Metroid Prime Remastered is lauded by Metroid & Nintendo fans alike as one of the best looking games on the Nintendo Switch. From the lush greenery of Tallon Overworld, to the icy plains of Phendrana Drifts and the drab mechanical factories of Phazon Mines, Metroid Prime Remastered is a visual feast that takes the 2002 classic and seamlessly updates the original art direction to modern visual standards.
However, unlike other graphical showcase titles on the Nintendo Switch such as Super Mario Odyssey, Metroid Prime Remastered does not feature a dedicated photo mode for users to set up their own unique scenes. On top of this, the Nintendo Switch’s screenshot capture feature automatically downsamples the image to 720p.
Enter Digital Frontiers, an ArtStation user dedicated to taking custom in-game screenshots not possible with standard retail copies of videogames such as Halo, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Mass Effect, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and countless others. These copies are modified to allow Digital Frontiers to enter a free-camera state to take screenshots not possible in-game.
They also allow options to increase the fidelity of the photos taken, such as internal resolution increases and various optional post-processing effects. The results are detailed, breathtaking and indistiguishable from the kinds of marketing materials you would find in a press kit for a new release.
One of the more recent projects displayed on Digital Frontiers’ portfolio is an entire section dedicated to Metroid Prime Remastered.
“This thing looks incredible. It’s always been a dream of mine to screenshot Metroid Prime, and I’m incredibly happy to finally have the chance to do it” says Digital Frontiers.
In the bio for the project, Digital Frontiers talks about the processes they used throughout the project. ReShade, a commonly used “post-processing injector” in the videogames industry developed by Crosire, was used to add a handful of post-processing effects to each scene including anti-aliasing, bloom, fog, haze and much more.
Digital Frontiers credits users theboy181 and Heebo for providing a selection of modifications to further enhance the scenes such as internal resolution increases between 8k and 20k, field of view, level of detail, draw distance, gun sway, HUD removal and the all-important free cam just to name a few examples.
You might also remember Digital Frontiers from back in May when we announced the release of our fan remaster of the Metroid Prime soundtrack. They were kind enough to provide an ultra high-quality archive of the project that was used for a selection of custom album covers included with the downloadable versions of the OST.
SPOILER WARNING: This portfolio includes screenshots from the final areas of the game including the final boss and cutscenes. If you don’t want to get spoiled, bookmark the project in your web browser and come back after finishing the game.
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