Watch 15 minutes of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End gameplay

This year's PlayStation Experience kicked off with 15 minutes of gameplay for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.

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This year's PlayStation Experience kicked off with a first look at gameplay for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. Nathan Drake's latest adventure showed off more of the shooting, exploration, and stunning environments that the Uncharted series has become recognized for.

The presentation wasn't always pretty, with Drake falling through a piece of the map at one point, but the display was an impressive one, nonetheless. It was especially so, in light of the early disclaimer that this was all running on PS4 hardware, rather than a PC dev kit.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is expected to arrive in 2015. Check out the video below for more.

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    December 6, 2014 10:38 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Watch 15 minutes of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End gameplay

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      December 6, 2014 10:38 AM

      You can tell they still have a bit of cleanup to do in the animations, but it is, as usual for Naughtydog, a step above -everyone- else.

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        December 6, 2014 10:40 AM

        Yeah and you know they will polish the shit out of it too. Gonna be great :D

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      December 6, 2014 11:22 AM

      You hear that? That's the sounds of me getting a ps4 to play this game when it comes out. ;D

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        December 6, 2014 11:38 AM

        Well that makes it easier. PS4 it is.

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      December 6, 2014 11:39 AM

      Youtube is not working for me and that's super annoying because I wanna watch this BAD.

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      December 6, 2014 11:52 AM

      I have watched the video, damn..., Uncharted 4: A Thief´s End is hands down the most impressive game I have seen in my whole life, I am speechless.

      That was truly amazing in every way possible, if I was Microsoft I go "Damn now what...". This really shows you what games can do and how much more you can push them visually, gameplay, animation, detail and just the whole scale and level of quality.

      Still can not get over what I just saw that was crazy it makes that Zelda video look really bad(yes I know the Wii U is old etc) and just how far of a gap there is in game design and hardware. Not to say Zelda will end up bad I am really looking forward to it and I am sure it will own.

      Incredible, this video should be on ever video game sites main page(Shack knows whats up :) ), I still can not believe how amazing that looks and plays.

      Man what the hell will the PS5 be able to do? My mind is official blown.

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        December 6, 2014 12:18 PM

        I haven't watched, on crappy phone, but sounds like the benefit of targetting single hardware.

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          December 6, 2014 12:27 PM

          Yeah I guess must be, just seems way ahead of everything else, I wonder how they do it with 8 cores and such low clocks and a medium grade GPU.

          I know consoles run stuff diff than a PCs, but this just seems really impressive for a $399 box, it really is incredible.

          Totally cool stuff man.

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        December 6, 2014 12:26 PM

        I'm curious what you found so impressive. I mean it looked great, it really did, but i expected more having seen the previous trailer that was supposedly real time as well.

        Don't get me wrong it looked solid, great even, but not anything truly revelatory.

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          December 6, 2014 12:39 PM

          No game has this level of interaction, detail, complex environment and so much dynamic vegetation/items and interactive environment.

          Also the scale and high poly count all with crazy high rez textures, shader effects massive dynamic particles, lighting along with a lot of animation for different gameplay. The animation it self was pretty crazy if you look at all the variations.

          Also add to that area was extremely complex and detailed and not flat/normal. The AI(was very impressive) was able to react and act like the player and traverse the complicated environment. There was a lot of complex stuff in the video a shit tone of stuff running under the hood.

          And then the gameplay there was a tone in there and there was a quiet a lot of complex stuff they coded in there I was really impressed it was not basic at all.

          The blended cinematic fighting that interacted with the environment dynamically.

          I saw too many things(a lot of subtle detail that takes effort), it was amazing to me I don't know any other game that is at this level.

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            December 7, 2014 1:50 AM

            Just saw this response to the same things I asked. Yes it look amazing, except the rock walls. Let's hope they clean that up in final. But games like Operation Flash and on have had vegetation cover. It does look the best I have seen yet for that.

            What would really impress me is smart AI. An enemy see something moving, and calls for backup. "Hey I think I saw a guy hanging off a cliff. Can you send a repelling team over here?

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            December 7, 2014 9:10 AM

            I liked how he'd actually brush the vegetation out of the way with his arm.

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          December 6, 2014 1:20 PM

          yeah seriously. i skipped through the first half and it was almost entirely him climbing on a wall. nothing new here.

