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Submitted by BigStef71 1061d ago | opinion piece

Tomb Raider vs. Uncharted: The Comparison We Had To Make

It can be a bit difficult to talk about the new Tomb Raider without also talking about Uncharted. Naughty Dog's PS3 series has always had a lot of Tomb Raider in its DNA, and Crystal Dynamics' new Lara Croft adventure has clearly been taking notes from Uncharted. (PC, PS3, Tomb Raider, Uncharted Trilogy, Xbox 360)

The_Infected  +   1061d ago
They're both good. Uncharted still had better graphics and a better story IMO. Tomb Raider has great gameplay and good graphics also. Both are great IMO and you can't go wrong with either one.
BigStef71  +   1061d ago
This is what someone commented on Kotaku:
"I think Tomb Raider COMPLETELY blows away Uncharted. It's my GOTY for 2013 so far, and I don't see it getting beaten. It's just so badass in so many ways, it makes Uncharted look like Sesame Street.

The super dark, gritty world REALLY blew me away. I'm at the part where I just got knocked off the bridge into a certain "river" if you know what I mean. SO AWESOME!!!!! Man ... this is the darkest game I've played in a long time.

The bow, and pretty much all the combat blows away Uncharted. The dodging, the stealth takedowns, the counter kills, the cover system, the animations during crouching stealth and combat, all far better! The axe is awesome. The rope arrows are totally awesome. The jumping is far better, and allows you more control - including air control.

Drake really comes off like a clown, and I've always hated that in Uncharted, and I never liked his character. Lara though is just totally serious and really is on par with Rambo at times. It's just no comparison for me.

I have no doubt Tomb Raider will blow away Last of Us as well.

And yeah, Tomb Raider has a lot more content too. I feel like I've been playing for a while now and I think I'm 42% in. GOTY for me easily."

Sounds like a pretty arrogant comment to me.They basically call Uncharted a kiddie game and they say this game already blows The Last of Us away which hasn't even been released. It's ignorance I guess
classic200  +   1061d ago
The person who wrote that surely as never ever played uncharted and surely does not own a PS3, that is like hating on system shock with bioshock.

In fact I think that person is a casual xbox 360 owner, tomb raider is good but bisoshock, the last of us and watch dogs are so far on a different level right now.

Also please note I said casual because even a core xbox gamers would have common sense to know tomb raider cannot win goty of those games. Nost xbox gamers will say watch dogs or bioshock infinite.
Root  +   1061d ago
People really want Lara to be back on top again that's why people are like that...

It makes me think do some people not play Uncharted because they are bitter over the fact Uncharted has beaten Tomb Raider. You know those obsessed TR fangirls who are full of nostalgia.
LOGICWINS  +   1061d ago
"It makes me think do some people not play Uncharted because they are bitter over the fact Uncharted has beaten Tomb Raider."

This comment is just as arrogant as the Uncharted looks like Sesame Street one.

OT: It's all opinion based. Tomb Raider if you want a semi-realistic emotional survival experience and Uncharted if you want a popcorn action film with better characters/writing than most films.

Either way, I already know most of the people here will blindly say that Uncharted is the better game(for obvious reasons that we all know), so theres really no point in arguing this any further...on N4G of all places where the preponderance of the community think/act similarly.
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vickers500  +   1061d ago
"better characters/writing than most films."

Highly disagree with you there. Uncharteds writing and characters are pretty much just on par or equal to most films.

I know I'm going to get disagreed to hell with what I'm about to say, but I'll say it anyway(oh and by the way, I haven't played Tomb Raider, so don't take this as a comparison and start saying "well tomb radier isn't as good blah blah").

Uncharted is overrated. Nobody in Uncharted has any real unique characteristics that exist only in Uncharted. In fact they're characteristics that are found quite commonly in movies and tv. Drake the wisecracking average joe hero, Elena the sweet/kind love interest who knows how to handle herself in a fight, Chloe the mysterious former love interest who isn't really a law abiding citizen, Sully the old perv/mentor who always has something creepy yet funny to say.

Those character archetypes have been done to death in tv and movies. It's not a terribly bad thing, but it certainly doesn't merit as much praise as it gets (in my opinion).

But don't mistake this comment as a dislike for the franchise. I like Uncharted. I've beat all 3 ps3 games (Platinum'd the second game even). Uncharted beats out every other game in terms of cinematics and cinematic gameplay, and graphics. It's the best action flick style franchise there is.

BUT, it's JUST that. People speak as if it has the best characters/writing/story in any game ever, but it doesn't. There's no real deep emotion to the game. It's a "fun", a charming game with light hearted spirit, but not a deep game. It doesn't make you think, it doesn't make you feel, other than a tiny few moments that don't really matter all that much (u3 improved quite a lot on this by showing drake as a kid though, I did like that). I wouldn't usually complain about these things if it were any other game, but I feel as though I have to when I see this game get so much praise on the elements it's simply AVERAGE at (story,characters).

