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 91 
 on: May 24, 2016, 01:24:58 PM 
Started by CeeKay - Last post by Bullwinkle
I just read this Destructoid article about the ending (and a scene earlier that was originally a cut scene...which would have meant no hats).

The ending of this makes me so mad.  Not at Naughty Dog.  Thank god they didn't listen to loud jackasses like this focus group guy.  How are people like him still possible?

Anyway, the article does discuss the ending, so I'm spoilering the text of it here:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Major spoilers for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. Duh. We're talking about the ending. It's in the headline. Speaking to Rolling Stone's new games-focused site Glixel, Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann explained how the studio didn't want to pull a cheap soap opera move in killing off a character for effect.

"I knew we didn't want to kill Nathan Drake, or kill any of the main characters, because tonally that felt wrong," Druckmann said. To my mind it was a smart decision to worry about executing a pulp adventure story well, rather than try and morph a pulp adventure story into Last of Us heaviness. Which isn't to say it's shallow. Druckmann still addresses interesting subjects, asking if it's possible to "balance passion versus settling down," and highlights well drawn inter-personal relationships.

As for the latter, some of them evolved. The flashback where you play as Yung Drake going through the mansion was initially just a cut scene. Which means we would've been robbed of polaroid selfies in ancient hats -- it would've been a shame! Team samurai hat! "We needed to show that Nate, even at a young age, was intrigued by all this stuff," Druckmann said. "And it was important to show how much Sam cares for Nate." Like the toy gun attic scene, it was a way to do the Uncharted shtick in a slightly different, thoughtful way.

The old woman in possession of momma Drake's journals, too, was changed: originally it was a dying old man. Same with the game's really well-done, touching epilogue. "Initially, in the epilogue, it was Nate's son," Druckmann said. "When I'm introducing and describing a new character to our lead character concept artist, constantly she will ask, 'What if it was a girl?' And I'm like, Oh, I didn't think about that. Let me think, does that affect or change anything? No? Cool, that's different. Yeah, let's do it."

These decisions didn't sit well with everyone, however. One focus tester got so angry over the fact that Nate has a daughter that he had to be asked to leave. There were some, "focus testers who were really upset by Nadine beating up Nate, and really upset at the end when it was Nate's daughter," Druckmann said.

"To the point where we had to ask one guy to leave. In his core, it just affected him. He was cursing, 'Not you, too, Naughty Dog! Goddammit. I guess I'm done with Uncharted, if you guys ever make another one, with his daughter. This fucking bullshit.' And I was like, 'Wow, why does that matter?'"

Apparently it doesn't to most people. Uncharted 4 received rave reviews partially on the strength of its story and characters while also selling 2.7 million in its first week despite only being available on PS4.

 92 
 on: May 24, 2016, 12:15:32 PM 
Started by EngineNo9 - Last post by MonkeyFinger
 thumbsup

Been following this off and on, looks like it has potential... and totally agree with your thoughts on the Spiders studio.

 93 
 on: May 24, 2016, 05:40:03 AM 
Started by Caine - Last post by EngineNo9

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 24, 2016, 04:19:35 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on May 24, 2016, 03:32:05 AM

On the fence about Overwatch. On the one hand, I don't play MP games because they bore me. On the other hand, those animated shorts have been so amazing that I want to buy the game just to show my support even if I never actually play it. What to do.

Bummer you missed the beta.

So far my impressions of Overwatch are that it is cool, but it doesn't feel drastically different from TF2 despite all the characters.  The game is still just team-based grinding in small maps.  It's very polished, and maybe I'll grow to enjoy more depth as I play more characters, but right now I don't really feel like it tempts me to play any more than TF2 which I burned out on years ago.

 94 
 on: May 24, 2016, 04:19:35 AM 
Started by Caine - Last post by Bullwinkle

Quote from: whiteboyskim on May 24, 2016, 03:32:05 AM

On the fence about Overwatch. On the one hand, I don't play MP games because they bore me. On the other hand, those animated shorts have been so amazing that I want to buy the game just to show my support even if I never actually play it. What to do.

Bummer you missed the beta.

 95 
 on: May 24, 2016, 03:32:05 AM 
Started by Caine - Last post by whiteboyskim
On the fence about Overwatch. On the one hand, I don't play MP games because they bore me. On the other hand, those animated shorts have been so amazing that I want to buy the game just to show my support even if I never actually play it. What to do.

 96 
 on: May 24, 2016, 03:31:37 AM 
Started by EngineNo9 - Last post by EngineNo9
I've seen a few trailers for The Technomancer recently and it looks like it might be kind of interesting. 

It's coming next at the end of June from Focus Home Interactive and developed by Spiders.  Spiders has never had a real hit, but they seem constantly on the verge of doing something cool if they can get enough time to polish a game.  They made Bound By Flame, Mars: War Logs and Of Orcs And Men. 

I think The Technomancer is some sort of pseudo sequel to Mars: War Logs since it also takes place on Mars and has a similar style, so hopefully that means they can take a concept they had before and perfect it.  Visually I think it looks quite good for a game from a small non-AAA studio.

Here are a few videos:
Companions
Life and Death on Mars trailer
a longer Gameplay walkthrough

 97 
 on: May 24, 2016, 03:23:00 AM 
Started by CeeKay - Last post by Ironrod
I am going to like this show.

 98 
 on: May 24, 2016, 03:17:57 AM 
Started by Caine - Last post by MonkeyFinger

Quote from: USMC Kato on May 23, 2016, 09:46:09 PM

Overwatch XB1 and Total Warhammer. Haven't been able to play any video games that much for a few weeks now, but that has never stopped me from buying them smile

Argh... same here. The "never stopped me" part, hoping to not buy another dang game this week.  disgust

 99 
 on: May 24, 2016, 02:45:53 AM 
Started by rittchard - Last post by MonkeyFinger
Ah crap... I figured there was something critical to the answer that I was forgetting... that darn dragon glass. D'oh. Thanks for the head slap, fellas.  retard

 100 
 on: May 23, 2016, 09:46:09 PM 
Started by Caine - Last post by USMC Kato
Overwatch XB1 and Total Warhammer. Haven't been able to play any video games that much for a few weeks now, but that has never stopped me from buying them smile

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