Whenever I see re-releases of games with a descriptor like “Enhanced Edition” I tend to be a bit nervous about what that may mean. In the case of Blade Runner, I feel like that concern is particularly warranted. Hailing from a much earlier time of pretty bad CGI video and very rough visuals in general, there’s no doubt that the game’s looks weren’t given any of the attention, and initially I found it tough to dial back my expectations that far. Worse than the general muddy nature of the game’s “as-is” visuals, though, are some poorly-handled transitions and generalized hiccups that feel like they could have been smoothed over in the conversion. If you’re able to get past the obstacle of the dated experience, a pretty bare bones classic adventure-style game set in the sci-fi world of “the future” (we’re now well past the projected future date it takes place in) awaits and in this area the game really struggles to make a compelling case for being brought back from the dead as many areas have very little to interact with and this makes for a more dry, linear, and generally dull experience. If you have fond memories of those bygone days the nostalgia may be enough to make it worth your time, but otherwise you’d be better off looking elsewhere.
Justin Nation, Score: