Grand Theft Auto V graphics mods look better than ever in 2017

If you’re a GTA V player on PC, you may have been dabbling in some of the mods available for the game that adds in new weapons, new vehicles, and even an offline LSPD career “campaign”, where players are hired by the Los Santos Police Department to patrol the city streets and combat crime. Like other games which saw mods greatly extend their lifetime, GTA V is going to be around with us for some time, and the extensive customisations will surely keep gameplay fresh until GTA VI. A few of those mods completely changes the look of the game, and one of the newest ones launched this year, “Make Visuals Great Again“, has had some optimisations added in to improve dynamic range, a 4K skybox, as well as some new weather effects like tornadoes.

Unlike the GTA V Redux overhaul, which is much more complex, MVGA is a collection of separate smaller mods that tie in together to produce a very different look and feel. Redux tends to emphasise its colour, lighting, and texture modifications as well as changes to other gameplay elements, but it hides a lot of post-processing work using motion blur. MVGA changes textures, changes how lighting and rain reflections work, increases the HDR levels, adds proper reflections to the new vehicles added into the game, includes new weather effects and includes a 4K skybox, which means the clouds no longer look like something from the PS3 era.

Created by user Kompetenzz on the LCPDFR website, MVGA is free to download and install to GTA V, and it uses the same modding tools available for other mods, which means that disabling it will be required if you decide to go into GTA Online, as doing so will probably end up in you banned from using Rockstar’s services.

Recommended specifications are hard to come by, but the video embedded below, created by “DoctorGTA”, required an Intel Core i7-5960X, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 cards in SLI to run the game at UltraHD 4K at sixty frames per second. For those of you on a 1080p display, you’ll need a quad-core Intel Core i5-3470 or better, and a GeForce GTX 970 or better to run the mod at around 30fps. This is a lighter overhaul than GTA V Redux, so it’ll be easier to run on some weaker hardware.