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Gameplay trailer for Uncharted 4

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Gameplay Video - 2014 PlayStation Experience | PS4 - YouTube

The Uncharted games are like well-made Hollywood action films. Slight, throwaway, but a lot of fun.

In each generation of consoles, there has been a graphical effect that really stood out and reminded me “this looks way better than before”. In the last generation, it was the river water in Grand Theft Auto 4. In this generation, it is the way the foliage reacts to Nathan Drake passing through.

All the one-off animations really make a difference to the realism. The passing of the gun from right hand to left. Drake twisting the baddie’s gun away from his own head.

But the shooting, with its reticule and pulled in camera, is incongruous with the increased realism of the animation. As soon as Drake fires, it’s a game again.