This GTA V Graphics Mod Makes The 7-Year-Old Game Look (Almost) Photorealistic

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Over the years, many talented modders have improved the visual look of Grand Theft Auto V on PC. But this new mod is the most impressive I’ve seen yet, with a trailer that rivals anything put out by big game studios.


This mod is called NaturalVision Evolved and it seems to an overhaul of a previous mod, NaturalVisision Remastered. Both mods are developed primarily by Razed, with support from other modders. The trailer for this new mod is one of the best trailers I’ve seen for a mod.

NaturalVision Evolved is a big leap forward for GTA V graphics mods. It adds entirely new textures to the game that help add more depth and realism to things like bricks and stone. It also features vastly improved real-time reflections with puddles now showing NPCs walking around. Lighting has also been improved, using raytraced global illumination.

There’s a lot more going on behind the scenes in this mod, according to the Youtube description.

“NaturalVision Evolved (NVE) is a work-in-progress visual overhaul mod that is currently in the early access stage. Numerous changes were made to the environmental weather, lighting system, ambient colors, tone mapping, world textures, building models, and much more in order to blur the line between fantasy and reality.”

Also, in the Youtube comments for the trailer, the mod creator Razed explained that while making this trailer they ran into some errors with the in-game capture tools. “The mod actually looks better in-game than it does in this trailer.”

This new graphics mod is currently in early access and can only be downloaded by folks who support Razed on Patreon at the $10 level.


Kotaku Weekend Editor | Zack Zwiezen is a writer living in Kansas. He has written for GameCritics, USgamer, Kill Screen & Entertainment Fuse.


Petey Wheatstraw The Devil Son in law

Great post Zack, I downloaded this a week ago. FYI guys and girls, the video and pics literally do not do it justice. I just got a 4k monitor and there are a FEW more I would recommend to ANYone playing GTAV on PC.

If you’re a fan of Red dead 2 guns and shooting:

Makes the weapons feels WAY more realistic. From genuine bullet penetration to weapon handling different with recoil and etc(recommend getting alternate fire mods but not needed)

Just get this, not even sure why this wasn’t in the main game.

City lights and darker nights

Makes the flashlight useful and just blends perfectly with natural vision

These are a few I would recommend. i got more but if youre trying to keep it simple but bring it into 2020 these are go toos.