Grand Theft Auto V has to be one of the most versatile games ever made. It’s been on the market since 2013 and has been continually updated ever since, keep its massive playerbase happy and keeping the online world more interesting that we expected. Outside of rumors, there’s not a lot to say about GTA 6, but you can make GTA V look outlandishly real via some rather simple modding. You want 4K graphics? You can do that. Do you want it to look as real as possible with official real-life vehicles? Well, you can do that too. Here is a list of the best mods and how to install them. I promise – it’s easier than you think, and you’ll be happy you did it.
Warning: GTA V mods are for local gameplay only, and you will have to disable any active mods before attempting to connect to GTA Online. Scroll to the bottom of this page to learn how to mod GTA V in less than 5 minutes.
Of all the graphics mods available for GTA V, natural vision set the standard with a complete graphical overhaul that makes it about as close to real life as you could expect. Now, there’s a new version on the horizon known as Natural Vision Evolved that takes things to a whole new level with life-like weather effects and more. You can see the trailer for Natural Vision Evolved above and, while it hasn’t officially launched quite yet, you can get early access to the mod via Patron for a small $10 donation that, if you ask us, is well worth it considering the team behind the mod makes nothing. Or, if you want to wait, you can download Natural Vision Remastered right now.
VisualV is kind of like the Natural Vision Mod, but it focuses less on photorealism and aims more at making Los Santos more realistic in general. The highlights include completely remastered weather effects (from scratch, by the way) edited modificators for various areas and interiors, color correction, and added life to make things seem more real. A more in-depth list:
– All weathers rewritten from scratch, based on hundreds of Los Angeles photos and movies.
– Draw distance of lights was increased and they are more visible.
– Moon movement is corrected (no more moonrise at west!).
– Moon size was matched to the real world.
– Volumetric fog effect was improved, now it’s stunning as it should be.
– Clouds colors, intensity and movement were built from scratch.
– Shadows under vehicles are in higher quality, so they aren’t blocky anymore.
– Chromatic aberration and vignetting were removed from the normal gameplay.
– Lens flares are all the same for three lead characters.
– Dithering effect from the grass was removed for good, rainy weathers will make it great!
– Advanced motion blur – enables motion blur, effect is stronger adequately to vehicle’s speed.
– Better positioning of pause menu – slightly changed Options tab, added First Person menu, Graphics and Advanced Graphics tabs are sorted better.
– Dynamic shadows from pedestrian vehicles – renders shadows from vehicle’s headlights driven by NPC.
– Earth’s Atmosphere – script, which changes a sky behaviour when flying on high altitude, sky is getting darker.
– Enabled blur during weapons radiostations switching – self explained.
– ENB settings – ENB config, more informations above.
– Removed grass dithering + trees reflections – removes grass dithering, especially visible in Los Santos; trees are now visible in reflections.
– No coronas – removes vehicles coronas.
– No lens flares – removes lens flares from the game.
– Original coronas lights – restores vanilla settings of lights like strength, intensity of distant lights etc.
– Procedural shadows – enables shadows casted by small objects like cans, rubbish on the tarmac etc. (may cause reduced game performance).
– RadianceV compatibility – adds compatibility to RadianceV mod.
– ReShade preset – ReShade settings exclusive to VisualV, with MXAO shading technique, ambient light and heat haze effect.
– And many, many minor fixes.
How to Install and Initialize Open IV
1. Download and Install OpenIV
2. Run OpenIV, click Tools -> ASI Manager and install ASI Loader and OpenIV.asi.
3. Click Tools -> Package Installer and choose VisualV.oiv.
4. Choose Install to mods folder.
Project Reload Grahpics Enhancer is a standalone enhancer from the Project Reload suite that lets you add improved textures and animations for various things around Los Santos. Explosions look more realistic as dose the rain. You’ll also get to enjoy real-life cars and other fun effects. Without going overboard, this is what GTA V should have been like, as it simply enhances the games already awesome graphics package. It’s not over the top like VisualV or Natural Vision, but that’s kind of what makes it so awesome.
Download Project Reload Graphics Enahncer to check it out.
Awesomekills Graphics Mod is another one of the better photorealistic mods out there that includes significantly improved lighting and texture revamps. It’s real claim to fame, however, is the realism of shadows. With the latest update, the mod was fully remastered with new time cycles for lighting and shadows and revised visual settings.
Downlaod the final version of the AwesomeKills Graphics Mod and try it out for yourself.
R*Enhancer Photorealism Mod won’t push your GTA V grahpics to 4k, but it will come close. The biggest improvement via the mod is enhanced lighting that is 10-times better than what you get on the vanilla version of the game. This enhanced lighting includes atmospheric effects, improved weather qualities, and there’s even some fog added to the mountains. Overall the graphics are a lot better, but it’s also not the best mod out there.
Get R*Enhancer Photorealism mod and check it out!
GTA V Redux is, hands down, one of the best mods available for GTA V, and it can push the game straight into 4K photorealism. As long as your computer can handle it, that is. In short, the mod will give you sharper and more realistic graphics, all in 4K textures. Upgrades include improve skies, weather, lighting, and branded cars. The mod also incluges tweaks to gameplay to give NPC behavior a more realistic appearance to go with improved weapon feel, vehicle handling, and life-like police systes. Redux has been so successful, that it’s the only mod on this list with a professional-looking launch trailer and its own dedicated website.
Check out Redux Mod in-depth and download it for yourself.
How to Mod GTA V
Once you’ve downloaded the mod or mods that you want to use (download links included in each section above), you’ll need to extract them and place them in the main GTA V folder – the same one where GTAV.exe is located. Both physical and most digitally purchased copies of the game are installed, by default, to c:/program files (x86)/Grand Theft Auto V. If you’ve purchased GTA V from steam, you’ll find the game in c:/program files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Grand Theft Auto V.
If the mods you’ve downloaded require Script Hook V, you can download that from Dev-C.com and install it. Extract the files for Script Hook V into the main GTA V folder just like you did for the mod files.
Once you’ve added your mod files (and Script Hook V, if required) all you have to do is boot up GTA V as you normally would and enjoy your new graphics, real-life cars, or whatever else you’ve decided to try. Some mods – like weather mods, for example – will work in conjunction with other mods, but you’ll have to try different mods together to see what works for you and what doesn’t.
To remove the mods for online play, just navigate to the main GTA V folder as described above, select the mods files, right click, and choose “cut.” Create a new folder in a location of your choice to store your mod files, including Script Hook V, until you’re ready to play locally again.