Have you ever felt like Grand Theft Auto V is just a bit too silly for your tastes? Would you prefer it to be less like Saints' Row and more like Heat? Then buckle up. In this list, we're going to show you 10 essential mods to make GTA V far more realistic.
Whether you want to better realize the cars on the roads, the guns, or make the fights more intense, you'll find them here. Sadly, these are only available for the PC version, but if that's what you've got, then dig in, and let us know what you thought of them!
10 Realism Dispatch Enhanced
The cops in GTA seem a little bit broken. Get into a tank and you're basically unstoppable. Well, not anymore!
The Realism Team's mod adds a whole host of new law enforcement agencies, ranging from the local to the federal level. They will appear on the scene in realistic vehicles before attacking you with everything they've got. If you're in a tank or a fighter plane, you're going to have the very same vehicles appear on your tail.
The mod also includes a selection of other mods all compiled into a package, including the Better Chases and Arrest Warrant mod.
9 SoB's Extreme Difficulty Health Realism
The protagonists in GTA V are basically unstoppable terminators. They will take a ridiculous amount of bullets, punches, and who knows what else. If you're sick of a superhuman Trevor and want the game to be a touch harder, check out SoB's mod. If you get hit too hard, you will get concussed. Get an injury to a limb, and Trevor, Michael, or Franklin, will start limping.
It also aims to make the protection offered by body armor far more realistic. As the developer says it is now "better than nothing, but doesn't amount to too much."
8 The Human Needs Mod
The stats system of San Andreas was quite divisive. If you combined that with The Sims' needs, you'd get marcs742's mod. With it installed, the trio of protagonists will need to stay fed, rested, and enjoying life.
While these aren't essential, if you neglect one of them for too long, negative effects will start emerging, including loss of health and a decline in their special abilities. It also adds new shops and an inventory system for each character, so supplies are never too far removed.
7 Fill 'Er Up In The Fuel Script Mod
Ever wanted GTA V to be more like Euro Truck Simulator? A weird question, but it's something that some players really do want. In this add-on, cars are no longer driven by some future fusion technology. Instead, they require old-fashioned gasoline to keep going.
A fuel bar gets added above the minimap, and if you don't stop at a gas station and run out in the middle of the desert, you're walking, buddy. Unless you steal another car, like the miscreant you are. Sakis25's Fuel Script mod is a nice touch to an already quite expansive experience.
6 Realistic Driving V
Doing exactly what it says on the tin, Killatomate's Realistic Driving V aims to improve the driving, making it far more of a physical and frantic experience. The physics of the cars have been tweaked to better reflect their real-world counterparts, off-road driving has been improved, and automatic brakes have been disabled on every vehicle.
This doesn't just apply to the player, either. The AI no longer drives like it's on a track, instead, it has to deal with the same problems as the player, leading to better chases and dramatic flights from the law.
5 GTA V Redux
If you want GTA V but more, then you'll love GTA V Redux. The mod adds new weather, redesigned shaders, all-new textures that you'll need a monster graphics card to load, brand new debris systems, updated handling, new AI capabilities for the cops, improved weapons range, increased map population, new ragdoll physics, and improved player motion.
Redux is a frankly barmy project that I'm surprised ever got off the ground, let alone released. However, if you have a PC that can run it at its prettiest settings, you are in for one of the best-looking game worlds ever.
4 NaturalVision Makes GTA V Photo-Realistic
While the hyperrealism of Redux is all well and good, if you want it to just look real, with no extra polish, then grab NaturalVision. The modder, Razed, has poured a ridiculous amount of effort into it, researching the Los Angeles area through hours of video and hundreds of photos.
The result is frankly breathtaking. It just looks real. The screenshots from the mod could quite easily pass for photos. Los Santos may just be the most beautiful albeit dangerous city in gaming.
3 Gang And Turf Adds True Warfare
All too often, the gangs in GTA V do absolutely nothing if you encroach on their turf. They might take a few potshots but that's about it.
Lucasvinbr's mod adds gang warfare to the streets of Los Santos, essentially adding San Andreas' turf war mechanic. You can create your own gang with a look and name of your choice, and set out to conquer the streets of San Andreas. Very cool indeed that compliments Rockstar's world perfectly. Honestly, this should have been a part of the campaign from the start.
2 Better Weapon Ragdoll
Don't want the protagonists' weapons to be essentially superglued to their hands? This cool little mod solves that issue. Cloud_Power's Better Weapon Ragdoll delivers exactly what is advertised by the name.
When it's installed, if you take a knock, or are hit by a car, or what have you, there's a chance that your weapon will slide out of your hands. It could even end up sitting on the roof of a car speeding away from you, leaving you defenseless until you chase it down.
1 The Army Spawns At Five Stars
Whether this is truly realistic is somewhat debatable, but it sure is fun. In older GTA games, once you got to five stars, the army was brought in to deal with you.
Nowadays, it's just the feds who get sent after you. That's no fun, is it? If you prefer battling it out with the National Guard instead of some men in black, then grab this mod. As the name says, it restores the old system into GTA V, making the game far more challenging.