Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End & Rise of the Tomb Raider To Duke It Out – Who Wins?

"Both Rise of the Tomb Raider and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End immediately stand out as two of the most promising titles of 2015, and the fact that the pair are set to go head to head sets up another battle of the consoles. In this article we endeavour to explore both titles, what they’re bringing to the table and what we may come to expect from each, culminating in an opinion which will declare which of the two titles."

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The_Infected1093d ago (Edited 1093d ago )

Naughty Dog is much more talented than Crystal Dynamics. I'll put my trust in ND especially with their track record of making amazing games. They push graphics and technology to a new standard. Also they do a very good job with story and gameplay. Technically speaking their games are amazing in every aspect.

BiggerBoss1093d ago (Edited 1093d ago )

Also the fact that RotTR is cross gen will pretty much prevent it from really competing with Uncharted 4. Uncharted is built from the ground up on the Ps4, and knowing Naughty Dog, they will fully utilize it. Whereas Tomb raider will be limited by the power of PS3 and 360 hardware

uptownsoul1093d ago

I also agree that Uncharted 4 has the edge because of Naughty Dog…Naughty Dog is the current industry leading development studio in the Action/Adventure genre

GiggMan1093d ago (Edited 1093d ago )

I have to agree with you there. Nothing against Tomb Raider but Uncharted is going to be on another level.

People like putting games up against other games for article hits. Other examples are God of War vs Dante's Inferno and iNfamous vs Prototype and you know how those turned out.

Uncharted vs Tomb Raider will be no different with these comparisons and I predict the same outcome.

Ausbo1093d ago

Most likely the last Gen versions will be handled by someone else though. Just like most other games this Gen.

nX1093d ago

I think it's safe to say that Uncharted will be the best of what this industry has to offer. My expectations for Tomb Raider are rather low.

ShinMaster1093d ago (Edited 1093d ago )

I love the Tomb Raider series.

That said, if we're talking about sales, all 3 Uncharted games sold anywhere from 5 to 6.5 million each on 1 console alone.

If we're talking about quality, I think RotTR will be great. But Uncharted 4 might be better.

It's not really much of a competition unless both games are released on the same platform and an undecided customer with a limited budget and playtime has to make a choice.

But if you're a fan of either one, it makes no difference.

MRMagoo1231093d ago

IMO Uncharted is THE action adventure game that all others want to be, the games ND have made have gone from being called Tomb raider wannabes in some ppls eyes to the game Tomb raider should try to mimic.

YodaCracker1093d ago

How will being cross gen prevent Rise of the Tomb Raider from competing? Unless you're only talking about visuals. I actually preferred the new Tomb Raider's gameplay to Uncharted. Although Naughty Dog was still miles ahead when it came to other aspects like storytelling and performance capture.

BiggerBoss1093d ago

@yoda. Stronger hardware allows for more than just better visuals. Uncharted 4 will be able to have bigger and better set pieces, better level design, and better all around performance than if it was also releasing on ps3

badz1491093d ago

yeah, let's compare games over a year from their releases and give the crown to the "WINNER"!


mav8051093d ago

I have to believe it's an easy win for Uncharted. I enjoyed Tomb Raider, and it had more variety in the gameplay, but imo Uncharted has much more interesting stories, much better dialog and more likeable characters. Nobody beats Naughty Dog technically either.

Azzanation1093d ago

Thats like the Destiny vs Halo 5 case where both games are on 1 console so basically what ever system you own that can get both wins. ND are great at what they do however I had more fun playing the Rebooted TR then I did with UC which makes me wonder which game will be better. Crystal Dynamics can achieve what ND do judging by there last game.

PsycheEyeMike1092d ago

Except you can't say a game will be worse because it's "hampered" by last gen consoles.. Stupid thing to say. Some of the best games ever made (to this day), are made on old hardware, some even semi-ancient.

With that said, I'm sure Tomb Raider will be really great. But UC4 will be amazing!

Ezz20131092d ago

i don't get it
is the Editor trying to say Rise of tomb raider have a chance aganist Uncharted 4 ?!

because it don't ...not with ND incredible track record

ND is one of the very very best right now
if not the best developer

mcstorm1092d ago

It really all depends on how the game is pushed and 12 months a lot can happen in terms of console sales ect. If Microsoft push TR like they do COD, Gears ect it could grab a lot of peoples attention and help a lot of people jump from last gen to the xbox one.
But it all depends on how Sony also push UC too.
For me its us as the games that win and ill be picking up both games as I like both games.

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Jughead34161093d ago (Edited 1093d ago )

Both games will be Spectacular. Uncharted will be in a world of it's own. In the end though, I think that Tomb Raider will win in overall sales just because it will be available for more platforms eventually, while Uncharted of course is a true exclusive limited to one platform.

Bathyj1093d ago

But I think UC is going to sell more on PS4 than TR on Xbone and 360 combined, then if it ever does eventually come to Sony consoles, its going to be all but shunned.

I've already decided to only buy it 2nd hand. I still want to play it, but Im not rewarding them for this move. Many will not buy it at all.

