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The original Project Big pitch video
This is an early animation test for Uncharted's Nathan Drake wherein he looks much more like a YouTube celebrity, a version of Sunset Overdrive's lead who missed the punk-by-way-of-Blink-182 phase, than the classically rugged...

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The Last of Us

Naughty Dog clarifies The Last of Us 2 rumours

'I guess Nolan North was kind of right'
Sep 23
// Vikki Blake
Naughty Dog has clarified rumours regarding a sequel to 2013's highly acclaimed The Last of Us. Talking to Official PlayStation Magazine (via GamesRadar), Neil Druckmann explained that while a sequel may have been discus...
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The Last of Us sale

The Last of Us sale starts tomorrow, Clicker statue up for pre-order

Outbreak Day 2015
Sep 22
// Darren Nakamura
Canonically, Outbreak Day -- the day when the Cordyceps fungus got out of control and dramatically altered the world in The Last of Us -- occurred on September 26, 2013. We're coming up on the second anniversary of that fatef...
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Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection PS4 bundles coming to Europe too

Sep 18
// Vikki Blake
Sony has confirmed that the 1TB and 500GB Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection PlayStation 4 bundles are coming to Europe. Originally, the bundles had only been earmarked for North America, but Sony has confirmed to Eurogam...

Folks are awfully jumpy about The Last of Us 2

Sep 17 // Kyle MacGregor
[embed]311178:60409:0[/embed] This isn't the first time this has happened, either. A few months back, Nolan North, speaking at Tampa, Florida's MetroCon, said "I know they’re doing a Last of Us 2," causing a similar stir. However, neither Sony nor Naughty Dog has officially confirmed the existence of a The Last of Us sequel, but judging on how some corners of the Internet have reacted to these potential gaffes, you might have thought the companies distributed a teaser trailer or something of the sort. It makes sense that Sony would want to do a follow-up. The Last of Us was highly acclaimed and presumably made a lot of money; plus, publishers these days don't often go around creating new intellectual properties without aspirations of a potential blockbuster franchise in their eyes. It will probably happen. Someday. Eventually. There are literally billions of reasons for it to. But it isn't confirmed just yet. Not officially. So maybe hold your horses before shouting "THE LAST OF US 2 CONFIRMED" on Twitter or an Internet comment section somewhere. Good lord.
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It isn't official until it's official
The much rumored "The Last of Us 2" hasn't reached "Half-Life 3" levels of ridiculousness, where every whisper surrounding the property results in scores of people saying a sequel is confirmed, but... No, actually, we're alre...

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Uncharted 4

Uncharted 4's getting single-player DLC because it worked in The Last of Us

'We rose to the challenge'
Sep 03
// Brett Makedonski
Naughty Dog will try something new with Nathan Drake's adventures in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End -- a story outside of the base game's story. Earlier this week, the developer detailed Uncharted 4's downloadable conte...
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Uncharted 4

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End will be released on March 18, DLC detailed

A Collector's Edition, too
Aug 31
// Chris Carter
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, which I really hope is better than the disappointing Uncharted 3, will be released on March 18, 2016, on PS4. Collector's ($119.99), Special ($79.99), and Digital Deluxe ($79.99) editions have been...
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Nathan Drake Collection

The Nathan Drake Collection goes to the ends of the earth for you

Just like Sully does for Drake
Aug 17
// Brett Makedonski
Aww, they grow up so fast, don't they? I mean, one day little Nate's lifting his first ring, the next he's tearing down ancient ruins in search of treasure. Precious moments. Hold onto them. Cherish them forever. Of course, ...
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The Last of Us

The Last of Us soundtrack coming to limited vinyl collection

Nice art for nice music from a nice game
Jul 21
// Joe Parlock
Mondo has announced it will be a selling a limited edition, 4-vinyl collection of The Last of Us original soundtrack, with artwork by artists Olly Moss and Jay Shaw. The collection will include the music from both The Last o...
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Yep, Nathan Drake still destroys everything in the Uncharted remaster

That helicopter never stood a chance
Jul 16
// Brett Makedonski
Much like Kratos' continued penchant for yelling at every opportunity, it's nice to see that reckless destruction doesn't just stop following Nathan Drake now that he's moved to PlayStation 4. A visit by him is a guaranteed ...
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Grab the Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection demo soon

Demo will be available in Q3 2015
Jul 16
// Vikki Blake
Want to try Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection before committing your cold, hard cash to it?  The demo will hit the PS Store later this summer, although how much of each game we'll get to sample in this free taster h...
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The Last of Us

