3D is a new technology for video games and quite a few already support the "extra dimension."
However, unlike high resolution, which is quite simply a boon for the entire industry and video viewing in general, there are many who have questioned the effectiveness of 3D. Certain titles seem to tackle the tech better than others and while such games are indeed mesmerizing, it seems most gamers don't consider 3D to be an essential option.
However, according to Naughty Dog, if you have access to a 3D HDTV, you'll definitely want to take advantage of the feature in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception . In fact, studio boss Evan Wells told Game Informer that 3D will be "the best way to play the game." He went into some detail concerning the design and development process, too:
"The game designers have to be conscious of it when they’re scripting their cameras to show where Drake has to go next when he’s climbing up a pole or we’re showing off a vista. The designers have to go in there to set the 3D convergence points. You have to make sure you’re transitioning smoothly between convergence points because if you do it too suddenly or rapidly it can cause eye strain. We have to render our cutscenes in 3D and 2D so it doubles the amount of space we’ve got on the disc for video so it’s mandated that we go to a dual-layer disc this time. It really did have a ripple effect across every aspect of development, but in the end, I still fully think it’s been a great addition to the game and will be the best way to play the game."
We don't doubt Naughty Dog's ability but in my experience, 3D isn't necessarily the "next-level" advancement some gamers had expected it to be. It's cool and all but a lot of times, I'd just rather play most any game in regular beautiful "2D" high resolution. Also, let's not forget that 3D viewing has been proven to cause headaches and vision issues for some people, especially children.
All in all, though, I'll be interested to see what Drake's Deception looks like in 3D. How about you?
Related Game(s): Uncharted 3