As one of the most awaited video game titles to be released in 2013, Grand Theft Auto V (GTA5) was widely anticipated prior to its release. Grand Theft Auto V was released to universal acclaim, holding scores of 96 and above on MetaCritic and GameRankings, as well as receiving perfect scores from over 30 reviewers. The game sold 11,210,000 copies and grossed $800,000,000 on its first day of release, setting many records, and eventually making $1,000,000,000 within 3 days of the game’s release.

There are many unique features in the game; one of those features is that when the players are playing as one of three protagonists in the game, the other two are living their independent daily lives, and you will be surprised by what you find the characters doing when you switch back into them. Another unique feature is that the character swapping feature is executed in a Google Earth-styled manner and was displayed during a Game Informer demo, which was shown to have run smoothly and without lag. The PC, PS4 and Xbox One versions present an exclusive feature, the first-person mode, where the whole game can be played through the eyes of the protagonist. This gameplay mode presents a whole new way to play the game. Cars have detailed interiors different from one another, shooting is like that of an FPS game.

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GTA 5 download

How to Safely Use Mods in GTA 5

Mods are a great way to enhance your single player GTA V experience, but they do carry some risks. Use this guide to make sure your GTA V modding is as safe as possible, both for your computer and your GTA Online account – and note that it applies to story mode/single player mods only! We don’t endorse modding when you are playing GTA Online with others.

Avoiding Malware

First, before you download any mods, you should take steps to protect yourself from malware. Your computer should be protected by anti-virus and anti-malware software to scan files you download.

Mods from Nexusmods.com and GTA5-Mods.com are among the safest because the websites scan for malware as the mods are uploaded. Still, no matter where you download a mod from, look through the comments to make sure other players aren’t reporting issues.

Malware is possible mainly in .asi and .dll mods, so be especially careful when downloaded these.

GTA 5 mod

GTA 5 mod

Basic Modding Tools

Next, there are a few modding tools you should have on hand:

  • Script Hook V lets you use custom scripts. Many script mods for GTA V depend on you having Script Hook V. Custom scripts will be disabled when you enter GTA Online.
  • Open IV is a tool to modify pdf files. A new feature also allows you to place all of your mods in a separate folder away from your base game. If you keep your mods in a folder within the directory, you can edit them without concern.
  • Similarly, GTA V Mod Manager creates a separate folder for mods and also gives you options to ensure mods are disabled when you go online.
mods in GTA 5

Mods in GTA 5

Keeping Mods Out of GTA Online

Rockstar has no issue with users modding their single player GTA V games, but it doesn’t want mods used in GTA Online. Therefore, if you want to play GTA Online, you need the ability to turn your mods off.

As indicated above, modding tools have features built in to help you with this.

Mod Manager can be used to launch a modded rpf file while keeping the original safe. It will make sure the Rockstar Social Club is offline, as well, and you can turn specific mods on or off. These features are especially useful if you are used modded files that the game might try to “fix” if you are online. Make sure the launcher can’t access the Internet before you try to use mods that involve the common.rpf and x64_.rpf files.

A special “Online Mode” in Mod Manager disables all mods and opens your firewall when you are ready for GTA Online.

These tips and tools should help you have a safer, easier GTA V modding experience.

Mods in GTA 5

Mods in GTA 5

Resource add-on mods (peds, vehicles, maps)

If you download a mod that’s marked as an add-on, it means it doesn’t replace existing resources. They are added as DLCs. In general they follow the following set-up:

  • The data files are placed in GTAV_root/mods/update/x64/dlcpacks/<mod name>/dlc.rpf
  • The entry is added to dlclist.xml. The exact location is GTAV_root/mods/update/update.rpf/common/data/dlclist.xml. This entry looks like <Item>dlcpacks:\<mod name>\</Item>

When adding an entry to dlclist.xml, take care to keep the opening and closing tags being exactly Item. If they are different, the file is invalidated.

Some mod authors also tell you to change extratitleupdatedata.meta, but this is NOT necessary!

Additionally, you’ll want to replace GTAV_root/mods/update/update.rpf/common/data/gameconfig.xml with a version that supports more add-on mods. These can be obtained on GTA5-Mods.com. Just take care to pick the correct game version files.

Use mods in GTA 5

Use mods in GTA 5

.oiv files

If you download a mod that ends with .oiv, this means the mod author prepared a nice package for you. If you installed OpenIV properly, you can just double click the file, after which an OpenIV pacakge installation prompt will open. Check any information in the description window and press install. These mods can add files and/or replace files, so be sure to double-check if you’ve got the correct package.

Scripts: .asi

Scripts ending with the .asi extension are ScriptHookV scripts and ALWAYS go in the GTA V root directory. If the script came with configuration files, follow the installation instructions for that script. Usually the archives are made so you just select the asi and the additional folder or the additional config files and put those directly in your game root directory.

Scripts: .dll, .cs, .vb

Scripts ending with the .dll, .cs and .vb extensions are ScriptHookVDotNet mods and ALWAYS go in GTAV_root/scripts/. As with .asi mods, you want to follow the instructions.

How to use mods in GTA 5

How to use mods in GTA 5

Updating mods

For most resource mods, you should just reinstall the mod completely by using the new files.

For scripts, you should take note of the changelog or other comments the author had. Usually it suffices to just replace the .asi/.dll/.cs, but sometimes the configuration files also need replacement.

Updating game

Rockstar releases new DLC from time to time. Some mods keep working, other break. Here’s a basic guide of steps to take to prevent this, or to get back up and running quickly!

Disabling all mods

Moving or renaming dinput8.dll will stop ScriptHookV, ScriptHookVDotNet and OpenIV from loading. If you properly used OpenIV’s mod folder, this disables all mods and you should be able to play the unmodded game and even join a GTA:O session.