Grand Theft Auto 5 turns eight years old this year. That’s a long time for a video game franchise to go without a successor. Thankfully, GTA online has plenty going on to keep us entertained as we wait for the next GTA game. From heists, stunt races, to running illegal businesses, there’s plenty to do in GTA Online. But there’s only so much to do in Los Santos, what if you’ve done pretty much everything and need something else to do? Well, that’s where GTA 5 RP servers come in.
We’ll be talking about GTA 5 RP servers in this post. What they are, how it works, and how you can join them:
GTA 5 RP Servers: What is It?
RP stands for Role Playing. As it suggests, a GTA 5 RP server is a multiplayer server where you can roleplay. Specifically, you can roleplay as NPCs such as a cop, medical personnel, or a shop clerk. Or if you like the criminal life, you can still be a criminal as well. This is possible thanks to the modding community.
Each RP server has its own set of rules. Some allow you to do what you want, others will expect you to abide by the rules to ensure greater immersion in the world for everyone else. If you’re in such a server, be sure to check with the moderators and chat room before you go on a killing spree. Otherwise, you’ll get banned from the server.
Other servers are still very crime-focused. In certain servers, they have crime factions for you to join. Similar to the gang warfare system they used to have in GTA San Andreas. Some servers are also still well-integrated to the standard GTA Online server, so you can still play games that Rockstar has provided such as the Cayo Perico heist. Whatever it is you prefer, there’s plenty to do in GTA 5 RP servers. Definitely enough to keep us entertained until the next GTA game comes out. This is great since the next installation of the GTA series is still at least a couple of years away.
One of my favorite series to come out of the RP server is the Cops n Crooks series from Sonny Evans. Where he takes the role of a criminal while other players playing as cops are tasked with finding him before he can escape:
GTA 5 RP Servers: How It Works
RP servers rely heavily on the player’s ability to maintain character. For example, if you roleplay as a firefighter and someone points a gun at you asking you to give them your vehicle, then you have to either comply or fight with your bare hands. Some servers may allow normal citizens to have a gun, but you probably won’t be able to fight with a rifle as there’s no way a firefighter will be carrying an automatic rifle in their daily life.
Communication relies heavily on voice chat. Some servers may prioritize text chat, but most will use voice chat. When using chat, you will have to stay in character and roleplay. Be sure not to say anything that’s out of character as it will ruin the immersion for everyone else. There’s usually an out-of-character chat room that you can use should you want to talk about something that isn’t related to your roleplaying.
Finally, death is slightly different in an RP server. For example, if you die for whatever reason and respawns, you cannot return or be involved in the same situation for a certain amount of time, usually about 15 minutes. There’s also a thing known as a character death. This means that your character has died and you will have to create an entirely new character with a new backstory. It’s all very complicated and relies heavily on the player’s compliance, best to read a server’s rules and guidelines before joining in.
GTA 5 RP Servers: Why is It Popular?
Like a lot of other games, a long-running game like GTA 5 found new popularity with the modding community. While Rockstar still adds new content to GTA Online, a lot of the content is rather repetitive. There’s usually a new character that has a job for you to do, then you buy things to prep for the heist. Once you’re ready, you’ll be able to do the heist with other players.
Worse still, a lot of the time the prep requires a lot of money since you need to buy expensive equipment. Often making the content essentially inaccessible. This is especially true for new players who don’t have a lot of money and will have to either grind or buy Shark cards to be able to buy the necessary equipment. For example, the Cayo Perico heist requires players to buy the Kotsaka submarine which costs at least $2,200,000.
Modding, the RP server included, gives players new things to do in an older game like GTA 5. Giving the game a new life for older players, and even getting new players to join in. Additionally, the RP experience has been quite popular amongst Twitch streamers, including auronplay, Sykkuno, and buddha amongst others.
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GTA 5 RP Servers – How to Install
Before we proceed, we’d like to note that this GTA 5 RP server installation process is for PC. If you’re playing on PS4 or Xbox One, you won’t be able to do this since consoles have a closed ecosystem and you can’t access the game files. That being said, there are RP servers for consoles, but we’ll talk about that later on.
Now, if you’re looking to join an RP server on a PC, you will need to download a set of mods and third-party tools required by the server. Most servers will either run on the FiveM mod or the RageMP mod. Head over to their social media or forum to check which mod you will need to install to join them. We’ll guide you on how to install both FiveM and RageMP:
How to Install FiveM
If you’re joining a server that requires FiveM, here’s how to install it:
- Ensure you have an up-to-date version of GTA 5 before you install FiveM.
- Go to FiveM’s website and click “Download Client”. You’ll need to agree to the terms of service to continue the download.
- Launch the .exe FiveM file to start the installation. Be patient since the launcher may take a few minutes.
- Be sure to install FiveM to the same drive where you install GTA 5 to avoid any errors.
- FiveM will automatically locate your GTA 5 files. But if it fails then you will need to locate it manually for FiveM.
