Grand Theft Auto role-playing servers have become all the rage in recent years. The rise of the GTA role-playing community on Twitch, in particular, has boosted its popularity and led to different servers being set up to give you different ways to explore Rockstar’s open-world title.
It can be daunting to dive into something like this without any prior knowledge, though. We’ve put in the hard yards to find the best GTA RP servers. We’ll also detail how you can join them. But before you dip your toes into this ever-expanding community, you’ll want to read up on everything they entail.
If you’re just looking for a list of the best servers, scroll down to the section titled “The best GTA RP servers.”
What are GTA RP servers?
Grand Theft Auto role-playing servers are dedicated arenas that let you choose who you want to be. Like any RPG, you can opt to be a petty criminal, police officer, businessman, and everything in between.
You don’t pick your stats like you do in tabletop RPGs like Dungeons and Dragons. You have the flexibility to take on whatever role you want, however, and write your own story — except it’s all set in GTA V.
There are different servers depending on whether you want to play casually or more hardcore, with others in a friendly capacity or not, and some use specialized mods you need to download to run on certain servers.
What is a GTA RP server mod?
A mod is an extra program you need to install in order to play a game in a certain way. For example, some improve older game graphics to bring them in line with 21st Century graphics.
For some GTA RP servers, you’re required to install specific mods in order to play on them. One such example is called FiveM. You can download it here and follow these instructions to install it.
First, disable your antivirus programs before downloading it. Some interfere with FiveM’s download, so turn them off. Next, ensure GTA V is installed on your PC. Download FiveM after that. Run FiveM.exe and let it install. Finally, start the program up from your Windows start menu.
How do I join a GTA RP server?
Different servers have different criteria to follow to join them. The Eclipse RP server, for instance, requires you to create a forum profile first. You can then join the Discord server, read a set of rules, and finally download a mod called RageMP Client.
Some other servers aren’t currently open to new players either. Whitelisting becomes available every so often, or with specific requests such as donating to keep servers running, so you might need to shop around to find the right one for you.
The best GTA RP servers
Now that you’re prepared to enter the world of GTA RP, let’s have a look at the best servers on the market.
Arguably the most popular server around. It’s one of the most hardcore ones too, but it only supports 32 players at any one time. That means that you’ll struggle to gain access at the best of times.
Given that there’s a 4,000-people waiting list too, and that the server owner — Twicht streamer Koil has suspended applications for now — you’ll have to look elsewhere for your fix. That is, unless you donate to keep the server running. Do that and you could get in within a two to four week period.
Eclipse can host up to 200 players. There are a ton of jobs for you to complete, crime gangs to interact with and join, and a dedicated forum to speak to real-life people about playing together.
As we mentioned, you need to download the Rage mod and jump through some hoops to join this queue to play. Manage to gain entry, though, and you’ll enjoy yourself — as long as you stay in line and don’t run the risk of dealing with any role-playing cops.
The Family RP
The Family has a unique progression system to its real server. Once you fill out the criteria and get selected, you have to role-play on a public server. This allows the servers’ admin staff to see how you play with others.
Stick to your role and you could make it to the private server with more dedicated players. If you don’t, you may find you never get access. You can find out more by visiting The Family’s forums.
GTA World’s text-based feature stands it out among its peers. If you’re unsure about chatting to strangers through a headset, you can still interact through its text chat system, on the forums, or on Discord.
GTA World can house up to 1,000 players, so you’ll be able to play at some point. As with any server, though, there’s a form to fill in to gain access to it. If you’re successful, you can dive into its world.
One of the newer kids on the block, Mafia City prides itself on having the “most immersive environment” on a GTA RP server, a staff team that interacts with the community consistently, and a dynamic legal and illegal group system.
As long as you have GTA V and download Rage, you should be good to go to join this server. You can learn more by visiting their website.