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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City has been fully converted over into the latest iteration of the RAGE Engine that powers GTA IV, Max Payne 3 and the upcoming GTA V. Modders have released a new video showcasing the progress they've made in making the total conversion of Vice City work on top of GTA IV.
The video comes courtesy of DSO Gaming and is pretty cool, save for the fact that the radio is disabled. I'm really hoping that the radio stations will stay and work, because the whole DMCA thing that held up the re-release of GTA: Vice City last year was a total bummer, which eventually saw a lot of songs removed from the soundtrack playlist of the original GTA: Vice City.
The best part about the total conversion mod is that the team has the missions, icons, scripts and voices working. This is a really huge achievement because you can basically play Vice City on newer PCs without worrying about the wonky controls and messed up framerate from the original GTA: Vice City release, which is pretty much unplayable.
The improved physics, dynamic gunplay and better shadow and shader effects basically makes this a dream mod come true, as it sports everything people loved about Vice City but with the appropriate technology upgrade to make it playable for today's generation computers. It's a win-win!
Now let's just hope that the RIAA doesn't catch wind of this and start slapping lawsuits on the modders. You can learn more about GTA: Vice City Rage by visiting the Official Website and you can check out the launch trailer below, which almost rivals GTA IV: San Andreas.