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, and 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:
- What Is A GTA 5 RP Server?
- How To Install Role-Playing Servers?
- How To Join An RP Server?
- List Of The Best GTA 5 RP Servers
- Final Conclusion
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What Is An RP Server
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. On 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 into 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. 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.
How Does It Work
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 lives.
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 respawn, 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.
Why Are They So 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, and 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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How To Install GTA 5 RP Servers
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 installed 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.
How To Join GTA 5 RP Servers
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 helps 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 RP Servers GTA 5
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:
Best GTA 5 RP Servers #1. NoPixel
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. 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.
Best GTA 5 RP Servers #2. Eclipse RP
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.
Best GTA 5 RP Servers #3. 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 who 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.
Best GTA 5 RP Servers #4. GTA World
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.
Best GTA 5 RP Servers #5. 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.
Best GTA 5 RP Servers #6. LucidCity RP
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.
Best GTA 5 RP Servers #7. Other Servers
There are actually plenty of other GTA 5 RP servers you can join. As mentioned, after you install 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 on 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 Consoles
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 about how to join a roleplay server on a console, watch the video below:
GTA 5 RP Servers: Common Slang
When you join 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 RP: Facts to Know About the Best Servers and How to Join Them
- GTA RP allows you to join the game as a regular NPC as opposed to any of the main characters thanks to the installation of a mod.
- A Grand Theft Auto Roleplay server turns the regular crime-inspired personality of the GTA franchise into a clean slate, and you can spawn into a map populated with dozens of others and play as a cop, shop clerk, or even a criminal.
- To download GTA RP server mods, the most popular one is FiveM, which you can download from their website and follow the steps they have laid out.
- To join a GTA RP server, most servers will ask you to fill out an application and read a set of rules.
- NoPixel is one of the most popular servers with only 32 players allowed at a time, but it had to suspend applications as over 4,000 people applied.
- Eclipse RP is another one of GTA RP’s heavy hitters, and it hosts 200 players at one given time.
- GTA World stands out as it’s entirely text-based, meaning those of us who aren’t up to chatting with strangers have a place to go to give GTA RP a whirl.
- Mafia City is a two-year-old roleplay server with a “dynamic” legal and illegal group system, customizable player business, and corporations, and every property is for sale, too.
- Slang terms that may trip you up on GTA RP forums include RP, OOC, LOOC, IC, CK, PK, ERP, and RDM.
- With the roleplaying fandom at its peak on Grand Theft Auto V, there’s never been a better time to dive in and try it out.
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 means 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 to 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!
FAQs On GTA 5 RP Servers
If you still have some questions about GTA 5 RP servers, our FAQs here might have the answer you’re looking for…
How To Join RP Servers GTA 5
If you want to join a GTA 5 RP (role-playing) server, you first have to install any mods, tools, and plugins that are required for the server to run on your machine. The majority of GTA 5 RP servers are hosted either using FiveM or RageMP. Our guides here should cover all the steps necessary to install either FiveM or RageMP. Once you have those mods and plugins running, both FiveM and RageMP should display a list of RP servers that you can join. Just click on any of the available servers, and you’ll soon be loaded into the RP world. Just be wary that there are rules and laws within those RP servers. Be sure to study them, as otherwise, breaking said rules could get you banned.
How To Join GTA 5 RP Servers PS4
Unlike on the PC, console GTA 5 players aren’t able to access the same, dedicated and thoroughly designed RP servers. This is primarily due to the fact that consoles (either Playstation or Xbox), unlike PCs, are closed ecosystems. Simply put, you can’t modify GTA 5 as easily (or at all, even) that’s running on a PS4 or an Xbox One, unlike you can with a computer. Regardless, there are still RP servers on consoles. However, owing to the inability to install and run mods on consoles, these RP servers function differently from PC-based servers. They lack much of the role-playing aspects, and players on these console-based RP servers tend to not be as serious. Therefore, it’s best to stick to PCs if you want a proper RP experience.
Is GTA Cross Platform
Disappointingly, GTA 5 isn’t a cross-platform game. While most games that have any semblance of multiplayer capability these days are cross-platform, GTA 5 isn’t one of them. In other words, if you’re playing GTA 5 on a PS4, you can’t play with other GTA 5 players that are gaming on the PC or Xbox. In fact, you wouldn’t be able to play GTA 5 across different generations of the same console. If you’re playing GTA 5 on PS4, you can’t join GTA 5 online servers that are hosted for players on the PS5. As of now, it’s yet to be seen when Rockstar Games will finally allow cross-play for Grand Theft Auto V. This is despite fans clamoring for this addition for years now.
