The Grand Theft Auto games are full of jokes – or, as I like to call them, “jokes”. I refer to the habit of replacing words in signs and company names with rude soundalikes or double talents.
These jokes have been restored by GTA: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition’s latest patch, which corrects spelling on signs, puts the hard angles back on the Tuff Nut logo, and stops it raining indoors quite often.
Several of GTA’s jokes were broken by Definitive Edition, which appeared to upscale textures and OCR text with inconsistent results. A music store’s advertised “Air Guitars” became “AR Guitars”, and their “Guitarwank Booths” became “Guitarhenk booths”. Shaft Hot Dog’s slogan, meanwhile, confused a low-resolution M for an H and became “The Taste Of A Real Man’s Heat.”
The most sinister of these was by far San Andreas’s Tuff Nuts donut shop, whose sign contained a hexagon nut along with a deliberate (unavoidable) polygonal donut. The Definitive Edition smoothed both, even the nut.
A new patch, released today, fixes all of the above and dozens more. The full patch notes also include fixes for a lot of rain: places where it appeared indoors, places where it appeared incorrectly during intermediate sequences, places where it appeared underwater.
Other notable changes include the reintroduction of the cinematic camera, corrections to the user interface, the closure of several holes in the world that players could fall through, and more.
If not obvious, the Grand Theft Auto Trilogy’s Definitive Edition was launched as a total mess and was even removed from sale for inadvertent inclusion of multiple files. Modders have fixed things so far, but Rockstar apologized and promised to fix the games. They have also made the originals available again, but only through Rockstar Launcher.
In other words, it’s been less Definitive Edition, and more like … Duffitive Edition. There we go, a “joke” Rockstar would appreciate.