Browse Source

Restore old readme

Sergeanur 2 years ago
  1. 193


@ -1,190 +1,37 @@ @@ -1,190 +1,37 @@
<img src="" alt="reVC logo" width="200">
[![Build Status](](
# reLCS
[![Build Status](](
<a href=""><img src="" /></a>
## Intro
In this repository you'll find the fully reversed source code for GTA III ([master]( branch) and GTA VC ([miami]( branch).
It has been tested and works on Windows, Linux and FreeBSD, on x86, amd64, arm and arm64.\
Rendering is handled either by original RenderWare (D3D8)
or the reimplementation [librw]( (D3D9, OpenGL 2.1 or above, OpenGL ES 2.0 or above).\
Audio is done with MSS (using dlls from original GTA) or OpenAL.
We cannot build for PS2 or Xbox yet. If you're interested in doing so, get in touch with us.
The aim of this project is to reverse GTA Liberty City Stories.
## How can I try it?
- reVC requires game assets to work, so you **must** own [a copy of GTA Vice City](
- Build reVC or download the latest nightly build:
- [Windows D3D9 MSS 32bit](
- [Windows D3D9 64bit](
- [Windows OpenGL 64bit](
- [Linux 64bit](
- [MacOS 64bit](
- Extract the downloaded zip over your GTA VC directory and run reVC. The zip includes the gamefiles and in case of OpenAL the required dlls.
## Screenshots
![screen_ 1613087332](
![screen_ 1613086852](
![screen_ 1613086989](
![screen_ 1613087193](
## Improvements
We have implemented a number of changes and improvements to the original game.
They can be configured in `core/config.h`.
Some of them can be toggled at runtime, some cannot.
* Fixed a lot of smaller and bigger bugs
* User files (saves and settings) stored in GTA root directory
* Settings stored in reVC.ini file instead of gta_vc.set
* Debug menu to do and change various things (Ctrl-M to open)
* Debug camera (Ctrl-B to toggle)
* Rotatable camera
* XInput controller support (Windows)
* No loading screens between islands ("map memory usage" in menu)
* Rendering
* Widescreen support (properly scaled HUD, Menu and FOV)
* PS2 MatFX (vehicle reflections)
* PS2 alpha test (better rendering of transparency)
* Xbox vehicle rendering
* Xbox world lightmap rendering (needs Xbox map)
* Xbox ped rim light
* Xbox screen rain droplets
* More customizable colourfilter
* Menu
* More options
* Controller configuration menu
* ...
* Can load DFFs and TXDs from other platforms, possibly with a performance penalty
* ...
## To-Do
The following things would be nice to have/do:
* Fix physics for high FPS
* Improve performance on lower end devices, especially the OpenGL layer on the Raspberry Pi (if you have experience with this, please get in touch)
* [PS2 port](
* Xbox port (not quite as important)
* reverse remaining unused/debug functions
* compare CodeWarrior build with original binary for more accurate code (very tedious)
## Modding
Asset modifications (models, texture, handling, script, ...) should work the same way as with original GTA for the most part.
Mods that make changes to the code (dll/asi, CLEO, limit adjusters) will *not* work.
Some things these mods do are already implemented in re3 (much of SkyGFX, GInput, SilentPatch, Widescreen fix),
others can easily be achieved (increasing limis, see `config.h`),
others will simply have to be rewritten and integrated into the code directly.
Sorry for the inconvenience.
## Building from Source
When using premake, you may want to point GTA_VC_RE_DIR environment variable to GTA Vice City root folder if you want the executable to be moved there via post-build script.
Clone the repository with `git clone --recursive -b miami reVC`. Then `cd reVC` into the cloned repository.
<details><summary>Linux Premake</summary>
For Linux using premake, proceed: [Building on Linux](
- reLCS requires game assets to work.
- Build reLCS or download it from one of the above links (Debug or Release).
- (Optional) If you want to use optional features, copy the files in /gamefiles folder to your game root folder.
- Move reLCS.exe to GTA LCS directory and run it.
<details><summary>Linux Conan</summary>
## Preparing the environment for building
Install python and conan, and then run build.
conan export vendor/librw librw/master@
mkdir build
cd build
conan install .. reVC/master@ -if build -o reVC:audio=openal -o librw:platform=gl3 -o librw:gl3_gfxlib=glfw --build missing -s reVC:build_type=RelWithDebInfo -s librw:build_type=RelWithDebInfo
conan build .. -if build -bf build -pf package
You may want to point GTA_LCS_RE_DIR environment variable to GTA LCS root folder if you want executable to be moved there via post-build script.
For FreeBSD using premake, proceed: [Building on FreeBSD](
Assuming you have Visual Studio 2015/2017/2019:
