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PS4: The Last of Us Remastered emerges accidentally, but will you buy it?

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Action Games, Naughty Dog, PS4 games, The Last Of Us

PS4: The Last of Us Remastered emerges accidentally, but will you buy it?

Sony accidentally let slip that The Last of Us Remastered is A Thing that's coming to PS4.

A banner advertisement for a revamped PS4 version of Naughty Dog's survival-horror epic appeared on the US Sony Entertainment Network website (via NeoGAF), boasting a $59.99 price tag.

It's got a nice Day 1 Digital release badge as well, from which we can infer that there'll be a physical version of the game too.

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Uncharted writer joins the EAmpire, will work on Star Wars project

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Amy Hennig, EA, Naughty Dog, Uncharted, Visceral Games

Uncharted writer joins the EAmpire, will work on Star Wars project

Amy Hennig, the writer and co-director behind the Uncharted series, left Naughty Dog under a bit of a cloud last month. Unsurprisingly it didn't take long for her to get snapped up by none other than Visceral Games and EA - who'll be putting the veteran director and wordsmith to work on their upcoming Star Wars game.

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Game Buzz | Episode 67 - Bye-Bye Nice Guy Jack

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Game Buzz, Jack Tretton, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, Naughty Dog, OnLive, Podcast, PS4, PWNCAST, Sony, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Watch Dogs

Game Buzz | Episode 67 - Bye-Bye Nice Guy Jack

It's Game Buzz time, folks! Ready your eardrums for some magnificent waffle as we dive into the hottest topics from the industry from the past seven days.

This week, we chat about Jack Tretton leaving Sony after nearly two decades with the company and how E3 will never be the same again, Jon tells all from his hands-on with MGS: Ground Zeroes, we take a little look at some of OnLive 2.0's new features and ask if the cloud company have jumped the gun again, we have a natter about the Watch Dogs delay and ask if we're even still excited for Ubi Montreal's open world hackathon, and as South Park: The Stick of Truth releases, we reflect on some of our favourite licensed games from yesteryear.

Game Buzz | Episode 67 - Bye-Bye Nice Guy Jack. Recorded 7th March, 2014.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

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Jumped or Pushed? Amy Hennig's Naughty Dog departure has worrying undertones

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Amy Hennig, Naughty Dog, PS4 games, Uncharted 4

Jumped or Pushed? Amy Hennig's Naughty Dog departure has worrying undertones

Amy Hennig, lead writer on the Uncharted series,  who has enjoyed over a decade of success at Naughty Dog, has left the company.

IGN broke the news first, citing "numerous trusted sources" who suggested that Hennig had been "writing and leading development" on the recently teased next Uncharted game for PS4.

Perhaps more worryingly, IGN also said that sources claim the creative director was "forced out" by The Last of Us leads Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley, and that Nathan Drake's adventures will now come under their control.

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The Last Of Us: Left Behind Review | Friends Until The End

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
DLC, Game reviews, Naughty Dog, Sony Computer Entertainment, The Last Of Us, The Last Of Us: Left Behind

The Last Of Us: Left Behind Review | Friends Until The EndPlatform: PS3

Developer: Naughty Dog

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

As someone who enjoyed The Last Of Us (perhaps significantly more than our on-site review) I was both excited and rather nervous about Left Behind. After all, getting your money’s worth out of DLC has always been a hot topic here on Dealspwn, and buying season passes ahead of time has added further fuel to that fire (and is something we really, really suggest you do not do – wait for the content to be revealed and reviewed first to avoid disappointment.) Thankfully, Left Behind provides a delicate and engrossing look at Ellie’s life before she met Joel in an extra chapter that fans of The Last Of Us should absolutely get hold of.

With that rather stark and quite upfront endorsement, let’s explain why I feel that is the case. It should come as no surprise that the narrative aspects of The Last Of Us are as strong as ever in Left Behind, with the optional environmental interactions once again bringing a very human touch between the traversal and action sequences. This time around, the subject of lost innocence and growing up in a world gone to hell is the main focus, as Ellie’s relationship with her best friend Riley reaches a critical turning point. It should come of no surprise that the script is of a high standard, but it is the performances by Ashley Johnson and Yanni King that make each interaction between the two a highlight of the DLC.

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Uncharted Is Coming To PS4! Surprise? No. Awesome? Yes.

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Naughty Dog, PS4, Sony, Uncharted

But Is It A Sequel?

Sony promised a "shocking" PS4 game announcement last night, and delivered a teaser trailer for... gasp!... Uncharted. We're not entirely sure if "shocking" is the right word for an Uncharted game coming to a PlayStation platform (bleedin' obvious might have been more appropriate), but that doesn't make this news any less fantastic.

However, the teaser is leading some of us to wonder whether the next Uncharted game might not be a direct sequel. Let's review.

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Naughty Dog Considered Rebooting Jak & Daxter, Made The Last Of Us Instead

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Jak & Daxter, Naughty Dog, The Last Of Us

Naughty Dog Considered Rebooting Jak & Daxter, Made The Last Of Us Instead

According to Naughty Dog's creative director, the studio actively considered rebooting the Jak & Daxter series after finishing Uncharted 2. However, their ideas ended up at odds with the original games, leading them to start working on an interesting little side project that turned into The Last Of Us.

The phrase "right decision" is bandied about a lot these days...

