Alan Wake vs. Uncharted 2 Graphical Comparison Video

Yes, Alan Wake is a good looking game. But is it good enough to compare to this generation's benchmark: Uncharted 2? The answer seems pretty clear and it's ? by a landslide.

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THC CELL2803d ago (Edited 2803d ago )

My god i dont even have to watch the vid and i can tell you a winner


No xbox game has topped Uncharted 1 yet in the GFX department

jahcure2803d ago

That comparison wasn't even fair.........

Tempist2803d ago

Yeah it's not a fair assement when it's in game vs in game plus pre-rendered video.

Alan wake looks good, but it's not uncharted 2 good.

presto7172803d ago

so we can all laugh at him

piroh2803d ago

Graphical King vs Alan Wake?

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HolyOrangeCows2803d ago

Wow, that's DEFINITELY an HD video.

That's the best way to make a low resolution game look better; compare it to a great looking game that actually plays in HD, but subject it to terrible video quality.

talltony2803d ago

"You’re comparing a 540p game, which uses darkness and fog to cover its flaws, has screen tearing and frame rate drops, to a 720p game which has better animation, no tearing, no frame rate drops and absolutely no darkness and fog to ease the pressure on the engine"

inveni02803d ago


Actually, I was watching my 5-year old play Uncharted 2 yesterday on his little 27" SDTV, and I was like, "Wow...this game looks sooooo good." I think Uncharted 2 holds up pretty well in standard def.

As for Alan Wake--> The game definitely holds its own. It's not really fair to show it vs. Uncharted 2, particularly because Uncharted 2 is bright and colorful, and you can see what's going on. I think that Alan Wake is too dark (at least in these shots) to even qualify for a graphics comparison. I would like to see more AW gameplay in daylight. In this nighttime stuff, all you can really critique is the lighting system--which is awesome--but you can't see much of the textures and model quality until the cutscenes...which use different models (unlike Uncharted 2, which uses Drake's 80,000 poly model in-game, too).

[fill in the blank] vs. Uncharted 2 is just unfair right now. But I'm excited to see what Sony has to show at E3. I'm sure something will come along and take the crown (probably Uncharted 3).

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aaronisbla2803d ago

figured some troll would come in and spout " bu,bu,but pc games look better!!" no sh!t sherlock, notice how this was a comparison with 2 of the best from each hardcore gaming console, and take your crap somewhere else Rush

DarkTower8052803d ago

The way fanboys have touted the graphics of AW, they deserve to be shown the raw truth. And like others have already pointed out, UC2 is natively 720p, and this video is clearly SD, so while the makers of the video were clearly trying to downplay UC2 graphics while making AW look better it still didn't work lol.

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xTruthx2803d ago (Edited 2803d ago )

You should put the HD video, y would you put the sd version on a game comparison xD. This isn't a good comparison tho(IMO), its just clips of both games, instead of just taking screenshots of similar situations on both games and doing an analysis on them. Even tho the winer is clear but yeah :/

theEnemy2803d ago

he used an SD version because the "other game" is only available on SD.


Chris_TC2803d ago

Click the Youtube video, it's got a 720p version to choose from.

BYE2803d ago (Edited 2803d ago )

Read the article...there's a link to the HD version of the video.

hamoor2803d ago

come on uc2 is better but you guys make this comparison like between crysis and pong
Alan wake is still a good looking game,but no where near uc2

drdistracto7072803d ago

Why were they comparing Alan Wake cutscenes to UC2?

Wake's cutscenes arent even in game, they even said they used higher resolution textures and models in the cutscenes

JsonHenry2803d ago

They both look damn good to me. But then again this is SD video..

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Inside_out2803d ago (Edited 2803d ago )

I would love to see a " REAL " comparison of in game footage...UC2 does look very does AW...This doesn't show anything...This looks like it was made by a 12 yr old...In game with the ORIGINAL musical scores...LOL...I own UC2...will OWN AW in a couple of days...If I made a vid like this...I'd throw a couple of Gears moments at the end for good measure...LMFAO....

