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PlayStation Now

PlayStation Now that's what I call being able to play Uncharted 3


April catalog additions
Apr 07
// Steven Hansen
PlayStation Now is Sony's Gaikai-powered game streaming service that is now automatically installed on your PlayStation 4. Thanks. It is also accessible on newer Sony Blu-ray players and televisions. You don't even have to o...
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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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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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PS' GOTYs

PlayStation owners loved Destiny more than any other game in 2014


Dark Souls II won best PS3 game
Jan 08
// Brett Makedonski
We're well into the new year, but not everyone's put 2014 squarely in their rearviewmirror. PlayStation Blog just finished tallying the votes to determine which games Sony fans were most fond of last year. All PlayStation pla...

Uncharted 4 trailer analysis: Hints at improvements over Uncharted 3

Dec 08 // Steven Hansen
[embed]284668:56563:0[/embed] Skip to about seven minutes into the above trailer to get past all the Uncharted set dressing.  Uncharted 3's biggest fault is that you can see its seams. You can tell that you're engaged in wave-based gunplay segments, or that you're in a stealth segment. The former took over too much of the game, turning it into a cover-based shooting gallery that doesn't encourage any of the movement and locomotion it obviously reserved for delineated platforming segments. Mowing down a lot of folks from up on high behind a wall is a lot less fun that running at them, hip firing, and finishing them off with a punch in the face. So the seven-minute mark here puts us in an "enemy" segment compared to the previous feeling of safety, but without immediately starting combat, and without sacrificing movement. Drake's still sneaking around, enemies abound. And getting a gun at eight minutes doesn't mean "hell fire time" until you're spotted. Then there's familiar gunplay, Naughty Dog showing off its Wet Drake water physics, and all that.  Hop to 10:30. Organic stealth. No cover, or UI element explaining. The enemy just doesn't see you in the brush. The same happens after the mud bath at 11:40. There is enough openness for you to naturally disappear as you watch enemies flit about in search of you. And then? 13:30? You can just leave without killing everyone. It's a far cry from the meat grinder that was Uncharted 3. It's open, with enemies all around so that you're always at risk (of being spotted while unnoticed, of being under fire while engaged), but they don't file in in waves by the dozen while you wait to clear them out. Advancing feels more like the goal than killing does, even if there is plenty of killing.  This is a manicured, directed piece of gameplay, but it's not heavily cut or edited and does imply that this style if play will be possible. It feels more natural than Uncharted 3, which was very obviously built around stitched together set pieces. This one could still be, too, of course. Still, if you dig Drake's handsome quipping and the pulp fiction adventuring, which I mostly do, this trailer hints at a much better time than I had with Uncharted 3.
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Less wave-based shooting galleries, more organic encounters?
"Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa" - Nathan Drake.  As Chris mentioned when the trailer debuted at PlayStation Experience, Uncharted 4 looks, "very Uncharted." There are Nolan North quips at everything y...

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Sure does look like an Uncharted game
Sony started off with a bang with a live demo for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, which you can check out above. It's a full 15 minute demo complete with live gameplay, which includes a fateful encounter with Drake and the floor...

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Uncharted 4

Uncharted 4's Nathan Drake looks 'next gen as f*ck'


Naughty Dog's words, not mine
Sep 29
// Brett Makedonski
What can we expect from renowned development studios when it comes to creating games for current consoles? If you're in the camp that prioritizes stunning visuals and character models, Uncharted 4 looks as if it'll scra...
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Called to duty

Called to duty: Two Naughty Dog designers join Infinity Ward


Welp
Aug 01
// Steven Hansen
A couple of Naughty Dogs have gone to join Riley the Call of Duty dog at Infinity Ward. Twelve year Naughty Dog veteran and narrative design lead Taylor Kurosaki split to the nationalistic shooter factory, he announ...
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Uncharted

Naughty Dog wants 1080p, 60fps for Uncharted 4


Pondering an Uncharted trilogy remaster
Jul 21
// Jordan Devore
Naughty Dog is targeting 1080p and 60 frames per second for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, community strategist Arne Meyer told Eurogamer. "I think that's what we want to push for with anything we're doing on this generation," ...
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Uncharted movie

The Uncharted movie will supposedly begin filming in early 2015


Supposedly
Jul 18
// Brett Makedonski
Nathan Drake may begin his foray onto the silver screen as soon as the beginning of next year. Despite a litany of problems over the course of more than half a decade, the Uncharted movie is currently slated to start fil...
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How do we stop Nathan Drake?


