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Chris Leigh
18 Apr, 2007

Sony explains lack of HD mode in PAL GoW II

PS2 News | Multiple languages not the only problem.
It's fair to say that a good number of you weren't terribly thrilled with yesterday's news that the PAL version of God of War II wouldn't have the "HD" mode that appears in the NTSC version of the game.

At the time, Sony Europe explained that this was down to a lack of disk space, and that the need for more than one language in the PAL version meant the higher resolution mode would have to be given the Kratos treatment, i.e, sliced open down its bloody middle, before being ripped clean in half, remains flying everywhere.

Now, Sony has also pointed out that having multiple languages wasn't the only obstacle; there was also the fact that everything in God of War II - right down to the in-game cutscenes - has been optimised for PAL screens.

They even went to the effort of giving an (exceedingly long) statement on the matter, explaining that, "Even if the game only featured English, it would still not have been possible. This is because everything in the game has been optimised for PAL (576i), including the movies. The God of War games are famed for the seamless transition between gameplay and cutscenes, and if we had kept the movies in NTSC resolution, there would have been a very noticeable, very jarring transition between the two display formats.

"The only compromise would have been to have featured the movies in both PAL and NTSC resolutions, but as evidenced by the struggles the development team had to even fit localised audio onto the disc, this was clearly not an option.

"Ultimately, the decision fell to what would benefit the majority, and the number of European PS2 owners who own a component cable and the necessary equipment to display 480p output is extremely low compared to those who are playing on CRT sets, or indeed on HD sets via a composite/RGB SCART connection. It was a necessary measure that was taken with a great deal of consideration."

So there we are. For the full, looooooong statement, pop over to CVG. Then come back here again, please. We do miss you, you know.

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9 Comments
7 years ago
Man, this sucks.

I think in the new HD era (ie PAL/NTSC no longer being any issue) we Australians/Kiwis should get US verisons of games instead of PAL. I don't see why we should get shafted because of the european translation process.
7 years ago
The proper answer I expected.

Its so much easier to take bad news when they give a proper explanation.
7 years ago
A nice explanation, but why couldn't they have just said the game was optimised for PAL and left it at that?

LeonJ wrote
Man, this sucks.

I think in the new HD era (ie PAL/NTSC no longer being any issue) we Australians/Kiwis should get US verisons of games instead of PAL. I don't see why we should get shafted because of the european translation process.
Because we deserve Us in our words and Ss instead of Zs icon_wink.gif I find quite a few conversions to be pretty poor. Surely it wouldn't be hard to let us have km/h and ms instead of ft.
7 years ago
nikack wrote
Because we deserve Us in our words and Ss instead of Zs icon_wink.gif I find quite a few conversions to be pretty poor. Surely it wouldn't be hard to let us have km/h and ms instead of ft.
You'd think that wouldn't you? I think this whole thing is really silly, either we should get a dedicated Aussie/Kiwi version so that we don't have to have all the European languages (it could even be a straight port of the US version, with those English launguage corrections), or we should get the US version.
7 years ago
arbok wrote
The proper answer I expected.

Its so much easier to take bad news when they give a proper explanation.
I agree, Im not pissed about it. If you want a HD game, get a HD console and at least they explained why they couldn't.
7 years ago
But seriously -- 90% (figure pulled form the air) of our TVs ate NTSC compatible, why do we need PAL optimisation??
7 years ago
Just curious though, wasnt it just the cutscenes or movies that were HD and not gameplay, if thats the case why not just give us 2 discs, calling the second disc oh.. special features?
7 years ago
I don't care about any of this crap...just release the game dammit! The only reason I posted in the other article thread about this is to point out that Dvd9 will not be sufficient for the next gen if previous gen titles are having trouble fitting on one disc.

I wasn't expecting any HD mode and I agree not may people with Ps2's probably have HD capabilities so it's not really important. Also 480p is nothing compared to 720 or 1080p so no big deal. Just release it.....PLEASE!!!!! I'm so hanging for this game!! The story in part 1 is probably one of my fave stories in a game EVER and I absolutely loved the way it was told and the production values surrounding it! It was perfect...i can't think of a single thing I would've changed....especially all the unloackable secret videos with extra info on the stories!! Dave Jaffe's a legend!!
7 years ago
ugh the boot wrote
I don't care about any of this crap...just release the game dammit! The only reason I posted in the other article thread about this is to point out that Dvd9 will not be sufficient for the next gen if previous gen titles are having trouble fitting on one disc.

I wasn't expecting any HD mode and I agree not may people with Ps2's probably have HD capabilities so it's not really important. Also 480p is nothing compared to 720 or 1080p so no big deal. Just release it.....PLEASE!!!!! I'm so hanging for this game!! The story in part 1 is probably one of my fave stories in a game EVER and I absolutely loved the way it was told and the production values surrounding it! It was perfect...i can't think of a single thing I would've changed....especially all the unloackable secret videos with extra info on the stories!! Dave Jaffe's a legend!!
that post is the exact way i feel about hthis. i coudlnt give a flying ducky about weather its HD or not just gimme the goddamn game ffs!

(ps: now i wait for some1 to shop ducky from NCIS flying...)
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