Dec 02

Catching up: Gordon Hunt Documentary, Uncharted 4, Shadow of Mordor, LittleBigPlanet 3, and more

Sorry for the lack of updates, everyone! I could list some excuses, but I have a lot of catching up to do, so let’s get started.

First up:

The Gordon Hunt Documentary Project, or Walking in the Footsteps of Giants, is a documentary film about director Gordon Hunt, whom fellow Nolan North fans may know best as the motion capture director for the Uncharted series. The full film features an exclusive sit-down interview with Nolan North about his career and how Gordon Hunt has impacted it. For more information, be sure to visit the official site, and also check out the IndieGoGo campaign – they need some help funding the film!

This sounds like an awesome project, and I can’t wait to see the finished product! Gordon Hunt has worked on a lot of awesome things, and I very much admire his skill, dedication, and style. I’m going to see if I can scrounge together at least a bit of my personal cash to help fund the project, and I encourage you to do the same, if you have some to spare.

Next up is Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End news, or at least the promise thereof. As much as I try not to make disparaging comments here or reveal my true feelings for The Last of Us, I can’t help but say that Uncharted 4’s promotional campaign so far has been pretty sad. Naughty Dog apparently sees fit to put The Last of Us all over their sites and flaunt the Last of Us HD Remaster everywhere instead of so much as trying to promote Uncharted 4, or even giving us any word about whether or not we’ll ever see an Uncharted HD Remaster Collection for the PS4. How on earth does that make sense, anyway? We get TLOU HD Remaster one year after the release of the original game, but in spite of being a PS3 classic – and now “old” (though I don’t think of them as such) enough that certainly a lot of people haven’t played them, or they at least haven’t played Drake’s Fortune – the Uncharted series doesn’t even get a mention when it comes to HD Remasters. Get your act together, Sony. There are hundreds of thousands of people who own a PS4 but don’t own a PS3, and they haven’t experienced the original Uncharted games. We should give them that chance before the fourth one releases!

Anyway, here we have a very detailed render of Nathan Drake from Uncharted 4. Personally, I don’t find it encouraging at all. I don’t think it even really looks like Nate, and I don’t like that, because I adore Nate’s look – and I also don’t think video game characters should age, it’s a silly concept. Regardless of that, why have his physical features changed so much?

Honestly, I’m feeling very disgruntled about everything I’ve heard about UC4 so far. I’m trying to remain cautiously optimistic, since ND has told us little other than “Drake is older and not as muscular now and doesn’t really look like himself, and the game looks gritty and the teaser makes it look like we’re pushing Uncharted to be more like The Last of Us, which is something we should never do, and almost all the people who worked on the original Uncharted games – including Amy Hennig, the creator – are gone now for reasons unknown, but hey! You guys should be excited anyway! It’s gonna be great, we promise, even though we haven’t showed you anything and it all looks/sounds nothing like the spirit of Uncharted or the characters we know and love!”

Putting my fangirl soapbox aside, we’re supposedly getting a lot more news and possibly even a release date on December 7, so mark your calendars. I’ll be posting updates as they come in and probably talking about them way too much. I don’t mean to be pessimistic, you guys, but I’m just not feeling it with Uncharted 4. I really, really want to. I can’t even say what Uncharted means to me as a series. But this… this just doesn’t feel right (or look right). I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Moving on, now we get to Shadow of Mordor. Shadow of Mordor is a Lord of the Rings game that looks like it feels and plays just like Assassin’s Creed, only it’s set in Middle Earth. Troy Baker voices the protagonist/player, while Nolan North voices the antagonist, The Black Hand. That sounds completely backwards to me, and I would’ve already played the game if the roles were reversed. Either way, I’m sure it’s a fun play, so maybe you should pick it up. Some DLC was released recently that unlocks a player skin of The Black Hand, but I highly doubt there’s any Nolan North voice integration to go with that. If anyone can confirm/deny this, my attempts have been fruitless, so I’d appreciate a heads-up.

Moving on to LittleBigPlanet 3, there were several articles shortly before its release stating that Nolan North would be voicing a character in the game. Now that the game is out (except in Japan, where it releases soon, on December 4), I’ve been hearing that he voices someone named Marlon Random, but that requires more confirmation before I say it with confidence.

In Tales from the Borderlands, Nolan North voices a character named August. The game will be episodic release, but episode 1 is already out. Unfortunately, it seems Troy Baker voices the protagonist yet again, and Nolan North is not a player character.

Also, as an aside: honestly, why do people still complain about Nolan North voicing “everyone” with Troy Baker around now? I tallied it up once, and Troy Baker has already beaten Nolan North in terms of how many protagonists he’s voiced – and just over the course of about two years! It took Nolan North from 2007-2011 to rack up fewer games than Troy Baker has now, and the vast majority of them weren’t these AAA franchise titles like the ones Troy Baker has been voicing the protagonists in… Nothing against Troy Baker, but people seriously need to stop ragging on Nolan. It’s just inapplicable these days, and it actually has been for a few years.

(Thanks to Peter Saenz for sending in the image and giving a heads-up!)

Moving on, here’s a little thing that personally very much excited me. Nolan North voiced Werewolf by Night in an episode of Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., and – at long last – I finally got to hear him say the word “werewolf.” I’m very happy to announce he pronounces it properly instead of mucking it up, like some people do. Nolan North makes the best werewolf, you know. Not that he doesn’t make the best everything, but… man, he’s such an awesome werewolf. Unfortunately, I think he has a grand high total of about four lines in the entire episode, but maybe we’ll get lucky and he’ll return later for a larger role sometime.

Here’s something super fun. Nolan North has his own series of fun little videos on various audio-related subjects, over at Turtle Beach’s YouTube page. I don’t know about you, but that’s certainly enough to warrant me giving them a subscription. Be sure to go and check them out!

Although I’m sure there’s a lot more I could/should talk about, I think that’s quite a bit of news covered in one far too large post. Again, I’d like to apologize to everyone for my lack of updates for such a long time period. I’m at a very busy point in my life, but I’m going to do my best to keep updates as regular as possible, especially with the upcoming promotional campaign of Uncharted 4.

A very heartfelt thanks to everyone who’s still sticking with me in spite of how quiet I was for a while there, and thanks to everyone who has contacted me with news and information. Remember you can always e-mail me (contact info on the About page) or reach me on Twitter (@NolanNorthFan) with important news updates you think I should know about or any questions you think I can answer. I’ll be checking both regularly from now on. I’ll try to get some Filmography updates posted over Christmas break. See you next time!