Naughty Dog On Uncharted 2: No Animator Could Achieve This
We say Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is the best looking game of the generation, and we're hardly the only ones. Naughty Dog really went off the chain (heh) with this one, and how they did it has been a hot topic of conversation lately.
Perhaps most impressive is the game's character animation, especially in regards to facial expressions. This alone separates Uncharted 2 from every other video game on the planet but don't think it came easy; in fact, with the sheer amount of effort involved, Naughty Dog stands proud and says they doubt another animator could do better. During a recent video interview, one of the project's lead programmers explains how the team was able to harness the power of the PS3's Cell processor. It's an interesting interview but the part that stands out is this:
"Really no animator could animate enough animations to produce the same look that we've been able to do by mixing and matching, by layering animations on top of each other, by blending between animations even of different layers. And that really give the players a lot more control over what he wants to do that's not limited by our animators."
There's just so much about the game that's worth talking about, even though the outstanding graphics have taken center-stage. Both the interactive and non-interactive animations are truly groundbreaking in every sense of the word so if you haven't yet had the pleasure, you need to see it for yourself. It's very difficult to describe all the little things that Naughty Dog did so well in bringing these appealing characters to life, so...yeah, you just gotta play it. Or play it again. Whichever.
Related Game(s): Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
10/23/2009 10:49:21 AM Ben Dutka