Grand Theft Auto 3: Vice City
Beautification Project 1.0
by Tore Andersen

The GTA 3 Vice City Beautification Project is a small enhancement guide with step-by-step instructions for modding the 6th Grand Theft Auto game. It will fix a lot of issues with regards to newer computer systems, and significantly improve both graphics & effects. Grand Theft Auto 3: Vice city is not designed to be modified, but it's still possible with the use of some editing tools. The game was released in 2003, and the graphics and mechanics are very far from current day GTA games. With this modification guide, Vice City will get first person view, better textures, improved vegetation, better lighting and a new custom shader.

1:
Vice Cry
2: Mods
3: Screenshots
4: Game Art

      

     

 

1 - Vice Cry 1.8
A very well made graphical overhaul by Kov.


As Grand Theft Auto: Vice City was not designed to use mods, I highly recommend backing up the game before starting. That way, if something goes wrong, or if you want to tryout different renders, then you don't need to install the entire game again.

1: Backup (Optional)
Make a backup. Create another folder and copy all files from within the Vice City game-folder to it.

2: Vice Cry 1.8 (LINK)
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This will be the base improvement of GTA 3: Vice City. It updates all textures and adds vegetation. Don't worry that it overwrites the "gta-vc.exe" file. It's needed to extend some memory limits that otherwise would cause problems with the HD textures.
Download the file and install.

3: Vice Cry 1.8 Hot-Fix (LINK)
Download the file and install.
After installation, open the Vice City game-folder and delete the file "CLEO.asi".

 

2 - The G.V.B.P. Mod-List

The following mods need to be installed one by one, in the order they are listed. This is important, as some mods overwrite files from others.

 


Mods 1: Game Fixs & Tools


ASI Loader (LINK)
Download the file matching you version of Windows.
Unpack into the Vice City game-folder.
*This mod is needed to load ASI files from other mods.

Cleo (LINK)
Download Cleo for GTA VC.
Unpack into the Vice City game-folder.
*This mod is needed for other mods using cleo-scripts.

Frame Limit Adjuster (LINK)
Download and unpack to a temporary folder.
Copy the files from with the "Gtavc" folder into the "Cleo" folder inside the Vice City game-folder.
*The limit is set to 60 as default. If your monitor has a different limit, just rename the two files, so the number reflects your monitors refresh-rate.
E.g.: If your monitor is using 75hz, rename the files to: "75vcframelimiter.cs" and "75vcframelimiter.txt"
*90 being the highest number.

Mod Loader (LINK)
Download the latest version, and unpack into the Vice City game-folder.
*This tool is not necessary to install for the mods in this guide. However, it's a really useful tool for installing/testing mods. I highly recommend it, especially if you want to add some custom cars to the game.

SilentPatch (LINK)
Download both "SilentPatchVC 1.1 Build 7" and "SP DDraw for GTA III/VC Build 4".
Unpack both files into the Vice City game-folder.

Widescreen Fix (LINK)
Download both files and unpack to a temporary folder.
Move the files from within "GTAVC.WidescreenFix" and "GTAVC.WidescreenFrontend" into the Vice City game-folder. Overwrite.

HD Radio Icons (LINK)
Download and unpack to a temporary folder.
Move "fronten2.txd" into the "models" folder inside the Vice City game-folder. Overwrite.

Windowed Mode (LINK)
Download and unpack to a temporary folder.
Move the "III.VC.SA.WindowedMode.asi" into the "scripts" folder inside the Vice City game-folder. Don't copy any other files.

 


Mods 2: Game-play Changes


First Person View (LINK)
Download and unpack to a temporary folder.
Move the 3 files into the Vice City game-folder.

 


Mods 3: GVBP ReShader


GVBP ReShade (DOWNLOAD)
Download and unpack into the Vice City game-folder.
*If you use Steam overlay, there is a chance that the display will have way too much contrast. If that happens, just disable the Steam overlay and run the game once, then you can enable it again.

Make sure that "Trails" are set to "Off" in the game options menu. See image:



*Note for Windows 10 "Creators update" users:
The Windows 10 Creators update introduced a wide variety of problems for games, especially when using custom renders like ENB or ReShade. Fortunately this can be fixed in two simple steps (LINK)
*See number 4: Fixing the Creators "update"

 


Mods 4: New Cars


There are literally thousands of car replacement mods for GTA 3 Vice City. (LINK) or (LINK)
Replace as many or as few as you like. Follow installation instructions for each mod. *Use the Mod Loader mod, and trying new cars will be fast and easy.

 


End of Mod-List


 

Grand Theft Auto 3: Vice City is ready for launch
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If the game crashes on the very first launch, don't worry. CTDs sometimes happen at the very first launch after file changes. Start the game again, and everything will be fine.


 

3 - GVBP 1.0 Screenshots

      

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

       

 

Original Game Screenshots (For comparison)

        

      

 

                              

 

Other Projects:









 

4 - GTA 3 Vice City Artwork

       

     

     

     

      

        
 

Fan Art

       

       

     

 

 

Brief info about Grand Theft Auto 3: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is the 6th game in the popular game from RockStar Games. The game was developed and originally released in 2002 & 2003, with a re-release for android in 2012. It uses the same engine as GTA III, but is played in Vice City, a fictional place based upon the real world Miami. Vice City has a distinct 80's theme to it, which matches the game and graphics extremely well. The story follows Tommy Vercetti after he is released from Prison. He is part of a traditional Italian mafia, but seeks personal expanding and control during the game. Beginning from scratch, he builds his empire and gains territory and reputation. Just like the previous game, GTA III, the game is an open-world action-adventure. The player can roam freely at any time, even though the main story-line is linear. There are plenty of side-quests and other things to do, that make the game seems 100% open. The two main influences of the game are Miami Vice & Scarface, but most places and people are based on the real world. The 1980s drug epidemic, The biker gangs, the Cuban & Haitian's, the glam rock and of course the classic Italian Mafioso's.
Upon release, the Vice City received extremely good critics and praise from both the industry and fans. The music, game-play and open world design was simply some of the best seen at the time. GTA 3: Vice City became the best-selling game of 2002, with over 17 million copies sold, and is considered one of the most significant titles of the early 2000s. It won several "Game of the Year" awards from gaming publications, sites and magazines.

Grand Theft Auto 3: Vice City - Map

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is played in third-person, and consists of action on foot and in various vehicles. In 1986, the loyal former member of the Forelli Family, Tommy Vercetti, is released from prison after serving 15 yeas for the family. Sonny Forelli, his former boss, promotes Tommy and sends him to Vice City as the buyer in a cocaine deal for the Forelli's. The deal was a setup, and Tommy barely escapes with Ken, a crooked lawyer, but they loose the Forelli's money and all the cocaine. The plot is set. Tommy needs to find out what happened and who was behind the setup.