The Last of Us looks to be much better though. Two people, both who have lost probably many people who were important to them, trying to survive in a world where most human beings have lost their humanity (both figuratively and literally), now that's what a deep story is and what great characters are.

It's a more human story, a story you care about more than "wisecracking hero looks for treasure, unnecessarily kills a bunch of 'bad guys' (despite the fact that he could simply just go home at any point, he doesn't NEED to find treasure and kill hundreds of people, he just chooses to because he thinks the treasure is worth a few hundred dead people, which is why I can't really 'like' Drake, and no, it's not really self defense when he intentionally and unnecessarily puts himself in a situation he doesn't need to be in) and ends up saving the world as a side effect.
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LOGICWINS  +   1061d ago
Vickers, just to be clear, when I say better characters/writing than most films, I should have specified ACTION films. Uncharted's characters ARE archetypes, but those archetypes are done much better than most action/adventure films.

As far as character emotion and story depth, Uncharted will never be able to stand with games like Mass Effect/Ni No Kuni etc.
Rainstorm81  +   1060d ago
The funniest thing is the DEVELOPERS said they used Uncharted as inspiration for Tomb Raider 2013. It's only history repeating itself as Uncharted was inspired by Tomb Raider 1995. (Google Dude Raider ?)

But clearly Uncharted has been the better series this generation......Tomb raider was irrelevant majority of this gen with its subpar games but I'm glad they finally got in back on track with this one.

It's funny to see people down talk Nathan Drake's character, IMO he's ONE OF the FEW characters in gaming to that feels real...... Character wise he's a digital Indiana Jones for goodness sake.

Also that poster was so happy that Tomb Raider is Dark and Gritty.....IMO that's not always good, it sucked for the Dark Knight Rises and it would suck if Indiana Jones had that tone......Dark and Gritty isn't for everything, if Uncharted was Dark and Gritty it would be Gears of War

Edit @ Logic
Well if Uncharted was a RPG I'm sure they could obtain that amount of emotion and depth but its a 8 hr action game vs 30+ hr RPGs.
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LOGICWINS  +   1060d ago
"Well if Uncharted was a RPG I'm sure they could obtain that amount of emotion and depth but its a 8 hr action game vs 30+ hr RPGs."

Emotion can easily be pulled off in 3-10 hour experiences. Spec Ops: The Line, The Walking Dead, and Journey are good examples. Uncharted games are great because they rarely do anything wrong, but I can't say that I was ever emotionally connected to Drake. He's a good character, but I've never "cared" for him as I would a human.
Joegrine20  +   1060d ago
Lara is Rambo. But Drake is a One man walking nuclear bomb with a touch of batman at the side. You juss cannot kill Drake. The guy even fought off a whole pirate crew. Damn Drake u Scary!
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LOGICWINS  +   1060d ago
^^Thats part of the reason why Drake is hard to connect to. It's the same reason why people don't like Superman anymore. He seems so invincible to the point that he has no vulnerability. You can't care for/relate to a character if you think he/she is unstoppable.
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Rainstorm81  +   1060d ago
I disagree Logic nearly every game the main character is a walking death machine including Tomb Raider.

Some of the most popular games are about invincible protagonists Halo and CoD... That invincible feeling goes over to the multiplayer when it comes to CoD
MysticStrummer  +   1060d ago
A gritty tale of survival... where the main character's health regenerates. Right.
Irishguy95  +   1060d ago
I'm finding Tomb Raider much better too. Mostly due to the gameplay and grittiness(as that comment said, every single thing in TR gameplay is just...done very well, the little bit of openness, the bow/rope/fire and environment, the gun play is excellent etc etc). The story too has me more involved and more caring of what is happening, although Uncharteds writing and characters are far superior but the overall plot and setting of TR is superior too. I'd almost always take a good story over good writing myself.(MGS3 = best of both worlds/my favorite game)

I can't wait to see what ND do with the Last of Us because I feel like this game just kinda came out of nowhere and gave us what the last of Us promised to give. Except for one thing, LoU will have survival elements which I like alot.

Anyhow, Tomb Raider completely destroyed my expectations, I thought it would be nothing but a devious Uncharted clone...but the additions to the gameplay have really set it apart from Uncharted imo

Edit-- I'm a bit shocked to see Uncharted fans pull out the whole review thing again. Yes. GTA4 has a high Meta score. So it's better than both of them. Right? No. No it's not. Awards and reviews really mean **** all. Tomb Raider will not will nearly as many you know why? It has other amazing games to compete with this year. LoU, Bioshock etc...Uncharted 2 didn't have much to compete with did it?

Seriously, people only trust reviews when it suits their argument. And if the new God of War recieves a lower average and is considered the worst god of war to date - Reviews are wrong.
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Autodidactdystopia  +   1060d ago
which system are you guys basing your graphics judgement on?

