Naughty Dog’s acclaim stems from many years of game development, having pushed the likes of Crash Bandicoot, Jak & Daxter and the more recent Uncharted series into our home systems. It’s a reputation that’s been well-earned through a winning combination of gameplay and cinematic storytelling. Expect this formula to continue in The Last of Us, which not only blurs the boundaries of what we thought the PlayStation 3 could accomplish, but succeeds in delivering a captivating tale that sticks with you long after the credits have rolled.
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Let me start off by admitting that I never had a Playstation 2 growing up, going from the Nintendo 64 straight to the Xbox. A few months back I decided to fill in this missing gap in my gaming education and picked up a cheap Playstation 2 console off eBay. I checked with some friends about what essential games I needed to play and the Jak and Daxter series went straight to the top of the list. I had one friend tell me that Jak II was one of his favourite games and another tell me that it was his favourite game “of all time”, so I was definitely looking forward to playing this. What I got when I put in the disc was…well, ‘mixed’ is the best way to put it.
Naughty Dog has a history of leading the way with iconic franchises beginning with Crash Bandicoot, developing with Jak and Daxter and culminating with the recent globe-trotting adventures of Uncharted. Still, they managed to surprise us all at the tail end of 2011 by revealing The Last of Us, a game which has been developed for some time by a team tasked with producing something entirely separate to the main blockbuster series.
In the lead up to the launch of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, players are being given the opportunity to participate in an open beta. As many already know, the standard ways to jump into a beta is usually to sign up or purchase a particular game from said developers, but Naughty Dog are trying something different.
Some subway outlets in America will be giving away codes (with certain purchases) to allow you to play Uncharted 3 a month before release. But on top of this, players can unlock special subway items, extra guns and in-game ‘cheats per round’ for the beta. Then, to top it all off, there is even a Subway advertisement spoken by Nathan Drake himself (videos after the jump).
If you don’t want to know too much about Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception this early on, I advise you to click elsewhere. Who am I kidding? You’re reading about gaming news. Of course you want to know
Naughty Dog have opened up to OPM (Official PlayStation Magazine) and released loads of details on Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. As seen in the trailer, Nathan Drake will venture into the desert of Rub’ al Khali for his latest exploration. View the full article »
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