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Submitted by Scholla 1204d ago | opinion piece

So what’s the verdict gaming folks…does The Last of US look better than Uncharted 3?

When the Last of Us was first shown at the Spike VGA’s 2011 there was this feel of ”where have these graphics been all my life” in the air by the gaming community. Could this be an implication Naughty Dog has completely mastered the “Cell” (processor) and is now using it to it’s fullest potential? As Deion Sanders would say though “Hold on playa” not so fast. (PS3, The Last Of Us, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception)

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Godchild1020  +   1204d ago
I think The Last of Us looks better than Uncharted 3, but the art style is different than what we have seen in the Uncharted series.
camel_toad  +   1204d ago
I agree plus you have to realize when Uncharted 3 was at a similar stage of development as The Last of Us is right now it already looked great but was further tweaked to look even better nearing its release - soo I'm guessing with a few nips n tucks The Last of Us is only going to get better looking going by Naughty Dogs track record.
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MaxXAttaxX  +   1204d ago
That's an old pic of Ellie and so is the debut trailer...

That said, Uncharted 3's desert scene has one of the best visuals I've ever seen. I doubt we'll see a similar scene like that in The Last of Us to accurately compare the two, but so far TLOU has shown pretty impressive graphics, even better than U3 in many aspects. AI looks great too.

So I guess overall... yeah, it does look better. Although art direction is different.
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Freak of Nature  +   1203d ago
I agree, and would like to add that TLOU may be at a disadvantage, not have the diverse locations and settings that UC2 and 3 had... As of now I see the city overgrown with jungle/plant-life...I am still wondering if you will also see some locations outside of the city itself, as I noticed they had some concepts/ shots of the outskirts of town, perhaps you must travel to other locations to solve problems too?

Either way, it is looking beautiful and will still get better as time goes on in development...It's ND, do you expect anything less?
Irishguy95  +   1203d ago
Uncharted 3 looks alot better imo, due to art direction. Last of Us has a bit better graphics
zeeshan  +   1203d ago
I want this game NOW! Have they announced a date yet? I am trying not to see new videos cuz I don't wanna spoil the experience.

This, Bioshock infinite and Beyond. It's so hard to wait for these titles :S
Blastoise  +   1204d ago
I also think the last of us looks better. You can tell just by the character's faces
NastyLeftHook0  +   1204d ago
console games

1. the last of us/beyond
2. uncharted 3
Mainsqueeze  +   1203d ago
I loved uncharted 3 but for some reason the last of us doesn't interest me that much. I still hope that its an awesome game for those who are going to get it.
showtimefolks  +   1203d ago
I don't have a time machine so we will see. All I knw is ND are masters at making their each game better than the one before. So I am guessing they learned a lot of uncharted 3 and applying those learning to make LOU better
andibandit  +   1203d ago
I think The Last of Uncharted looks better, but to be honest i'd take a little more freedom and a little less graphical fidelity. When i have completed it i would know EXACTLY how my neighbours playthrough was, cause the freedom is almost non existant, almost like an On-Rails game.
Catoplepas  +   1203d ago
Everything you say is definitely legit.

You're in no way a complete imbecile.
violents  +   1203d ago
Its a knowm fact that the last has multiple ways to play, you can go all stealth mode through the levels or guns blazing like they did in the e3 demo. It may be a linear style game but there are multiple ways to get to the next area. The way you play through may not be the same as your friend does. Besides if it's fun who cares. Do you hate on a movie because it's the same thing everyone else saw too?
MoonConquistador  +   1203d ago
Whilst sort of agreeing with andibandits comment, steverhude brings up a great point on the movie comparison.

Opposite ways of looking at it, but bubbles to you both for very good points
GuyThatPlaysGames  +   1203d ago
Who gives a shit? It's about gameplay, not visuals.
AngryTypingGuy  +   1203d ago
Does it look better than Uncharted 3? I'll let you know when I'm able to buy a copy and pop it in my PS3.
MariaHelFutura  +   1204d ago
The Last Of Us looks more alive.
ASTAROTH  +   1204d ago
After reading all these comments I find it funny that on the 360 side of things its fans are declaring HALO 4 the best looking game on consoles, but here PS3 fans are saying LOU migth end looking better than Uncharted 3... they are not hyping this game to look next gen or set benchmarks in graphics... no time to be so insecure...LOL

Im I saying PS3 fans havent done that/troll?

