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Guardian Heroes for Xbox Live Arcade Looks Awful, But Don’t Lose Hope!

Sega announced earlier today that it would bring Sega Saturn great Guardian Heroes to Xbox Live Arcade. Awesome, right? Everyone loves a Treasure game! Not awesome? First screen shots of the XBLA port of Guardian Heroes.
The game's "all-new graphics and visual effects" are vicious on the eyes, probably explaining why the news went out with just a press release and concept art. Sega's filtering the Saturn game's sprite-based graphics for something that's less blocky, but ultimately less attractive.
Now, the silver lining. According to Sega reps commenting on the official Sega blog, that graphical filter is completely optional. Hopefully that means we can play Guardian Heroes with properly scaled sprites if we choose to do so. Sega says we'll hear more about filtering options "this month."
Still, if you find nothing wrong with the look of this Guardian Heroes port, carry on through the gallery above.

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Yi-Long2409d ago (Edited 2409d ago )

... and all that excitement died immediately when I saw the horrible screenshots that have been released.

Just awful. This game deserves a proper HD-remake, instead of this kinda cheap lazy cash-in.

wumster2409d ago

Hmmm... I don't think it looks that bad. I remember playing and loving Guardian Heroes. And if the game-play is still intact, I can stand less than stellar graphics.

radphil2409d ago (Edited 2409d ago )

It's the filter they're using. Honestly i'd prefer the older style than this. It just doesn't look like much of an improvement.

Baka-akaB2409d ago (Edited 2409d ago )

it's clean , but washed out . Like bad first bluray blurry re-releases of anime series .

There is little point if you kill the colors and details , among other things .

If you resell something , at least try making it look better than "amateur's works" on emu .

lastdual2409d ago

The filter is *optional*.

There will still be a mode with upscaled sprites for those who hate the smoothed-over look, so this isn't really any big deal.

Baka-akaB2409d ago

I still dont get how sega and snk can't muster to properly understand and use filters that have been around since the early days of snes and arcade emulation .

Out of the dozen of 2d filters of existence , those two always pick the worst .

BoNeSaW232409d ago

I don't think it looks to bad. I remember the sprites being all blocky especially in the back plane and wasn't there alot of slowdown as well?. IIf it comes to PSN I'll pick it up if the gameplay is improved a little bit.

AngelicIceDiamond2409d ago

OK? its only a filter other than that it looks fine to me, no need to get crazy over it.

PS3PWNSALL2409d ago

Graphic's whores! GH is one of the best beat em ups ever made and you're worried about some sprites?! You can turn the filter off.

This whole thread is what's wrong with gaming today.

radphil2409d ago

Some of us actually own the original copy and want newer people to enjoy the game without ragging on the looks behind it.