Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC isn’t quick on water modsm so turning Los Santos right into a sunken metropolis ought to have been simple. However what I obtained as a substitute was an aquatic, corpse-heavy nightmare that even James Cameron couldn’t capitalise on.
On the danger of sounding like an old-school Bond villain, I’ve lengthy had an curiosity in flooding Grand Theft Auto 5’s world. Again when the PlayStation 3 was jailbroken, a great 10 years or so in the past, modders found they may meddle with its workings.
I watched a YouTube video of simply such a mod in motion, with the ocean stage raised so excessive that solely the tops of buildings had been seen. It was a powerful and unsettling sight, harking back to some big-budget catastrophe film. However, since I didn’t wish to danger being banned from PlayStation Community, I by no means obtained round to experiencing the thrill of soggy Los Santos.
That was, till, the opposite week, when YouTube’s algorithm threw up one other underwater GTA 5 video, this time from the PC model of the sport. This long-forgotten thought resurfaced and, after discovering a mod that labored (I drew a clean with the primary one), Grand Theft Auto 5: The Drownening started.
Admittedly, a good portion of the chaos was right down to my very own blatant stupidity, although I ought to add that it wasn’t the overall populace that obtained changed into fish-food. I’d already disabled pedestrians and site visitors, so it was simply Trevor, Franklin and Michael that ended up struggling. Largely. There have been a number of exceptions however I’ll get to these later.
The excellent news is that the newest model of GTA 5 prevents you from going surfing with mods put in, so I used to be in no hazard of getting banned. The unhealthy information is, as I merrily put in “500m Flood, Calm”, I hadn’t actually thought of simply how deep the water can be.
I’d prefer to blame Subnautica for my folly, for making me assume that there’d be oxygen crops I might refill Michael and co’s lungs with, however that’s a fairly threadbare excuse. The reality is, I believed 500m appeared like a cool, spherical quantity and away I went.
If I’d finished the remotest quantity of analysis I’d have learnt that’s a great third as a lot once more because the Eiffel Tower. Actually, if I’d thought for even a minute, this complete mess might have been averted. It most likely wouldn’t have been as a lot enjoyable, although.
So, as a substitute of breaking the floor, surrounded by the peaks of Misplaced Santos’s skyscrapers, Michael expired earlier than he a lot as noticed daylight. Perhaps I wasn’t swimming quick sufficient, I reasoned, so I took to hammering the dash button. Once more, it didn’t finish nicely.
Franklin didn’t fare any higher and whereas I figured Trevor can be too offended to drown, a screen-filling WASTED proved me flawed. He did get me closest to the floor when he spawned on Mount Gordo, however it wasn’t shut sufficient.
At this level, a smart particular person would have gone again and lowered the water stage, however I used to be decided not to surrender. If the worst got here to the worst, I might at all times use one among GTA 5’s cheats to spawn a minisub and proceed my undersea adventures that method.
However no, I stored at it, doing the identical factor and anticipating totally different outcomes. I found that if I flicked between the three characters as their lungs emptied and their well being began to deplete, I might reset their inner drown-o-meter. I continued on this vein for some time however then, subsequent time I switched to Michael, one thing totally different occurred.
Particularly, a automotive appeared floating in his drive (the water was too murky to see if it was his) and, after I swam over to research, it fell on him. It didn’t kill him however it was sufficient to steer me to attempt a special tack.
The one advantage of having so many characters die earlier than your eyes is that, because it strikes time on, you get to expertise their character-switching scenes underwater. I watched Michael wave silently to his tailor, nothing however bubbles exiting his mouth, earlier than the sport handed management over to me.
On one other event, I laughed myself foolish as, leaving lunch, he bid farewell to his spouse Amanda, who, additionally seated, drowned moments later. Sure, I’m a horrible particular person. Unusually, his son Jimmy appeared content material to maintain enjoying his video video games, not caring that his console was now water cooled.
Franklin, too, didn’t appear to note that his bag of crisps was floating away or that the strip membership he left was most likely issuing aqualungs to its dancers. And Trevor? As within the unmodified GTA5V, his antics had been entertaining and disturbing in equal measure.
Other than catching him within the toilet, shaking fingers with Aquaman, he managed to get in a battle with two underwater doormen. I say “battle”, however it might have been that they had been simply making an attempt to not drown however as soon as I, as Trevor, began swinging, there was no turning again.
I ultimately noticed sense and, citing the sport’s console, tapped in BUBBLES to summon a Kraken mini-sub. It materialised and promptly fell on Michael. I switched characters and tried once more. This time, it fell on Franklin. It wasn’t deadly, however it undoubtedly was undignified.
A couple of makes an attempt later, I’d obtained the knack of dodging out of the way in which. I swam over to the hatch and… nothing. Why? As a result of whereas spawning a sub beneath the “regular” works, in flooded Los Santos, doing so anyplace aside from the floor turns into an inoperable wreck.
I felt like cursing Rockstar’s identify however then it hit me how ridiculous that will be. QA departments have a troublesome sufficient time as is, it’d be absurd to anticipate them to compensate for some future user-created mod.
So I admitted defeat and set the water stage to a extra affordable 100 metres. That gave me the expertise I’d been craving. although I don’t wish to take into consideration what number of Franklins, Michaels and Trevors I went by. I made it to the floor, leapt right into a hastily-summoned sub and explored the eerie depths of the town. Rapture, eat your coronary heart out.
May I depart nicely sufficient alone? In fact not. That’s how, after maxing out the water depth (and utilizing a short-term invincibility cheat), Michael was torn to items by a shark. I do not know the place it got here from – I do know that this mod doesn’t spawn sea-life. Perhaps it was GTA 5’s personal aquatic deity, livid that I dared to exert management over the oceans.
However for now? I feel that, for future GTA 5 outings, I’ll be sticking to dry land.