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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 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 Web page. And while you're at it, go revisit Poonikins, the Magic Warrior Princess.

Screenshot by Leslie Katz/CNET

(Source: Crave Australia)