Can A Game Be Too Pretty?

Can A Game Be Too Pretty?

Delve with me into an age old question: can a video game be too pretty? I am sure many of you will fly off the handle and simply reply “of course not!”. Understandably so seeing as many of us in the gaming community have waited for this current generation of games to really exercise our HD televisions, but I pose to you the conundrum… Can a game be too pretty for multiplayer? Think before answering.

Recently I delved into the newest demo from our friends over at Naughty Dog and really didn’t think too much of it until I began to play the game. Myself and the other editors decided to play multiplayer matches to get a feel for the game and the controls, but what we found was breath taking. Uncharted 2 is a masterpiece on all fronts so far, creating a fun mix of combat and action right into their multiplayer. Here is where the integral question lies, is Uncharted 2 too pretty to play on multiplayer?

You may think that I may be worried about possible lag issues because of the high resolution and frame rate of the title, but this isn’t the case at all. My main concern was with the sheer beauty of the game, it caught me by surprise so much that during deathmatches I would literally walk away and just look at the scenery. In the temple during a RPG match I caught myself looking at the candles on the wall and commenting to the other editors how truly spectacular they looked. Then during the Ice stage I found myself looking at the tread marks left in the snow left by other players. In one stage my admiration of trickling water in the corner got me assassinated. Even during a simple reload I found myself admiring the actual clip I just removed out of the AK47 that now lay on the ground.

I submit to you that Uncharted 2 is just too pretty and actually takes your attention away from killing others. Perhaps once I am used to the sheer beauty of the game, then and only then, can I really become a lean mean killing machine. As of right now I feel like an art student looking at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel wondering how Michaelangelo achieved such greatness.

My only greater fear is that Uncharted 3 may be even better… impossible!

12 responses to “Can A Game Be Too Pretty?”

  1. TheBand1t says:

    Lol…I assume you guys are the minority though. Most gamers I know have a clear cut “Seek and destroy” mentality and aren’t distracted easily.

  2. PhoeniX Junior says:

    lol i understand what you mean
    but after time it will become mundane and you will not notice anymore

    i used to do the same in killzone online just looking at the rifle and lookind down the sights just at stuff

  3. Mr Incredible says:

    Uncharted 2 is a really bad example.

    If you find it hard to play, you would literally crumble to pieces if you tried to play something like Crysis, Crysis Warhead, STALKER Clear Sky or Arma 2.

  4. Mark says:

    “Uncharted 2 is a really bad example.” Sounds like an opinion to me.

  5. chad says:

    lol it’s so true. Halo 3 did this to me the first time I played on Valhalla and ran across a dead body floating down the stream with his battle rifle and grenades following closely behind. It was only moments afterwards that I slowly floating down after him.

    :\ I guess it’s my weakness too.

  6. Xbot says:

    ‘ ‘ Can a girlfriend be too pretty? ‘ ‘

    LMAO hell no!

  7. hello says:

    I think its normal for each successive generation of games … Each of the Halos were large graphical gaps that made me stop to smell the roses and get slaughtered… I learned to play them offline a little bit first, and then get online and kill some folks.

    I do know that the remake of Lockout, Blackout, is not as good because of wall textures interfering with grenade bounces. Other than that, beauty isn’t a problem. Also, Blackout’s environment sucks. An oil rig instead of a gorgeous Forerunner structure? Whose idea was that?!

    And the Uncharted demo is unbelievable.

  8. jj says:

    totally understand got shot in the back checking out these wonderfully grusome corpses at the top of the ice caves!!
    Amazing multiplayer!!

  9. justin? says:

    ofcourse not!!! a game can never ever be good enough.i am an unharted and ps3 fanboy,and a really big one,but to write what you wrote… i think you are just trying to make propaganda and addbreticement for this game.

    if you are not trying to hype uncharted 2,then i gues you must be kiding or jockin to say that games are getting to pretty and fun to play.

    i gues you want uncharted 3 to have bad graphics and boring playaility,so ether you are Jack Thompson or Robert Kotick! or an xbot 🙁

    (just playin i love xbox too) 😀

  10. Alec says:

    “I submit to you that Uncharted 2 is just too pretty and actually takes your attention away from killing others.”

    No wonder people think games turn gamers into murdering killing machines, man…