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Review: Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition – Three Classics In One Shocking Package


It should have been so easy, or so one would have thought. Three epic open world masterclasses that took the gaming industry by storm back in the early noughties, finally arriving on Switch and giving us all an absolute smorgasbord of hilarious criminal hijinks to dig into. Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition on Nintendo’s portable console should be a marriage made in heaven. However, as it turns out, Rockstar must have been almost fully divorced from reality to let this port release in the state in which we’ve reviewed it.

The games here themselves need no introduction. Grand Theft Auto 3, Vice City and San Andreas released in 2001, 2002 and 2004 respectively, delivering spectacular open worlds that are absolutely oozing with edgy atmosphere, amazing soundtracks, memorable characters and hilarious slapstick action. They’re meticulously crafted slices of satircal Americana in which to run amok. That stuff is all still here, but it’s been massively compromised by a port that beggars belief, especially considering that the most recent of these games released 17 years ago.

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