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Unearthed Copying Uncharted Isn't a Big Deal

VGC: "If you haven't been paying attention to gaming lately, you might have missed the recent news that has Playstation 3 and Naughty Dog fans in an uproar. To say "they've got their panties in a bunch" would be a complete understatement. The cause of all their dismay is a recently announced game called Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta from a new Arabic studio called Semaphore. Unearthed bears more than a passing resemblance to the PS3 exclusive Uncharted, as you can see by the screen below."

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vgn242165d ago

Copying is nothing new, but you should hide it a little better.

GunShotEddy2165d ago

Most of the younger gamers don't remember the 8 and 16 bit days when most games were reskinned copies.

thugbob2165d ago (Edited 2165d ago )

I actually agree that it's not a big deal. I just don't understand the reason why people are encouraging it like the author of this article is. Yes, I know that copying is nothing new with Sony taking things from Nintendo, Uncharted taking things from Tomb Raider, and First Person Shooters copying off of one another, but this game could not make it any more obvious that at least 1/3 (i'm being nice here) of the game was based off Uncharted. The only thing left for them to do is publicly say it.

We should be encouraging originality. Yes, maybe those developers wouldn't have as much attention as they do now if they came up with something new, but now we can expect to see more clear-cut copy cat games in the future from other new and up and coming developers. And we are partially to blame for giving attention to it, but it's hard to keep quiet about something so obvious.

Peaceful_Jelly2165d ago

Uncharted taking things from Tomb Raider? I see many people saying that but can anybody point out at least 1 element that Uncharted took from TB?

EVILDEAD3602165d ago (Edited 2165d ago )

Lol @ pretending that no one can tell you how Uncharted borrowed from Tomb Raider.

I'll help you out Tomb Raider put the 3rd person adventure genre on the map. Everything from treasure hunting in exotic locations, to the puzzle elements, to the platformg elements, to the shooting of cronies, were all inspired from past Tomb Raider games. Uncharted has also benefited from games like Prince of Persia and even God of War.

The Uncharted series may be tied to that genre, but it is the series that buried Laura in the first place. Uncharted revolutionized the genre with it's amaing graphics, high production values, incredible voice acting, and smooth as silk controls.

Tomb Raider fans like myself said now THIS is what Tomb Raider should have progressed towards. Naughty D. Is simply at the top of their game. Uncharted takes the best of many of those other game elements and mixes them up with it's own fresh take on the genre. Which is obviously done in the FPS genre.

What we are seeing in the crazy hate that this game is getting is the same hate that Dantes Inferno, Bayonetta, and Darksiders got prior to God of War 3 being released. Fan kids and fan blogger are simply in this predictable smear mode when protecting certain games and franchises.

Evil

evrfighter2165d ago

looks like awesome game though. definitely on my radar

Biggest2165d ago

Seriously, dude? No one is worried/afraid/bunched panties about Unearthed (or at least I hope not). It's funny. That's all to it.

EVILDEAD360: Uncharted is a TPS. Tomb Raider is a TPS. Tomb Raider wasn't the first TPS. Uncharted isn't the last TPS. Using that similarity would mean that Gears of War is borrowing from Tomb Raider. It isn't. No one seems to be hating Unearthed. Everyone is laughing at it. They SHOULD laugh at it.

EVILDEAD3602165d ago (Edited 2165d ago )

@ Biggest

Whose calling Tomb Raider a TPS? I said Tomb Raider put the 3rd person 'adventure' game the map..

Look..you can make up whatever names for the genres you believe ANY of these games fit into...but if you want to pretend that comparing Tomb Raider to Uncharted is even remotely the same as bringing in Gears of War into the picture because it's a TPS then you clearly haven't played all three titles.

Ive been playing Tomb Raider titles from day one..many have come that have borrowed elements of the game in the years that gave followed..Uncharted is o e of em'..but what Naughty has done with that series arguably upped the ratchet to a point Laura never came close to.

But I responded to someone who said NO ONE could show him the similarities of the two games..I did..end of story..I could careless about whining about game clones..we see em' all the time..if the game is good it's good..and thats what matters at the end of the day..

Evil

AngryTypingGuy2164d ago (Edited 2164d ago )

I won't be supporting this game not only because it's a cheap rip-off (which is not that big of a deal since Uncharted itself borrowed ideas from other franchises), but mainly because the development company comes from Saudi Arabia.

