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The Last of Us at Gamescom (Trailer)

Are you ready for a good time? Sorry, you wont find it here. Sony had a new trailer for the Gamescom Expo, and it’s full of all the child and old man endangerment we’ve come to love. For more, please visit EGMNow’s Electric Sista Hood page.

E3 2012 | The Last of Us Leaves Lasting Impression.

Naughty Dog has been known to bring us treasures like: Crash Bandicoot, Jak and Daxter and the Uncharted triology. Their lastest project, Last of Us will join that list shortly. Initially when the world saw its first glimpse of Last of Us, many were quick to write it off as an Uncharted game with a […]

The Last of Us Ambush Trailer Doesn’t Stop the Excitement

Game developer Naughty Dog has been delighting us for years now with the amazing Uncharted series for the PS3.  When they announced a new IP, the bar was instantly set ridiculously high.  From what they’ve shown us thus far, it looks as though they won’t meet those expectations with their new title The Last of […]

Naughty Dog’s "Last of Us" is looking more and more promising.


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Naughty Dog has produced games that require the gamer to suspend their beliefs of what is possible, and rely solely on their most basic instinct: survival.

Right off the steam of the last release Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Naughty Dog dropped some teasing news about their newest project: Last Of Us. Many were quick to write it off as ” Nathan Drake: The After Years” but from what the staff at Game Informer got to briefly experience, we are all off the mark by quite a bit.

Naughty Dog showed off a well-polished nearly fifteen minute demo of The Last of Us. Tense situations seem to await us in this game. Everything is not as it seems, desolate areas are far more dangerous then we will fathom them to be. The AI isn’t about to sit back and let themselves be taken for silly fools; they are out to survive and they don’t plan to feel sorry later.

Melee and weapon combat are woven together to the point that both seem to utterly crucial in this environment. This isn’t the kind of post-apocalypse setting we are used to interacting with. When end of the world crosses most of our minds we think about something like Fallout or Gears of War. There is a beauty here to admire. However, that should be observed from a distance.

Survivors are not all trying to band together, everyone has their own agenda and motive for behavior. Trust seems to be a luxury that no one can have.

And before the haters start talking about the screenshots being of rendered animation and not actual gameplay. You’ll be surprised to know that the screenshots present are of gameplay only.

Want to hear more from Naughty Dog? Who wouldn’t. GDC kicks off today and with that a more vocal presence from them! They will be participating in a confirmed fifteen talks at this conference. If you are gonna be at the conference make sure you stop by and take a listen. Trust me, if ESH could have been there, we’d be all up in those panels.

Adventure Comes In Big Waves In "Drake’s Deception"

If one was to compare the Uncharted series to anything, it would certainly be the Indiana Jones of video games. From its jaw-dropping gameplay and visuals to the various twists and turns players discover in the series, the adventures of Nathan Drake always manages to leave people wide-eyed and clamoring for more. At the end of last year his latest journey Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception was brought to PS3 owners across the world, continuing on with its trend of extreme treasure hunting that would make any Discovery Channel host envious.

The game starts off with Nathan and his mentor Sully trading Nate’s ring to Talbot for cash. After accusations of counterfeit bills Nathan and Sully discover the real buyer of the ring: Katherine Marlowe, who twenty years before had tried to steal the same ring, only fourteen year-old Nathan got to it before her. The ring, as it turns out, holds the key to the secret treasure of Sir Francis Drake. Along with Charlie Cutter and their old friend Chloe Frazer, the four of them set out to find the truth behind Sir Drake’s secret quest for Queen Elizabeth. When Marlowe and Talbot use their powers to thwart our heroes’ journey, it takes every bullet, any form of transportation, and all the breath in their lungs to reach the peak of their adventure, but what happens when the treasure they seek out isn’t the one they imagined?

Throughout Uncharted 3 you will find yourself solving puzzles that will lead you closer to Drake’s hidden treasure, with each puzzle harder than the last. From cranking contraptions to piecing puzzles together each puzzle you will come across will take much time and effort to complete, with the reward at the end sometimes involving Marlowe’s henchmen trying to take you down. For that you can use guns, grenades, missile launchers, and your own bare hands to take down any enemy that you face. At times you’ll have to think quickly and run away from dangerous waters, crumbling building, and creepy spiders that only wish to kill you if they get close enough.

There are times when the control scheme of the game can be a little bit confusing. Hiding behind walls and reloading your weapons may take a bit of time to figure out, but in the long run moving around Nathan and taking down Marlowe’s henchmen is quite easy. If you’ve played the first two Uncharted games, then you probably won’t have any issue with the controlling aspect of it. Those who are new to the franchise, however, will be in need of a bit of practice.

