They can get Snake Eater huh. . . Well I want The Twin Snakes :(. Even though I already have a Nintendo GameCube lol
Over the past months we've heard only negative things about the 3DS version of Snake Eater. Some of it is justified while some is not. While the game might seam a rip-off when you think everybody else gets it in the HD collection, one must also acknowledge the fact that this game was announced long before the HD collection and that development on the 3DS version began possibly even before the HD collection.
With all that said we all have to agree that MGS3 is possibly one of the best games ever made and 3DS owners (myself included) should consider themselves lucky to have the chance to experience this one-of-a-kind game. And with the new features like the PhotoCamo and Tilt-Controls being added this could become the definitive version of MGS3.
Now let's talk about the game's graphics; the main argument of this blog entry.
This game has been heavily criticized for its graphics and for how it "looks worse than the original PS2 version". This WAS true before the TGS trailer was released which featured improved textures, effects and a much more stable framerate than what we saw in the E3 trailer. This is where the "graphical criticism" was in theory supposed to stop, but sadly it didn't, mostly because the trailer was never released outside Japan, so many people never had a chance to watch it.
It would seam the 3DS version is possibly getting a complete graphical overhaul as some effects seam to be much more improved when compared to the HD version. That's not to say the HD collection doesn't look good. Actually, it looks very good but in the end it's just MGS3 with HD textures and resolution with some (now unnecessary) blur effects removed.
But at the same time I must admit the 3DS version still looks graphically inferior compared to the original Naked Sample Demo. The Naked Sample still looks superior to both 3DS and HD versions which is disappointing when you think the that the final product could have looked like this:
Bellow I'll include links to both E3 and TGS trailer of Snake Eater 3D and comparison pictures between the HD, 3DS-E3 and 3DS-TGS versions to show how it's graphics have improved over time. The pictures have been scaled to match the 3DS' 400 width resolution for a better comparison.
E3 2011 Trailer
TGS 2011 Trailer
As you can see the game has significantly evolved graphically between the 2 trailers. Now let's see some pictures:
EVA HD Version:
EVA 3DS Version:
Snake HD Version, pic 1:
Snake 3DS E3 Version, pic 1:
Snake 3DS TGS Version, pic1:
Snake HD Version, pic2:
Snake 3DS E3 Version, pic2:
Snake 3DS TGS Version, pic2:
I don't know what you might think but in my opinion the 3DS version is looking better than the HD version. The game still has time to improve till its march 2012 release date and I personally can't wait to get my hands on this Kojima Masterpiece.
@SamusFreak: Seams like someone did it before me: http://www.gonintendo.com/?mode=viewstory&id=170943
Thanks that would be great, I found a picture of the PS2 Version myself, same picture as your 2nd example above - http://www.gamespot.com/metal-gear-solid-3-snake-eater/images/371724/ Seems to me, the PS2 version is closest to the E3 version above, easily the worst looking shown. In that picture at least.
One of the big things I have been wanting to see as I decide to buy it or not, is how it stacks up to the PS2 version, which is what I am basing this version on and comparing it too. Anyway for some standard PS2 pic comparisons?
It's weird. (Looking at the last 2 groups of pictures of Snake) The HD version looks better in the first group, but in the second one, the 3DS looks better, because the colors look washed out in the HD and E3 versions, and they're more darkened in with the 3DS version. But the HD still has that "fine detail." Either way, the E3 version definitely looks the worst lol.
Contrast is different. It's not really better. If you inspect it very closely, the HD version looks better. Lighting is also heaps better on the HD version.
@linkyshinks: True, but still, it wasn't smart on Konami's part to hand out a poor performing demo. It doesn't leave a good impresson you know. But I'll be getting the game anyways. :D
Every game in development only gets it's final coat of polish at the end during optimization, a process which allows developers to push in more effects where they can. Both MGS and RER look better now than they did at E3, and TGS..
My eyes still say the HD collection but I really don't care. This is MGS3 and I'm getting it for the fourth time.
yeah when I saw the Demo I thought it looked way better than it did with those screen shots back then.
@lancea34 It looks great up close in 3D, the 3D pushes back background textures kind of like "DoF", allowing your eyes to better focus on the newly tweaked character models and much improved lighting effects.