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3D Review: Super Stardust HD

3D Review: Super Stardust HD

Dec 31, 2010

Summary

Asteroids and explosions in planetary settings that are simply beautiful to look at. A must have 3D game for shooter fans.

3D Review Score:

7.5

3D Tested Rating: Very Good
Last Updated: May 21, 2012

Details

The graphics, music and sound effects are superb in Super Stardust HD, one of the most renowned PSN games of all time. A 3D launch title, what was originally a 2D 1280x1080p game at 60 frames per second has been given a 3D 1280x720p mode also at a solid 60 frames per second via a free update.

With additional performance squeezed out to add the 3D mode the update also enhances the existing 2D modes, increasing the resolution from upscaled 1280x1080p to Full-HD 1920x1080p, adding 4x anti-aliasing to the 1280x720p mode, and increasing the frame rate of 2D split-screen multiplayer from 30 frames per second to 60.

The 3D effects are near spot-on, with your ship taking a position just inside the screen, the planet and orbiting debris and alien invaders spinning behind and around you, and asteroids, glowing embers and explosions raining down or bursting out of the screen. They make you feel like you’re right in the middle of the action and don’t distract you from the intense gameplay. It’s not perfect, but if you liked the original in 2D or think that this game looks appealing to you then Super Stardust HD is a must have game for your 3D collection.

Title: Super Stardust HD (aka Star Strike HD)
3D Release Date: June 10, 2010
Genre: Shooter
Platforms: PS3
Format: PSN download. Demo available. Free 3D update.
Official Site: us.playstation.com
General Reviews: Metacritic, IGN

3D Tested Ratings

Our ratings focus purely on the technical and subjective 3D elements of the game. For story, gameplay, sound, value for money and other details consult the above general game reviews.

Criteria Score Comments
Resolution 8/10 1280x720p with crisp clean edges
Frame Rate 9/10 Occasional jitter present when your ship explodes but otherwise flawless 60 frames per second during gameplay
Graphical Detail 8/10 Realistic spinning asteroids that show true volume, brilliant spinning worlds and vibrant explosions
3D Depth 14.5/20 Good use of pop-out with meteors that rain down in 3D and explosions that fly out of the screen. If only it included volcanoes on the planet surface to shoot rock and lava out of the screen…
3D Settings 3.5/5 10 depth levels with live preview
Extra Features 1/5 Multiplayer co-op in 3D (same screen)
Projection & Crosstalk -0.5 Very little, despite the often contrasting objects
Total 43.5/60

Screenshots


3D mode selection when the game is started

3D depth adjustment

Explosions fly right out of the screen

One comment

  1. Kapado /

    i loved this 3d game , about to try GT5

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