GTA Trilogy Remaster graphics comparison reveals extent of visual upgrades

Written by Chad Norton on Mon, Oct 25, 2021 10:50 AM
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One of the biggest announcements last week was the official gameplay reveal of the upcoming Grand Theft Auto remasters, which finally gave us a look at what the remastered graphics would be like, and what we can expect. Thankfully, it didn’t take too long for a fan to come up with a better graphics comparison video than Rockstar.

Thanks to HMM Gaming on YouTube, we have a slightly better look at how the new graphics in Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition compare to the original versions. The video itself is a little rough around the edges, with mislabeled screenshots and odd editing, but at least it gets the job done:

It’s a shame that Take-Two removed the original games off shelves, but hopefully the new remasters will come with a toggle original graphics button like a lot of remasters these days. Either way, the GTA Trilogy Definitive Editions look noticeably different, but the official PC system requirements are pretty forgiving all things considered.

What do you think? Are you excited for the GTA Trilogy Remasters? How do you feel about the graphics comparison video above? Do you think the remasters look much better? Let us know!

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08:41 Oct-27-2021

well ok the only question i have is, since this is being made on UNREAL ENGINE wont it be possible for modders to make this game look absurdly great now? i mean the number of assets available for Unreal is insane. now i am not a modder plus i dont know much about how it is done , i am just asking is it gonna be possible? i mean the older engine from criterion obviosly would have serious technical limitations i am hoping this new one would be pretty future proofed? plus these games dont have any online component so there shouldnt be any reason for 2K games to stop singleplayer mods now right?

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12:38 Oct-26-2021

the only great thing is it being great for console users who perceive a budget PC cost "1000$" now theyre offered for a 60$ trilogy ported for UE that looks like a modpack but performs worse, think its UE fault

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07:31 Oct-26-2021

Idiocy. That is all.

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03:58 Oct-26-2021

This is a remaster? Seriously?

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15:28 Oct-26-2021

Yes, what you are thinking of is called a remake which isn't the same thing as a remaster.

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17:56 Oct-25-2021

For all the praise this remaster has been getting I really don't find it that great. These are really old games so any touch-up is worthwhile but if a game launched today looking like this, I wouldn't put money down on it based on the visuals at least. I think Saints Row 3 Remastered was very well done but too bad it was 3 and not 2.

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16:11 Oct-25-2021

This video... why does it exist? Everything is literally ripped from the trailer, which we already saw. #cONtEnTcReAt0rZ

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16:13 Oct-25-2021

Wait, hang on... I just checked and they DID remove the original 3 from Steam and the likes... WTF....

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00:41 Oct-26-2021

Rockstar being a dick

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13:24 Oct-26-2021

It's probably less R* and more Take Two c**ts doing it, as usual.

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14:16 Oct-25-2021

I really hope to have the ability to toggle old/modern graphics!

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13:25 Oct-26-2021

It would have been marketed as a feature, so I don't think it'll happen.

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13:12 Oct-25-2021

Even the person who put the video together at one point got confused which is original and which one is remastered screenshot...


But the real question is why in that video background wasn't played Rockstars gingle: "Milking, milking - we will keep you milking"? I guess that author was afraid to be sued by Rockstar to use that gingle...

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11:09 Oct-25-2021

They look like some cartoonish games now. I'll still try them out, but yeah. More interested in the modern game mechanics.

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