Blade Runner re-release gets unusually bad reviews

Blade Runner re-release gets unusually bad reviews

Nightdive Studios is famous for its remasters of classics - there are usually few complaints about them.
But something has gone wrong with Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition: the flaws in this re-release are so glaring that it has become Nightdive's lowest-rated product on Steam.As of this writing, Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition has mostly negative reviews - 29% based on 84 reviews.
In reviews and comments highlight the following shortcomings of the remaster:You can not move freely by mouse click - only between interactive points.Too primitive new interface.Before the release, the game's page said about the improved cinematic passages, where framerate was raised from 15 fps to 60 fps.
Reviews write that there are actually few improved passages.
Now the Enhanced Edition description on Steam mentions no 60 fps.Scaling is poor: users suspect that Nightdive used too simple AI algorithm, which makes the updated picture looks too blurry and deprived of a number of small details - for example, the rain looks worse.Enhanced subtitle support does not apply to cut-scenes.There are new bugs: firing is triggered repeatedly, crashes appeared.
Graphics began to look worse: in this example, you can see that in the original people in the scene were covered with haze, which more or less organically fit them into the environment ...
...And in Enhanced Edition the haze is gone, and the people turned into bright blobs.
One more example: this is how the apartment of the main character looks like in the original ScummVM engine.
And this is how it looks in Enhanced Edition.
The problem is similar: if in the original the character and the dog look like a part of the scene, in the remaster their pecularity stands out against the washed out environment.The author of the portal Rock Paper Shotgun and Blade Runner fan concludes that the remaster has only two advantages over the original: the version for consoles and support for controllers.
Otherwise, Enhanced Edition loses to the original, if you run it through the popular amateur ScummVM engine (by the way, there is a long story about it).It seems that Nightdive didn't give any official comments about the Enhanced Edition yet: the studio only said that they are going to fix the bug which doesn't allow to choose the voice acting in other declared languages.
However, at least one Enhanced Edition has already received an update: now Steam users can run the original version of Blade Runner paired with ScummVM.Other Steam products, where Nightdive is listed as a developer, do not have the same negative feedback, not even close.
Blade Runner aside, Nightdive's lowest-rated remasters are SiN: Gold and Noctropolis, each at 85%.
Nightdive, on the other hand, as a publisher, has some sins - Tex Murphy: Overseer has 35%.
But there the game is sold as a 1998 original, not a re-release with improvements.
The new menu from the re-release.
Many people don't like it - it looks too simple.
The old menu from the original.
Stylized as the in-game computer KIA.
Gennady Vorobiev ShareTags PlayStation 5 PlayStation 4 Xbox Series X | S Xbox One Nintendo Switch

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