Most “realistic graphics” mods make games worse, but that’s not the case with NaturalVision Evolved. The long-in-development Grand Theft Auto 5 mod is a complete overhaul of lighting, textures, models and more, but it stays true to the art direction of the base game.
You can now download a single-player beta of the mod – and even if you’re not planning on doing so, it’s worth watching the trailer below.
The effort and editing put into this “final cinematic trailer” is impressive on its own:
Graphics mods aren’t new to Grand Theft Auto games, with tools like ENBseries and SweetFX allowing modders to hijack the game’s rendering engine and tweak its output. However, the quality is very much dependent on the preset you use with these tools, and even then results can vary wildly depending on the lighting conditions in-game. game such as textures and models, and is both improved more consistently and has less impact on performance.
A previous version of the mod, NaturalVision Remastered, was first released five years ago and regularly updated thereafter. In 2020, work began on NaturalVision Evolved, with an “early access” version available to subscribers to its creator’s Patreon. You can now get the single-player beta for free through the creator’s website, RazedMods.com.
We spoke to Razed aka Jamil Rashid about his work on the mod in 2019. At the time, he thought this year’s mod update would be his last – something he also said in 2018 Perhaps the above trailer won’t really be the “final cinematic trailer” at all.