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
  • B3523e sew2

    @YFGamer I love how people get mad due to their impatience. Mod is OK. And I was working on it. Slowly, bit by bit, without showing or posting about it. The only reason why I'm not modding a lot\fulltime\non-stop to please everyone, is because I'm sick. I want, but I can't. To mod\to do something - I need to be able to sit for an hour or two, and focus on my work, not on the goddamn pain. My health is more important than anything else. If you disagree - please leave and go wait for ugly looking redux or something, idgaf.

    August 29, 2016
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    @Xilandro Been hoping for an update from you. Least you could have done is let everyone know that this is not gonna be released anytime soon. If you are still working on it that's great. Just let everyone know. I for sure thought this was dead since I did not see any update from you. Now that you say you're still working on it makes me want to keep checking for any updates. If I'm correct last time we heard from you was 5 months ago. Keep looking out for yourself but also don't let us down like that. A simple update from you would've suffice. Why not just release how it is? I'm sure me and other people would love it the way it is now. Hope you get better though. Hope to hear from you soon as well.

    August 31, 2016
  • B3523e sew2

    @YFGamer first of all - I don't want to come here and post "I'm alive, still want to finish the mod, but my health won't let me". Because it's pointless. If it will make some sort of change in the community mood - hell, I will do it every day. But it just won't change the fact that the mod isn't going to happen tomorrow, or next week, or next month. Not because I don't want to, but because I have no idea when I will be able to work like a mad man on it without getting rekt again.
    Why I don't release it as it is? Because it's not complete. To make it shine - I need to finish it. All presets, all options, nothing left behind. In the end it will be a nice package of all in one. No "can you make nights darker\brighter" comments, no "it's too washed out\too saturated", no "too much light\not enough light". Because all those will be covered. So I can safely stop giving a damn about rHancer FIXES and start working on something else, maybe experiment more to achieve new cool results with GTAV graphics, or even leave the mod as it is for good, we'll see.
    I want this mod to be updated and released just as much as you do. It's just not the easiest time for me.

    August 31, 2016
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    @Xilandro I was asking for an update as in like..This mod won't be released any time soon due to my health. As I stated in my previous comment. That lets us know and not keep waiting for it you know? But anyways. Take your time then. Eat youuur vitamins. I will check up on this mod next year. ;)

    August 31, 2016
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    help Im having a error with display depth

    September 01, 2016
  • B7e662 male face h5 icon

    @Xilandro this mod is already good,take care dude

    September 07, 2016
  • Fcdb9d picsart 01 18 04.48.52

    Could i get banend for this mod, cuz i want some more realistic things in gta online to see :)

    September 10, 2016
  • 95578b new logo

    @Zockerland99 sadly yes

    September 10, 2016
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    GTX 1060 and i5 6500. Is it enough?

    September 18, 2016
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    @speedi1313 This mod has no impact on fps/performance. If you can run the vanilla game then you can run this and your system is more than enough.

    Also have a look at the "NaturalVision ✪ Photorealistic GTA V" mod which is also very nice.

    September 21, 2016
  • Lamar

    @mips @speedi1313 https://www.dropbox.com/s/mzz0iwwt5cdqn4d/gta5_graphics_comparison.png?dl=0

    September 21, 2016
  • 0617d7 16 05 08 21 38 37 034 deco

    Assome work !

    September 24, 2016
  • 0617d7 16 05 08 21 38 37 034 deco

    I just want ask why after use your sweetfx that you recommend , people's skin color become pink?even the black people too.
    Is that realistic?

    September 28, 2016
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    hey sir, i hope you are alright.
    can you help me with your mod, everytime i start the game it is crashing and i dont know how

    September 28, 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
  • 0617d7 16 05 08 21 38 37 034 deco

    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
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    does is work with the latest update?

    October 12, 2016
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    Why its say loading effect.....no effect

    7 days ago
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    THANKS !!!

    1 day ago
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