Naughty Dog devs thought The Last of Us would ruin the studio's name

It obviously didn't
Jul 14
// Brett Makedonski
The Last of Us was the game that proved to a lot of people that Naughty Dog could handle a mature narrative. Its writing explores the human condition and examines the child/guardian protective emotional bond. Upon relea...
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Uncharted 4

Uncharted 4 extended trailer: Drake is a Terminator

Kill me? No thanks!
Jul 01
// Steven Hansen
Hey, remember when I crouched in a bush beside skating teens and told you about the extended Uncharted 4: A Thief's End demonstration I saw at E3? (I wrote about it, too.) Now you can watch that extended gameplay and see jus...
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The Last of Us 2

Nolan North lets slip The Last of Us 2 is coming

Nolan North's a pretty fun-gi... eh...
Jun 30
// Joe Parlock
I know most of us assumed it was coming after the massive, massive popularity and success of Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us, but Nolan “The Voice of Fucking Everything” North has accidentally let slip The Last...
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Visceral Star Wars

Visceral's Star Wars has hints of Uncharted and 1313

Uncharted writer lost 8 months of work
Jun 29
// Steven Hansen
Visceral Games' (Dead Space, Battlefield: Hardline) Star Wars game was noticeably absent from EA's E3 showing this year. I thought there was a chance we'd see it, anyhow. Uncharted voice actor Nolan North did give some hints ...
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Uncharted at E3

Video impressions: Uncharted 4's extended E3 demo

Sneaky sneak
Jun 22
// Steven Hansen
I got to see another large chunk of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End from after the trailer cut off at E3. I wrote about that a bit here. I've also written a bit about why I think Uncharted 4 has the potential to be much better than Uncharted 3's poor showing. Anyways, if you want to see the video we shot in conjunction where I crouch in some bushes as teens do skate tricks nearby, here's that.

Elena is real mad at Drake in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Jun 16 // Steven Hansen
[embed]294098:59077:0[/embed] At the end of this, Drake goes crashing through the wooden plank, skips across the water, and ends up getting dragged through the mud on the other side. All the while he's shooting with one hand, hanging on for dear life with the other, because he is very strong. It's not quite just a set piece set up as that grappling hook is a huge part of Uncharted 4's gameplay systems and you'll always be able to shoot from it. Drake pulls himself up onto the crane truck that'd been dragging him and so begins a long series of shooting with assumed bad guys on motor bikes as Drake tries to work is way to the front of the convoy chasing his brother, Sam. After hijacking a jeep and catching up, the two argue over who should jump to the other's vehicle. A little brotherly conflict. Then Nate gets blindsided by a truck and there's a nice, quieter moment of being pinned underneath a flipped over van that is increasingly on fire. Nate hops on Sam's bike and that armored truck returns with a vengeance in a Sonic Adventure 2 style chase sequence towards the camera. Eventually, of course, they escape. This is when we got wind of some story elements. Sully, Sam, and Nate are after collected treasure from a pirate commune, Libertalia. Someone named Rafe, presumably from Days of Our Lives, is trying to kill them. They chat up plans on the way into their motel and suddenly there's Nate, rarely tongue tied, as a very upset Elena is standing in the room. She hints that Nate was lying about being on a job in Malaysia and, as you can see above, she is pretty damn pissed off. It ain't anger, it's that, "I'm so hurt and disappointed in you" look that just cuts deep. Nate fucked up. We'll know how bad next year.
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Extended gameplay demo
Sony showed off Uncharted 4: A Thief's End yesterday to end its conference with a bang. A lot of them as a jeep careened through an entire city. In today's behind closed doors session, we saw creative director on Uncharted 4 ...

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Uncharted 4

Nathan Drake goes for a wild car ride in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Duck n' shoot, duck n' shoot
Jun 15
// Ben Davis
Sony rounded out its conference with a demo of the upcoming Uncharted game, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. Lots of shooting, parkour, and driving action, with Nathan performing some pretty crazy stunts, so it looks to be p...
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Uncharted remasters

Uncharted 4 beta access tied to The Nathan Drake Collection

Uncharted 1-3, 1080p, 60FPS
Jun 04
// Jordan Devore
Following this morning's accidental early reveal, Naughty Dog has come out with proper details on Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection. This bundle of PlayStation 4 remasters covers the first three games (in 1080p, running ...
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PSN accidentally leaks Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection

Jun 04
// Vikki Blake
A promotional image for Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection has been leaked on the mobile US PlayStation Store. We know nothing more than what the picture above tells us -- it's going to be a collection, (un)imaginatively...
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Uncharted 4 faces contain crazy numbers of bones

