Here it is ladies and gentlemen - the mod nobody asked for, but the mod we all deserve. Never did I think we'd see the day that Pokémon and Grand Theft Auto fans would collaborate in order to create video game art, but they have, and it's stunning.
Combining Niantic's Pokémon GO with Rockstar's GTA 5, Ludicrous Beach have made this unique and creative mod, whereby you can quite literally play the mobile game in the GTA universe.
XP and Leveling Systems Are True to the App
Seeing as Pokémon GO has taken the world by storm, this smart GTA 5 mod has not just allowed you to throw a few balls and chase Pokémon around, it's truly solid and functional. It's XP system is a total replica to the app, giving that familiar and easy to follow feel. Every 5 minutes the game will autosave your progress, so if you close and re-open the mod, your progress and inventory items will still exist!
As you travel far and wide across Los Santos, level 1 Pokémon will appear around you and they can be captured by throwing Pokéballs. Once caught, they will be saved in your inventory. One impressive feature is the leveling up system; not only will you be able to catch an array of Pokémon, they will also level up once you catch 10 of the same wild Pokémon.
You Can Even Visit GTA-Style PokéStops
It would have been pretty sweet to just chase this little creatures in a Grand Theft Auto game, but the fun doesn't stop there. There are actual PokéStops and they're scattered all around both Los Santos and San Andreas. You can collect eggs and items from these little vending areas on foot and, in true Pokémon GO-style, they can be revisited every 5 minutes.
Eggs have also been thought through well and even come in standard rarities. 2k, 5k, and 10k eggs can be hatched and the larger the distance of the egg, the higher level Pokémon you'll hatch from it.
This incredible mod even includes a clever little feature that Pokémon GO doesn't have just yet. After you have captured your Pokémon, you can assign them to be your personal pet. They will follow you around the streets of Los Santos and, if you get attacked, they'll even defend you. You're also able to manage which little dude you want to set as your personal Pokémon via your inventory.
Travel Far and Wide Across Los Santos and Catch 'Em All!
The Pokémon GO GTA 5 mod can be found on GTA5Mods along with some further information.
Although this creation is still technically under development, this silly little mod could see a whole reflux of new players joining the Grand Theft Auto 5 modding community. Even though GTA 5 came out in 2013, the community has been very active. With Ludicrous Beach keeping players updated frequently, let's hope we see even more work and updates going into this. For now though, go catch 'em all, Grand Theft Auto-style - maybe we'll even see the new Pokémon tracker added from GO.