Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto 5 was easily one of the most impressive games of the previous generation when it released in September 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Since then, the game has been steadily evolving as itx expanded to PC and the current-gen consoles, adding game-changing features such as a first-person mode and Online Heists. It was a huge game to begin with, but it’s also offered a continually changing and expanding experience for loyal players.
As is always the case, things get even crazier when you venture into the PC side of things, where modders spend huge amounts of time reshaping their favorite games to suit their whims. We’ve seen several impressive Grand Theft Auto 5 mods in recent weeks, including ones that add a Just Cause-style grappling gun or let you fly around like Superman. Still, this latest mod is one of our favorites: an in-the-works conversion of the classic Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Check out a 12-minute tour of the Vice City mod up top.
While the Vice City mod is obviously still a work in progress, it’s worth remembering that Grand Theft Auto 5 only released on PC a few months ago. It’s all the more impressive when modder taltigolt points out that the GTA IV conversion of Vice City maps took a full two years to complete. Here’s what GTA IV looked like after a Vice City makeover.
The Vice City mod definitely captures the visual feel of the franchise’s beloved ’80s installment, from the palm trees and waterways to the pink sports cars and gorgeous “magic hour” sunset. One thing that does stand out, especially during the airborne sequences, is just how small the map is. Current-gen technology has given developers the ability to craft truly massive game worlds, and GTA 5′s map easily swallows up that of San Andreas — formerly the biggest game world the GTA franchise had created. Comparatively, Vice City‘s map was perhaps a third or a quarter the size of San Andreas‘ map. It’s shocking how much bigger the game seems through the lens of fond memories and nostalgia — it seemed huge at the time.
The one big thing that’s missing from the Vice City mod video is the soundtrack– Vice City just doesn’t feel like Vice City without the likes of Blondie and Iron Maiden blaring from the radio.
Vice City originally hit in October 2002 and told the story of Tommy Vercetti, a Mafia enforcer who is released in 1986 after serving 15 years in prison for multiple homicides. After his old boss relocates him from Liberty City to Vice City, Tommy sets out to get revenge on those who landed him in prison and build a criminal empire among the sun and sand. Vice City continued the GTA franchise’s tradition of enlisting Hollywood talent, featuring performances by Ray Liotta (as Tommy), Tom Sizemore, Dennis Hopper, Burt Reynolds, and Gary Busey, to name a few.
The Vice City mod should definitely be something for PC gamers to look forward to, although there is no listed release date as to when it will be downloadable. It also teases the possibility of how amazing an official current-gen return to Vice City could be. Grand Theft Auto 6 is no doubt a long way down the road, but it would be really cool to see Rockstar explore other decades within the GTA universe again, whether in the form of a return to 1980s Vice City or something else. GTA 5 is just about as definitive a take on the modern crime thriller video game as we’re likely to get for a while. so why not spice things up by doing something as unique and stylized as Vice City again?
Grand Theft Auto 5 is currently available for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.