How to Play GTA RP
Playing GTA RP involves joining a specific server that supports role-playing in GTA V. First, you will need to install the GTA V game on your PC. Then, download and install a mod called FiveM, which is a modification for GTA V that allows multiplayer gameplay and the ability to join roleplaying servers. Once you have installed FiveM, you can browse a list of servers and join one that suits your preferences. When you join a server, you will create a character and then roleplay as that character in the GTA V world. The rules and gameplay will vary from server to server, so be sure to familiarize yourself with the server’s rules and guidelines before playing.
Is GTA Online Down
GTA Online being down or not can vary and it’s best to check Rockstar Games’ official website or social media channels for any updates or announcements regarding server status. Additionally, you can also check online gaming forums or websites that track server status for various games.
What Is GTA RP
GTA RP is a modification for Grand Theft Auto V that allows players to engage in role-playing in the game world. Players join servers where they create characters with distinct backgrounds, personalities, and objectives. They then interact with other players and non-player characters (NPCs) in the game world, following the rules and storylines established by the server. This adds a new level of depth and immersion to the game, as players can take on various roles such as a police officer, a criminal, a businessman, and more.
How to Be a Cop in GTA 5
To be a cop in GTA 5 RP, you will need to join a server that has a police role available. Many servers require players to apply for the police role, as it is often a position of responsibility and requires a certain level of role-playing skill. Once accepted, you will be able to create a police officer character and participate in police activities such as patrolling, arresting criminals, and investigating crimes. Keep in mind that each server may have its own process and rules for becoming a police officer, so be sure to read and follow the server’s guidelines.
How to Play Online GTA
To play GTA online, you need to have a copy of GTA V installed on your gaming platform. For console players, you will need an Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus subscription. Launch GTA V and from the main menu, select ‘Online’. From there, you can choose to join a public session, an invite-only session, or a friends-only session. For PC players, you will need to have the Rockstar Games Launcher installed and a Rockstar Games Social Club account. Once you have those, launch GTA V, and from the main menu, select ‘Online’.
How to Download FiveM
To download FiveM, go to the official FiveM website and download the client. Before you download FiveM, make sure you have GTA V installed on your PC. Once you have downloaded the FiveM client, run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions. After the installation is complete, run the FiveM application and it will automatically detect your GTA V installation. You can then browse and join servers from the FiveM client.
Where Is GTA 5 Based
GTA 5 is based in a fictional state called San Andreas, which is inspired by Southern California. The game’s map consists of three main cities: Los Santos, based in Los Angeles; Blaine County, based in rural California; and Paleto Bay, a small town located in the countryside.
What City Is GTA 5 Based On
The main city in GTA 5, Los Santos, is based in Los Angeles, California. The game developers at Rockstar Games used real-life locations and landmarks in Los Angeles as inspiration for the game world, and many areas in Los Santos closely resemble their real-world counterparts.
How Many GTAs Are There
As of writing, there are a total of 15 games in the Grand Theft Auto series. This includes the main series games, expansion packs, and handheld versions. The main series games are GTA, GTA 2, GTA III, GTA: Vice City, GTA: San Andreas, GTA IV, and GTA V.
Where Is Los Santos Customs
Los Santos Customs is a car customization shop in GTA 5. There are several Los Santos Customs locations throughout the game world, but the most accessible one is located in the city of Los Santos, near the airport. You can take any vehicle to Los Santos Customs and customize it with new paint jobs, wheels, suspension, and other upgrades.
Is GTA Roleplay Free
GTA Roleplay itself is free, but you need to own a copy of GTA V to play it. You will also need to install the FiveM mod, which is free to download and use. However, some servers may have a Patreon or similar donation system in place, where players can contribute financially to support the server and may receive perks or priority access in return. It is important to note that each server is different, and it is best to check the server’s rules and guidelines for more information on their donation system and perks.
What Is Roleplaying
Roleplaying is the act of assuming the role of a character and acting out that character’s thoughts, feelings, and actions in a fictional setting. This can be done in various contexts, such as video games, tabletop games, and online forums. In the context of video games like GTA V, roleplaying involves creating a character with a unique backstory, personality, and objectives, and interacting with other players and non-player characters (NPCs) in the game world as that character.
Do You Need GTA to Play FiveM
Yes, you need to have a legitimate copy of GTA V installed on your PC to play FiveM. FiveM is a modification for GTA V that allows multiplayer gameplay and the ability to join roleplaying servers, so the base game is required to play.
How Many GB Is GTA V
The size of GTA V can vary depending on the platform and the updates installed, but as of writing, the PC version of GTA V requires around 90 GB of storage space. This includes the base game and all the updates and additional content that has been released. Console versions of the game may require a different amount of storage space.