Grand Theft Auto V is a huge, sprawling, entertaining action game, but it does not have very many RPG elements. One modder has decided to change that, and is creating a mod that turns GTA V into a role-playing game.
User LogicSpawn is working the mod, which is called GTA V: RPG, and the modder's adding skill trees, looting systems, and a whole bunch of other tweaks to the game. This includes a system of relationships with characters in the game. You'll be able to talk to and befriend NPCs, who can affect the way the game plays out. You can watch the trailer for the mod below (warning: some strong language).
LogicSpawn has also dramatically overhauled GTA V's skills. In the normal game, you build up better driving, flying, or shooting abilities simply by playing the game. You don't have any choice over what skills you have. LogicSpawn is adding a full ability tree, complete with different skills for your character and your vehicles.
The modder is working on making this mod compatible with traditional GTA V so that you can play through the normal story mode with all of the mod's changes and features.
I immediately appreciated LogicSpawn's addition of XP and loot pop-ups in the HUD. It's nice seeing more clearly when you're increasing levels and picking up ammo or money.
GTA V: RPG is available now to download from the modder's website. As always, be cautious downloading, as other mods have been reported as containing malware.
It's the latest in an increasing number of awesome mods, including a mod that lets you drive around the car from the "Knight Rider" TV series. The original game was pretty good, too -- you can read our review of normal GTA V, which GameSpot critic Carolyn Petit thought was terrific.