- Run one of the `premake-vsXXXX.cmd` variants on root folder.
- Open build/reVC.sln with Visual Studio and compile the solution.
- For Linux, proceed: [Building on Linux](
- For FreeBSD, proceed: [Building on FreeBSD](
- For Windows, assuming you have Visual Studio:
- Clone the repo using the argument `--recursive`.
- Run one of the `premake-vsXXXX.cmd` variants on root folder.
- Open the project via Visual Studio
Microsoft recently discontinued its downloads of the DX9 SDK. You can download an archived version here:
**If you choose OpenAL on Windows** You must read [Running OpenAL build on Windows](
**If you use 64-bit D3D9**: We don't ship 64-bit Dx9 SDK. You need to download it from Microsoft if you don't have it(although it should come pre-installed after some Windows version)
> :information_source: premake has an `--lto` option if you want the project to be compiled with Link Time Optimization.
There are various settings at the very bottom of [config.h](, you may want to take a look there. i.e. FIX_BUGS define fixes the bugs we've come across.
> :information_source: There are various settings in [config.h](, you may want to take a look there.
> :information_source: **If you choose OpenAL on Windows** You must read [Running OpenAL build on Windows](
> :information_source: reVC uses completely homebrew RenderWare-replacement rendering engine; [librw]( librw comes as submodule of re3, but you also can use LIBRW enviorenment variable to specify path to your own librw.
If you feel the need, you can also use CodeWarrior 7 to compile reVC using the supplied codewarrior/reVC.mcp project - this requires the original RW34 libraries, and the DX8 SDK. The build is unstable compared to the MSVC builds though, and is mostly meant to serve as a reference.
> :information_source: **Did you notice librw?** reLCS uses completely homebrew RenderWare-replacement rendering engine; [librw]( librw comes as submodule of reLCS, but you also can use LIBRW enviorenment variable to specify path to your own librw.
## Contributing
As long as it's not linux/cross-platform skeleton/compatibility layer, all of the code on the repo that's not behind a preprocessor condition(like FIX_BUGS) are **completely** reversed code from original binaries.
We **don't** accept custom codes, as long as it's not wrapped via preprocessor conditions, or it's linux/cross-platform skeleton/compatibility layer.
We accept only these kinds of PRs;
- A new feature that exists in at least one of the GTAs (if it wasn't in III/VC then it doesn't have to be decompilation)
- Game, UI or UX bug fixes (if it's a fix to original code, it should be behind FIX_BUGS)
- Platform-specific and/or unused code that's not been reversed yet
- Makes reversed code more understandable/accurate, as in "which code would produce this assembly".
- A new cross-platform skeleton/compatibility layer, or improvements to them
- Translation fixes, for languages original game supported
- Code that increase maintainability
We have a [Coding Style]( document that isn't followed or enforced very well.
Do not use features from C++11 or later.
## History
re3 was started sometime in the spring of 2018,
initially as a way to test reversed collision and physics code
inside the game.
This was done by replacing single functions of the game
with their reversed counterparts using a dll.
After a bit of work the project lay dormant for about a year
and was picked up again and pushed to github in May 2019.
At the time I (aap) had reversed around 10k lines of code and estimated
the final game to have around 200-250k.
Others quickly joined the effort (Fire_Head, shfil, erorcun and Nick007J
in time order, and Serge a bit later) and we made very quick progress
throughout the summer of 2019
after which the pace slowed down a bit.
Due to everyone staying home during the start of the Corona pandemic
everybody had a lot of time to work on re3 again and
we finally got a standalone exe in April 2020 (around 180k lines by then).
After the initial excitement and fixing and polishing the code further,
reVC was started in early May 2020 by starting from re3 code,
not by starting from scratch replacing functions with a dll.
After a few months of mostly steady progress we considered reVC
finished in December.
Since then we have started reLCS, which is currently work in progress.
## License
Please read the [Coding Style]( Document
We don't feel like we're in a position to give this code a license.\
The code should only be used for educational, documentation and modding purposes.\
We do not encourage piracy or commercial use.\
Please keep derivate work open source and give proper credit.