AW releases this wk....This video a

Biggest2802d ago

How did they make a HD trailer for a game that isn't HD?

M_Prime2802d ago

sucks to be you.. I was able to get the collectors edition early.. and i played the first Chapter.. its pretty awsome, and it is looking like i will play this through twice, need to explore, just getting the tip of the iceberg..

if u don't belive look up my gamertag (M9 Prime) i have gamerscore for it.. and in the special edition the book is awsome..

however i what i don't like about the BONUS disk is that i can watch every cutscene in the game, at least the major ones. so i am leaving that alone until i finish the game.

AngryTypingGuy2803d ago (Edited 2803d ago )

I would give the win to UC2, but Alan Wake looks better than 95% of games we've seen so far. Hypothetically speaking, assuming everything else is equal, a game that is bright and vibrant in color will always look more visually appealing than a game that is dark. But that's just the nature of the game though, A.W. is supposed to be dark.

The one part of the video that impressed me most on A.W.'s part is the part where Alan was running in the lumbar yard next to the looked amazing. As a whole though, UC2 looks better - the part that showed the potted plants shaking when the main character was hanging on the ledge looked incredible.

And Cez of Rage above me, you are right - the video quality could be better. Maybe could do a comparison that does them both justice.

AngryTypingGuy2803d ago

Ten disagrees so far, interesting. So you guys think that Alan Wake looks better?

juniordee2803d ago

People on N4G usually stop reading after the first 5 words or so.

"I would give the win to UC2, but Alan Wake"

There's your answer.

awesomeperson2803d ago

I personally loved the gritty look of Killzone 2, even though it was dark. It really captured the dirtiness of war.

Personally I think bright, vibrant games are harder to make look good then darker games as there really needs to be a good atmosphere.

Just imagine K2 with a bright U2 style atmosphere, it would look bad in my opinion.

Different games suit different colour schemes.

So, why dosen't someone compare K2 to AW as both dark games?

Rock Bottom2802d ago (Edited 2802d ago )

"a game that is bright and vibrant in color will always look more visually appealing than a game that is dark. But that's just the nature of the game though, A.W. is supposed to be dark"

No! AW, while dark still looked much better than most games this gen, Killzone 2 while mostly dark, still looked much better any console shooter released so far!

If bright and vibrant is supposed to make a game look better, then how come the dark parts of Alan Wake look much better than those that are set during the day?!!

AngryTypingGuy2801d ago

Rock Bottom, way to take what I said out of context. Did you not read the "Hypothetically speaking, assuming everything else is equal..." before my statement?

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karl2803d ago


are u crazy?
better resolution and AA wont make a game look better than ps3 exclusives

u wont get more polygons nor better better effects... the only PC game that i can think of that looks better than kz3 U2 and gow3 its the obvious one CRYSIS

amogrr2803d ago

You comes...from the future?

Montrealien2803d ago (Edited 2803d ago )

you are correct Karl, no other games look better then KZ2 UC or GoW atm, I completely agree. You are correct good sir, it's one of the reasons I always show those games off to non gamers, they simply look amazing.

Here is the problem though, when it comes to making great games, it is not all that matters.

tmt3452803d ago (Edited 2803d ago )

Higher FPS (60 fps+ is amazing), 16x AA, 1080p+, higher res textures, tessellations (these are jaw dropping... HUGE potential and used in DX11 games), 16x anisotropic filtering, and other settings make almost any big budget pc game in the past couple years look better than any console game

Get over it, its called running on hardware from 2005/2006/2001.

