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Uncharted series

Unread postby Amor fati » 15 Sep 2014 19:40

[Thread spun off from here: -icy]

Overview of the Uncharted series:

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune ***
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves *****
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception ****
Uncharted: Golden Abyss ***

Drake's Fortune was decent but felt unpolished and lacking in variation during combat. The traversals were a good break between encounters albeit lacking in challenge. Production values were high with the graphics being particularly impressive. The successful execution of the "active cinematic experience" is what most notably separates Among Thieves from being just another third-person shooter like the first game. The "dynamic object traversal system" allows the combat scenarios to make full use of the stellar level design most importantly in the vertical plane which had been previously lacking in cover-based third-person shooters. The pacing is near-perfect with various stunning locations cementing a superb game. Drake's Deception is not quite as good due to pacing issues and a few parts being inferior copies of the second game but extends on the verticality and still has many great combat scenarios and setpieces. Golden Abyss is most similar to the first game with incorporation of some of the mechanical advancements from the second one but tainted by the poor design decision to make melee swipe-based.

The series' lead designer on the second game:

Richard Lemarchand wrote:Every once in a while comes a project where the joy of the creative process translates beautifully into the finished game. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves was one of those projects. An unprecedented success in the history of Naughty Dog, this game drew new attention to the series with its 'active cinematic experience' and character-driven story. I was honored to work as Co-Lead Game Designer alongside Neil Druckmann, now Creative Director of The Last of Us, in what was one of my favorite design adventures. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves went on to win ten AIAS Interactive Achievement Awards, five Game Developers Choice Awards, four BAFTAs and over 200 Game of the Year awards.
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Unread postby icycalm » 15 Sep 2014 20:36

Okay, thanks, I just want to note, regarding that quote you posted, that in a world where BioShock or Flower get hundreds of GOTYs, hundreds of GOTYs mean nothing if at least one of them doesn't come from this site.
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Unread postby El Chaos » 05 Jun 2015 18:50

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection Announce Video | PS4:

From the groundbreaking storytellers at Naughty Dog, comes the genre-defining epic that revolutionized adventure storytelling, rebuilt by Bluepoint Games with the power of the PS4 system. Experience one of the most revered game series of all time as you follow the perilous journey of Nathan Drake across the globe, from humble beginnings to extraordinary discoveries. Meet an unforgettable cast of characters as Drake puts life and friendship on the line in a race against ruthless enemies to uncover unimaginable treasure. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection includes the singleplayer campaigns for Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.

Purchasers of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection will receive exclusive access to Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End multiplayer Beta while the Beta is available. Visit:
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