If you want to customize your GTA IV experience with new vehicles, weapons, skins and more, you can use a modified update.img file to replace the original one. The update.img file contains the game data that can be modified using various tools and programs. In this article, we will show you how to mod GTA IV using update.img on your PS3 with HAN.
What you need
A physical copy of GTA IV
A PS3 with HAN installed
A PC with PS3Tools by aldostools, TrueAncestor PKG Repacker by JjKkYu and an xploit resigner
A modified update.img file of your choice (such as Major Distribution vXX.XX)
Download the GTA IV 1.08 Patch PKG from PS3Tools using your game ID (BLES00229 or your equivalent).
Extract the PKG using TrueAncestor PKG Repacker and copy the extracted folder (BLES00229 or your equivalent) to your desktop.
Go to the USRDIR folder inside the extracted folder and replace the original update.img file with your modified one.
Repack the folder into a PKG using TrueAncestor PKG Repacker and sign it with your xploit resigner.
Copy the signed PKG to a USB drive and install it on your PS3 using HAN.
Delete the GTA IV file in the Game Data Utility folder on your PS3 if you have already installed the game.
Start GTA IV and enjoy your mods!
The information in this article is based on the following web sources:
[^1^] Grand Theft Auto IV Patch 7 -- Title Update v. 126.96.36.199 (English) / 188.8.131.52 (Russian) / 184.108.40.206 (Japanese) - Rockstar Games Customer Support
[^2^] PS3 HAN - [TUTORIAL] GTA IV Modding via PKG PSX-Place
[^4^] GTA IV UPDATE.IMG TUTORIAL - YouTube
How to use modding tools
There are various tools and programs that can help you create and edit your own update.img file. Some of the most popular ones are OpenIV, SparkIV, GTA IV Vehicle Mod Installer and GTA IV Mod Manager. These tools allow you to extract, replace, import and export game files, such as models, textures, sounds and scripts. You can also use them to browse and install mods made by other users.
Where to find mods
If you don't want to make your own mods, you can find plenty of ready-made ones on the internet. There are many websites and forums that host GTA IV mods, such as GTAinside.com, GTA-Modding.com, GTAGaming.com and GTAForums.com. You can download mods for different categories, such as cars, bikes, weapons, skins, maps and more. Just make sure to read the instructions and requirements before installing them.
Tips and warnings
Modding GTA IV can be fun and rewarding, but it also comes with some risks and limitations. Here are some tips and warnings to keep in mind:
Always backup your original game files before modding them.
Do not use mods online or you may get banned by Rockstar Games.
Some mods may be incompatible with each other or with the latest game version.
Some mods may cause glitches, crashes or performance issues.
Some mods may contain viruses or malware, so scan them before using them. 061ffe29dd