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Empire City HD

Empire City HD
Added On November 26, 2021
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I couldn't find a high-res texture pack for vanilla Empire City that I really liked, so I decided to make my own textures using AI upscaling tools and/or GIMP. Nearly everything has been upscaled or remade to a higher res, including skyboxes and night/weather textures, and some minor texture edits/fixes have been made to the track itself.

The two online tools I use generate their own different look, one giving a cleaner look and the other a kind of gritty look, so I've included both as choices--Clean and Gritty.

You can get an idea of how they look in-game via this video I put together:

(Recommended) System Requirements

NFS4 is an old game but combined with recent modifications to it, it can actually get pretty demanding. Here's some things you will probably need for a smooth experience.

1) Run on VEG's Modern Patch.

- a) Modern Patch is CPU intensive, so it's probably best to have a CPU from within the last ten years.

- b) I'm not sure Modern Patch was meant to run on systems older than Windows 10, which is what I run. YMMV with older OSs.

2) A decent GPU with (probably) at least 256 MB or more of VRAM. 


1) Make a backup of your Empire folder found in [your NFS4 installation directory] -> Data -> Tracks.

2) Unzip my mod somewhere and cut/paste the files of your preferred style from their Empire folder into your installation's Empire folder. Overwrite all when prompted.


I do not claim ownership or copyrights over anything in this mod; as such, it's free to modify and distribute except where copyrights prohibit.


See included Readme for a full list of credit.

Visitor Comments

  • tjareth - 28 days ago
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    I've been enjoying your upscaled tracks, every one of them works great except for this one.  When I download the file, it appears only the "Gritty" folder is present.  As well, when I extract it to the appropriate folder and use the track, the images do not look right at all, the surfaces are covered with wild colors and it's clear something isn't right.  Honestly though I'd like to try the "Clean" version.  Can that be made available after all?
    • pete9516 - 27 days ago
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      tjareth27 days ago
      It seems that you have done something completely wrong while the installation. Everything worked fine for me. Your problem sounds to me that you've mixed up the track files in some random way. Sounds like textures not matching the track model. But i agree with you that there is only a "Gritty" folder in the download
    • tjareth - 27 days ago
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      I started over very carefully.  Replaced the track with its original backup, which worked perfectly.   Then I copied and overwrote the three files in the "Empire" folder of the download into the track folder.  Same result.

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