Naughty Dog quickly rose to the top of the industry post-Uncharted 2, leading to a modern studio culture that's not what it used to be.
ND is such an amazing studio. Always pushing gaming forward and doing the impossible with the hardware they work. UC2 was really something special. The evolution from Uincharted to Uncharted 2 was crazy. beside all that they dont launch a game that runs like crap, like others do,....
I’m ready for a new IP from Naughty Dog. Will be interesting to see where they go next. Still waiting on Factions to be revealed.
Yeah. What will it be? Faction seems to be a bigger project then everbody expected. What are they doing!
I think it would be awesome if Naughty Dog made a swash buckling pirate adventure, or a sci-fi space opera.
Sci-fi, pls. Something high-fantasy like their own "Savage Starlight" or maybe something more grounded, yet still charming kinda like Cowboy Bebop/Firefly. Though I'm sure they will deliver on whatever they come up with next.
I'm ready for a new IP for sure. The last thing I want from ND for their next game (not including factions) is yet another Uncharted or a new Last of Us. In fact, I wouldn't even mind seeing them tackle another genre altogether. I'd love to see if they could make a better "Cyberpunk" game than CDPR. Or even go a little more whimsical with a new Jack and Daxter or a new mascot type game.
See that’s why I don’t get the hate around tlou2 even if you don’t like the story it’s still a huge, fully realized, extremely polished, fun game. How many companies release such complete games now? I can count on 1 hand
It's fun if you're into torture porn. I've never seen a videogame story go so far out of it's way to make the person playing it feel like sh!t. They killed Joel, made Ellie almost entirely unlikable, and even killed the horse off just to add to the spice. They also tried their best to make everybody love Abby, and it didn't work. As far as the gameplay goes, it plays exactly the same as the original, which came out 7 years prior. The only real difference is a useless jump button. You people are far too generous to this game, and to Neil Druckmann for that matter. Neil Druckmann wrote this story to impress his buddies in the woke community, including Anita Sarkeesian. There are videos of him simping for her on Youtube. He wasn't interested in what the gamers wanted. He was only interested in the message the game sent. Point is: videogames shouldn't be a place to make political and social statements. He cost Naughty Dog a lot of fans by introducing woke identity politics into his videogames, and he'll never get those fans back.
If a game is known for being story driven and the praise from the last game whether or not it’s from the same franchise is loved because of the writing, characters, chemistry and so on then yeah if all of that is not good in the NEXT game then it won’t matter about graphics or the like You can’t ignore the main attraction to a game if its bad because everything else is good. TLOU2 had great graphics, fantastic animations, sound, soundtrack, no bugs, not broken issues needing a super patch but that doesn’t mean I’m going to ignore the issues, all the things I loved about the first game. Imagine having a meal at a restaurant, the entire meal is fantastic but the main part of it is a huge letdown or something is wrong, what are you going to do, defend the meal, big it up because everything else was good? I don’t think so, I mean if it was free sure but not when you’ve spent a bit of money on it
Forkymental “It plays exactly like the original” Yeah you clearly didn’t play it. They added a prone mechanic, hiding in foliage, ability to crawl under structures, ability to grab enemies and give them to clickers, an entire overhaul of melee combat with dodging and stealing enemy weapons mid fight, you’re now able to cause infected and humans enemiesto fight each other, you can now leap on enemies from above, AI companions are more helpful, they added a rope mechanics and more interesting puzzles, ability to squeeze through tight spaces, new weapons and craftables, you are able to run away from enemies and re-establish stealth, enemies are way more intelligent now and actually communicate with each other, they added dogs which completely change how you have to play, they added brutes, shamblers, seraphites, all which completely change how you have to play … I could go on
@forkymental Video games like any art form can have any message the author/developers want them to have. Some games have messages about the evils of unrestrained corporatism, over reliance on technology, finding love, finding peace, taking a stand against evil, showing restraint, others try to bringing awareness to things like mental illness. These can all be political in nature because they relate to the structure and composition of societies, and how those societies deal with certain problems. It's not wokeness...it's just awareness. Confronting the human condition...
ND should remake their long forgotten fighter Way of the Warrior. It deserves more recognition than it got back on the 3do. They could do it as a little pet project for the old school ND fans. I think it would be awesome (and i know Im in the minority here).
Unfortunately fighters don't get much attention. So way of warrior is probably never happening again.
Needs more recognition?? Lol you gotta be joking. Back in the day when I was a kid looking at the screenshots from the EGM magazine, I thought the graphics were amazing. When the internet came along and we got to see gameplay, I was surprised how terrible the game was. Nothing about this game was good except the graphics for that era. A wanna-be MK with goofy characters, and horrible gameplay mechanics
You forgot to mention how shithouse and unresponsive the controls were, killed my poor little thumbs trying to get a fatality out or even just a simple move and the australian character that facts fire, makes me embarrassed to be Australian, lol. Terrible game.
