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Rockstar, Give Us a Grand Theft Auto Collection

/ Oct 19th, 2012 1 Comment

Rockstar Games Collection Box Art
Rockstar Games Collection Box Art

Rockstar Games Collection Box Art

Recently, Rockstar Games announced the Rockstar Games Collection: Edition 1, which includes four PS3/Xbox 360 games that were critically well received. In actuality, outside of one game, the four games do share plenty in common. The collection will include Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, L.A. Noire and Midnight Club: Los Angeles Complete Edition. Between Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption and L.A. Noire, it is easy to see what they share in common: emphasis on story, open world exploration, gunplay and distinct looks and time periods. The outlier is Midnight Club, but since it is a Rockstar current generation game, its inclusion is not too wild. It also gives anyone who picks up the collection a nice change of pace from the involved, open world exploration that the other three games employ.

It is surprising that the collection does not include the Undead Nightmare expansion for Red Dead Redemption and that Rockstar would choose to include only Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City alone and not the complete edition with Grand Theft Auto IV. The real question though is that with many collections value priced at $40 dollars now, a practice that happens mainly with HD PS2 games but can also be seen with the recent Sony collections, is $60 too much for this collection? A quick Amazon search shows that each of the games cost around $20 new; while the collection is a discount, why would customers not just buy the games separately and avoid being stuck with games they do not care to play?

[adsense250itp]Regardless of the actual value that this collection may present to the consumer, these collections are always a great idea and hopefully this leads to Rockstar releasing collections of their older games in the future. There are plenty of games to choose from in Rockstar’s large back catalog. It would be good to see some of these games get a slightly upgraded look and give people who only have newer PS3s or Xbox owners who never had a Sony system a chance to experience them again or for the first time. The obvious wish list of titles is two Grand Theft Auto collections. A Grand Theft Auto Origins Collection comprised of Grand Theft Auto, Grand Theft Auto: London 1969 & 1971, Grand Theft Auto 2 and Grand Theft Auto Advance would cover the early top-down perspective Grand Theft Auto games and be a good way to give current fans a sense of the series’ history. However, the collection that everyone would want is a collection of the PS2 era Grand Theft Auto games with HD upgrades to fix the dated look of the graphics in the original games. A collection of Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas given an HD makeover would sell tremendously today. These would be a smart series of collections to release before or after the eventual release of Grand Theft Auto 5 in 2013.

The actual Rockstar Games Collection: Edition 1 coming out Nov. 6certainly seems worth picking up for anyone who missed out on the majority of these games even if it does seem a bit pricey and has some weird omissions. However, the fact that the collection will exist is a good sign that Rockstar may release some of its older catalog in the future in economy packages for people to play again. While the obvious Grand Theft Auto Collections should be done without question, Rockstar has a rich stable of older games that should get an HD facelift. Obviously, a collection with the first two Max Payne games would be excellent, but how about a collection that includes the Warriors, Bully and the two Manhunt games? What games in the Rockstar catalog would you like to see done in a possible collection?

Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Kalvin Martinez studied Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He writes reviews, prose and filthy limericks. While he is Orange County born, he now resides in Portland, OR. He is still wondering what it would be like to work at a real police department. Follow Kalvin on Twitter @freepartysubs
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One response to “Rockstar, Give Us a Grand Theft Auto Collection”

  1. Zack Binxx says:

    I agree the GTA HD collection is something many people would want. I dont know if they would even release the manhunt games because there was so much controversy surrounding them. Wasn’t they also rated AO. It seems like a cool set but who really wants to be forced to buy midnight club. I already own rdr, la noire and gta 4 complete edition. Anyways great article

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