I just finished a playthrough this on ma pay cee and I think this is one of the better looking games ever made letalone better than uncharted. but i think that might be highly conditional. cause this game seems to shine in certain lighting conditions and almost fail in others
Overall liked the game. plain and simple. I also liked uncharted but in a different way.

both games have artifacts that you can view upclose with the sticks/triggers. in that respect uncharted artifacts look much better and have much better shaders.
ame22  +   1060d ago
It's Kotaku, I wouldn't bother at this point.
colonel179  +   1060d ago
I don't care which game is better. In my opinion both are good, but I liked Lara more than I liked Drake. Drake is great when he is with Elena and Sully, more than by himself.

What it's fantastic about Tomb Raider though, is the controls. The game just plays beautifully. There are things to improve, and certainly they will (unless they ruin them like Guerrilla did with Killzone 2's perfect controls for KZ3) Anyways, Lara always did what I wanted her to do in the game. Not once did a button not respond well or messed up a jump or a shot due to the controller. The aiming was perfect. I moved the sensitivity up to 8 and it was amazing. Everytime I used the bow, I did headshots, and there wasn't any auto aim, or aim assist (at least not noticeable at all).

I am very eager to know what Naught Dog will do with Uncharted on PS4. Surely the graphics will be amazing even if they launch it early, but I wonder how they will respond to Tomb Raider. They know and are aware of the success that Tomb Raider is having, and as long as both try to outdo each other, we all gamers win.
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showtimefolks  +   1060d ago
Uncharted took inspiration from Indiana Jones and tomb raider but it built up the UC series to where tomb raider never got quality wise. Uncharted 2 IMO is one of the best looking game and overall one of the top 3 games of this gen

this new reboot for tomb raider is a good first step but there is room for huge improvements, story is pretty mediocre, but i am hopeful for next games in the series that aspect will see huge improvements.

i like both but my favorite is Uncharted, not because of the game so much as its made by ND who IMO are the best development house in business

enjoy both, instead of having 1 great game now we have 2 so nothing to complain about just play and enjoy
EbeneezerGoode  +   1060d ago
Actually as a big fan of UC I found UC3 starting to get a bit dull, and TR beats it in gameplay!

Also graphics. While obviously uncharted looks very special as Naughty Dog can push the system well, I find the overall art direction in TR to be stunning places, beautifully detailed and lovingly crafted. UC3 seems a bit more 'fake' in comparison. All shiny prefabs. Tomb raider does nature much better.

Gunplay is a lot better in Uncharted though, they have the cover system down well.

Story? The overall plot is better in Uncharted but the immersion is better in TR because it feels more visceral and weighty. Darker.

Overall I can say I much preferred TR to UC3, but Uncharted 2 was amazing so I'd have to give them both a 9/10.

Mr Tom Braider has more emotion too, I actually felt so bad for (SPOILER...................... .......)

One of the mad guys in the 'cells' in the geothermal caves asking to be killed. I shot him with a flame arrow and actually felt sorry for him and relief - don't think I've ever felt that in a game before. It was just well crafted and immersive enough to make me feel it.


Though I do spot the UC rip offs throughout TR - mainly the climbing up dangling pieces of wrecks with mad camera angles (like UC2's opening).

I find TR has a more cohesive and fun to explore/less linear (far less linear) environment and seems more current than UC does.

Can't wait for both sequels on PS4 but uncharted REALLY needs to back off the scripted events and 'cinematics' and go back to good old fashioned interaction - UC3 was a bridge too far for me - got boring in too many places.
andibandit  +   1060d ago
Tomb Raider blows any game out of the water, it's just that amazing.
Kurt Russell  +   1060d ago
I'm looking forward to trying it out. Not sure why people argue over comparisons of Uncharted and Tomb Raider. I originally bought Uncharted because I've always loved Tomb Raider games... I was not disappointed, now I will try Tomb Raider again, I'm sure I will not be disappointed still.
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mistertwoturbo  +   1060d ago
I've been playing it on PC and it's good, but nowhere near as enjoyable as Uncharted for me. Uncharted has that witty charm and the story is just better presented. That and the game play complements how the story progresses.

And I'm really turned off by the extreme unnecessary almost God of War levels of violence in this Tomb Raider game. I mean... really? Did they really have to make Lara die in those ways? It's just a little out of place IMO.
TechnicianTed  +   1060d ago
' I mean... really? Did they really have to make Lara die in those ways?'

Sorry but the way Lara dies is true to the series roots. It was possible to have Lara killed in loads of different and quite horrible ways in the original.
mistertwoturbo  +   1060d ago
^Oh well I suppose, I never really was into the series anyway. The only Tomb Raider I vaguely remember playing is the one on PS1 lol.

But don't get me wrong, like I said the game is really good and there is a lot to like. It's just I didn't like the extreme violence in my adventure games.

