District 9 made some serious waves back in 2009 when it was first released. It was lauded for its writing, visuals, pacing, directing and pretty much everything that a movie can be commended for. It’s also a movie that has absolutely nothing in common with GTA V, but leave it to modders when gaps need to be bridged. Several mods out there feature characters, locales, vehicles or objects from various popular films, so this isn’t all that out of place. This mod may be of interest to GTA V fan video creators, functioning in a manner similar to the overgrown cityscapes featured previously.
District 9 deals with a large alien ship descending over Johannesburg. While the aliens are capable of FTL travel, they are hardly an advanced race. Instead, they are filthy, malnourished, uncivilized and disease ridden. Humanity offers them shelter in a segregated area dubbed District 9, which is a refugee camp-turned-slum. Here the so called “Prawns” live is shoddy bungalows alongside homeless humans. The District is rife with crime and violence with authorities trying desperately to restore order.
The plot of the film itself follows a particular member of the agency which deals with the aliens as he gets himself in a rather tragic situation, but that is of little import here. French modder Plutonmania has put together an extremely elaborate, if smaller scale replica of District 9 using GTA V’s map editor mod.
The buildings look the part and he has populated the walled off shanty town with aliens. There are guards stationed on the wall and at the entrance. The land is dirty and arid, with trash everywhere and soot on the plates which make up the walls of the small houses. The atmosphere of the District from the film is perfectly captured by this mod, and really gets the dirty feeling across.
Did you guys see District 9? What did you think?