Photography has always been a hobby of mine. It’s something more than an amateur hobby for me, but not quite to a professional level. I find black and white the most interesting way to capture a setting. Use of high-contrast black and white, most known in Noir films, can produce very moody images. It’s perhaps this art form, along with my training in game art and design, long ago in another life, that always has me searching for interesting screenshots in games.

Simply by it’s nature, the PC platform is the best way to achieve the highest quality, most intriguing, and most detailed shots possible. One only needs to visit a site such as Dead End Thrills to see what the platform is capable of achieving. With settings that bring a machine to a crawl, ultra-high fidelity images are easily captured with utilization of free mouse movement and unlocked cameras. Steam and any number of capture softwares make the task a simple one, and a simple push of PrtScn usually opens the doors for editing in any image software.

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But what about the console users? Luckily the screenshot feature is becoming more common in console games. Naughty Dog has featured this in their latest title, Uncharted 4, as they did with their previous, The Last of Us. Their system not only stops the game in mid-motion, it even allows for some simple camera movements (outside of cutscenes), along with degrees of control over depth of field, panning and rolling, saturation, brightness, and numerous filter modes. Many of these do some weird things to the game images, but two, black and white, and noir, make the most interesting images, without losing the feel of the game. In many instances, they serve to enhance focus and details, and set the tone for specific scenes. You can even play through with the filter on, once you’ve completed the game on any difficulty and unlocked the feature.

While any picture can tell a story, I think you’ll find that these Noir-style shots from Uncharted 4 – A Thief’s End do a fantastic job. Check out some of my favorite grabs below and in the gallery. It goes without saying that these shots are from throughout the game, so if you haven’t finished yet, I’ll caution you that thaaarr beeee spoilers ahead. Let us know how you feel about this feature in games like Uncharted 4.

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James Schumacher
Freelance writer and used-to-be artist based out of the Pacific Northwest. I studied Game Art & Design in college. I have been writing web content for the last 6 years, including for my own website dedicated to entertainment, gaming & photography. I have been playing games dating back to the NES era. My other interests are film, books and music. I sometimes pretend to be great at photography. You can find me on Youtube, Twitch, Twitter, 500px, DeviantArt and elsewhere under my nick: JamesInDigital.

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