Vice City: BETA Edition is a modification for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City with the goal of returning most, or if not all cut features in development (at least, what is known and/or is possible). This will include/restore things such as removed buildings, cut dialogue, pedestrian looks, general atmosphere & much more to deliver the most authentic experience. All information comes from several sources, such as BradyGames' Official Strategy Guide, Manual / Pre-Release Screenshots & Leftover Files. I don't plan to make anything which has little to no proof of its existence in the alpha/beta stages of the game's development, however some improvising may be done.
Latest version. Fixes all bugs from previous releases, adds a few new things, now featuring an installer. INSTALL OVER FRESH COPY.
IN THIS RELEASE:
Introducing the INSTALLER.
No longer are the ways of tricky manual installation! This bad boy conveniently puts the entire modification at your hands in just a few clicks.
There are three methods of installation all explained for you: FULL. STANDARD. ADVANCED.
Standard providing the entire base of the mod with the exception of map/script removals (examples: stadium + their missions).
Full providing the *full* / more accurate experience; it removes the stadium, bridges in Washington/Vice Point, North Beach and the missions associated. This does not affect the ability to achieve 100%.
Advanced providing all the extra stuff! This installation set provides you with the ability to choose from the different development radars & players, plus all the aesthetically to your opinion worse, better, and not-so-stable features.
How does the installer work?
Firstly, the installer looks out for a gta-vc.exe (meaning, an installed copy), otherwise it will NOT INSTALL. This is NOT to be dumped into a random folder, otherwise it won't work as intended.
Secondly, STEAM COPIES ARE SUPPORTED. The installer comes with its own downgrader, courtesy of ThirteenAG, which during installation injects itself into your game to support the modification.
Thirdly, during installation the installer dumps the gta3.img files into a TEMP folder & uses Fastman's IMG Console via script to automatically inject all these files into your IMG. So be careful, any already installed mods may be overwritten!
Forthly, the TEMP folder the installer makes for adding/replacing files in gta3.img unfortunately does NOT get deleted, either delete it or take it as opportunity to use it for easy access to any files you may want!
Finally, depending on your Extras choices, at the end of installation Hackman's SFX manager will boot up to automatically inject GTA3 sounds into sfx.SDT before closing and ending installation.
Also introducing the UPDATER.
This is a very simple updater, nothing fancy! There are no automated alerts or anything, this is all simply a manual check on your part. Just for convenience/laziness should you not want to check the topic!
Click the Check for Updates button and it will alert you to whether there is one. If there is, at your choice it will download the latest version for you!
Check out the post on GTAForums for the full progress update & more info: