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Jak and Daxter Collection preview

Jak and Daxter Collection preview

Sony's HD collections have been the gold standard of HD collections. God of War, Sly, and Ico have all received impressive HD facelifts--and they certain fare much better than offerings made by Ubisoft and Capcom. So, how does Jak and Daxter's foray into the world of 720p fare? It looks pretty good.

I was unimpressed at first, watching a cutscene rendered in Jak 1's engine. While the visuals have been spruced up, the close-ups featured in the movies only highlighted the low-res texture work and low polygon count of the models. However, when the camera zoomed out during regular gameplay, I was impressed by how clean and bright everything looked.

Read more: No new Jak tease »

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VGA 2011 'potential acceptance speeches' from Drake, Wheatley revealed

VGA 2011 'potential acceptance speeches' from Drake, Wheatley revealed

Oh, you thought that the industry had finally escaped the grasp of the Spike TV Video Game Awards? Not quite. Here are a few of the "acceptance speeches" that couldn't make it into the program--not because Spike TV decided to ignore most of the winners, but because these digitally rendered characters didn't win.

The Joker won the award for "Best Character," but here are the potential speeches you would've heard had Portal 2's Wheatley or Uncharted 3's Nathan Drake had won.

Watch: Character acceptance speeches »

"Its more hideous in person. It looks like it was made by playskool."
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The Last of Us 'not a zombie game,' says Naughty Dog

The Last of Us 'not a zombie game,' says Naughty Dog

When we saw the debut trailer of The Last of Us at the Spike VGAs, it was hard not to think it's another zombie game. A well-acted zombie game with Naughty Dog's signature style of witty dialogue from our charismatic heroes, but a zombie game nonetheless. But the developer doesn't like the stigma attached to that name.

"If the game was about the monsters, we would have not showed them," said creative director Neil Druckmann. "The story's not about them, so [we thought] let's get it out of the way."

Read more: Studio wants to push 'story-driven' narrative »

"Not once when I saw this trailer did I think that this game was about zombies or creatures or ..."
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The Last of Us in development for two years, no online planned

The Last of Us in development for two years, no online planned

The Last of Us was perhaps the most surprising revelation at the Spike TV Video Game Awards over the weekend. Sure, another post-apocalyptic game starring sort-of-zombies may not be the most original concept, but the game's developer roused up quite a lot of buzz: Naughty Dog. The developer is best known for their work on the Uncharted series, and only recently shipped Uncharted 3 to critical acclaim. So, where did Last of Us come from?

Apparently, a "secret team" formed within Naughty Dog after shipping Uncharted 2. Creative Director Neil Druckmann, who previously served as a writer on Uncharted 2, admitted to working on the game "for the last two years."

Read more: The actors revealed »

"I thought UC3 was much better than UC2. The gunplay was a little off, but otherwise I thought ..."
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The Last of Us developed by Uncharted team

The Last of Us developed by Uncharted team

The Spike TV Video Game Awards took only ten minutes to get to its first big reveal. The Last of Us, the long-teased mysterious PS3 exclusive, is reminiscent of the Dead Island debut trailer, showing a family struggling against monsters in a post-apocalyptic setting. The game is being developed by Naughty Dog, the team best known for their work on the Uncharted franchise.

Watch: The debut trailer »

"If this has some kind of split-screen single player co-op, i'd buy it in an instant. "
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Uncharted 3 patch adds alternate aim, cutscene viewer

Uncharted 3 patch adds alternate aim, cutscene viewer

If you played Uncharted 3 over the Thanksgiving weekend, you may have noticed a new patch had gone live. So, what does version 1.02 do? Most importantly, it introduces a new "alternate aim setting" for gamers that found the controls of Uncharted 3's single player mode problematic.

Naughty Dog invited gamers to help tweak the controls after initial complaints that the changes made to Uncharted 3's aim were for the worse. The "alternate aim settings" added in 1.02 should make the game feel more like Uncharted 2.

Read more: Movie cutscene viewer added, motion blur fixed »

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Jak and Daxter Collection coming in February in 3D

Jak and Daxter Collection coming in February in 3D

Before Naughty Dog went on to create the Uncharted series for PlayStation 3, it worked on the Jak & Daxter franchise. While the characters are a bit furrier than Nathan Drake and company, it's interesting to discover similarities between the two series.

The Jak & Daxter series is the next Sony franchise to get the HD collection treatment. Coming in February, the Jak and Daxter Collection includes Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Jak II, and Jak 3.