I'm sure if Nathan Drake fell down a pit and got sliced up into bits or goes around and stabs arrows in peoples eyes I'd be turned off too.
Danja  +   1060d ago
Lets be real

Uncharted 2 has Tomb Raider beat


Tomb Raider >>>> Uncharted 3 and 1

Uncharted 3 is one of the most overrated games of this generation.
ritsuka666  +   1061d ago
I think that Tomb Raider is a more refined game, with far, far better writing and overall narrative but MY GOD, the level design in Tomb Raider is frankly fantastic. It's not a full Metroid-vania experience but I love how large and open ended the levels feel.
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PSVita  +   1061d ago
I haven't played it yet but people shouldn't pretend like this game would be around if uncharted wasn't so successful. It came out after the entire UC trilogy, id hope id be better in someway.
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LOGICWINS  +   1061d ago
Uncharted 2 raised the bar for the action/adventure genre. Thats unquestionable. However, that doesn't take anything away from Tomb Raider. Your SUPPOSED to look at the best and find ways to improve upon the formula and make it your own.

I don't see anything wrong with that personally.

Every platformer in existence wouldn't be around if it weren't for Mario, but does that take anything away from gems like Outland or Closure?
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EbeneezerGoode  +   1060d ago
How old are you?
PSVita  +   1060d ago
@logicwins I agree 100%. I see nothing wrong with taking something and adding/fixing it to make it better. I remember the original tomb raiders and they were good but seeing how great UC2 came out defiantly inspired the devs in some way. Drake wasnt the first treasure hunter ever so ND got the idea from some where too but their take on the series it was pretty original. I'm glad to see that both are doing well either way.

Btw my first comment wasn't directed @rit. I came to here to read about TR but most the comments are just bashing UC for some reason.
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Root  +   1061d ago
"So we go from Tomb Raider to Uncharted back to Tomb Raider. The circle is complete"

Not really because in my opinion Tomb Raider, despite being a good game still didn't scratch the surface of something like Uncharted 3 or even Uncharted 2.

I don't see anything which the new Tomb Raider did better....if your going to say "Well she can explore more...she has more freedom" then I'm sorry but that's not something ND was going for anyway with Uncharted.

I don't even feel like Uncharted copied Tomb Raider, it was trying to be a movie and it's obviously ND copied Indiana Jones more then Tomb Raider. The things people compared between the two is that they are both treasure hunters and that the platforming is similar but you can't do realistic platforming any other way so of course Drakes platforming is going to look like Tomb Raiders, same goes with Prince of Persia's or Assassins Creed, they are realistic games, not like they can double jump.

"that Naughty Dog decided it was worth digging into his backstory. And, to be honest, I wasn't all that interested even when they did."

What you don't want to know about Drakes past....why, it's one of the many un answered things in Uncharted. Drake is a complete mystery but with Lara we know her backstory, hell it's been changed three times and we still know it.

"Yes! Or, well, I've spent more time shooting people than raiding tombs, but, you know."

Oh Patricia...even when you havent played the old games you actually think thats what you call raiding tombs in the new games. You don't even raid any in the main story, they are optional and the puzzles are easy as hell. If you actually played the old ones I bet you would think very differently.

I hate Kotaku but Patricia is so out of touch with most games, she was the one that started that thing about Sony being sexist because they had no women at the PS4 reveal show

"Patricia: Oh, are some people saying it's not a Tomb Raider game? Wow."

Yet you've said this...

"Ah, that's interesting. This is actually my first Tomb Raider, so I've never experienced the franchise as it used to be!"

So don't call people when you don't know what were going on about.
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Hufandpuf  +   1061d ago
Yeah, Patricia is a little out of touch in this article. I hate when they interview people with no past experience, but I guess she was the only other person in their office that beat the game.
Root  +   1061d ago
She's always out of touch, she must of joined recently since I've never seen her on the site before but she seems like someone they've desperetly hired.

Seriously why hire people like her if they don't know anything about games

I thought he was old but apparently she's 22...older then me and she's never played the old TR games. Come on...
WrAiTh Sp3cTr3  +   1061d ago sound bitter but that's just my opinion. You call someone out of touch but you claim Tomb Raider doesn't scratch the surface of what the UC series has done. That sorta comment makes me think you're the one out of touch. I know there are a lot of UC fans, I've been a fan before it was even popular, but people can have their opinions just like you but does it call for insulting people and then turn around stooping to their level to which you think you are above? My point is both franchises are great and as it stands neither would be where they're at without the other. But your opinion isn't the end all be all so stop acting like it.
Root  +   1061d ago
@WrAiTh Sp3cTr3

How the hell am I "stooping to her level"....what because I said she sounds out of touch....which she is. She even said she never played the old games so there's the evidence to back that up.

Oh and it makes me out of touch because I said the new TR dosen't scratch the surface of Uncharted 2. It doesn't, it's my opinion, it tried to copy Uncharted instead of being it;s own game. Least I've actually played on the old games

Oh and I don't get how I sound bitter, I'm just getting sick of this debate when some people make it out it's better then Uncharted 2 when it's not. I love the game but it has it's faults. Hell I even found Uncharted 3 more enjoyable, it even had a good online that I would play more on then TR so there's a bonus.