It was bloody terrible. Best forgotten.
hell no dude that game was garbage
Limited Run Games will probably release it. I mean they're doing a port of Plumbers Don't Wear Ties after all 😅
Are you saying their success has changed them, so they are no longer the studio that first rose to fame with U2? Yeah. Things change. The Beatles got better, Tarantino got worse, and nobody knows where Bill Murray is. Change is inevitable, time erodes all, for better or worse. It ain’t unique to ND, and there’s no way to know how they’ll grow.
i agree with your sentiment. But, tarantino got worse!? say whaaaaat. Out of curiosity, what's your favorite tarantino film?
I knew the Tarantino comment would get attention…. I do think that he’s gotten too self indulgent since he lost his original editor (alotta great directors stick with the same editor forever). That’s not to say his films aren’t great anymore, or have been on a decline, they just lack someone he trusts tellling him “That’s enough, we’re gonna move on now.” and Inglorious Basterds is my fav 🥰
I wouldn’t say Tarantino got worse, but he does overly indulge now with fame. But yes, previous films had more heart. TLOUP2 gameplay is a lot of fun. The story is a little too dramatic for me. It actually made me laugh at the melodrama overload when I know the intention was to disturb me. But I’m also a psychopath.
The Hateful Eight was bloody brilliant though. The Last of Us: Part II felt like a damn Tarantino project. Loved it.
Tarantino got worse ??? I would say he still make a top notch movies man.
They are top tier in the industry, they create technical masterpieces that no one touches for years afterwards. TLOU2 had a divisive story sure, but technically that game is still standing up really well even to next gen games. I'm eager to see what their next game is, and imma buy it unless they completely drop the ball with it, which i don't see happening.
Uncharted 2 is the best in the franchise and one of the best games released so far in the 21st century. I would go so far as to call it the BEST action adventure game released. It’s just a nonstop thrill ride the whole way through. A masterpiece forever.
This write-up encapsulates the thoughts I've had as well. I love both Uncharted 4 and Last of us 2, but Uncharted 2 and Last of us are both better games for many of the reasons stated. Uncharted 4 brings a realistic and serious tone to the series that doesn't quite fit, and the lack of mystical elements from the first 3 games leaves it lacking (as well as the set piece moments mentioned in the article). I think a more stylized world design would have helped. I'm still curious about what Amy Hennig's uncharted 4 would have been. It's definitely lacking some of the humor that so prominently featured in the others. The only point I don't agree on with the writer is the game length. I think Last of Us 2 could have been a touch shorter, but I don't think Uncharted 4 was too long in any way, and it's definitely not twice as long as Uncharted 2.
After me personally being let down by lou2, I'm hesitant to get hyped.
I could never get into ND games personally say except UC1 and Crash , I always found Insomniac games way better especially when it comes to fun factor while sucker punch games are stylishly awesome . Although I haven't played Horizon I can't clearly see that GG are super creative when it come to trying to create new worlds and cater to my sci-fi love ( Killzone is one of my favorite franchises). . While ND makes their games all tech pretty and such I feel like there style of games haven't evolved much since J&D
They are amazing.
Naughty Dog's games are always so polished. Even if you didn't like the direction of certain games from them I think it's hard to argue that the passion and expertize of all their products doesn't shine through. Saying that it's clear their culture and crunch is not good and they need to look into this massively.
The problem with Naughty Dog, now, is theyre no longer there to entertain me and the rest of the gaming world, rather, they're there to preach and criticize their audience. We dont play games to be lectured to, we play games to he entertained and todays Naughty Dog loud and proud screams: "We're the victim and youre horrible people for not accepting us so we're gonna mark everything and everywhere to point out we exist and further separate ourselves by pointing out the differences we have rather than the similarities." Naughty Dog wants to further infuse todays societal problems which is finding things that are different to bring to the forefront (almost as though just to get attention) and then hammer away at those and THEN gripe and complain at how misunderstood and mistreated that newly formed group is. It annoys people rather then just blending just to get people riled up and cause controversy. Naughty Dog weren't like that pre-Neil Druckman, they had their game, they had their stories they wanted to tell, and things went great. When they began to get preachy is where you started to see departures from bigger names in the studio. Co-President Christoff Balestra left as did The Last of Us Co-Director and Co-Creator Bruce Straley. They new controversy was about to errupt, Druckman laid out to Straley the direction he wanted to take things and Straley and Balestra disagreed, they knew the majority were in opposition to their stance and rather then cause a fuss and a scene, they tastefully and with class quietly departed and opted to do new things with their life, even if it meant working a pump at a gas station. Church attendees have dropped significantly over the years, why? People dont wanna take an hour out of their week to be preached to, why would they want that in a videogame thats supposed to entertain them for 8-40 hours of being preached to.
Rather they didn't waste their time on MP. Just produce another Uncharted and A new I.P.
Conundrum? Like, where do we put all this money? Most studios would gladly change places with ND, yeah it’s tough to be on top, but nobody wants to hear that! Their biggest problem is living up to the hype they built themselves and their track record suggests they will.
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