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GTA IV gets Google Street View

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.

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(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, showing users where they can find health, armour 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 3000 panoramic views. The final set of tiles is made up of over 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 favourite 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.