Remember the PC port of Sonic Adventure DX? Ever noticed how it looked a little… too… washed out? Bright? Lifeless? Well, thanks to a bunch of fan modders, you don’t have to worry about that anymore, as you can now patch the game to play and feel just like the original Dreamcast version.
You can go from this…
…to this by installing a few cheeky patches. How cool is that?
The technique involves a number of mods installed to Sonic Adventure DX, using a tool such as ‘SADX Mod Manager‘ or ‘BetterSADX‘ (depending on whether you have the game on Steam or on disc – it works on the North American version, but has yet to be tested on other regions).
One mod, called ‘SADX Dreamcast Conversion‘, patches in a number of assets, textures and objects/effects from the 1999 console original, that were removed or modified by SEGA during development of the PC version. Another important mod is called ‘SADX Palette Lighting Mod‘, which crucially restores the Dreamcast version’s lighting engine.
Veteran community member BlazeHedgehog has been testing the mods out and he seems pretty impressed with it, if his Tumblr blog post is anything to go by. If you have SADX, we reckon it’s well worth the time to give these patches a go. Blaze has a how-to on how to download and install the mods here.