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            December 7, 2014 9:22 PM

            "i skipped through the first half..." Just him climbing on walls? Either you're trolling, you're one of these people who is negative about everything, or you're fucking stupid.

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          December 6, 2014 2:18 PM

          I don't know why you guys are setting your expectations from trailers that aren't gameplay. Whatever someone claims when showing it is irrelevant ('real time', 'in engine' , whatever), until there's footage with actual UI on screen take everything with a huge grain of salt.

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            December 6, 2014 2:20 PM

            History of delivery.

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              December 6, 2014 2:21 PM

              I don't care what company is involved, those types of trailers are 99.9% of the time over selling how the final game will look when you're actually playing.

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                December 6, 2014 2:22 PM

                This has not been the case with Naughty Dog. As they have successfully delivered on their trailers for the last 4 games (3 of which were game of the year winners), I will grant them the benefit of the doubt.

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                  December 6, 2014 2:41 PM

                  well that's apparently what these guys did and are saying now this doesn't match that

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                    December 6, 2014 2:44 PM

                    I think you're misunderstanding what disembodied was criticizing? He was not saying the quality looks worse, just that this doesn't look revelatory.

                    And he's correct in that aspect. This is a Naughty Dog game and looks it.

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                    December 6, 2014 4:50 PM

                    All of their games have matched the graphics shown in their trailers. There's no reason to doubt that the final product won't match the level of detail we saw today. Infact it will likely be even more polished.

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                      December 6, 2014 5:19 PM

                      the post I responded to was about the initial reveal trailer

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        December 6, 2014 12:51 PM

        I wanted to write this post but you did it for me. That was the most impressive trailer I have seen in ages, maybe ever. Too many superlatives and why echo what you wrote anyway. I was almost certain I should get the X1 and now I have to reconsider.

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          December 6, 2014 1:08 PM

          Cool :) , awesome hey , it really is crazy and impressive those guys deserve massive props.

          If I had to pick one console only then for me the PS4 is what I picked hands down, especially long term, that hardware inside is really going to pay off and already is.

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            December 6, 2014 5:45 PM

            My biggest "problem" with the Xbone is the that my Xbox 360 is still a perfectly good console. I have been playing Destiny and Diablo 3 on it today and really doesn't seem suffer at all. I have never owned a Sony console and these exclusives are exactly what make it so attractive.

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        December 6, 2014 1:40 PM

        After 3, I can't trust that they'll deliver a good Uncharted game sight unseen. 3 was a waste of $60 for me. Last of us was great, what is that team working on internally?

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          December 6, 2014 1:51 PM

          Uncharted 4, I think.

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          December 7, 2014 12:52 AM

          Uncharted 3 wasn't that bad. It just wasn't up to the level of 2. There were a ton of really great set pieces. The story was all over the place, but still had some great moments.

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          December 7, 2014 1:21 AM

          I played 3 straight after 2 and did not notice anything bad about it. I think people had unrealistic expectations.

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          December 7, 2014 9:13 AM

          UC4
          1,2,LoU,4
          Different team did 3

          i believe thats how it goes.

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        December 6, 2014 1:54 PM

        I think the demo for Silent Hill looks a ton better

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        December 6, 2014 1:59 PM

        It looks like an improved Uncharted with some bits and pieces from The Last of Us. I didn't see anything more. But that's fine. As long as it's more focused and better paced than 3, I'll be happy.

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          December 6, 2014 2:17 PM

          yeah it looks incredible and the flourishes that team puts into their games are unmatched but I do hope they find a way to avoid some of the major problems in Uncharted 2/3. As awesome as that combat encounter appeared I'm not sure I want to be killing 1000 dudes in wave after wave again.

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          December 6, 2014 2:20 PM

          Agreed. Few new moves, lots of foliage, the usual Naughty Dog shine, it'll be great fun. Nothing ground breaking though.

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        December 6, 2014 2:04 PM

        Iawtp this is the most visually impressive game I've ever seen. Parts of it looks photorealistic.

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        December 7, 2014 1:38 AM

        I'm sorry vulcan, can you link me a time code that will impress me vs Tomb Raider? I did not watch the whole thing, but I skipped around looking for something jaw dropping. The best thing I saw was when Drake was ducking through the shrubs to avoid detection. Yes it looked pretty, but it is not something that has not been done before.

