CLARIFICATION: TIME’s China blog story sort of implies that this is an official release, or somehow actually part of the game. It is not. As far as anyone can tell, this is just a hack/mod/re-skin created by a fan or fans in China for the purpose of making a joke. It isn’t something you could ever see by playing GTA IV. (As a sidenote, “ultraviolent” TIME? Really? Someone needs to watch A Clockwork Orange again).
NOTE: We seem to be experiencing some technological weirdness at the moment. If some or all of the pictures below don’t load, try reloading. If that doesn’t work, you should still be able to read the captions, the pictures are the exact same (and in the same order) as those posted in the original article on ESWN as linked below.
Recently, ESWN posted a sina.com thread about a humorous GTA IV re-skin that puts the violent game’s protagonist in the uniform of a chengguan, China’s notoriously violent city administrators. Chengguan are almost universally reviled for their corrupt and often violent methods. Usually, they’re booting vendors off of the streets of Chinese cities, but now apparently they can terrorize the virtual denizens of Liberty City, too.
ESWN didn’t translate the subtitles in the pictures, which are actually pretty funny, so we’ll repost them below with the subtitles (loosely) translated as captions. Enjoy.