Promoted from our Community Blogs!
Jun 26
// RedHeadPeak
[Dtoid community blogger RedHeadPeak shares his concerns for the sanctity of our ancient history in the wake of the recent Uncharted 4 announcement. (I bet he doesn't much care for Indiana Jones, either.) Want to see your own...

These were the best trailers of E3 2014

Jun 16 // Brett Makedonski
[embed]276289:54359:0[/embed] Dead Island 2 has followed in its predecessor's footsteps with a highly memorable trailer, albeit with a severely different tone. Many would argue that the caliber of Dead Island's cinematic trailer outshone the actual game. Only time will tell what the legacy of this one is. [embed]276647:54463:0[/embed] Cuphead took a lot of people by surprise when its trailer was showed on Monday morning. "What the hell is this, and why do I want it now?," many probably correctly thought. It's gorgeous, it's wacky, and it doesn't look like else out there. It's Cuphead. [embed]276284:54356:0[/embed] Maybe the most intriguing of all E3 trailers was the one for From Software's Bloodborne. It's dark and creepy, and because it's From Software, we can expect it's good stuff. While a fine trailer in its own right, it didn't do anything to let us know how Bloodborne plays. Luckily, Dale was around to do that for us. [embed]276260:54338:0[/embed] If this trailer is any indication, Far Cry 4 will thrive partially because of a strong and insanely evil villain. That was part of the charm of Far Cry 3, and it wouldn't be particularly surprising if Ubisoft went that route again. However, it probably would be particularly enjoyable. This trailer showed Pagan Min doing what he does best, and it made for fine entertainment. [embed]276341:54380:0[/embed] Nintendo had a few interesting things to show at its E3 Digital Event. One of the definite standouts was Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, which was inspired by levels from Super Mario 3D World. That's right, an entire game based on those intermission-style sections. No running, no jumping, just puzzle-solving and collectible-collecting. And it looks truly wonderful. [embed]276310:54368:0[/embed] Sony capped off its press conference with the reveal of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. Its accompanying trailer did exactly what trailers are supposed to do -- get people excited for the game. One more adventure, you say? Sure, we'll happily go along with you, Drake. [embed]276220:54318:0[/embed] Lara Croft had a rough time in Tomb Raider. It's not surprising that she needs some psychiatric care to work through her trauma. Conveniently for us, that directly translates to getting a glimpse at our next experience with her in Rise of the Tomb Raider. [embed]276229:54296:0[/embed] What can you say about this trailer for Dead Rising 3's DLC? It was Capcom having fun with things, and that alone is worthy of a mention. Oh yeah, and apparently the DLC was pretty good, too. [embed]276207:54293:0[/embed] Sunset Overdrive made good use of its time in the limelight. Its trailer managed to act as an FAQ of sorts, show off some gameplay, and even make fun of conventional game mechanics. It's hard to imagine someone watching this and not thinking that all of that bouncing and sliding around looks really fun. [embed]276261:54343:0[/embed] Valiant Hearts kind of went the other way with its E3 trailer. Rather than get the crowd all excited, it brought the room down. Armed with a puppy and a voiceover, Valiant Hearts made sure everyone knows that this one's going to be a real tear-jerker. [embed]276297:54362:0[/embed] The world's a big place. The trailer for Hello Games' No Man's Sky makes sure to point that out. Starting in a dinosaur-laden swampland, it's not long before it jettisons off into space. It really drives home that No Man's Sky is a game of infinite exploration and endless possibilities. [embed]276462:54426:0[/embed] We said that these trailers are in no particular order, but that was a half lie. The truth is, we saved the best for last -- Metal Gear Solid V. Anything said here won't do it justice, so just watch it yourself.
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In no particular order
That's another E3 in the books. After months of speculation as to what gaming's most important convention might hold, four quick days clear everything up. In a way, it almost feels criminally short given everything that's on ...

