GTA 5 is the latest mainline Grand Theft Auto title that fans have been playing for the last decade. As such, it’s bound to feel a little outdated, even by Rockstar Games’ current standards, as its own game, Red Dead Redemption 2, has many more features and improvements. This is especially true when it comes to immersion.
Rockstar is highly praised for creating immersive and realistic game worlds, and they themselves raise the stakes with each subsequent title. Since Grand Theft Auto 5 is over a decade old, the only way to modernize it is through mods, and there are many that allow for a more realistic experience. Here is a list of some of the most immersive mods for GTA 5 in 2024.
Note: This article is subjective and reflects the opinion of the author.
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10 mods to make GTA 5 feel more immersive in 2024
The first thing players need to transform their game is a graphics mod, and what better than one that keeps the basic aesthetic intact and just ends up making it look better? This graphics mod looks like it was made by Rockstar, as the quality is on par or even better than the updated visuals from the GTA 5 Expanded and Enhanced Edition on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S.
VisualV does everything one would expect from a graphics overhaul without all the superficial, cheap-looking effects like wet roads with mirror reflections. For example, it significantly improves the climate and increases the attraction distance of the lights, making them more visible.
2) Enable all interiors
This is such a simple but essential mod for GTA 5 that almost every player who modded the game got it at one time or another. It opens up all the buildings accessible from Story mode that were locked outside of missions and also adds countless interiors from GTA Online’s many properties.
This mod is marked as work in progress (WIP) and has been updated to the most recent GTA Online update, The Chop Shop DLC.
3) World of variety
World of Variety adds so much content to the game that players would think it was an official update from Rockstar. This is responsible for making the game world feel more alive, as it adds countless different types of pedestrian NPCs from other mods and multiplayer.
For example, there are K9 patrols and bike police, new street performers, several populated interiors, and much more. It also makes the gang presence more active and aggressive by including the Gangs of Los Santos mod.
The pickup trucks are intended to limit weapons transport capacity. This leaves players only able to have four slots, which is a bit similar to Red Dead Redemption 2. There is also an optional visible holster system like in RDR2. According to 2022 game leaks, GTA 6 is also expected to limit weapon carrying capabilities.
This mod must be used with Support for Pickups, which adds all DLC weapons to the game and was updated to The Chop Shop DLC.
5) Bass Dragon Euphoria Ragdoll Review
GTA 5’s ragdoll system has always been criticized and the mechanics have been compared to GTA 4, which did it better. With this mod, players can revert the ragdoll system to that of the previous game, where NPCs react to gunshots and vehicles pushing them. San Andreas pedestrians will no longer feel like robots with this mod installed.
6) Car inventory
GTA Online has working hoods and trunks on all cars, but unfortunately, the feature is not used or explored in Story Mode. This mod allows players to not only open the trunk of their car, but also use it to store items. It’s quite similar to the horse inventory in RDR2, but it’s a little more restrictive. According to rumors, the upcoming game is also expected to have a similar car inventory system.
7) Luxury Premium Motorsports
Simeon’s Premium Deluxe Motorsport is a car showroom that frequently introduces new vehicles with each weekly update in GTA Online. The property exists in Story Mode, along with Simeon himself, but has little use outside of the plot. This mod allows players to customize and purchase any vehicle in the game, including those added with the multiplayer DLCs.
8) LSTransit Bus Mod
Grand Theft Auto 5 allows for some taxi jobs in the form of a set of scripted side missions. However, there is no way to use buses to earn money. As such, LSTransit Bus Mod is for those who want to pretend to be a bus driver in the game. Adds several routes around Los Santos through which players can drive their buses and pick up passengers.
9) Better chases+
GTA 5’s police response is often considered the most unfinished, unrealistic and unnecessarily brutal. This mod aims to fix this by having the cops try to stun the player instead of shooting them dead, as long as they don’t attack anyone.
They can also perform pit maneuvers and recognize the player from a previous chase. Players can attempt to surrender to help get rid of their wanted level or change clothes and vehicles to continue evading the law. This mod is best used with Pull Me Over, which enables traffic laws in the game.
10) Physical state and vitality
This mod makes GTA 5 feel closer to GTA San Andreas with the ability to exercise and stay fit. It also adds statistics such as hunger, thirst, energy and stamina, which can be maintained by eating, drinking and resting.
Food can now be purchased at the different stores, or players can simply dine at one of the fast food establishments or restaurants. The protagonists will also be able to sleep in their beds or in one of the many motels to regain energy.