I never make it out that my opinion is "the end all be" so just stop it....your being immature and trying to pick a fight. Probably why you only have two bubbles so I;m not surprised.
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Lvl_up_gamer  +   1061d ago
Both are great. Uncharted 2 is my favorite of the series but I found myself really enjoying Tomb Raider more. I felt it had a much more mature tone and was more interested in Lara's Story then I was in Drake's.

Graphics wise I still give the edge to Uncharted but Tomb Raider is still a fantastically looking game with some set pieces that were just amazing. For example when Lara slowly raises her head from the river of blood. Too awesome for words.

Bottom line, Tomb Raider was a much more enjoyable game and story for me.
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KEEPNITREAL  +   1060d ago
I agree %100 agree with you, I love my Uncharted games , but somethings about this Tombraider game made me enjoy it more. The bad thing is you can't say it here at N4G cause of those sony fanboys will eat you up .For them nothing in this world is better than Sony this and Sony that. As for me I don't care I say it like I see it !! Afterall it's just a damn opinion !! I do expect Uncharted 4 to be in a different level that's for sure , but let's see.
dalibor  +   1060d ago
You can say what ever you want to say here on N4G. We all have a voice and it should be heard so long as it's in good constructed manner I would assume. I still haven't played the new Tomb Raider but I probably would like it as well because it's a new adventure, similar to how every entry of the Uncharted franchise was a new journey and I for one definitely enjoyed it. And who knows U4 might take some elements from the TR game and vice versa, I think as long as the game is fun to play there's no harm in that. Game on!
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SOD_Delta  +   1061d ago
I like both, but I'm more into Uncharted (Just my two cents)
aquamala  +   1061d ago
I like Tomb Raider better, I like that there's more puzzle solving, exploration and more open levels. My goty so far.
Clover904  +   1061d ago
I literally just finished the campaign on Tomb Raider. From beginning to end it was a great experience. You can make the comparison if you want, but both games have great stories, thrilling cinematic action, and top-notch gameplay. You're doing yourself a disservice if you don't experience both Uncharted AND Tomb Raider.
LOGICWINS  +   1061d ago
Agreed. Uncharted 1, Uncharted 2, and Tomb Raider should be played by anyone even remotely interested in the action/adventure genre.
EbeneezerGoode  +   1060d ago
agreed - and leave UC3 out of it. Dull and not a patch on the first 2
Imalwaysright  +   1060d ago
This. Imo Uncharted does some things better than TR and TR does some things better than Uncharted. I enjoy both franchises and i like having them both on my library.
Number-Nine  +   1061d ago
tomb raider is a completely different game.
StrongMan  +   1061d ago
When Tomb Raider scores a 96 on Metacritic, sells over 6 million copies, and win the most GOTY awards in gaming history.............. then we can talk.
Zha1tan  +   1061d ago
because amount of copies sold, metacritic and of all things the GOTY awards all make a game good...right? right?
dirkdady  +   1060d ago
LOL... that comment made me spit out water.

your right it has to have poor metacritic scores from over 56 review sites, sold under 1 million and never won any Game of The Year awards... yup about sounds like the secret sauce to a "good game."
Hicken  +   1060d ago
No, but they certainly help to underscore the quality of the title.

Face it: the most awarded game in history is Uncharted 2. Not just Game of the Year awards, but awards from within the industry: from other developers and such. Tomb Raider has HUGE shoes to fill if it wants to take that crown.

Frankly, as good as it may be, I don't think Tomb Raider is up to that level.

As for your other comment, it's nothing to do with "strong PS3 fanboyism" and more to do with you making a completely STUPID comparison.
Rainstorm81  +   1060d ago
Now I could see if you called out one of those things separately.........but combined it's actually a pretty impressive accomplishment

On a side note, I know people love giving out GotY awards in March, but can we see TLoU and let's not forget GTA5 releases this year.....Tomb Raider has stiff competition this year, it not a Walking Dead cake walk type of year.
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Kingdom Come  +   1060d ago
So, being somebody who quotes Metacritic Scores as true indication of quality, and, since those of who awarded Uncharted 2 10's and GOTY Awards, despite being a Sony Fanboy, you agree with "God of War: Ascension"s score?

You consider IGN to be credible games journalists and reviewers? So you, as a Sony fanboy, agree with their 9.8 review of Halo 4? Please, PM me an answer...

Uncharted 2 is a tremendous title, undeniably fantastic, but stating Uncharted to be nothing in comparison? Be mature. Have you even played both games? Tomb Raider's multiplayer is woeful in comparison to U2's, but the single player is astonishingly good at times, as was Uncharted's.

Both great games.
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Zha1tan  +   1061d ago
Open ended missions
longer campaign
more interesting protagonist
better written story
less cut scene filler


linear poorly penned story that is over in 6 hours

we have a clear winner.

