Console gamers may get to play the latest Grand Theft Auto game first, but it’s PC gamers who get rewarded the most for their patience. The game will always have better visuals and performance on PC, but it’s the mods that end up adding the most to the experience, and that’s clearly the case with The Pinnacle of GTA V World Enhancement Project.
Pinnacle is a game enhancement modification for GTA V that tweaks just about every aspect of the game, including both visuals and gameplay. The list of visual improvements is extensive, including color rebalancing, a redone weather system, photorealistic rain and puddles, better reflections and shadows, volumetric lighting, improved wind effects, better particle collisions, improved grass and plants, enhanced smoke effects (from exhausts to chimneys) and lights (spotlights, flares, police lights), and 4K visuals including 4K textures for every aspect of the game world.
You can see the results of these improvements in the video below:
Then we come on to the gameplay tweaks. Vehicle handling has been completely reworked allowing for realistic deformation, control that takes into account vehicle weight, redone physics, and even the AI has been improved.
In-game relationships have been edited to make for more realistic interactions between the police, gangs, pedestrians, and even animals. Population levels within each area now take into account the time of day and day of the week. You’ll see a lot more people on the streets, and there are new faces and activities to experience. The police also patrol in a more accurate and therefore natural way.
All weapons in the game have been modified to be more realistic (muzzle flash effects, reload animations, bullet spreads, tracer effects), and realistic bullet speeds have been implemented. Materials can now be shot through (metal, wood, plastic, etc.), rag dolls accurately respond to weapon fire, the police and gangs carry a wider range of weapons, blood spray and mist is more realistic, and melee fighting has been completely overhauled. All weapon audio has been replaced with custom sounds.
The mod is a free download and going on the feature list should present you with a completely new game to experience even if the missions and story remain the same. As for what kind of PC you need to run it, the mod website doesn’t give a definitive answer beyond stating it won’t work if the existing game struggles to hit 30fps.