Grand Theft Auto V is many things: an action game, a racing game, a comment on America's self-obsessed culture and reliance on things like electronics and violence for entertainment — but it is not an RPG.
True, there are traces of light RPG elements throughout Grand Theft Auto V's single-player story, such as characters becoming more accurate as they use different guns, but it's a far cry from anything you'd see in a full-fledged RPG. For most GTA V fans, the light RPG elements are perfectly fine ... but there were also plenty of gamers who were hoping for something a bit deeper than the experience Rockstar provided.
That's where the modders come in — more specifically, a UK-based modder by the name of LogicSpawn. He's the man behind GTA: RPG, a recently-released mod that completely revamps how Grand Theft Auto is played. Sure, there's still a lot of shooting, driving and general debauchery, but the underlying systems are unlike anything else in the franchise:
In the vanilla version of Grand Theft Auto V, players start with one predetermined character until the game opens up a few hours in. In GTA: RPG, characters are built from the ground up: are you a cop or a criminal? Man or woman? Which skills do you focus on? It's all up to the player — but that's just the beginning.
Missions are a big part of every GTA game, and GTA: RPG is no exception: the mod features custom-built missions, as well as unique NPCs and dialogue trees. There are still some rough edges to smooth out, and there's no voiced dialogue (most modders don't have access to a full sound studio), but the sheer scope of the mod is more than enough to warrant a download.
GTA: RPG is still in early development, so don't expect to see a finished product for some time. That being said, updates have been frequent and bugs are constantly being squashed, so you won't have to worry about wading through a broken mess of code.
If you're interested in trying out GTA: RPG for yourself, head over to the mod's official download page.