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The GTA Trilogy Definitive Edition graphics are an absolute car crash

Nothing beats the power of nostalgia, as most recently proven by the rapturous response to the news of a remastered Grand Theft Auto trilogy. But now that Rockstar Games has finally re-released the PS2 originals with updated graphics, it seems nostalgia has been replaced by pure bewilderment.

Fans can't get their heads around a series of peculiar character renders, and have taken to Reddit and Twitter to offload about the frankly baffling art style. While it's clear that the slightly cartoonish look of the originals is meant to have been preserved, some of these renders are just plain bad. (Check out the best 3D modelling software if you think you can do better – we think you can.)

Grand Theft Auto Definitive Edition glitches

Oh dear (Image credit: Rockstar Games/Future owns)

From wildly disproportioned limbs to terrifying faces, the characters of all three remastered Grand Theft Auto games are nightmare fodder indeed – and in some cases, fans think they look even worse than their early noughties counterparts. Let's just say the graphics aren't a patch on those stunning PS5 racing visuals that took the internet by storm this summer. 

And it isn't just the character models that are flawed. From typo-riddled shopfronts to physics-defying glitches, the Grand Theft Auto Reddit page (opens in new tab) is absolutely full of users offering their bemusement (and amusement) at the remaster's many, many bugs.

im_at_a_loss_for_words_how_can_they_get_away_with from r/GTA

While fans were initially excited about the remaster, it's fair to say the release has been something of a GTA-style car crash – perhaps even enough to rival last years disastrous Cyberpunk launch. These terrible character models, along with countless other bugs and glitches, have left the remaster with a Metacritic rating (opens in new tab) of 0.5, aka "overwhelming dislike". Ouch. 

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Indeed, the graphics are such a shocker that some users are even comparing it to the many botched art restorations we've seen in recent years, such as this less-than-immaculate revamp (opens in new tab) of The Immaculate Conception. If you're still curious to try out the remasters (or to play, you know, anything else), check out today's best games console deals below. 

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Daniel Piper
Daniel Piper

Daniel Piper is Creative Bloq’s Senior News Editor. As the brand’s Apple authority, he covers all things Mac, iPhone, iPad and the rest. He also reports on the worlds of design, branding and tech. Daniel joined Future in 2020 (an eventful year, to say the least) after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more. Outside of Future, Daniel is a global poetry slam champion and has performed at festivals including Latitude, Bestival and more. He is the author of Arbitrary and Unnecessary: The Selected Works of Daniel Piper (Selected by Daniel Piper).