Not so grand: Rockstar’s remastered GTA trilogy on Nintendo Switch is a mess

Calm before the storm

Rockstar Games released LA Noire for Nintendo Switch in 2018, but since then, the studio has been neglecting the traditional family-friendly hybrid console, despite its undeniable commercial success young people. When Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition was released on all major platforms, many people were pleasantly surprised. These are the highly acclaimed games (GTA III, GTA: Vice City and GTA: San Andreas). ) Debut. ) Can be used not only on handheld devices, but also on Nintendo systems.

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition is developed by Grove Street Games, the studio is mainly known for porting the Grand Theft Auto trilogy to mobile devices to celebrate the 10th anniversary of each game. The final version enhances these old ports by rendering them in Unreal Engine 4, bringing better lighting, shadows and reflections, redesigned textures, and AI upgrades. The quality of life has also undergone many changes, including but not limited to; new control schemes and game features that make them more reminiscent of GTA V, gyroscope aiming, and the ability to navigate cameras and menus using the touch screen (exclusive to the Nintendo Switch version) . It also includes the much-needed ability to immediately restart tasks in the event of failure.

When Grand Theft Auto III was first launched for the PlayStation 2 in 2001, it was a special start because it brought the franchise into a 3D open world of cars, violence, sex, and drugs—fans have come to this All elements of the series to understand and love. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City was released a year later, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas followed in 2004. Since then, these games have been touted as the greatest games of all time. The idea that these well-loved games will get remade feels incredibly good, unfortunately, it mostly is.

widthDid something go wrong?

Strangely, some of the features in The Definitive Edition did not appear in the original version of the game. Run-Around LS is a two-person cooperative mode in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Although this looks very suitable for Nintendo Switch, it is nowhere to be found. There are many other small omissions, including the disappearance of haze due to the newly increased drawing distance. Although this is for graphics improvements, it ultimately makes the game feel less atmospheric.

Most importantly, the final version is disappointingly full of game errors, frame rate issues, and “upgraded” character models. These models usually look worse than the original version, which fundamentally transforms the original high-quality storytelling and gaming experience. It became a frustrating mess.Although some of these errors are forgivable due to their existence in the original version, the developers hope Keep its history properly, There are many examples of new glitches and texture problems that cannot be ignored. Ironically, in this case, the term “certainty” must be misleading.

According to technical analysis Digital foundry, GTA III on Nintendo Switch only runs at 648p resolution, 480p in handheld mode, and the frame rate limit is 30fps. Although this usually doesn’t break the deal, because Switch owners are used to this performance on some graphically demanding ports (such as DOOM Eternal), the frames of all three games in the GTA trilogy The instability of the rate is very obvious. This almost brings painful and tense experiences throughout the game.

We can only speculate why and how things ended in this way. Reference Grove Street Games’ LinkedIn On the profile page, the company has 21 employees, a relatively small number of people responsible for developing three large open world remake ports. Considering that most of the studio has experience in mobile ports, and the project has only been developed for a little over 2 years, during the pandemic, we can well understand that things are going in the wrong direction. Rockstar Games may also hope to provide The Definitive Edition to consumers in time during the holidays, resulting in the game being released in an apparently unfinished state.

Not all hope is lost

As for the gameplay itself, it is important to remember that these games have been around for nearly 20 years, so it is natural that certain aspects will feel dated. NPC’s AI is quite flawed. Although sometimes it can provide the enjoyment of a comedy skateboard 3-style, it can also cause some minor annoyances when performing tasks. But in general, the entire trilogy has aged quite gracefully, especially with the new controls inspired by GTA V. In short, driving stolen vehicles through the city, shooting rival gang members, and participating in the violent activities of illegal drug dealing is just as fun as it used to be.

Each entry in the trilogy is a great improvement over the previous one, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in interesting stories, unique characters, interesting missions and impressive map sizes. The aspect is the obvious leader. This is not to say that GTA III and GTA: Vice City did not perform very well, but these three games should definitely be played in the order in which they were originally released. Each game further improves the formula of the series by adding new mechanisms and gameplay to make the open world more attractive.

After fans strongly objected, Rockstar Games apologized for the current release status and promised to update in the future to resolve many of the reported issues.first renewVersion 1.02 has been launched for all platforms, fixing a large number of bugs, glitches and localization issues that disrupted the game. Although there is still a lot of work to be done, this is definitely a big step in the right direction, although it remains to be seen whether the frame rate and other aspects will be improved. The following is a quote from Rockstar:

“We have an ongoing plan to solve technical problems and improve each game. With each update of the plan, the game will reach the quality level it deserves.”

– Rock star game

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition The current user rating is 0.7/10 Meta critic, Making it the 9th worst-reviewed Nintendo Switch game on the site. It’s easy to understand why die-hard fans and newcomers of the GTA series will be upset about this latest version, but we only hope that Rockstar Games will continue to deliver on their promise and create the redemption arc that remakes of these traditional games deserve.

Nintendo UK provided My Nintendo News with a copy of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition for this feature.