While we all eagerly await the arrival of GTA 6, players can still dive into Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto V and enjoy it in various ways. GTA roleplay, or GTA RP for short, allows players to fully immerse themselves in Los Santos in an entirely new way.

The GTA RP mod, FiveM, lets players create their own stories in the grand region of Los Santos, taking on various lives, from a normal baker at Nice Buns to a cop or gangster; the choice is yours! The main focus of GTA RP is to talk, act, and proceed as the character you are playing in the game. You must live an authentic life with a realistic role, earn a salary, follow city laws, and respect the rules that transform GTA V into a real, living, breathing world.

For those starting their GTA roleplay journey, we've created this guide for first-timers looking to install, join, and play the game.

How to play GTA RP

Anyone with a copy of Grand Theft Auto V on PC can get involved with GTA roleplay. This can be purchased via a physical medium, Steam, Epic Games, or other virtual stores. However, players on Xbox or PlayStation will not be able to try GTA RP.

Once GTA V is downloaded as the base upon which GTA RP runs, you'll also need access to a software that allows for multiplayer modification, like FiveM or Game Theft Multiplayer, to download the required mods.

FiveM is the most popular and widely-used mod, as the original community-driven and source-available GTA V multiplayer modification project. Follow our step-by-step instructions below to download FiveM straight from the developers.

  1. Head to the official FiveM website.
  2. Temporarily pause any antivirus software on your PC before attempting to download the FiveM client.
  3. Then, add FiveM to the whitelist/exclusion list of your existing antivirus software.
  4. Ensure you have downloaded the latest version of GTA V and that everything is up-to-date.
  5. Run FiveM.exe.
  6. From the Windows start menu, run FiveM.

GTA RP Server Options

There are plenty of friendly and popular GTA roleplay servers out there; some that enforce the roleplaying rules more than others. The high-level servers offer a solid and legitimate roleplay experience, but tend to be more exclusive.

These high-level "professional" roleplay communities may require a formal invite for new members to be inducted into the ranks. You'll need to prove yourself as a talented roleplayer before getting access.

Disclaimer: Acceptance into high-level GTA RP servers is not guaranteed, and new players may be placed on a waitlist. Some servers offer the option to support them financially, which may influence your waitlist status.

  • NoPixel: The most popular server for GTA roleplay. It can only host 32 players simultaneously and is often home to popular Twitch streamers like Summit1G and xQc.
  • Eclipse RP: A wide variety of factions to join, from The Clowns gang to the Irish Mob. There are also many specific jobs for in-game companies, such as doctors or customs officers.
  • GTA World: If you don't want to put your mic on, GTA World is entirely text-based
  • New Day: This RP server features many jobs, properties, and investments for players, as well as methods of chatting in-game.
  • LucidCity: A popular choice among GTA roleplay viewers, with many features from GTA Online and the NoPixel server.
  • MafiaCity: Comes with a dynamic legal and illegal group city with almost every property up for sale, including apartments, hotels, and condos. You can choose to play as a CEO, cop, or gang leader - the choice is yours (Requires the "Rage" mod, not FiveM)

If you work your way into one of these elite servers, you'll need to validate your username. Most of these different servers use Discord to identify their users, so make sure you hop into the relevant Discord server to introduce yourself and make a good impression.

GTA RP: Common Slang & Terms

From the self-explanatory to more unconventional, you'll encounter many phrases when playing or watching GTA roleplay. To avoid some awkward moments and misunderstandings, here are some common terms you'll probably encounter when playing GTA RP.

  • RP: Roleplay
  • ERP: Erotic roleplay (we don't judge!)
  • OOC: Out of character
  • IC: In character
  • DB: Drive-by
  • PK: Player kill
  • RDM: Random death match
  • Safezone: A safe area in the game where no killings should happen
  • Combat Logging: When a player intentionally disconnects from the game to escape a situation - this can be a bannable offense
  • Powergaming: Committing acts that do not correspond to the realities of the GTA roleplay server

Minimum & Recommended System Requirements for GTA RP

The requirements to run a GTA roleplay server are similar to those for GTA V or GTA Online. If your system fails to meet these minimum requirements, you may experience some significant lag, frame-rate drops, and even your PC overheating, which can cause internal damage down the line.

Minimum Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 10, or Windows 11
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Q6600 @ 2.40 GHz/AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core @ 2.5GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA 9800 GT 1GB/AMD HD 4870 1GB
  • Disk Space: 105 GB + 4GB FiveM Cache

Recommended Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 10, or Windows 11
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 3470 @ 3.2GHz/AMD X8 FX-8350 @ 4GHz
  • RAM: 16GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB/AMD HD7870 2GB
  • Disk Space: 105 GB + 4GB FiveM Cache

Please bear in mind that the system requirements outlined above are mere guidelines. You can go above them for increased performance and better graphics quality, improving your immersion in the game. If you plan on streaming or recording your GTA roleplay experience, consider having better specifications than the recommended options so your PC can handle recording and playing this intensive game.

Final Thoughts

While we still have a long time to wait for GTA 6 to be released, GTA RP servers will greatly increase the life and longevity that remains with GTA V. Grand Theft Auto V remains as Rockstar Games' biggest game that still tops Twitch viewership charts in 2024, with a steadfast and engaged player community. GL HF when on your roleplaying journey in the vast world of GTA!

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