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More Likely To Disappoint: Uncharted 4 Or No Man's Sky?

Two new dates to toss around for PlayStation 4 discussion:

One is the freshly announced launch date for the highly anticipated No Man's Sky (June 21 in North America) and the other is for the PS4 exclusive Uncharted 4: A Thief's End; it's now coming on May 10 after a brief two-week delay.

The big question is, which of these games is more likely to disappoint the community? One might assume it's No Man's Sky for a number of reasons; i.e., it's a brand new IP, there is some question as to whether or not it will feel like a full $60 production, and there's still a bit of mystery surrounding the actual goal of playing. Then again, it's a hugely ambitious project and it could end up being downright revolutionary. The amount of promise that game has is absolutely mind-boggling...there are just a few pitfalls to negotiate.

On the flip side, while Uncharted is a beloved and acclaimed series, this latest - and last, for Drake - entry has been rousing suspicions. There have been several delays, for example, and the story really needed to be completely rewritten after Amy Hennig and Justin Richmond left. On top of which, let's not forget that developer Naughty Dog has opened things up a bit with this new installment, so the gameplay and scope might be a little different. Besides, the expectations are so crazy high for this game, it almost has to be the best thing since sliced bread not to disappoint.

We could just be optimistic and say that both titles will be Game of the Year contenders in 2016 but optimism doesn't always fly on the Internet. ;)

Related Game(s): Uncharted 4

Tags: uncharted 4 a thiefs end, uncharted ps4, no mans sky

3/3/2016 9:48:35 PM Ben Dutka

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Mortae3
Thursday, March 03, 2016 @ 10:04:44 PM
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I've kind of wondered about No Man's Sky. I mean don't get me wrong, I'm crazy excited for it. It's a bit of a technical marvel from a game design standpoint. I mean, an in game universe that you will never see everything on? Ever? That's amazing. The hype for it is unreal and I'm super excited for it. But on the flip side I'm also worried that it may not really matter if the game isn't any fun to play. I'm hoping it won't be a letdown but if it is, I'll be pretty disappointed.

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godsman
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 7:24:25 AM

i think its more like a game to try rather than a game to sit for hours to play. My sense of patience is lower i guess. I foresee myself getting sucked in by the technicality of the game then just never play it again after an hour, like Wii Sports when it first came out.

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bigrailer19
Thursday, March 03, 2016 @ 10:18:22 PM
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I don't think No Man's Sky will be as ambitious as everyone thinks. From what I seen the many planets looked void and uninspired. You could throw all those planets at consumers to impress but if there is a lack of content,what's the point? Cut those numbers down and use your resources to fill those planets. But this is still to be foreseen for the most part I suppose.

If I'm making a bet No Man's Sky will dissapoint.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, March 03, 2016 @ 11:16:18 PM

Agreed. Unlimited combinations of many colors of the same things recombobulated over and over might not be what people are thinking it will be.

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bigrailer19
Thursday, March 03, 2016 @ 11:20:57 PM

Truth.

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godsman
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 7:25:55 AM

Couldn't have said it better myself. Thumbs up.

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big6
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 10:09:22 AM

In case anyone was wondering...

"Procedurally Generated" is PR speak for RANDOM.

It's not hard to randomize a dungeon (Diablo), or a 3D environment, given certain parameters.
That doesn't make a game good. If anything, it's a lazy approach. Whenever I see that term, I'm almost instantly turned off.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 11:04:06 AM

Me too Big6, however the hope seems to be that a randomly generated world in the hands of the right technology could be very good as opposed to say, the dungeons of Persona 3: Corner, corner, corner, stairs...

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xenris
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 2:10:27 PM

The variety I have seen and heard of is pretty impressive.

The planets have aliens with languages, and you can impress or offend different races.

I think its going to be a good game but I do agree procedural is nice to an extent but I will take a hand crafted map any day of the week over a game with "infinite" replay ability due to procedural generation.

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Bio
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 2:50:14 PM

There is nothing lazy about procedurally generated maps. Good procedural generation means more variety, more replay, than manually generated maps. It's also much more difficult to do right, because you have to create algorithms that genuinely randomize level geometry while still providing clear paths to quest completion while retaining an identical level of gameplay difficulty.

But sure, it's "lazy" lol.

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bigrailer19
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 5:12:38 PM

I havnt seen that impressive variety. But I'll keep an open mind until after its release for sure.

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Shauneepeak
Thursday, March 03, 2016 @ 10:25:18 PM
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I can pretty confidently say No Man's Sky. There is no way in hell Uncharted 4 will be a "bad" game, at the worst it will be average. No Man's Sky on the other hand is either going to be really, really good or really, really bad. I don't really see an in between with it. The lack of any proper multiplayer or voice chat has me worried.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, March 03, 2016 @ 11:17:12 PM

You can't have multiplayer if everybody's universe is changing all the time.

