It's a mystery how the Uncharted video game series got as popular as it did considering how bland the initial entry was—at least by today's standards, Gazette gaming columnist Jake Magee writes.
This writer is saying that IF this ten year old game released today it wouldn't be that good. Well, no sh*t Sherlock! When this game came out, in 2007, it was groundbreaking because it was the first game to tell a successful movie-like action story with groundbreaking mocap, animations and character writing. Until then we hadn't seen anything that was even remotely close compared to it. Of course the mechanics feel old, that's because they are, notice that this game came out right after the PS3 release, by that time games still had PS2 mechanics for the most part. And the cover system had only been refined by GOW a year prior, so looking back at it, it did an amazing job at the time. This article is basically pointless, because it questions the success of the Uncharted franchise as a whole, but the writer claims he's only played the first one yet. It was not only until Uncharted 2 that the franchise reached it's full potential. "Sic Parvis Magna" - Francis Drake ("Greatness from small beginnings")
Yep, and I still love the first game, regardless.
Lol, welcome to the new generation of games
This scene still makes me bust up. Right mix of action and humor. And Eddie Raja is hilarious. https://youtu.be/WU7E2L5bK1...
Damn. Someone give this person a mic to drop!
Bioshock came out the same time but does uncharted 1 look any like it ?
I honestly got the collection with my PS4 last year, having never played uncharted at all, I was looking forward to playing it, I'm about 40% through the first one right now, and it's a struggle. I really wanna play 4, but I gotta play my way through the series first.
Some older games hold up today, so yeah he has a point. I still loved the first but without a doubt its the worst in the series.
Uncharted 1 holds up to today. It has a 88 on metacritic, and aside from weak textures, the still features better animations than most games today. BUT, that wasn't neither his point nor mine. You just created a 'straw man' right there. His point was that --->IF<--- the game was released today it wouldn't resonate with today's gamers. He's expecting a 10 year old game to feature innovations that hadn't happen at the time. "But if “Uncharted” launched today, gamers would hardly notice. There's hardly anything special about it. Ten years ago, it might have been groundbreaking, but compared to modern games, I quickly grew bored with it." He's arguing with today expectations. This is 100% moronic. Imagine you criticizing an 70's PC because it can't run windows XP...
There are plenty of 10 year old or older games which would still be good today. MGS on ps1 still would be good today. Because it is fun to play. Good controls are a big part of the reason why games hold up over time, which Uncharted simply doesn't have. The rocket launcher was fun to use though.
Uncharted controls are far more solid and aged far better than MGS 1, so much so that the latest MGS drop those mechanics, do you know why? Because they don't work anymore. Since when does this old up to today? https://i.ytimg.com/vi/MdG-...
Lol, Uncharted 1 was far from groundbreaking. It was an average at best game at launch. Uncharted really didn't find its footing until the second one.
Nice b8 m8 I r8 8/8 "The overall presentation of the game received unanimous praise from critics, who recognized the game's high production values, describing them as "top-notch", "incredible" or comparing them to those found in Hollywood. When combined with the overall style of the game, this led many reviewers to compare Uncharted to summer blockbuster films. As part of the presentation, the game's story and atmosphere were also received well. The depth of the characters was praised, each having "their own tone". The voice acting was also received well, as the cast "nails its characterizations"; overall, the voice acting was described as a "big-star performance", "superb" and "stellar"." Tell me a game before Uncharted 1 that achieved that...
so...This dude played this game JUST NOW? and that's when I stopped reading.
C'mon. Obviously no one has played every game in existance, and many gamers will go back and try to catch up on great games of the past they have missed no matter how old they might be. I still every now and then go back and play many greats from the 90s and everything inbetween that I have missed. You should have stopped reading when you realized this person is judging and criticising a 10 year old game by todays standards, and writing an article about it. It's like I'd make a complaint, "it's a mystery how Ocarina of Time/MGS/FF7 got as popular as they did, given how bad graphics they have by todays standards.".
And you said it better then I did. I don't mind people playing old games, in fact, I love when websites go out of their way to recommend titles that might of flown under the radar. But when the author takes a decidedly negative approach to a popular game, and trashes it because of it's age, seems absolutely ridiculous. The only point where I will concede is that 3d games in general don't age as well as their 2d counterparts, but that's a far cry from what this guy was writing about.
WTF...This game STILL looks good even today...Author is wack like a heart attack.
Bullshit! It was my favorite of the first 3, and it was every bit as enjoyable as a remaster.
Really? I loved it, but better than 2?
It's almost as if some people had different opinions or something. :P Seriously, Uncharted 2 is widely considered the best in the series, but there are still some people that liked other game in the series more. My personal favorite is Uncharted 3. :P
I'm in the camp who feels the original was better than 2. That being said, obviously, 2 was still a fantastic game, as are they all.
2>4>3>1 That's how I list them. 2 is like in my top 5 games of all time.
@generic-user-name I agree completely, that's how I'd put them as well.
I think you're possibly definitely the first person I've seen who liked it more than Among Thieves.
Among Thieves is, and will always be the king of that series.
Yeah among thieves was the shit... I played that mp prolly more then ive played a mp ever! Uc2 was the game to make me go full nerd and purchase an earpiece 😂. I always laughed at ppl and then i became one lol. I think uc2 was the first game i platinum too!
I disagree 100% with this article. The original uncharted looks better than a lot of PS4 games I've played.
