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GTA 5 has a new ultra-pretty mod that'll make you feel like you've upgraded your eyes

No that's not a shot from Forza, it's GTA 5 (opens in new tab), honest. We've had stacks of the best GTA 5 PC mods (opens in new tab) - some weirder than others - but GTA Redux from Josh Romito knocks the particle effects covered ball out of the park.  

Redux adds all new textures, billboards, an overhauled weapon system, new weather, masses of new effects and pretty much dramatically reboots the whole of Los Santos. You can see the full new features list on the website (opens in new tab) and it's a ridiculous labour of love. We've previously only seen screens - check out the gallery below but this is the first gameplay reveal and it's eye meltingly-beautiful.

The release date will be revealed when Romito hits 5000 subs on YouTube which seems a small price to pay. In terms of what specs you'll need to run it, Romito says "I suggest that you're able to run the vanilla game with at least 10 fps to spare, in order to achieve optimal performance with the mod. There will be a typical frame-rate drop anywhere from 5-10 fps depending on your PC. " I'd invest in a new 1070 for this...

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Louise Blain is a journalist and broadcaster specialising in gaming, technology, and entertainment. She is the presenter of BBC Radio 3’s monthly Sound of Gaming show and has a weekly consumer tech slot on BBC Radio Scotland. She can also be found on BBC Radio 4, BBC Five Live, Netflix UK's YouTube Channel, and on The Evolution of Horror podcast. As well as her work on GamesRadar, Louise writes for NME, T3, and TechRadar. When she’s not working, you can probably find her watching horror movies or playing an Assassin’s Creed game and getting distracted by Photo Mode.