Grand Theft Auto 3 The Definitive Edition Review (PlayStation 5)

We are going back into time for our Grand Theft Auto 3 The Definitive Edition Review, Join us as we play the genre-defining classic of the original Grand Theft Auto III updated for a new generation, now with across-the-board enhancements. It all starts in Liberty City With revolutionary freedom to go anywhere and jack anyone, Grand Theft Auto III puts the center of the criminal underworld at your fingertips if you have enough guts to take it.

Grand Theft Auto 3 The Definitive Edition Review

Grand Theft Auto 3 The Definitive Edition Review Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 5.44GB download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Controller settings – 3 control schemes (modern/modern alt and classic), Invert axis and sensitivity sliders, 3rd and 1st person aiming sensitivity sliders.
  • Graphics – fidelity, and performance. Bloom, lens flare, motion blur, depth of field, contrast, and brightness sliders.
  • Subtitles – on/off, text size slider, and help text size slider.
  • You get both the Playstation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game.
  • Rockstar social club integration with its own set of achievements.
  • 8 save slots and one autosave slot.
  • Action-adventure gameplay.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Can skip cutscenes.
  • Safe houses act as save points, advance time 6 hours, and usually have a garage to store a car.
  • Tutorial pop-ups as you play.
  • The controls feel smoother and tighter than before.
  • Full 3D camera support and you have four car views including first person and three views on foot.
  • Stats screen.
  • Bring up the map on the pause menu.
  • Weapon wheel for quick weapon swapping.
  • Brief shows all previous conversations and tasks.
  • Can set your own route on the map.
  • Can steal any unlocked car.
  • The wanted level that increases with more killing but goes if you evade the police, the police gain more officers per wanted level until the army the turn-up.
  • Full of nostalgic feels.
  • Radio wheel to change stations quicker as seen and used in GTA 5.
  • Multiple radio stations covering all types of music and the typical tongue-in-cheek humor.
  • Still the same excellent voice work.
  • Death sends you back to the hospital or checkpoint.
  • Can take on side activities whenever you get the right car so be a medic or taxi driver.
  • Day/night cycle and different weather from rain to fog to the sun.
  • Improved lighting effects.
  • Lock-on for shooting.
  • Glitches can be pretty epic and funny.

Grand Theft Auto 3 The Definitive Edition Review

Grand Theft Auto 3 The Definitive Edition Review Cons:

  • Not good at telling you your objectives in a clear easy to access way, instead you have to go into the briefing menu in the pause screen.
  • Slight performance hiccups from time to time.
  • You cannot buy the games separately.
  • Each game has its own download.
  • Had clipping especially when driving.
  • Not all the songs made it back into this version.
  • No way to rebind the controls or particular buttons making tasks tricky and awkward.

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  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10


To be able to go back to the first 3D GTA game was always going to be special but always going to be hard to pull off. Immediately when you heard of a remaster you think of games like Resident Evil 2 or Medieval, games that at the core are the same game but have had significant work and additions lumped on top. GTA is not in that league, it’s got touch-ups from shinier more smoothed-out graphics to more manageable controls. This is not a bad thing and like I say just getting to replay the series is a feat within itself. I personally have no beef with how the game looks or the changes made, in fact, I believe it’s a better game than before as the loading screens are much better (shops don’t even load) the controls are more robust and it just moves at a much better place than it ever did before. GTA 3 was very much a game that defined a generation in gaming for both gameplay and content in a game. Now it is a museum piece full of excellent one-liners, banging soundtracks, and addictive gameplay. I’m not sure what people want from this but I am happy that the game is playable and stood the test of time. Yes there are bugs and hell yeah some of them are funny but the core gameplay is still there.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!