If the PS3 was that powerful all of its games would scream on 1080p and 60 fps just like GOWIII was supposed to have been. The RE5 developer I remember said that many developers are going to be leading on PC more and more because the technology gap between consoles and PC is just too big and compelling for developers.

karl2803d ago

im not talking great games but great graphics ...

and i wouldnt dare to say the ps3 is more powerful than a current gaming pc

still most pc games are on the three platforms, that means that all that pc power is wasted because games are made to run in the pc ps3 and xbox360

if games were on pc only (like crysis)u could say that not only ress and AA would be higher but also polygon count and the tech would be the kind that is not possible on consoles...

and while pc version is dragged down to consoles level, ps3 has exclusives that are made especially for the system.

then again.. pc is the more powerful but u wont see games anymore better than the best looking ps3 exclusives, even crysis has gone multiplatform now

and even though u guys have the best ress and the best AA ... etc..


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Inside_out2803d ago ShowReplies(4)
DeZv32803d ago

What's the point of comparing an HD (720p native) game to one that's sub-HD?

Seriously, I don't get it...

Giriath2803d ago

Goob job using some of the earliest trailers from Uncharted 2. Alan Wake has great textures and superb lighting. U2 has better textures and way better animation. Where U2 really goes above the average is in cut-scenes. The character models are animated extremely realistically, and the acting is superb.

In Alan Wake the characters can barely open their mouth correctly, much less express the correct emotions for what they're saying.

Chris_TC2803d ago

Where do you guys see better animation? The animation in both games looks pretty atrocious actually. But when the dude from UC climbed on the balcony and pulled the bad guy down, the animation was beyond bad.

Steve_02802d ago

"Where do you guys see better animation? The animation in both games looks pretty atrocious actually. But when the dude from UC climbed on the balcony and pulled the bad guy down, the animation was beyond bad."
Play the game. Uncharted 1 was pretty groundbreaking in its use of animation, and 2 continues to set the bar with regard to that technology (layering animations).
There are certain animations that stick out like a sore thumb (some of the climbing mechanics make me wish I were playing Pitfall) but on the whole, when you're playing, the way the separate animations blend together is really superb. Jumping, not landing perfectly and rolling, running up stairs before slowing to a walk while watching Drake's shoulder's rolling and his chest heaving, and consider that you can fire your gun at any time in between... It feels natural, and really brings him to life.

tmt3452803d ago

Agreed, don't know why you got so many disagrees. I was just playing Tomb Raider Underworld on my PC with all settings high and at 1080p (on a 17inch gaming laptop screen)and the clarity of it was amazing! 720p just doesn't even come close to 1080p and up no matter how you spin it... and Wipeout HD doesn't count if you wanna say PS3 has good 1080p native games cause it looks like a upscaled PS2 game. And they were going to make GOWIII 1080p but obviously they were not able to do it with the graphical fidelity they wanted to.

PC already has a ton of 3D games, I was playing Resident Evil 5 in true 3D and at 1080p at my friends house a couple months ago and it was a interesting experience, a bit much on the eyes though.

n4gno2803d ago

What a joke, no matter the resolution on your ridiculous 17" monitor, uncharted 2 is way better than tomùb raider (graphics, and others).

Try to connect your pc to your tv, 720 or 1080, uncharted will be better than tom raider.

TheXgamerLive2803d ago

If i picked and chose the darkest scenes of a competitors game and chose my fav's from my fav game, then ha ha i could twist it too. This was pathetic, Alan Wake is incredible and the daytime images from the game shows that, did he show any of that? NO! your argument is moot.

Chubear2803d ago (Edited 2803d ago )

a much better comparison vid would be of Alone in the Dark Vs. Alan Wake. You'd be surprised at what you see.

Great comparison vid and much better than silly screen shot comparisons that these gaming media like to use a lot.

