GTA Trilogy Arrives On Steam, Still Broken (But On Sale)

A strange looking woman sits in a diner as seen in GTA San Andreas remastered.

Immediately, after some leaks and rumors, Rockstar Video games launched Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition on Steam. The excellent news: It’s on sale, which means you possibly can seize all three basic video games for reasonable. The dangerous information: It’s the identical infamously messy remaster that hasn’t acquired a considerable replace since practically a yr in the past. As you would possibly anticipate, people ain’t too glad in regards to the state of affairs.

Let’s rewind a bit to November 2021. Just a few months after we first reported that Rockstar was planning to remaster Grand Theft Auto III, Vice Metropolis, and San Andreas, the video games launched throughout PlayStation, Xbox, Swap, and PC through Rockstar’s personal retailer. And whereas they may look good—especially in some of the urban areas at night—they had been bug-riddled disasters full of all types of wierd visible glitches and errors. The neighborhood tried to repair a few of this, however many modders decided not to help after Rockstar spent the previous few months earlier than launch going after PC mods and fan ports of outdated GTA video games.

Rockstar ultimately had to apologize to the neighborhood as a result of the remasters had been so terrible. Ultimately, Rockstar and Grove Street Games did repair some of the issues gamers had cataloged on-line. However the final main replace for the sport was in February 2022. Since then, the remastered trilogy has remained in a fairly rough state. So it doesn’t look like one of the best time to launch it on a brand new platform and but, right here we’re.


Released earlier today, the remastered GTA Trilogy is now out on Steam. You is perhaps pondering that, after such an extended wait between the preliminary launch on PC through the Rockstar Launcher and at this time’s Steam launch, Rockstar has put out a brand new, massive patch to additional enhance the gathering. However whereas that’s a smart thought to have, that’s not truly the case. As an alternative, these are the identical damaged and buggy games that haven’t acquired any form of replace in any respect since the tiny performance update in October 2022 that didn’t repair something.


To be fair, GTA: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition is currently on sale on Steam as part of a larger Rockstar Games deal, so you’re only paying $30 for three games. But it still seems pretty audacious to ask people to buy something that has been so consistently reported as broken, buggy, and bad for the last two years and not even offer any kind of small patch to improve things at all.

Kotaku has reached out to Rockstar about any future updates to the remastered GTA trilogy.


Naturally, players aren’t happy about this. On Twitter, in response to Rockstar’s tweet asserting the Steam ports, you’ll find a number of indignant and confused gamers, not sure why this took so lengthy, why it’s nonetheless damaged, and why Rockstar thinks that is okay. There aren’t many evaluations up for any of the basic GTA video games within the assortment, however early evaluations are full of folks complaining about bugs or that the video games don’t run well at all on the Steam Deck.

Whereas some maintain out hope that Rockstar will nonetheless swoop in, patch these video games up and repair all of the visible bugs and different issues, that appears extra unlikely after at this time. As an alternative, it appears that is nearly as good as issues are going to get. To not point out that Rockstar has plans to launch these video games on the Epic Retailer later this month, too. It does appear as if the time to repair GTA III, Vice Metropolis, and San Andreas has run out and Rockstar is able to transfer on. What a disgrace.


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