Grand Theft Auto trilogy Mac-ing 'likely this year'

Three-pack of GTAIII, Vice City, and San Andreas probably coming to Apple's operating system in 2010, says Rockstar.

In 2001, the game-design landscape changed following the launch of the revolutionary open-world game Grand Theft Auto III on the PlayStation 2. The following year, Sony's system was graced with the 1980s throwback Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, followed by the gangsta-rap-influenced Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in 2004.

Grove Street is about to get its Mac on.

Following their PS2 debuts, all three games were later released for the PC and Xbox as part of a three-game set, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy. Now, nearly a decade after GTA III came out, it and the two other titles will debut on yet another system--the Mac.

Speaking on the official Rockstar Facebook page's Asked & Answered column, reps for the publisher said the following: "Look for the long-awaited release of the classic Grand Theft Auto Trilogy (Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas) for Mac, most likely later this year. We'll have much more info and a proper announcement soon." The Trilogy was released for the PC in 2009 and the PS2 and original Xbox in 2005.

Grand Theft Auto III is credited with taking the open-world, sandbox style of gaming mainstream and follows a mute thug on his crime spree in a New York City knockoff, Liberty City. Vice City is set in a faux Miami and is packed with 1980s references from Miami Vice to Flock of Seagulls. Set in the 1990s, San Andreas is steeped in LA-style hip-hop culture but is set in three fictionalized cities based on LA, San Francisco, and Las Vegas.

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pimpofdoom
pimpofdoom

Better late then never I guess. but most of the Mac users that I know (a lot) are not the gaming types anyway. Happy for the Mac users who will get to play these awesome games but I doubt I will be seeing any Mac users around me playing these games.

CaptainAhab13
CaptainAhab13

Aaaaand just now coming out for the Mac! I would have honestly preferred a more recent game such as GTA IV or RDR, but hey, these games DID garner a lot of critical acclaim. Glad more publishers are coming to the Mac.

suberbard
suberbard

these games might be old but they are great games even though i have gta 4 on the shelf i play gta san andreas instead

SolidSizzle
SolidSizzle

@rarson Ok, I think you're getting annoyed... I didn't mean to upset you, I'm merely stating that you don't know how to use a Mac, which makes it a bit unfair to be slating them. If you're happy with Windows then go nuts, I personally just can't stand it. Getting to network adaptor properties is literally 3 clicks of a mouse. I never said there was anything special about a Dock, I'm just trying to point out where you went wrong. Again, it's personal preference, but If I ever went mental and decided that I prefer the way Windows looks and functions, I'll just go right ahead and set up my Mac in the same way. Or I'll just install Windows and have both. "Guess what? It makes it harder to tell which programs are open." ...Really? ...Really!? As for your note about putting Cds in the trash, I tried it out and all that happens is that the trash icon becomes an 'eject' icon. I've never used it but it's just another option should a user prefer clicking and dragging, I guess. As for the eject button on the keyboard, maybe I don't want to lean under my desk every time I'm finished with a CD, and how exactly does this not make sense? It's fast, easy and just as reliable. Having never come across one, I'm guessing you may never know... My oldest Mac is five years old and it has an 'eject' key. If the Macs you've used don't have that function, then they must be getting on a bit. Is it really fair to compare them to your awesome PC that you're probably constantly upgrading? No.

rarson
rarson

@SolidSizzle Why would a keyboard have an eject button for a disc drive? That doesn't make sense. The last Mac desktop I used had neither a disc drive button nor a button on the keyboard to operate the tray. "I've never even heard of putting a CD in the desktop trash :-S" Apparently you're a Mac noob, then. "I open system preferences, go to 'Network Connections', and can choose from various tabs and boxes including adapter properties, where I can enter information." Getting to the network adapter properties is a task in itself, not nearly as easy to find as in Windows. And can you tell me how to manually enter a DNS server on OSX? "Macs tend to use a 'dock'" There's nothing special about a dock. Windows 7 allows you to pin programs to the start menu, and guess what? It makes it harder to tell which programs are open. (And no, desktop shortcuts are nothing like the OSX dock.) My point is that Apple advertises their products as being simple and sensible, and saying they "just work", when none of that is actually the case. Well, actually, the simple part is correct, but they're certainly not sensible.

