Over the last 20 years, modding has been a huge part of Grand Theft Auto's culture. Not only do mods keep older GTA games alive, they allow large communities with different interests to form around the series. Here are some of the most popular, influential, and weirdest mods in GTA history.
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It's been nearly a year since GTAForums member RedDagger started a thread dedicated to "landmark analysis" of Red Dead Redemption 2 -- a game that, at the time, was still nowhere close to coming out. "The aim is to get an idea of real-world locations within the game, and hopefully recreate the in-game map, using official trailers and screenshots," RedDagger wrote.
Four years after release, Grand Theft Auto 5 is still a massive hit that continues to appear on best-selling charts month after month. During that time, GTA Online, the multiplayer component, has gone on to overshadow the main game -- to the dismay of some fans. More overtly, GTA Online's updates have transformed the down-to-earth open-world game into something wild.
Cars in GTA Online can cost over a million dollars, but surprisingly, the most expensive vehicles are not the fastest. With over 400+ vehicles to choose from, each with its own stats and special abilities, GTA Online players are inundated by choice.
The game is updated often, so that number keeps going up. Fans looking for a new ride will likely consult one player in particular to see if a car is worth buying at all.
GTA Online's newest update, Smuggler's Run, is all about planes and over-the-top action. After months and months of car updates, Smuggler's Run makes GTA feel fresh again. Even so, the price tags on some additions are making people wince -- but fortunately, you can still have fun with this content without having to be a billionare.
In real life, people leave the bustle of city life for the country all the time. Turns out, that phenomenon happens even in digital places like GTA Online, too. GTA players sometimes choose sleepy neighbourhoods to avoid crime at their doorstep, but recent updates have turned the real estate market upside down.
Last week, we started playing L.A. Noire on Kotaku's Twitch channel. It's a 2011 detective game with a lot of cases to solve. Recently, we finished the cases for the traffic detective desk. It's a good introduction to the game that also has a few problems.
GTA Online's free Gunrunning update, which dropped last week, lets players acquire a variety of military tools and weapons, including an underground military bunker. None of it is cheap, and once you have it, you might be left waiting around for too long in order to make any money or unlock more toys.
Days after Take-Two Interactive shut down a popular GTA V modding tool, another modding service has come into the publisher's crosshairs. Force Hax, a GTA Online PC modding menu that charged users money for its cheating and harassment services, has not only been taken down, Take-Two asked the developers to apologise in an unusual way.