Naughty Dog has definitely raised the bar for developers; Uncharted 2: Among Thieves set the standards and developers should be aiming to accomplish what Naughty Dog have. So far only one developer has claimed to be on a graphical par with them.
DICE producer, Gordon Van Dyke, states:
“I wouldn’t make that kind of claim, …Uncharted 2 is an amazing-looking game. But we’re reaching that level of quality. It’s going to be hard for any game to be able to make a claim that they look better. But we are getting to, I feel, that level, where it’s looking very impressive. When you see it – and I’ve heard other people say it as well, so it’s not just me – other people are saying it’s getting there. “
However, Dyke also believes that it would be no small feat to beat, or even match, the quality of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves graphics.
“The thing is though, we have much bigger environments. To even be close, to me is quite an honor as a developer. The one thing I did was, when I looked at their game I was like, damn them! What have they done to the rest of us? I was looking for something where I could say, okay, that we’re doing better. I looked at their vistas, and I think that our vistas, because it’s in game, this is actual in-game terrain you could theoretically take your soldier and walk up to, our vistas are better. Naughty Dog, if you hear this, I challenge you versus our vistas!”
Now, considering that DICE´s Battlefield: Bad Company looked and performed slightly better on the Xbox 360 console, will there be a noticeable difference between the two versions of Bad Company 2? It has been proven on numerous occasions that Sony´s PlayStation 3 is no joke; the exclusives speak for themselves, the graphical and performance quality of most PlayStation 3 exclusives to date have out-done anything the Xbox 360 has to offer. The question still remains, will DICE stick to what they know and perfect their craft on the Xbox 360 console, or will they try beat Naughty Dog at their own game on their own field?
I really hope that DICE put faith in both products. We are advancing through this generation at a steady rate and we shouldn’t be expecting anything less than equality in multi-platform games. Each console can hold their own, we know that. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 looks very promising – so promising that it may in fact steal Modern Warfare 2’s thunder and claim the prize of first-person shooter of the year award.