Strong PS3 fanboyism is bound to erupt and claim my preference is somehow wrong
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dirkdady  +   1060d ago
I think Crystal Dynamic has a ton of potential and Tomb Raider can reach Uncharted level one day, but I can't help feel that its a poor man's Uncharted for now.
sandman224  +   1061d ago
Uncharted is beyond better the tomb raider. The only thing tomb raider does is multiplatform.
Rainstorm81  +   1060d ago
I have to agree, many of the people downing Uncharted has never played it and is happy to have a Uncharted esque game on their gaming platform of choice.

You can almost see the bitterness in some of these comments...(like zha1tan and Vickers above)

It's okay to like Tomb Raider better but to say Uncharted is just an all out bad game with bad story and characters is above and beyond the call of stupidity.
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Bathyj  +   1061d ago
I havent played Tombraider yet but am looking forward to it. It looks fkn awesome.

And I dont know why we have to have a division between the two games. Own a PS3 and play both. Simple.
Rainstorm81  +   1060d ago
That's how I do it
Williamson  +   1061d ago
Can't these 2 franchises just coexist without all this BS? I purchased tomb raider and I'm enjoying it, it reminds me of uncharted( yes I know tomb raider came before) but yet at the same time feels different. Uncharted is one of my favorite gaming franchises, so tomb raider is going to have a tough time surpassing it for me, but its a great game and crystal dynamics deserves a lot of credit for all the hard work they put in.
Kingthrash360  +   1061d ago
Same type of game played and loved both. Uncharted started with this generation and I can smell lara's perfume when I play it. Tomb raider is the queen of this genre if not the cratator...been out since ps1 ..that said this reboot took as much from uncharted as uncharted took from tomb raider....overall uncharted wins but not by much. They are both great games and im happy I enjoyed them .... no debate needed.
R_aVe_N  +   1060d ago
What I really want to see is Nathan Drake and Lora Croft in the same game that would be epic XD. They could make it a really solid co-op game but really doubt that would ever happen. *major sadface*
Bathyj  +   1060d ago
They would have beautiful babies.

Like me and Jessica Alba.
R_aVe_N  +   1060d ago
lmao I do think it would make a solid game if they ever tried to make it the witty banter of Nathan driving Lora nuts would be fun lol.
GamerElite  +   1060d ago
And like me and your mom
mricecreamman  +   1060d ago
can't compare due to tomb raider started uncharted series.
DivineAssault  +   1060d ago
i like Tomb Raiders darker, dramatic, & more mature tone but UC is still better looking imo.. Theyre both great adventure games & if i had to choose an overall better game, id have to say UC.. Its presentational value is untouchable & those graphics cant be beat.. TR is still fantastic in its own right & in some ways better than UC comical style but overall, Nathan Drake is where the better experience is at.. Story, graphics, gameplay, presentation, etc is all a homerun with UC
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BrianC6234  +   1060d ago
I don't see much of Tomb Raider in Uncharted at all. Besides the fact they're both fortune hunters there's nothing the same. Uncharted is way better than the old Tomb Raider games. I guess you could say the new Tomb Raider has a lot in common with Uncharted though.
smashcrashbash  +   1060d ago
There really isn't that much similarity at all.Most of it came from people spewing hate because Tomb Raider made a bunch of sucky games for a while and they didn't have any games to compare to Uncharted.The same hate that cause people to think every game is copying Halo and caused people to turn on Infamous with Prototype and claim that Okami was just a Zelda clone.People haven't been able to hump Tomb Raider games for a while now so they took out their rage on Uncharted.And now they have a decent TR game they are swing their hips like crazy.Even when people admit that it s at least equal to Uncharted that isn't enough. Unless you say it is better than or destroys Uncharted they can't sleep at night
Bathyj  +   1060d ago
Bingo, except for the fact they're both Indiana Jones types, theyre nothing alike.

Tombraider was mostly about the puzzles and exploring. The combat was crap and she barely had any character. None of thats a knock on the games, the original is a landmark title and deserves as much credit for bringing 3D to gaming as Mario64 but people always over look that.

With Uncharted, the story and Drakes likable character were big parts of it. The platforming was like and it was combat heavy with amazing action set pieces.

