was never a graphical slouch. Rockstar's distinctive art style — something close to exaggerated realism — has always managed to evoke worlds that feel both contemporary and timeless.
In 2014 the game was treated to a visual upgrade on theand , introducing a first-person mode that highlighted the developer's staggering attention to detail. In 2015 GTA V launched on the and, years after the original release, continued to hold its own as one of the best looking video games around.
That said, there's always room for improvement, especially if GTA's incredibly active modding community has anything to do with it. One talented modder,, has been working extensively on a graphical facelift for the game, named 'GTA V Redux.'
The mod includes a number of impressive features that help make Blaine County look more beautiful than ever before, including:
If that's all gobbledygook to you, there's a much easier way of demonstrating what all these improvements add up to. The standardized barometer for measuring the power of any graphical engine, for me, is how good rendered wet pavement looks. In this test, GTA V Redux excels:
You might be wondering how this increased visual fidelity affects the game's performance. Surely Redux puts unbearable strain on your PC graphics card, right? Not necessarily. Josh Romito says:
I suggest that your able to run the vanilla game with at least 10 fps to spare, in order to achieve optimal performance with the mod . There will be a typical frame-rate drop anywhere from 5-10 fps depending on your PC.
That sounds surprisingly undemanding.
By heading to. Of course, the mod is only available to PC players, but PS4 and Xbox One owners can at least check out these stunning screenshots.