Naughty Dog’s communications director, Arne Meyer, claims that the opening sequence in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is better than the one in The Last of Us.
One of the most memorable moments in Naughty Dog’s award-winning game The Last of Us is its opening sequence. The opening of The Last of Us is known for being an especially emotional experience, and some consider it one of the best opening levels in all of video gaming. However, with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Naughty Dog has apparently raised the bar again when it comes to video game opening sequences.
“In my personal opinion, this is our strongest beginning, opening sequence for games since The Last of Us, which was obviously very emotional. But I think this is probably one of the best opening sequences as well. That feeling of wanting to keep playing and wanting to know where it goes continues the entire game.”
Considering how well players responded to the opening sequence in The Last of Us, this should get fans plenty hyped. Of course, Meyer is biased as he works for Naughty Dog, but he’s not the only one praising Uncharted 4. In fact, just recently, some of the Quantum Break developers expressed excitement for Uncharted 4.
Meyer’s bias aside, past Uncharted games also had exciting opening sequences, with the opener for Uncharted 2 perhaps being the most notable. That game began with protagonist Nathan Drake trying to avoid death in a train hanging precariously over a cliff, resulting in a stunning platforming sequence that will also probably be remembered as one of the strongest opening sequences in the history of video gaming. However, if Uncharted 4‘s opening sequence is said to top the one in The Last of Us, perhaps it will trade the action-packed opening of Uncharted 2 for something with more of an emotional punch.
It seems as though the more likely scenario would be for the opening sequence in Uncharted 4 to have an emotional bend not found in Uncharted 2‘s opening. After all, Uncharted 4 is inspired by The Last of Us, and features the creative team that worked on that game. It would make sense for Uncharted 4 to be more of an emotional adventure than past games in the franchise, and with the possibility of Nathan Drake dying in Uncharted 4, that comes as no surprise.
With Uncharted 4 said to be the last in the series, hopefully the game doesn’t leave gamers disappointed. With its opening sequence already being hyped, fans will go in expecting a spectacle of a game right from the get-go. Looking at Naughty Dog’s track record, it’s doubtful that the company will disappoint when Uncharted 4 releases next month.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will be available on May 10th, exclusively for PlayStation 4.