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Seemingly, it was written in the stars that the upgraded versions of Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas would be welcomed with open arms. Fans had been banging on about a remaster for ages and ages, and clever modders had taken the task upon themselves to give the games a bit of spit and polish.
Here's one of those modded projects in action - check it out!
For Take-Two Interactive (the parent company of Rockstar Games) to issue a copyright strike against these modders, it insinuated that whatever was on the horizon for these classics, it would be comparable to these creations. Oh, my sweet summer child, we were wrong.
On Metacritic, the user score for the remasters tumbled to a pitiful 0.5 from nearly 5,000 players. There are a number of issues, from glitches that turn the NPC into noodles to bugs that freeze and crash the game, and Rockstar Games was inundated with refund requests. It’s almost laughable how poorly things panned out for Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition.
However, Rockstar Games has now expressed its regret for the quality of the games and how it intends to cool off having found itself in hot water. Or should I say hot coffee?
“Firstly, we want to sincerely apologize to everyone who has encountered issues playing these games,” read the statement. “The updated versions of these classic games did not launch in a state that meets our own standards of quality, or the standards our fans have come to expect.”
The developer continued to mention that an incoming update will be live in the next couple of days, and this is only the first of a number of patches to bring the remasters to “the level of quality that they deserve to be.”
Of course, the team is developing against the clock as modders have once again stepped in to save the day. The rain in the games — a migraine trigger if ever I saw one — obscures the screen with opaque streaks making it very difficult to see the surroundings. A handful of modders have offered fixes for that and restored the fog from the originals, giving Los Santos that same sprawling feel from years ago.
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