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  • Blog Post: Here Are The Original Review Scores For Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection's Games

    Today marks the release of Sony's Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection for PlayStation 4. This collection of Naughty Dog's first three Uncharted games boosts them up to 60 fps and also offers up two new difficulty modes that either make the game easier or harder ( read more about other changes... More
  • Blog Post: Charting Progress: The History Of Animation At Naughty Dog

    This feature was originally published on January 30th, 2015 but we wanted to resurface the content in honor of the release of the Uncharted collection on PS4. Josh Scherr has worked at Naughty Dog for nearly fifteen years. Joining the studio to help animate Jak and Daxter, Scherr has had a front-row... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Why Naughty Dog Shouldn't Make A Sequel To The Last Of Us

    I beat The Last of Us a couple weeks ago, but that adventure is still ringing through my head like a brass bell. The game easily sits on my list of the five greatest games from this generation, and yet, I don't think I want to see a sequel. This opinion originally published on July 15, 2013. (The... More
  • Blog Post: E3 Rivals – Uncharted 4 Vs. Rise Of The Tomb Raider

    With extensive gameplay demos at both Sony's and Microsoft's press conferences, it's only natural to make comparisons between Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and Rise of the Tomb Raider. Each game showed quite a bit more to attendees of E3 with private demos as well. Game Informer's Jeff... More
  • Blog Post: The Essentials – The Last Of Us

    Some of the recent entries in our Essentials series have steered back into earlier eras of gaming, including looks at Resident Evil and Metal Gear Solid . But today, we’re considering a much more recent project. While The Last of Us has only been out for a couple of years, its poignant storytelling... More
  • Blog Post: Naughty Dog Presidents Discuss The 'Messy Process' Of Success

    Last summer, we talked to Naughty Dog's co-presidents, Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra, about the changes to Uncharted 4's development team and the future of the company. In the months that followed, the team has been hard at work on Uncharted 4. The fruits of those labors were shown through... More
  • Blog Post: The Challenges Of Writing Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

    Coming off of the solitary writing duties on The Last of Us, creative director Neil Druckmann has some help this time around for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End with fellow writers Josh Scherr and Tom Bissell. Scherr has been in the animation department at Naughty Dog since the early days of the first... More
  • Blog Post: How Uncharted 4 Is Taking Game Technology To The Next Level

    In our visit to Naughty Dog’s office last month, we talked extensively with the development team about the technology behind Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and the challenges tied to bringing this beloved series to PlayStation 4. The team is tapping the PlayStation 4 to enhance every aspect... More
  • Blog Post: The Secret Depth Of Uncharted 4’s Art Design

    The dense foliage of Madagascar holds many secrets. The bones of the dead highlight failed attempts at uncovering its mysteries, and the trees blanket the sigils that once pointed to the whereabouts of a lifetime of riches. This world is teeming with life. Birds take to the skies, waterfalls tumble in... More
  • Blog Post: Designing The New Gameplay Of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

    As discussed in our previous video interview with the game director and creative director , the Uncharted 4 team is planning on opening up the gameplay options a bit by providing multiple paths and ways to take out Nathan Drake's enemies. We spoke with co-lead designer Ricky Cambier to discuss how... More
  • Blog Post: Readers Tell Us What Modern Developers They Want On Classic Game Franchises

    Two weeks ago I posted a reader discussion asking what modern developers should take over or reboot classic franchises . The conversation was prompted by developers like Devolver Digital, who is attempting to make a Seaman game and The Odd Gentlemen, who are working on a new King's Quest . I put... More
  • Blog Post: Dissecting The Characters Of Uncharted 4

    Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End pushes players to unearth one of the greatest pirate treasures of all – Henry Avery’s stash, worth an estimated two to four hundred million dollars. For thrill-seeker Nathan Drake, Avery’s haul has been somewhat of a white whale. He’s chased it... More
  • Blog Post: How Uncharted 4 United Nolan North And Troy Baker

    With our February cover story on Uncharted 4: A Thief's End , we take a deep dive into the world and gameplay of Naughty Dog's next adventure. While we learned a lot from the developers , we also spoke with the actor who has helped create the character of Drake: Nolan North. Joining North in... More
  • Blog Post: The Last Of Us Leads Geek Out Over Creators Of Ico And Resident Evil

    When visiting game studios during our cover story visits, one constant refrain is developers citing the influence of Ico on their concept of game design. We've spoken with David Cage about it in the past, and Naughty Dog's game director Bruce Straley and creative director Neil Druckmann discussed... More
  • Blog Post: What’s At Stake For Nathan Drake In Uncharted 4

    Nathan Drake has always had a thirst for adventure: the bigger the risk, the bigger the adrenaline rush. Throughout the years, we've seen him exude confidence, recklessly throw himself into danger, and do it all with a carefree attitude and a joke to complement it. But Nathan Drake has slowly been... More
  • Blog Post: Comparing Uncharted 4's Story And Gameplay To The Last Of Us

    Following last year's staff shake-up , Naughty Dog announced that the duo behind The Last of Us would be leading development on Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. While visiting Naughty Dog for our February cover story on the game, we spoke to game director Bruce Straley and creative director Neil Druckmann... More
  • Blog Post: Exclusive Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Screens

    Yesterday we revealed Uncharted 4: A Thief's End as our February cover . We also have a full month of online coverage to complement the main story, so today we're kicking things off with a first look at some exclusive screens. The images below showcase Nathan Drake's trials, including handling... More
  • Blog Post: Kim Wallace’s Top Five Games Of Last Generation

    Storytelling has always been very important to me in games; it’s what keeps me hooked and immersed. I’ve often looked at the narrative as the great pay-off for all my hard work to complete a game, so it’s no surprise that the list below features games that told memorable tales. One... More
  • Blog Post: Matt Helgeson's Top Five Game Of The Last Generation

    It was the longest console generation in history, beginning with the release of the Xbox 360 in 2005 and generally ending in the fall of last year. Looking back, it also may have been the best. With three successful consoles, there were more games than ever before, and console game designers finally... More
  • Blog Post: Bonus Replay – Crash Team Racing

    It is a bright, new day for Replay. After outsmarting the Replay staff (and sneaking into Game Informer's office in the middle of the night), interns Harry Mackin, Dimitri Gedevanishvili, and Wayne Stainrook have taken over Replay, and we're doing things our way. The first Replay of the new regime... More
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