Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, and San Andreas are three of the most beloved games of all time; they are what arguably laid the foundation for Rockstar Game's current success. So, when Rockstar botched the release of Grand theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition, some backlash was to be expected. But, it appears that fans are so disappointed that Rockstar is trying to save face by giving PC owners who bought GTA Trilogy free copies of as many as five games.
Is one free Rockstar game enough to salvage GTA Trilogy?
GTA Trilogy's launch was so terrible that fans began demanding refunds just days after it was released. Although the studio has since committed to fixing the games, they're still a far cry from the quality that you'd expect from Rockstar.
To try and make good to PC owners, who might have gotten the short end of an already short stick, Rockstar is giving away a copy of one of the following games for free to anyone who owns GTA Trilogy:
- Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Edition
- Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition
- Max Payne 3
- LA Noire
- Bully: Scholarship Edition
GTA Trilogy owners will have until January 5, 2022, to claim one of the games listed above on the Rockstar Games Shop. Alternatively, GTA Trilogy owners on the PC can choose to redeem a Great White Shark card in GTA Online or 55 Gold Bars in Red Dead Online. Regardless of which one you end up choosing, you're bound to go home a happy camper. However, it would have been a lot nicer if Rockstar put in more effort to make sure that GTA Trilogy worked as intended.
It's weird that Rockstar is having problems getting GTA Trilogy to run well. The modding community has spent years trying to improve the classic PS2-era games. All Rockstar had to do was ask and most would have been more than happy to lend a hand. Instead, Rockstar's parent company, Take-Two, effectively went up against the game's most prominent modders, even taking down some of the most popular mods.
Having said that, it's interesting that two of the games that Rockstar is giving away are rumored to get either remaster or a sequel. Earlier this year, there were talks about Rockstar working on a GTA IV remaster with a 2023 release date. Meanwhile, the last we heard about Bully was that Rockstar planned to reveal either a remaster or a sequel at TGA 2021 but did not push through with it for some reason, although some sources claim that Rockstar has long dropped its plans for Bully 2.