The one thing you can always count on for the Uncharted series is that it will keep its gamers drawn in with its story and dialogue, and Drake’s Deception is no exception. Here we see a story told with many great plot-twists, heart-stopping moments, and some of the best action sequences of the year. You feel for Nathan Drake the same way you would feel for, say, Robert Downey, Jr.’s Sherlock Holmes or — the more obvious one — Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones, and you also learn about his past in a way that makes him more human. Hearing the banter between Nolan North (Drake) and Richard McGonagle (Sully) is at times a riot, with a sort of Gibson/Glover Lethal Weapon vibe in the way they deliver their lines. Like Arkham City, Drake’s Deception easily draws in the attention of gamers and movie buffs alike. The epic John Williams-like score from composers Greg Edmonson, Azam Ali, and Clint Bajakian alone will pull you into Nathan Drake’s realm.

The Achille’s Heel in Uncharted 3, however, is the graphics. These worlds you visit — from Yemen to Colombia — are gorgeous, no doubt, and the vehicles and characters you meet and play look great. Using motion capture, Naughty Dog was able to use true reactions to events that happen around Nathan Drake. At times I thought the characters moved in a more true-to-life fashion than the recent Robert Zemeckis films, but not without issues. Case in point, in Chapter 17 (where Nathan battles through many henchmen on the plane he snuck on) I found Nathan stuck in one of the plane’s crates, a sheer feat considering that there was no way for your character to get into the wooden boxes. I had to start from the previous checkpoint many times because of my character’s glitchy ability to get stuck in impossible places, and while there should be an update fixing that issue coming soon it still irked me that these glitches were there to begin with.

The single-player game will take you around ten hours to complete on Easy Mode, but there is plenty to go back to after you beat it. Throughout almost each level there are more hidden treasures to discover, and with the Level Select section of Single Player mode you will be able to revisit them and relive your favorite moments from the game. Whether it’s the opening barroom brawl scene or escaping the sinking cruise ship there are plenty of instances of the game that you will want to try again. There is, as well, the multiplayer aspects of the game.

Uncharted 3 has your usual Team Deathmatch/Free For All modes that you see in many first-person shooters, not to mention a Capture-The-Flag-styled treasure match called Plunder, but it’s the co-op areas that keep the game shining. Co-op Adventure Hunter Arena will not only have you facing off against endless amounts of enemy AIs, but also real players found on the web. Then there is Co-op Adventure, which will have you and up to two others online or friends in the same room as you take on a five-chapter story mode that features areas from both Among Thieves and Drake’s Deception. There is plenty to go back to when you’ve reached the Uncharted 3‘s end credits.

PROS:

  • Breathtaking story, visuals, soundtrack
  • Great amount of puzzles and gun battles
  • Multiplayer modes come in the bucketload

CONS:

  • Character animations can sometimes be unnatural
  • Learning some of the survival tactics will take some time for Uncharted newbies

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Uncharted 3 is another reason why video games should be looked at the same way as motion pictures. The story, characters, and worlds you will visit in the game are awe-inspiring, and it helps that the gameplay elements and puzzles add onto the wonderment of this title. Its multiplayer aspects almost guarantee that you’ll be revisiting this game many times. If you own a PS3, then there is no reason why Drake’s Deception shouldn’t be in your library, even if you haven’t played the first two Uncharted games.

FINAL GRADE: 9.7 (out of 10)

Episode 274: You Can’t Tell a Video game by Its Trailer

The world hasn’t ended and a new Monday has come. Today brings with it a new episode of the ESH podcast. In this week’s podcast Ninjasistah and Pandalicious talk about video games mostly due the recent aired VGA‘s. Ninja speaks about her experience with Scribblenauts Remix in iOS land and Panda shares her thoughts about Naughty Dog‘s trailer for The Last of us.

Can you smell the comedy? I can…and it’s ripe for the…listening? (Yeah, I’m running with it) So grab your bev of choice and get your earholes ready for ESH Podcast Episode # 274: You Can’t Tell a Video game by Its Trailer.

Episode 269: The Thing That Happened That Time In That One Place

20111108-222757.jpgAnother new week, another new episode of the ESH podcast, and this week the show is all about LL Cool Nate…because the Ladies Love Cool Nathan Drake!

That’s right, this week’s episode is all about Nathan Drake and Naughty Dog’s latest Uncharted franchise installment, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. Working hard to give you the 411 WITHOUT SPOILING ANYTHING both Pandalicious and NinJaSistah share their experiences and reaction to the game, it’s gameplay mechanics and overall story.

Grab your favorite frosty beverage and enjoy ESH Podcast Episode 269: That Thing That Happened That Time In That One Place

Episode 264: My PS3 Has That Grey Skin On It, Like Father Time

A day late, but not a dollar short… it’s a new episode of the ESH Podcast. In this episode we have stuff on games, gadgets AND anime.

Once again, we live up to our own tagline. It’s awesomesauce!

We kick the show off talking about major upcoming game releases like Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception to name a few before moving on to gadgets and anime. The gadget NinJa focuses on is her newest purchase, the Razer Onza controller for the Xbox 360 gaming system, and the anime is one based off of a light novel of the same name, “Good Luck Ninomiya-Kun.”

It’s a fully packed show, so grab a frosty beverage and enjoy ESH Podcast Episode 264: My PS3 Has That Grey Skin On It…Like Father Time

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