SolidSizzle
SolidSizzle

@rarson You've just highlighted my point: It seems like you just don't know how Macs work. It's not fair to slate them simply because of operator error. If I want to eject a CD on my Mac, I simply click the eject button on my keyboard or laptop, or like you said, I can right click on the CD and select 'eject'. I don't understand your problem, I've never even heard of putting a CD in the desktop trash :-S As for your second point, well... I do pretty much the same thing on my Mac. I open system preferences, go to 'Network Connections', and can choose from various tabs and boxes including adapter properties, where I can enter information. Now your third and most odd point... Not knowing what programs are running? I know that windows and Macs layouts differ quite a lot, but that's just daft. Macs tend to use a 'dock', where as PCs (to my knowledge) allow you to put certain programs on the desktop, saving the need to search for them. Well, a dock does the same thing, only the programs appear in a line at a specified location rather than always on the desktop. However I should mention that it is possible and easy to change the way the mac displays programs so that they appear in the same way as a PCs desktop. Any programs currently in use simply have a small light next-to them on the dock, to show that they are running.

savetehhaloz
savetehhaloz

@The_Owner I highly doubt Macs can play GTA IV on decent settings. GTA IV for the PC was a horrible port and even with high-end nvidia cards, many people had trouble running the game with stable frame rates.

rarson
rarson

"The difference is that Windows is that Windows" Dammit, I need to pay better attention in the morning...

rarson
rarson

@Temmex "From my experience I had much more trouble with my windows computers than I have had with my mac." From my experience, I know a couple people with Macs and I have much less trouble with my Windows PC than they do with their Macs. By far, the biggest problem with Macs is hardware issues, mostly in their laptops (which is what most of the Mac users I know have), but the second most common problem involves integrating Mac hardware with non-Mac hardware. Apple's commercials always tout that they "just work" but in my experience, that couldn't be further from the truth, unless you buy all your ancillary hardware from Apple. Oh, and good luck getting driver updates (although I realize this is less of a necessity for Mac users since there is less hardware available for the platform and less software as well). The biggest problem I have with Apple, and the biggest reason why I'll continue staying away from their products, is that they don't engineer their products. They put style over substance. This is evident when you see iPods and MagSafe connectors breaking, melting, and catching fire, and the class action lawsuits over these problems are pretty damning evidence. Despite the price premium that Apple charges, the engineering simply isn't there, and I'm continually amazed that Apple's customers are willing to put up with it (like the iPhone 4's crippled reception).

rarson
rarson

@SolidSizzle "I feel the same about windows" The difference is that Windows is that Windows is intuitive and logical. For instance, I want to eject a CD. On a PC, I push the eject button, like every other disc-based appliance made. Or, if I really want to, I right-click on the drive and click Eject. On a Mac, I drag the drive to the trash can, which doesn't even BEGIN to make sense. Let's say I want to configure a network connection to use OpenDNS servers. On Windows, I simply open up Network Connections, click on the adapter properties, and enter the information. On a Mac... well, good luck figuring that one out. With Windows 98, XP, and 7, it's actually slightly different for each OS, and yet I can still find those settings with relative ease. Can't say the same for OSX. With Windows, it's easy for me to see which programs are currently running. On a Mac, those programs are just scattered all over the place. "If it takes you 10 minutes to fix something on a Mac, then it's probably just not knowing your way around them." I'll admit that I'm not nearly as comfortable with OSX as I am with Windows, but there are also certain interface issues that get in the way (like the above example) and also the fact that some settings just aren't available to the user in OSX like they are in Windows, because Apple likes deciding for you what you can and can't do with your computer. The same goes with all of their products, which is one big reason why I tend to avoid them.

