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  • Crash N.Sane Gets Insane First Sales Week

    crash n.sane first sales weekThe Crash N.Sane trilogy has received some pretty spectacular first week sales, and it presents some potential for a brand new future of Crash Bandicoot games.

    As well as breaking some first week sales records this year, the Crash N.Sane trilogy has quickly jumped to the top of the sales charts and it's looking to be the hottest drop this year, despite the PS4 exclusivity.

    In the UK, more people bought Crash Bandicoot in the first week than people purchase Horizon Zero Dawn, making it the biggest selling first week title in the UK so far this year.

    In other news, it's been reported that the Crash N.Sane trilogy may be making its way to the Xbox One. While the Crash Bandicoot remaster was first launched as a PS4 exclusive title, the huge reception the game has received has pushed Naughty Dog to consider publishing it on the Xbox One.

    Recently, XboxAchievements reported that the Crash N.Sane trilogy will be getting an Xbox One release on December 8 this year.

    Hopefully, this recent success will just be the start of a very successful future for the Crash Bandicoot franchise. There's no doubt that a lot of people out there absolutely love Sony's furry orange bandicoot.

    What are your thoughts on the new Crash N.Sane trilogy? The game is a port of the first three Crash Bandicoot games that originally launched on the PlayStation One and PS2. New versions of Crash Bandicoot were built in recent years, but nothing could outperform the success of the original trilogy.

  • Last of Us: Part 2 Revealed

    last-of-us-part-2In perhaps the biggest announcement of the year, The Last of Us: Part 2 has officially been announced.

    We've all wanted it to happen, but none of us ever knew whether it would actually come to be. Thankfully, Naughty Dog has seen the love that was given to the first game and as a result, a sequel is now in the works.

    We don't yet know much about the second game, although the game will definitely star Ellie, and Joel will most likely play a big part too. Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann has commented on the announcement of The Last of Us: Part 2 by saying, "In the first game, the theme was the love between these two characters... this story's the counter of that. It's about hate."

    That's a pretty big spoiler for the plot point for the sequel. Obviously after the ending of The Last of Us, including Joel and Ellie again seemed like a brave move by Naughty Dog. However, they believe no other characters could have fit into a Last of Us sequel without it feeling like a completely different game.

    "So much thought went into this-- I know there's trepidation about going back to these characters. We feel that as well. No one loves these characters more than we do, and we wouldn't do it if we didn't have the right idea. I had ideas with different characters and it didn't feel right. The Last of Us is about these two characters. All I ask is that fans of the first one put some faith in us-- we're going to do right by you."

    The Last of Us: Part 2 will most likely get a 2018 release.

  • Uncharted 4 will Shed Light on Nathan Drake's Mysterious Past

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    Nathan Drake may be one of the most appreciated characters from within the range of PlayStation exclusive franchises released over the years but there's a lot that the fans don't know about him. Through the first three games we do learn quite a lot about Nathan Drake and his personality type, but I honestly know very little about his past and there's still a lot about him that remains mysterious.

    Fortunately Uncharted 4: A Thief's End will have a big approach on Nathan Drake's childhood, revealing details about his upbringing according to lead designer Ricky Cambier.

    If you're already aware of the current details released about Uncharted 4, you will know that the game will introduce Nathan's older brother, Sam Drake to the players. Ricky Cambier mentioned in an interview that, "We don't know a lot about his childhood and what happened." "We bring a character like Sam in and now you get to meet his older brother. And you get to see a little about what that relationship is like and how formidable that was to who Nathan Drake is."

    Obviously Uncharted 4 is going to be the final title for the franchise, at least as the main story arc is concerned, so the Naughty Dog team have a big task on their hands if they want to wrap things up properly. Naughty Dog seem to think they've done a good job and I personally believe they have what it takes to send out the franchise with a bang.

    Naughty Dog's Arne Meyer ended with "At the end of Uncharted 4, we've put together a great closing chapter for Nathan Drake and his adventures. It feels really great for us to wrap up some of his storylines and answer some of these questions. I hope our fans feel the same way. It feels like a good time for us to step away from the entire series."

  • Uncharted 4 Now Coming in 2016

    uncharted 4 2016I was pretty excited for Uncharted 4. I still am, but now I've had to prolong my excitement just a little bit because the game has now been delayed. Naughty Dog have revealed that the new Uncharted game still needs more time, and they have delayed the launch window to Spring 2016.

    Considering the game was originally planned to release at some point near the end of 2015, the extra few months of waiting really isn’t that much of a big deal. This extra time will also allow Naughty Dog to make Uncharted 4 as best they possibly can.

    "After spending so many years with Nathan Drake, he means a lot to the team, and telling the climactic chapter of his adventures is a task we don't take lightly - this game deserves every bit of the attention to detail, precise pacing, and nuanced storytelling Naughty Dog is known for," Naughty Dog director, Neil Druckmann said in a new update.
    "We've made the difficult choice of pushing the game's release date. Giving us a few extra months will make certain that Uncharted 4: A Thief's End not only meets the team's high standards but the high standards that gamers have come to expect from a Naughty Dog title."
    If we've learned anything from the last two years of gaming, delays are much, much better than being able to play unfinished games early. The amount of launch problems with various titles over the last 24 months just shows that developers really should take their time before releasing a game.

  • Uncharted 4 Looks Incredible on PS4

    uncharted 4So a new gameplay trailer of Uncharted 4 was just released, and the internet has been taken aback by how amazing the game currently looks. Personally, I'm not all that surprised at the quality of the fourth Uncharted installment, and I'll tell you why.

    Every time Naughty Dog have released a new game, their attention to detail has always been on point - they managed to release the Last of Us on the PS3 and make it look incredible, and every Uncharted release has always been miles ahead of every other game released in it's time in terms of graphical integrity.

