As an avid cineaste, when video games can successfully pull-off cinematic gameplay, the level of euphoria I reach is rather…well…euphoric. The latest Tomb Raider springs to mind, as does Metal Gear Solid 4 (in a strange sort of way). Though the masters of cinematic gameplay are the glorious individuals at Naughty Dog.
While I haven’t always been the greatest supporter of the Uncharted series, even though I’ve played all of the games, [The Last of Us](movie:1190382) stands as one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had holding a controller. From the opening moments playing as Joel’s daughter to her untimely death ten minutes later (hope I didn’t spoil that for anyone), I was not only deeply moved but also prepared to let the designers take me wherever they wanted to go.
Santaolalla’s score throughout the game was remarkable, a phenomenon which I thought I could only dream of happening in a video game. The voice acting and actual performances were breath taking and the gaming mechanics never let me down or failed to delight. My love of the protagonists grew with each scene as I desperately tried to force friends to at least play the first ten minutes, defying them not to be moved. Though it was a moment in the falling snow cautiously hunting a deer with a bow and arrow that I knew I was experiencing one of the greatest video games ever produced.
Can Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Match The Last Of Us?
But aside from my drooling over this remarkable achievement, one must eventually pull oneself from the apocalyptic world and return to that of the light-hearted adventures of Drake in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. In the latest adventure Naughty Dog have outlined for us they have stated that the game’s plot is Drake’s “greatest adventure yet and will test his physical limits, his resolve, and ultimately what he’s willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves”.
While we don’t know much about what Naughty Dog have in store for us, we do know about the changes in staff. Amy Hennig, the series writer and creative director, and Justin Richmond, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception director, both left the studio in March 2014. This left many disillusioned with regards to the future of Uncharted and whether its developments would even eclipse the successes that came before it. But I have faith.
The glorious talents of Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley are now leading the project, which will be exclusively released on Playstation 4. Their combined efforts gave us The Last of Us and with their minds directing the paths of such great characters and vast worlds I say the Uncharted series is in safe hands.
All I can say for them is that they need to fix the shooting mechanics in Uncharted, I was never really happy with them and I maintain that I just don’t get the same enjoyment out of it as I did with The Last of Us. But we have an exciting year ahead of us as we learn more about Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4 and who knows the top spot may still be vacant. I’ll be sure to write this game once again as the months progress.
Uncharted 4 has received a release date some time in September 2015. Additionally they have announce The Last of Us 2! Such incredible experiences await.