For what seemed like an eternity, rumors of a remaster for the original PS2 era, Grand Theft Auto games have swirled around the internet, generating great interest from fans. With the oldest of this trio of games, Grand Theft Auto 3, being two decades old, each of these titles was more than needed for an upgrade. After several leaks, Rockstar has finally confirmed Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition like a real product, with an appropriate trailer released shortly thereafter.
Prior to this reveal trailer, however, there were some concerns about the remaster. There hadn’t been much to do other than Rockstar briefly teasing that the collection would keep the same visual style, only updated (a statement that could be interpreted in a number of ways.) Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition managed to be an awesome remaster for these classic titles, allaying any concerns that this was a lazy rush job.
The Remake vs Remaster Dilemma
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition This isn’t the first time that a popular series has received a visual facelift. The trend goes back to God of War Collection on the PlayStation 3 in 2009. As the title suggests, this pack included the first two games, while offering them a nice new HD resolution, making the picture quality much sharper. Considering the value of the package, this turned out to be a success, and naturally the rest of the industry wanted to participate in a share of the remastered pie.
The only problem was that many of these remasters turned out to be underwhelming, which means capitalizing on fans’ passion for established franchises. It’s also important to distinguish the difference between what a remake is, in the way Resident Evil 2 in 2019 completely redesigned the gameplay and graphics of the original. This, of course, can take a lot of effort, making a simple remastering job much faster and cheaper for developers.
Several HD remaster collections have been found guilty of rushing work, with some of the most egregious examples being bundles such as the controversial Silent Hill Collection. These collections would simply increase the resolution slightly (often at the expense of the original game) and ship it at a high cost, to take advantage of unsuspecting gamers. It is because of this that many worried Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition, fearing that he would follow in those same footsteps, which a lack of details from Rockstar didn’t help.
GTA Trilogy: what’s old is new
Although far from at the same technical level as other Rockstar games like Red Dead Redemption 2, the RGT remaster still does a great job of keeping the aesthetics of the original titles, while making them much brighter for modern expectations.
The trailer displays this fact over and over again, going to great lengths to compare and contrast the many differences between this remaster and the PS2 originals. The graphic changes made to Grand Theft Auto 3, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto San Andreas are like night and day. Added weather effects make environments more atmospheric and realistic.
Improved lighting illuminates buildings and vehicle roofs. The character models also received a lot of love and care, bursting with color and expression. It doesn’t even mention that the character models now have real fingers, rather than the permanently closed fingers in the originals, a silly little detail but a visible sign that Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition has been carefully combed to ensure it is a significant step up from its predecessors.
Grand Theft Auto The Trilogy: Definitive Edition releases on November 11, 2021 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X / S with mobile versions in development.
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