Grand Theft Auto V has one of the largest modding communities in gaming. With thousands of mods to choose from, it can be daunting to pick the right one for you. In this article, we will list the best mods in GTA V and explain what makes them so great. While players can find mods that change the small features, like the in-game phone, we are looking at the big and bold. These mods significantly change the gameplay or experience, making the decade-old title feel new.
LCPDFR takes the GTA formula and throws it out the window and is about the furthest thing players can get from GTA V. While the standard gameplay has players acting as criminals: stealing cars, robbing, killing, etc., LCPDFR puts players in charge of the police. Instead of breaking the law, you’ll now enforce it and stop anyone who thinks they can speed on the streets of Los Santos.
This mod makes GTA V feel like a completely different game, which is perfect for players looking for a change of pace. Players don’t often think about what it’s like to be a cop in Los Santos, but LCPDFR shows them how chaotic it truly is. Pulling people over, arresting criminals, and shootouts with armed robbers are all something players can expect to do daily.
What makes the mod even better is that you do not have to be a model police officer who sticks by the book. Instead, you can be corrupt as you want and enforce the law as you see fit. It may make players think twice before committing a crime, knowing the stress that the police deal with daily.
GTA 5 Redux
Grand Theft Auto V came out ten years ago, which may surprise some players. There have been two new generations of consoles in that time, yet we are stuck with the same game. While the graphics aren’t bad by any means, they certainly aren’t up to the standards of today’s world. GTA 5 Redux fixes that issue and adds new textures, shaders, and a visual overhaul. New 4k graphics will make the world come alive like never before. Plus, the mod also features new skies and weather for a dynamic world.
But that’s not all, as Redux also includes new gameplay mechanics that fix issues with the police system, vehicle control, and weapon handling. It’s not just a fresh coat of paint slapped on top of the game, as the mod tries its best to make a new experience for GTA V. There are plenty of visual and gameplay mods to choose from, so many that there could be an entire list of them. However, Redux is easy to install and run and simple for new players to understand who are looking to get into modding.
Crime and Police Rebalance & Enhancement
Police in GTA V have a superiority complex. We’ve all been there before; you are walking down the street and look at a cop, and next thing you know, you are on a high-speed, five-star chase. Or maybe you accidentally ran into an NPC who immediately called the police who began to shoot on sight. Crime and Police Rebalance & Enhancement mod attempts to fix these issues and offer more realistic gameplay.
Similar to Red Dead Redemption 2, NPCs must call the police and report the crime. However, being the criminal that you are, you can stop them from reporting by taking measures into your own hands. It also changes bullet accuracy during chase sequences, making it harder to hit the target. While using this mod, players will begin to realize how much of an improvement the police need in the GTA series. Hopefully, Rockstar hears the feedback, making police in GTA VI more realistic and engaging.
Gang and Turf
Remember playing San Andreas and having to win turf wars to take over Los Santos? The Gang and Turf mod brings that system into GTA V, with players making their own gangs. Players can engage in territory wars once the gang is named and filled with members. The more territory controlled, the more income players will receive.
While it’s understandable why this feature was left out of GTA V, it brings back a nostalgic system. Having zones under your control and needing to battle for them at a moment’s notice makes the world come alive. Players don’t have to make their own drama and action, as NPCs will now create a dynamic system that gets them wrapped up in the middle of it all.
ATM Robberies & Bank Heists
Robberies in GTA V single-player are disappointing, to say the least. The most action players can get is by finding an armored truck and robbing it before being hunted down by the police. Besides that, there isn’t much; maybe robbing a convenience store for a hundredth time for $900. ATM Robberies & Bank Heists adds free-mode ATMs and banks that can be robbed. This differs from heists, which are planned and executed with that plan in mind. In this mod, players can walk into banks independently and stick up the place for money.
Fans have asked for this feature, and hopefully, it will be added to the next GTA installment. The most players know about robberies are from the leaks that came out last year on GTA VI. However, there wasn’t much to see, leading to more theories and questions than answers. Regardless, ATM Robberies & Bank Heists is a great mod that gives players more options and experiences to be had.
The Red House
The Red House is a mod for players who have gotten everything they can from GTA V. After beating the story multiple times and completing the side missions, there’s not much to do. Luckily, The Red House adds over 20 missions and a heist for players to complete. These missions range from assassinating targets to protecting clients. The Big Score heist is a classic three-stage robbery that involves setting up the mission and perfectly executing it. Players can earn big paydays in all of these missions while having new and fun experiences.
Grand Theft Auto V isn’t exactly known for being realistic. In an open-world sandbox, anything can happen, and Basic Needs reels in that craziness. For fans who enjoy life simulators, this mod adds necessities like sleeping, eating, and working. Similar to how Red Dead Redemption 2 had indicators for hunger and rest, this adds the same but makes them matter much more. It’s not for everyone, but it significantly changes the gameplay to make you think ahead of time and act responsibly.
GTA Vice Cry: Remastered
After the leaks of GTA VI were made public, fan speculation skyrocketed, causing more unrest and anticipation. While Rockstar was disappointed with the leaks and actively removed them from the internet, the damage was done. Fans cannot wait for an updated version of Vice City. The only issue is that we have no clue when the game will be released. It could be next year or three years from now.
But fans do not have to wait for an updated version, as GTA Vice Cry: Remastered brings Vice City to the GTA V engine. In this massive project, modders recreated the city in exact detail. Everything from new models and textures to working traffic lights was thought of and added. The mod brings back waves of nostalgia as players cruise down Ocean Drive.