How To Install and Run GTA IV Mods
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After a relatively slow start – understandable, since it’s a huge game – the GTA IV community has produced a massive number of great mods. No doubt you’re ready to start playing then, so without wasting any more of your time, we’re going to show you how to install and run GTA IV mods.
There’s no doubt GTA IV, mods or no mods, (plus the two huge DLC packs) is one of the greatest games ever released, but we’re adult enough to admit that it didn’t quite deserve the near-perfect scores lavished upon it in 2008. There were more than a few things we’d like to see changed, and while Rock Star doesn’t officially support modding, we’re talking about a game featuring killer sociopaths in an urban nightmare. Of course the fan community laughs at the lack of official support. The result is exponentially increasing collection of GTA IV mods that alter, fix, and sometimes just completely f&%$s things up old school.
They deserve your attention, so we’re not just going to show you how to run and install GTA IV mods. When we’re finished with that, we’re going to point you toward a few of our favorite mods.
Table Of Contents
First off, you’ll need a copy of GTA IV. If you don’t have it yet, the easiest thing to do is just download it from Steam. Either way, you better be sure your computer can handle it. The system requirements are:
Windows Vista – Service Pack 1 or Windows XP – Service Pack 3
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8GHz, AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4GHz
Memory: 1.5GB XP / 1.5GB Vista
Graphics: 256MB Nvidia 7900 / 256MB ATI X1900
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c Compliant Card
Hard Drive: 16GB of Hard Disk Space
Sound Card: 5.1 Channel Audio Card
Copy of the game secured? Computer checks out? Good. Now it’s time to modify your copy so you’ll be able to run and install GTA IV Mods.
Once downloaded, you’ll need to place it into your GTA IV Install folder. You’ll find it in the main GTA IV folder (C:Program FilesRockstar GamesGrand Theft Auto IVGTAIV for PC, or Program FilesSteamsteamappscommongrand theft auto ivGTAIV for Steam). Drop the ASI Loader directly into the install folder, and close. You won’t affect the game in any way (don’t delete anything from the folder!), but you will now be able to run and install GTA IV mods. Congratulations.
Except there’s just one thing (there always is when you’re dealing with hardened killers and criminals, isn’t there?). Yeah, about that lack of official support for GTA IV mods, you should know that official GTA IV updates have had a nasty tendency to neutralize mods during the installation. If you should find yourself in this situation, GTA modding has posted information that can help you solve the problem.
It’s also worth noting that some Steam users have reported problems getting ASI loaders to work with the version that was current as of June, 2010. If you’re one of them, here is a helpful download full of all the files you should need to get it to work.
All settled? Good, let’s play with some GTA IV mods.
GTA IV Weapon Editor
This is an easy to use, practical weapons editor. Did we mention easy? Select the weapon from the drop down. The tabs allow you to edit specific properties. Save and viola. Your weapons are new and improved.
To install, download it here, open the file and drag-and-drop the .exe file into the main GTA IV folder (C:Program FilesRockstar GamesGrand Theft Auto IVGTAIV for PC, or Program FilesSteamsteamappscommongrand theft auto ivGTAIV for Steam). Start the game, and the weapons editor should then be accessible from the in game file menu. If, however, there are any problems, the modder’s contact info is included in the file.
NOTE: requires Microsoft .NET Framework v3.5 to function.
This mod replaces over 35 fictional GTA cars with real world vehicles.
What else can you say? Enjoy using your modified weapons in real world cars. Grab it here, then as before, drag the .exe into the main GTA IV folder (C:Program FilesRockstar GamesGrand Theft Auto IVGTAIV for PC, or Program FilesSteamsteamappscommongrand theft auto ivGTAIV for Steam). When you start the game, the replacements should already have happened, but you can troubleshoot using the instructions in the readme.
This is one of our favorite GTA IV mods. Of all the features that didn’t make the cut from San Andreas to future incarnations of GTA, the ability to choose haircuts, facial hair and tattoos is the most sorely missed. This mod makes up for it with a set of new skins featuring tattoos, new hair, and facial hair options. Thank gawd.
Now, open up SparkIV, and click Open (or browse). Locate GTA IVpcmodelscdimagesplayerped.rpf and open the file. At this point, you should see a big list of various .wdr and .wtd files. These are all the textures used for the new skins. To install, just click Import on the top menu and select all of the files. Click Save in the SparkIV menu, and close program. Voila! You’re done. They’ll be selectable from the in-game menu the next time you play.
Simple Trainer, AKA the ‘Gravity Gun’ mod.
More than just an interesting new weapon, the simple trainer is like the CostCo of modding options for GTA IV. It’s a massive package that gives you amazing control over so many aspects of the game. Yes, you need this. Now. So first, download it here. Open the file and find the .dll, asi, and .ini files. Drag them into the the main GTA IV folder (C:Program FilesRockstar GamesGrand Theft Auto IVGTAIV for PC, or Program FilesSteamsteamappscommongrand theft auto ivGTAIV for Steam).
Now that it’s added, spend some time over at the mod’s GTA Forums page. You will not believe the kind of shizz you’ll be able to do to your copy of GTA IV (like, for instance, flying). Once you get the hang of it, chances are it will do to GTA IV what the custom game option did to Civ IV (by which I mean to say you will find endless new ways to cheat, ah, I mean challenge yourself with endless new gaming combinations.)
For today’s final GTA IV Mod, we leave you with something to whet your appetite for the release of Dead Rising 2:
However, without a doubt, GTA 4 mods’ tutorial was immeasurably helpful.
Finally, if you have any trouble getting these mods to work that isn’t covered here, GTAForums has a ton of answers.