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Little Nightmares 2: Enhanced Edition analysis discovers which graphics mode is best

Little Nightmares 2 review
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A Little Nightmares 2: Enhanced Edition technical analysis has discovered that out of the game’s two modes, performance mode is the best way to play the game. 

Announced last week, Little Nightmares 2: Enhanced Edition, a free PS5 and Xbox Series X/S upgrade of the base game that was released earlier this year, is now available to those who already own the game. The new version of the game features two different graphics modes which players can toggle in the main menu: Beauty Mode and Performance Mode. 

In the latest Digital Foundry video, they explain why performance mode makes sense for players: "The easy choice is the performance mode, no question... you will see Beauty Mode has a sharper picture but in motion, as you play, I don’t think it's worth that trade in the end result.” 

As you can guess, Beauty Mode is the prettier of the two running at a native 4K resolution, however, it is restricted to 30FPS. The Performance Mode puts the next-gen consoles to the test by boosting the frame rate to 60FPS, whilst also using dynamic resolution for an output of up to 4K. Both modes also benefit from a range of other next-gen bonuses such as raytracing, improved volumetric shadows, interactive particles, and immersive audio. 

Little Nightmares 2: Enhanced Edition is available now on PS5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S. The original Little Nightmares 2 is also available on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. 

For more spooky games to sink your teeth into, take a look at our best horror games list for inspiration. 

Hope Bellingham

After studying Film Studies and Creative Writing at University, I was lucky enough to land a job as an intern at Player Two PR where I helped to release a number of indie titles. I then got even luckier when I became GamesRadar's trainee news writer where I get to spread the word about the goings-on in the video game world. My expertise lies in Animal Crossing related topics after spending the last 15 years immersing myself in island life. I also know a thing or two about The Last of Us, and way too much about the Kingdom Hearts series.