFoLu (1859 posts) -

I just realized something, they should have used those crazy graphics enhancer mods when doing this.

It would have looked so much more amazing.

#52 Posted by Gaff (1888 posts) -
@Grissefar

@mosespippy said:

The video game industry phrase "living, breathing city" needs to die of asphyxiation.

It's a city you can really immerse yourself in while taking in the breathtaking sights. The gorgeous graphics and crisp soundeffects makes you feel like you're really there. It really improves the fun factor.

Personally, I thought the jaw dropping graphics were overshadowed by the janky physics engine, the less than stellar plot and cardboard characters.

Overall, a mixed bag, but fans of the genre will enjoy their trip to Liberty City.
#53 Posted by artgarcrunkle (970 posts) -

Old news, bad proofreading. Keep up the good work.

#54 Posted by Brackynews (4094 posts) -

@Outerface said:

Eh, that's not really all that clever. Just a lot of grunt work with taking all the screenshots.

Googles map api is pretty easy to use and stuff.

I'm using it, and you're not wrong. But let us know what you've done with it. :)

#55 Posted by ZmillA (2287 posts) -

thats so cool, and only GTAIV is worthy of this treatment

#56 Posted by ZmillA (2287 posts) -

@TheDudeOfGaming said:

@dhuff said:
I don;t know what this is for.
Seriously, the amount of time, energy and effort that went into this....and for what? Fuck i hate people sometimes. Still, you have to admire the dedication of these guys.

people like you are the worst, when it comes to internet jerks

#57 Edited by Vrikk (953 posts) -

Some of you guys are really jaded or bitter people. Seriously.

#58 Posted by Vrikk (953 posts) -

@Yamoto said:

Old news is old also gta4 isnt a great game a sloppy story bad gameplay and a horrible multiplayer and ofc the bad framerate

We would take you seriously if you could form a coherent sentence.

#59 Posted by TheGreatGuero (9130 posts) -

That's just really cool. Man, GTA4 truly is legendary. I didn't spend much time looking at it, but it certainly is impressive. I don't think they should bother doing it for LA Noire, though.

#60 Posted by buckybit (1455 posts) -

Great effort. Great stuff.

I have this game still running on one of my PCs all the time - like a screensaver. Updates, (incl. the ones from Rockstar, revamping the graphic-engine, shaders, shadows) make this game a timeless piece of art. It's a masterpiece.

#61 Posted by Hef (1158 posts) -

To everyone who ever says "old news" on any article: It's not old to everyone.

I don't spend all my time on the internet or looking up GTA4 mods. I found this interesting and am glad it got posted. It doesn't matter if it was posted 2 years, today or a week from now. Patrick found something he thought should be shared, and he did it.

#62 Posted by Deusoma (3032 posts) -
@ZmillA said:

thats so cool, and only GTAIV is worthy of this treatment

That's a joke, right? High numerical scores from critics notwithstanding, GTA IV was one of the biggest letdowns of the 'aughts, really any other open-world game deserves it more.
#63 Posted by prestonhedges (1961 posts) -

@Vrikk said:

Some of you guys are really jaded or bitter people. Seriously.

I'm so sorry we prefer actual news. Please accept my deepest apologies.

#64 Posted by TheChaos (1138 posts) -

Video Games

#65 Posted by SamFo (1562 posts) -

I saw this a while ago, I think it's pretty pointless, but good work on those guys actually doing it.

#66 Posted by TEAMHOLT (438 posts) -

This was posted months ago on blogs like Joystiq and Kotaku, and I don't know if the guy who made it was interviewed back then, but if he wasn't it's because nobody cared that much; I could have guessed that this took some time and effort to make. Making this front-page news is just untenable.

