On January 17, Naughty Dog posted via their blog that their previously teased Flashback Map Pack #1 has been released and is available for $9.99 through the PlayStation Store. This map pack is available for free to players who purchased membership into the Fortune Hunters’ Club, which probably isn’t such a bad idea if you plan on purchasing most of the upcoming DLC. The club is available to players for $24.99 and includes all current and future DLC. But enough with all that. The map pack is highly nostalgic for players who romped about these maps in Uncharted 2, playing competitively or creating good memories with friends. I know I sure did and it was pretty awesome to go back and play on some of my favorite maps and seeing all the radical changes that Naughty Dog made. One of the most shocking maps to play on was the revamped Sanctuary map. Players can now see Aurora Borealis in the night sky and it certainly adds an eerie yet awe-inspiring atmosphere to the map.
Markus Persson’s sandbox-style game has touched the hearts of many PC players worldwide — apparently 20 million of them to the be exact. The game that allows players to explore and create a world made up only of 3D cubes has become one of the most popular titles for PC. In recent months, Minecraft has spread beyond the PC platform, with mobile releases for both Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platforms. An Xbox 360 exclusive version is also expected to release later this year.
Since Minecraft’s beta launch in December of 2010, it has registered over 20 million users.
Nintendo took another blow today when Electronic Arts announced that there would be no Wii version for EA’s latest Tiger Woods game. Tiger Woods PGA Tour has been a pretty substantial selling point for the Wii, promising to give consumers a more realistic golfing experience with the Wii’s motion controls. It seemed as though the advent of realistic sports games was coming via the Wii and many casual, and even some hardcore, gamers flocked to their local electronics store to get both the Wii and Tiger Woods PGA Tour. All-in-all, the game has never been too shabby on the console, though its standard-definition graphics and finicky controls have caused some consumers to steer clear. With the emergence of motion control options from both Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3, the Wii’s somewhat dated WiiMotion controller seemed a little more minuscule.
Note: E3, for those of you who may not know, is a large video game exposition held in Los Angeles, California. Most of the industry’s biggest names (including Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony) hold press conferences and hands-on demonstrations that exhibit what their company has to offer in the coming year.
Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House has told CVG that contrary to the popular rumors that have erupted over the last few days, the PlayStation 4 will not be a part of this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. The rumor that had been thrown wildly about the web was that Sony’s next console iteration (likely, the PlayStation 4) would make a showing at this year’s E3 event along with the successor to Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Nintendo’s Wii successor, the Wii U.
Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series has swept the video game industry by storm in this current console generation. The first game of the series, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, was released soon after the PlayStation 3′s launch and was a major selling point for Sony’s new system. With Microsoft’s Xbox 360 having a year’s head start, Sony had their work cut out for them, and Drake’s Fortune helped ease the process. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, which some may consider to be one of the best video game sequels of all time, was released in 2009 and it was met with huge commercial success. Naughty Dog was showered with awards left and right for Uncharted 2, to date receiving over 100 Game of the Year honors. This year’s threequel was no surprise when it was announced at the 2010 Spike VGAs. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception sold about as well as Among Thieves and it received many Game of the Year nominations, though very few wins. The formula seems to have hit a wall. Naughty Dog is going to need to change things up with Uncharted 4, and I’m here to share a few of my own opinions on what exactly those alterations could be.
Sony’s latest jab at the handheld gaming market made its debut overseas in Japan this past Saturday, with a second launch in European and North American markets scheduled for February 22 of next year. Vita’s portable competitor, Nintendo’s 3DS, was met with limited success but surmounted its rough launch with price cuts and a wider variety of games. Sony, who has always been on the lower side of portable system sales figures, is hoping Vita will outsell and outperform the 3DS. The question is, will Vita do just that? Check after the break for some statistics on Vita’s Day One report.
For those of you who are not familiar with OnLive, it is a cloud gaming service that allows users to play many of the hottest video game releases. It does this through means of extremely low-latency video connections that allow users to send commands to a server, where it executes the parallel action. You can view their website here.
Today, OnLive has officially announced its plans to release a version of their cloud-based gaming service for mobile devices, including Apple’s iOS and most Android-enabled smartphones and tablets. The service will be accessible to users with compatible devices starting tomorrow, December 8th.
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
Developer: Naughty Dog
Players: Single, Co-op and Multiplayer Online
Release Date: Nov. 1, 2011
Rated: T – Teen
Nathan Drake’s latest heroic escapade leads him all around the world from the ominous clubs of London to the radiant desert wastelands of Yemen. In Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, you even get the opportunity to explore Drake’s thieving past on the harsh streets of Colombia. The game was released a little more than two years after Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, falling in line with the series’ two-year release schedule. Drake’s Deception was highly marketed by the game’s publisher, Sony, who along with developer Naughty Dog released numerous trailers, held a public multiplayer BETA, and launched a partnership with Subway Restaurants. The Subway “Taste for Adventure” deal allowed fans a chance to play the full competitive multiplayer experience a month before the game’s official retail release. With all of the hype the game received prior to its release, does Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception live up to everyone’s expectations? Does it deliver in prominent Naughty Dog fashion? We’ll discuss these questions and more as we go in depth with Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.
The PlayStation Vita. It may seem like just another PSP, but it is certainly not. From supporting heavy duty 720p video capabilities to telling your Twitter followers that you’ve finished yet another hair-raising level of Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Vita allows you to do more than you ever have with a mobile gaming platform. Heck, it could even trump the iPhone or Android in terms of social and multimedia capabilities while playing hardcore games.
In an interview with Munechika Nishida at Impress Watch, SCE Senior VP Yoshio Matsumoto, Product Division Chief Hiromi Wakai, and Division 2 Software Development Head Muneki Shimada shared some details on Vita’s impressive multimedia features.
Lara Croft’s bursting her way back into the Hollywood scene with a new blockbuster planned for release in 2013. The movie will focus on Croft’s ruthless past and her battle for survival in her youth. However, the Tomb Raider reboot may not directly coincide with an upcoming Lara Croft video game also set to focus on the explorer’s formative years.