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'One last time'
Whew. Sony's E3 press conference was a long one, but the PlayStation manufacturer capped it off with a huge announcement: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. Over video of Nathan Drake lying facedown in mud, we can hear Drake and Su...

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More like Uncharted free

Update: Uncharted 3 was free on PSN, not anymore


A flash in the pan
Jun 04
// Kyle MacGregor
[Update: It looks like Sony caught wind of what was going on and has temporarily removed the game to prevent folks from loading up on free Uncharted. It was fun while it lasted.] Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception's single-p...
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Naughty Dog

The Last of Us directors are now leads on Uncharted


Naughty Dog has a second project in pre-production
Jun 02
// Jordan Devore
Game Informer sat down with Naughty Dog co-presidents Christophe Balestra and Evan Wells to chat about the state of the company, the next Uncharted, and another project in early production. Departures at the studio, including...
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Uncharted

Actor Todd Stashwick taken off Uncharted PS4


Has the game undergone a rewrite or what?
Apr 22
// Jordan Devore
I had forgotten how badass the teaser for the next Uncharted game was thanks to the narration delivered by actor Todd Stashwick. Several months later, it's still about all we have to go on for the new PS4 installment. But it...
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Naughty Dog

Uncharted 4 director has left Naughty Dog


Game director Justin Richmond moves on to Riot Games
Mar 27
// Alessandro Fillari
Just a couple weeks after Amy Hennig left Naughty Dog, the studio has now seen another major departure. Justin Richmond, the director of the upcoming Uncharted 4, has now left the studio. Talking with IGN, Richmond spoke abou...
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Naughty Dog

Naughty Dog comments on Uncharted writer's departure


The Last of Us' Druckmann and Straley 'were not involved'
Mar 07
// Jordan Devore
News broke this week that head writer and creative director for the Uncharted series Amy Hennig had left developer Naughty Dog. As if that weren't enough of a surprise, there was talk of her being "forced out," according to I...
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Uncharted lead splits

Uncharted writer/director leaves Naughty Dog


Uncharted 4 development 'will not be impacted'
Mar 05
// Steven Hansen
Amy Hennig, writer and director on the Uncharted series, has left Naughty Dog, Sony has confirmed to IGN. In her 10 years at Naughty Dog, Hennig was most known for writing and directing the three Uncharted PS3 games. She was ...
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Game Debate to the Death! Favorite Uncharted game?


My vote: the singer Drake riding a drake while playing as Drake. Drakeception.
Feb 25
// Tom Fronczak
In my previous poll I asked everyone to pick their favorite Legend of Zelda game from the lengthy and notable series. Out of over 1,400 total votes, here are the top four results: (21.37%) Ocarina of Time: 312 votes -- winne...
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Sonic Boom, Metal Gear shortness and the Uncharted movie


Check out my sweet fur hat
Feb 06
// Max Scoville
Nice hat, right? Fun news today, Sonic The Hedgehog gets not one but TWO games, as well as a TV show and a toy line in the newly announced Sonic Boom sub-franchise. The length of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes has been an...
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Uncharted director

King of Kong director slated to direct Uncharted movie


Kong was a videogame, right?
Feb 05
// Steven Hansen
Donkey Kong was a videogame and, as far as I know, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is a videogame. Naturally, the guy who directed the documentary about Donkey Kong players, King of Kong, is a good fit to direct the upcoming Uncha...
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Uncharted PS4

Nathan Drake will be in PS4 Uncharted, says PS Russia


Russian secrets revealed
Nov 21
// Joshua Derocher
Over on NeoGAF, user WarrenMax007 shared a Facebook Status from PlayStation Russia that says, "We would like to share some important news with you, first trailer of Uncharted on PS4 has been released! Where do you think Nath...
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Nathan Drake figure

