Grand Theft Auto’s history with modding: Part 3 GTA 4

GTA 4 is the first game to take place in the now established HD universe. This universe include GTA 4, 5, and possibly the Red Dead Redemption series but that’s a topic for another time.

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The mods for GTA 4 are the same as previous games; Graphics, assets, and gameplay tweaks. What makes this entry unique though is the year it came out in, 2008. This was the year that YouTube and other social media platforms took off, which brought opportunity. The now defunct Machinima was taking on various Youtubers and having them create GTA 4 videos that featured mods. Machinima took advantage of the crazy mods that the community offered up and made quality content, further boosting exposure for small Youtubers and the modding community. One Youtuber in particular that I enjoy, NerdCubed, claims that those early videos he made rocketed his career on Youtube and without those he wouldn’t be where he is now.

Various GTA 4 mod videos

The tools used to make these video were asset mods to bring in cars and characters, camera tools, and custom animations. Combining these mods created the perfect system to create short films within the game.

This next part is pure speculation on my part, but I believe the reason we have crazy ramps and race tracks in GTA 5 online is because of modders in GTA 4. Various ramps and race track mods can be found for GTA 4, as well as many videos on Youtube featuring crazy tracks and stunts. Moreover, the online portion of GTA 4 was riddled with these kinds of mods. However, myself and players alike enjoyed these mods while playing online, they were harmless and added things to do. On the topic of online play for GTA 4; the lobbies were hacked, but the hacks’ intended use wasn’t to harm or annoy players, rather, it was to improve the overall experience. This is something that is lacking in GTA 5 online, a topic for next weeks addition to this series.

To conclude this entry into the series; GTA 4 is my favorite in the series and is one of my favorite games of all time. I would also like to say that I’m having a lot of fun with this series and look forward to writing the next entry!

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