The two games are as unalike as Halo and Call of Duty, similar yet completely different.
Imalwaysright  +   1060d ago
Bingo my ass. Go learn your videogame history. TR pretty much started the TPS action adventure genre and Uncharted follows the template that was set as standard by TR in 1996. Uncharted is TR with gameplay mechanics that hold up to today's standards. In other words Uncharted gameplay mechanics are the natural evolution of the gameplay mechanics that were set as standard by TR. Saying that Uncharted wasn't inspired by TR is like saying that Halo and COD weren't inspired by Wolfenstein and Doom. Halo and COD gameplay mechanics are also the natural evolution gameplay mechanics that were set as standard by Doom and Wolfenstein.
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whoyouwit04  +   1060d ago
To be honest Uncharted 1 and 2 were dam good games, But lets be real tomb raider just retook the crown from uncharted. It's like they said to naughty dog thanks for holding down the genre while we were finding our selves but we will show you how it was really suppose to be done. and they just killed the uncharted series I know you sony fans don't want to admit it but you have to give credit were credit is do, Tomb raider started the genre naughty dog improved it but crystal dynamics took it to a whole new level and reclaimed the throne bottom line.
MysticStrummer  +   1060d ago
Sony fans can play both so they don't care as much as you pretend. Few reviews agree with you or the others who say TR is clearly better than UC. I'm personally just bummed that this new TR is more like UC than it is the original TRs, which is what I was hoping for.
whoyouwit04  +   1060d ago
And I can and have played both you asshole, I own all consoles, BOOM Who looks like in ass? I think that be @MysticStrummer, the thing is you sony fan boys just can't admit the truth hiphopgamer is die hard Sony and even he admitted that it gives uncharted competition he even said he thought it was better.

Now I not going to argue with you about which is better, You might actually think it's not as good as uncharted, that's your opinion. My opinion tomb raider wipes its ass with the entire uncharted series period, Regardless what any review say, now that's just my opinion and you can't do nothing but respect it.
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Psychonaut  +   1060d ago
This does not make sense, none of the Uncharted games had the option to explore an open island freely while upgrading your character, and gear. Tomb Raider, and Uncharted play very different.

As for it being like Uncharted you're wrong. The tone is more series, Uncharted is action comedy, if anything Uncharted plays more like the OLD Tomb Raiders did. Uncharted is more liner, Tomb Raider is open island. Sorry but they are nothing alike.
Ezz2013  +   1060d ago
be honest about what ?! your opinion ?! and what uncharted took from old TR games ?! name one thing
because I think you never touched an uncharted game before if you think they share any thing with old TR games
this new one is taking a lot of uncharted ...a lot
but still far from being on the same level

I really don't care about your opinion and never will
but what I find in your comment is that you say your opinion as a fact when even the reviews disagree
and even MOST of who played both disagree

the fact that this TR has lower scores than UC1 prove you are wrong let alone Uc2-3 scores

but hey, ps3 owners get to play uncharted games and the best version of TR on consoles

both are great but uncharted games is just on another level
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whoyouwit04  +   1060d ago
"and what uncharted took from old TR games ?! name one thing"

What the Fu? Dude you about to make me say some bad words are your head really that far up sony ass, what did they take from TR what the hell didn't they take from them, When this game was announced every body was calling it TR with a male character for the star.

"I really don't care about your opinion and never will"


"but what I find in your comment is that you say your opinion as a fact when even the reviews disagree"

When the hell did I Say my opinion was fact? I said to be honest because that's my honest opinion, I mean dam what the fuck is the deal with you Sony fan boys? you think everyone has to think that Sony is god if they think other wise there opinion is wrong or not respectful get a life and get off sony's dick.

"but hey, ps3 owners get to play uncharted games and the best version of TR on consoles"

Is that were you heard that BS at? Don't listen to them As usual the 360 has the best version

"both are great but uncharted games is just on another level"

Yes they are, your opinion uncharted is better, That's fine. My opinion TR is leaps and bounds better, Respect my opinion has I do yours don't try to force me to agree with you because for these games that's not going to happen period.
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Ezz2013  +   1060d ago
OMG there is something really wrong with you

first all you did is insult with nothing to back you up
which say's it all

and you still didn't name one thing uncharted took from older TR games

and then you say xbox version of TR is the best ?!
here from DF TR face off
DF : "the sharper visuals better suit the overall feel of the game, highlighting the richness of the environments without as many unwanted side-effects. In that respect the PS3 version gets our recommendation as the preferred choice of the two console releases."


and the way you talk and insult any one disagree
make no one respect you
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LessThan2Tflops  +   1060d ago
Here's ezz2013's trophies page, do you see tomb raider? You're arguing with someone that never played the game lol. He keeps making comments on games he never played
Ezz2013  +   1060d ago
hey,alt account
yeah because i only own ps3 ...right? no xbox360 and no pc ...right?!

i'm not a sad guy like you who only own one console and cry about it

dude you fail on soo many levels every time you comment...just stop

i don't go online and i don't upgrade my profle!

and who told you i have TR on ps3 ?!
i own it on pc
why i buy it on consoles when i can get it on my pc ?!
can you fail even more ?!
but then again i don't need to prove any thing to you or even care about you

and funny non of you still didn't prove what i said is wrong

and stop stalking me you creep me out make alt accounts to feel better about your life
again what a sad life you live

i will put you on the ignore list from now on
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Psychonaut  +   1060d ago
I grew up with Tomb Raider and liked them, Uncharted came out and I loved those titles they had the tone the old Tomb Raiders had. Kind of Comedy Action, but the Tomb Raider(2013) is in a more mature tone then its previous titles, and this im fine with if Tomb Raider took a series tone, while Uncharted kept its light hearted action pace. Drakes character fits perfect with the tone its giving off and if they tried to put him in a dark serious roll it wouldn't work as well.

