E3 2014: How Uncharted 4 Stacks Up Against Its Predecessor

Toward the end of Sony’s press conference, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was revealed. While the trailer was short, vague, and indisputably ominous, it was something. And that’s all it takes to get us excited about a Naughty Dog developed game these days. Although there wasn’t much to go by, outside of Drake’s chafed face and some mysterious skeletons hanging from trees in a dark forest, it’s never too soon for a good ol’ fashioned graphics comparison. So, without further ado, let’s see how the latest — and possibly last — adventure in the Uncharted series stacks up against its predecessor.

According to the PlayStation blog, Drake’s model in Uncharted 4 is “over double the polygons of Joel from The Last of Us.” That’s wildly impressive, especially considering the incredible detail and smooth animations in Naughty Dogs apocalyptic journey. However, we’re more interested in how much prettier Uncharted 4 is when compared with Uncharted 3, the last entry released in the franchise.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception

When comparing both sets of trailer screenshots, it’s clear that Drake has received some light facial reconstruction. Everything from his charming eyes, to the rugged stubble on his face looks incredible. The foliage, shadows; even the pistol he loads, are all stunningly detailed. While certainly not a far stretch for the company well-known for pushing console limits, it’s amazing to see how much they’ve grown, and what the PlayStation 4 is capable of so early in its cycle, especially after the masterful The Last of Us drained the system of everything it had.

It’s hard to tell just how beautiful Naughty Dog’s latest adventure will be, but it’s clear that they’ll be outdoing themselves yet again. More Uncharted 4 information will be available in the coming months, and we couldn’t be more excited. Watch the E3 2014 trailer below: