If Skyrim can be released for the hundredth time, making the most of the next-gen, then so can Grand Theft Auto. And that’s exactly what Rockstar are doing with the release of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition.
Whilst we wait for GTA 6, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition will have to satiate your GTA hunger, as we get the chance to head back into the games which really put the franchise on the map.
Yep, we’re talking Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and, most excitedly, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. All of these have now been updated and fully optimised for the next gen, with Xbox Series X|S players being treated to a ton of enhancements – new lighting, higher-res textures, increased draw distances and more.
Further to that though is the new inclusion of GTA V styled control schemes and targeting options, ensuring that these utter classics really do find a place for themselves in the modern gamer’s home.
We’re not sure we need to go into too much detail as to how each of these titles will play out, for at the end of the day they are still the masterpieces they once were. But for those relatively new to the scene, or wanting to know what all the fuss is about, grab a brew and check out the game blurbs…
- • Grand Theft Auto III: It all starts in Liberty City. With the revolutionary freedom to go anywhere and jack anyone, Grand Theft Auto III puts the center of the criminal underworld at your fingertips, if you have enough guts to take it.
- • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City: Welcome to the 1980s. From the decade of big hair and pastel suits comes the story of one man’s rise to the top of the criminal pile. Grand Theft Auto returns with Tommy Vercetti’s tale of betrayal and revenge in a neon-soaked tropical town full of excess and brimming with possibilities.
- • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas: Five years ago, Carl ‘CJ’ Johnson escaped the haze of Los Santos, San Andreas…a city tearing itself apart with gang trouble, drugs, and corruption. Now, it’s the early 90s. CJ’s got to go home – his mother has been murdered, his family has fallen apart, and his childhood friends are all heading towards disaster. On his return to the neighborhood, a couple of cops frame him for homicide, forcing CJ on a journey that takes him across the entire state of San Andreas, to save his family and to take control of the streets in the next iteration of the series that changed everything.
You’ll find the Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition present on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5, Nintnedo Switch and on PC though the Rockstar Games Launcher.
The Trilogy itself will set you back £54.99, and whilst none of the game are available individually on Xbox, the power of Game Pass does mean that San Andreas makes a stand, fully playable to all holders of a subscription. If anything, checking that out via GP could well be the way to go, before seeing the wallet open and the cash be spent on the full Trilogy.
As always, we’ll do what we can to gather up some thoughts for a review process, but in the meantime let us know which of the Grand Theft Auto Trilogy titles you’ll be heading into first. The comments are below.
Three iconic cities, three epic stories. Play the genre-defining classics of the original Grand Theft Auto Trilogy: Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas updated for a new generation, now with across-the-board enhancements including brilliant new lighting and environmental upgrades, high-resolution textures, increased draw distances, Grand Theft Auto V-style controls and targeting, and much more, bringing these beloved worlds to life with all new levels of detail.