what players and journalists write about Blade Runner Enhanced Edition – DTF games

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.

Everything is bad here. From the main menu, the game makes it clear that this is not a remaster, but a regular port, also a curve. The main menu looks, to put it mildly, POOR, the feeling that it was made in RPG Maker. You will be haunted by 15 fps: cutscenes, gameplay and character animations (although we were promised upscaling to 60 fps), there is not even 16:9 support, which will cause you to play with frames on the sides. Subtitles cover the screen with their *********** frame. The models are still the same voxel and look like with PS1, they have not been improved at all.

The backgrounds of the locations are “soapy” and the models of the characters (or objects) stand out very much against their background (is this your SMAA?)). The quality of the cutscenes has not been improved and they also look pixelated. Under the EXPANDED EDITION, there should be an expansion of the game, not its castration. I do not recommend buying or even piracy. It’s better to run the original through ScumVM, it looks much better on it than this misunderstanding.

Steam user

Oh god, something went wrong. I’ve only played 15 minutes and first impressions are terrible…

First, the original game is a masterpiece, to be exact. I liked it back in 1997, and I recently bought the ScumVM version from GOG – it still holds up well. If you buy the Enhanced Edition from GOG, the ScumVM version will be bundled, so you should play it there. Because…

This “remaster” is an insult to the original game. Cutscenes look a lot worse at 60fps (for the same reason “motion smoothing” looks terrible on TV screens). The sound is constantly interrupted and disappears! There are also gameplay bugs. For example, the inability to walk in the first scene, except when you click on an interactive object!! The game seems untested and simply not ready for release.

I know it was a problematic project, but Nightdive just seems to have thrown everything they had ready and done with it. I’m not going to ask for a refund (yet) because Nightdive has bugged and fixed everything before, so fingers crossed they’ll take care of this game as well.

Steam user

So let me start off by saying that I am a huge fan of this game as well as the movie. I bought the original Westwood version as soon as it came out and I still have the original CDs.

It cannot be called an “extended version”. First, the increased resolution of the cutscene is the worst I’ve ever seen. The picture is blurry and “stuttering”. The rest of the game works more or less the same, but still not as good as the original.

Steam user

I’m not sure if I would call heavily blurring an already existing game an “improved version”. That’s just terrible. Along with many other bugs and issues, this title is absolutely not worth your money. All the details are sucked out of the textures, and the atmosphere is completely destroyed. Buy the version from GOG which is much better.

Until some bugs are fixed and the original textures are returned to the game, this is definitely a refund.

Steam user

Constant freezes, weird audio issues, horrible main menu… It just doesn’t match the standard quality of Nightdive releases and it’s a shame for the studio. Visual bugs also abound – running around causes the screen refresh color (green) to appear before assets are loaded.

Steam user

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.

Comparative screenshots

Original

Enhanced Edition

Original

Enhanced Edition

Original

Enhanced Edition

Original

Enhanced Edition

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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