Grand Theft Auto and Half-Life are two of the most critically acclaimed franchises in all of video games, and now they’ve been brought together at last, thanks to the work of modders experimenting with the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V.
Los Santos will look a little bit more like City 17 with these two edits installed, as players can dress in the iconic HEV suit made famous by Gordon Freeman and even wield the Gravity Gun. It’s not exactly Half-Life 3 — but it’s something to tide fans over until Valve makes a move to continue the series.
Both mods use officially released content as a foundation to build upon; the suit is a tweaked version of the Space Ranger costume and the Gravity Gun is based on the Railgun added in for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC ports of Grand Theft Auto V.
While the outfit is a nice bonus for fans, the Gravity Gun is something any player keen on causing chaos will want to try out for themselves. Flinging cars, tanks and even fighter jets around with the greatest of ease is an ability that will make your crime sprees more explosive than ever before — the sort of thing Trevor Philips would be proud of.
The addition of mod support for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V was one of the major reasons many players opted to wait for the port before they dove into the world of Los Santos. Despite a few early hiccups with regards to players being banned, most fans have been very satisfied with the results thus far.
As well as a bevy of gameplay mods, the PC port has made it even easier for creative players to create machinima videos like the recently released tribute to Mad Max: Fury Road. As time goes on, we’ll likely see even more impressive work done as modders grow more familiar with the game’s code.
However, the massive popularity of the game and its mods does bring with it some dangers. There have been reports of mods carrying malware infecting PCs, at present only in a few isolated cases — however, it’s best to stay vigilant when you’re downloading this sort of content.
For the most part, though, mods seem set to extend the lifespan of Grand Theft Auto V just as they did with its predecessor. If nothing else, they’ll certainly make the wait for word on the game’s long-rumored story DLC a little bit easier.
Grand Theft Auto V is available now for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.