Grand Theft Auto Remastered Trilogy finally got shown off by Rockstar via a series of screenshots and a trailer. The trilogy was announced two weeks ago. We covered the story naturally, and while at it, some notes were taken. “There is also a major lack of screenshots or any trailer. But this is just Rockstar being Rockstar. They announced Red Dead Redemption 2 in a similar manner back in the day,” was one of my comments.
But Rockstar decided to bless us all with a post on their official site. We got release dates, we have details, screenshots, a trailer. Everything accounted for this time… well, almost everything! So let us dig in and see what the masterminds behind Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption came up with.
Grand Theft Auto Remastered Trilogy – All enchancments detailed
After a little bit of an introduction, we are thrown right into the juicy details. Rockstar went above and beyond with detailing every enhancement. Here is the full list of additions in this remaster:
- Controller layout styled after GTA V scheme
- Impoved gunplay, targeting controls, and updated drive-by controls in GTA: San Adreas
- Updates to weapon and radio selection wheels
- Updates to mini-maps, enchanced navigation, and ability to set waypoints
- Ability to immediately restart failed missions
- Higher resolution textures
- Rebuilt lighting system
- Improved weather effects
- Improved draw distance
- 4k resolutions, and 60 FPS on supported devices
There is a lot to unpack here. The gameplay changes seem to be on-point. The original shooting and targeting aged terribly. Even San Andreas’ gunplay is awful by today’s standards. The weapon wheel from GTA V seems to have made its way into the trilogy. Previously, players had to scroll past their entire inventory to arrive at the desired tool. “Enhanced navigation” could mean a GPS system much like in GTA IV, and V. Again, in the originals you just had a waypoint on the map, and sometimes figuring out how to get there was a challenge in itself.
But under that pile of the good stuff, still lay unanswered questions. Will GTA III get vehicle updates? The original game has no bikes, no boats are available in free roam (only in some missions). And the only available aircraft is the dodo, which is terrible at flying on purpose. Will we get swimming in GTA III and Vice City? What about the original soundtrack and radio stations?
Still no direct gameplay footage
Rockstar was proud to show off visuals, which are a hit or miss. Some say they are too “cartoony”, while others respond with “duh, because the originals looked cartoony”. San Andreas seemingly received the best treatment out of the three graphically.
But Rockstar still did not show us how the game is going to play. And we have no idea what gunplay looks like, for example. The line “updated drive-by controls in GTA: San Andreas” has me worried. This potentially means that the old style of shooting from vehicles is present in the remaster. Which is limited to only being able to shoot right or left out of your front windows. Free aiming from the car only came with GTA IV.
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition is coming to PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and the PC. The release date is November 11th, 2021.