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Uncharted Doesn't Seem As Important To PlayStation Anymore

The PlayStation brand has thrived on its first-party IPs over the years, and there's no doubt that Uncharted has proven its worth time and time again.

One could even make the argument that without it, the PS3 would never have caught up to the Xbox 360 last generation. Drake's Fortune launched at a time when PS3 was still struggling and the sequel - the super hyped Among Thieves - solidified the franchise as a critical and financial force. As an exclusive series, it was absolutely invaluable.

I'm just wondering if that importance has waned a bit. I'm sure next year's A Thief's End will be a massive title for PS4 and yeah, I do think the system needs it. I don't, however, think Uncharted has the same pull and influence it had last generation. Perhaps it's because open-world and sandbox structures are now ruling the roost and despite the added freedom in Uncharted 4, it'll still be mostly linear. I think the gaming community expressed its sudden hatred of linear adventures with The Order: 1886.

This new generation might see the rise of another new exclusive IP. Perhaps it'll be Horizon: Zero Dawn, the Guerrilla Games RPG that blew us all away at E3. Freshness is always key in any new era and regardless of the countless awards Uncharted titles have won, even the best franchises can get a little stale. Don't get me wrong; I don't think Naughty Dog's IP is stale at all. I'm merely speaking of general consumer perspective.

Besides, PS4 seems to be doing just fine in spite of a lack of exclusives. I often wonder if Uncharted 4 will even generate a significant hardware sales spike, especially with the knowledge that so many series fans already own the console. Guess we'll have to wait and see.

Tags: uncharted, uncharted 4 a thiefs end, uncharted sequel

8/19/2015 9:41:53 PM Ben Dutka

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FM23
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 @ 11:14:34 PM
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Let's get this straight...people didn't care for the Order because of its slow pace, generic gameplay, and lack of value. Uncharted doesn't suffer from this one bit. But I will agree, every game needs a bigger structure that isn't truly linear anymore to really compete. MGSV picked up in it so this is the future which is good in my opinion.

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FAREEZ
Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 4:21:51 AM

Yeah, people hate the order because it's so damn boring and too much watching than playing...

And too much hand holding...

...and TOO MUCH QTE!

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Oxvial
Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 12:25:50 PM

The Order was boring, also they even recycled the same QTE of the Werewolves fights and one was of the last boss xD

Dunno what Uncharted and The Last of Us did that some people insult those franchises comparing them to The Order.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 @ 11:16:40 PM
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I tend to agree, I don't feel it anymore myself but that's mostly because they will never top UC2 and there's really nowhere else to go once you've already been in every country and unraveled every single conspiracy and secret society's plans in UC3.

By now you're risking a Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls. Time to unleash the naughty dog.

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FM23
Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 1:33:35 AM

Seriously, UC2 has to be one of the best games of all time. Not sure how Uncharted can out do itself, but Naughty dog proved they could make games that rival UC2 with that beauty of a game The Last of Us.

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Temjin001
Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 10:06:46 AM

we need a big "why wasn't uncharted 3 as good as 2? " article. Mechanically U3 was better but I agree it was missing something.

I wonder if it was because it tried to get more dramatic and serious with Nate. The game didn't have the same tone. Nate was revealed to be some rat boy who was treasure lusted. It ultimately became this heart to heart bro-fest between Sully and Nate with the girl becoming this Debbie downer.

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souljah92
Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 10:41:53 AM

Can you feel it Mr.Krabs

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johnld
Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 3:25:29 PM

its kinda easy to tell why though temjin. uncharted 1 and 3 was hennig group. uncharted 2 and last of us is druckman group. they have different story styles and focus. the druckman led team made the amazing games last gen in naughty dog. probably why hennig left most likely because of creative differences. in my opinion, hennigs team seemed happy to stay in the indiana jones formula. nothing wrong with that and i enjoy it. druckmans team seems to dig deeper into the characters which pulls the audience in more and gets them invested in the characters.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 6:59:09 PM

For me, the details surrounding the story in UC3 were garbage fit for a Disney adventure. In UC2 they actually stuck to history and then put it together like Dan Brown does into fiction. Here they made links that would be a stretch for King Kong just to get Drake onto another location or boat.