No I just said that an article about HALO 4 being the new benchmark in graphics just get the 360 flock out of their cave... Just like with every 360 exclusive that them and the MEDIA believes have the best graphics of consoles... Every year the same whith a diferrent game.
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Rush  +   1204d ago
Yeah because PS3 fans have never hyped graphics /troll...

Not to mention it's such a pointless argument 360 and PS3 hardware is now 6/7 years old. Why argue about who has the fastest cripple?
BigStef71  +   1204d ago
Im sorry but theres no way halo 4 can compare to UC3 and TLOU in terms of having better graphics. A better comparison would be Halo 4 vs KZ3. In that comparison KZ3 is the overall better looking game and in my opinion is one if not the best looking FPS on current consoles.
Blankman85  +   1204d ago
Wow. Why must you ps3 fans drag every other console thru the mud just to make your precious playstation seem so perfect?
Why drag xbox 360 and halo 4 into this? Honestly. Are you seriously about to talk about insecurities right now? Wow are you kidding me? You're the insecure one here going off topic just so you can feel good about what you got sitting under your TV. What's even more disturbing is that this jerk is going to get a massive amount of agrees and probably get bubbled up.
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shivvy24  +   1204d ago
if they say that halo is the benchmark in graphics then they are kidding themselves , since i have both the consoles , i know whats fact and BS ! while halos story ets is increadibly awesome , its definately not seting any benchmark thingos !
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   1204d ago
***"Wow. Why must you ps3 fans drag every other console thru the mud just to make your precious playstation seem so perfect?"***

Generalization much? So because one person does it that means all people do it? Would you like me to point out comments where 360 fans(yourself included) drag the PS3 into the mud to make the Xbox seem perfect? Would that then give me justification to say that all 360 fans always dog on the playstation in order to make the xbox seem supreme?
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miyamoto  +   1203d ago
Look at what the cat dragged in... Halo on a Naughty Dog article

people are sensitive you know
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humbleopinion  +   1203d ago

While I agree that comparing 3rd person shooters and 1st person shooters is not the easiest thing to do, Killzone 3 is strill trailing graphically behind Halo Reach, not to mention how Halo 4 currently looks from first impressions.

UC3 and TLOU can be compared to third person shooters such as Gears of War. And while UC3 sits at about the same level as Gears 3 (both have their ups and down), TLOU is already looking more impressive than both - which makes a lot of sense since technology evolves over time.

My guess? By the end of this gen Halo 4 will turn out to be the best looking FPS this console gen (unless some other surprising contender shows up. Crysis 3 perhaps?), and TLOU will be the best looking 3rd person shooter this gen (although it will have to compete with other impressive games such as the next MGS, GTA V, Star Wars 1313 and Watchdogs).
kikizoo  +   1203d ago
Humbledenial :)

"And while UC3 sits at about the same level as Gears 3"
"My guess? By the end of this gen Halo 4 will turn out to be the best looking FPS this console gen "

..please, buy a ps3, and uc3, kz2/3, etc it's 2012 now, you have to comeback to reality.
givemeshelter  +   1203d ago
What is always interesting about these debates comes NEXT generation. Not now.
Why? Because the same people here ranting about how all PS3 games look better than Xbox360 games and GRAPHICS MATTER, MIGHT be eating tons of cow come next generation if the Xbo720 or whatever it might be called, ends up being more powerful. At that point you will see those same people posting how GRAPHICS do not matter are now talking about how only game play matters...

We seen this happen before. It was with HYPOCRITICAL Xbox fanboys claiming graphic superiority over the PS2 and HOW graphics MATTER. The Sony camp would say GAME PLAY was more important etc.
Now see how fast those Xbox fanboys changed their tune this generation? Graphics what?

Now if the tables are turned come next generation, you can bet the farm the Sony fanboys will be just as hypocritical and claim how game play is all that matters and Xbox fanboys will say how graphics matter.
Lesson here? You want graphics. Buy a PC otherwise at some point you will be seen as a hypocritical individual.
humbleopinion  +   1200d ago

And you base your invalid comparisons on what? I actually have all these games and compared them on a technical level. As I mentioned countless times: Halo Reach is graphically superior to Killzone 3, what makes you think that Halo 4 isn't better. Here, somebody even PMed asking me about this, so I'll just copy-paste the reasons here:

"Halo Reach has better looking 3D models, better textures (both metallic and skin), better alpha effects, more polygons in a single scene (according to developers of both games), bigger scale, better color reproduction (Thanks to HDR which is absent from Killzone, and is probably the games biggest issue), and better overall lighting thanks to the global illumination.
Killzone 3 can push more light sources on a single scene thanks to the rendering solution, but that's about it when it comes to technical advantages as far as I can see.
Animations on both games is excellent, particles on both games are excellent, AA on both games is not very good (MLAA in Killzone 3 with a lot of artifacts, Temporal AA on Halo Reach with a lot of ghosting) , so I can't argue in each direction on all of these. "

