PC Version Differences
The differences between the PlayStation2 and PC Version
The PlayStation2 version was the first ever version of GTA3 to be released. Since the PS2 version release, the PC version was in production and was released on the 21st of May 2002 in the US and the 24th of May 2002 for the UK. Did it take RockStar North & Rockstar Games over 6 months to convert? No. Additions to the PC version against the original PS2 version were made.
• High Resolution Textures
Almost every texture in GTA3:PC was replaced with a higher resolution version. This means that when you look at anything in GTA3:PC, signs will be clear to read (or even readable, as some were not in the PS2 version), textures on the road, buildings, etc all have better clarity and contrast.
• High Quality Sounds Effects & Music
Every sound file in GTA3:PC was replaced with a studio quality version. On the PS2 version many sounds were low in quality to keep performance high. Plus, hearing the sounds through TV speakers doesn't help of course. Put studio quality sound together with some great PC speakers and you've got wicked sound effects andmusic.
• 3D Graphics Card Support (Required)
Playing GTA3:PC on a PC without a decent graphics card wouldn't be much fun. As with almost all games today, acceleration of some type is required. GTA3:PC takes full advantage of graphics hardware available on your PC - with today's graphics cards smooth frame rates are achieved compared to the 15-30fps that the PS2 produced. This also makes GTA3:PC look better visually, with textures being hardware drawn through the Microsoft DirectX module which GTA3:PC fully relies on for all visual output. Graphical extras available in DirectX are also available to use.
• Accelerated Sound Card Support
Although you can play without sound, GTA3 wouldn't be the same. The sounds - and music - in GTA3 make the game that one step better. Support for both software & hardware sound acceleration are supported. Software accelerated sounds cards use your CPU to create sound (usually found on motherboards) which takes up available processing time for more important processes, such as loading Liberty City itself. However, if you have a full accelerated sound card - such as Creative's SoundBlaster Live! series - then you not only leave your CPU's processing time available for more important processes, but you can also take advantage of top quality sound and excellent true 3D sound drivers. Advanced sound drivers such as the award winning EAX 3D driver is available, and together with a 5.1 sound system, you can truly grasp the "living, breathing" feeling within Liberty City.
• Custom Skin Feature
Whilst our GTA3Mods.com team were planning to implement something similar at a later date, RockStar Games implemented this feature from day one. The custom skin feature lets you put yourself in the game, or anything you see fit. Together with multiple photos or custom made textures, you can create your own skin - selectable directly from the GTA3:PC main menu to play as.
• MP3 Player
So you've heard liberty city's radio station enough times and now you want to listen to some of your own music. With GTA3:PC's MP3 player (selectable in-game at any time in the same way you select a different radio station), you can listen to your own MP3's.