Btw, don't you notice how media outlets like GT, GS etc etc LOVE to put out comparison vids for multiplat games but will not dare do it for exclusive games? It's always PS3/360 comparison of AC, MW2, Need for Speed, Dragon Age, Overlord etc etc

You'd think since they so love comparison vids you would have seen in-game comparison vids of MW2 Vs. MAG Vs. Halo3/ODST online graphics or Killzone2 Vs. Halo3, or GT5 vs. Forza3, Demon Souls Vs. Fable2, Banjo Kazooie vs. LBP etc etc

Yeah, you won't cause you may see that the talk of MAG's graphics being meh is total crap and they're trying to compare MAGs online graphics to other FPSs SP campaign graphics but when you compare online graphics, Pound for pound, MAG looks better while pushing over 20times more with tonnes of particle effects and even makes OSDTs online graphics look laughable but you'll only hear them mention MAGs graphics as a con but won't mention online graphics for other FPSs

Smaller gaming sites, go do some professional looking HD vid comparison of exclusive titles Vs. other exclusives or multiplat games and you'll always get your hits.

MNicholas2803d ago

Since the 360' cpu can't really be utilized for graphics, comparing Uncharted 1 would make much more sense since that game didn't really utilize the Cell for graphics.

Such a comparison would be, more or less, by GPU/Engine vs GPU/Engine.

This is one such comparison:


Montrealien2803d ago

and I'll say it again.

It's not how many coloring crayons you have, it what you draw with them that matters. Both UC2 and Allan Wake look amazing in their own ways.

Venatus-Deus2802d ago (Edited 2802d ago )

I see you got your pompous mojo going today...

blind-reaper2803d ago

PS3 exclusive vs 360 exclusive = UNFAIR COMPARISON

Darkstorn2803d ago

I like Alan Wake's water effects, but Uncharted 2 wins in every other regard. And it's over 6 months old...

hennessey862803d ago

havng both consoles i thnk they both look amazin but i still think uncharted two is the best looking game avalible too date i dont rate killzone 2 or gow3 thon both over rated i think uncharted two s stunning especially wer u walk throughthe village n the mountains alan wake is a great lookng game tho only ps3 fan biatches will tell you other wse play t for ur self and ul see

UltraNova2803d ago

UC1 looks better than Alan Wake let along UC2.

Anw, anybody know the band and the song in the video?

Karlnag32803d ago

I don't know what it is but I know it's from the Alan Wake soundtrack having completed it myself... I believe it plays at the end of Episode 4 or 5.

Uncharted 2 looks better.

Nicholas Cage2803d ago (Edited 2803d ago )

you said it right. dumb comparisson, and uncharted 1, beats gears 2, and alan wake, how in the hell are you going to compare uncharted 2? no offense to the 360 hardware but its not as god as the playstation 3 hardware/software.

IcarusOne2803d ago

This is such an idiotic comparison.

FACTUAL evidence2803d ago (Edited 2803d ago )

I thought that alan wake looked good....but why the f0&k would they make alan wake look like a ps2 game comparing it to uc2?!?!? We all know UC2 is graphic king on any console.

Hallmark Moment2803d ago (Edited 2803d ago )

LOL at the haters. You can clearly see Alan Wake destroys UC2 in most graphical areas{effects weather, lighting etc] and are close with textures. Uncharted 2 has a cartoony painted look to it while AW has a photo real art style with unmatched lighting and other graphical effects.

n4gno2803d ago

Fanboyz in total denial.

uncharted 2, kz2, gow, or even lbp, etc etc = impossible on xbox

HighDefinition2802d ago (Edited 2802d ago )

Way to live up to your name. That comment was definitely a Hallmark Moment. Thank for the LOLZ.

weazel2802d ago (Edited 2802d ago )

...why would you say stuff like this? Surely you realise how much of a blinkered ass it makes you look. AW looks awesome, but in comparison with U2? That horse jus' ain' for ridin' mes amis.

HighDefinition2803d ago

Like I said if your a gamer you should own a PS3 especially for $299. Your missing out HUGE if you only own a 360.

Cause this speak volumes about the direction the PS3 is going. UC2 is almost a year old.

FreeFalling2803d ago

Is that the art style is so different.

Alan Wake is a dark, mysterious, supposedly psychological thriller,
UC2 is a bright day action game that has a direction with color

These games should not be compared, especially with all the ignorant fanboy talk.