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The Last Of Us Gets Musical 'Alternate Ending'

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Funnies
Tags:
Naughty Dog, PS3 games, The Last Of Us

The Last Of Us Gets Musical 'Alternate Ending'

Here's a little something to brighten up your Friday afternoon.

Happy studios make great games, and Naughty Dog seems to have had a blast developing The Last Of Us. Creative director Neil Druckman and the motion capture cast actually acted out the final act as an improvised musical for the merry hell of it, which they've now released onto the internet. There's several minutes of preamble, but it's well worth the wait.

CONTAINS EARTH-SHATTERING SPOILERS. DO NOT WATCH IF YOU HAVEN'T COMPLETED THE LAST OF US!

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The Last Of Us DLC Plans Revealed, Starts With Abandoned Territory Multiplayer Map Pack

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
DLC, Map pack, Naughty Dog, PS3 games, season pass, The Last Of Us

The Last Of Us DLC Plans Revealed, Starts With Abandoned Territory Multiplayer Map Pack

Singleplayer DLC Coming "December-January"

Naughty Dog has unveiled the first third of The Last Of Us' season pass DLC: somewhat predictably, a multiplayer map pack. They've also outlined their plans going forward, which include a singleplayer story expansion in the depths of winter, sandwiched between some more multiplayer content. Details below.

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Watch the Final The Last of Us Dev Diaries

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
News
Tags:
Dev diaries, Naughty Dog, PS3 games, The Last Of Us

Watch the Final The Last of Us Dev Diaries

Months after the release of The Last of Us, Naughty Dog have been providing us with interesting dev diaries, keeping awareness of the game high and indeed maintaining sales. The Last of Us is slipping down the charts now, but it's become one of the biggest sellers of the year so far along the way.

These final dev diaries could well tempt a purchase from any of you yet to pick up the game and may encourage current owners to play through it again. The first video talks about the characters of Joel and Ellie, giving them a bit of background. The second is a fascinating montage of concept art images detailing numerous changes for characters, environments and the infected. Both are spoiler free and well worth a watch. Hmm, can I squeeze in another playthrough before GTA V lands?

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Naughty Dog Reveal Alternative Plot and Original Ending For The Last of Us

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Naughty Dog, Neil Druckmann, The Last Of Us

Naughty Dog Reveal Alternative Plot and Original Ending For The Last of Us

Spoilers Ahoy!

Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann has lifted the lid on one of the early story ideas for Ellie and Joel, and how an alternative plot would have seen them fleeing for their lives across the country from the wrath of a rather familiar character.

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Naughty Dog Sale Climbs Onto PSN

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Crash Bandicoot, Naughty Dog, PS3 games, PSN, Uncharted, Uncharted: Fight For Fortune

Naughty Dog Sale Climbs Onto PSN

Several Naughty Dog games are now available at a discount on the PlayStation Store, until Friday July 12th. As you'd expect, several vintage Crash Bandicoot titles make the cut, alongside the Uncharted series.

No, The Last Of Us isn't included. Nice try. You can mug up on the savings after the break, and access the SEN browser marketplace here.

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The Last Of Us Dev Diary Keeps The Hype Train Rollin'

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Naughty Dog, PS3 games, Sony, Survival games, The Last Of Us

The Last Of Us Dev Diary Keeps The Hype Train Rollin'

The Last Of Us released last month, but no-one's stopped talking about Naughty Dog's impressive survival game yet. Including Naughty Dog themselves, who have released another developer diary video to discuss the brutal combat and "potential consequences of inertia" you'll experience in the fungus-infested ruins of civilization. Though later sections of the game featured combat too heavily for Matt's liking, it was certainly artfully done.

Chances are you already know that The Last Of Us is a seriously impressive proposition, or already own it. You can read our final verdict in Matt's  8/10 The Last Of Us review.

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The Last of Us is Big in Japan

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
News
Tags:
Japanese charts, Naughty Dog, PS3 games, The Last Of Us

The Last of Us is Big in Japan

Despite its CERO Z rating, which is higher than an M rating in Japan, The Last of Us has manged to exceed its sales expectations. In fact, 88% of the initial shipment has flown off the shelves, with 117,465 copies sold in its first week. Outstanding work for a new IP, even more so given the traditionally off-putting age rating.

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The Last of Us Patch Removes Sexy Phone Numbers

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
News
Tags:
Naughty Dog, PS3 games, The Last Of Us

The Last of Us Patch Removes Sexy Phone Numbers

Patch Includes Multiplayer Fixes

Well, the Naughty Dog studio have been caught with their pants down here. One of the phone numbers posted on an in-game bulletin board in The Last of Us for a pest exterminator is actually a real phone number, for a sex line. Not the Easter egg gamers were after upon spotting the phone number.

Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann explained how this happened, "What happened was, they put some phone numbers in the game and then they thought they could just change the area code to 555, then it's invalid because it's what they do in movies. But I guess that doesn't work when you have a 1-800 in front of it."

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Dealspwn Playthrough | The Last Of Us Multiplayer

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
Tags:
Dealspwn Playthrough, Gameplay, multiplayer, Naughty Dog, Sony Computer Entertainment, The Last Of Us

Dealspwn Playthrough | The Last Of Us Multiplayer

In today's episode of Dealspwn Playthrough, Carl and Matt attempt to survive their first experience together of the Multiplayer portion of Naughty Dog's latest PS3 game The Last Of Us. Watch as they gather supplies, see the downside to being on fire, and tackle the harsh reality of a fungal-based apocalypse, all after the jump.

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