GTA IV gets Google Street View

To create the map of Liberty City, creators stitched together nearly 80,000 in-game screenshots into around 3,000 panoramic views.

Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET Australia

While you cool your jets waiting for Grand Theft Auto V, take a walking tour of GTA IV's Liberty City -- in Google Street View.

Fan site GTA4.net has had a map of Liberty City based on the Google Maps API since early 2009, and it has been a pretty fun -- and useful -- piece of software that shows users where they can find health, armor, and weapons pickups, as well as pigeons, stunt jump locations, and window-cleaning platforms. But now it has received the ultimate upgrade: Google Street View.

To create the map of Liberty City, which is pretty comprehensive -- only missing a few uninteresting ramps -- nearly 80,000 in-game screenshots were stitched together into around 3,000 panoramic views. The final set of tiles is made up of more than 1 million images.

It's not quite as smooth as the actual Google Maps, but if you're a GTA fan, it's a fun way to spend an hour or two looking for your favorite spots -- and amusing moments captured in the screenshots.

Check it out on the GTA4.net Web page. And while you're at it, go revisit Poonikins, the Magic Warrior Princess.

Screenshot by Leslie Katz/CNET

(Source: Crave Australia)

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