Shove bones right into my head
May 13
// Laura Kate Dale
The Last of Us had pretty good facial animation tech, at least as far as I was concerned. Faces were detailed, emotions were nuanced and it was always clear what the actor behind the character had wanted to convey. From my pe...
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Last of Us standalone

Standalone Last of Us: Left Behind out now for PS3, PS4

May 12
// Jordan Devore
Naughty Dog has sliced apart The Last of Us. If you're curious to try Left Behind, the prequel story starring Ellie and her best bud Riley, you can now do that without committing to the larger story (or Factions multiplayer)....
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Last of Us: Left Behind

The Last of Us: Left Behind will be available as a standalone on May 12

For a shorter, equally brutal experience
May 01
// Darren Nakamura
Left Behind was a great piece of story DLC for The Last of Us, filling in a portion of the main story that is glossed over and providing a clearer look at Ellie's origin. Any who want to try out the three-hour episode as a ta...
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Uncharted 4

Japan gets Uncharted 4: The Pirate King and the Last Treasure

Same game, different subtitle
Apr 30
// Steven Hansen
We're getting Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (delayed into 2016). Dark. Foreboding. Japan is getting Uncharted 4: The Pirate King and the Last Treasure, which sounds like it could be a Netflix-funded Goonies reboot. Or, you know, One Piece. Maybe Sony should go with Uncharted 4: The Hunger Games in the States?  Goes both ways, though. The States gets Angry Kirby. [via reddit]
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Rumour: Uncharted The Remastered Trilogy listed for 30 September release

Swiss retailer uses fake box art to list date
Apr 09
// Laura Kate Dale
According to a listing from a Swiss retailer, a remastered collection the PS3 Uncharted Trilogy is coming to PS4 on 30 September 2015. While the listing does feature box art, the art appears to have been cropped from an image...

