When it comes to that headline, I mean that quite literally. The new Uncharted 4 story trailer (that actually doesn’t contain a whole lot of story details) looks so good I can’t quite believe it.
I mean, look at it, just look:
I mean sure, maybe some of the wider landscape shots look a little super imposed, but check the graphical detail in the characters.
The way the light reflects on their skin, the sweat, blood, scraps and Nathan’s handsome little tuft of chest hair; such high fidelity in character models is rarely seen outside of PC juggernauts like Crysis.
Now granted, this example is from a section of the game that is a more rendered cutscene, so gameplay scenes will look a little different. But there were examples of playable sections in this trailer, and they too look very impressive. The car crash we’ve seen before back at E3, so we know that is rendered in-engine, but it and other sequences in the trailer looked pretty much equal in quality to the pre-rendered parts. And that’s still only in YouTube compressed quality!
The Uncharted series has always looked pretty amazing, as was evident upon playing The Nathan Drake Collection remaster back in October. And obviously being built specifically for the PS4, Uncharted 4 was going to improve in the technical department but still I am blown away by what I’m seeing. I see a trailer like this and I can’t help but think “surely that’s not how good it will look on the day,” because we live in an age where games are accused of graphical downgrades over their development time, coining the phrase “bullshots” when a game’s screenshots look too good to be true.
Naughty Dog have wowed us before, so really only time will tell. Thankfully not that much time though, as Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End launches April 26 2016.