It became a michael bay production without comity between scenes or narrative parts. Even the script had "Snow from FFXIII" moments in it.

And whose gonna let Chloe do all that while pretending to be a bad guy without being $%^&@ in the $%^& and then shot in the back of the head? Stupid.


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JackieBoy
Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 3:00:28 AM
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I don't care if "playstation" needs Uncharted.
All I care is that "I" need Uncharted and "I" will get it.

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Rachet_JC_FTW
Friday, August 21, 2015 @ 1:49:35 AM

couldn't agree more my man

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ethird1
Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 3:24:54 AM
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The Uncharted series was always the most over hyped and over rated games of all time. The lack of interest has nothing to do with anything, other than the series is not really that popular. Just look at the last E3 and watch the yawns of the audience to back the truth up.

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Crabba
Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 5:46:09 AM

wth are you talking about, who said anything about lack of interest?? If anything, I'd say that last E3 showing of U4 drew more gasps & jaws dropped than anything else they or anyone else showed.

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Godslim
Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 6:08:12 AM

can think of loads more over rated series than uncharted. You might not like it but its not over rated in fact at the time there wasnt really anything like it. Now theres tomb raider which is similar ish but uncharted stood out because it was different along with great story telling, explosive sequences and likeable characters.

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ethird1
Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 11:37:47 AM

Crabba have you lost your damn mind? I can name you at least 5 games that had WAY MORE APPLAUSE than Uncharted 4, including and especially FF7 remake, that 99% of everyone in the universe admitted that should have been at the end of SONY e3 and not uncharted.

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Temjin001
Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 1:55:16 PM

Watching the Uncharted 4 e3 demo reminded me of how much different Uncharted is from TR.
Uncharted is comical and doesn't take itself too seriously. It's feeling of exploration and excitement is on loose rails. It often guides you through what you're supposed to feel.
TR is a blend of terrifying survival, including nature and the elements, and exploration. It's rarely funny and death is always knocking at the door.

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johnld
Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 3:17:09 PM

i think youre confusing gasps with yawn. i want the uncharted more than any game in that conference because i like the characters and previous stories naughty dog makes. i am interested in horizon but uncharted still won.

as for ff7, i was indeed more excited for that because i wanted it for a long time. after square opened their mouth about it though, my excitement dropped to zero and now plan to not support square enix games in the future. this game is not for the people who got excited for it on e3. its for new people that they want to attract while at the same time disregarding all the fans for the game.

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Underdog15
Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 3:44:25 PM

4.9 million
6.7 million
6.8 million

Even the VITA game sold 1.5 million... THE VITA!!!

Yeah. Not popular at all.... *eyeroll*

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Beamboom
Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 4:01:18 AM
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No exclusive is as important to Playstation any more. That's why we'll see lesser of it.

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FAREEZ
Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 4:28:59 AM
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Still getting Uncharted 4 day one tho...

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Breadlover
Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 5:47:50 AM
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To me, it's almost as if U4's hype is at the same level U1 was when it was being teased for the PS3. When that game came out, however (along with it's sequels), it became an instant classic to the Playstation brand. I'm expecting U4 to be the same.

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Crabba
Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 5:48:42 AM
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Well, it's certainly the game that will make me buy a PS4 later on...

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Temjin001
Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 9:58:25 AM
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MGS4 was the pivot point for PS3. I wonder if PS3 would've lived for as long as it had without it.

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maxpontiac
Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 12:03:21 PM
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I would much rather have Uncharted 4 be somewhat low key on the PR side of things.

Why?

Because "Is Uncharted 4 Overhyped?" articles would be popping up everywhere.

Uncharted is important to what PlayStation offers and in 2016 we will be reminded of it.

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Oxvial
Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 12:28:05 PM
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Damn I almost forgot about The Order existence, hope they never get a pass to make a sequel of that awful game.

