GTA 4 & Episodes from Liberty City
Beautification Project 1.0
by Tore Andersen

The GTA 4 Beautification Project is a small enhancement guide for Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto Episodes From Liberty City. It will significantly improve both graphics & effects, and optionally add some new content. Even though Grand Theft Auto IV & Episodes From Liberty City were not designed to be modified, it's still possible with the use of some editing tools. The graphics of the games are not bad, but they are pretty far from the graphics of GTA V. The world of GTA IV & GTA EFLC also can't compare to the incredible details of GTA V, but with this modification guide, GTA IV & GTA EFLC will come closer at least with regards to render & graphics.

1:
Preparation
2: Mods
3: Screenshots
4: Game Art

       

 

1 - Preparation
Before installing the mods, a few things needs to be setup


As Grand Theft Auto 4 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: Update to latest version (if needed)
Make sure you have the latest version of both GTA IV & EFLC (The steam version comes already updated)
For non-Steam:
GTA IV Patch 1.0.8.0 (LINK)
EFLC Patch 1.1.3.0 (LINK)

2: Backup
Make a new folder and copy both GTA IV & EFLC game folders into it.

3: OpenIV (LINK)
Download and install this program.
*This is a tool to modify GTA IV & V game files. It works like a regular file explorer, except it can read/write inside the package files.

 

2 - The G.4.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 Fix


XLiveLess Fix (LINK)
Download and unpack the file.
Copy both "xlive.dll" and "xlive_d.dll" into both the GTA IV and the EFLC game folder.
*This will disable Windows Live, which is not supported any more. On windows 10, the game won't even start without this fix.

 


Mods 2: HD Textures


Ultimate Textures v2.0 (LINK)
Download and unpack to a temporary folder.
1: Copy "gtxd.img" into: "pc\data\cdimages" inside both the GTA IV and the EFLC game folder. Overwrite.
2: Copy all 5 folders into: "pc\data\maps\" inside both the GTA IV and the EFLC game folder. Overwrite.
*If the above page is down, download the texture-pack here instead (LINK)

Lord Neophytes HQ texture pack (LINK)
Download and unpack to a temporary folder.
Copy the 4 texture folders into: "pc\data\maps\" inside both the GTA IV and the EFLC game folder. Overwrite.
*If the above page is down, download the texture-pack here instead (LINK)

Playboy X Real Posters (LINK)
Download and unpack to a temporary folder.
Open OpenIV, select GTA IV and click the "Edit mode" button.
Navigate to: "pc\data\maps\interiors\generic\public_2.img" and replace "plyrflr_frames.wdr" with the file from the temporary folder.
Close OpenIV when done.



Open OpenIV again and select EFLC, then click the "Edit mode" button.
Navigate to: "pc\data\maps\interiors\generic\public_2.img" and replace "plyrflr_frames.wdr" with the file from the temporary folder.
Close OpenIV when done.

New Posters Nicos House v2 (LINK)
Download and unpack to a temporary folder.
Install with OpenIV, same way as the previous mod. Navigate to: "pc\data\maps\interiors\generic\homes_2.img" and replace the files.
Do this for both GTA IV & EFLC.

Romans Real Posters (LINK)
Download and unpack to a temporary folder.
Install with OpenIV for both GTA IV & EFLC. Navigate to: "pc\data\maps\interiors\generic\brownstones.img" and replace the files.

Strip Club Mod - New Photos (LINK)
Download and unpack to a temporary folder.
Install with OpenIV for both GTA IV & EFLC. Navigate to: "pc\data\maps\interiors\generic\bars_1.img" and replace the files.

S Shop new Textures (LINK)
Download and unpack to a temporary folder.
Install with OpenIV for both GTA IV & EFLC. Navigate to: "pc\data\maps\interiors\generic\retail_2.img" and replace the files.

TV S Shop (LINK)
Download and unpack to a temporary folder.
Copy "electrical.img" into "\pc\data\maps\props\residential\" for both GTA IV & EFLC. Overwrite.

DKT70 Road Textures VeN Edit (LINK)
Download and unpack to a temporary folder.
Copy "gtxd.img" into "pc\data\cdimages\" for both GTA IV & EFLC. Overwrite.

