Up For Debate - Are the GTA Trilogy remasters worth it?

Written by Chad Norton on Sun, Nov 14, 2021 12:00 PM
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The time has finally come and the highly anticipated remasters of the original Grand Theft Auto Trilogy have been out for a few days now, gifting us with new and improved versions of GTA 3, GTA Vice City, and GTA San Andreas. Although many were excited for the launch, the general response has been, well… quite mixed.

So of course we wanted to hear from all of you what your thoughts are on Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition, and whether in the end the GTA Trilogy remasters are really worth it. So let us know your thoughts on them, whether you like the new graphics and improved quality of life features, or if they’re not worth the full $60 price.

After looking around online, it seems that many are praising the graphical improvements of the environments and updated controls. However, a point of tension particularly still remains on the character models, which many still think are a little too ‘cartoony’ and stand out like a sore thumb from the rest of the remaster, something many of you voiced in our previous Up For Debate about whether the GTA Remastered Trilogy graphics are actually good or bad?

Having played a little of them already, personally we have to say that it seems like the general consensus is right. The improved textures, draw distance, and especially the controls are all very welcome. But they are still the same games as before, and as such if you didn’t enjoy them before then you’ll certainly not enjoy them now.

But what do you think? Are you enjoying the Grand Theft Auto Trilogy Definitive Editions? What do you like most about them? What do you dislike? And do you think they are overall worth it? Or would you prefer to just play the original versions? Let’s debate!

What do you think of the GTA Trilogy Remasters so far?

What do you LIKE the most about the new GTA Trilogy Remasters?

What do you DISLIKE the most about the new GTA Trilogy Remasters?

Overall do you think the GTA Trilogy remasters are worth it over the original versions?

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10:45 Nov-16-2021

shouldve focused on sanand or vice

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20:22 Nov-15-2021

I'm awaiting a refund, what a disaster!

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00:29 Nov-19-2021

Hope you get it.

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14:44 Nov-15-2021

Rockstar sucks at remaster

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16:59 Nov-17-2021

No way, they are good bois who don't rush and Take-Two even said so!

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12:08 Nov-15-2021

Can you imagine Leonardo da Vinci messing up the Mona Lisa by tagging a moustache and making her squint? No, you can't. That's the equivalent of what Rockstar just did to GTA with this crappy GTA Trilogy. Not only is it shoddy work, but it also totally distorts the original games (especially artistically). And this raises a very important question: what about the preservation of a video game work? When the creator of the game himself withdraws the original versions from sale to offer only his crappy remake, how is a normal player who has never played the original version supposed to be able to discover it? Only answer: by trying to find it illegally. Well done guys, well done, nice move. And on top of that they sell it to you for 60 bucks, all proud of themselves...

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00:30 Nov-19-2021

That comment deserves to be enshrined in GD's history for posterity.


Well said.


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10:51 Nov-15-2021

For the first time I guess I'll listen to the reviews/feedback lol. Hard pass.

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09:48 Nov-15-2021

Well if you want to get scammed and see some comedy or have nightmares while dreaming, yes... its definitely worth it xD

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07:01 Nov-15-2021

Not even worth pirating them

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05:24 Nov-15-2021

From all we have seen,if this was free on EPIC,we would'n even bother to claim it.I'll stick with the originals,thankyouverymuch!

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00:38 Nov-15-2021

no lol what a sh*t show

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00:19 Nov-15-2021

I'm going to be a little bold and arrogant. As I write these words I think I'm echoing the sentiment of many gamers out there that have had the misfortune of buying the "Definitive" edition.


ahem


ROCKSTAR YOU MOTHE* FU***. THE F*** DID YOU DO. YOU ASHO***

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00:39 Nov-15-2021

Never thought i'd see the day you would use the words i say.


I'm so proud

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01:11 Nov-17-2021

IRL I curse a ton. I'm ironically more polite online than in person lol


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06:33 Nov-17-2021

Its the opposite for me lmao

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07:32 Nov-17-2021

Same here. I can be quite foul mouthed in real life. Online I come off as more mature and gentlemanly. In real life I am not those things.