Watch: Jak & Daxter: The 720p Legacy »

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Uncharted 3 'Flashback Map Pack' announced

Uncharted 3 'Flashback Map Pack' announced

There's going to be a lot of DLC for Uncharted 3's multiplayer mode. While the initial offerings have been limited to various skins, Naughty Dog has unveiled the first significant expansion for the mode.

The first map pack for the online mode is the "Flashback Map Pack #1." While Naughty Dog hasn't detailed the contents of the DLC quite yet, the first screenshots give us a pretty good idea on what to expect.

Read more: Retro maps remade »

"Personally I only really enjoy the co-op portions but it doesn't seem like they really did them ..."
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Move was considered for Uncharted 3

Move was considered for Uncharted 3

The Uncharted series tends to serve as a showpiece for Sony's hardware, and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception does its part to tout Sony's 3D push. But what about Sony's other proprietary technology, the PlayStation Move? Apparently Naughty Dog considered including it, but just couldn't make it fit into the series as it currently stands.

Read more: 'No good way to properly take advantage of Move' »

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Uncharted 3 hits 3.8M sales in one day

Uncharted 3 hits 3.8M sales in one day

It seems that plenty of treasure hunters are digging into Nathan Drake's latest adventure, as Sony has announced that Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception sold 3.8 million copies in its first day. That global sales record puts it well on its way to be the best-selling game of the series so far.

It's important to note, though, that "sold" from Sony's perspective tends to mean "sold to retailers," so this likely isn't a customer sell-through rate.

Read more: Series 'has redefined the third-person adventure' »

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Uncharted 3 dev considering tweaking single player controls

Uncharted 3 dev considering tweaking single player controls

For some, the changes made to the way you aim in Uncharted 3 make the game significantly less fun to play. Shacker Sinisterinfant commented that the new controls are "garbage," making it difficult to enjoy the game. Others, like SketchyFletchy, have had no problems and consider the complaints "entitled whining."

To explore the mixed reaction towards Uncharted 3's controls, developer Naughty Dog invited gamers to its heaadquarters to discuss the problem, and potentially work on a new solution.

Read more: Patch may be coming 'very soon' »

"Best to ignore those folks. They get off declaring anything "whining" no matter how irrational."
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Uncharted 3 dev defends changed controls

Uncharted 3 dev defends changed controls

Uncharted 3 released two days ago, and many fans are crying foul. In spite of critical acclaim, many dislike the changes made to the controls of the single player campaign. Complaints include increased input lag and a general lack of responsiveness--something that's not present in the multiplayer component, and in Uncharted 2.

"Look, the aiming in Uncharted 3 single player campaign is definitely broken; it’s not in our heads. It doesn’t work and it’s ruining the experience. I never had an issue in Uncharted 1 and 2. Almost all my kills in UC2 were headshots, now in UC3 it’s all air. I hate getting into a gun fight in this game, especially with the brain dead A.I," one commenter said.

Read more: Naughty Dog says changes give you 'a better grasp' of gunplay »

"I knew there was a reason I kept clicking the analog stick. I kept doing it out of instinct but ..."
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Uncharted 3 free DLC for keeping your arm outstretched

Uncharted 3 free DLC for keeping your arm outstretched

Sony's made Uncharted 3 gamers jump through a lot of hoops for various DLC promotions. If you're full on Subway sandwiches, and stopped by AMC Theaters for the Uncharted 3 preview event, then you might be interested in this new promo--easily the most bizarre of them all.

If you have a webcam, you'll be able to participate in a contest to see who can keep their arm outstretched the longest. If you can keep your arm still for nearly nine hours, you can win a $10,000 grand prize.

Read more: Prizes just for playing »

"I thought that said Porno, and i would have been all for that DLC promotion"
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Uncharted 3 DLC begins with skins pack

Uncharted 3 DLC begins with skins pack

Sony has promised a lot of DLC for Uncharted 3's multiplayer mode. In fact, the company is promising at least $45 worth of DLC (which can be procured at a discount via a Season Pass, of course). So what's the first expansion we can expect for the game? Skins, of course.

Characters from Uncharted 2's multiplayer mode, such as Flynn and Tenzen, will be playable through an upcoming character skins pack.

Read more: How many skins? And when? »

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More Uncharted games likely, given series' success

More Uncharted games likely, given series' success

It probably won't come as much of a surprise given the runaway success of the series, but Uncharted 3 director Justin Richmond recently confirmed that series protagonist Nathan Drake still has some untold adventures in store. The latest, Drake's Deception, isn't due out until November 1, but a number of very positive pre-release reviews--including Xav's recent assessment here on Shacknews--have been very positive.

Read more: 'We haven't told all of them yet' »

"I'd personally love this. Uncharted is a lot like Indiana Jones in that they both have a ..."
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