 


Mods 3: NPCs


Dead Or Alive 5 Kokoro Bikini (LINK)
Download and unpack to a temporary folder.
Install with OpenIV for both GTA IV & EFLC. Navigate to: "pc\models\cdimages\componentpeds.img" and replace the files.
*Choose either nude or with bikini.

Resident Evil 6 Deborah Human (LINK)
Download and unpack to a temporary folder.
Install with OpenIV for both GTA IV & EFLC. Navigate to: "pc\models\cdimages\componentpeds.img" and replace the files.

Rachel from Dead or Alive (LINK)
Download and unpack to a temporary folder.
Install with OpenIV for both GTA IV & EFLC. Navigate to: "pc\models\cdimages\componentpeds.img" and replace the files.

French Maid (DOWNLOAD)
Download and unpack to a temporary folder.
Install with OpenIV for both GTA IV & EFLC. Navigate to: "pc\models\cdimages\componentpeds.img" and replace the files.
*This is a repackaged file with renamed files, so this mod doesn't overwrite any of the previous mods.
Original mod (LINK)

Better Carmen (LINK)
Download and unpack to a temporary folder.
Install with OpenIV for both GTA IV & EFLC. Navigate to: "pc\models\cdimages\componentpeds.img" and replace the files.
*Choose any version you like. I recommend: "LongStraight Hair"

 


Mods 4: Graphics


G4BP Graphics Overhaul - GTA IV (DOWNLOAD)
Download and unpack into the GTA IV game folder. Overwrite.

G4BP Graphics Overhaul - EFLC (DOWNLOAD)
Download and unpack into the EFLC game folder. Overwrite.

Note: Right before the game starts, the loading screen will look messed up. Don't worry, the game will load just fine.

*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.

*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"
If this doesn't work, then there is still something in the Windows 10 Creators Update that blocks the custom dll. If you are unable to fix it, you will have to uninstall the ReShade and play without. Just delete the d3d9.dll file but keep everything else.

 


Mods 5: New Cars


There are thousands of car replacement mods for GTA IV & EFLC (LINK)
You can replace as many cars as you want without problems, just follow the instructions within each mod

 


End of Mod-List


 

Grand Theft Auto IV & EFLC are 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.

 

 

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3 - G4BP 1.0 Screenshots

       

     

     

      

       

     

     

     

      

      

     

     

     

     

       

 

Original Game Screenshots (For comparison)

        

 

 

4 - GTA IV Artwork

      

     

     

     

       

 

Fan Artwork

        

 

 

Brief info about Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto IV is the 11th GTA game, and by the time of it's release, it was by far the most serious and biggest installment. GTA IV and it's two separate expansions, The Ballad of Gay Tony & The Lost and Damned, are open-world action games, just all previous GTA games. Developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games 2008. The game takes place in Liberty City, a fictional place based on the real New York City. The story follows Niko Bellic, a former Russian war veteran, who in an attempt to escape his past, got lured to the US by his cousin. As Niko arrives at Liberty City he quickly learns that his cousin's stories about the US were not entirely true, and that he has some financial problems with some shady people.

The game is played in third-person, with the exception of one view setting when in a car that's first-person. The world is 100% open, and the player can go anywhere he/she pleases at any time. The main story line is linear, but it can be completed at any phase, and there are plenty of side-missions to make it seem like it's all in the hands of the player. GTA 4 has two expansions, The Lost and Damned & The Ballad of Gay Tony, which also takes place in Liberty City, but has different main characters. They are interconnected with the main Grand Theft Auto IV story-line, but doesn't influence it in any way.

The development of GTA IV began shortly after the release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in 2004. As per tradition, the game was developed across Rockstar's many studios from around the world. Grand Theft Auto 4 is created with the same crazy stories as the previous 10 games, but for the first time introduced a more realistic and detailed style. The developers took field-trips to New York, to make the game have a feel of the real place, but still they kept the "alternate-universe" idea with all different names and logo's.
Grand Theft Auto IV was a highly anticipated title, and the game received massive praise, in particularly with regards to the story and the world design. GTA IV broke all industry sales records at the time, earning USD 310 million in its first day. The record was later broken by Grand Theft Auto V in 2013.

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned was the first episodic expansion. It follows Johnny Klebitz, the Vice President of the Alderney chapter of The Lost MC.
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony was the second expansion. It follows Luis Fernando Lopez, an ex-member of the Dominican drug dealers and the personal bodyguard Anthony "Gay Tony" Prince.