Tech expects Digital Foundry have conducted a thorough analysis of Wii U eShop game Trine 2. The publication says that the Wii U version of the impressive game offers better image quality than the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 without compromising on the solid frame-rate. Here’s all the technical details.
There are no such problems on the Wii U and 360, which both come with a sharper image that makes the most of the intricate artwork – and isn’t overly blurred. Although the use of FXAA does still result in some smoothing over of fine detail, the soft focus look actually suits the game when the blur isn’t dialled up to extreme levels. Naturally, these concerns are irrelevant on the PC where the use of super-sampling (in combination with FXAA) smoothes over any unwanted jaggies without tampering with the quality of the artwork. In 1080p with 4x SSAA with maximum settings engaged the game is simply gorgeous to look at, with the art design and technical choices working to create a magical visual experience – and there’s NVIDIA 3D Vision support too, which looks beautiful.
The Wii U version also deserves credit, of course. The game not only features many of the graphical upgrades found on the PC, but does so while delivering better image quality than the 360 and PS3 without compromising on the solid frame-rate. The more washed-out image is a concern compared to the darker look of the other versions, but only for those with HDTVs that don’t come with an option to select full or limited range RGB levels over HDMI (usually called HDMI black level), in which changing this setting to low (and lowering the brightness in the game’s menu) solves the problem. However, the bottom line is that we shouldn’t have to work so hard to get the best look from the game and we’re a little surprised that Trine 2 shipped like this – we noted several complaints about the lighting on NeoGAF, but our contention is that the lighting model is absolutely fine, it’s the gamma level that seems significantly skewed. It’s a small blemish in what is a lovely-looking game, and hopefully it’ll be patched up soon.