I’m anxiously waiting for the final chapter of Uncharted, A Thief’s End, to arrive in the mail, knowing full well I won’t be playing until tonight… While my son chews on my PS4 controller as I put this together (I’ve stopped at this paragraph 3 times to protect my right trigger from its expanding fangs!). But this whole thing got me in a pensive mood realizing that Uncharted games had such a positive impact on my gaming in the previous generation, as did Naughty Dog with their amazing ability to create action-adventure games , which for me are the best you can play.
You might think this is just another PlayStation gamer raving about an exclusive game, but my journey with Uncharted actually began as an Xbox 360 gamer happily playing the ps4 gebraucht mit controller Gears of War series (which I love and the will be playing number 4 ASAP too) plus other great games as my then girlfriend – now mother of said pad chewing son and his big sister – proved she was the woman of my dreams when she gave me one for my birthday Bought a PS3 (an age I’d be happy to trade my next birthday for!).
What was the game I entered first? Well, I picked up Metal Gear Solid 4 and Uncharted knowing they were both exclusives that I missed on Xbox. Next, I toss a coin to decide my fate, and Uncharted won… I hardly looked up from the screen for the next few days.
It blew me away with everything it did, it was the complete package of everything I enjoyed about gaming, I continued to play through all the Uncharted games asap and haven’t looked back since.
The original title did so many things well, even the remastered version we reviewed still stands out as a great title. There were stunning graphics and environments that made you use platforming mechanics executed in such a way that every jump really felt like a fight for survival. Action that rivals Gears of War which I enjoyed so much but best of all; a real action movie adrenaline with characters and a story that made the game a total package for me.
And this was just the first game; The sequels – which I’ll get to soon – took this to the next level. But like all great movie series or books, games with great sequels start with ambitious originals that may not be perfect, but they really do take the genre to the next level in what they’re trying to do. The original Uncharted did that for me and I will always remember it fondly.
An introduction to Nathan Drake and Nolan North’s voice acting skills for games also came with the first game. Perhaps something we take more for granted in the days of the series, but the voice acting of the characters in the Uncharted games is just as important as the other elements of Naughty Dog’s creation. Nolan has made a number of characters amazing, one of my other favorites is starring in Spec Ops The Line as Captain Walker, an amazing game that everyone who enjoys the third person shooter should play.
But Nate is his best performance (although my daughter could say he’s pretty good in Blaze and The Monster Machines too) and he made the character one of the best in gaming, why?
Well, because you like him, but he’s a bit of a jerk most of the time. He’s not your typical hero, and while he’s not exactly an anti-hero like Joel from The Last of Us – which I’ll get to later in this article – he just makes some stupid decisions and gets himself in a real mess most of the time. But that makes him identifiable as a character and only makes his story stronger for me, especially as the series progresses.
But what also does it for me is the supporting cast with Sully played so perfectly by Richard McGonagle perfectly supporting alongside Nate along with some well created female characters also played by Emily Rose and Claudia Black. This will only get better as the sequels come and more of Drake’s past becomes clearer.
So does the game’s action, graphics and action movie feel as the series progresses. Like most gamers, I would say that the second game Among Thieves is the best of the Uncharted games. I won’t argue with anyone who says 3 was the best because it was amazing, the airplane sequence followed by the desert scene is one of my favorite moments of the game. But for me the action, platforming and overall feel of Drake’s story in the second game is the best so far.
But then again I haven’t played 4 as of this writing (day 1 patch downloading as I finish this article!) and I have a feeling this is going to blow my mind. I generally avoid spoilers and reviews when I plan to play something as much as this game, but the words “Naughty Dog’s best game” have been said, and that’s a pretty damn good statement.
While seemingly naughty, the Uncharted games are only part of my affection for these developers who really need to be released from the kennel and rewarded with a nice treat.
Before the obvious, I’ll say this about my first love of working at Naughty Dog; Jak and Daxter is fantastic and a series I just couldn’t stop playing. Having just finished Ratchet and Clank (and doing my best to write the review) which was great overall, I really hope these two make it to PS4 too.
But let’s get to my current favorite Naughty Dog game, The Last of Us. Now, without breaking my heart about it, and I could easily say another 1,000 words about how good it is, TLOU has changed gaming for me. It drew emotions out of me that no game has ever had before. I was really sad at the beginning and was pacing all the time, especially in the David scene with Ellie.
None of this is good for a man with a daughter.
But without the Uncharted games, this could never be, and on the contrary, the new Uncharted will surely conclude Nate’s adventure with many lessons from TLOU. Bringing these emotions into play is what I’m looking forward to the most.
