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The reputation of Rockstar Games appears to have taken a permanent hit among PC gamers due to the botched release of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition. From a broken launcher that prevented anyone from playing the game to graphical bugs and aggressive DRM, players have been given all sorts of justification for review bombing the collection, which now sits with a measly score of just 0.6 on Metacritic. The ports have been described as “horrible” and being regarded by many who are demanding refunds as this year’s Cyberpunk 2077.

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“A broken and ugly downgrade in every regard,” reads the “most helpful” review. “A look at any screenshot should suffice to realize the mess Rockstar published here. But look a bit deeper and you’ll realize just how broken this de-master really is. From new game-breaking bugs to typos to broken 3D models, missing effects, etc. The list goes on and on. Stay away.”

“DO NOT BUY THAT FOR $60,” screams another. “A company which makes dozens of millions of dollars from GTA online just tries to screw us, by selling for an AAA game price three 20 years old games with a couple of new lights, destroyed character models and the same exact engine. Just download some mods to the original games- it will look WAY better. By buying that you’re destroying the market and allow to continue treating consumers like trash. The largest gaming disappointment in recent years.”

Social media has plenty of examples of why GTA fans might want to stay away from the new “definitive” editions. One clip that has taken off demonstrates new weather effects that make it very difficult to see.

Source: Metacritic

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11 Comments

  1. All remasters are stupid and it is more likely a bored dev’s weekend project that turns into a super cash grab for the crooks, so, for me, it’s hard to stand with gamers that buy into these shenanigans and I feel like that got exactly what they deserve for supporting this BS.

    Remake or NOTHING!

  2. Given how bad these remasters are doing, this fad should die out pretty soon.

    Although I might give the Crysis ones still a go.

  3. I think paying attention to who does well and turns this shit around is important. Rockstar could learn and give a better experience to customers still. Will be interesting to see how they react.

  4. If the game is literally a broken, unplayable mess then giving it a 0 is not a review bomb, it is a legitimate evaluation.

  5. I’m surprised it’s going as badly as it is honestly. It’s not like Rockstar doesn’t have the resources to make this go smoothly. It’s like they just handed the project to an intern and let them do whatever for 3-4 months.

  6. [QUOTE=”Brian_B, post: 43861, member: 96″]
    I’m surprised it’s going as badly as it is honestly. It’s not like Rockstar doesn’t have the resources to make this go smoothly. It’s like they just handed the project to an intern and let them do whatever for 3-4 months.
    [/QUOTE]
    That’s exactly what they did, handed it to some unproven company where it seems the hiring metric is not competence.

  7. [QUOTE=”Denpepe, post: 43843, member: 284″]
    Although I might give the Crysis ones still a go.
    [/QUOTE]
    I felt the first one has come a long way and they put that missing level back in. The 2nd game has been pretty incredible which is surprising since it used to be my least favorite. The third looks and plays great but it mostly always has so it’s difficult to notice the improvements.

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