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Game Critics E3 Award Winners Announced, Fallout 4 And Uncharted 4 Each Win Three

The winners of the Game Critics E3 awards have been announced, and some of the categories aren’t likely to surprise you much. Fallout 4 and Uncharted 4 tie, with each coming away winning three categories.

Here’s the full rundown:

Best of Show
Fallout 4
(Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Best Original Game
Horizon Zero Dawn
(Guerrilla Games/Sony Computer Entertainment for PlayStation 4)

Best Console Game
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
(Naughty Dog/Sony Computer Entertianment for PlayStation 4)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
(Nintendo for 3DS)

Best PC Game
Fallout 4
(Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Best Hardware/Peripheral
Oculus Touch
(Oculus VR)

Best Action Game
Star Wars Battlefront
(DICE/EA for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Best Action/Adventure Game
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
(Naughty Dog/Sony Computer Entertainment for PlayStation 4)

Best Role Playing Game
Fallout 4
(Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Best Racing Game
Need for Speed
(Ghost Games/EA for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Best Sports Game
FIFA 16
(EA Canada/EA Sports for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Best Family/Social Game
Super Mario Maker
(Nintendo EAD/Nintendo for Wii U)

Best Online Multiplayer
Star Wars Battlefront
(DICE/EA for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Best Independent Game
No Man's Sky
(Hello Games for PC, PlayStation 4)

Special Commendation for Graphics
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
(Naughty Dog/Sony Computer Entertainment for PlayStation 4)

For the complete list of nominees, you can read up in our previous coverage.

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Check Back At 3 P.M. Eastern For The Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End E3 Demo

Update: Sony will be posting the Uncharted 4 demo at 12 p.m. Pacific / 3 p.m. Eastern. Check back then if you missed the Twitch stream or want to see it again.

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You’ve seen small bits and pieces of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, but today you’ll you can check out what we saw at E3. Don’t worry if you can’t tune in live, though. We’ll have it available for you right after.

You can tune into Naughty Dog’s Twitch channel for the presentation beginning at 11 a.m. Pacific / 2 p.m. Eastern. After that, we’ll have the video right here.

For more on Uncharted 4: Among Thieves, check out our coverage from E3. You can also read up on the game in our coverage hub from the February 2015 issue.

 

Our Take
I’m looking forward to checking this out, as it had quite a lot of buzz during the show. 

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Naughty Dog Teasing Uncharted 4 Extended Gameplay Stream Next Week

Sony's press conference stage was home to a few minutes of Uncharted 4 gameplay, and Naughty Dog is teasing more footage for July 1.

The remainder of the demo was showcased at E3, but it was shown behind closed doors. You can find our write-up of the demo by heading here. Along with the details of the live stream happening on July 1 at 11 a.m. PT, Naughty Dog also showcased a short animated GIF of Nathan and his brother riding a motorcycle, but clearly not understanding how roads are supposed to work.

[Source: @Naughty_Dog]

 

Our Take
I didn't get a chance to see the behind closed doors extended demo of Uncharted 4 demo at E3 even though I was at the show, so I am looking forward to tuning in on Wednesday.

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Extended Uncharted 4 Sequence Finds The Drake Brothers In Trouble

Like it normally does when it's at a Sony press conference, the latest Uncharted title, Thief's End, took the audience on a thrill-laden rollercoaster ride. What they didn't experience, however, was a large chunk of action that occurred after the screen went black. Today we saw more of the game's impressive action sequence, the motive's behind Sam's quest, as well as the return of Nathan's wife, Elena.

The trailer below show at the press conference dramatically stops when Nate's about to crash into wooden scaffolding while he's grappled to a crane truck chasing the escape of his brother Sam. Needless to say Nathan survives the ride and is dragged on the ground on the opposite bank, where he starts firing on an enemy jeep racing alongside. The jeep explodes and crashes, flipping up in a ball of fire and debris. Like in many other parts of the video, the onscreen spectacle of particles, dirt, and any other objects affected by the physics of the explosion is very impressive. 

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Nate climbs up the crane cable and finds firm footing on the back of the truck as enemies continue to fire at him.. He shoots his way clear and jumps up to the lead truck chasing Sam, who is busy holding his own on a motorcycle at the head of the pack. Nate leaps from the truck into the passenger seat of a nearby jeep. He struggles with the driver and commandeers the vehicle.

As Nate argues with Sam as to whom should jump onto whose vehicle, Nate is suddenly t-boned by a charging truck. The scene is a violent and jarring end to the chase. Nate gathers himself after the accident, upside down in the flipped-over jeep and trapped. A fire breaks out in the vehicle and the player has to QTE Nathan out of danger. As he starts to crawl out, some of Rafe's thugs from the chase approach, guns drawn, unsure if anyone survived the crash. Nate surprises them and guns them down before they can fire.

Sam then rides up and gives Nate a lift on his motorcycle. The reprieve is short lived, however, before the armored truck in the video starts the chase anew. What follows is a classic Uncharted sequence where Sam is driving the bike toward the camera while the pursuing truck is hot on their heels. Nate fires back at it, but it doesn't do much good.

Sam makes his way onto a loading dock full of cargo trailers and stevedors. The chase ends as Sam skillfully slides the bike under a cargo bed as the truck crashes and explodes magnificently.

