GTA III Modding

What is a mod?
Mod means modification, so a mod is something that changes the original game. There are several types of mods for Grand Theft Auto, some easier than others. Here I'll show you the mods categories you may find for San Andreas:
  • Textures
  • 3D Models
  • Maps
  • Mods
  • Total Conversion
  • Savegames

- Skins
Extensions: txd.
Tools: TXD Workshop, G-TXD.
Description: a texture mod refers to any mod that doesn't edit the 3D model, but only the images of which it's composed. Some examples of texture mods are: new clothes, billboards, high quality roads, new interiors, new skins etc. The texture mods that edits the vehicles are called car skins or paintjobs.

- 3D Models
Extensions: dff.
Tools: 3D Studio Max, ZModeler.
Description: a new model refers to any mod that edits the 3D model of a object. 3D models includes new cars, bikes, boats, airplanes, helicopters, but also new buildings, new player models or new weapons.

- Maps
Extensions: ipl, img, ide, dff, txd.
Tools: Moo Mapper, MEd, 3D Studio Max, ZModeler.
Description: a map mod refers to any mod that adds new objects to GTA3 map, creating a whole new zone. The new maps can be made using GTA3 original objects and combining them, or creating new 3D objects with some 3D modelling programs.

- Mods
Extensions: cfg, dat, ide, ipl.
Tools: Notepad.
Description: the mods simply called mods usually edits some texts files. Some examples of simple mods are the editing of the handling.dat or new car colors for carcols.dat. GTA includes a lot of text files that can be edited simply with any text editor. Most of them are located into common\data folder.

- Total Conversion
Tools: various.
Description: a Total Conversion (TC) refers to any mod that changes almost the whole game. The total conversions usually replaces Liberty City with a brand new city including also new game features or new missions. These mods are usually made by several modders.

- Savegames
Extensions: b.
Description: savegames are simply the savegames of other players. Usually they are 100% completed so if you don't want to finish the game, you download one of them. The savegames are located in My Documents\GTA3 User Files\.