The_Owner
The_Owner

Wouldn't it make more sense for them to just make GTA4 for the Mac since those games are 5+ years old?

DeadlyRamon
DeadlyRamon

I hate Apple and Macintoshes, I'm totally a Microsoft and Windows-based PC enthusiast, but I recognize the incentive to broaden the audience for particular entertainment titles. Apple computers may be a very small percentage of the overall PC market, but the Apple brand has become quite mainstream in the last decade or so thanks to other gadgets it's made that have become extremely popular, and there will be people whose love of those devices translates into an exclusive loyalty to Apple computers and a shunning of Windows PCs. Giving them a chance to play these recent classic (as opposed to classics of the 80s and 90s) console and PC games without having to resort to installing a Windows OS on a separate partition is a big plus as far as I'm concerned.

SolidSizzle
SolidSizzle

@SDSkarface I'm a Mac user and even I thought that was awesome :-D

jamyskis
jamyskis

Porting a nine-year old game really does have an air of desperation about it. I get the feeling that developers are starting to get sick and tired of Microsoft. This is probably a useless endeavour on the part of R*, but they also have the potential to the be the best version of the games, given that they are being developed with better hardware.

Flint247
Flint247

I'm pretty sure a Mac user has played either one of these games by now. :P

Temmex
Temmex

@rarson What SolidSizzle said. Also I do not have a personal vendetta against windows, used it for 15 years. From my experience I had much more trouble with my windows computers than I have had with my mac. Would love to see more games on mac but to be honest I do my multiplats on a console and the computer only games i want to play are always on mac (i.e. starcraft and diablo)

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

5 year old games because that's how bad Apple Mac's gpus and cpus are

SolidSizzle
SolidSizzle

@rarson At the end of your post you said you have to spend 10 minutes figuring out 'the backwards Apple way of doing something', but I feel the same about windows, I really think that it's a case of what you find most powerful & easy to use for what you personally want done. I had a PC and avoided Macs for ages because of some of the insane price tags, but bought a MacBook to give it a try a few years ago and haven't looked back, and I now own a desktop Mac that has replaced my equally expensive, but much worse, PC. Sure I've had a few problems, but never something I couldn't fix in a few minutes, and nothing compared to my experiences with various versions of Windows. If it takes you 10 minutes to fix something on a Mac, then it's probably just not knowing your way around them. Lots of Windows users seem complain about that... But what do you expect? It's not Windows! As for the topic on gaming... Well, Macs will probably never catch up at this rate simply because they're not as widely used, and it doesn't make sense to release for a platform that isn't as common. Look at the GTA trilogy! I played those games yonks ago on consoles!

ChangelingJane
ChangelingJane

Port GTA4 and I'll be interested. Not having to switch to Book Camp partition = massive convenience. Make it dual-platform on Steam.

jaymib
jaymib

but everyone like owns a PS2 now and these games!

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Do they think Mac users haven't played these games yet?

killlo
killlo

what are you guys talking about GTA:San Andreas not being in HD its always been in HD for pc unless your talking about ps3 & 360 or your to dumb to not know how to turn up the GF setting on your pc.

rarson
rarson

@Temmex I hear Mac users claim this all the time, but the funny thing is, I don't use any antivirus software and I don't have security issues. I believe it comes down to the type of users that Apple products tend to attract. Mac users are portrayed in Apple's own commercials as complete morons. Windows may be slightly less secure than OSX (though again, Windows 7 levels the playing field), but that's only if you have no clue what you're doing. And again, that's because Windows is much more widely used. I don't hear Mac users complaining about security issues, I hear them complaining about broken power cords, dead hardware that they can't replace, wireless NICs that only work sometimes, random Safari glitches, etc. Oh, and the biggest complaint? The fact that they have to schedule an appointment at a special Apple store 40 minutes away just to take their computer into tech support, with no guarantee that they'll actually fix the thing. Apples were more compelling purchases back when they had PowerPC chips in them when Windows machines were still stuck in 32-bit land. Now they just offer a huge price premium for "function follows form" hardware. The UI is different, but it's enough to aggravate a power user when they try to do something other than the most basic functions. Every time I fix a Mac machine, I have to spend 10 minutes figuring out the backwards Apple way of doing something.

