UNCHARTED TERRITORY; TopCar Calvin Fisher editor delves into the car bits of the fourth instalment in video gaming’s strongest narrative experience: Uncharted 4. Image: Supplied
Cape Town - When you’re a car guy, you’re a car guy ALL the time. I rewatch retro films such as Liar, Liar in hope of spotting groovy 80s cars from that era. In there it was Jim Carrey’s Datsun 240Z, whilst in Back to the Future I managed to spot a cameo by a Toyota Celica Supra like my own.
When I anguish through Melissa McCarthy romps with my girlfriend I’m sometimes blessed with rare metal too, like the original Toyota AE86 (Hachi Roku) in Bridesmaids. The same can be said about old TV shows, and new – I look for cars old and new in them all, even in music videos, not to mention album covers and obscure slices of pop culture.
But it’s in video games where they truly come into their own. There are the obvious racing titles of course – simulators and such, the likes of Forza Motorsport, Gran Turismo and more arcadey jaunts like the Need for Speed series.
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Then on the fringe, the likes of Grand Theft Auto and Burnout, which aren’t meant to be realistic but still capture the thrill of driving, and in the case of this latter pair what’s especially fun is the fact that neither use vehicles that actually exist in this reality; they’re made up. Sure, they look familiar – hybrids of familiar metal, similar in silhouette with details borrowed from their rivals, but rendered in 1080p so there’s a showroom finish to them all.
I like that. Good job.
But way beyond the fringe, from way outside left field there are games like this, “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.” What is it? Simply put, the fourth installment in video gaming’s strongest narrative experience, an action blockbuster on the latest generation of video game consoles, rendered at high-def to the point of being nearly indiscernible from reality.
It is in fact way, way better than reality. It’s Hollywood on hallucinogenics and you’re in control of the ride.