We’ve played GTA: The Trilogy — The Definitive Edition. Is it good?

News 12/11/2021

GTA: The Trilogy — The Definitive Edition launched on the 11th of November, and we’ve already had a chance to get our hands on it! Is it worth buying? Have we discovered any glitches? And how does it differ from the original trilogy? Here’re our thoughts. 

We’re avid fans of the Grand Theft Auto franchise, so when we heard that Rockstar was going to release the remastered version of GTA: The Trilogy in November, we knew we had to get it! And we did. We lost no time, and we have some thoughts to share with you. 

GTA: The Trilogy Remaster — new and improved?

GTA: The Trilogy — The Definitive Edition, at first glance, is a refreshed version of the original, with much-improved graphics and kept in the cartoon-like style. We could see that some of the new features were really well thought-through. 

The improved shooting from the vehicles now allows you to switch between sides during shooting — a feature previously missing from the game. It definitely makes the gameplay easier. Moreover, in San Andreas, you can also shoot ahead while in the vehicle, which is, unfortunately, missing from GTA III and Vice City.  

The lighting and the shadow systems have been rebuilt from scratch. Depending on which installment you play, these features are used differently. For example, Vice City has lots of illuminated buildings and neon lights, which, in turn, cast more light on the vehicles than in GTA III, which is kept in a darker aesthetic. Moreover, the weather conditions were also improved and are much more visible. That, along with impressive greenery, is making the Trilogy ever-so realistic. 

Some things still need more improvement 

Although the trilogy is definitely better, there are some things that, in our opinion, won’t work in the long run and ones Rockstar could skip altogether. The developers introduced the radio and weapon selection wheels, known to the players from GTA V. However, in our opinion, the weapon selection doesn’t work as great as in GTA V. Although it didn’t show which weapon we’ve currently selected, all and all it is great that this feature appeared in the trilogy. It just needs a little bit more improvement. Moreover, some iconic tracks are missing from all of the games. 

Our thought on the individual titles

We have lots to say about the remaster, so let’s see the good and the bad of each of the individual games of the remastered trilogy.


Here’s the thing. Although the trilogy was definitely improved, there are many features that were left untouched, such as collectibles. There are visible glitches and bugs, for example, there are no drivers in the GTA III intro. Moreover, some cheats were removed from the game. Another unfortunate downgrade is that we couldn’t fly the dodo airplane on PC. Although we could access it on the console, it was still difficult to fly. The game is definitely more visually pleasing, as it lost its gloomy graphics for more vibrant ones, but it has the least amount of improvements from all of the games in the trilogy. Which, in our opinion, is a shame. 

GTA Vice City

Vice City lost the fewest tracks when it comes to the radio ‘improvements.’ However, the ones that don’t appear are the ones that are the most famous from the game. A huge downside. Moreover, the developers promised GTA V-like mechanics (controls and shooting). However, as it turned out, these promises were half true. The mechanics still resemble the original and looked more like the mobile version, inspired by the original PC games. 

GTA San Andreas

Unfortunately, San Andreas went through a major downgrade. In our opinion, the performance was the worst out of all of the games in the GTA trilogy. Not only did it lose the most songs, but the characters also looked the worst. Moreover, we noticed many glitches, mainly caused by the lighting. The fog covering the map also disappeared, which gave the impression that it’s much smaller than we remember from the original version. 

GTA Trilogy’s radio is missing some major songs

As we’ve already mentioned, a great number of songs are missing from the refreshed GTA trilogy. Here are the tracks that unfortunately got removed:

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force – Looking for the Perfect Beat 
  • Herbie Hancock – Rockit 
  • Irakere – Añunga Ñunga 
  • Kate Bush – Wow 
  • Michael Jackson – Billie Jean 
  • Michael Jackson – Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ 
  • Ozzy Osbourne – Bark at the Moon 
  • Tyrone Brunson – The Smurf 

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • 2Pac (ft. Pogo) – I Don’t Give a Fuck 
  • The Blackbyrds – Rock Creek Park 
  • Black Harmony – Don’t Let It Go to Your Head 
  • Blood Sisters – Ring My Bell 
  • Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band – Express Yourself 
  • Fatback Band – Yum Yum (Gimme Some) 
  • Gap Band – You Dropped a Bomb on Me 
  • James Brown – Funky President (People It’s Bad) 
  • James Brown – The Payback 
  • The JB’s – The Grunt 
  • Joe Cocker – Woman to Woman 
  • N.W.A. – Express Yourself 
  • Ozzy Osbourne – Hellraiser 
  • Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name 
  • Roy Ayers – Running Away 
  • Tom Petty – Runnin’ Down a Dream

GTA Trilogy Remaster — is it worth the hype?

So is GTA: The Trilogy — The Definitive Edition worth buying? If you are an avid fan of the series like ourselves, it is definitely worth a try. The trilogy offers more visually-pleasing gameplay and some cool new features. However, with all the glitches and features, which still need improvement, maybe it’s better to wait until the game drops in price.

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