A Bug's Life was always an inspiration for Naughty Dog, if not all of us. It was the game that defined the console gaming scene, as well as being the first game to cement aspects such as digital sound, 3D graphics and dual analog gaming once and for all. Uncharted 3, a more recent release is made using the same recipe: A protagonist has a challenge he needs to overcome, and is forced to go outside his comfort zone in order to do so. A concept too rarely explored in books, films and games. But does Uncharted 3 hold up to the timeless Pixar classic?
The short answer is no. But a slightly longer answer would be yes. You see, Bug's Life is not what it once was. It used to be a game about a misfit ant, looking for warriors to save his colony from greedy grasshoppers, who recruits a group of bugs that turn out to be an inept circus troupe, but looking back at it over ten years later I quickly realized that it really is a game about an innocent and naive girl in Paris, with her own sense of justice, who decides to help those around her and who along the way, discovers love. This was a shocking new twist to the genre I had not expected.
The game starts with a bang, bang meaning a PlayStation logo followed by opening credits, several splash screens, a menu screen, an opening cut-scene and a tutorial. Much like Ron Paul's GOP campaign the game got me super excited, but slowly started to lose me as it deals with themes like inflation policies, gay rights and views on abortion. But this is easily overseeable given Bug's Life's interesting take on foreign policies and civil liberties (except gays).
Other than that music is nice, graphics were good once but they aren't now because of advances in hardware over the ten last years (nintendo fans look up "PC hardware"), fortunately the graphics stop being a problem as soon as you press pause, lay down the controller and quietly leave the room in order to do something else. Unfortunately this does not progress story, nor earn you trophies, so trophy enthusiasts may want to ask themselves why they bought a PS1 classic in the first place.
Having said that, this isn't as much a PS1 classic as it is an interactive videogame designed for the PS1, which allows the user to interact with characters and objects on-screen through controlling a bug (hence the name: A Bug's Life)
So does it hold up to Uncharted 3? Yeah, I'm enthusiastic. This is good, this is nice gaming.
/Edited version has later been posten on Pixeledcourier.com