On the E3 2000, Solid metal gear 2 necessarily stole the show when the first real-time gameplay material was shown on the PlayStation 2.
It looked Incredible back then, but time goes on incessantly, and after 2021 it’s obviously not that incredible, with some of the technical tricks used at the time to bypass the PS2’s limitations, like everything fogwhich is now preventing us from enjoying the finer details.
This is where AI upscaling comes in. Instead of having modders painstakingly recreating every texture in the game, Digital Foundry just released some deep learning software on the trailerwho looked at every single frame and found, OK this looks like a fuel tank, let’s clean it up and fill in the gaps and repeat with 4K resolution.
And it did a hell of a job! Even if it’s not perfect (some things are too sharp while others were never meant to be seen cleaned)), most scenes benefit greatly from the application here, as the trailer itself is able to maintain its wet, heavy vibrations while improving overall fidelity (And it should be noted here that emulators upscale entire games pretty well for years, just not that good).
If that makes you want more Solid metal gear 2, there are far worse things you could do next than catch up with Heather’s excellent retrospective of the game from last year
Sons of freedom is not a story of espionage and betrayal. Not really. It’s about a person learning to be their best. The most dangerous threats to our lives are not bullets or bombs or government censorship, even if these things are undoubtedly hideous. The most dangerous things are the things we do to ourselves. The lies we tell ourselves, the love we deny, and the dignity we fool ourselves into believing we don’t deserve it.