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This GTA V mod recreates Vice City in all its neon glory

Sure, Grand Theft Auto V is a great game all by itself, but the biggest argument for playing the PC version of the game lies in the number and quality of the mods available for it. Now a team of modders has taken it upon themselves to recreate 2002’s Grand Theft Auto: Vice City within GTA V.

Okay, so maybe they haven’t recreated the entire game, but what they’ve managed to do so far is impressive nonetheless. A 12-minute video released on YouTube shows the titular Vice City in all its sun-drenched glory as the player in control explores the city in a number of different vehicles.

If you played the original game or even Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the setting is sure to look familiar. What’s even more impressive is what they have accomplished in such a short amount of time. Watching as YouTube user taltigolt navigates the city by plane and helicopter, the city looks just as it should.

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Of course, there are some things missing from the map. Most notably, the city is entirely empty aside from the player character, with no pedestrians or other vehicles on the road, but this is a work in progress we’re talking about.

Unfortunately the map isn’t currently available for download, nor is there any word on when it will be. A different mod on GTA5-Mods also brings Vice City to GTA V, but this is an early work in progress and the developer notes that only Starfish Island and Little Havana are currently available.

In the meantime, if this video has you aching to revisit Vice City and you don’t feel like digging out your old copy of the game, there is a mobile version of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City that was released back in 2012, but you’ll have to deal with some rather awkward touch controls in playing it.