Maneater Evaluation (PS5) | Push Sq.

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Republished on Wednesday 30th December, 2020: We’re bringing this overview again from the archives following the announcement of January 2021’s PS Plus lineup. The unique textual content follows.

One in every of a lot of free next-gen improve titles being provided on Sony’s latest {hardware}, developer Tripwire has returned to its undersea all you may eat buffet, and introduced just a few new bells and whistles with it. Maneater now runs at 60 frames-per-second and with a local 4K decision, although truthfully these modifications are slightly minor. Although the marquee addition of ray-tracing is not really but carried out, the lighting and shadowing within the recreation look vastly improved. Spending time within the water on this title is downright beautiful. The sunshine filtering by way of wavering water appears to be like breath-taking, and is by far probably the most spectacular graphical function of the title. Pair this with newly carried out HDR, and the colourful colours of the ocean have by no means seemed so inviting. Simply be careful for sharks.

It’s, nonetheless, slightly disappointing, that the sport doesn’t reap the benefits of this new technological leap to clean out efficiency. Anytime the display will get too busy – particularly if you’re being hunted by the sport’s Grand Theft Auto-style wished stage system – the framerate nosedives. It’s particularly problematic as you improve your shark’s pace. You ultimately begin shifting quicker than the load-in instances for areas of the map. This creates a cascading impact the place the body fee will get progressively worse and worse, until you cease and let the title catch up. Probably the most disappointing factor, nonetheless, is that Tripwire hasn’t used the PS5 improve as an excuse to overtake the digicam. It’s nonetheless just a little finicky, and it’s particularly irritating to make use of throughout fight. A lock-on system would have been most welcome.

Finally, although, the quantity of modifications are slightly small. Aside from some efficiency enhancements, the sport stays nearly equivalent to its last-gen counterpart. Making this a free improve was completely the fitting name. There’s not likely sufficient to maneuver the needle in any significant course relating to modifications. The identical fight, stage development, tone, and soundtrack all provide up the identical thrilling expertise that was obtainable last-gen. The brand new options are welcome, and the sport positively appears to be like nicer, however aside from that, it’s the identical expertise. When you had your fill of the title on the PS4, there’s not a complete lot to return again for. Nonetheless, in the event you’re simply diving into the sport now, that is the model you need.

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