But you didn't even make a single argument to back your claims. Care to share a technical comparison? If I don't see any further comment about this, I will be just left to assume that it's you who own just a single console and require a reality check - preferably after taking off your fanboy goggles.
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yewles1  +   1204d ago
Absolutely, especially with what was shown so far.
BitbyDeath  +   1204d ago
Hard to tell at this point, but i'm sure it will be.
Bumpmapping  +   1204d ago
Lol ok dont know what WWE 13 has to do with article....On topic oh hell yea Naughty Dog own the PS3,but graphics aside its the AI that's gonna stand out this time.
onyoursistersback  +   1204d ago
ExCest  +   1203d ago
hax, Hax, HAx, HAX!
Tontus  +   1204d ago
Not in my opinion, Uncharted 3 is definitely superior and Killzone 3 and God of War 3 are superior to that. Not only because I absolutely hate the art-style in TLoU (I'm so sick of unimaginative post-apocalyptic words filled with dilapidated cars and buildings) but it just doesn't look that good graphically, notice the terrible amount of aliasing during gameplay, the flat foliage, lots of low-res textures and unrealistic lighting. If it looks much better at launch then maybe, but I doubt it will improve much since the games already been in development for so long.
3dtested  +   1204d ago
TLoU, like Uncharted and many other games, does have aliasing and is one area where we'll see a major improvement next gen but for the most part what we've seen so far is amazingly detailed high-res textures, not low res, and an improvement in lighting and shadows over Uncharted. Can you point to something in particular (vid link) so we can check?
A-Glorious-Dawn  +   1203d ago
TLOU is using a whole new soft shadow system that is unlike anything ever used on console before.

Notice the parts inside especially where Ellie catches up to Joel after the broken stairs near the beginning of the video. She casts a soft shadow within a shadowed area, this gives an amazing improvement over the impression of depth.

U3 looked amazing, and still will after TLOU releases, it's vibrant and eccentric art style is hard to compare to other games since we are naturally drawn to these vibrant colours. But trust me, TLOU will have better graphics both technically and visually, they are going for a dark realism for the most part, but I'm sure there will be splashes of colour throughout the game.
Jaces  +   1203d ago
Post apocalyptic worlds, unimaginative, dilapidated cars and buildings....I'm sorry where you expecting fiery demons and leveled cities with meteor craters every which way you look?
wages of sin  +   1204d ago
They look the same.
3dtested  +   1204d ago
We're doing a very detailed analysis of the changes and improvements in The Last of Us compared to Uncharted. It's written, just need to extract a few more screenshots, check some facts. Should be up in a day or two:

I'll add a news item here when it's up.
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Bathyj  +   1204d ago
Naughty Dog are only competing with themselves at this point.

But the AI and emotional connection to the characters and gameplay is why this game is going to be awesome.
prototypeknuckles  +   1204d ago
as a fan of the uncharted series, YEAH, TLoU looks way better than uncharted graphicly and gameplay wise.
AO1JMM  +   1204d ago
Looks absolutely awesome but doesnt look next gen awesome.
Bathyj  +   1204d ago
Even though everyone else disagreed with you, I'm going to give you an agree.

Cos you're right, it doesnt look next gen. It just looks better than everything else this gen.

Besides, as I've said, the gameplay is what I'm most looking forward to and the AI looks a gen ahead of anything else.
Hicken  +   1203d ago
To be fair, is there a game from next gen- which at the moment would only be Wii U games- that looks better than TLoU?

I don't include PC games, that don't have generations in the same sense as consoles, so games like Watch_Dogs don't count to me.

So, as far as console games go- and having surpassed what was the previous pinnacle of console gaming graphical ability in the Uncharted games- is it impossible to consider The Last of Us as next-gen, or very nearly there?
GUYwhoPLAYSvideoGAME  +   1203d ago
@Hicken personally i didn't think watch dogs looked as good as last of us, although it doesn't matter because either one you play, you're going to be impressed
GUYwhoPLAYSvideoGAME  +   1203d ago
Where were you going with that?
LKHGFDSA  +   1202d ago
"next gen awesome" is impossible at this point, I believe. expect not to be wow'd on a next gen level until after next gen consoles are announced.
AznGaara  +   1204d ago
Last of Us looks better. I really do love the color pallet for it.
Zhipp  +   1204d ago
TLOU's cutscenes definitely look better than Uncharted's, but the gameplay graphics look worse to my eyes.
newn4gguy  +   1203d ago
Are you implying that the cutscenes in The Last of Us look different than the gameplay?

