So I did post this earlier but I figured that I’d still do a separate post since the movies are just that awesome. Here they are, tripp, trapp och trull:
The Uncharted games are personally my favorite series of games, with Uncharted 2 and 3 being my favorite games of all time. They’re certainly the most cinematic games I’ve ever played. I’ve often heard many people describe these games as like controlling a movie, and have heard many people say that these games are just as fun to watch as they are to play, and I agree with both of those things. That gave me the idea to edit these games into movies. That way I would be able to watch the story of these games in one sitting easily, and without having to take up a considerable portion of my day. Not only that, but I would be able to show these to people who either don’t have a PS3, don’t have or want these games but still are interested in seeing the story, or even don’t play video games at all.
With these projects I was trying to make movies that would be viewable whether or not you had played the game, or even care about playing video games, so I wanted to make them as close to a real movie as possible. This meant taking out as many chapter titles, button prompts, and more to make it seem less like a video game. There were certain aspects I wasn’t able to remove, such as the current weapon selected, or an occasional button prompt. I tried to focus mostly on the cinematics, but also include the minimum amount of gameplay to link them, especially focusing on the more cinematic elements of gameplay. I wanted to make sure not to cut any cutscenes or any gameplay that would leave the viewer confused if they hadn’t played the game, so in the end Uncharted 2 and 3 were quite long, but that’s just because the stories are much more complicated than Uncharted 1’s. Either way it’s still a lot shorter than playing the real game, so if you are ever in the mood to watch the story of one of these games in one sitting, but don’t have the time to play the entire game through, then these are great for that purpose, or if you want to show these games’ stories to friends or family that don’t care about playing video games.
Let me know what you think.
And in the YouTube description wrote:
Considering this is the best game series I’ve ever played, and certainly the most cinematic, I decided to make them into movies. I decided that I would include every cinematic, and link them by the minimum gameplay needed to connect the cinematics without creating any plot holes. Obviously to do this I had to take out certain sections of gameplay, but doing so does not have any effect on story. As I was trying to make these as close to a real movie experience as I could, there were a few guidelines I decided to follow:
1. I would try to remove as many on screen references to this being a game as possible, such as chapter titles and button or new ammo prompts. Some of these would either be impossible or would too much negatively impact the quality of the film, such as the near constant ammo OSD, or the occasional “select” prompt for drake’s journal during puzzles.
2. I would try to include as much of the puzzles, in game cinematics and cinematic gameplay elements as I could. Some areas still needed to be cut to keep the movie flowing properly or, in the case of Uncharted 2 and 3, to keep the run length shorter than it would have been otherwise.
3. I tried to keep as much in game dialogue as I could, as I believe those really help develop the characters. However, as I said, I also had to keep an eye on how much gameplay I was using to make sure it didn’t make things too boring or make the movie too long.
In the end, my goal was to make a movie that would be watchable whether the viewer was a fan of Uncharted or not, and whether the viewer was a video game player or not. My initial reason was to find a way to show the story of these games to people in my family who don’t play video games. I think I succeeded.
However, remember that these movies WERE created from video games that are much longer when played through, so they will be quite long to watch. Here are the run lengths for all three:
Uncharted 1: 113 minutes
Uncharted 2: 177 minutes
Uncharted 3: 195 minutes
Let me know what you think.
I have to admit that I’m truly impressed by the amount of work and attention to detail, flow of story and consistency. These are great movies, especially when you keep in mind that all the material is captured from the games. Take your time to watch them – even more so if you’re a fan of the games, as I am.