Thats why I dont understand this deal. Square is trading short term cash for long term harm to their franchise and it may even spill over to other Square titles.

noctis_lumia1093d ago

the last of us was only on ps3 and sold more than TB which was multiplatform

now if we count the ps4 edition of the last of us which sold around 1.5mil need to tell more

Jughead34161093d ago

Uncharted will be the better game. I just think, once Tomb Raider releases for PS4 and PC, it'll of course be available to millions more people than Uncharted. Just doing the math.

candoa1093d ago

You made a logical statement and just because you said something that might sound slightly against Sony you get disagrees. Anyway I loved Uncharted but I prefer Tomb Raider, However, I loved Uncharted 2 multiplayer.

Sevir1093d ago

That's funny the franchise as a whole has sold 17 million units... each of the 3 games on PS3 sold 5 million with the Vita edition selling 2 million. Tomb Raider on PS3 sold 2.8 million and sold 2.5 xb360... a million on PC and about 600000 between the XBO and PS4

Uncharted 4 is going to sell in excess of 6 million on PS4... Heck the Last of US sold 7 million units before making its Debut on PS4 and then selling an additional 1.5 million units

RoTR will sell 5 million over 5 platforms and that'll be it. it'll barely crack 3 million between XBO and XB360 in the fall

jjonez181093d ago (Edited 1093d ago )

Both will be excellent games and it will be a close battle for lifetime sales. I can see the Uncharted series finally breaking the 10m mark with UC4. ND's last game sold over 7m copies in under a year on PS3 alone. On the other hand, RoTR could eclipse 10m when/if it finally launches on PS and PC. The longer it takes to hit other platforms the less likely RoTR will hit 10m. It took TR more than a year to sell 6.5m across ps3/360/PC. Who wins the sales war depends solely on SE's agreement with MS and whether they can give us a reason to buy.

Apart from those #'s being skewed, their also from 2012. UC1 was the lowest selling on PS3 with ~4-5m. UC2 is over 6m and UC3 sold more than UC2. And I doubt the Vita UC sold 2m copies.

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tgunzz1093d ago (Edited 1093d ago )

I will put my trust in both devs delivering amazing action/adventure experiences... playing through both of their last offerings, I went away feeling that both set pieces delivered equally (art/gameplay/content/graphics ). I can't wait to be amazed by the upcoming entries into the series for both. I am sure that this site will be absorbed by which will look technically superior (hopefully that won't be the full basis of the debate). Since I will own both, my feedback will be strictly from playing through both, and offering my experiences through that. Game on.

assdan1093d ago

Uncharted sales sold more than 6 million on one console. Tomb raider barely passed 6 million on 5 consoles. Let's do the math here...

mediate-this1093d ago (Edited 1093d ago )

Whats so technically advance about N.D games? They arent pushing crazy boundaries. No destruction, crazy particle effects, i agree they are beautiful games i just dont see N.D as a graphical powerhouse.

When i think advanced tech in games, i think bf4, or the crysis series. I love N.D but im just spitting truth

And i think UC4 will mop the floor with tomb raider.

seanpitt231093d ago

Yes I don't forget the soundtrack to TLOU the music in that was phenomenal I could just listen to the menu screen all day.

Gamer19821092d ago

With no gameplay this year of Uncharted there is no way we will see it 2015. Look at the Order for example been seeing gameplay for well over a year no before release. When we first saw announce trailer its gonna be launched over 2 years later. I expect Uncharted to hit shelves 2016. So this is a non competition.

SouljAx3601092d ago

All these people talking about how ND pushes graphics to their limits and what not, PS3 limits weren't hard to reach. Uncharted looked terrible when compared to Tomb Raider on PC. I'm not even saying that to be funny I'm just saying you guys should stop with talking about how great the Uncharted games looked. Uncharted Drake's Fortune had screen tearing from a lack of Vsync I mean jeez. Even LoU remastered didn't look as good as Tomb Raider.
I don't blame ND for that, I blame the PS3 for that. I hope and expect UC4 to look better graphically as I myself have a PS4, but all the delusion on this forum was ridiculous I had to point that out.

Teddy-Duchamp1092d ago

Awkward.......I dont know how on earth a person can feel embarrassed for someone else's stupidity!
Unfortunately, that exact thing happened to me after reading your comment.

Reality and alternate reality are different you know!

All the delusion from your comment was ridiculous, I had to point that out.

ShadowWolf7121092d ago

"All these people talking about how ND pushes graphics to their limits"

No, folks are saying ND pushes hardware to its limits to produce the absolute best possible from said hardware.

That being said, Tomb Raider is now restricted to a console with weaker hardware and is cross-gen to boot. If you think it'll look like a PC game on those... sorry man. Just seems you jumped at a shot to be a PC fanboy and ignore context.

NeoGamer2321092d ago (Edited 1092d ago )

Personally, I think both devt teams are solid and I look forward to both games. No reason they have to "Duke it out"...

Two great action-adventure games coming gamer's way!