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Shauneepeak
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 12:43:05 AM

World everyone is in the same universe they just said there is no way to group up, or share your coordinates with a friend to make an attempt at meeting up, they said you can VERY rarely see another player but that is less than a 1% chance and even then Sean Murray hates multiplayer so refuses to add voice chat.

They have EVERYTHING already in the game for it to be a fun multiplayer experience but due to Murray's stubbornness they refuse to add any proper form of multiplayer. I understand wanting to stick with your vision and all but seriously some of the responses they have given to people asking about it are very childish.

They said they "may" consider some form of multiplayer after launch, but this was stated like a year or more ago.

It's just going to really suck if the game fails within the first few weeks when if multiplayer had been in it could have thrived.

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godsman
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 7:27:53 AM

Worst case Uncharted 4 will be like Uncharted 3, unbelievable expectations, then fall short a bit, still a great game, but just not disappointment

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godsman
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 7:34:15 AM

@Shauneepeak,

I think World is right. Everything is randomly generated. Unless you link with another player from the beginning and travel together when you sign in. I don't see any possibility where you can meet your friend and decide to travel together half game.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 9:20:40 AM

Perhaps I'm confused then. Wouldn't that mean there is multiplayer even if you can find someone else?

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Shauneepeak
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 12:48:21 PM

There is "technically" multiplayer but there is no system in the game to actually support it. You can't see a person's name, can't share coordinates, there's no voice chat.
We were simply told if you DO happen to stumble across another player they will show up as a unique color on your minimap.

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Bio
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 2:51:43 PM

"You can't have multiplayer if everybody's universe is changing all the time."

Except that, you know, this has been done since Diablo II, and probably even before that.

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TomBradySucks
Thursday, March 03, 2016 @ 10:38:55 PM
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No Man's Sky easily. That game disappeared for almost 9 months- thought for sure it was going to emerge as a PS VR title. I'm very concerned this game won't be a good "game".

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, March 03, 2016 @ 11:17:58 PM

I thought it'd be a $15-$20 PSN game.

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Shauneepeak
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 12:43:46 AM

I guessed $30.

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godsman
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 7:35:14 AM

I was going to try it for $20. The price was a disappointment from the beginning.

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MartyRules
Thursday, March 03, 2016 @ 11:03:41 PM
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No man's sky easily. Everything they have shown for it hasn't been too full, like a lot of the planets they showed seemed pretty empty still and there isn't a story or anything, just go out and find new stuff. That said, I'm still excited for it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, March 03, 2016 @ 11:14:29 PM
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Hate to be a downer but I think both will disappoint.

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FM23
Thursday, March 03, 2016 @ 11:28:13 PM

Yea...but hopefully UC4 doesn't.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, March 03, 2016 @ 11:47:53 PM

Hopefully not, I'm gambling with a pre-order on it cuz I keep waiting for someone to make an impressive AAA this gen (Lots of impressive B games)but that's gonna be one helluva needle to thread after what's happened in development.

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Jawknee
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 12:02:50 AM

Nah, Uncharted 4 will feel familiar but I doubt it will end up a disappointment.

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godsman
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 7:37:46 AM

I think Horizon will be an A game. All games this gen have been the same as PS3 but better graphics. Nothing really shows its impossible on older platform. Like the way how MAG showed 256 players to showcase the processing power of PS3. I miss that "Only possible on the PS3" slogan.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 9:24:07 AM

Yeah I'm gonna gamble on Horizon too. I think it will be awesome gameplay I just worry over that story with GG at the helm. Maybe they secretly brought in real writers this time.

And to clarify, I wasn't saying both will suck. However if there isn't that "ah-ha!" moment that Uncharted 2 had I'll be disappointed.

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Godslim
Saturday, March 05, 2016 @ 10:33:53 AM

I aggree that iam still waiting for that great aaa game thats ahead of everything.

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Jawknee
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 12:01:38 AM
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Both look cool but Uncharted is Uncharted so I doubt it will disappoint. Especially since Straly and Druckman took over. No Man's Sky just looks interesting. Hard to tell if it's something I would like on the level of any of the franchises I abuse the sh*t out of.

Speaking of, I'm over 1,000 hours in MGSV. 😆 I've been fine tuning my SFV skills and I am less than 24 hours away from playing Twilight Princess for the 15th time but this time in HD and with amiibo.

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Jawknee
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 12:17:09 AM

This 😆 was supposed to be an emoji :)

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Hexen
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 5:21:42 AM

I cant believe Im excited for a wii u game but I definitely am.I'm eager to experience Twilight Princess without the freaking annoying waggle control's.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 9:24:37 AM

I hope your new Star Fox is good.

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Jawknee
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 12:33:59 PM

It looks fun. Been a fan since the first game.