#67 Posted by Capum15 (5000 posts) -
@Deusoma said:
@ZmillA said:

thats so cool, and only GTAIV is worthy of this treatment

That's a joke, right? High numerical scores from critics notwithstanding, GTA IV was one of the biggest letdowns of the 'aughts, really any other open-world game deserves it more.
Opinions man, how do they work? I personally loved GTA IV, and I don't think it matters what game "deserves" it more, as it's up to the fans to make this type of thing. But I do agree that his statement, while probably sarcastic or trollish, is a foolish one to make.
#68 Posted by Naoiko (228 posts) -

That's really cool. 

#69 Posted by Dayewalker (77 posts) -

Regardless of how useful or not this really is, I give these guys props for effort and dedication. I don't think I'd ever have the patience to undertake such a project.

#70 Posted by NEOnuts (52 posts) -

that's a lot of "impr/pant" pushing

#71 Posted by Vrikk (953 posts) -

@gladspooky said:

@Vrikk said:

Some of you guys are really jaded or bitter people. Seriously.

I'm so sorry we prefer actual news. Please accept my deepest apologies.

You're welcome, and apology accepted. Just don't let it happen again :)

(But seriously, this is new to some of us.)

#72 Posted by Otzlowe (337 posts) -

It's like some of you people still harbor the illusion that GB is actually a news site. Huh. Go figure.

#73 Posted by sungahymn (1038 posts) -

I just realized that L.A. Noire looks better than GTA IV.

#74 Posted by subyman (669 posts) -

Hmmm, so instead of clicking the GTA4 button on my desktop to see liberty city in 3D, I can open my web browser and click through streets to see Liberty City in 2D. I understand the use of google maps for the real world, because I can't go to NYC in 60 seconds, but I don't understand doing it for a videogame that I can pop open and see for myself. Cool project though.

#75 Posted by SkullcrusherMountain (960 posts) -

@gladspooky: Like what? What news, exactly, would you like them to report? It's fucking AUGUST, dude. THERE IS NO NEWS IN AUGUST. Nobody releases anything, there's no game announcements, nothing. None of the other sites have anything approaching news, not Kotaku, Joystiq, anything. I'm sorry you're so bitter and lonely, don't take it out on the GB guys.

#76 Edited by hermberger (117 posts) -

@TEAMHOLT said:

This was posted months ago on blogs like Joystiq and Kotaku, and I don't know if the guy who made it was interviewed back then, but if he wasn't it's because nobody cared that much; I could have guessed that this took some time and effort to make. Making this front-page news is just untenable.

You are why we can't have nice things. If it pains you so much to read an article (I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt and assuming you did read it) that you have read before, why in the fuck would you ever read more than one website? God forbid you read the same article about MW3 using Steamworks more than once. That would be the end of the world if that happened.

#77 Edited by TEAMHOLT (438 posts) -

@The_Medic said:

@TEAMHOLT said:

This was posted months ago on blogs like Joystiq and Kotaku, and I don't know if the guy who made it was interviewed back then, but if he wasn't it's because nobody cared that much; I could have guessed that this took some time and effort to make. Making this front-page news is just untenable.

You are why we can't have nice things. If it pains you so much to read an article (I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt and assuming you did read it) that you have read before, why in the fuck would you ever read more than one website? God forbid you read the same article about MW3 using Steamworks more than once. That would be the end of the world if that happened.

#78 Posted by Hector (3380 posts) -

That is insane!

#79 Edited by JJWeatherman (14571 posts) -

@MoleyUK said:

So I take it there will be (or is) an overlay for showing the pigeons and jumps?

Oh wow. I may actually get around to finding all of those if so.

#80 Posted by selbie (1969 posts) -

I've seen someone create a google maps style mod for Minecraft as well. Kudos to smart people for making shit happen.

#81 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -

@Gaff said:

@Grissefar

@mosespippy said:

The video game industry phrase "living, breathing city" needs to die of asphyxiation.

It's a city you can really immerse yourself in while taking in the breathtaking sights. The gorgeous graphics and crisp soundeffects makes you feel like you're really there. It really improves the fun factor.

