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Uncharted 3

No wonder Uncharted 3 was so average: Nolan North had broken ribs during filming

Another 'Did You Know'
Nov 16
// Chris Carter
Did You Know Gaming has another video in store for us, and this time it deals with the Uncharted series. One of the most interesting bits is definitely the fact that Nolan North broke two of his ribs before the filming ...
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Naughty Dog

Naughty Dog doesn't have a plan for Uncharted beyond the next game

Or where anything is going
Nov 06
// Brett Makedonski
Four months from the launch of Uncharted 4, developer Naughty Dog has no idea what direction the franchise will go next. Uncharted 4 is subtitled A Thief's End for good reason. It's said to be the last chapter in pr...
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Uncharted drama

Star Wars actor left Uncharted 4 cast after 'weird changes'

More on last year's Naughty Dog unrest
Oct 20
// Steven Hansen
Uncharted 4 lost its writer and then its director in early 2014 amid allegations that writer Amy Hennig was "forced out" by The Last of Us’ Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley, the pair that would go on to take control of ...

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is a great history lesson

Oct 16 // Mike Cosimano
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4)Developer: Naughty Dog/Bluepoint GamesPublisher: SonyReleased: October 9, 2015MSRP: $59.99 Drake's Deception manages to outdo its predecessors in one area: the interplay between its characters. In a franchise known for witty, naturalistic dialogue, the conversations in Uncharted 3 still manage to stand out. It's hard to nail down exactly why this is the case (change in development staff, practice makes perfect, etc.), but I believe it has something to do with the mechanics of the story. A popular complaint in sequel-driven franchises is the perceived lack of stakes -- "We know the hero isn't going to lose/die for real, so none of this matters." This is self-inflicted misdirection. What matters isn't the particulars of the plot, it's the characters. A story is only tense if the audience cares about the people who inhabit it. Yes, Nathan Drake's gonna make it through the conflict de jour with all his limbs intact. But what kind of emotional losses will he suffer along the way? That's a reductive way of putting it, but you get what I'm going for, right? The humanity on display in Uncharted 3 starts and ends with the relationship between Nate and Sully. There are shades of this in Drake's Fortune and Among Thieves, as is to be expected with such excellent character work, but it's given a proper analysis in Drake's Deception. Origin stories for established characters are so often either redundant or blunt, so it's pleasantly surprising that the flashback sequence manages to add real, genuine depth to Nate and Sully's partnership. The knowledge that Sully was practically a father to Nate re-defines both of their relationships with the other characters, and proves that both of them are some of the most meaningful people in each other's lives. [embed]315656:60750:0[/embed] Not to say the rest of the characters get the shrift, either. Nate's team is expanded with both old and new faces, all of whom feel both compelling and rounded -- especially Cutter. Oh man, do I love Cutter. Every scene with that wonderful man was nothing short of rapturous, and when he was away I prayed to any deity that would hear me voraciously for his return. Every time he was in danger (physically or emotionally), it felt like I was on the verge of death. The big, bombastic, cinematic moments that give Uncharted its fame? They mean so much more when I care about the people involved. Although Drake's Deception is the most successful on the story front, the other two games are still worth seeing. Playing all three Uncharted games in a relatively short timeframe is fascinating. From the moderately awkward post-Jak and Daxter lessons of Drake's Fortune, to the brilliant iteration of Among Thieves, to the thematic and character evolutions in Drake's Deception, there's so much work to appreciate here -- especially in the context of Naughty Dog's history. The games also look fantastic as well, and not just thanks to the fresh coat of paint. It's amazing what a great lighting engine can do, especially when applied to a franchise that is partially remembered for pushing what we thought the PS3 could output. Bluepoint Games does fantastic port work, and The Nathan Drake Collection is another win for the studio. There were zero framerate drops and only the occasional walk animation freakout on the part of your compatriots. Nothing game-breaking. The Uncharted series is ostensibly about one adrenaline junkie (the man that gives The Nathan Drake Collection its name) and his failure to evolve. When Indiana Jones resets his love life at the beginning of every Indiana Jones adventure, it's a way of starting from scratch. When Nathan Drake starts every post-Drake's Fortune game separated from Elena, it's a commentary on his immature refusal to move past the treasure hunting that defined his childhood and teenage years, especially in the third installment. The first two Uncharted games are roller coaster rides that are a bullwhip away from a Lucasfilm lawsuit. Drake's Deception, comparatively, spends its time applying those time-worn stereotypes to some degree of reality and is all the more compelling as a result. You should play The Nathan Drake Collection if you're one of the many Xbox 360 to PlayStation 4 transplants, or even if it's been too long since you last spent time in the Uncharted world. The first game doesn't really hold up, but Among Thieves and Drake's Deception are certainly worth your time -- especially you're interested in the latter's more complex thematic work. And based on what we've seen of A Thief's End's darker tone, this history lesson might just be mandatory.
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Cutter needs to be in Uncharted 4, right?
In a sea of PS3/Xbox 360 to PS4/Xbox One ports, The Nathan Drake Collection is one of the few that actually makes sense. Many former Xbox 360 owners made the jump to PlayStation 4 this generation; as a result, they've mi...

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Uncharted's Brutal difficulty is no joke

It's in The Nathan Drake Collection
Oct 09
// Jordan Devore
I've never cared much for Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, but I can relate to this video of someone banging their head against the game's hardest difficulty mode. I'm having Call of Duty flashbacks. Brutal is a new option found in Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and it's an even greater challenge than the fresh hell that was Crushing difficulty. Take a look for yourself:
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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...

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