Following the release of the video for Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition, some fans took to social media to critique the game’s art style.
Rockstar Games recently released the first full trailer for Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition, which includes updated current-generation graphics and other significant improvements – but some fans are critical of the remaster’s the visual style, claiming that it is too “cartoonish” or “unreal.” Nevertheless, the long-rumoured Grand Theft Auto remaster trilogy was unveiled earlier this month, promising the three PS2-era sandbox games – Grand Theft Auto 3, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas – would offer graphical and gameplay improvements to modern standards. Furthermore, the compilation game will be available on both current-generation and previous-generation systems.
While no footage or photos were publicly released until today, multiple leaks suggested that the collection will meet the standards of the rumoured big graphical overhauls. Furthermore, the PC requirements for the next title appeared to be higher than expected, presumably validating suspicions that the game would contain enhanced visuals. GTA trilogy remaster system specifications were revealed to have updated high-resolution textures, larger draw distances, new lighting, and modern controls, sizing up to roughly 45 GBs and requiring at least 2 GBs of video RAM. Nonetheless, its graphics were said to be the same as in the 2000s, with only minor enhancements – which some fans eventually consider to be incorrect.
Following the release of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition’s complete video, many fans rushed to social media to criticise the game’s new graphic style and visual depiction. The remaster was created using Unreal Engine 4 rather than RenderWare, and some have likened it to other popular titles that look similar or use the same technology. This includes games like Fortnite, The Sims, and Roblox, which most people dislike since the art design is cartoonish and does not reflect reality. Thafnine, a popular YouTuber, mocked the remaster’s appearance, claiming that Rockstar Games had “hired that man.” This refers to YouTubers that construct Unity and Unreal Engine fan project remakes of popular games and exhibit them for entertainment purposes.
rockstar games actually hired that man pic.twitter.com/glo2NFRlMf
— T9 (@Thafnine) October 22, 2021
This shit is looking like Roblox lmao pic.twitter.com/8pOXOnNrQ5
— LucasAleFer (@LucasAleFer) October 22, 2021
The trailer was super overwhelming, but I hate how the characters look less intimidating and more like the Sims now. pic.twitter.com/eg2pIi5sRC
— 𝐋𝐨𝐰 𝐏𝐨𝐥𝐲 𝐃𝐞𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 (@PolyDepression) October 22, 2021
Although the new title has received substantial enhancements, this disdain is directed squarely at the GTA trilogy remaster’s characters and Rockstar’s decision to pursue a more cartoon-style approach. The trailer hints that the impending GTA trilogy remaster improves the aesthetics of the iconic title, with Rockstar possibly living up to its initial vision for the Grand Theft Auto franchise. Since the debut of Grand Theft Auto 3, Rockstar has employed comic-book-style artwork for its Grand Theft Auto video game covers, and this art design choice may be the closest the business has gotten to bringing its trademark covers to life.
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition is due to be released on November 11, and it will be interesting to see what players think once they’ve completed all three titles. With Grand Theft Auto 6 lacking, the Definitive Edition should keep players occupied until Rockstar announces its sequel.
The Definitive Edition of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy will be available digitally on November 11, 2021, for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Rockstar Game Launcher. On December 7, 2021, the collection will also be available physically for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, and Nintendo Switch.