A Closer Look At 'GTA Trilogy Definitive Edition's' Catastrophic Launch

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GTA San Andreas was remastered with updated graphics in the GTA Trilogy Definitive Edition
GTA San Andreas was remastered with updated graphics in the GTA Trilogy Definitive Edition

The release of the “Grand Theft Auto Trilogy” has been making rounds across the internet as one of the worst game releases of 2021 for a myriad of reasons.

Rockstar’s remaster of three classic “GTA” games has gotten the developers in hot water after the supposed “definitive” edition ended up being a bug-riddled mess of questionable quality. Fans who managed to play the “GTA Trilogy” complained about how most of the games’ assets weren’t able to meet the quality they expected, according to PC Gamer.

From muddy textures to ugly rain effects and misspelled names for streets, restaurants and menu items, fans weren’t happy with what they got.

The questionable quality of the remakes led to the review-bombing of the “GTA Trilogy” on Metacritic, which resulted in the game earning an average user score of 0.5. Most fans cited poor performance, constant crashing and the rampancy of bugs and glitches as the worst parts of the “GTA Trilogy,” causing many players to ask for refunds.

To make matters worse, the “GTA Trilogy” was pulled from online stores and taken offline due to the presence of files that were unintentionally included in the game, as per Kotaku. Fans were even more disappointed to find that the original versions of “GTA 3,” “Vice City” and “San Andreas” were all removed from digital stores to apparently pave the way for their remastered versions.


The GTA Trilogy Definitive Edition includes three classic games that heavily influenced the open-world RPG genre
The GTA Trilogy Definitive Edition includes three classic games that heavily influenced the open-world RPG genre
Photo: Rockstar Games

On the other hand, the “GTA Trilogy” has since been returned to the Rockstar Games Launcher. The title can once again be purchased and played according to Rockstar Support after nearly four days of downtime. Unfortunately, there are still some bugs and glitches that need to get ironed out.

The remastered games feature upscaled graphics and better support for modern consoles, as per the usual trend of old-school remastered games that have been released recently. Rockstar also used the Unreal Engine for the remakes instead of its in-house engine for these games, which could potentially open it up for better modding opportunities.

The game is expected to receive some more patches and fixes in the future to hopefully provide a solution to the fans’ major gripes, although this could take some time.

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