R☆hancer Photorealism Mod Revision 3.0

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Update 3.0 is up. Complete revision of R☆hancer
Only one weather setup so far, without tons of options. They'll be available soon as well + comparison video + new set of screenshots
Version 2.0 is available on MEGA: https://goo.gl/nt6JRP

List of features:
Full rework of weathers
Custom ReShade preset for best realistic look
Natural lighting
Natural bloom
Natural fog
Reduced Rayleigh scattering aka "blue haze"
Light pollution fixes
Dark nights
Bright natural days
Enhanced reflections
Enhanced water reflections
Noise+Chromatic aberration removal
Higher shadow cascade

Enhanced rain:
More particles
Better puddles
Better drop size
Better particle shadows

Car lighting rework:
Increased light distance
Brighter & more visible light FROM head-, tail-, extra-, emergency\siren- lights
Better Emissive lights + Day\Night separation tweaks


ver 3.0

Complete revision of R*Hancer
Only one weather setup so far.
Reshade preset was reworked for new weathers, and now it's completely optional, you can use just weathers if you want.

ver 2.0

Added "Dark VanillaShadows" option with unchanged vanilla ambient brightness. If you like deep dark shadows - it's for you.
reworked fog options:
In "low fog" smog weather replaced with weather similar to extra sunny, but with slightly more fog and haze
Thick fog renamed to "Medium fog"
added new "Thick fog + Blue Haze", it has denser fogand blue haze in the distance, that completely hides horizon line

Added completely vanilla weathers with lowered fog, better reflections, better water reflections, better headlights and other improvements for best vanilla experience and compatibility with evey single reshade preset out there ever made for GTAV

Tons of bugfixes for extrasunny, cloudy, and clear. Overall fog enhancements

Added Reshade preset by Dr.Awesome


1. Copy content of "ReShade preset" folder into your Grand Theft Auto 5 folder
This preset was made to enhance visuals of new weathers, fix bugs and give it natural&realistic (in my sole opinion) feel. I do recommend using only this preset. It's all up to you.
2. Run OpenIV with "Edit mode" enabled
3. Navigate to update\update.rpf\common\data\
4. Choose one visualsettings.dat from available options included in RHancer archive:
Lights & Rain Enhancement
Car Lights Enhancement
Rain Enhancement
5. Drag and drop visualsettings.dat into update\update.rpf\common\data\
6. Navigate to update\update.rpf\common\data\timecycle
7. Choose weathers&timecycles from available options included in RHancer archive:
Each option has it's own options, ex.: Low Fog\Realistic\High Reflections or Thick fog\Vanilla nights\Enhanced vanilla reflections
Low fog
Thick fog
Realistic (dark nights, bright days. recommended
Vanilla brightness days + dark nights
Vanilla brightness days and nights
Vanilla brightness nights + bright days
Enhanced vanilla reflections
High reflections
8. Drag and drop all files from chosen optional folder into update\update.rpf\common\data\timecycle
9. Extra. If you want to remove noise and chromatic aberration - select all files from "Noise + aberration removal" and drag and drop them into update\update.rpf\common\data\timecycle

All backup files are included. Install backup files in the same way as modded ones.

Contact information:
Skype: Xilandro
steam http://steamcommunity.com/id/Xilandro
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/c/xilandro

If you really want to donate - just send me some trading cards in steam, it's more than enough haha

Grand Theft Auto V by Rockstar
Close to perfection lighting by Pierre-Yves Donzallaz
OpenIV by OpenIV team for providing tools to make mods possible
ReShade by Crosire
SweetFX by CeeJay.dk

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  • B3523e sew2
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    Status update march 31. Unfortunately my health is failing, did tons of blood tests today, xrays, heart tests and so on. Fortunately - there's nothing serious, won't die anytime soon. But doctor insists that I should get more rest, not fk with sleep pattern at all, switch to healthy food, and keep my ass outside at least once a day for a walk to get some fresh air and sun in my face.
    I had very serious problems with my health not that long ago (almost died from lungs failure and spent 2 months in the hospital after surgery), and I don't want to make things worse. I hope you guys understand.
    Nonetheless, I'll be back to rHancer sometime next week, but will work on it, obviously, less than 16+ hours daily. There's not that much stuff left to do, but still, there is some.
    Until then - check out Crystal Reality mod by my friend and fellow modmaker @Quentin-Tarantino https://www.gta5-mods.com/misc/crystalreality-project
    He put a lot of work into it and it's amazing. It may not fit everyone's taste, but in my opinion - it's a masterpiece worth trying.

    March 31, 2016
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    Get well soon! Thanks for all your hard work!

    October 03, 2016
  • Ea8759 zenarchy

    @YFGamer You entitled piece of shit. Make your own mod if you're so obsessively impatient you bottom feeder

    October 06, 2016
  • Ad8081 uri mr1482675034906

    Can somebody tell me why use sweetfx preset that the author recommend people's skin color become pink ? Does everyone have same skin color after use sweetfx?

    October 11, 2016
  • Default

    does is work with the latest update?

    October 12, 2016
  • Default

    Why its say loading effect.....no effect

    October 17, 2016
  • 90a819 sefulretelei

    THANKS !!!

    October 22, 2016
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    explaination neeeded on section 7 Please.
    I don't fine any presets? or i must get it from somewhere?

    October 29, 2016
  • Aa30eb jim morrison

    cant wait for the new fallout mods

    October 30, 2016
  • Hipster

    Most Realistic ReShade preset

    October 31, 2016
  • Default

    about four month ago there supposed to be a new version....

    November 14, 2016
  • Default

    1. Hope you rhealth situation is improving
    2, Mod is great!

    November 17, 2016
  • 6cc1d0 gangsta 1332965549

    WOW :o Why i downloaded it so late? BEST graphic mod for GTA V. Easy install, no bugs, way much better than Redux or NaturalVision. 5/5 love it <3

    December 11, 2016
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    Hi, I'd like to install this mod, but I see it says I need "OpenIV" and I'm not sure what that is. Does someone know that can explain what it is please? Thanks in advance.

    December 23, 2016
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    if you want more demos, this is a pretty good one if you ask me

    December 26, 2016
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    Can we use this online?
    I want to know because OpenIV told me not to?

    December 27, 2016
  • Default

    you can not

    December 27, 2016
  • D857ef roblox whiteraven666
    January 03, 2017
  • Default

    I LOVE IT! THANKS man :)

    January 12, 2017
  • Aa30eb jim morrison


    January 25, 2017
  • Chop

    looks nice and actually makes my game run smoother

    February 17, 2017
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