should we fall for the Rockstar compilation?

Twenty years ago, the world discovered Rockstar Games and DMA Design with the release of Grand Theft Auto III. It’s a revolutionary title that has marked and changed the video game industry forever. In 2002 and 2004, GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas managed to drive the point home to raise Rockstar to the pantheon of the best video game studios.

To celebrate this important anniversary, the star firm has been offering since this week a compilation bringing together GTA III, Vice City and San Andreas with a nice facelift in 4K / 60FPS (on PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X). Three cult titles that are getting a makeover thanks to the Unreal Engine 4 which replaces the graphics engine of the time which had managed to make travel so many players on PS2, Xbox and PC. Is the magic still present 20 years later? Answer right away.

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ABOUT OUR TEST

The following test only concerns the PS5 and Xbox Series X versions of GTA The Trilogy The Definitive Edition. We have not yet been able to test the PS4 / Xbox One versions or the Switch version.
The positives and negatives discussed in this test therefore do not apply to the PC, PS4, Xbox One and Switch versions of GTA III, GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas The Definitive Edition.

Should we fall for GTA The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition?

Yes for the switch to Unreal Engine 4

In 2001, 2002 and 2004, Rockstar Games offered a trilogy that would mark the video game industry. Along with GTA III, Vice City, San Andreas, Rockstar had three legendary titles that would offer players unprecedented freedom in a video game. With Grand Theft Auto, it was possible to do everything, even the most horrific things like robbing people, stealing cars, and crushing passers-by with it.

At the time, Rockstar used the RenderWare engine from Criterion Games to develop its games. 20 years later, the three hits are getting a new lease of life thanks to Unreal Engine 4. It would be bad faith not to salute the fine work done by Grove Street Games (the developers of this compilation).

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We must keep in mind that we are here on remasters and not remakes. It is quite impressive to see that Rockstar did not settle for a facelift in 4K. Instead, the switch to Unreal Engine 4 allows us to have a new graphics engine much prettier and above all much more detailed and efficient. We have a completely redesigned lighting system with improved shadows. This brings a plus in terms of finishes.

Weather conditions and reflections have also been improved. On vehicles, or on the ground when it is raining, we can notice that the reflections are more pronounced and more realistic. It’s really very pretty.

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With GTA The Trilogy The Definitive Edition, we are entitled to a series of improvements regarding the environments. This is where the games manage to amaze us the most. We have the impression of rediscovering GTA San Andreas when we leave the city to go deeper into the forests around Los Santos or San Fierro. It really is a pleasure. It is the same with Vice City and its palm trees which are extremely well detailed. In this area, GTA III struggles to seduce with its lack of vegetation. Fortunately, all buildings, objects and vehicles have been upgraded with new textures in HD. And on this point, the result is visible on the three games.

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The display distances have been improved and we have more elements on the screen. Unfortunately, the games suffer from a small problem with some elements that appear at the last moment on our screen. But the main change that continues to confuse us is the 3D models of the characters which are not always very successful.

Regarding the resolution, GTA The Trilogy The Definitive Edition is displayed in 4K and 60FPS on PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X for a perfect rendering. The title is compatible in 2K and 60FPS on Xbox Series S. Possibility to play in 1080p and 30FPS on Xbox One and PS4. Finally, on Switch, players will be restricted in 720p and 30FPS (in portable mode) and in 1080p and 30FPS (in docked mode).

Yes for gameplay improvements

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In addition to the graphics enhancements, Rockstar and Grove Street Games have brought new gameplay features to all three games through this trilogy. We find a controller configuration similar to that of GTA V with the possibility of accelerating and braking with the triggers. It is the same for aiming and shooting. To put it simply, you have the same keys as GTA V in GTA III, Vice City and San Andreas. But fear not, for the most nostalgic among you, it will always be possible to return to the configurations of the time.

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You can now choose your radio, as well as your weapons like in GTA V. By pressing the directional keys, you will have a wheel for selecting radio stations (when you are in a vehicle) and a wheel for selecting weapons when you are in a vehicle. are on foot. It is much more practical and aesthetic.

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Still concerning the gameplay changes, GTA The Trilogy The Definitive Edition benefits from a new aiming system. The latter is inspired by the aim that we were able to have in GTA IV and GTA V, but less effective. It’s better than the shooting system in the original games, but it can still be improved and not really precise.

