At E3 2000, Steel Gear Stable 2 completely stole the present when its first real-time gameplay footage was proven operating on the PlayStation 2.
It regarded unbelievable on the time, however time marches ceaselessly on, and by 2021 requirements it’s clearly not so unbelievable, with among the technical tips used on the time to get across the PS2’s limitations, like all that fog, now stopping us from having fun with its finer particulars.
Which is the place AI upscaling is available in. Somewhat than have modders painstakingly go in and remake each texture within the recreation, Digital Foundry let some deep studying software program free on simply the trailer, which checked out each single body and figured, OK, that appears like a gas tank, let’s clear it up and fill within the gaps and redo it at 4K decision.
And it did a hell of a job! Whereas not excellent (some issues are too sharp, whereas others had been by no means meant to be seen cleaned up), most scenes right here significantly profit from the appliance, with the trailer itself capable of keep its moist, heavy vibes whereas on the identical time enhancing the general constancy (and it must be famous right here, emulators have been doing a fairly good job of upscaling entire video games for years, simply not this effectively).
If this has received you within the temper for extra Steel Gear Stable 2, there are method worse issues you possibly can do subsequent than compensate for Heather’s glorious retrospective of the sport from final yr:
Sons of Liberty isn’t a narrative about espionage and betrayal. Not likely. It’s about one individual studying to be his finest self. Probably the most harmful threats to our lives aren’t bullets or bombs or authorities censors, even when these issues are undoubtedly vile. Probably the most harmful issues are the issues we do to ourselves. The lies we inform ourselves, the love we deny, and the dignity we trick ourselves into considering we don’t deserve.