MaxXAttaxX2164d ago (Edited 2164d ago )

It's called the "lost world" genre
It's been around for a lot longer than Tomb Raider and even Indiana Jones(a King Solomon's Mines rip).

So no, Tomb Raider didn't invent the genre nor is Uncharted a clone.
Sure, they have puzzle elements in common like many other games. But gameplay is different. Uncharted is much more action/shooter focused.

Might I also point out that pulp novels such as Doc Savage and the lost world genre in general were the inspiration for Uncharted.

BUT people fail to realize that THIS MAINLY APPLIES TO THE FIRST GAME, as the sequels have evolved into more unique beasts.

A true fan of both TR and UC like myself knows the difference. And honestly, the Uncharted games are better than the latest TR games(except for Anniversary, although that may be nostalgia talking lol).

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SegaSonic2165d ago

The funny thing is people acting like it matters. Naughty Dog won't care because there WILL NOT BE ONE SINGLE CENT LOST to this knock off.

Let them do their sub-par thing.

kennykramer2165d ago

Kids gonna complain no matter what, especially if they dont understand the history of gaming.

jacksonmichael2165d ago (Edited 2165d ago )

And copying is certainly not new to Sony... The real issues with this game are more technical.

Edit: Sarcasm? No sarcasm here.

MaxXAttaxX2165d ago

Elaborate on sarcasm please.

Oldsnake0072165d ago (Edited 2165d ago )

Who invented rumble ? Nintendo
Who invented analog sticks ? nintendo
Who made Motion cotrolls huge ? nintendo

Elyxir-pSx2165d ago (Edited 2165d ago )

The real question is....

Who does it the best? Sony

LeftPawedFox2165d ago (Edited 2165d ago )

@oldsnake007 you are wrong. the rumble was in pc controllers way before nintendo did it also sony used analog sticks before nintendo.
but you are right about making motion control's huge.

@disagree look at the sony flight stick came out before nintendo 64s controllers had analogs on them.

MaxXAttaxX2165d ago (Edited 2165d ago )

Nintendo didn't "invent" rumble or analog sticks.
In fact, it wasn't even the first console to use analog.

The N64 only had one analog stick somewhat uncomfortably in the middle of the controller.
Good thing Sony made those dual-analog controllers :)

Also, BOTH Nintendo and Sony released rumble in 1997.
The main difference is that the N64 required an external device called a "RumblePak" and batteries, while the PlayStation had it built into the controller and required no batteries.

pixelsword2165d ago (Edited 2165d ago )

"Who invented rumble?"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...
"Rumble" was in arcades before consoles had them...

"Who invented analog sticks"
An analog stick is a variant of a joystick.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...

The first analog controller on consoles was on the 5200
http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...

Making motions controls huge and making working motion controls are two different things; and Nintendo was not the first at that, either.
The first fully working motion controller that I know if was made by pelican for the PS1.

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

The power glove is different as hand motions controlled the character, not the movement of the hand in 3D space, plus is was a rip-off of the wired glove.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...

Ness-Psi2165d ago

@oldsnake007

Who invented shigsy's ever lasting hair cut??
who invented cheese string??
who invented the word "invented"???

I'm sure Nintendo invented one of those things. :)

MarkusMcNugen2164d ago

@Oldsnake007... Haha... maybe now youll think before you open your fanboy mouth on the internet.

If you dont see the parallels from Uncharted and Tomb Raider as the author of the article points out, your just denying the truth. Ive been PC gaming since 1999, and I can honestly say that Uncharted is a modern Tomb Raider with a male lead.

Now Im not dissing the game, people reading this need to understand that. I dont even own a PS3, which would make a lot of people on here say Im a 360 fanboy... but Uncharted is a great step in modernizing an old genre similar game.

Ive read plenty of comments on here saying that its just a clone, and that nobody will buy it. Well I have to say... how many of you have played Guitar Hero? or any of the Warcraft RTSs?

Those are both clones. The original Warcraft was a clone of Dune II, and Guitar Hero was a clone of Guitar Freaks, a arcade game with a guitar controller.

Clearly a lot of people on this site are just young gamers who havent been played anything before the N64... Of course Im not talking about the seasoned gamers who understand that clones arent bad, and in some cases actually push the genre further, like the author of this article states.