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      December 6, 2014 12:13 PM

      Drake looks a bit odd in the face, but maybe it's cause I watched this on my phone. Other than that it looks amazing. Reason enough to buy a PS4.

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        December 6, 2014 12:25 PM

        It's not you. I thought the same about his face. It looks amazing though. This is the reason why I'll get a PS4 next year though.

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        December 6, 2014 4:35 PM

        My guess: a mix of new console tech + Drake being a bit older

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      December 6, 2014 1:43 PM

      Looking amazing

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      December 6, 2014 1:48 PM

      that looks really cool

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      December 6, 2014 1:53 PM

      Showed it to my wife and she sat there with her mouth open and bouncing up and down and clapping.

      I think we're gonna be playing this game.

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      December 6, 2014 2:08 PM

      Looks fantastic, as usual. FYI: if anyone is itching for this and *hasn't* played the new Tomb Raider...do so, now.

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        December 6, 2014 2:54 PM

        Seriously, I got a Tomb Raider (2013) feeling right off the bat when they panned across the jaggy coastline (reminded me of the ship graveyard area in TR).

        Also seeing just as many God Of War and Assassin's Creed influences.

        GOW: the honeycomb texture on the wall that Nate can climb

        AC: obviously sneaking through the grasses.

        There's a lot more competition in the 3rd person action adventure genre now than when the first 2 Uncharteds were released. At least 6 major Assassin's Creed games for instance (and again, the latest Tomb Raider).

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        December 6, 2014 4:49 PM

        Seriously. Tomb Raider is Uncharted with good gunplay, such a great game

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          December 6, 2014 5:51 PM

          + it looks, while probably not quite as nice as UC4, *fantastic* on a nice PC or PS4.

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            December 7, 2014 12:18 AM

            Now that I think about it, I'm more excited about the Tomb Raider sequel than I am for UC4

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            December 7, 2014 2:43 AM

            I liked TR, but it didn't look that great to me. It looked like a last-gen game with a coat of paint: the models were a bit blocky, the environments were very enclosed, the lighting was not that great.

            This (to me) looks much better: it's proper materials-based lighting, lots of deferred rendering effects, volumetric lights and fogging, a much more complex and dynamic environment.

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          December 7, 2014 12:17 AM

          The only thing I didn't like about the U4 video is that I got the sense the gunplay still might end up feeling flimsy. It's been somewhat... ungrounded?

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            December 7, 2014 12:18 AM

            The gunplay is very Naughty Dog, yes

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              December 7, 2014 12:19 AM

              PS - I loved Uncharted 2 and TLOU. Naughty Dog's strengths are elsewhere

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              December 7, 2014 12:21 AM

              It's difficult for me to point down why. I think it has to do with the way the aiming controls, it has a bit of a static, dead feel to it. Like there needs to be a bit more fluidity and acceleration / deceleration to it.

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      December 6, 2014 2:43 PM

      looks great but i could not finish uncharted 3. hopefully it's more like 2

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        December 6, 2014 3:22 PM

        Yes, it's by the uncharted2 team. They did Last of Us as well, I think.

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      December 6, 2014 3:30 PM

      I want the gunplay on this to be rad!

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        December 6, 2014 3:34 PM

        There was obvious aim assist in the trailer, so it should feel more "standard" at least.

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      December 6, 2014 4:34 PM

      "Guys when you get home tonight there will be second story additions to all of your homes!" - Sony to the Naughty Dog Developers

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      December 6, 2014 4:47 PM

      This is bullshit. Drake would have an led torch.

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      December 6, 2014 5:50 PM

      Just think if Naughty Dog were PC devs..

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      December 6, 2014 8:53 PM

      I bought a PS3 to play Uncharted and didn't regret it. This is what'll make me buy a PS4.

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      December 6, 2014 11:35 PM

      This looks really good! The graphics look great, but the level design is what did it for me. They are just...expensive, and it's ever so slightly clear where to go next, but it doesn't bludgeon you with it. It's organic, but it always felt like you could go anywhere. It doesn't feel like a faux hallway guiding you forward like many of the earlier games. The lack of UI is also pleasant. It's clear, though that they got quite a few ideas for the latest Tomb Raider, namely the climbing with tool. (pick axe vs spike)

      Getting a PS4 for this.

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      December 7, 2014 12:33 AM

      Looks great but I hope it will run smoother when it's done.

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