So far, PS2 re-releases via the PlayStation Network have consisted of forgotten classics. However, that's about to change with the re-release of the biggest blockbuster of the last generation. The ESRB has rated both Grand Theft Auto 3 and Vice City for PS3.
Given the listing (via Joystiq) claims Sony Computer Entertainment is the publisher, it's likely this re-release is a no-frills PS2 download and not an HD remaster, a la Ico and God of War. That's too bad, considering Rockstar Games did spruce up the visuals a bit when porting the game to iOS and Android for the game's 10th anniversary.
The final GTA game of the PS2 generation, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, has yet to be re-rated by the bureau. We've contacted Rockstar Games about what their plans for these PS2 games are, and will update when we hear back.
Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Grand Theft Auto 3 and Vice City rated for PS3.
The ESRB has rated both Grand Theft Auto 3 and Vice City for PS3.
Give me San Andreas or give me death. (Actually, I dig VC, too.)
Am I the only one torn about these recent announcements? I mean, on one hand it does help for all those who will never have a PS3 with any compatibility. On the other it's just plain annoying that these will not at least be in HD. If they don't even need to create new models or draw new textures, how difficult is it to output in a higher resolution? I guess I'll continue to rock it out with my PS2.