Category Archives: PS3

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception On Nov. 11, 2011

Good things come in threes. And in late 2011, you’ll know full well that saying, and shout in joy, because everyone’s favorite treasure-seeking hero is readying for a new adventure with Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.

Days ago Entertainment Weekly interrupted their daily fascination with Glee and Dancing with the Stars to get the exclusive scoop about Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, the next game in the blockbuster PlayStation 3 exclusive action-adventure series.

Following that breaking story there has been a media blitz of what will be in store for that wise-cracking protagonist Nathan Drake and his “I’m too old for this…” mentor Victor “Sully” Sullivan. And oh, I do hope they wear something light, because I’m guessing heat will surely be an issue.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception will both have Drake and Sully searching the Arabian Peninsula and the Rub’ al Khali Desert for a legendary lost city, the Iram of the Pillars. Plus for that extra bit of Middle Eastern seasoning, the central plot is lifted from the archeologist days of a young Lawrence of Arabia.

Now partly one of the main draws to the Uncharted series is the realistic environments which truly captures an authentic cinematic flare. It’s the reason why any non-gaming interested person, who’s over at your house, pulls up a chair to watch you play any Uncharted game.

That’s where the purpose of the new desert local for Uncharted 3 serves – well two fold actually. One is looking beautiful, and the other is presenting a technical and creative challenge to the Naughty Dog development team. Natural elements like water, fire, and of course sand, are described as being super hard to make convincing using computer rendering.

It’s the kind of courage that I wouldn’t expect less from Naughty Dog, and have no great doubts about them not achieving if these screen shots are anything to go on.

Naughty Dog is also promising some interesting tweaks to the Uncharted 3 game play – such as the ability to fight several enemies at once, and enhanced backwards climbing. And what will make a lot of gamers flip, improved multiplayer and co-op features. Wait?! They can get better than they already are?!

November 1, 2011 is the date set for Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, a year to get ready if you haven’t played the awesome that is Uncharted: 2. And if you have, then you might as well play this trailer over-and-over again, because it will probably be a while until we get any more juicy info.

Our Favorite E3 Moments – Sony’s E3 2006 Press Conference

It’s been four years since the debut of the PlayStation 3. Four years that have been one hell of a ride filled with great promise, embarrassing moments, and stupid decisions. Thankfully, it seems that Sony’s gaming platform has haphazardly found its way. Whether “how successful” is another argument to be made; what I want to focus on is the E3 event which started that strange journey.

E3 2006. Before a crowd of media correspondents and journalists from publications far and wide, Sony unveiled its third iteration to its gaming console series – the PlayStation 3. Most historians would mark this event as Sony’s downward spiral complimented with foolish arrogance and constant stupidity. And they are so dead on that even I, a full-time internet white knight, can’t sugar coat it enough.

This precious keynote is one of those unexpected hilarious moments that show how the King can quickly become the fool in no-time-sharp. Not only did you have Sony’s CEO Kazuo “Kaz” Hirai, shock the crowd by announcing such a laughable $500 price point, but later he would utter the phrase that would become one of the most famous internet memes known to modern gaming.

And if that weren’t the icing on the cake, the presentation of Genji: Days of the Blade, featuring a giant crab battle (hehe), made the entire event seem like a huge prank – as if pretty-boy Ashton Kutcher was waiting to jump out and quickly point at the hidden cameras to the crowd present.

*Ignore the whole Wii360 comment at the end of this video, or not whatever :P

Yeah, it’s gotten a lot better, and cheaper too! *hugs PS3*

Man, and I Thought the Behind the Bullet Trailer was Awesome. Here’s Some KZ3

Here’s a teaser trailer for the upcoming Killzone 3. I remember being blown away by the Behind the Bullet trailer for KZ2, but this looks even more awesome.


Pach-Attack! And Other Awesome Links of the Day

Everyone’s favorite (or not) neighborhood friendly analyst Michael Pachter is getting the spotlight in a new video segment on GameTrailers called Pach-Attack!

And indeed that is what you will get in these short bits staring the Wedbush Morgan Securities forecaster; who has also guest stared in other GameTrailers’ programs like the Bonus Round.

So if you are like me, and enjoy Pachter’s insightful and funny outlook on the game’s industry, check out the first episode below where he lists his biggest winners and losers of 2009. And if you’re one of those people who don’t… well there’s a NeoGaf forum thread for you somewhere to vent your nerdy disgust.

Pach-Attack! Episode 1 [GameTrailers]

In other video game related awesome links of the day: an airport in Hong Kong have partnered up with Sony to install PlayStation 3 kiosks, Microsoft of Japan is launching a bunch of new commercials, and a Bitmob contributer argues for the use of Quick Time Events (which will make someone here angry and comment below.)

Plus you can also check out the discussion of the challenge of blending both game play and narrative with Rainbow Studios senior game designer Ara Shirinian on Gamasutra, and lastly, coming to Japanese theaters later this year (and a DVD rack at a Best Buy near you) is a live action movie based on Capcom’s Dead Rising series.

While this might not be Burger King, these awesome links are still flamed broiled hot – hot – hot!

Hong Kong International Airport Gets PS3 Kiosks [Joystiq]

New Xbox Japan Ads Are Reminiscent of Old Dreamcast Ads [Kotaku]

Quick Time Events When And When Not To Use Them [Bitmob]

The Uneasy Merging of Narrative and Gameplay [Gamasutra]

Capcom Making a Dead Rising Movie [GoNintendo]

A New Ridge Racer Game? And Other Awesome Links Of The Day

Yes after the last Ridge Racer for the PSP there will be a new Ridge Racer game, but not for the platform you think. Announced today was Ridge Racer Accelerated for the Apple iPhone. If there wasn’t any more given reason to hate people with iPhones, this might make me want to instantly chain-whip anyone I see that flips one out. But something is better than nothing for this really awesome arcade racing series from Namco-Bandai.

In other awesome links of the day action: are Sony’s three big pillars of 2010, Andy Richter from The Tonight Show admits he was snubbed by the Video Game Awards for best voice acting performance, Dan “Shoe” Hsu’s disturbing tale of how his Xbox Live account was stolen, and Nintendo trademarking “Zii.” Oh lordy! Sounds like some juicy stuff to read!

Sony: Motion Control, 3D & PSN Are”Big Three Pillars” In 2010 [Kotaku]

Andy Richter upset at his Assassin’s Creed 2 voiceover VGA snub [Joystiq]

Hacked on Xbox Live: A Victim’s Tale [Bitmob]

Nintendo trademarks ‘Zii’ over in Japan, Creative is like ‘zaywha?’ [Engadget]