YouTube’s members ‘Digital Dreams’ and ‘Jose cangrejo’ have shared some videos, showcasing Pascal Gilcher’s Reshade mod – which adds Ray Tracing/Path Tracing effects – in some really old games such as Star Wars The Force Unleashed 2, Crysis 2, RAGE and Resident Evil 6.
Now I know that some of you don’t like this type of stories, however I find it fascinating witnessing all these old games with better lighting effects. Once it becomes available to the public, this Reshade mod will be must-have for everyone that wants to replay older titles.
Star Wars The Force Unleashed 2 in particular looks absolutely stunning with this Reshade Ray Tracing mod. Digital Dreams has found numerous places to showcase the new ray tracing/path tracing effects that are being introduced with Gilcher’s Reshade mod. You can find gorgeous reflections, lights bouncing on different surfaces, as well as better ambient occlusion effects.
Crysis 2 slightly benefits from this Reshade mod and the visual improvement is nowhere near to what we’re witnessing in Star Wars The Force Unleashed 2. You can notice some light bouncing but overall Crytek has done a terrific job with the game’s lighting system.
On the other hand, RAGE sees a better visual improvement than what we’re seeing in Crysis 2. Thanks to the Reshade ray tracing effects, RAGE does not feel flat and blank when the player is exploring the game’s interior environments.
YouTube’s ‘Benchmark PC Tech’ has also shared a video, showing Resident Evil 2 Remake with these ray tracing effects. Resident Evil 2 Remake is a brand new title, however it’s really cool witnessing such a modern-day game with this Reshade mod. Unfortunately, Benchmark PC Tech did not compare any of the rainy areas in order to showcase the better reflections that are being introduced with this Reshade. Still, some may find this video interesting.
Last but not least, Resident Evil 6 appears to be way darker than its vanilla version. We can clearly see the additional shadows and the light bounce on numerous surfaces, however its dark-ish look is not that appealing to me eyes.
As a bonus, here is video from ‘EiermannTelevision’ showing Dead Rising with Ray Tracing effects.
John is the founder and Editor in Chief at DSOGaming. He is a PC gaming fan and highly supports the modding and indie communities. Before creating DSOGaming, John worked on numerous gaming websites. While he is a die-hard PC gamer, his gaming roots can be found on consoles. John loved – and still does – the 16-bit consoles, and considers SNES to be one of the best consoles. Still, the PC platform won him over consoles. That was mainly due to 3DFX and its iconic dedicated 3D accelerator graphics card, Voodoo 2. John has also written a higher degree thesis on the “The Evolution of PC graphics cards.”