The modding scene for GTA V continues to grow and flourish with all sorts of unique new ways to play the game. The latest addition to the modding scene that has taken the community by storm? The grappling hook from Avalanche Studios' Just Cause 2. You can see it in action with the video below from YouTube outlet GTA Series Videos.
The grappling hook was scripted by JulioNIB and is used in conjunction with the Script Hook V .asi loader. You'll need the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 or higher, the 64-bit version of Microsoft C++ Redistributable package for Visual Studio 2013 and of course, the Script Hook V .asi loader. Once the script is loaded you can use a few keyboard commands to enable the grappling hook and start attaching people to objects, objects to people and everything else in between.
As the video above showcases, players can hook up enemies with the grappling hook and cord them to a car and watch them get dragged around, just like Just Cause 2.
It's also possible to car-surf, identical to the Just Cause protagonist, Rico Rodriguez. You see the anti-heroes of GTA V attaching themselves to buildings and vehicles and landing on top of the vehicles, surfing around and causing havoc.
Usually when you try to car surf in GTA games the characters wobble around, ragdoll and then fall over. Saints Row actually one-upped GTA in this area by allowing players to car surf and earn some extra points with a mini-game that would start up once you started car-surfing on the hood or roof of a vehicle.
JulioNIB isn't done with the mod for GTA V, though. This is just the start. According to the website, in future updates he plans to add in the option to hijack cars after zip-lining on top of them, as well as the option to hijack aerial vehicles while swinging from them. I'm not sure how that's going to look given how goofy the ragdoll animations already look while players are swinging around in GTA V, but so far the mod appears to work a heck of a lot better than I thought it would.
This also comes at a perfect time considering that anyone looking for a little stunt-action to hold them over until Just Cause 3 releases will be able to get their fill of the action with GTA V.
I'm sure most gamers are wondering why we haven't seen Rico Rodriguez ported over into GTA V yet and that's because the modding is still going slow when it comes to model swaps and texture mapping. However, recently the OpenIV team were able to crack the code to allow people to swap in and out textures in the game. So it may not be long before we see Rico zip-lining throughout Los Santos and surfing on vehicles at a whim.
You can grab the grappling hook mod for GTA V right now from over on the GTA X Scripting website.