The Last of Us multiplayer DLC is not okay

Apr 06 // Darren Nakamura
Taking a look at the options, some of it isn't too offensive. New gestures for $2.50 apiece? Fine. New hats at $7 for a bundle? Sure. We can all lament the fact that this cosmetic content would have been free, perhaps locked behind a cheat code in years past, but I won't fault anybody for giving some extra money to wear a plague mask. I'm not about to pony up for any of it, but it doesn't affect me that some people are willing to. No, the more serious infraction here is in breaking one of the tenets of competitive multiplayer. Those who pay more should never have an advantage over those who don't. Unfortunately, that's exactly what the tactical weapons and survival skills bundles provide. Though it isn't utterly imbalanced with the premium content in play, the new guns and perks are often better than the base game counterparts. Not only that, but the loading screens are littered with advertisements, outlining just how great the new weapons and skills are. The Frontier Rifle sits in between the Semi-Auto Rifle and the Hunting Rifle in terms of damage and fire rate; it takes two shots to down where the Semi-Auto takes three and it has a better fire rate than the Hunting Rifle. There are benefits to the default weapons. The Hunting Rifle can one-hit a full health enemy with a headshot where the Frontier Rifle cannot. The Semi-Auto Rifle can get three shots off before the Frontier Rifle can get two. However, comparing only body shots, the Frontier Rifle beats out the Hunting Rifle in fire rate. Taking recoil and staggering of a face-to-face encounter into account, it is often easier to land two shots with the Frontier Rifle than to land three shots with the Semi-Auto. The Tactical Shotgun exists in a similar space as the Frontier Rifle. It isn't unequivocally better than the comparable base game weapons, but it enjoys some advantages. The most obvious benefit it has over the Shotgun and the Double Barrel is increased range, able to down in two shots from a range that either of the others would fumble to do anything worthwhile. Less apparent is that it can be equipped as a starting weapon where the other long shotguns are both "purchaseables," only attainable during a match after scoring enough points. Embedded in that purchase is the opportunity cost of not saving up for ammunition, weapon upgrades, or armor. However, the most egregious offender in the Tactical Weapons pack is the Crossbow. It's difficult to measure the advantage it gives because there is no other comparable weapon. It fires silently like the Bow but doesn't arc. Nominally, it can down in two shots, but it has a special ability that makes it absurdly powerful in some situations. After hitting an enemy with it, that enemy will bleed until he heals or is downed. This also lets the shooter see where the target is and what he's doing during that time period. In effect, it can be a delayed one-hit kill. If the target has no health kit, he's toast. If he has a health kit and he starts healing, the Crossbow user can see the opening and move in for a sidearm or melee kill. Even if the target isn't downed, it still takes him out of the fight for a brief period of time as he retreats and heals. All from a single, silent shot. The Risk Management Survival Skills pack is also difficult to compare, since it adds unique abilities to the mix. Still, aside from Lone Wolf (which rewards players for striking out away from teammates), the skills included are all pretty enticing to me. As a player who focuses more on support than kills, Lucky Break (get more ingredients and items from cache boxes) and Second Chance (cheaper armor after multiple deaths) both would fit my play style well. Jack of All Trades bundles other skills together for fewer loadout points than they would be piecemeal, which appeals to the deal-seeker in me. It skirts the edge of pay-to-win without crossing that line, but it still feels wrong. The downloadable weapons and skills are not unequivocally better than the standard ones, but having more options to choose from does allow for greater adaptation to variable combat conditions. Premium content in a competitive multiplayer title doesn't have to feel this slimy. The paragon of the idea is probably Team Fortress 2, which has been incredibly successful despite its wealth of purchasable weapons and items. On the surface, the two situations look similar; in both The Last of Us and Team Fortress 2, there are guns with functional changes that can be purchased for real money. In practice, there are several design differences that add up to keep TF2 feeling fair where TLoU does not. One thing that Team Fortress 2 does with its weapons that The Last of Us could is to make it possible to acquire them through play in addition to by purchase. A lot of the weapons and survival skills in the base game are unlocked by collecting parts through play; there's no reason the downloadable extras couldn't be included as unlockables or even as random drops. Less easy to translate are the specific game design elements that allow TF2 to get away with purchased weapons. TF2's large team size (compared to TLoU's four-player teams) allow for any discrepancy to be absorbed. If an overpowered weapon showed up in Valve's shooter, it would be on just one of twelve or sixteen opponents. Not only that, but the faster gameplay allows for quicker reaction; changing class or loadout in response to a particular weapon or tactic is much more tenable in TF2 than in TLoU. On that note, Team Fortress 2's class-based system still trumps any advantage a purchased weapon could afford. Sure, a Spy might get some equipment that lets him costume change more quickly, but he's still going to be beaten by a Pyro flame-checking his teammates. On top of all that, there's the immutable fact that Team Fortress 2 is a proper free-to-play title. It costs nothing to play, where The Last of Us potentially cost players $60 (or more for those who bought the original and upgraded on PS4). Adding free-to-play elements into a paid retail game would feel sleazy even if it didn't have measurable gameplay effects. To reiterate, I think The Last of Us has fantastic multiplayer. In a market full of "me too" shooters emulating Call of Duty or Gears of War, it does its own thing. The problem comes with the feeling that I need to spend extra money (on top of the money the game itself cost) just in order to compete. It isn't exactly pay-to-win, but it leans in that direction, and Naughty Dog does the game a disservice with this unnecessary cash grab.
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Where was the uproar about this?
[An earlier version of this piece had an inaccurate statistical description of one of the downloadable weapons. The offending paragraph has been updated for factual accuracy.] I know, I'm late to the party. Despite being inte...

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Uncharted 4 delay

Naughty Dog: Uncharted 4 delayed until spring 2016

Creative director says the game deserves more time and effort
Mar 11
// Kyle MacGregor
The plan was to release Uncharted 4: A Thief's End later this year, but that's no longer in the cards. Naughty Dog has resolved to delay the highly anticipated title's arrival until spring 2016. "Since we showed you our ...
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Frame game

Uncharted 4 won't be 60fps if it 'impact[s] the player's experience'

Frame game
Jan 15
// Steven Hansen
Uncharted 4 director Bruce Straley said in the newest issue of Edge that Naughty Dog wouldn't push the game to 60fps if it adversely affects "the player's experience."  Last month's demo, which has me posi...
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PS4 bundle

Buying a new PS4? If so, you're gonna get The Last of Us too

Not to be confused with The Last of Us 2, because that doesn't exist
Jan 13
// Brett Makedonski
Sony's sweetening the pot a bit for any prospective PlayStation 4 buyers. Beginning in the coming days, all PS4s will come bundled with a code to download a copy of The Last of Us: Remastered. The inclusion of Naughty Dog's m...
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Uncharted 4

Don't worry, Naughty Dog isn't going to make Uncharted 4 'too dark'

Also, the studio is not working on Last of Us 2 right now
Jan 12
// Mike Cosimano
In a video interview with Game Informer, Uncharted 4 creative director Neil Druckmann and game director Bruce Straley discussed the direction of A Thief's End and the inherent challenges to following up the critical...

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