Red 2013년 3월 30일 오후 2시 23분
Fix for dark and yellow vehicles in GTA III - the simplest one
This thread is a repost of my original SPUF thread. I'll keep it up to date here.

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:

  • Make a copy of your "particle.txd" file in the following directory: "PATH_TO_STEAM\steamapps\common\grand theft auto 3\models\"
  • Download the "" file from the following location: ({링크가 삭제되었습니다}mirror[])
  • Unpack the "particle.txd" file from the ZIP archive.
  • Replace your original "particle.txd" file (not the copy!) with the downloaded one.
  • 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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ododoss17 2013년 4월 1일 오전 9시 44분 
Perfect! It works great!
Grilled Bear 2013년 4월 1일 오후 12시 00분 
Excellent! It works perfectly, thank you! (I'm playing on Windows 8)
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Jethro 2013년 4월 1일 오후 7시 02분 
I had yellow cars - now everything seems fine. Thanks a lot! (Win XP SP3)
Escovas [PT] SLB 2013년 4월 2일 오전 11시 40분 
Red 2013년 4월 3일 오전 5시 54분 
I'm glad to hear that! I just fixed the main download link again. Should be ok now.
/\ | Morwani 2013년 4월 8일 오전 4시 13분 
Thx man it worked! :) (Win7)
Interface 2013년 5월 4일 오전 7시 59분 
Thank you.
Chaotic Teabag 2013년 5월 21일 오후 5시 00분 
I was wondering what was up with some of the cars. Thanks.
Dose of Mercury 2013년 5월 22일 오후 5시 33분 
Thank you so much! It's such a quick and easy fix. (Windows XP SP3)
sidewaysmilk 2013년 5월 31일 오후 9시 09분 
I cannot thank you enough! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Tamati <3 2013년 6월 4일 오후 10시 36분 
kerm68 2013년 6월 7일 오전 2시 16분 
It works, thank you.
Umbrella Man 2013년 6월 11일 오전 9시 48분 
Works 100%, thanks.
vladi 2013년 6월 23일 오전 6시 17분 
Rockstar SHOULD fix the issues!
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Lunatix 2013년 6월 30일 오전 6시 59분 
Thanks i'll try.
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