Announced at last year’s E3, the “Zone Of The Enders HD Collection” has sparked a tiny little bit of hope in the hearts of ZOE fans all around the world: while the series seemed to have been put to rest after the second game on Ps2, the collection announcement and release meant there’s still was some interest from Konami in keeping the series alive. The Collection could also be a test to see if a third game on current generation consoles could have a good reception.
Konami’s HD collection outputs have been very unstable in terms of ports’ quality: the “Metal Gear Solid HD Collection” was very well done and it did manage to give justice to the original games, despite some minor issues; unfortunately the “Silent Hill HD Collection” didn’t do as well, with more than few bugs and glitches, missing graphical effects and overall bad performance.
As the japanese blog Game wa Kimama ni reports, the Zone of the Enders HD Collection doesn’t reach the quality level of the Metal Gear Solid one but it doesn’t even disappoint like the Silent Hill one. However it’s evident how Ps3 owners will be disappointed: the xbox 360 version runs quite a bit better.
Anime cutscenes are fine on both versions and play identically so there’s no real advantage for Ps3 bluray medium. Performances during cutscenes and gameplay are better on Xbox 360 with an avarage of 39.983 frames per second, with the Ps3 going on a slower rate with 32.218. In any case it’s hardly a 60 frame per second game and it’s really a shame there’s hasn’t been a real improvement: the original game keeps a simliar frame rate and in a high speed action game a true 60 frames per second rate would have greatly improved the already good gameplay experience.
The japanese blog also reports some more issues with the Ps3 version: the game is a little whitish during cutscenes and gameplay and motion blur seems to be missing on Sony’s console version. It’s quite ironic that a Ps2 game doesn’t perform too well on its successor!
The “Zone of the Enders HD Collection” will be released tomorrow, October 30, on both Ps3 and Xbox, featuring a Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance playable demo.
Source: Game wa Kimama ni
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