Depending on how old a person is cheat codes are either: something a few want to see return in more games, or something only heard in stories told by older video game players. Both types of people only reinforce one relatively disappointing fact, however, and that’s how scarce cheat codes have been in games recently.
Fortunately, cheat codes have largely been replaced by mods, which are heavily encouraged with regards to the PC versions of games. Mods can range from the simple (character skin) to the elaborate (brand new characters, weapons and locations), and offer a whole new reason to play games on the PC. With all the re-releases of games from the previous generation, mods support can be enticing to those that want to revisit a particular game.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is one of the bigger games that still includes cheat codes, and its PC release yesterday made it a prime target for modders, although with limited tools. Of course, it was only a matter of time before the first wave of Grand Theft Auto 5 mods starting rolling in, and the first one has already arrived. Appropriately enough, it’s all about enabling cheats with the touch of a button…or key.
The mod is officially called the LinGon PC Trainer, and with it users can enhance their games with the usual tricks like infinite health, but they can also enable infinite bullet time and teleport to any set waypoint. The latter makes it easier than ever to flee from the cops, but then again, the wanted level can also be turned off completely.
The various cheats need to be set to the F1-F9 keys, but as IGN notes, some of those correspond to keys used in the Grand Theft Auto 5 video editor. It’s a small issue, but be ready to reassign some of the editor’s controls before warping all over Los Santos.
The PC Trainer is available now through the developer’s own blog. Watch out, though, because the file is hosted on Google Drive, which only allows for a certain number of downloads per day. As of right now, the download page is unavailable, with a message that reads, “It may take up to 24 hours to be able to view or download the file.”
Overall, it’s exciting to see games like GTA 5 keeping cheat codes alive, even though it’s considered a mod this time around. Between this, the new editor, first-person mode, and director mode, the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5 has plenty to offer both new and returning players.
Has anyone out there managed to download the mod yet? How’s it treating you? It’d be a bummer if the mod affected the game’s performance.