PSA: Zone of the Enders HD patch out in Europe. [Up: Now up in the US]

#1
594 MB update, apparently made by HexaDrive. I've played ZOE2 up until the battle with Leo and it's very smooth so far. If the rest of the game is similar it'll be the best version of the game easily.

Wow, this patch makes a world of difference. They did a hell of a good job.

Without sitting down and doing a full analysis, here is what I've noticed in ZOE2 (haven't tried the original yet)

1) Framerate now operates at a stable 60 fps making it much smoother than the non-patched version as well as the PS2 original. Only in the most extreme circumstances does the framerate dip and those dips are extremely minor.

2) Post processing anti-aliasing appears to have been added resulting in extremely crisp and clean image quality. The original release did not use any sort of anti-aliasing.

3) Particles effects are now rendered at full resolution. The PS2 original used low resolution particle effects in order to maintain decent performance. I cannot actually recall if this was also true of the initial HD release but I can confirm that particles are rendered at a much higher quality now.

Those are the primary changes and they completely transform the game. The entire snow sequence operates at 60 fps a good 99% of the time providing a faster, smoother experience than even the original release. It feels remarkably good.

I'm also interested in examining the textures as the ship interior appears to be extremely clean and sharp in a way that I would not have expected from PS2.
 
#7
Hexadrive did the patch? Makes you wonder why they didn't do the ports in the first place, but I'd have to think they had their hands full already with Okami HD.
 

Chacranajxy

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#14
Daaaaamn, they commissioned Hexadrive? Rez was fantastic, and I'm playing through Okami HD right now and it's an incredible port. If they fixed ZoE, this Xbox 360 copy is going straight in the trash.

And yes, the patch is supposed to be PS3 only... at least, that's what the reports from a month or two ago said.
 

jj984jj

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#22
Still need to buy the PS3 version, only got the 360 LE. HexaDrive does good work so I'll probably get it for the upgrade.
 

Chacranajxy

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#23
So realistically, the chances of the game getting re-released in the west, with the patch pre-installed, are basically zero, right?

Of course they are. Even I know that.

I might be making shit up here, but I seem to recall reading something about how Japan might get a rerelease of the game on the PS3... but who knows. It'd just be nice to have Zone of the Enders HD not be busted out of the box, nah mean?
 
#24
I'll buy the re-issued version of the game with the patch on the disk. Are they still going to do that?

So realistically, the chances of the game getting re-released in the west, with the patch pre-installed, are basically zero, right?

Of course they are. Even I know that.

I might be making shit up here, but I seem to recall reading something about how Japan might get a rerelease of the game on the PS3... but who knows. It'd just be nice to have Zone of the Enders HD not be busted out of the box, nah mean?
I was pretty sure that I read that they planned to re-issue the game with the patch on the disk. I can't remember if it was Japan only or something like that but I hope not.
 

Chacranajxy

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#27
I'll buy the re-issued version of the game with the patch on the disk. Are they still going to do that?


I was pretty sure that I read that they planned to re-issue the game with the patch on the disk. I can't remember if it was Japan only or something like that but I hope not.
I mean, as far as I knew, the patch was only announced for Japan back when this whole plan was unveiled. It's possible the Japanese release would have English included though... maybe... y'know, if there were any justice in this world.
 

Chacranajxy

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#29
So, nothing for the 360? Is the 360 version any good without this patch?
It's aight. Has frame rate issues. Was better than the PS3 version out of the box, but it's debatable whether or not it's actually better than the PS2 original.

Which is fucking pathetic.


Konami has said nothing about fixing the 360 version. I imagine they don't want to bother with dirty Gaijin box.
 

luka

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#31
I'll buy the re-issued version of the game with the patch on the disk. Are they still going to do that?


I was pretty sure that I read that they planned to re-issue the game with the patch on the disk. I can't remember if it was Japan only or something like that but I hope not.
In Japan the budget re-release will be fully patched. I'm waiting to try the patch out for myself, but if it's at least as good as the original framerate-wise I will double-dip on "the Best."
 
#37
Excited to see how much this patch improves the game when it hits NA.
Would love to know this. Never picked up the Collection here in the states because of the negativity surrounding it.
The game still plays fine. It can be annoying, especially when you consider the principal of the matter. However it's still Zone of the Enders in HD, and I think it looks great.
 
#38
It's aight. Has frame rate issues. Was better than the PS3 version out of the box, but it's debatable whether or not it's actually better than the PS2 original.

Which is fucking pathetic.


Konami has said nothing about fixing the 360 version. I imagine they don't want to bother with dirty Gaijin box.
OK, thanks, it's on my shelf right now so I guess I better start complaining on twitter just to see if they'll give a definitive answer.
 
#39
I been playing ZOE2 due to sale on PSN

anyway replayed the Vic Viper boss and I can pretty sure say the framerate has improved more obvious when he flys away then charges you firing those gauntlet shots at you. On Sunday framerate bombed but today it fine so I think it a success who knows
 
#40
Okiedokie:

- No patch for the 360 version. Actually, I did get one but I guess it was that one for the Revengeance demo? No HexaDrive logo and it was just 2 MB so obviously it was just the 360 patch limit thing.
- The PS3 version is definitely smoother now. I'm not going to say it doesn't dip, but if it does it's nowhere near what the 360 version does and it feels pretty much perfect in open areas. Interiors run well on both.
- They've toned down the crazy blur for the lights.
- The LEV stuff at the beginning is annoying :(

Looks like they've done a good job. It's hard to say for sure until seeing if the framerate holds up during the musou part though.
 

Chacranajxy

I paid good money for this Dynex!
#41
In Japan the budget re-release will be fully patched. I'm waiting to try the patch out for myself, but if it's at least as good as the original framerate-wise I will double-dip on "the Best."
According to this post from that other message board, The Asian version of the initial PS3 release was fully in English:

http://www.gamefaqs.com/ps3/632695-zone-of-the-enders-hd-collection/answers?qid=338890

Asian versions typically mirror their Japanese counterparts.

Meaning? I think there's a fair chance the Japanese Best version will be in English. Stay tuned, kids!
 
#42
I been playing ZOE2 due to sale on PSN

anyway replayed the Vic Viper boss and I can pretty sure say the framerate has improved more obvious when he flys away then charges you firing those gauntlet shots at you. On Sunday framerate bombed but today it fine so I think it a success who knows
Back in 2005, I beat that boss on hard no problem. I played it a couple of weeks ago on normal and got my ass handed to me multiple times. I even almost died at the intro fight on Callisto.
 
#43
Is this worth €13.49?

I played the first years and years and years ago and can remember enjoying it though I can remember nothing about the game itself, never played the 2nd.
 
#46
Is this worth €13.49?

I played the first years and years and years ago and can remember enjoying it though I can remember nothing about the game itself, never played the 2nd.
One of my favorite games. The second is a must play if you enjoyed the first; it improves on the formula in just about every conceivable way.
 
#49
I wonder how this works as a patch anyway. Is it basically replacing the executable entirely and using the assets already on the disc or something?