As Hamza just noted, Haze hits this week, and the developers have been busy answering questions on the Ubi forum. To our surprise, the May 16 update reveals two ugly technical facts about the game: a rather large required install and no true 720p.
Time to delete your porn, kids! When developers were asked if we'd see a forced install (see previous Capcom debacle) they simply responded no, just a "minimal 4GB install". We'd like to offer that 1/10th of some people's hard drives barely qualifies as minimal and are hoping that we won't have to sit through a 20-minute install à la Devil May Cry (5GB install) on first play. Since the trend doesn't seem to be wavering, we dare ask the question again: Are forced installs on consoles here to stay?
The tubby footprint on the game is peculiar when accompanied with the second factoid: it missed the mark in HD to sustain smooth frame rates. Doh!
The game is not presented in true HD
An interview with Free Radical confirmed that Haze with be 300,000 pixels shy of true 720p resolution, marking another high-profile shooter that misses the spec (Halo 3 was 640p). At the very least the PS3 will pat you on the back and try its best to upscale. That's not to say the game won't look terrific, but if you've just filed for a second mortgage to buy a 1080p television then you're probably not thrilled to hear it.
We can only hope that what it lacks in technical specs are more than made up in gameplay and multiplayer replay value.[Thanks, Justin]
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