My Quick Thoughts on Uncharted 4 Gameplay Footage (PlayStation Experience)

There was a lot of news to come out this past weekend due to two big events: the PlayStation Experience and the Video Game Awards. No matter who you are or what games you play, these are all huge announcements. I think it is literately impossible for you to have come out of this weekend with nothing to look forward to. 2015 is going to be one of the best years for games.

I will be commenting on individual announcements from both events. Let’s start with the one I was waiting for most.

During the PlayStation Experience, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End made an appearance in the form of long-awaited gameplay footage. Fans have been waiting 5 months since the announcement of the game back at E3 to see Nathan Drake in action “one last time”. About 15 minutes of gameplay were shown highlighting an action scene in the deep jungle. If you haven’t seen the footage yet and wish to follow along, click here to see it for yourself.

I’m a huge fan of the Uncharted series. No doubt about it, this is my favorite PS3 franchise ever, and one of my favorite series of video games. I started with Uncharted 2 (one of my first PS3 games), then Uncharted 3 the next week, and I’m still playing through Uncharted 1. I will assert that Uncharted 2 is probably my favorite. I will also say that Uncharted 4 is my most anticipated game of 2015. I want it bad, and this here footage cemented that excitement for me.

First thing’s first. This game is beautiful. This is a shock to no one because Naughty Dog usually always excels in graphic design. Particularly, few development studios make forested areas as well as Naughty Dog does. (That’s probably because every game they ever made has a forest or jungle section in it). The jump to the PS4 bolsters that beauty by the increase of textures and detail. Nate himself looks near life-like as do many of the other characters in the game.

But of course, the gameplay is the star of the show. We were shown a very standard Uncharted trip: we go from a mountain overseeing an ocean, many hills, and natural plant-life, through a cave to reach a high wall which we climb, where we find enemy forces blocking and patrolling the platforms on our path, then escape them to reach a wall of rocks to climb. That’s pretty much the gist of it… and it was awesome!

It’s been a while since I’ve played Uncharted, so mind me if I mistake certain things as new.

One new feature I like is the use of sharp objects to assist you in climbing. I’m not sure if this was in the original trilogy or not, but I found it a clever expansion for platforming. It could even offer some freedom with the climbing sections, or at the very least some additional strategy. Not just moving the analog stick and see where he reaches and then jumping.

There’s also one other big feature I’m almost certain wasn’t in the other games. That hook-shot lasso thing is the best thing to happen to the Uncharted game in a while. This is next-level stuff, allowing you to traverse through areas much faster and reach areas much further. I can’t wait to use this thing. Now all Drake needs to officially be Indiana Jones is a brown hat.

Combat has also seen some more dynamic moves to add to the mix. As far as gunplay, that’s untouched. Same old, same old. But some of the new hand-to-hand sequences look brutal. The man with his back against the wall slammed the gunman’s face in the rocks before knocking him out. That’s hardcore!

Now the only thing left that was shown is the new face we see towards the end of the video. It appears to be Nathan Drake’s older brother, played by Troy Baker (The Last of Us, Infamous: Second Son, etc.). For one, I do love the fact that Troy Baker is in an Uncharted game. Now I can say that Joel has officially talked to Drake.

I can’t exactly comment too much on his character since we weren’t given much, but I’m going to bet that he turns to the dark side by the end of the game. Just a gut feeling I have. In terms of what Nate’s brother can bring to the story, I think this brings about a lot of interesting outcomes. Just the fact that these two most likely did not grow up together because of the foster system bring s a good bunch of conflict. As a character, perhaps he will be the less experienced but incredibly eager brother who ends up making half the bad stuff happen due to common mistakes. That’s probably not it at all, but I’m just guessing.

Really, this footage was so good to see. It’s been a year since development of this game was confirmed and now I feel my hype is justified. I’m still wrapping my head around the idea that I will be able to play this one day. I can’t wait to see more in the future.

What did you guys make of the gameplay trailer? Was it everything you were hoping for? Does this in anyway make you want to buy the game. Let me know in the comments, so we can discuss this together.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

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