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Uncharted 4 will look gorgeous, but is that enough?

Uncharted 4, if Naughty Dog keeps its promises, will be a visual marvel. However can they keep their promises and deliver that old Uncharted flavor?

During the second episode of PlayStation's new series Conversations with Creators it was revealed that the cutscenes for Uncharted 4 are going to be even more high tech than anticipated.

The Uncharted 4 developers at Naughty Dog have confirmed that most, if not all, of the game will be presented in real-time.

Anthony Newman, co-lead designer of Uncharted 4, discussed that this feat was achieved thanks to the power of the PS4 and that real-time cutscenes are only one of the many new features in store for Uncharted 4

It also seems that the life-like and gorgeous Nathan Drake we have seen in cutscenes of the trailers will be what Drake will look like 24/7, even during gameplay.  Clearly the next-gen level processing power of the eighth generation allows for some heavy visual updates. Naughty Dog and the Uncharted series already have a reputation for gorgeous visuals and detailed character designs. Imagining that they will be able to take the already impressive visual capabilities of the Uncharted series to the next level, that is a big promise to make. The question is can it be fufilled and keep the Uncharted spirit alive?

Nathan Drake Face

This is the face we get to look at for all of Uncharted 4. Not bad.

So far most of the gameplay that Naughty Dog has revealed to the public seems very impressive. But we still don't know much about the story and haven't seen much combat gameplay since last year's E3. They are really pushing the idea that this game will be a visual marvel, yet they haven't said anything about the story, setting or fighting. Is this because they are still working on it or has it taken a backseat to the visuals of the game? Also Naughty Dog will also be working on Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, so its very possible that their attention might be deviated from Uncharted 4, which could cost them and the game. Personally, I love the Uncharted series and am a huge fan of Naughty Dog and their games but I am a little nervous about how they have presented and advertised Uncharted 4 so far.

Uncharted 4 is scheduled to be released sometime in the first quarter of 2016 but will that be enough time to make sure that this game is as visually impressive as they say it will and to have the quality gameplay and story that the Uncharted series is known for? What do you think about Uncharted 4? Does it sound very promising? Leave a comment and remember for all your Uncharted and gaming news and articles stay tuned to GameSkinny.com.

Published Jul. 18th 2015
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    All it needs to do now is run at 60FPS... honestly... they should tone the graphics down if it can't... we are in the next gen, we are at the point where almost all games coming out on the PS4 and Xbox One should be 1080p and 60FPS devs have had enough time with it, to get the optimisations down.

    We need to see the generation leap!
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    Um, judging by the problems with Arkham Knight, Uncharted 4, and Halo 5: Guardians -- no, no we have NOT nailed down next-gen games. Hell, if you really think about it, it wasn't until The Last of Us that Naughty Dog -really- understood how to get the most out of the PlayStation 3. I suspect we'll see the same with this generation's final games.
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    x86-64 architecture is far easier to develop for than Cell. We already know roughly how far the CPUs can be pushed in consoles, what but not the GPU. And anyway I'm not saying the limit should already have been found. But simply that a jump in how the games run, not just look should be found. Especially from first party.
  • Dalton White I
    Contributor
    Yeah, I agree. Visuals are great and all, but they don't make up a game in general, I'm just hoping they don't put it all of their effort into the visuals, but give equal attention to all facets of the game itself. I do love the Uncharted series alot, but after Uncharted 3, especially concerning the story, they do need to be careful.

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