Uncharted 2 to Uncharted 3: A Comparison in Mechanics and Graphics

YouTube user dasso65 has put together a handy video that not only compare the difference in shooting mechanics, but also graphics, facial animations, and movement speed.

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firemassacre2657d ago

i see drake has more facial features and animations, and the graphics look moderately better.

NukaCola2657d ago

The animations and physics are drastically improved. Fighting mulitple enemies, swinging from chandeliers, the water, the sand. The leap from UC to UC2 was huge, the leap to UC3 wont be as huge, but you will know it's quite better. Just from what they have shown I am very impressed. The cruise ship rocking back and forth and stuff sliding around and light swings with the flow...That is all happening in real time. Makes the train seen look like child's play.

firemassacre2657d ago

the multilplayer beta i played when you were on the airplain was downright amazing. they have gone above and beyond with multiplayer. and the water animations/physics/graphics look amazing on the boat level.

MaxXAttaxX2657d ago (Edited 2657d ago )

While UC3 shows some improvements, I don't think comparing a finished product(UC2) to an early-built unpolished beta(UC3) will give us the best results yet.

I did notice that UC3 now has not only vertical but also horizontal recoil. Interesting.

Sillyace922657d ago

I think U2 looks better from a character model perspective. Uncanny Valley.

NukaCola2657d ago

I have noticed this is comparison to the SP of UC2 and the Beta MP of UC3.

The visuals of the online mode of course are not as polished as the single player. The UC3 beta is just as good if not better than the complete UC2 MP experience. Comparing the beta to the retail game is bananas. I doubt the finished MP mode will look much better than the campaign of UC2. The single player game of Uncharted 3 will completely blow UC2 out of the water.

And what is worst is you are doubting the abilities of Naughty Dog? These are the among the best the industry has to offer and they will deliver. They have never disappointed.

RememberThe3572657d ago

@Sillyace92 I agree. The facial structure look better in U2. The the faces are doing a bunch of weird things in the beta so I don't expect all that to be there at release.

The graphics looks all around more polished to me in U3. Also the lighting looks improved. I can't wait to see the dev diaries on this game.

kaveti66162657d ago

How come there's no smoke issuing from the wall debris when the player shoots in the UC3 beta?

Also, Drake looks better in UC3 but he just looks grumpy for some reasons. Sully looks grumpy too and the person who made this comparison positioned Sully's face away from any light source in the UC3 beta so he looks darker and less detailed than the UC2 Sully.

The trees in UC2 look better than the ones in UC3. I can see jaggies very clearly on some of the branches in UC3.

Hopefully all of these problems are a result of the compression or by the user's error.

It's possible that Naughty did downscale the graphics a little to accommodate the more physics-heavy setpieces.

MaxXAttaxX2657d ago (Edited 2657d ago )

Well, like I said already said above. Let's compare the MPs once UC3's MP is finished.

At least Sully looks more his age now. In UC2, the skin around his neck and jawline was more youthful than it should be, I think.

CommonSense2656d ago

if uncharted were a movie or tv show, i would think that they got a new actor to play sully. he doesn't look anything like he used to. i'm pretty disappointed in how he looks now.

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xPhearR3dx2657d ago

I have to disagree. I think Uncharted 2 has better texture work, but Uncharted 3 has better lighting. The facial animations look nice, but overall Uncharted 3 is a step down from Uncharted 2 so far.

xPhearR3dx2657d ago

@Silly gamAr

Nobody. It's called an opinion.

MysticStrummer2657d ago

@xPhearR3dx - It's called impaired vision, actually.

i_like_ff72657d ago

Zomg how dare you say a ps3 exclusive sequel doesn't look as good as the first game.

Commence "lol" comments and "Your blind" comments

CommonSense2656d ago

i don't know which game is technically more impressive...but i agree with phear...i liked the look of UC2 better.

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Gray-Fox-Type02657d ago (Edited 2657d ago )

one thing, the gun play still feels abit awkard and not precise...

Etseix2656d ago

you know how to grab a controller? :(

hesido2657d ago

I agree about the 'over expressive' faces of the UC3 mp beta. I think it is a bit exaggerated, the expressions look more natural in UC3. Not that it affects the multiplayer game one bit, but hey.

hesido2656d ago

I meant UC2 has more natural expressions.

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And why they are comparing U2 retail game to U3 Beta game?

seinfan2657d ago

I'd rather see a comparison of the single-player modes.

