Uncharted 4 Is a "Technical Powerhouse," Analysis Says

"The best-looking console game we've ever tested."

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With Uncharted 4: A Thief's End scheduled to come out tomorrow, May 10, Digital Foundry has now posted its technical analysis for the long-awaited PlayStation 4 action-adventure game. The site gushed about the game, saying it raises the bar for current-generation games.

"This is a must-play experience that delivers the rare mix of pitch perfect gameplay and high-end visuals," Digital Foundry said. "Uncharted 4 is the technical powerhouse we've been waiting for."

"The set-pieces are more impressive, the maps larger, the characters and environments more detailed and the gameplay mechanics are richer than ever before. This is the real deal."

Uncharted 4 runs on the latest version of Naughty Dog's proprietary engine, which, this time around, allows for an "almost obscene wealth of new rendering features," Digital Foundry said.

The game runs at 1080p/30fps for its campaign and 900p/60fps for multiplayer. Regarding the campaign visuals, Digital Foundry said, "Uncharted 4 delivers the best image quality we've seen in a console game to date."

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"Thin edges are remarkably clean, shader aliasing is almost non-existent, and shimmering is all but eliminated," the site explained. "Large, complex fields of detailed foliage remain razor sharp even at a distance while finer details on Nate's weapons remain clearly visible."

On the subject of character rendering, Digital Foundry said Uncharted 4 looks better in this department than games like Halo 5: Guardians, Quantum Break, and Rise of the Tomb Raider. "Uncharted 4 pushes things even further," it said.

According to the report, skin and fat "bend and move realistically," while Drake's shirt will react to the wind as it should. "Even his chest hair is impacted by the wind," Digital Foundry said.

Digital Foundry's full report offers a deep, deep dive into Uncharted 4's technical performance, touching on things like its use of real-time cutscenes and how the AI is smarter this time around, among other things. The report wasn't completely positive, however, as it also mentioned long load times and a photo mode that is not as robust as it could have been. Additionally, Digital Foundry said shadow quality could be better.

But overall, Uncharted 4 blew Digital Foundry away.

"There is a clear dedication to excellence here and it has paid off and Uncharted 4 is the best-looking console game we've ever tested," it said.

Uncharted 4 launches on May 10 exclusively for PlayStation 4. Reviews for the game started to show up last week, and critics are handing out high praise. It is the last game in the series Naughty Dog plans to make and the final one that stars Nathan Drake. However, there could be an Uncharted 5.

GameSpot scored Uncharted 4 a 10/10.

"In its writing, in its design, in its understanding of what makes games unique, Uncharted 4 is something to aspire to," critic Mike Mahardy said. "It's a shining example. And we'll be talking about it for years to come."

For more on the game's critical reception, check out this review roundup.

In other news, co-director Bruce Straley has advised against rushing through Uncharted 4. "Take your time. Its not like the last three. Don't try to gobble it down in one sitting. Settle in. Enjoy the moment," he said.

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Xbox fans right now : "SonySpot" "This site is controlled by Sony". - Muppets

Recognize when someone does something great, Sony is in a good moment - not their fault Microsoft aren't doing anything praise worthy. MS bought exclusive rights deal for Tomb Raider to compete with Sony's Uncharted, and in the end, Sony delayed Uncharted to make sure it's the great game it is today.

Difference.

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@maghdie: I am a fan of Xbox .. in that I own one and enjoy playing it .. and I think this Game looks amazing .. I am Happy that Gamers on the PS4 have this .. It really does look very impressive !!

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@maghdie: Hilarious. They should go to IGN where it is sitting at an 8.8 in their review in progress. XBfanboys love IGN. They are known for rating PS exclusives lower than meta average and XB ones higher. Case in point ROTRs 9.3.

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@orochipunisher: Just from what i have played so far i am closer to agreeing with IGN , It's definitely not a 10 out of 10 game.

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@orochipunisher: ROTR is a great game and deserves that rating. i just picked up uncharted but havent played it yet but im sure its a great game too.... the .5 rating difference isnt anything

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Just goes to show the hardware is useless without great software to run on it. Well done Naughty Dog, that's what we call OPTIMIZED! Same goes for PSVR... "It's in the game"

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@alaskancrab: 30 fps is not optimised, 60 fps would be optimised even if they had to sacrifice some of the visuals. It would have been a far better experience to play. i would rather 720p @ 60 than 1080p @ just 30.

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Pitch perfect gameplay? I apreciate the technical quality of the game, but calling generic, repetitive cover shooting pitch perfect gameplay sounds retarded. DF should stick with technical comments. I am still waiting for ps4 exclusives which actually make fun.

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@Sozialminister: I get what you mean , if you didn't like previous games, although this controls more precisely , i doubt you would like this either.

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@Sozialminister: So i guess you hate the whole gears franchise. You can't chose how to play that game, no puzzles and no story :DDDD

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@mr_nee: I dont hate it. But yes, it wasnt my style. I dont mind shooters without puzzles, story and full of brainless gameplay. But these cover shooters are so lame: Duck, shoot, duck, reload, shoot, rinse repeat. Give me games with action, where I do the action, not a fucking script in the background. I wanna PLAY games, not watch them. This console generation is lacking again.

