Gta 3, vice city & san andreas remastered for switch, ps5

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I downloaded the PS2 Classics version lớn my PS5 last week just to feed my hype for the impending remasters. Aside from adding Trophies – và, in the case of GTA, removing some songs – these are effectively running on a PS2 emulator, so I was anticipating 480p graphics stretched to fit my widescreen television. There’s a distinctive sầu look that all PS2 games possess these days: it’s grubby, hazy, & a little bit dull – but San Andreas somehow still impresses with its chunky animation cycles and attention khổng lồ detail.

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I was actually more worried about the gameplay than the graphics, but after playing a lot of GTA 5 recently, it’s amazing how well it holds up. Don’t get me wrong, the movement is twitchy and the camera has a tendency khổng lồ go completely AWOL, but in terms of control scheme it’s virtually identical lớn its contemporary – in fact, the only major difference is the mapping of vehicle acceleration và braking to the face buttons, as obviously this defaults khổng lồ the triggers on more modern incarnations of the DualShoông chồng controller.


The writing is fantastic overall: characters are, admittedly, caricatures – but they all have personality & there are plenty of laugh out loud gags. There are some scenes that I don’t think would work in a modern context – early on, there’s a mission where you chase down a flamboyant homosexual that I think shows the game’s age – but CJ is a protagonist you really feel like you can champion, và San Andreas feels lượt thích a living place where stories are overlapping and you’re just witnessing the highlights. This has always been one of the strengths of Rockstar: they build open worlds that not only look alive sầu, but you always feel like you’re merely interrupting characters who are going about their business.

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The gunplay is simplistic & cumbersome, but it’s not massively dissimilar khổng lồ GTA 5 with its lock-on functionality – the only major difference is that free-alặng is much more restricted, so you can’t go for headshots as easily. There’s also no traditional cover system in the game – that was introduced with GTA 4 – although you can crouch for an alặng accuracy boost và to hide between walls. Missions are surprisingly bombastic, including one where you’re shooting out a gang atop a train.


It’s the variety that really astounds. In addition khổng lồ all of the side-activities, like the aforementioned thể hình, you can also partake in burglaries and lowrider contests – it’s obscene how much is packed onlớn a single PS2 DVD. The checkpointing system is practically non-existent – you can skip journeys when retrying failed objectives, but you basically need khổng lồ play them from scratch if you make a tiny error – & this is something I think Rockstar need to lớn improve for the rumoured remasters. But while it doesn’t really respect your time, the plot beats are interesting enough lớn force you to push through.

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I’m surprised by how well GTA: San Andreas holds up after all this time. It doesn’t look or play as good as GTA 5, of course, but many of the same systems exist here. Obviously the likes of GTA 3 & GTA: Vice City are in need of a bigger nâng cấp – they don’t even use the second analogue stick, after all – but visuals & some mission thiết kế quirks aside, GTA: San Andreas stacks up against modern open world games. It’s not without its quirks, of course, but part of that is what makes it such a landmark title – it’s over 15 years old and it still feels like it’s ahead of the curve sầu in many regards.


What are your memories of GTA: San Andreas? Are you considering replaying this classic should the remasters turn out to be real? Follow the damn train in the comments section below.

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3 days ago

Yeah San Andreas still plays well and I liked the character customisation in this and going khổng lồ the casino"s. As for the other 2, I"ve been playing Vice City on PC with a hack khổng lồ modernise the controls and it works rather well. I"m pretty confident that if Rockstar put in a bit of effort they could easily bring them up to lớn something like modern standards


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3 days ago

The PS2 classic on PS4 isn"t great, at least the PAL version. Weird 50Hz frame pacing issues, sometimes I can see a "grid" of sorts on the screen and there are sound glitches. Its also the only game on PS4 where I have sầu had a problem running from an external hard drive và had lớn move sầu it to internal storage. I have the PS3 version based I think on the sản phẩm điện thoại version, which ups the resolution and draw distance, but removes the distinct orange colour and worst still, all the transparent grass textures. I still think its a great game, though I prefer to lớn play the original Xbox version on a 360 via BC.


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Ristar24 Hopefully the rumoured remasters will iron out all of these emulation-style issues, and tidy up the gameplay/difficulty spikes a bit.


3 days ago

I will always rethành viên the part when CJ is abducted by Tenpenny & Pulaski & dropped off in the county of Whetstone at the foot of Mount Chiliad. The serene country life was a world apart from downtown Los Santos. Fond memories from a fantastic game.


Ristar24 Yeah aside from the inclusion of trophies, the whole PS2 on PS4 program was pretty half baked, between the 50Hz problem on many games, lớn glitches, lớn the fact that it was basically abandoned after a year, with many games missing. I really hope for better on the PS5 gen.


Orpheus79V It"s a shame because it"s hard to imagine there"s not a huge audience for decently emulated PS2 games with Trophies. Alas...


Orpheus79V Yep, PS2 on PS4 was such a poor effort. As PS4 can"t output 50Hz the PAL games were arguably worst presented than on PS3, as they were forced into 60Hz creating new frame pacing problems (just lượt thích the PlayStation Classic mini console).


3 days ago

San Andreas was one of the first games I was really hyped for the release.

I remember buying every magazine with it on the cover & reading every new little detail revealed in print. "You can make your character fat in this game? Wow."

I was only 15 at the time so my dad bought it for me too