Heshertonfist
Heshertonfist

Good for Mac users but PC's have had this for years already.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

Wow - how far behind!? They're all amazing games, but really - just now released for the Mac? :?

M3ran
M3ran

@Okami11 agree GTA san andreas in HD would be amazing @xshadowzz wow hasent it come out in PC yet,wow that is late. @badtaker i think it wants to bring down the public choice on RDR and then release it so that alot of people would buy it.:D @raghraghragh it wont happen,its like killing GTA series no? @EdenProxy mac isnt a game system its just a game compatible computer that supports MAC OS:_

xshadowzz
xshadowzz

Who gives a crap. We need Read Dead Redemption on the PC.

Okami11
Okami11

You're wasting time doing that, R*.We need GTA V, RDR on pc or just GTA:San Andreas in HD !

Temmex
Temmex

@rarson When do you hear a mac person complaining about security issues. I have never had even one security issue but on my last computer (windows), I had security issues all the time even with a good virus/spyware software. Not trying to argue just really confused.

NeilCardiff
NeilCardiff

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badtaker
badtaker

Apple paid rockstar :lol: Why don't Rockstar bring RDR to PC and stop this greediness

raghraghragh
raghraghragh

Now how about the trilogy re-released for PS3 (and 360!) in HD?

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

A crap system getting a quality game. What a joke, didn't think Rockstar would get so desperate so quickly. It's all trend if they own a mac as there is no real logical use for it. Better of with a PC and windows versatileness but apple heads don't understand that.

brok
brok

Can we actually get upgraded textures in San Andreas this time? 3 and Vice lookied amazing when rereleased on Xbox- SA looked like it was still running on the ps2

EdenProxy
EdenProxy

If mac can get exclusives then someday we can have 5 systems battling it out.

JustClient
JustClient

Good. It means I'll get it for free cause I already bought pc version from steam.

mouthforbathory
mouthforbathory

Better late than never I guess. Anyways, any Intel based Mac should be able to run those games, even the ones with integrated Intel graphics at least beyond the GMA925.

LqdSnk
LqdSnk

Why would they port the old trilogy instead of the new one?

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

@FMBelmont, Ha, I guess all fanboyz just wanna have their time in the limelight! /sarcasm ....yeah, pretty sad ain't it? Geez, who'd of thought the Mac/PC 'war' would make it way here.....please disappear back to Cnet or Engadget. Our gamer fanboism plate is already full here enough, thanks :|

Un_Ordinateur
Un_Ordinateur

Unfortunately, not any macs older than two years will be able to run them. My 2009 Imac (a regrettable purchase, I know) can barely even run Portal.

Keiner
Keiner

Ah San Andreas, easily the best in the GTA Series.

FMBelmont
FMBelmont

I really think it's silly how this has turned into mac vs. pc thread.

KlepticGrooves
KlepticGrooves

I'd have though most mac owners either don't care about this game, or have played it already.

dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

why is this news? i mean it's cool and all, for the people that havent played these. But seriously? Big announcement about porting a 6 year old game I don't know, but this seems "a little late"..

rarson
rarson

"while Win7 is a leap forward for Microsoft, OSX is still a superior OS in terms of security and usage." I disagree completely. Networking on a Mac is a joke. Macs are only easy to use if you're not that familiar with the inner workings of a computer. If you're a power user, then you're going to be better off with Windows. As far as security is concerned, I simply don't see all these security problems that Mac users are always talking about. I'm sure Microsoft releases security updates more frequently than Apple does; they're a much bigger target, a direct consequence of having the vast majority of market share. That doesn't mean the OS is less secure. Macs are great if you care first and foremost about style. For everything else, PCs are the better option.