- Give FiveM permission to update your game cache, this is necessary to finish the installation process.
- Launch FiveM and you can see the server list available by clicking on “Play.”
How to Install RageMP
Meanwhile, if the GTA 5 RP server you’re looking to join requires RageMP, here’s how to install it:
- Go to RageMP and download their installer.
- Run the installer and make sure you install RageMP on the same drive as your GTA 5 file to avoid errors.
- RageMP will automatically detect your GTA 5 file. However, if it fails you will need to manually select the installation folder.
- A server list will pop up and you can click on them to join the server.
GTA 5 PC Requirements
I personally would not go out of my way to buy a PC just to play on GTA 5 RP servers. I’m perfectly happy with the standard GTA Online version on my PS4. However, if you’re looking to buy a PC to play GTA 5, here are the specs you will need:
- Operating System: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1.
- Required: Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (Quad-Core) / AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core Processor (Quad-Core) @ 2.5GHz.
- Recommended: Intel Core i5 3470 @ 3.2GHZ (Quad-Core) / AMD X8 FX-8350 @ 4GHZ (Eight-Core).
- Memory: 4GB (required) or 8GB (recommended).
- Video Card:
- Required: NVIDIA 9800 GT 1GB / AMD HD 4870 1GB (DX 10, 10.1, 11).
- Recommended: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB / AMD HD7870 2GB or higher.
- Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible.
- HDD Space: 65GB (SSD recommended for faster launch speeds).
You generally don’t need anything very high-end to play GTA 5. You can get a PC to play GTA 5 for around $500, and it’ll run relatively smoothly. But you’ll probably need another $200 or so to get decent peripherals like monitors, a mouse, and a keyboard. Additionally, a microphone will be necessary for some servers as they only communicate in voice chat. Also, keep in mind that if you decide to go buy a PC or laptop with a minimum required specs, you’re going to have to turn down the graphics setting to keep the game running smoothly.
However, if you’re planning to play big game titles other than GTA 5, then you should consider getting a proper gaming PC. They may cost thousands of dollars, but you’ll be able to play big titles such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Call of Duty, and Forza Horizon 4.
GTA 5 RP Servers – How to Join
Now that you’ve installed either FiveM or RageMP, you’ll need to be granted entry to an RP server. Each server has its own set of rules, so be sure to read them first to make sure you can abide by their rules. Additionally, the big servers will often have an application that they will ask you to fill out. The moderators will then evaluate your application and if you pass, you will be put on a queue where you can ascend your priority if you follow the rules.
The rules are mostly similar across different RP servers. Such as no breaking character or acting “immature” even if someone else broke the rules around you. Also, some servers might ask you to provide a backstory for your character if you’re looking to play as a citizen. Read this GTA 5 RP rules from RolePlay UK as an example.
This might sound a bit complicated for what is essentially just joining a multiplayer game. But it is necessary since the set of rules is established by human moderators and not enforced by the game itself. Unlike say, using a cheat, where Rockstar will ban your account from GTA Online, breaking a rule in the RP server won’t get you automatically banned by the system. This set of rules help to keep the server from crashing and keep the game fun for everyone on the RP server.
Here’s a guide on how to join and play in a GTA 5 RP server:
Best GTA 5 RP Servers You Should Try
So, which server should you join? Well, there are a few well-known GTA 5 RP servers that you might be interested in joining. However, you might be put on the waiting list as they’re popular and tons of other players are looking to join as well. This is because they enforce strict rules and they have managed to keep the server fun and enjoyable, mostly free from players that just rampage around Los Santos. Here are some of the most popular GTA 5 RP servers you should try joining:
This is where you’ll find some of Twitch’s big names such as LIRIK, Moonmoon, shroud, and many other popular GTA 5 streamers. This makes NoPixel one of the most popular RP servers since players will want to play with their favorite GTA 5 streamers. Who knows, maybe you’ll appear in one of their streams or Youtube videos?
If you’re not interested in playing with Twitch streamers, it’s still a great server to join in. However, it might take a while for you to join since the server only supports 32 players at a time and you’ll need to be whitelisted. Of course, you will need to abide by their rules and fill out a form on NoPixel’s official website. Keep in mind you will need to sign up first and provide your Steam ID before you can access the content of their website.
If you find it’s taking too long to get whitelisted, NoPixel also accepts donations to support the creators. Players who donate will always be whitelisted even if the server is loaded with applications.
If you find NoPixel’s 32 player limit a bit small, then Eclipse RP might be for you since the server supports up to 200 players at a time. However, it’s one of the most popular servers out there, so you might still have to wait on a lengthy waiting list. That being said, it seems like a fun server as there are both government and non-government factions in the game for you to join in.
Of course, be sure to follow their rules and guidelines before joining in. Eclipse RP has laid out clear rules for whatever you choose to roleplay as in the server.
MafiaCity GTA RP
MafiaCity is another GTA 5 RP server with a clear faction system. You can choose your career to be whatever you want. You can become a cop that’s feared by every criminal in Los Santos, or become the most wicked criminal the server has ever seen. Or, you know, just be a regular average Joe that puts out fires for a living. This is GTA 5 roleplay, after all, you can be anything you want.