MaxXAttaxX2164d ago (Edited 2164d ago )

It's called the "lost world" genre
It's been around for a lot longer than Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones(a King Solomon's Mines rip).

So no, Tomb Raider didn't invent the genre nor is Uncharted a clone.
Sure, they have puzzle elements in common like many other games. But gameplay is different. Uncharted is much more action/shooter focused.

Might I also point out that pulp novels such as Doc Savage and the lost world genre in general were the inspiration for Uncharted.

BUT people fail to realize that THIS MAINLY APPLIES TO THE FIRST GAME, as the sequels have evolved into more unique beasts.

A true fan of both TR and UC like myself(since 1997) knows the difference. And haters gonna hate.

MarkusMcNugen2164d ago (Edited 2164d ago )

@NathanExplosion

You dont have to come off as so much of a hater yourself man. All I was trying to point out, which I did effectively in my opinion, was that Uncharted was not the first in this genre. Sure it seems to be more action oriented with the shooting, no one is disagreeing.

I was trying to make the distinction that Uncharted can be called a clone because it does have many similar points of play to the Lara Croft series. And it improved upon that genre, turning more action oriented.

"I dont even own a PS3, which would make a lot of people on here say Im a 360 fanboy... but Uncharted is a great step in modernizing an old genre similar game."

If you read my comment objectively, you'd have seen that I was saying it was an improvement. That Uncharted was the way Tomb Raider was meant to evolve. I never claimed it invented the genre, I just pointed out there are a lot of "parallels" amongst the games. I guess you could have read "I can honestly say that Uncharted is a modern Tomb Raider with a male lead." and thought that was what I was saying... but then you didnt read the rest of my comment.

Also, who was talking about the sequels? I was talking broadly about the series in general...

So you have been gaming for 2 more years than me, and played Lara Croft a little earlier. That doesnt mean You have some ultimate greater understanding of the game than I do.

Also, Im drunk... and haters are gonna hate. But thats not me, Im not a hater. I like the Uncharted series, even if I havent played it personally and only watched it be played. They are both great games with similarities... so please, dont hate on a trying to be honest gamer... we all know N4G has enough haters for all of us lol...

MaxXAttaxX2164d ago (Edited 2164d ago )

Yes of course, Uncharted is not the first in its genre. You could say that "Pitfall" is one of the first when it comes to games in that genre(somewhat).

I was trying to say that that Uncharted drew influences from older media the same way Tomb Raider did. And since they're both games, people will compare one to the other. Which is easier to do now since the latest TR games aren't exactly what they used to be.

But I find that its different execution and focus makes it stand out.

MarkusMcNugen2163d ago

I agree NathanExplosion. Its refreshing that someone on N4G is sensible.

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S_C2165d ago

No it isn't a big deal but i sick of seeing article like this for the game already/

Gray-Fox-Type02164d ago (Edited 2164d ago )

Exactly give this small and new developer a break. Even though their idea is nothing orginal , atleast they are trying to increase the awareness of gaming in their country.

It's just only certain PS3 fans I guess, who give the real PS3 fans a bad name of being whiny *****. And Uncharted a master piece has also been inspired by several games to begin with. One most common Tomb Raider or Gears Of War from the rival platform.

As a PS3 gamer does this game effect me the slightest way? no. I dont understand why certain people get hurt when the truth is Uncharted is heavily inspired by Tomb Raider the original.

What Uncharted did was take that and revolutionise it to modern standards.

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firemassacre2165d ago

its flattering, in all actuality it's an honor to the uncharted series (although clearly not up to par) the more games the better :) but it will never be uncharted, uncharted has an almost unreachable standard.

vgchica2165d ago

I'm not sure anyone has made this big of a direct ripoff in years though.

IceAc2165d ago

Sounds to me like some people don't want to see an Arabic publisher coming up. Why not? They might take the small profits from this game and make some quality original properties that Arabic gamers can enjoy instead of always seeing Arabs portrayed as the bad guys.

pnoozi2164d ago

"Sounds to me like some people don't want to see an Arabic publisher coming up."

They are ARAB (Saudi Arabian, to be clear, and who knows, maybe not all their employees are even Arab)... not ARABIC. ARABIC is a language.

jacksonmichael2163d ago

Woah, really? Thanks dude. Learning every day.

kennykramer2165d ago

I'll buy it just out of curiosity.

undercovrr2165d ago

i wish I had money to waste