Uncharted will take some notes from Tomb Raider and step it up (i'd like to see Drake have upgradeable gear that stays on his body like Lara did, along with the characters' model changing throughout the game with the clothes tearing and becoming dirty.

Both series are great, its good to see TombRaider have such a huge comeback, and this will make NaughtyDog step up the next Uncharted to make it an even more epic game. Everybody wins.
clintagious650  +   1060d ago
I am glad that tomb raider has comeback strong & I cant wait to play it but to say it is better then uncharted is wrong. The reason I say the uncharted series is better is because naughty dog is consistent and all three uncharted games were great. U cant say the same about tomb raider series. Its always been an up & down series & I believe this new tomb raider is the best in the series.

This game looks great and cant wait to try it but its almost a GUARANTEE if uncharted 4 comes out, naughty dog will push it even further.

If we really want to compare this game to a game of survival, lets wait until the last of us comes out since that is more of a game close to this new tomb raider which is more of a lara fighting for her life then the old bad azz lara who is use to kicking the snot out of her enemies including great white sharks & tigers & other creatures wit her pistols.
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kuro2010  +   1060d ago
i like both !both story was fun to play.. BUT i hate tomb raider multiplayer it totally sux with all those lag & bugs ! pls fix it asap. thanks !
kingslayer1000  +   1060d ago
Uncharted>tomb raider
TheFamous1  +   1060d ago
I just started playing Tomb Raider and it seems good so far so I'll see how good it gets. I've mainly owned an Xbox 360, but had a PS3 for a little while and Uncharted is one of the best games I've played.
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Blacklash93  +   1060d ago
I enjoyed TR more overall and that's not just nastolgia speaking, coming from someone who has played through all Uncharted games at least once and very much enjoyed them. TR is waaay better than Drake's Fortune, though, before I felt the franchise really came into its own. I'm talking more UC2 and 3.

I think the combat is smoother and more organic and the platforming more flexible and free with the level design. Lara controls like a dream. Enemies and combat never got annoying and the story doesn't pull roided Na'vi bullet-sponges out of nowhere. The exploration of the island is something I greatly appretiated over Uncharted and I empathize with Lara better as a character. The unflinching pacing and brutal deaths are a plus, too.

That said, I will say Uncharted does cinematic integration to the gameplay fairly better and it goes without saying the PS3-exclusive series has substantially better graphics. The supporting cast of Uncharted is also much more entertaining. And we all know Uncharted does almost all of its elements very well despite some gripes.

Honestly I feel they're pretty different games even with all the similarities. The tones are way different and there's some definitively different priorities in the experience. Both are excellent and I'm not going to pit them against each other to the death even if one is a little more to my liking. I'm excited to see where they both go in the future.
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Drakesfortune  +   1060d ago
I've completed both games, and they are both awesome..

However I can't help but feel like this tomb raider has lost a bit of the tomb raider feel.. I mean there was very little puzzle compared to the others which was one of the reasons I loved it. Also some levels felt very similar to that of uncharteds, such as the burning house you have escape as well as the shipping yard etc,

Obviously they are both adventurers so will be compared but both offer a great gaming experience
ATi_Elite  +   1060d ago
Uncharted vs. Tomb Raider
I'm just shocked Kotaku did a Good article!

One good point, I wanna hear about Lara Croft and not her dad who is NOT the character I'm controlling. All the dad stuff is annoying.
Roper316  +   1060d ago
had to disagree while he may not be a playable or seen character in the game. His influence on Lara has a great deal in turning Lara into the character she becomes throughout the game and how she handles certain situations based on her childhood experiences with her father & the stories he told her about his adventures.

Just my opinion on the matter & o each their own.
Roper316  +   1060d ago
it is all opinion on which is better. I am currently playing TR & Uncharted Golden Abyss at the same time :-o and while I do have my preference which is TR I am loving both games and also enjoyed the previous games each series had to offer.

But if you look back at which franchise had the biggest impact on gaming it would definitely be TR which took platform gaming from 2D enviroments and gave us full 3D enviroments to play in.
plaZeHD  +   1060d ago
Both great games, but I have a strange love for Uncharted.
chukamachine  +   1060d ago
plaZeHD. I had that for Tombraiders, the first game blew me away, the dinosaurs, puzzles, picking up health, Health omfg. And the music, the original was a masterpiece. The next few that came was great as well, then it went down hill.

The Reboot is more an adult type progression imo, more serious then before and I as well did not feel pumped for the enemies until deep into the game nearer the end.

It's still a very good game, just takes some getting used to compared to the past.
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Uncharted 1 blew me away, I totally loved it(plat) and still think it's an amazing game, second was awesome and the 3rd is great as well. I found I really connect to drake as a character and the relationships between sully and Elena, Stories are easily told and the gameplay just falls into place.

I'd still favour Uncharted, but i'm also looking forward to a new Tombraider(needs more tombs) as well.

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