Despite the loss of several iconic tracks from Vice City and San Andreas radio stations, what's left is still fantastic, and thankfully, most of the soundtrack remains intact. Special mention should also go to how good the voice acting remains, setting the gold standard.
Twenty years on, GTA is looking its age, and developer Grove Street Games' attempt at an update sadly falls short. We're all for preserving the art style of the originals, but the sloppiness with which some characters have been altered, alongside a litany of technical niggles, drag this down into the doldrums.
Modernised controls and other quality of life improvements ensure that the GTA trilogy feels suitably contemporary. Even the slapdash visual overhaul can't conceal the excellent games that still exist at the heart of this collection, enhanced with neat additions like a radial menu, improved gunplay, auto saves, and so on.
Put simply, 'The Definitive Edition' is a misnomer. With missing music, dodgy visuals, and a handful of performance issues, it's a collection that fails to justify its premium price tag, and its billing as 'Definitive'. These are games that deserve much better.
Missable secret achievements will annoy some, while the rest are unsurprisingly geared towards 100% completion. There's little here that's unpredictable or interesting, but being able to play three GTA classics with achievements at all, is more than welcome.