Critics Will Say Uncharted 4 "Looks Great But Feels Old"
Oh, it's inevitable.
As we are now in an industry where people honestly believe a linear, story-driven structure is actually inferior to the open-world structure, even the very best games are subject to irrational and even downright moronic backlash.
It happened last year with The Order: 1886 and I can unfortunately guarantee you'll see it happen again when the highly anticipated Uncharted 4: A Thief's End comes out: Lots of critics will make a big point of saying something like, "it looks great, BUT..." The "but?" We know what it'll entail; it will be the implication that no linear game can be as good as an open-world game, because the former structure is "old-fashioned," "outdated," and yes, actually "inferior." It's just another symptom of a society that no longer has any attention span to speak of, as everyone desperately tries to prove cinematics and cut-scenes are now unnecessary and were really only hindrances in the past.
Yes, Naughty Dog has worked to open up the levels and areas in the new Uncharted but it won't be enough. You watch. And if there are any cut-scenes that run longer than two minutes, watch out. Hell, The Order didn't have any super long cut-scenes; the overwhelming majority weren't more than a few minutes long but even five minutes causes people to absolutely freak out these days. I'm sure you'll find some critics that will appreciate the game for what it is, and will acknowledge the sheer idiocy of proclaiming linear formats "inferior." But that is not the pervading belief right now; the industry is going away from story-driven adventures in the AAA realm, and that's of course because the masses have no interest in great stories. They just want to press buttons.
The scores certainly won't be as low for Uncharted 4 as they were for The Order, but those scores will be lower than people think, and it'll be entirely attributed to critics who will try to prove to the world that the franchise "feels old." Just watch.
Related Game(s): Uncharted 4
3/20/2016 10:23:02 PM Ben Dutka