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Grand Theft Auto IV mod gives the game’s 2008 graphics a 2012 feel

It’s been four years since Grand Theft Auto IV hit shelves, which is practically an eternity in tech years — especially when it comes to elements like graphics and visual software. However, a new video showcasing the latest release of a GTA IV visual mod proves that even a 2008 game can look like it was just released this week.

It’s the sort of thing you really have to see for yourself, as the footage from a version of GTA IV that’s been modded with iCEnhancer 2.0 looks absolutely stunning — and only moreso when you remember how great the game looked in its original incarnation. In the short video embedded below, everything from the details on the cars and streets to Niko Bellic’s beard gets a way-ahead-of-its-time visual upgrade.

Heck, it’s probably safe to say that this version of Grand Theft Auto IV is one of the best looking games of 2012 (so far).

Of course, before you dust off your copy of GTA IV and download the iCEnhancer, make sure to check out the spec required to run this hefty piece of visual moddery, as it’s the sort of thing that could chew up and spit out off-the-shelf computers. So unless you have a high-level gaming rig, you’re stuck admiring it from afar — and there’s a lot to admire.

Oh, and if you notice some bugs in the video, don’t worry. The creator of the mod, Hayssam Keilany, indicates in the video’s description that “Reflections are bugged because of the ROCKSTAR VIDEO EDITOR. It doesn’t look like that in-game, don’t worry & sorry about that.”

You can download iCEhancer 2.0 (it’s free) at the mod’s official website.

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