DICE: Bad Company 2's Vistas Better Than Uncharted 2's
Every time I hear EA talk about Battlefield: Bad Company 2 when it's in the shadow of other games, all I can think of is, "I won't be ignored, Dan."
Okay, it's not as frightening as that famous line but you get the gist. Last year, when everyone was going hog-wild over Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, EA was quick to pipe up and say their impending shooter, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, could indeed measure up to Infinity Ward's effort. Now, developer DICE is talking graphics...and they're not afraid to say BC2 is "reaching" the high quality bar set by Naughty Dog's brilliant Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. They do admit, however, they won't surpass that level of visual greatness. According to what producer Gordon Van Dyke told VideoGamer, his game is looking pretty darn good right now. Said Van Dyke concerning the comparison:
"I wouldn't make that kind of claim. Uncharted 2 is an amazing-looking game. But we're reaching that level of quality. It's going to be hard for any game to be able to make a claim that they look better. But we are getting to, I feel, that level, where it's looking very impressive. When you see it - and I've heard other people say it as well, so it's not just me - other people are saying it's getting there."
He adds that BC2 features "much bigger environments," though, which is a feather in the team's cap. He also remains deferential to Naughty Dog and clearly gives them all the respect in the world, saying that when he looked at Uncharted 2, he said, "damn them! What have they done to the rest of us? I was looking for something where I could say, okay, that we're doing better." So DICE put a ton of effort into their vistas and it seems they're gonna blow us away. In fact, Van Dyke has this message for the U2 developers:
"Naughty Dog, if you hear this, I challenge you versus our vistas!"
You know what's great about "measuring stick games" like Uncharted 2? It forces other designers to put forth that extra effort in every aspect of their productions, thereby permanently upping the level of quality in the industry. And DICE has already given us the original Bad Company along with Mirror's Edge and Dead Space, so we have every confidence they'll deliver an awesome sequel. If they wish to challenge Naughty Dog in a certain visual area, more power to 'em.
Related Game(s): Battlefield: Bad Company 2
1/8/2010 10:39:32 AM Ben Dutka