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On the other hand, you should not expect an upheaval concerning the gameplay. Yes, Rockstar has made some improvements, but overall we are keeping the same gameplay as in 2001, 2002 and 2004. So some players will be confused by the rigidity of the characters. But also by the very arcade driving, or by certain actions (like when you crush NPCs) which are still very “old-school” and which contrast a lot with the graphic facelift which is intended to be more modern. We regret the lack of new improvements in GTA III and Vice City such as the possibility of swimming for example. You still can’t take cover, and motorcycles are still lacking in Liberty City.

We would also have liked that the PS5 could benefit from an optimization with the DualSense for adaptive triggers and haptic feedback.

Yes for nostalgia

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We’re not going to lie, this trilogy remains a great way to relive your memories if you knew GTA III, Vice City and San Andreas at the time. Rockstar Games wanted to keep the soul and the atmosphere of its titles and it is successful. It clearly does something when the first cutscene comes to an end and you step out into Liberty City, Vice City, or Los Santos for the first time. You will remember the first visit to your hideout with 8-Ball and the first contact with Luigi in GTA III.

You will also remember this short path from Ken Rosenberg’s office to the Ocean View hotel in Vice City. When you go to the port of Vice City to pick up the Cheetah and ride, the music blaring, by the beach to spend the evening at the Malibu Club.

And it will be the same with CJ, when you go to take your BMX and discover Grove Street. You will remember many times when you travel to the forests near Los Santos, Mount Chiliad. Prepare to feel the nostalgia when you roll over the Grant Bridge of San Fiero or the desert of Las Venturas. Yes, the nostalgia is there and it will reach all players who have spent hours on the original titles.

No for bugs

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Alas, this compilation is not perfect. Although this is not catastrophic (especially after the installation of the day one patch), GTA The Trilogy The Definitive Edition offers some small bugs, display problems and textures. Again, it’s not dramatic, but the bugs are still there. Suffice to say that it is quite regrettable on a remaster of titles which have exceeded or which are approaching their 20 years.

Between the objects that can sometimes pop at the last moment or the texture problems with our character who will pass through walls or the floor, it had something to make us smile 20 years ago. But that bothers us a bit in 2021. Fortunately, these bugs are minor and don’t spoil the experience. In more than ten hours of play (after the day one update), we did not encounter any major problems.

No for the price

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Finally, the main problem with this trilogy is its price. Sold € 59.99 across all media, GTA The Trilogy The Definitive Edition is clearly not worth that price. It is certain that the Grove Street Games teams have done a very good job and that the quality of the games is more than up to par. However, we are still on a remaster and not a remake with gameplay and many options that remain unchanged since 2001. When we see that remakes like Crash Bandicoot and Spyro offer three completely remade games for € 39.99, as much to tell you that it makes cringe. Pity.

Mon avis sur GTA The Trilogy The Definitive Edition

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Very nice, still as consistent in terms of content, with some gameplay improvements that are welcome and a new configuration of controllers to play exactly like in GTA V. This is what mainly awaits you with GTA The Trilogy The Definitive Edition. Get ready to dive into your memories and take a big bowl of nostalgia by discovering or rediscovering these cult titles.

If we take into account the fact that we are facing a remaster (and not a remake) this compilation bringing together GTA III, Vice City and San Andreas is almost flawless. This is a very beautiful tribute which will succeed in seducing and satisfying fans of the first hour and will even allow younger players to discover these great classics. Finally, the only big disappointment concerns the far too high price of this compilation.

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GTA The Trilogy The Definitive Edition

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GTA The Trilogy The Definitive Edition

WE love

  • For a remaster, it’s very beautiful
  • The controller configuration with GTA V style
  • The few gameplay improvements are effective (weapon wheel, radio, GTA V-style controls, etc.)
  • The soundtrack always on top, the sound effects kept for even more nostalgia!
  • 4K and 60FPS, a treat (when it’s constant)

We like less

  • The absurd price
  • Some small bugs (popping, non constant 60FPS …)
  • The new aiming system is not amazing
  • We regret that there is no further improvement in gameplay (swimming in GTA III and Vice City, possibility of taking cover …)

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