It’s also a very well-built server that allows you to buy houses, businesses, and other properties that are normally available in GTA Online.
Most other servers will require you to use voice chat when playing in an RP server. This helps to make roleplaying more fun and immersive, as well as making communication between players a lot easier. However, not everyone is comfortable with voice chat for one reason or another. If like me, you’re one of those people, then the GTA World RP server is probably for you.
GTA World stands out as one of the few servers that encourages text chat rather than voice chat. So if you’re uncomfortable with voice chat, or you don’t have a microphone, then consider GTA World. Of course, there’s a sign-up process that you will need to follow through with.
However, if you prefer text chat, then this is the server for you. There are currently 500 active players on the server and more than 30 active factions that you can join in.
The Family RP
The Family RP server is known to be the server for players who take their roleplaying to heart. It’s not as popular as the other servers on this list, but you will still need to wait to get admitted to the server. It’s also a bit more barebones than other servers since you won’t be able to buy properties or cars.
That being said, if you’re into roleplaying more than anything else in GTA 5, The Family RP is filled with hardcore roleplayers, making the experience more immersive when you interact with these players. Keep in mind you’ll need to link your Steam and Discord accounts, Twitch is optional.
If you find the big servers taking too long to respond to your application, then you’re probably looking for an alternative RP server to play in the meantime. This is where LucidCity comes in, as it’s more welcoming to new players. It boasts features of NoPixel and includes gameplay from the standard GTA Online such as the Cayo Perico heist.
However, because there’s less filter to the server, it does mean things can go south real quick when a player decides to go rogue and starts blowing things up with a sticky bomb. Still, if you want to sharpen your roleplaying skills, LucidCity is the server to go to.
There are actually plenty of other GTA 5 RP servers you can join in. As mentioned, after you installed FiveM or RageMP, you will find a list of RP servers available. Simply pick one that has room for you to join in and you’re good to go. These servers are often less regulated, so that does mean things may become chaotic very quickly if you happen to be playing with an immature player.
Still, you can hone your skills as a roleplayer in these servers. So when you’re admitted to the big servers, you’ll be ready to play with the big boys. And who knows, you might just find a hidden gem among these smaller servers.
Are There GTA 5 RP Servers for Console?
Modding, and therefore roleplay servers, aren’t a thing on consoles. As mentioned, consoles have a closed ecosystem meaning you can’t access the files, therefore you can’t install mods on them. Think of it as how you can only install applications available on the App Store for an iPhone, that’s what a closed ecosystem is like.
Surprisingly, there are RP servers for players on consoles, albeit not as popular and with a different mechanism. Also, RP players on consoles are known to be somewhat immature and not as serious as RP players on PC. So be wary if you’re joining an RP server on a console. Your best bet is still to play GTA 5 RP servers on PC. If you’re curious on how to join a roleplay server on a console, watch the video below:
GTA 5 RP Servers: Common Slang
When you join in a roleplay server, there might be some slang that you’re not familiar with even if you’ve played GTA Online for a while. Slang might also appear in forums and guidelines, so you’ll need to understand them to make sure you can comply and fit in with the server:
- RP: role-play, obviously.
- OOC: Out of Character, usually refers to OOC chat rooms where you can chat with other players but not in your roleplay character.
- LOOC: Local Out of Character, basically the same as OOC but only with players surrounding you.
- IC: In Character
- CK: Character Kill, this is when you kill or your character is killed and therefore no longer exists to other players. There’s a process required for Character Kill.
- PK: Player Kill, is when your character is killed but followed by a respawn and continuation of the character’s story before they were killed.
- RDM: Random Death Match, is when a player attacks another player without engaging in any form of roleplay. For example, if you point a gun at another player so that they will give you their car, but then you shoot them without giving them time to respond, this is considered a random deathmatch or RDM.
There is plenty of other slang and rules to follow when you’re playing in a GTA 5 RP server. Be sure to read GTA 5 RP forums or subreddits to understand these terminologies.
GTA 5 RP Servers: In Conclusion…
If you don’t like roleplaying, we won’t recommend that you get into GTA 5 RP servers. Roleplaying depends on how well you can get into a character. And of course, how willing you are to stay in character, both in text and voice chat. The strict set of rules mean you can’t just randomly kill people like you normally would in GTA.
However, if you find the original GTA Online server boring and repetitive, roleplay servers are a great way to introduce a new life into GTA 5. You can play as a criminal and it will be business as usual in GTA 5. Or as a law-abiding citizen trying to lead a normal life in Los Santos without getting shot by a rampaging criminal.
If you decide to give GTA 5 roleplay a try, be sure to read and follow the rules that a server poses. Failure to do so will result in getting banned from the server. And possibly even an infamous reputation that will prevent you from getting into any other major server. Not to mention ruining the fun for everyone else, don’t do that!