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@mr_nee: I am playing the first one on PC and can't remember how to get the Beserker to go outside lol

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@Sozialminister: Unfortunately the same gameplay otf the last gen with some tweeks that like me you wont apreciate... Id like to see the same quality "OPTIMIZATION" of the PS4 on GOD of WAR not that I care too much about it... that makes me fell sad or maybe LAst of US 2... I aways will have fantasy over "realism" in games.... Uncharter wont deliver that to me, I dont like the protagonist as well.

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@Sozialminister: Dick.

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@Gomtor: Fangirl got triggered?

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@Sozialminister: Maybe gaming is just not your speciality, it's fine, you'll find something ...

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@livedreamplay: 1on1, casual noob?

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@Sozialminister: Sure thing, hardcore no-lifer...

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@livedreamplay: lol first I am a noob, now I am a hardcore gamer without life. Cant you decide, stupid? ^^

Just admit you suck at both: videogames and estimating humans. You neither have gaming skills nor social skills :)

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@Sozialminister: Didn't say you're a noob, maybe it's just your frustration causing you to think that I did. :)

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@livedreamplay: Nitpicking is typical for trolls. Sorry, but I am not an uncharted fanboy. Thus I am not stupid enough to fall for you. Have fun with others victims :)

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@Sozialminister: Didn't say you were a noob and didn't say you are stupid, however you should do some soul searching and see where these low opinions of yourself are coming from.

PS: might want to do a research on what "to fall for you" means, I mean, I'm flattered but I have a girlfriend.

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@livedreamplay: I bet she is ugly, inside and outside trolol

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@Sozialminister: I kinda understand why you consider yourself stupid now, spot on.

PS: avoid betting on things you are not aware of, like women for example. lara croft doesn't count. trololol :)

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@livedreamplay: We were not talking about general women, only your gf. You try to avoid, so I guess I hit a weak spot :)

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@Sozialminister: I was just making fun of you, but apparently you didn't even pick up on that. Or you might be really used to it, which is understandable. Sorry for you. :(

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@livedreamplay: You suck at trolling :p

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@Sozialminister: I know I do, that's why I only make fun of people when I really have the opportunity of doing so. Again, sorry. :(

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@livedreamplay: Stop lying to yourself. You tried, but you failed. You will not improve if you are not honest with yourself :)

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@Sozialminister: Haha, nice try. You're pathetic but at least you try hard. :)

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@livedreamplay: Bump

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@livedreamplay: Maybe knitting?

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@Gomtor: masturbating to xbox games

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@mr_nee: No, I rather circlejerk with other casual gamers...oh wait, thats you. Not me, lol

Like I play xbox, lol idiot.

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@Sozialminister: I didn't say you play xbox, I said you masturbate to xbox games :DDD

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@mr_nee: Thats even more ridiculous. I never masturbate since I can rape xbots everyday :)

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@Gomtor: Nah that takes skills...

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Nice. Best of luck to developers, they deserve it.

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The wind blows through Drake's chesthair? I'll believe it when I see it.

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@sebastiaan: Good excuse to stare at his chest! I will use this reasoning on other games.

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Poor Xbox :(

You can almost hear the die hards cling to their copy of Rise of the tomb raider..

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@daniel79: Well RotTR is an excellent game though..

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@daniel79: I'm now playing Uncharted 4 and it's really just as good as the article describes. Rise of the Tomb Raider is good too, it has certain problems with story and pacing, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. What you're trying to say is that if a great game comes out it instantly makes all the other games look bad but that's not the case.

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@daniel79: that's a stupid comment. i'm on ps4 and i really wanna play rise of the tomb raider aswell. it looks fantastic.

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@RaveNRolla: Rise of the Tombraider get s a bit samey, i would suggest because there is so much to do that you just play through the story , finding what is nearby and then go back through the game once you have all the shortcuts allowing you to go to the different areas, then do the tomb related puzzles and collect all the extras. Otherwise it is very boring going over the same ground all the time to uncover all the secrets.

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"On the subject of character rendering, Digital Foundry said Uncharted 4 looks better in this department than games like Halo 5: Guardians, Quantum Break, and Rise of the Tomb Raider. "Uncharted 4 pushes things even further," Sonyspot.com doing more paid advertising for Sony games you have to love how they just bashed 3 Xbox's . I like uncharted but this web site is dirty. I can't wait for Microsoft to put out that xboxone upgrade

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@emptycow718: You can't always trust them and what also annoys me is they never talk about sound analysis like they used to. I want to know what the sound quality is like , it is every bit as important as the graphics if not more so.

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@emptycow718: didn't Quantum Break's graphics get some praise for looking great despite the low resolution? I don't understand why some people need to turn things into a console war. The game looks great and is easily one of the best looking console games ever. There is no bias involved just stating facts.

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@scottyp360: It uses 4 x msaa apparently which would look good at 1080p on a tv but on high resolution monitors the 720p upscaled looks really poor which is why people complain as to why on earth it is not native 1080p on PC at the very least.

There was meant to be more resolution options coming but not sure if that was just widescreen support or not

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@emptycow718: because several other sites didn't give the game perfect scores... Lol, it's the biggest release of the year, of course they're going to cover the game, Nimrod.

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