"Grand Theft Auto IV" has been out since 2008.
Since then, PC enthusiasts have tested the limits of the game, installing their own modifications to increase the game's level of detail.
Photographer and game enthusiast Raphael Smith has installed a handful of these mods on a PC that only cost him $950 a few years ago.
The resulting screenshots are so realistic and lifelike that they can easily be mistaken for photographs, and that's not an exaggeration.
You've never seen game graphics look this good.
Note: All screenshots used with permission.Smith used a few different "mods" to make sure every little detail was updated.
He used two different mods to increase the textures of the city buildings.
Another mod added realistic weather to the game.
If you look closely, the buildings show signs of aging.
Smith also used multiple mods to make the in-game cars more realistic.
People even designed mods for the asphalt streets.
Here you can see the individual ladder rungs on the fire escape, and the graffiti and mold on the brick.
Smith also installed a mod for the game's lighting to be perfect, day or night.
Interestingly enough, the in-game characters are probably the least realistic.
This screenshot could pass for a photograph taken in Brooklyn.
The car textures are so crisp, you can see reflections.
You can even see the items inside the storefront windows.
Here's the New York City skyline in the daylight.
If this level of detail can be squeezed from a game that launched in 2008, we can't wait to see what modders do to "Grand Theft Auto V."
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