The case when the reissue looks worse than the original 25 years ago.
On June 23, Blade Runner Enhanced Edition, an updated version of the 1997 quest that Blade Runner fans have been waiting for two years, was released on PC and consoles. The re-release was handled by Nightdive, also known for the upcoming remake of System Shock.
Developers announced remaster of Blade Runner in March 2020, and planned to release it before the end of the same year. However, the release of the game took place only in 2022 – all due to the fact that the source code of the original Westwood Studios game was lostand therefore Nightdive had to literally recreate the title from scratch.
It is worth noting that the authors of the Enhanced Edition did not even announce the date of its release – the game pages are just appeared in digital stores a couple of days before its release. And it seems that there were good reasons for the lack of an advertising campaign – according to the first players, the re-release is inferior to the original in almost everything, and the improvements promised by Nightdive are either absent or performed at a low level.
As of this writing, Blade Runner Enhanced Edition on Steam only 32% positive feedback. Valve Store users have criticized the game for jerky animations, soapy visuals, stuttering, audio issues, and more.
Blade Runner Enhanced Edition also succeeded try out Alice O’Connor, journalist for Rock Paper Shotgun. According to the reviewer, the only advantages of the remaster are full subtitles, controller support and the ability to play the cult title on modern consoles.
Otherwise, the author of the publication was dissatisfied with the “blurred” image, the lack of important details from the textures of the environment, as well as the complete absence of the atmosphere that was in the original game. Finally, O’Connor posted comparison screenshots of both versions of Blade Runner, and recommended that you check out the edition that is available on GOG.
The remaster also changed the main menu. If in the original it was made in the form of a retro computer, then in the reissue it is just a list of available options with a hero in the background. Fans think that it can be more convenient in terms of UX, but the spirit of the original is still lost.
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