Uncharted 4 is a little under two weeks away - though numerous gamers around the world are already receiving early copies. With another Naughty Dog title on the horizon, we can't help but look back at their oeuvre and wonder whether their next project can surpass the masterpieces of their past.
But having seen a lot of Uncharted 4 and enjoyed some interaction with its gameplay, it seems that the Uncharted series can certainly influence The Last of Us 2 in unexpected ways. Here are 3 ways that we'd like Uncharted 4 to impact on the highly requested sequel to 2013's The Last of Us.
Uncharted 4 & What It Can Give The Last of Us 2
Have you SEEN Uncharted 4?! While many may complain about the limitations of current gen hardware, Naughty Dog have once again done a remarkable job of utilizing every ounce of Playstation's power. Uncharted 4 shines on the PS4, with breathtaking facial animations, stunning backdrops and seamless gameplay. It's undoubtedly one of the most beautiful games on consoles and we sincerely hope The Last of Us 2 can take things even further.
One thing that Naughty Dog have continuously referenced with regards to Uncharted 4 and the designing of its areas is space. Many of the locations throughout the game will offer varying paths and options for players, whether it be different ways to take in your jeep or during a mission, choosing to stealthy eliminate a camp, or simply have you and your friends blaze into an area causing havoc all around.
While The Last of Us wanted to give players options in terms of approaching a particular task, it was far more linear than many of us would have liked. Uncharted 4 hopes to break free these ties and we can only hope that The Last of Us 2 will bring this to a whole new level.
Traversal & Gameplay
I've always struggled with Uncharted's gameplay. The gunplay has never truly satisfied me and the whole "enter a room and kill everyone in it" malarkey drove me up the wall sometimes. But as many of you will have probably discovered with Uncharted 4's open multiplayer beta, those issues have been streamlined. But there's even more joy now: grappling hooks!
In order to fully make the most of the vast open spaces in Uncharted 4, Naughty Dog have introduced a grappling hook to shake things up a bit. You can use it in combat or simply traverse your environment in more interesting ways. We'll also be able to take control of a jeep, and the more gameplay variety this franchise has, the better. Imagine if we could trek across country in a jeep on the release date of The Last of Us 2!