Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition launches later today. It's still a few hours away, but some crafty players managed to sneak their way in as early as yesterday. The result of early, unintended access? This is the internet, so obviously we have leaked gameplay footage floating around online.
We strongly doubt anyone out there is concerned about spoilers regarding any of these games, but on the off chance you are, then this is probably a good time to stop reading - you've only got a short wait until you can play the game yourself, anyway.
However, if you're one of those fans who can't contain your excitement, the leaked footage gives us a much better - and less scripted - look at the visual upgrades that GTA 3 and Vice City got than the official trailer. We also get a really, really short look at San Andreas, regrettably through a phone camera, aimed at a TV, at an angle. Sigh...
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The leaked footage for 3 and Vice City is pretty extensive, coming in at half an hour and 15 minutes respectively, showing off the very beginning of each game complete with the opening cutscene and some gameplay. We get a good look at how the remastered graphics actually work in practice, and a first glimpse at the overhauled UI and the GTA 5-style weapon wheel.
Grove Street Games, the studio which was brought on board to develop these remasters, definitely did a faithful job of keeping the original looks and style while also brushing up the visuals and making the game seem less visually dated. The choice not to update the graphics to a more realistic style and keeping the old, low-poly appearance has been a controversial one, but we suspect that more players will warm up to the visuals after they get a chance to play.
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition launches today worldwide.