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Grand Theft Auto IV is Rockstar's biggest release following the success of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The PC version is played similarly to that on console. The gameplay features third-person view action with the main character making his way through a large open-world metropolis with single- and multiplayer gameplay options.
In this installment of the franchise, the player takes on the role of Niko Bellic, an Eastern European veteran that has traveled to the United States in search of family, vengeance and pursuit of the American dream. Soon, however, he unfortunately lands himself in the center of an organized crime ring. The PC game originally featured minor problems for which the patch was created.
The patch for Grand Theft Auto IV fixes many glitches and bugs experienced in the standard game made for PC. The patch itself is only 32 megabytes, but it still manages to correct a number of problems related to graphics, gameplay and replay techniques. While the simple Grand Theft Auto IV patch is not extensive, those who play the game regularly will appreciate the improved effects.
Graphical improvements include the effects of mirrors and shadows as well as a glitch causing trees to become transparent. The patch also improves another bug that caused the game to slow down when approaching water. It corrects a problem that prevented rendered videos from being uploaded to Social Club when certain music tracks were attached. For Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned, the patch allows a "detonate" option in custom key mapping, giving users the opportunity to remap the down arrow key.
The simple patch features an array of improvements for those who had small problems running the game on PC. All in all, the patch is a minor one that allows for subtle changes.