GTA San Andreas remaster is what the Definitive Edition should've looked like
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Featured Image Credit: 12th Hour via YouTube, Rockstar Games
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition might just be one of the most disappointing collections of remastered games ever released. GTA III, Vice City, and San Andreas are all fantastic games, and so to hear that the three of them would be given shiny new versions on modern consoles was initially incredibly exciting when it was first announced.
That excitement soon faded when the collection actually released. The Definitive Edition was full of bugs and glitches at launch, and that aside, many fans didn’t actually think that the supposedly remastered graphics looked any good in the first place - many joked that the character models looked like they’d been pulled out of The Sims.
Take a look at the trailer for Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition below.
Needless to say, The Definitive Edition is hardly the best place to experience any of those three GTA titles, but what if they’d been remade properly? Talented YouTube content creator 12th Hour decided to take matters into his own hands by recreating GTA San Andreas’ Grove Street from the ground up, in a fan-made remaster that looks genuinely far better than Rockstar Games’ official attempt.
In a recent video on his YouTube channel, 12th Hour showed the process of creating a detailed HD model for CJ, as well as carefully putting together the legendary street, down to every last house, car, lamppost and blade of grass. The detailed textures are super impressive - the paint chipping off the wall in CJ’s house and the cracks in the road outside look so realistic.
Unfortunately though, this isn’t a complete mod or project that you can play yourself, it’s just a painful (albeit spectacular) reminder of what could have been if Rockstar decided to put a lot more time and resources into bringing San Andreas up to date on modern consoles. Please, Rockstar - take notes.