Embellished GTA games are still quality entertainment, although age is starting to weigh in and bugs are bothering

The most legendary Grand Theft Auto games were just released in improved versions of The Definitive Edition. We tested the whole trio, and yes, that scuffle still tastes on PlayStation 5. There may be problems, but can you really complain about them?


Date of issue: 11.11.2021
Studio: Rockstar Games, Grove Street Games
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Available: PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4 & PS5 (tested), Xbox One & Xbox Series X / S
Players: 1
Age limit: 18
Game played for review: about 6 hours


Grand Theft Auto has been almost synonymous for years GTA V:n (2013), and no new game has been included in the Rockstar hit series. Now, however, there is relief for the worst of GTA hunger, as the game trio GTA III (2001), GTA: Vice City (2002) and GTA: San Andreas (2004) has just been released as enhanced versions for current gaming platforms.

It’s not just remastering, but not quite remake versions. The games were already available with HD updates, but now they’ve been tuned in with better textures, more detailed character models, many small improvements, and revamped controls. The end result is a fascinating hybrid of the new and the old.

So the sales and review success of the PlayStation 2 now looks even better, but the style of the games has not been lost. The characters have been given more looks and detail has been added altogether, but the games still look just as cartoonishly exaggerated as the original versions. Thus, photorealism has not been pursued in vain.

GTA Vice City

Perhaps you could say that the revamped versions look like the games look in the memories of nostalgic players. The make-up is perhaps most visible in San Andreas, which I always remember was more pixelated and rougher than Vice City (perhaps because of the size of the gaming world and the limited console memory of its time).

The control update is a much-needed upgrade on consoles. I played GTA III again earlier this year for the Muropaket article, and it was very difficult to get used to the 20-year-old controls. The controls for the revamped games are now the same type as in GTA V, and the gameplay has been harmonized between the trio anyway.

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In addition to the most obvious improvements, a whole bunch of small files have been made that improve the gaming experience almost imperceptibly. At least in GTA III, the driving feel is much more controllable and vehicles seem to withstand more fuss. You will notice this when, for example, you take on outpatient assignments or other small challenges (“Patriot Playground” as one example). Even Vice City’s disgusted small helicopters now steer with ease.

So classic GTA games now feel kind of easier, at least the starting threshold has been lowered. Then when you still notice the available settings – for example, that you don’t have to hack X while running if you don’t want to – you can get a feel for the gaming experience. Such changes can annoy squeezers who want games to always be challenging, but the rest of us can enjoy all the quality-enhancing updates.

Based on my own playing hours, I’ve been very pleased with the GTA trilogy, both visually and in terms of gameplay. That’s why it was quite a surprise to notice that the revamped versions are criticized for many bugs and technical issues. For my part, I’ve only come across a couple of small bugs in the PlayStation 5 versions that had almost no effect on gaming. So I’m not going to deny that there are any problems, but at least the PS5 versions seem to work just fine.

And on the other hand, I don’t remember GTA games then being a bug-free experience before. Rather, I remember that they often avoided the oddities and stumbling blocks of gameplay.

The games have also lasted surprisingly well, although the shock-seeking content and ronski humor of the GTA seem a bit outdated in places. The stories of the games are quite simple by the current scale, and of course the game worlds are quite small and limited in content.

On the other hand, the soundtracks of Vice City and San Andreas, for example, are still unparalleled. The GTAs that followed the duo simply did not rise to the same level in this respect, and were therefore less reluctant in their world.

Overall, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy serves roughly what you would expect. It is pointless to imagine that games that are exactly 20 years old provide no modern and polished experience, no matter how improved. And it’s hard to say whether the collection will attract new players or rather us nostalgic thirties.

In any case, the GTA trilogy is a picture of its time, now only in a significantly more beautiful and player-friendly pattern. If you need one, the collection is worth buying, but from the 2021 game, the collection doesn’t feel like it.

GRAND THEFT AUTO: THE TRILOGY – THE DEFINITIVE EDITION

Rating: 4/5

“The refurbished Grand Theft Auto collection offers itself, in a more beautiful pattern than the GTA of the Golden Age.”


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