GTA: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition Costs Too Much Money

Ah heck, here we go again.

GTA Trilogy

Rockstar’s upcoming collection of remasters, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition, finally has a release date. The bundle will be available on digital storefronts on PC (via the Rockstar Games launcher), PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S and the Nintendo Switch on November 11th, and will cost £55/$60. If you’re waiting for a physical release, that’ll launch on December 6th. Check out the gameplay reveal trailer at the top of the page.


What Is GTA: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition?

GTA: The Trilogy bundles together three of the iconic series’ most recognisable games, GTA 3, Vice City and San Andreas. According to the Rockstar Games Store page for the trilogy, all three games have been improved “for a new generation”. These improvements include “across-the-board enhancements including brilliant new lighting and environmental upgrades, with high-resolution textures, increased draw distances, Grand Theft Auto V-style controls and targeting, and much more”.

While writing this article, Rockstar finally released a trailer showcasing the graphical improvements to the game. The lighting is improved, and the cartoonish art style is certainly a choice. Admittedly, it’s a better option than shooting for hyper-realism or some GTA V style of graphics, but some of those faces aren’t great.

A blog post from Rockstar gives more details about the gameplay changes, including a GTA V style controller layout, a weapon/radio wheel, improved drive-by controls for GTA San Andreas and the ability to immediately restart a failed mission. There’s platform specific improvements too, including 4K/60fps on PS5 and Xbox Series X | S, DLSS support on PC along with touch-screen and gyro support for the Nintendo Switch.


Sounds Like A Decent Amount Of Improvements?

It does, and it’s certainly more of an improvement than some would have expected from the GTA Trilogy, but it’s still a huge cost for three old games, especially when you consider that the already ported versions of these older games have been removed from digital storefronts. On top of that, the trilogy is available to pre-order, but we still haven’t seen actual gameplay of how the improved shooting mechanics will actually work. Those GTA V controls and shooting mechanics might not translate too well to 20 year old games. It’s a lot of money to ask for, but at least Vice City looks really colourful.

However, some of that cost might be mitigated if you happen to be a subscriber to either Game Pass or PS Now. According to an article from Gamespot (which has now been removed but screenshots exist), a standalone version of San Andreas will come to Game Pass on November 11th, while GTA 3 will come to PlayStation Now on December 7th.

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