Blade Runner Game Remaster is Apparently Terrible

Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition, the new remaster of the iconic 1997 video game, is apparently pretty bad. Blade Runner is one of the most respected properties, largely due to the way it created such an immersive and spectacular world long before the days of all-CG worlds. Even with the sequel to the film, Blade Runner 2049, director Denis Villeneuve chose to create as many sets and practical miniatures as possible while mixing everything with CG to enhance the film’s aesthetic. Despite how these films have been praised for the way they transport viewers to a new world, the series hasn’t had many video games except for the 1997 point-and-click adventure game, blade runner. It is not an adaptation of the film, but takes place in this world and tells an original story to complete the universe. It’s a bit of a cult classic like the original movie, partly because it became difficult to play since it was only on PC in the 90s. The game was re-released on GoG in 2019, allowing players to essentially play the game as originally intended via a fan-favorite remake, but now a remaster of the game is here.

This new remaster titled Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition gives console gamers the chance to play the game for the first time. The only problem is that the game looks worse than the original, somehow. As reported by RockPaperShotgun, Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition is filled with weird visual choices such as unnaturally bright and ugly character models that look like they were stuck or photoshopped into the game’s original setting. the remastering process stripped the game of much of its visual style. Unlike some remasters, this isn’t one where players can just flip a switch and play the game with its original visuals either. If you’re on console, this is the version you’re stuck with unless it’s patched. You can see a screenshot courtesy of RockPaperShotgun that highlights some of the remaster’s ugliness below. We highly recommend reading the original RockPaperShotgun report for more examples.

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At the end of the day, Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition strips the game of much of its style and aesthetic, even redoing the main menu into an extremely stripped-down screen. Since the look and feel of Blade Runner is so important, it will likely come as a shock to many fans of the game and stick as a sore thumb for newcomers. A new Blade Runner game is reportedly in the works, but it’s likely to be a while before we see anything of it.

Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition is available now on console and PC. What do you think of the changes to point-and-click gameplay? Let me know in the comments or contact me Twitter @Cade_Under.

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