What games are those?
The life of the black tiger I suppose
Look at the characters of killzone shadow fall for one. They looked awful. Uncharted drakes fortune characters look far better.
Even though what you already said about Shadow Fall is comical, what are the other games that the original Uncharted looks better than?
Resident evil revelations 2 and Bound by blood are some examples. I didn't say all PS4 games. But the lighting, animations, draw distance, and texture streaming on the original uncharted put "some" PS4 games to shame.
You need your eyes checked then.
Maybe hook your PS4 up to an HD TV?
it definitely has better water graphics than most games this gen but that's it really
I actually beat thus game again not too long ago, and it's still as good as it was when it first came out. It's a good game period. Yes, the sequels improved the original formula and got better, but it's still a good game.
Yes, it looks like an early PS3 game but it still looks pretty good today and i still think it was tons of fun (like Donut Drake) Small details like Drake's clothes getting wet and the plants moving while he walked through them were pretty impressive back then and are still nice now
Uncharted 1 looked stunning when it came out. I think a lot of people forgets how crappy early PS3 / 360 games looked, they looked basically like PS2 games with just a bit more polygons and barely running at 720p. When Uncharted 1 came out, it immediately became the graphic standard against which other games were compared at the time. Of course it doesn't look as good today, but it's a 10 year old game... it's to be expected.
I think the 1st gears of war was the 1st game to make me go wow a true next gen game. If im not mistaken that was before uc1
Sk8 of mind 100% agree. I jumped in at launch with 360 and gears was the first wow game. I bought my PS3 at the 40gb launch, was waiting for a price drop in Canada as it launched at $699 here
I disagree, to put it mildly. I've played all the Uncharted games multiple times (currently on my second playthrough of U4), and I recently replayed Drake's Fortune on my PS4 with the Nathan Drake Collection. It's still a pretty good game, and it still handles itself fairly well. Not as good as the other games in the series, but it's still a fairly good game on its own, with still decent graphics (which look pretty nice on the PS4 remaster), great mo-cap (its character animations in cutscenes are still better than a lot of current-gen games), a very entertaining story and decent controls. Seriously, its biggest flaw is that the enemies are ridiculous bullet sponges, and that complaint was always there since it released.
In regards to graphics: eh, for a decade-old game, I still think they went a more inspired route with the look. Technically impressive with dipping its toes in a livelier, cel-shaded-esque art style. In regards to gameplay: forget aging, they weren't well-implemented for '07 standards. A smorgasbord of mechanics that had high ups and low downs in execution.
agreed and the villains were forgettable to say the least. but at great that uncharted 2 improved significantly on everything.
I played this game months ago and it was just as fun then as it was in 2007
Title should read " I played a last gen game with current gen expectations" I didn't start the series until after 3 was out, but I couldn't helpyslef but binge through all 3 in 2 weeks time. All 3 of these games were a blast!
It didn't age well when I played it, and that was around 2012. The game was average, but it's a reminder of how much uncharted 2 improved on it.
Drake's fortune is my favorite out of the 4, even beat the remastered on brutal. I think it aged perfectly.
Yeah, it did. I played it like a year ago, while it may not be the best UC, was still as fun as ever.
Well of course it's in a platform that stagnates, it's not like PC where if you could only run a game and mid settings but over time you got a better PC now you are able to push the game to high settings with higher res.
The article is an opinion piece. The writer is certainly entitled to his opinion but we as the readers are certainly entitled to agree or disagree and in this case there appears to be a lot more disagrees.
i think the reason this game got popular wasn't because of the third person shooting mechanics. (that was gears of war) but because of the amazing characters such as Drake, Sully, and Elena. and let's not forget the ground breaking set-pieces and graphics for its time i mean to this day the game still looks gorgeous on the hd remaster. I think the worst part about this game is its climax and the forgettable villains navarro and gabriel weren't very bad but they weren't very good either. Imo uncharted was a great but flawed game that paved the way to the amazing uncharted 2 that did almost everything better and has aged wonderfully.
Maybe it looks that way to the writer because the quality of the series increased with each new installment, but I think the first one was stellar and set the base for the others. You could say the same thing with God of War. The two series were not only new IPs, but also each a new look at the genre they originated from.
Played U1 no more than 2 months ago and in my opinion it aged just fine and its still a lot better than some of junk you get today. Drake: "You act like you've never seen a U-boat in the middle of the jungle before"
I had a blast playing it on crushing 2 months ago (Remastered one).Although I never expected to have this much fun replaying it (for platinum).
Internet: giving voice to imbeciles.
Many things that are 10 years older from when we remember them don't age well. People, celebrities, food that expires, movies, games, Liberals, Hillary Clinton - you name it.
Is there any point to this article? I played the HD collection recently and the first game is still pretty good. I don't get this guy's weird bitch session on a game from 2 gens ago.
Well, that's his opinion. I replayed the whole trilogy shortly before part 4 released and I thought it was still fantastic. The reasons it stood out back then where many. It was graphically nice, it was an Indianaesque adventure, when there weren't many (Influenced by Tomb raider for sure). It was a breath of fresh air in an oversaturated sports and shooter saturated time. If you play it in the trilogy remastered version, they improved a lot of the original shortcomings. All in all, I love these games, probably because I liked Indiana Jones so much as a kid. Wish they would have made more! Even formulaic, I always loved the stories and setpieces.
Still holds up nicely great game, brilliant series:)
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