Judging and boasting about whose graphics are superior is just plain silly here. Sure 360 fanboys shouldn't be boasting about Alan Wake everytime they can, but at the same time PS3 fanboys can't be so arrogant enough to deny Alan Wake's graphics.

I can understand better if the games were more closely related, but they aren't. Nothing more to say, and if you arrogantly and blindly disagree with me, it just proves your fanboyism.

supaflypriest2802d ago

Totally correct. Both games look good. UC2 has alot of good things going on, but you cannot take away from the good things that AW has to offer as well...Fanboys are starting to get out of control on this site...

MNicholas2802d ago (Edited 2802d ago )

to say that Alan Wake is anywhere near in the same league as Uncharted 2.

Similarly, labeling someone as a fanboy for correctly stating that Crysis looks better than Halo Reach is itself an act of pure fanboyism.

That applies also to Uncharted 2 and Alan Wake, respectively.

Traveler2802d ago (Edited 2802d ago )

They both look really nice. Uncharted 2 does look better to my eyes, but those acting like Uncharted 2 is miles better are simply exaggerating.

JokesOnYou2802d ago

Still, you can see Alan Wake looks superb, UC2 looks good too.


Sarcasm2802d ago

"Sorry I agree Uncharted 2 is the best looking console game, But calling it the graphics king when it's not even close is a joke.

Graphically Uncharted 2 is weaker then at least 30-40 PC games on a decent gaming rig.

Call me when Uncharted 2 looks better the most games on steam at 1600p x8AA "

Seriously, considering that the PS3 is capable of those graphics is still pretty impressive. To get 1600p, good luck setting up a rigg that will run that. You act as if it's common or something.

I myself just bought a decent graphics card, a GTX 260 overclocked about 15%. I'm enjoying a lot of pc games with maxed settings at 1680x1050. But even then, it's not like how it used to be back in the days of PC games vs something like a PS1 or PS2.

The margin is much closer now, and Uncharted 2 still stands as the CONSOLE graphics king. Nobody is saying it will topple a $3000 PC in graphics.

IaMs122802d ago

Im sorry but i still do not see how UC2 is such graphical superior then everything else out there. I think KZ2 is better looking then UC2 to be honest. Maybe ill see it if i play it first hand but i have played MGS4 first hand, on an HDTV and i didnt see all the hoo haa about it, nice looking yes but far from awesome ive seen comparable on the 360.

Like i said, UC2 maybe i need too see it first hand. Not downing the graphics in anyway still looks good but i dont see the OMGZ!! PWNZ amazing stuff people love over it.

MNicholas2802d ago

even remotely close to Uncharted 2's visual prowess are the same clueless fanboys who kept insisting that Forza 3 is, visually, even remotely comparable to GT5 Prologue.

Just as Forza 3 looks totally outdated next to GT5 Prologue, so does Alan Wake next to Uncharted 2.

One will frequently witness these typical fanboy behaviors:

Delusional: Alan Wake has the best graphics ever!

Damage Control: They both look good in their own way

Substitution/Proxy: Crysis blows away Uncharted 2!

jeseth2802d ago

Alan Wake at least shows that some devs over at MS are trying to up the ante. Alan Wake looks like a game that would do well on PS and would actually appeal more to PS gamers than MS.

In the graphical department it doesn't really compare to UC2. Alan himself looks very good but the rest of the game is drowned out with dark lighting, fog, and blinding bright lights. There also isn't too much going on on-screen.
Uncharted 2 is more detailed in all areas, has more going on on-screen, and has much better animations. As far as consoles go, it can't be touched. It will be surpassed one day (KZ3 or UC3 maybe) and UC's best competition is God of War 3 overall.

But aren't we forgetting the most important thing? This gen has been awesome!!! Games, games, games!!

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yoshiro2803d ago

LOL its like comparing pac-man to crysis...non sence
Alan Blur can be good, but c'mon!