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00:24 Nov-19-2021

@ItsTheGamerEdit123 If it helps you deal with the daily stress it's ok, just don't go overboard. Cause remember words hurt

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00:28 Nov-19-2021

@upsurge Guess you're quite the rascal eh

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11:51 Nov-15-2021

Beautiful.

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01:14 Nov-17-2021

Thank you kindly


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22:41 Nov-14-2021

I can't believe they removed the original versions for this

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00:15 Nov-15-2021

You can always find them through "other" means


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07:02 Nov-15-2021

Also if you already have them in steam you can still download them and play them

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01:17 Nov-17-2021

My guess is that most people bough the OG GTA games originally via physical media, so I don't know how useful that option is.

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18:25 Nov-14-2021

A remaster should be a the ultimate edition where the devs give it their all, a showcase of the skills gained through the years. This is a middle finger cash grab that should bring shame to the studio. Now that they removed the original it's free real estate, raise the damn sails as they shouldn't get the money for the "remaster".

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00:15 Nov-15-2021

Well said

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16:32 Nov-14-2021

In current state, it definitely isn't worth it, it feels like one of cheapest and laziest remasters. Like yes, there are improvements, but how some character models are done is disgrace at best, also bugs and stuff. Not to mention they didn't even bother to re-license songs... it pretty much tells you that they expected it to be poorly made at best and they wanted to make it as cheap as possible, so they basically had good amount of profit just from pre-orders. Hence why you shouldn't pre-order stuff. And that is why it seems like it will join the club of games which pissed all over great legacy they came from, like Warcraft 3 License Reforged.

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16:36 Nov-14-2021

And P.S. In state it is, if it was like 10-20USD, it might have been excusable, but for 60USD, I would expect way better remaster.

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07:04 Nov-15-2021

Nah man, i wouldnt even play these games for free

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22:44 Nov-15-2021

Hence why might... but yeah, I definitely won't argue you on that. It is just such huge waste of potential and loss of history. At least history you could legitimately buy till they decided to remove that option.

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14:55 Nov-14-2021

It was worth it if the cost of the entire trilogy was 20$, instead of 60$.

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13:40 Nov-14-2021

It got de-listed. I think that says it all.

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16:35 Nov-14-2021

It actually is worse, because they didn't remove it because it was badly done, but because I think it included some files it shouldn't. So this isn't something like Final Fantasy XIV situation, when they pulled it off because it was bad game, apologized and re-released it in way better from. If it wasn't for those files, they would be happily selling you this mess for 60USD.

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11:53 Nov-16-2021

Yeah, unlicensed music, lmao!

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01:13 Nov-17-2021

Can you even imagine the laziness to not remove just a few music files from a game? Like how little effort did they put into that pile of crap?

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13:09 Nov-14-2021

No.

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13:07 Nov-14-2021

Nope, a complete rip-off. They should have remade them properly, with at least GTA V gameplay, but RDR2 gameplay tweaked for GTA would be even better as it's smoother and less clunky, but nope.


As it stands it's a complete cash grab.

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13:00 Nov-14-2021

Cut music, online DRM, san andreas no longer has custom radio station, gets 90fps 1440p max settings gpu bound and also ports run on android,,,wut? The cut songs were still in the game just disabled by script lol. The graphics look like some kind of cartoon network tie in. They lost the alot of the original audio lines for characters. So much more could have been done with the controls....list goes on and on...

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12:22 Nov-14-2021

Makes me happy I have the originals on disc and I have a blu-ray player in my system. I have my chosen mod list already and I can completely ignore these. Take Two is one of the poster boys for my Steam sale wait-and-see.

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12:21 Nov-14-2021

Remasters such as these are only really worth it if you've never played the originals. Then why not take the updated stuff. But if you know what happens and you've played through, then I can see no point in paying to play a slightly better looking version of a game

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