Grand Theft Uncle: GTA V’s Watch Dogs Mod

Note: Uncle optional.

The magical planet-hacking phone of Watch Underscore Dogs seemed a fine tool to play with in a sandbox world, but Ubisoft’s murderuncle simulator wants much fun as a sandbox. So hey, look, a mod brings Aiden Pearce’s fancy phone to Grand Theft Auto V [official site] – which has a wonderful world. You can now hack traffic lights, pop up traffic barriers, plunge the city into darkness, unlock cars, make trains freak out, rain money from ATMs, and pull other ctOS tricks.

Note: changing the player model to Aiden with his “iconic cap” is an optional, separate thing for hardcore uncle enthusiasts only.

The Watch_Dogs V hacks script mod is by JulioNIB, who had already brought Doghacks to GTA IV in 2014. The list of phonetricks you can pull in GTA V includes:

•burst wall lamp bulbs
•burst people phones
•explode transformers (“energy boxes”, commonly on sideways)
•explode hydrants
•explode gas bombs
•hack security cam (models on walls +one for each traffic light)
•hack traffic lights (make drivers crash close to the front of the pole)
•rise blocks on streets (one for each traffic light)
•hack ATM to:
-bug the machine to release money and make people around try to pickup
-explode (like the transformer hack)
•Blackout (accessed via the weapon wheel [TAB], only available between 21 and 3 hours)
•Hack cars to:
-Lock, Unlock doors
-Burst engine
-Burnout (driver needed)
-Accelerate (driver needed)
•Hack trains to:
•Disrupt helicopters making them crash

You can dick about with anything that could conceivably be connected to the cybernet, then. I do like the idea of futurehacks making a car’s engine simply “burst”, or sending all nearby cars accelerating wildly. The mod also copies the Watch Dogs style of attracting police attention, with witnesses actually making calls that you can interrupt.

There’s no mention of whether this mod borrows any assets from Ubi’s game, but some of the UI elements are awfully familiar. Hmm! I don’t know. But thought I should mention this? Mysteries. Beware The Man, man.

Here’s a peek at some of the hacky antics:


  1. GWOP says:

    Wow, not even old-ass ’70s AMC Pacer-esque cars are immune from his hacking!

    I also love the little bit of skip Adrian has in his steps here.

  2. Kits says:

    I had to wonder if real people would be any smarter than the AI there. Cash machine shoots out money and they all dash over to steal it. Cash machine explodes and they scream and panic. The one beside kicks out money and they dash over to loot that one too.

    • Pizzacheeks McFroogleburgher says:

      Cash trumps splosion injury. You’d recover from a splosion, but if you didn’t grab the cash, your soul would weep for eternity.

  3. DigitalSignalX says:

    The modders should consider a UI overhaul in the style of “Person of Interest” with little squares over relevant and irrelevant NPC’s.

  4. Urthman says:

    Aren’t they gonna get sued by Ubi for using a black baseball cap without permission?

    • KenTWOu says:

      This one isn’t iconic enough, it’s just black… So no.

  5. Pulstar says:

    Is this even allowed in MP? Rockstar really cacked over us by disallowing MP modding, those greedy highlanders.

    • Conundrummer says:

      In terms of how they function, these are hacks, not “mods”, so they are not usable online.

      In fact, the script hook program they use shuts off entirely before you activate GTA Online — if it didn’t, they’d actually just ban you for using it, since it actively alters game data on the fly, allowing people to cheat their online characters millions of dollars, which Rockstar would normally charge money for.

      A friend and I occasionally dabble in GTA Online, mainly using it for co-op mayhem. A hacker using simple scripthooks joined the server, and dropped roughly $750,000 of money sacks at our feet (and ostensibly for everyone on the server). I immediately signed off in a panic, but my buddy stuck around and is now ~750k richer, and never even received a warning. Fascinating ecosystem Rockstar has created.

  6. Geebs says:

    – removed last vestiges of moral compass
    – looking up disabled
    – police no longer understand boats