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Old 04-24-2011, 04:05 PM   #1
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Exclamation Fix for dark and yellow vehicles in GTA III - the simplest one

This fix involves just one texture file replacement!
Please confirm below if it works for you.


If you are experiencing the problem with vehicles being too dark or completely yellow in Grand Theft Auto III, you don't want to replace any EXE files and you don't want to install any mods, this fix is just for you.


In order to fix the problem, just follow these five simple steps:
  1. Make a copy of your "particle.txd" file in the following directory: "PATH_TO_STEAM\steamapps\common\grand theft auto 3\models\"
  2. Download the "particle.txd.zip" file from the following location: particle.txd.zip (mirror)
  3. Unpack the "particle.txd" file from the ZIP archive.
  4. Replace your original "particle.txd" file (not the copy!) with the downloaded one.
  5. Run the game and have fun!

Now, let me describe what this is all about.

I've been trying to find a fix for this bug since I bought GTA III a week ago during the Rockstar Weekend sale. I, and probably some of you too, have already noticed that reflective surfaces on vehicles are too dark or opaque yellow - everything else is just fine. Since GTA III uses only one reflection texture for all vehicles, I modified it a little bit. Turns out that all I had to do was remove the alpha channel (which was unused anyway) from the said texture and that was it. After launching the game, all vehicles were back to normal - the problem was no more.

The affected reflection texture (named "reflection01") is stored in the "particle.txd" file, which is an archive that stores quite a few other textures responsible for, you guessed it, mostly particle effects. Apart from the aforementioned texture, nothing else was deliberately changed. The game can still be considered vanilla.

It's also worth explaining why the retail (CD/DVD) version users are not affected by this problem. It's simply because Rockstar have apparently tweaked the Steam version a little bit before publishing it. It might have made vehicles dark but also enabled one great and often overseen feature - all cars now have glowing headlights (just like on the PlayStation 2), while the retail version still lacks them. See for yourself: Steam / Retail

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Old 04-24-2011, 06:52 PM   #2
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Cool alternative fix; I never knew about the headlights. Strange that they added a feature like that, but broke another (unless it only affects certain hardware?).

You should PM a mod and see if you can get this thread stickied. (Would it be possible to get it hosted at a few other places?)
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Old 04-25-2011, 01:33 AM   #3
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Great, works for me Again, such simple fix and Rockstar wasn't even bothered... I didn't even notice the headlights' glow was missing on PC. It's strange that some graphical effects were missing in GTA games on PC, like the trails option in Vice City, no fuzzy, warm graphics for PC, and that suited the atmosphere of the game so well...
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Old 04-25-2011, 12:58 PM   #4
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Hi, sorry for my english, there is a more simple solutions for the dark cars, choose resolution 1280x960x32 and NOT 1280x1024x32. with this resolution everithing looks perfect, at least for me
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Old 04-25-2011, 01:28 PM   #5
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Hi, sorry for my english, there is a more simple solutions for the dark cars, choose resolution 1280x960x32 and NOT 1280x1024x32. with this resolution everithing looks perfect, at least for me
I think that display resolution has hardly anything to do with this problem. What you're referring to is probably the incorrect aspect ratio which, as you suggested, can easily be fixed by choosing a 4:3 resolution (like 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x960, etc).
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Old 04-27-2011, 04:59 AM   #6
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I have recompiled the file due to an apparent corruption of one texture during the original packing. Please redownload the file from here: particle.txd.zip

Link in the first post updated.
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:47 AM   #7
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Thanks work fine for me
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:55 AM   #8
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I've got that "particle.txd" file from retail copy of GTAIII. Steam version of GTAIII works now perfectly.
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:26 AM   #9
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I've got that "particle.txd" file from retail copy of GTAIII. Steam version of GTAIII works now perfectly.
I cannot confirm this. I too have the original particle.txd file from my retail version and it doesn't seem to change anything. Are you sure you are referring to the problem described in this thread?
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:48 AM   #10
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They still haven't fixed this?

Here's their reply to my support ticket last july

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Hello Peter,

This is something that we are currently looking into and hope a fix will be rolled out ASAP.

Kind Regards

Rockstar Games Tech Support
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Old 05-04-2011, 12:36 AM   #11
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I cannot confirm this. I too have the original particle.txd file from my retail version and it doesn't seem to change anything. Are you sure you are referring to the problem described in this thread?
Yes. I'm referring to the problem (dark cars issue). My solution works for me though. Probably it depends on PC system (hardware & software). However I've checked it two different PC's...
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Old 05-07-2011, 05:45 PM   #12
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Fix works fine, it is sooo much better playing the game now the cars don't look like .
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Old 06-16-2011, 12:01 PM   #13
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Thanks for this fix! I'm not sure why, but that download site made me wait 2 1/2 hours before I could download the file. Really annoying. Here's a mediafire link in case anyone else stumbles across this topic and has the same problem I had.

http://www.mediafire.com/?qfz1owcnh3h25ot
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Old 06-20-2011, 12:12 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by Monkeydrummer View Post
Thanks for this fix! I'm not sure why, but that download site made me wait 2 1/2 hours before I could download the file. Really annoying. Here's a mediafire link in case anyone else stumbles across this topic and has the same problem I had.

http://www.mediafire.com/?qfz1owcnh3h25ot
Sorry for the problem. I've added your link to the first post as a mirror. Thanks!
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Old 07-02-2011, 08:11 PM   #15
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Thanks for sharing, Red_153D!

World is a better place with guys like you around.
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