If you’re still waiting for more news on Grand Theft Auto 5, well I can’t help you there. But here’s some news to help pass the time: Grand Theft Auto 3 – previously re-released for mobile devices – and GTA: Vice City were recently re-rated for the PS3.
As is with most games, news of the upcoming re-release was outed by the ESRB. The rating only makes mention of a PS3 version, meaning the titles probably won’t make their way to the Xbox 360. San Andreas, widely regarded as the best game in the franchise, was surprisingly absent.
It seems as though the games will only be re-released as PS2 Classics, which unfortunately means they won’t be HD remakes, so no trophy support or HD visuals. The games will be joined by three SpongeBob titles: SpongeBob’s Atlantis Squarepants, SpongeBob Squarepants: Creature from the Krusty Krab, and The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie, which means the GTA re-releases are most certainly PS2 Classics as I don’t think THQ would ever do an HD remake of a SpongeBob game. Though to be fair, if they did, I’d chase the Platinum in The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie (don’t judge).
While many gamers will be glad to play these titles on their PS3’s – what with recent models missing backwards compatibility and all – Rockstar really could have made a killing off of an HD remake. Playing past Grand Theft Auto games in HD with Trophy/Achievement support would be a dream come true for a lot of gamers, and releasing the games as PS2 Classics just feels like a missed opportunity.
In any case, it seems we’re stuck with PS2 Classics, which isn’t too bad considering the games still hold-up pretty well given their age. It seems as though Xbox 360 owners will have sit this one out, as Sony will be publishing GTA 3 and Vice City for their digital releases. On the plus side San Andreas is available as an Xbox Original via Xbox Live, so you could always play that if you’re in the mood for some classic GTA.
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