Graphics tuning for GTA 4

GTA 4: Better graphics with ENB Series Mod [Top article of May 2009]

The popular ENB Series Mod is extended with GTA 4. Programmer Boris Vorontsov revealed the first screenshots of the new GTS 4 graphics.
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Original article:
Regular visitors of PCGH already know the ENB Series Mods already since we have reported about the modification projects of Boris Voronstov. Now the programmer is dealing with GTA 4. Among other things he integrates sky lighting, realistic shadows (via Screen Space Ambient Occlusion) and modified reflections on cars. But regardless o the graphical improvements the game is supposed to remain at playable framerates.

A download of the GTA 4 mod is not available yet, but we can already offer the first screenshots and comparative pictures. When looking at the pictures please bear in mind that some of the in-game details are set to "low”. The graphical advantages of the Mod (especially the superior lighting) are obvious nevertheless. For more information see the ENB Series Mod website.

Background: ENB Series Mod
The Russian modder Boris Vorontsov has offered the ENB Series Mods for years. He developed them for several engines respectively games (older ones mainly) and thus improves their graphics.

Boris Vorontsov mainly uses modern effects that he integrates into the games with his mods or he brings the render path to a new level (from DirectX 8 to DirectX 9 for example). Among the effects he uses are diverse Blur filters, SSAO (Screen Space Ambient Occlusion) and Indirect Lighting - two technologies that deliver better lighting and shadows. Furthermore his adjustements also affect reflections and water effects.

For more information please see the basic article ENB Series: Better graphics for free in older and new games.

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Author: Thilo Bayer (Dec 27, 2009)

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