This Nathan Drake figure is ruggedly handsome


I wonder if his head comes off...Drake's Decapitation
Nov 20
// Steven Hansen
And it's really expensive, at $160. That figures. Though Slideshow Collectibles is offering you a chance to enter a giveaway to win this faithful, 1.6 scale, heavily detailed  recreation of Uncharted 3's lead. Apparently...
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The Destructoid Show's Glorious, Bumbling Return


Trial by fire and technical difficulties
Nov 15
// Max Scoville
Hey gang! Well, the plan was to do a big proper episode of The Destructoid Show, live, at 3:30 on the dot. However, things didn't go quite according to plan. After an hour of technical difficulties, we managed to go live. It...
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Revealed at the PS4 All Access event
Tonight during the PlayStation All Access launch event on Spike, developer Naughty Dog revealed that they're working on a new entry to the Uncharted franchise for the PlayStation 4. No more details were given beyond that. Th...

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Uncharted

Uncharted 3 makes all multiplayer maps free


and adds a new one to the pile
Oct 30
// Conrad Zimmerman
This week marks the second anniversary of the release of Uncharted 3. To celebrate, Naughty Dog has dropped a massive patch on the title's multiplayer mode with a few dozen balance changes and other adjustments. A new, "Dry ...
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PSN E3 Sale!

Massive sale on PSN keeps good times rolling for Sony


More hot deals than can shake a PS Move controller at
Jun 11
// Kyle MacGregor
Sony came out of their E3 press conference smelling like roses. Capitalizing on the miscues of their competitors, the platform-holder seems poised for a resurgence this winter with the PlayStation 4. In the meantime, Jack Tre...
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PS Plus

XCOM and Uncharted 3 are next for PlayStation Plus


A good month for the Instant Game Collection
Jun 07
// Jordan Devore
Next week, LittleBigPlanet 2, inFAMOUS 2, and Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One will exit PlayStation Plus' Instant Game Collection. Don't wait until the last minute if you want any of them in your library. Do, however, prepare ...

