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Naughty Dog Setting a Higher Standard of Storytelling for The Last of Us


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Director and writer of Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Neil Druckmann recently spoke to Eurogamer about his vision for the upcoming game.  Druckmann emphasized the industry’s need to raise the standard for storytelling.  He stated,

As critics we need to raise the bar, otherwise no-one’s going to change. We’re going to keep pushing ourselves, and kill ourselves to make this story happen – but hope that by doing it, the rest of the industry is going to take notice and try to do the same thing.

This is great news for the gaming industry as story usually takes a backseat to gameplay, and any genre of media needs these boosts to improve.  He also stated that he felt core gamers might not respond well to the premise of The Last of Us, being “a love story about a father-daughter-like relationship.” But it may turn out to be a risk that launches gaming to a new level.  The best titles are the most

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Holiday Shopping Guide: 10 Awesome PS3 Games from 2011


2011 was generous year when it comes to fantastic titles that were released for the PS3.  Here are the best games from a fruitful year in gaming!

Batman: Arkham City

Batman Arkham City

Metacritic: 92

Average Price: $59.99

ESRB: Teen

Arkham city is a sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum.  The player controls the dark knight, in a third person action adventure game.

Batman’s goal is to rid Arkham of the proverbial villains who have escaped from the asylum and are wreaking havoc among the city’s denizens.

One of the top titles of the year, Batman: Arkham City is an appropriate gift for Christmas lists this holiday season.

Battlefield 3

Battlefield 3

Metacritic: 85

Average Price: $59.99

ESRB: Mature

Another big title for 2011 is EA’s Battlefield 3.  Battlefield is a first person shooter in which the player controls a US Marine in single player and multiplayer combat that encompasses locales across the world.

Battlefield 3 has had quite the grudge match with Call of Duty when it comes to fans of both series.  Battlefield supporters argue that it is more realistic and believable, and they are right.

With a mature rating, this game is certainly for hardcore gamers, so moms be warned!

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Review: Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception


Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is one of the most anticipated games of 2011.  So does the release live up to its name, or will the hype that preceded Uncharted 3 be a deception itself?

Story

This is where Uncharted 3 shines.  There were moments during gameplay where I was completely sideswiped by the depth of the story and the development of all the characters.  This installment of Uncharted dives into Nathan Drake’s characte Read the rest of this entry

The PS Vita has Alzheimer’s


If you are as excited about the PS Vita as I am, you should be aware of a few setbacks in the final release of the portable before you get the nerd giggles.  For starters, the WiFi model is set to run at about $249.99 and the 3G/WiFi model will run at about $299.99, so you’ll be shelling out the price of a regular console.  The 3G model doesn’t even include the price of a data plan.  On top of that, it was just revealed that certain games such as Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Dream Club Zero, Disgaea 3, Hot Shots Golf 6, Monster Raider, and Ridge Racer will require the addition of a memory card.  They will not be supported by the on board memory.  The following memory cards will be available: 4GB memory card (US$29), 8GB memory card ($42), 16GB memory card ($72), and 32GB memory card ($124) (Kotaku).  So if you want a hefty chunk of memory, and 3G speed for optimal online gaming, you could be spending about $425 plus a $15-$25 data plan.  That’s a lot of dough, and if you ask me, other portables are better and more popular.

PS Vita Photo

If the Vita comes built in with a nice os with an app store on par with Apple or Android, it could hold its own, but the popularity in the iPhone and Android phones are their accessibility and popularity among a huge demographic that conventional gaming consoles never dreamed of.  iPhones are popular among young and old.  I’ve seen many elderly addicted to Angry Birds, and my mother in law in particular (who is not into gaming at all) has several slot-machine and gambling-type games on her Android-run, T-Mobile myTouch.  I thought this was a strength in the Xperia play, a playstation phone released by Sony, but it too seems to be missing something; it is as popular as Rebecca Black at a Metallica concert.

I’m not sure if I want a Vita anymore.  Although I am a die hard Uncharted fan, I would be more interested in borrowing someone’s Vita for a weekend to play Golden Abyss, and invest my money in other console games.  The Vita could turn out to be an outstanding piece of hardware, but that will have to be proven with its release.  What are your thoughts on portable devices?  Am I an utter imbecile?  What innovation could make it for the PS Vita?  Let me know in the comments.

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