Naughty Dog does in-engine cutscenes. The same goes for Uncharted. That was all in-engine.
QuantumWake  +   1203d ago
Naughty Dog uses pre-rendered cutscenes. Naughty Dog even said so themselves in their BTS videos. One of the reasons they do this is so that they can mask the loading times within the cinematics.

They call this their "active cinematic experience" where the transition between cutscenes and gameplay is as seamless as possible using in-engine cinematics.

I'm about 95% sure on this. If I'm wrong about this info, please feel free to clarify. :)
Zhipp  +   1203d ago
The cutscenes may be in-engine, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're identical to gameplay. Usually the lighting, animations, and shadows look nicer in cutscenes than during actual gameplay. Just take a look at any Halo game to get what I mean. Another good example is Resident Evil on the 3DS.
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wishingW3L  +   1204d ago
too soon to tell.
attilayavuzer  +   1204d ago
Who cares at this point, they're both graphically impressive.
aNDROiD17_  +   1204d ago
they should make ellie and joel playable characters in UC3 multiplayer
BigStef71  +   1204d ago
Does it really matter? In the end both of these games will be considered two of the best looking and possibly greatest games ever to grace the ps3
Silly gameAr  +   1204d ago
I need to play The Last of Us first. I'll be sure to get back to you.
AO1JMM  +   1204d ago
Epic! Cannot wait to play LOU. Gameplay looks fantastic and I love the games setting.
jnhinsd  +   1203d ago
Agreed 100%, Game looks awesome and is a day 1 purchase. Naughty Dog hurry up! oh wait take your time and make it even better. LOL
josephayal  +   1204d ago
The last of us looks better than crysis and Watch Dogs PC
WetN00dle69  +   1203d ago
Nice one!
tubers  +   1203d ago
Maxed out on a GOOD PC that is.

For a 7 year old hardware to EVEN "step on a toe" of maxed out Crysis game on a higher end PC is a feat that shouldn't be taken lightly.
Norrison  +   1203d ago
Nice trolling, even on low crysis DESTROYS The Last of Us. Console games are fun, but they look average at best.
momthemeatloaf  +   1204d ago
Halo 4 is the benchmark
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   1204d ago
The article isn't talking about benchmarks here... it's just talking about whether The Last of Us looks better than Uncharted 3..
ALLWRONG  +   1203d ago
But that didn't stop you and everyone else here from talking about Killzone in the last Halo 4 article.
Pillsbury1  +   1203d ago
You should be a comedian
dcortz2027  +   1203d ago
..on the Xbox 360, fixed!
ItsTrue  +   1203d ago
Sorry, but you're probably in the wrong article...
DeletedAcc  +   1203d ago
THE LAST OF US looks better than UNCHARTED 3
GamerElite  +   1203d ago
That rack looks better than anything i've ever seen
DivineAssault  +   1203d ago
Last of us SMASHES uncharted.. Look at the open landscapes, buildings, characters, physics, etc.. Uncharted does not look bad by any means & has excellent production value but last of us has perfected the art.. This game even got Hideo Kojima off his ass to go see em lol..
ZoyosJD  +   1203d ago
Character animations and facial features, lighting, buildings, and AI got to TLOU, but physics and landscapes are still held by Uncharted for now.

Characters and story will be decided with TLOU release.

I think that they had a slight trade off to focus on what will matter more in TLOU.
tubers  +   1203d ago
At a glance they look the same.

Upon closer inspection TLoU looks a bit better.. just a bit.

UC 3 definitely has a more color saturated theme while TLoU has it a bit toned down.. with TLoU also having a little bit better lighting and shadows in some areas.
sly-Famous  +   1203d ago
TLOU is superior graphically and you get the sense of realism and that has allot to do with art style but with Uncharted you also knew it was fantasy, dont get me wrong, Im not saying that you could not relate Drake & co or that it did not set the graphics benchmark because it did but that is the sense Im getting from TLOU.
Walker  +   1203d ago
CG ? which CG ?!! are you crazy ?!
moodgamer  +   1203d ago
I will just say this: If all games from now on, untill next gen, look like Uncharted 3 ou The Last of Us, i would be an very happy gamer.
Tiqila  +   1203d ago
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