(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.