Supple Think: Dear Naughty Dog,

Dear Naughty Dog,

by alzabo

Posted on Monday, November 12, 2007
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I sent the following to Naughty Dog after playing a demo of their first Non-Furry video game, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.

I just finished playing the “Uncharted: Drakes Fortune” demo on my PS3, and I’d like to give you some feedback.

I love the art direction, music and tongue-in-cheek voice acting. The game has the look and feel of a Indiana Jones film or Phantom comic without pandering to the fans of these works too much. The control and player animation are wonderful, I was surprised that I could use the L3 button to change which hand I held my firearm in!

I have one major complaint, the firearm control is very poor. There is no auto aim and I felt that it really took me out of the experience. I understand that the combat is structured around using cover and taking aimed shots, but I found aiming so tedious that I will not be buying this game. I am not interested in running from point to point trying to maneuver a tiny set of crosshairs over a target 10 pixels on a side that blends into the surrounding environment.. I had to strain my eyes to see my targets even with a 36 inch HDtv w/ HDMI.

However, I’d be sure to give this game another look if at some point you released a patch that added auto-aiming.

Good luck with your future games,

J. Durfy

This is the first time I've been compelled to send a developer any feedback about their game. I suppose it's because I feel that a little push could make the game playable and very enjoyable.

It's always painful when something you've been looking forward to turns out badly. While this 3d platforming experience may have turned out poorly, Super Mario Galaxy tomorrow will surely deliver all the platforming fun I've been craving since Shadow of the Colossus ended.
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