The Uncharted games have had a massive impact on my gaming and on Naughty Dog as well; I can’t wait to see more of it this week. So, in closing, if I’m lucky enough to have someone from the studio check this out, thank you Naughty Dog for what you’ve been up to so far, and I’m excited to see Nathan Drake’s final chapter.
PSP2 2011, Playstation 4 2013: A look into the future
It’s the year 2013…
Technology has spread like never before and has merged with man more than ever. Artificial intelligence, cloning, and cybernetics, along with stem cell research, have created a gray area between what is “human” and what is “machine.” Humans have artificial robotic limbs and robots have human parts and learn to think more like humans but process information quickly like machines.” In late 2011 and early 2012, Apple took the iPad and integrated it with a gaming platform and 3D TV, and you got that I-TV brought after Sony developed the PS Phone and PSP2 (iPad for gamers) in 2011. In response, Sony has teamed up with other smaller companies to take 3D games and make them portable. Development is now set to move from simple glasses used for 3D games to contact lenses. While it’s still early days, the future is clearly leading The 3D wearable gaming network and advancements in motion technology are also enabling access to the internet and real-world simulations, allowing doctors to try out open-heart surgeries in the virtual world before they finally do he real thing. More and more career opportunities will become available as anyone will be able to take a career training course in any field and continue their education until they achieve a high enough grade to qualify. So everyone has the opportunity to get the best out of themselves. If they don’t like a job, they can get an education and be offered a job and try something else. If they’re curious how they would do, they can try a simulation of a different field, and if they do really well, they can know before they quit their job whether or not they’re more wanted in that particular field. As a result, fewer schools are needed and students can learn the basic skills to be what they want at a very young age. For this reason, the company will bring out the best in its employees.
The year is 2013 and several companies have developed training courses for sheet music. Sports teams actively seek to recruit sports players based on a score that measures their athletic intelligence in game situations, and they find it easier to find talent. Soon, technology will advance so teams can see the size and speed of players, and everyone can either see their dreams are out of reach and find something else to get excited about, or see how they stack up against others and perhaps they themselves claim to be good enough to work toward getting a high enough score to pursue their dreams. As a result, people will soon be reaching exploding new highs in productivity, and far more will be accomplished in this next decade than ever before. The basic stages of development that will lead to the creation of thought technology have begun and will allow anyone to upload their thoughts into some sort of matrix of ideas. A collective consciousness can be accessed. If you are wondering anything about the world, someone who has an answer will grant access to their thoughts until everyone reaches a greater sense of well-being where there is no internal conflict or questioning about specific things.
When we look back over the past 5 years, everyone is amazed at how far we’ve come. This new world of integrated intelligence will make the ability to think incredibly powerful, and soon after, machines will gain artificial intelligence and be able to use that ability to learn as well. Greater understanding is achieved and when people are connected they can become a different person. Talks about real avatars have started as people want substitute bodies and sci-fi will become a reality in just a few years. It is clear that we have entered a new era in which we will achieve more than ever. Along with so much more efficient and effective use of our time, we see the collective desire to help people as a reason to develop a free source of energy that can power the world. We are looking for a purely clean source of energy and innovative technology, and we may have found it.
In the meantime, we are working to purify water and make this energy available to everyone and this water available to everyone. We are working to turn the driest land into fertile soil on which crops can be grown to feed all. The world is collectively moving through and helping everyone and it won’t be long before the whole world can access this matrix of information. Many have called this the “new Internet”. Money still exists, but only digitally, and over time there will be no more physical cash as we can simply pull into a ride by pressing a button on our glasses or even thinking a thought and money is digitally transmitting becomes. Invisible credit cards can also be offered.
The world is a whole new place of joy, opportunity and wonder. After the last great war, this matrix of technology ended all wars as a mutual agreement was reached and everyone is now at peace. We are all aware of what we want to be. Many people are wondering what comes next, and with a possible plentiful supply of food and water when the technologies are finalized, all we can do is look out into space and consider space travel and the development of technologies for such voyages.
Gaming is like real simulations, and within simulations there is even an option to switch from one simulation to another
Children grow up not knowing what is real and what isn’t, or at least more confused as the line between reality and simulation has become almost invisible. xbox gebraucht Perhaps when we dream we are simply interpreting this field of consciousness that has yet to exist. Perhaps we are part of this simulation ourselves and impulsive decisions are made by people who live through us. With these simulations we can better understand dreams and ourselves.
The Playstation 4 is just one of many possible advancements to come. It’s not hard to imagine the technology moving forward based on a major console development as we see many changes in that direction. With 3D TV and Playstation Move making gaming a full three-dimensional virtual reality experience, the door is open to many new advances.
Some of these advances could be the Playstation Gaming Phone and the Playstation Portable 2, which is rumored to be available in 2011. Although this is only one possible future, it is very exciting.