You should feel bad, but games don't want you to

Mar 06 // Steven Hansen
While I’ve yet to play Tomb Raider in its entirety, it does seem we have yet another case of ludonarrative dissonance, in which the design aims (game based around doing gruesome murders) don’t jive with the narrative (“good,” and in this case wet behind the ears, lead character) and the developers have to work extra hard to try and bridge this gap. You can wax poetic about what it means or takes to commit murder all you want, but it's old hat after the seventieth bloke kisses his trachea goodbye courtesy of your pick axe. It’s the same reason why the enemies in Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune spout incendiary cussing outs, egging you on, just begging you to kill them and to wipe that audible smirk off their goddamn faces. Games more open about their wanton violence, like most sandbox games, are gleeful in their use if civilians as set dressing. It's pleasant to run down civilians in Twisted Metal 2 and see their vague, pixel bodies fly into your screen with a screech that sounds like an interrupted dial up connection. Pleasant, albeit dark. But what about when you're playing a good guy in a narratively driven game? A super human one, no less? It goes beyond saying that other humans pose little threat to you. That's why the enemy stakes have to be upped. Take the thugs in Rocksteady's Arkham franchise. Are we to believe that every criminal in Gotham lifts weights with Chris Redfield and Marcus Fenix? Every single one of them looks imposing enough that Ving Rhames wouldn’t want to meet them in a dark alleyway. It's not an attempt to even the playing fields for the Batman, who can take out 40 of those steroid-seeping freaks in one combo despite their Herculean physiques. It's a sly character design choice to make you feel better about yourself, you monster. Batman is brutal in the Arkham games. Even with foes that look intimidating, I'll cringe as Bats effortlessly breaks a thigh-thick arm in three places and leaves them unconscious. The worst is always the vicious kicks to the knee that you know will ensure the victim never walks right again. Oh, did I say victim? I meant criminal scum. Throw some more inane cursing and provocation at me before my human tendency towards empathy kicks in and I regret collapsing some punk's solar plexus and leaving him to probably choke on his own fluids, alone and in an alley -- but I didn’t kill him. Not directly. Not as far as I am blissfully unaware. With Arkham, Rocksteady wants you to have your cake and eat it, too. You’re playing at Batman the same way a child might. You get all the perks (unstoppable force of the night) without the draw backs (physical harm, dead parents, Peter Pan complex, fear of the theatre). Insofar as I can tell, Rocksteady isn’t concerned with unsettling the Batman mythos and questioning the sanity of the character in the manner seminal works like The Killing Joke and Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth have, and that’s fine. But despite my cringing at Bats’ brutality in the Arkham games, I got over it. While Arkham might not hit hard on these elements, its Batman doesn’t parade around as a handsome John Q. Everyhero. And at least as Batman I wasn't committing mass murder, ala Nathan Drake. Just leaving a disaffected group of individuals with a much lower quality of life and a serious drain on public healthcare. Though Gotham is probably heavily anti "socialist," so no public healthcare, but because the penal system is undoubtedly mandated to aid in the recuperation of criminals, I’m sure it’ll cost some tax dollars. Anyway. The failure to put you at proper odds with your foes can trouble single-player games striving for a particularly heroic or redemptive narrative. Playing John Marston with an insatiable bloodlust in Red Dead Redemption flies in the face of the narrative. Giving the player the option to be repellant when the character is meant to be repentant can be problematic. Worse still is when the design demands they be repellant. I love the Uncharted franchise, but its third installment does not sit well with me. The heavy, wave based onslaught of enemies requires you to massacre endlessly while Drake smirks, cracks wise, and is generally handsome. It's a tough sell. I was able to stomach it in the first two, to mind the disconnect, but Drake's Deception felt so oppressive to me. I could see the seams in the enemy waves and strung together set pieces serving no purpose but to give me another butchering ground. Occasionally I felt a little bad busting skulls in Arkham City. I felt like a monster in Uncharted. I turned to melee “kills” more than half of the time because they looked non-lethal and I felt a little better about myself. Hopefully Drake wasn’t ending lives with equal ruthlessness with those swift kicks to the nuts. Definitely a good chance he preemptively ended the lives of the thugs' unborn children, I suppose. Dark Sector was one of the early “next-gen” games I was hyped for, but never picked up until I saw it sitting lonesome on a shelf with a $6 price tag affixed; I wouldn’t play it for months still. What a filthy game. It’s nasty, grim, dirty feel permeates every inch of it. You rip limbs from their owners and they just sit there and scream in agony. Not just a gurgling exaltation and then they’re dead. It’s a nonstop, lengthy cacophony of pitiful, dying men yelling. I couldn’t handle that ad nauseum and stopped playing. You're not supposed to feel bad for your obstacles. It's one if the biggest reasons there are so many games in which you gleefully murder robots or aliens or even humans with masked faces -- some semblance of distancing from the spine-tingling truth. It's why zombies have been so long in vogue. Gone is the almost half century old social commentary. They're fodder, allowing for the primal release of killing ostensible humans en masse without the moral quandaries and look of disdain from the ESRB. Mainstream games are too steeped in rudimentary notions of conflict in which somehow besting another person or thing is the only means of progression. This forever conflicts with trying to present straightforward, serious narratives with likeable leads. Less killing, more, well, anything else, really. Exploring. Journey-ing. Dancing. How about a proper detective game? Fevered dreamscapes in which existential and interpersonal issues manifest as ovis-infested, hellish block climbing puzzles? Or at least stop thinly veiling escapist power fantasies and humanizing monstrous murderkillers. I nearly gagged when Drake reached into the quicksand in Uncharted 3. At least Kratos knew his shtick. At least Far Cry 3 reveled in its depravity. At least Spec Ops asked why the hell you were playing in the first place.
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Violence and vindication: The seedy psychology behind a sociopathic medium
You monster. Outside of the casual and educational spheres, violence abounds in games. Even Mario is violent, albeit not gratuitous. Combative, at least. Much of the game is purely avoiding obstacles, but eventually some form...


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