GTA4 1st Person View Mod
This mod has been out for a while, but with some people gettings Grand Theft Auto 4 for the PC last week because of the Steam sale, there has been talk about what are the best mods to get. There is a thread on Neogaf that talks about playing the game in first person mode instead of the default 3rd person point of view.
So from the standard view:
GTA4 is a highly detailed game, and sometimes you can't see it with the camera so far off from the main character. This view allows you to see structures and people up close, making it look and feel like a brand new game.
Here are some comparison shots:
The biggest difference the first person view makes is in the car. Driving in 3rd person feels like you're moving a toy car around. In 1st person, it feels like you are actually driving on a street.
Same location, same driving:
The only negative with 1st person driving is that you can't see as much as you can with the 3rd person view. When you're driving in the 1st person, it feels like you're driving with your right eye closed. You're missing half your field of vision, which makes it hard when you need to turn or when you need to look around to see if there are no cars crossing. Inside the car with people, you can notice a lot of things that you couldn't see before. Take a look at this car converastion from both points of view:
Side note: In the beginning of the story for GTA4, I went to pick up two women from the station. In the 1st person view inside the car, I was able to turn my head and look at the girl in the back seat as she talked, and she picked her nose and rubbed the bugger on the car
seat! I'll post this moment once I get a chance to go through it again.
Cutscenes are unaffected by this mod and it also works with the two DLC episodes for the game. For fighting, it's better to switch to 3rd person view when doing hand to hand combat, it's just a mess otherwise. Overall, I highly recommend using this mod if you have this game on the PC.
Here is the Neogaf thread on the mod:
For instructions on what to download and where to install it, look at post #53 of that thread.