Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition players are dissatisfied with the news in a recent listing for the physical Switch release.
The contentious Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition has had a shaky rollout since its debut last year. After all, what should have been a thorough overhaul of three of the most acclaimed GTAs of all time was beset with incessant immersion-breaking issues, which left nothing but a sour taste for players who were desiring to relive the original games’ debauched escapades. Now, circumstances are only escalating further as a physical copy listing for the Nintendo Switch has left many feeling fans let down by the publishers.
For the uninitiated, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition is a remastered anthology that aims to enhance the experience of three defining PS2-era Rockstar titles: Grand Theft Auto 3, Vice City, and San Andreas. While this sounds like a dream come true for many gamers, the public reception has been nothing but unfavorable, with the poor quality resulting in low Metacritic scores for the GTA Trilogy. Since then, the developers have attempted to set the record straight with patches such as GTA: Vice City’s update 1.04 map changes and the release date announcement for the physical release for the Switch edition.
However, it now seems that the publisher has put many players off the idea of picking up a Switch copy of the trilogy, as the cartridge does not include any full versions of the games. This report comes from the fact that box art for the game features a “Download required” heads up on the front. Therefore, it is likely that a digital download that contains the entirety of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy is required once the buyer inserts the cartridge into their console. Only after the enormous download can the buyer experience each respective game.
Set to hit store shelves next month, gamers reacted to the somewhat lackluster handling of the release with overwhelming negativity on Reddit. Just from looking at the top replies to a post created by user Ertaboy356b, it’s clear that the common criticizing consensus is that Rockstar Games should not have even bothered with a boxed physical release since this edition is “a glorified bunch of plastic.” On top of this, users were quick to point out the inadequate respect for the environment from the publishers as it has “created more plastic waste” that “offers zero use.”
In summary, considering that all the details regarding how the port of the GTA Trilogy for the Nintendo Switch will perform are yet to be outright confirmed, it is best to wait for the full release to see exactly how it plays out. Nevertheless, the information available to the public at the moment is certainly unfortunate and another reason why the preponderance of gamers appears to oppose the overall trilogy.
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition is available now for PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. The physical Switch version will release on February 11.
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