Twilight Princess is looking pretty great so far. I'm glad they remade it based on the GameCube version. Link is a lefty again.

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Breadlover
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 2:56:43 AM
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For me, the real question is, who's most likely to win 2016 GoTY :D

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Hexen
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 5:16:37 AM
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I would have said both before but knowing that the main duo from last of us is in the driver seat I don't see it being anything less than stellar.The other game looks boring though.

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bebestorm
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 6:41:32 AM
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Though Im not interested in playing either game I would say No Mans Sky it seems alot of hype has been lost since it was first announced almost three years ago.

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JackieBoy
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 8:14:36 AM
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What a bold question that suggests that both will dissapoint. I would rather ask which one will be better? You are very pesimistic Ben...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 9:22:42 AM

Two very different games, hard to compare as in what is better. Both have huge potential to be great or let downs.

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Rogueagent01
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 8:22:41 AM
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I doubt either will disappoint on the whole, they will just be disappointing to individuals that set there scopes to high. For example if someone is expecting U4 to be the greatest game of all time they will probably be disappointed, and for those wanting No Mans Sky to be Halo meets Star Wars they'll be disappointed as well.

If people go into the games with more realistic expectations than i don't see either being a disappointment. Uncharted will most likely finish strong seeing that they have taken good care of the franchise up until now. And if you think of No Mans Sky more like EVE online(minus large scale war) i think people will be pleasantly suprised at what they sent out to accomplish.

I must also say that this is an absurd article as the results could have been predicted by a blind chimpanzee.

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MRSUCCESS
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 9:19:11 AM
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The question of the article will lead most people to say No Man's Sky.

No Man's Sky is something new while Uncharted has built a name for itself all these years.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 9:21:05 AM

yeah but Part 4 of anything is usually trouble and part 3 was no prize chicken.

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MRSUCCESS
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 11:10:28 AM

Part 4 of anything is usually trouble? Which franchise are you referring to?

Who's really worried about Uncharted 4 possibly being a disappointment? When has Naughty Dog let anyone down? Sure part 3 wasn't as good as part 2 but it was a great game nevertheless.

This is coming from someone that's not all that excited about Uncharted 4 but recognizes it's a remarkable franchise.

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BikerSaint
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 9:22:50 AM
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I think both will do well, but with No man's Sky being over a period of time though.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 9:25:00 AM

Interesting, you are looking at a sales point of view.

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BikerSaint
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 5:15:20 PM

Well maybe, but I believe that good sales usually equals good game.

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big6
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 10:04:07 AM
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HANDS DOWN - No Man's Sky will disappoint!

(I almost predict it to be the flop of 2016, but I feel bad for saying it)

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bigrailer19
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 10:37:06 AM

I agree with you.

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godsman
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 10:39:48 AM
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Off topic, I just want to applaud everyone that is willing to bash the Sony exclusives. Especially a new ip like no man sky before it releases. It really shows the psxextreme community do not have fanboys just hardcore gamers.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 11:05:26 AM

bash could be strong in some corners, critique vibes more with me.

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Godslim
Saturday, March 05, 2016 @ 10:35:04 AM

yeh wouldnt call it bashing

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Highlightreel
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 2:04:41 PM
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Uncharted. It's the final chapter of an epic ride. No Man's Sky is new and maybe unique. I have no expectations for that. Uncharted? Expectations through the roof.

Stay Classy PSX...

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Underdog15
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 2:09:53 PM
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EASILY No Man's Sky.

I can't see Uncharted being a disappointment. Anything by Naughty Dog is sure to have excellent production values.

No Man's Sky? I'm excited for it, but even after the insane amounts of hype, I'm still not 100% sure I understand what it is.

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ethird1
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 3:04:27 PM
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There is a reason that the Uncharted Series is coming to an end. Sales are down. They keep moving it back and back because they dont want it to compete with other games. They know a game like this will sell much better when there are no other new games to buy and play. But if you put this game up against No Man's Sky and I guarentee you it will not sell to well.

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Underdog15
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 6:19:18 PM

Sales are -NOT- down. Each entry outsold the last.

Drake's Fortune: 4.92 mil
Among Thieves: 6.68 mil
Drake's Deception: 6.79 mil

Do you ever use real information?

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Godslim
Saturday, March 05, 2016 @ 10:21:54 AM

Ethird pulling info out of thin air!

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Bio
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 3:10:29 PM
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Seems like a weird question to ask. Two completely different types of game, one being an established and beloved PS staple, the other completely unknown.

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Kevin555
Saturday, March 05, 2016 @ 11:59:30 AM
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First i've heard of No Man's Sky and after watching that trailer i can see why.

If Uncharted 4 is disappointing the forums will implode. The Order and Street Fighter V were disappointments so there is a chance albeit a ridiculously small one.

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