A few years ago, indie developer VBlank Entertainment offered a cheeky take on the original Grand Theft Auto games with the top-down Retro City Rampage. Earlier in 2014, the studio re-visited their creation on 3DS, offering a complete top-to-bottom revamp of their previous outing. It beared the title Retro City Rampage: DX and this remastered version is now set to release across all PlayStation platforms next week.
"Those who’ve been following RCR will know just how much the game has changed since the original launch," VBlank's Brian Provinciano said on PlayStation.Blog. "Within weeks of the original RCR’s 2012 release, updates made vehicles faster, added more checkpoints, tutorials, hints screens, and tweaked missions. Those changes made great improvements, but still just scratched the surface. DX is a top-to-bottom remastering of just about everything. For DX, every single mission’s been re-tuned. Vehicles. Weapons. Challenges. Visual Effects. Visual Enhancements. Checkpoints. Difficulty. Challenges. From the game’s core to sprinkles on top, such as parking garages and waypoints, it’s more than just a new coat of paint."
RCR DX will feature new video filters, refined movement controls, re-balanced weapons, a deeper wanted level, and a parking garage to store up to 54 vehicles. With this being the definitive version of RCR, Provinciano adds that the original version of the game will be removed from the PlayStation Store upon DX's release. Those wanting a taste of vanilla RCR can access it as a separate game mode in DX, though it unfortunately appears that owners of the original will have to make another purchase if they're looking for the DX upgrades.
Retro City Rampage DX will release on November 11 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Vita with cross-buy and cross-save. It will release for $9.99 (notably $5 less than the original), with PlayStation Plus members getting 20 percent off.