    This time round, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End certainly looks like the best game the PlayStation 4 will have to offer, and everything from the sweat on Drake's back, to the pores in his face are textured by hand, and it's just phenomenal how Naughty Dog continue to amaze with the quality of their games.

    Something that really got me interested about the latest gameplay video was the amazing combat - it seems every fight was action packed and filled with tense struggles, especially when Drake was not equipped with a weapon, but his assailant was.

    I honestly think Uncharted 4 will be the best PlayStation 4 game for a long while, and there isn't really much coming anytime soon that will have the story, graphics and love that Naughty Dog have poured into A Thief's End. What are your thoughts on the game? Feel free to let us know your own opinions.

  • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Nathan Drake Model Shown

    uncharted 4 nathan drake modelNaughty Dog has just revealed a brand new screenshot which showcases Nathan Drake in their latest work-in-progress game, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.

    The new screenshot, which can be seen above, shows off a 3D render of the new Nathan Drake model, which Naughty Dog have been using in Uncharted 4. As you can see, the detail on Nathan is undeniably impressive. From the pores and wrinkles on his head, to the creases on his shirt, this picture shows that Uncharted 4 really is going to look amazing.

    Naughty Dog recently addressed the public's voice and confirmed that the incredibly detailed E3 reveal trailer for Uncharted 4 earlier this year was in fact within the in-game engine, suggesting that the game is more than capable of rendering such high definition graphics.

    The new image showcasing the Nathan Drake model has been used to promote a new 3D modelling event that is being hosted by a range of developers. The event will include a variety of different shows, including a character modelling demo by Naughty Dog.

    Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is set for release at some point in 2015 - so far we have not received a definitive release date for the title, but it sounds as if Naughty Dog have got quite a lot of work to do on the game before they pin up a launch date to share with the world.

    We'll let you know as soon as we learn about the launch date of the game, or if any new information about Uncharted 4 is released by Naughty Dog.

  • The Last of Us Remastered Sold 1 Million Copies

    last of us remastered sales - CopyIf you've ever been anywhere near any video game retail stores recently, you've probably seen The Last of Us Remastered quickly jump to the top of the PlayStation 4 charts, so it's unlikely you'd be surprised to hear that the remastered PS4 version of the The Last of Us has managed to sell over 1 million copies already.

    The original The Last of Us managed to sell over 7 million copies on the PlayStation 3, and the Remastered version of the PS4 may be able to get close to that in the coming months. Unsurprisingly, the Last of Us Remastered managed to pull in 632,000 copies in it's first week, whilst The Last of Us sold a little over double that in the same period at 1.3 million copies worldwide.

    If The Last of Us Remastered continues to sell at the same pace it is now, it's possible the two games will manage to reach a combined sale of 10 million copies worldwide, which would be pretty impressive considering the game is a PlayStation exclusive.

    Whilst it's possible The Last of Us 2 could come about, Naughty Dog are currently working on creating a movie adaptation of the game. Before that though, we can expect to see Uncharted 4 for the PlayStation 4. Despite a final date for Uncharted not being revealed as of yet, Uncharted 4 has been predicted to release at some point in 2015, and will remain to be a PlayStation 4 exclusive.

  • Last of Us Remastered Having Issues with Bugs

    last of us remasteredDespite The Last of Us Remastered selling like ice cream on a hot day, the game isn't without it's problems, and in fact the port over to the PlayStation 4 has caused quite a lot of issues across the entirety of the game.

    Luckily, Naughty Dog have already addressed that the game has a lot of issues, and they are currently working around the clock to fix up any major issues. Naughty Dog have already released a patch to fix up some problems, but other bugs still remain an issue.

    Patch 1.02 for The Last of Us Remastered is now out, and it fixes a few issues the multiplayer portion of the game have had. A press release has been released alongside the patch, and that can be read below.

    "As many of you may know, especially if you are among the many, many many people who have been playing our Factions multiplayer mode, that some people have been experiencing long wait times while trying to find a match. We've deployed several live updates over the past week in an effort to improve the matchmaking wait times. Things have definitely improved but there still remains work for us to get the matchmaking experience where we feel it should be. Patch 1.02 is our latest effort to continuing improving the matchmaking experience."

    Hopefully Naughty Dog will have everything else ironed out within the next month or two. We'll probably hear more about upcoming updates for The Last of Us shortly.

  • New Multiplayer The Last of Us DLC Planned

    last of us dlcDespite Naughty Dog recently putting a lot of effort into The Last of Us Remastered for the PlayStation 4, they still have been working on plans for more The Last of Us content, namely new DLC.

    However, unlike the first DLC pack, any future content for The Last of Us will be exclusive to multiplayer, leaving the main story untouched.

    Whilst the story of The Last of Us is it's main selling point, it makes sense that Naughty Dog don't want to water it down with DLC content that isn't perhaps too related to the main story, and any extra multiplayer content will most likely be appreciated.

    When asked about DLC, community strategist for Naughty Dog, Arne Meyer stated that "We just wanted to say when we released the Remastered version, we know there's a lot of DLC out there, and that we weren't going to stop supporting both the PS3 and PS4 versions. We do have some DLC planned [but] it'll be multiplayer-focused. We're not ready to talk about the details yet, but throughout the rest of the year we'll have some DLC drops."

    What are your thoughts on Naughty Dog's stance on multiplayer DLC for The Last of Us? I personally haven't had much time in the multiplayer portion of the game, but it's certainly peaked my interest at times.

    The Last of Us Remastered, which comes bundled with all current DLC for the PS3 version of the game, will be released July 29th.

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