Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition had a rocky launch, but Rockstar has been working to address the bugs, glitches, missing content, and other issues that have plagued the remasters. Earlier today, the developer released updates for all three GTA games in the collection on all platforms, excluding the Nintendo Switch.
The update added notable fixes including improvements to the rain effect, a cinematic camera, and other big changes. Fans weighed in on the tweaks that bring the remasters closer in line to the originals.
Fixing the Rain and Fog
One of the biggest grievances about the remasters was the glitchy rain effect. On a Reddit thread discussing the patch notes, many commented on the sheer amount of rain fixes, with user megamanxoxo saying, "Like half of them are 'fixed rain in X scene'. That could've just been one line lol."
when most of the GTA III patch notes are about rain issues 😂 pic.twitter.com/4cgVakNw8k— TJ ⚜️ (@tiim_j2001) November 30, 2021
Along with the rain, fans also missed the fog that used to cover San Andreas, and are happy that it's back.
Many fans were looking forward to hearing the correct menu sound effects in each of the three games. Unfortunately at launch, all three games used the same menu sound effects from GTA: San Andreas. Now, each game has its proper sound effects back in place.
This is a change tons of fans seem happy about, with bilbofraginz saying, "They added the old menu sounds!" and dave9393 adding, "They even fixed the menu sounds for each respective game from the Trilogy. Didn’t see this coming! Seems like they’re on the right path."
Morgan Freeman and Other Small Fixes
Old Reece, a minor character in San Andreas, has been restored to his original appearance with the latest update. The joke with the old Reece is that fans say he bears a strong resemblance to actor Morgan Freeman, and fans are thrilled with the change.
Old Reece still got it crackin'— 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕙𝕠𝕠𝕕 𝕨𝕚𝕥𝕙 𝕒 𝕓𝕖𝕒𝕜 🇵🇷 (@DarkRandy72) November 30, 2021
On a separate Reddit thread discussing the changes, fans are also happy that the Burger Shot burger properly rotates again, that an invisible bridge is now visible, and that the giant nut has been restored on top of the donut shop.
The GTA Trilogy had an extremely rocky launch, and fans discussed the games' performance problems, quality concerns, and some hilarious bugs and glitches. The negative reaction led Rockstar to relist the original versions of the games on the Rockstar store for a limited time while it works on a fix for the trilogy.
We thought the initial release of the Definitive Edition was mediocre, saying the state of the release was, "surprisingly disrespectful to both the legacy of the games themselves and their many legions of fans," in our GTA Trilogy review.
Rockstar continues to work on the trilogy to correct the laundry list of concerns. Earlier this month, the collection got its first set of fixes that made changes to character models in cutscenes, holes in the map, and more. That first update, as well as today's, is part of Rockstar's overarching plan to bring the GTA Trilogy up to a state that meets the company's "own standards of quality."
For more, check out why GTA fans think Rockstar hid a GTA 6 screenshot in the trilogy.
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.