The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have, for all their technological advancements, returned the gaming world to a place few expected it would go: the land for the down port. Way back when, PC and arcade games too beefy for consoles would be adapted to run on older, less capable machines, hence why you'd end up with a version of Double Dragon
on Commodore 64 that looks like it's made of wood chips or Atari Donkey Kong
. With games coming to both Xbox One and PS4 as well as their predecessors, Xbox 360 and PS3, the art of the down port has come back to the fore.
The question, then: What happens to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
, so reliant on its processor-pushing Nemesis system, when it's crammed into the nearly decade-old Xbox 360? Let's find out!
Starting at 4:00PM EST on Joystiq.com/Twitch
, we'll be playing the Xbox 360 version of Shadow or Mordor
to see how it stacks up to the current gen version. Join us ahead of time for a bonus stream of Geometry Wars 3
and some pre-show banter!