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johnld
Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 3:08:56 PM

im sorry but that world is great. i would love to see them make a sequel to the order. i want to see what they do with the story. i actually played the game and enjoyed it. it just annoys me how adamant people are about disliking something, talking crap about it constantly, when they havent played the game. No, watching someone play the game isnt the same thing as playing. playing the game yourself is alot better than watching someone play for you. from what i played it was a pretty good game. gameplay was solid. i wouldve wanted a better way to keep track of collectibles. they could do alot with the setting in the sequel.

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Godslim
Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 3:28:19 PM

yeh same i loved the concept reminded me a bit of the show penny dreadfull.

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Oxvial
Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 5:11:21 PM

Actually I played The Order a few weeks ago, yes it's a totally different experience!, watching it on you tube resulted better for me xD, there's isn't a must play experience on the game mechanics, one of the most skipeable exclusives this gen.

Btw what you think of the laziness of recycling the Werewolves QTE?, sucks they didn't try to make the last boss be somewhat epic.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 7:08:28 PM

The Order really did have the finest most detailed and nuanced world and characters in gaming to date. I think people found it boring and bad because it was so close to a piece of reality that you have to remind yourself that real life and real people are the most boring thing in the whole world.

It lets you do the brainwork to decide the depth of the characters and who to trust. It broke my heart that I couldn't tell Egraine the truth, or that I had to cross every line my guy swore to never cross. Sorry the characters won't spoon feed you their feelings, you'll have to watch and read facial expressions and voice performances. Sorry that there weren't wolves and vampires popping out of every corner, but that same gameplay has been lauded by critics a hundred times over aside from the QTE's which is really subjective and opinion-oriented.

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johnld
Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 8:16:12 PM

a completely biased and spoiled run at a game is definitely not the same as actually playing the game. youre delusional if you think theyre the same. youll definitely be nitpicking at everything due to that bias. the story is already spoiled so there none of that "i see" type moments. you would know what to expect at every corner.

the order gameplay was never its bread and butter. they never said that at all. its a standard third person shooter. a good effort at that. the gameplay works and i never had a problem with it. just because it didnt do anything ground breaking, doesnt mean its bad. other game do the same but they seem to have given a pass on that. the games selling point was its world and all the lore. they told a good story using those amazing graphics. it got me invested in the setting and waiting on what they could do with a sequel. they laid the foundation for their world.

like world said, qtes are really subjective. i dont like them. played 3 main god of war games on ps3. found them annoying because they took me away from whats going on in the game. in the order, i didnt mind doing them at all. that kind of standoff kinda worked in that game. yes they reused it, but theyre both werewolves. i can understand using the same combat. its like thats how they trained to fight werewolves. if you for example fought a vampire and they used that, i would call them out on it. but according to the game, the order existed for a long time, so they would have been set ina way of doing things. they couldve done the standard shoot at bullet sponge then qte at the end but i find that much more boring and tedious to do. lets not forget though that the boss fights were not just normal lycans, theyre higher ranked, or elite. they should be a different form of combat than regular mobs. hand to hand combat or rather knife to claws combat gives more tention than the bullet sponge method. i will say that press button to not die is retarded. however, it does fit to show that they are not immortal and the water can only heal them.

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Oxvial
Friday, August 21, 2015 @ 12:20:44 PM

You people fanboy way too much for this game xD, I said in other articles that as a movie it was okay so don't come with nonsensical arguments about me not appreciating the character or the plot because I did.

But as a game this doesn't bring anything new or next gen to the table I'm glad you people are the minority and all the other reviewers actually rated this flop like it deserved to be, I don't want more games like this one to be released (and not this isn't like the masterpieces Uncharted and The Last of Us were) it was okay on the PS2 era but now?, no thanks!.


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Rachet_JC_FTW
Friday, August 21, 2015 @ 1:48:14 AM
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idk if its impack will be any less than any of the other unchartered games but i think that people keep buying ps4's cos A. its an amazing console and B. because of the amazing games that going to come at some point in the future cos that playstation and sony's track record. but anyway unchartered hsan't less any of its relevence as far as i'm concerned.

happy gaming

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