ElDorado2657d ago

It's a beta man, in the end ofcourse Uncharted 3 is gonna look better. Believe me, Naughty Dog are talentend people who know what they're doing. I can understand that people think Uncharted 2 looks better at the moment, but this is a beta and it's 1.6 GB. The beta is compressed. The final product will look better. And please don't call me a fanboy, just look at my N4G name. Uncharted 3 is gonna be A-M-A-Z-I-N-G-!

xtreampro_REVENGE!2657d ago

The differences between Betas and final builds are never that big in terms of visuals. KZ3's beta was basically the final build with "Beta" slapped on the screen.

The chances of them changing anything in the visual department is very low.

TronEOL2657d ago (Edited 2657d ago )

This really depends on the developer as Naughty Dog has proven before that a lot can change in 3 months, especially when it comes to Single Player. If you look at any of the early release videos before Uncharted 2 came out and compare it to the final product, it looks much, much better in the retail version.

I'm not saying expect huge changes in the Multiplayer when it comes to graphics, but I wouldn't say it'll stay the same either.

HeavenlySnipes2657d ago

I forgot that UC3 is coming in two weeks. Oh its not?

Well KZ3's beta was two weeks before release now wasn't it....

blackburn102657d ago

Exactly. What we are playing is not the final build. Can we at least wait until the final game before we start the comparisons? Don't you guys ever learn?

xtreampro_REVENGE!2657d ago

Uncharted 3 definitely looks better but it took a side by side comparison of both games to convince me, so in other words the visual improvements aren't that big or noticeable unless your playing them side by side.

The huge improvements according to ND themselves are the lighting and particle effects (water/sand/fire) which I have to agree with, and personally I think the water and sand is the best I've seen in a console game but the fire looks horrible.

The textures on clothing and hair went through small upgrades but that's about it.

Troll-without-Bridge2657d ago

Im playing uncharted 2, and it just feels better than U3 in every way.

mantisimo2657d ago

@troll without a bridge.

just heard from the estate agent that your new bridge is finished, you can move back under tomorrow.

Troll-without-Bridge2657d ago

Who needs Bridges when i haz N4G?

Anyway, Im being honest, uncharted 2 feels less sluggish, sounds better, the setting is better and even the menus are slicker and fitting for uncharted. Uncharted 3 is trying to hard to be a serious shooter, which is not Uncharted.

mantisimo2657d ago

Uncharted 2 is a little faster paced, sounds the same as 3 the maps are very playable in both and the menus have to accomodate a lot more slots and items hence they aren't as slick because everything is customisable and all the more brilliant for that.

So have half a grilled billy goat and a happy house warming.

MidnytRain2657d ago (Edited 2657d ago )

What do you guys mean UC2 sounds better or even the same UC3? UC3's guns sound more like guns, for a start. Also, as shown by the video, the reason some people feel the weapons in UC2 feel better is because the recoil is extremely predictable, allowing a player to full-auto an AK-47 and blast his pistol across the map without having to adjust his aim much at all. Your guns only went straight up when fired, meaning by pulling the right thumbstick slightly downwards, us players who played plenty of multiplayer could keep our crosshairs in exactly the same spot no matter how we fired or how far away the target was. The new guns are an improvement for the game's immersion.

chidori6662657d ago (Edited 2657d ago )

it looks like a downgrade in graphics lol.

It's also possible devs are not working on UC3. Some ND resources are probably being used for NGP.

Redempteur2657d ago

first ND isn't doing the NGP game

Second it's a BETAin multiplayer ..expecting to see the real thingsis downright silly . i'm not even sure the lihgting is finalazed and it's already better than U2

Jonah_Reese2657d ago

You Just had no idea what you were talking about did you?

TheFreak2657d ago (Edited 2657d ago )

Are you drunk while playing?

crapfreakdad2657d ago

I was last night, didnt get a single kill... to my shame

mantisimo2657d ago

@ capfreak

Oh mate I know what you mean I cnnot play while drunk its funny for a while then I bite the controller in frustration.

*note to self* stop drinking till after the game!

Jonah_Reese2657d ago

Uncharted is trying too hard to be a serious shooter? Are you serious? First of all you mean ND is trying too hard to make Uncharted into a serious shooter. Second,I disagree, I didn't get that at all. The characters move slower but I was told there is a sprint button. Uncharted is the same shooter only certain aspects were refined. The multiplayer is more about customizing.

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