Make no mistake, I think that Sony’s Uncharted trilogy is one of the best, most technically impressive games of this generation. In an age where (I personally think) games are showing less and less innovation, where companies are happy to churn out carbon copy games annually (Call of Duty anyone?), it takes a game with a decent, engaging story to keep me hooked. And Uncharted delivers that in spades.
Across three stories we’re introduced to a cast of characters we genuinely come to care about, participate in adventures in a scale ripped straight from the likes of Indiana Jones. The game itself developed over the course of the three titles into a slick third person action shooter, but the charm of the series, for me, was its cinematic scenes. Using motion capture, they’ve truly set a high bar for what you could consider to be an interactive movie.
And now, YouTube user morphinapg has very kindly strung the cutscenes together with enough gameplay for them to make sense, effectively creating the Uncharted movie trilogy. If you don’t own a PS3, probably never will and will never experience these great games, or just want to enjoy the story again without having to actually play the games, you should really check them out. A word of warning, parts 2 and 3 get quite long (circling three hours!) and some of the gameplay sections feel a little jumpy as they were designed to provide the minimum tedium. Also the videos are in SD rather than HD – the user explains this is because he could only capture in SD; which is fair enough!
I think these are stellar jobs as the Uncharted engine doesn’t really provide a good platform for producing decent machinima.
Naughty Dog, the developers of Uncharted, are next turning their hand to redefining the Zombie story with The Last of Us. Personally I can’t wait to see what they do.