Personally, I thought the jaw dropping graphics were overshadowed by the janky physics engine, the less than stellar plot and cardboard characters. Overall, a mixed bag, but fans of the genre will enjoy their trip to Liberty City.

I want to strangle all of you.

#82 Posted by Solemn (278 posts) -

Cripes, that's amazing.

#83 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -
@ZmillA said:

@TheDudeOfGaming said:

@dhuff said:
I don;t know what this is for.
Seriously, the amount of time, energy and effort that went into this....and for what? Fuck i hate people sometimes. Still, you have to admire the dedication of these guys.

people like you are the worst, when it comes to internet jerks

Oh come on dude, you just have to get to know...nevermind, good point. 
#84 Posted by Osiris (537 posts) -
@Deusoma said:
@ZmillA said:

thats so cool, and only GTAIV is worthy of this treatment

That's a joke, right? High numerical scores from critics notwithstanding, GTA IV was one of the biggest letdowns of the 'aughts, really any other open-world game deserves it more.
Did you play the same game as me? GTA 4 to this day is still one of the best game I have ever played. I even still play it, because of modding on the PC being so freaking awesome.
#85 Posted by skunkdragon (212 posts) -

WOW love those guys

#86 Posted by powicewobots (96 posts) -

Completely pointless, but still a great achievement nonetheless.

#87 Posted by ThePantheon (766 posts) -

The PC, ladies and gentlemen.

Thank you, thank you.

#88 Posted by ZmillA (2287 posts) -

@Deusoma said:

@ZmillA said:

thats so cool, and only GTAIV is worthy of this treatment

That's a joke, right? High numerical scores from critics notwithstanding, GTA IV was one of the biggest letdowns of the 'aughts, really any other open-world game deserves it more.

no other open-world game has a world that has enough variety and life to match what street view provides.

#89 Posted by TheTelePlus (33 posts) -

I've been playing through GTAIV again recently and I'd just like to say: GTAIV is an amazing game.

#90 Posted by Canteu (2821 posts) -

To all those people saying this is "completely pointless" by that logic all videogames, movies, music and books are pointless (money notwithstanding). You all play video games "wasting" your time with that activity, you have no right to look down on anybody because of their hobbies or interests.

#91 Posted by ahoodedfigure (4240 posts) -

I love stuff like this. 
 
The Morrowind map someone made got a lot of use out of me way back when, but this reminds me what's missing from my GTA game playthroughs lately. When I first played GTA III, I just had fun running around in a 3D city that seemed to run on its own. Now I'm so used to such things I don't even notice the architecture that much, but something like this will make me slow down and notice some of the details. 

#92 Posted by Branthog (5597 posts) -

I would love to see this done for every damn game out there. I like the idea of having every game word "archived" in a way that anyone can go in and look around any time in the future.

#95 Posted by SkullcrusherMountain (960 posts) -

@Anwar: Yeah, you mean like the content they have to download from the camera, edit, audio level, then upload to Amazon so you can see it? The stuff they told you about in I Love Mondays? You mean THAT content?

Christ.

#97 Posted by xXHesekielXx (293 posts) -

Haha. Damn cool, but meanwhile so damn pointless!

#98 Posted by Aklimakks (11 posts) -

That's pretty impressive. Having worked quite a bit with the Maps API myself, i know they must've put an obscene amount of time into this project.

#99 Posted by patrickklepek (2212 posts) -

I'm not really interested in sitting here and justifying why this story ran, only to say that I had this sitting around mostly finished during our first day back in the office, so I cleaned it up and put it online. Sure, other sites plugged the map ages ago, but I'll always be fine running a story weeks late if it means I find out the story behind it. That won't change.

#100 Posted by Capum15 (5000 posts) -
@Anwar said:

@SkullcrusherMountain:

Oh my Allah, I obviously meant PAX not Gamescom where the news came from after this stale phase of the year and I also meant videos and not news articles, you completely embarrassed me here.

They did say what they were putting out from PAX in this ILM. There's even a Quick Look Road Show that's up right now that was announced in ILM.

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