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    [PC, PS4, XBO] Metal Wolf Chaos XD

    What best way to test out a RTX2080? Can you think anything better than Metal Wolf Chaos XD, the enhanced port of the Japan and X Box exclusive, From Software-developed, Metal Wolf Chaos? I mean, moving XB1-era polygonal models at 4K at a blistering 30fps takes a lot of grunt!

    So yes, the game is able of 4K resolution but it's locked at 30fps, with minimal effort given to bring the game into the almost 2020s: the menu movies and menu interface is still 4:3, with large black bars in the vacant space. In these instances the very edges of the screen shows some visualization bugs, like coloured bars reminiscent of the Spectrum while loading or white lines where the mouse cursor moves. And yes, the mouse cursor is always on screen, but thankfully during briefings only.
    The in-game interface (minimap, weapons selected, health and boost bars) are still constrained by the 4:3 aspect ratio, but the game renders the full extent of a 16:9 screen.
    Textures have been reworked for higher resolution, and they look OK, but don't show a lot of detail. No new visual effects, and audio is clearly taken from the original game without any kind of cleanup.
    Subtitles are a on the small side on 4K screens, and at times they overlap with text shown in movies.
    Collisions feel a bit off against some targets (like the bombs in Beverly Hills), some drops float around the ground, and footsoldiers might be standing still doing nothing if you approach them from behind or the sides.

    As a port, Metal Wolf Chaos XD is rather poor.

    As a game...well, it's fun, but it's clearly a product of its era, and it's the easiest way to play this absolutely faithful representation of American politics.
    The pacing is similar to some Armored Core games, and the various weapons allow to approach the stages in several ways, though Railguns make sniper rifles and bazookas a bit redundant, especially when couple with missile launchers.
    Metal Wolf controls very well once you've got accostumed to the weapon switching mechanic. Dashing around soldiers and installations while raining bullets on them is fun, and the dialogue and some stages make the whole experience even funnier.

    If you can withstand a poor PC port (although I fear it won't be better on consoles), Metal Wolf Chaos XD is well worth playing.

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    Just a very brief note: a recent patch solved interface bugs, bringing everything to 16:9 by either adding graphical inserts (menus) or reframing movies.


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