Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition is one of the lowest user-reviewed games of all time, following what many may perceive to be a terrible launch. GTA: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition has a User Score of just 0.5 out of 10 based on 2903 ratings at the time of writing, according to Metacritic.
Many user reviews express similar concerns, with users dissatisfied with the Definitive Edition’s overall lack of quality. Players have complained about the poor graphics optimization, which frequently uses textures that appear unnatural and odd in comparison to the antiquated looks of the original releases. Others have pointed out that the upgraded animations have resulted in glitchy character models, and that the improved weather effects, particularly rain, make navigating the city practically impossible. The games are also riddled with problems, which, although occasionally amusing, make the $60 USD price tag difficult for many gamers to justify.
The way Rockstar Games handled the release of GTA: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition is one of the most prevalent complaints. A few weeks before the collection’s release, Rockstar removed all of the original games from digital retailers, thereby requiring gamers to buy the Definitive Edition if they didn’t already own Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, or San Andreas.
It’s Being Compared To Warcraft 3: Reforged and Cyberpunk 2077
Many players are drawing parallels to prior disastrous video game debuts, citing Warcraft 3: Reforged and Cyberpunk 2077 as examples. Both games, which were published in 2022, were notorious for their poor performance on PC and console, with many promised features never being implemented.
Even on opening day, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition struggled, despite the positive reviews. Due to difficulties with the Rockstar Launcher, the PC version of the collection was delisted after only a few hours. Players were unable to access GTA: The Trilogy for nearly 24 hours because the app is the only way to launch the PC version of the game. This version of the game is now available on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch, in addition to the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 editions.