Both Sam and Nathan chuckle, unfazed at what has been another in a long line of adventures between them.

The pair reunite with Sully at their hotel, and Sam is excited at what he's found in his escape – clues that reveal the location of the mythical colony of Libertaria, just northeast of King's Bay. This was a sort of pirate's commune, where they lived in a supposed utopian society. The best part for Sam, Nate, and Sully is that like many utopias, personal wealth and possessions were apparently shunned. Thus, they pooled all their pirate riches in a single building. Sam is giddy at the thought of so much gold and treasure stashed in one central place.

Nate is also swept up in the revelation until he enters his hotel room. Elena is there waiting for them, and she is clearly very hurt that Nate has lied to her about his whereabouts.

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New Devices And Games (Including Uncharted 3) Added To PlayStation Now Service

Sony has announced the introduction of five more PlayStation 3 titles to the PlayStation Now service. Additionally, you can now access the streaming service on more devices.

Coming to the service this month are the following titles:

  • Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate
  • Hustle Kings
  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma
  • Super Stardust HD
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

The PlayStation Now service is available on more devices this month. Sony announced that its 2015 blu-ray players in the United States and 2014 televisions in the U.S. and Canada now support game streaming.

PlayStation Now is available as a monthly subscription program (for $ 19.99 per month or $ 44.99 for three months) or a la carte with per-title rental fees for various periods of time. For more on the service, check out our past coverage, including Sony’s recent buyout of OnLive’s assets and patents.

[Source: Sony]

 

Our Take
Even with the OnLive assets (and loss of a meager competitor), I have a hard time believing that game streaming is a viable service. The library has a lot of room to grow, and a wider range of titles from across generations need to become available before it becomes too good to pass up.

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Special Edition Podcast: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Throughout the last month we've covered a lot of ground with our coverage on Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, but we wanted to open the doors and let the Game Informer and Naughty Dog communities directly ask game director Bruce Straley and creative director Neil Druckmann questions about the game. The studio is still holding a lot of their cards close to their chest, but we asked them dozens and dozens of questions and I think you'll learn a thing or two about the fourth entry in the beloved series.

Listen to the podcast below to learn more from Straley and Druckmann about Sam Drake, some nitty-gritty game design decisions, and what it's like to work on the PlayStation 4.

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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 before, but has come up with nothing to show for his efforts. He abandoned his quest to find it, and recently put treasure hunting behind him altogether, settling into a life or normalcy with his other love, Elena.

He removed himself from the dangers of looking for dead men’s gold for approximately three years, until his brother Sam showed up. Sam is Nathan’s long-lost brother – a sibling he thought died many years ago. Sam’s surprising return comes with a hope: a new clue that could lead to the location of Avery’s haul. It also brings a price: coming out of retirement and turning his back on his family.

We don’t know how Nathan is lured away from his domesticated life – either by his own volition or by another means linked to his brother – but he plunges back into his old adrenaline-seeking self, and travels with his brother by boat to a small island off of Madagascar.

Through another series of events Naughty Dog is keeping shrouded in secrecy, Nathan and Sam find trouble on the high seas, leading to their boat crashing and the brothers being thrown overboard. They are separated by the harsh ocean currents. We learn that Nathan washes ashore with no knowledge of his brother’s location. A tropical storm blankets his vision and prevents him from searching until the rain ceases. Nathan's only option is to seek refuge in a cave. He has no equipment or means of contacting anyone. He doesn’t even know if Sam is still alive.

He knows one thing: He’s in the right place. He’s on the island he believes holds Avery’s treasure and the fabled pirate colony called Libertalia.

Whenever Naughty Dog’s scribes talk about Avery’s gold, the line ‘every treasure has its cost’ is delivered soon after. The cost, from what we know, will likely be personal to Nathan. Is part of that equation Sam? Elena? Could it be Sully? What about Nathan himself?

Naughty Dog hasn’t revealed much in terms of character development, or even who the key players of Uncharted 4 will be, but has dropped a few names and hints that give us an idea of who Nathan might be up against and adventuring with.

From the reunion with his brother, the strain of being away from his wife, and the race to find Avery’s riches before a band of rival treasure hunters do, Nathan’s life sounds like a whirlwind of chaos. He clearly isn’t going into this hunt with confidence, or people he can trust.

Over the next few pages, we’ve assembled all of the information we know about each of the characters in Uncharted 4, and also cast our own speculation as to how some of the series' familiar faces may be involved.

Up next… Nathan and his brother


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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 about the process of leaving The Last of Us behind and returning to the adventures of Nathan Drake. We discuss the overwhelming response to The Last of Us, dealing with the shift in tone between The Last of Us and Uncharted, and how the gameplay and development compares between the games. 

Watch the video below to learn about the difficulty of developing a game like Uncharted 4 and what the team thinks of creating a sequel to The Last of Us.

Warning: This video contains some spoilers for the Uncharted series, The Last of Us, and its Left Behind DLC.

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Sony Releases PlayStation Experience Uncharted 4 Panel

If you attended the PlayStation Experience this weekend in Las Vegas, you may have been able to attend to this panel in person. If not however, you can learn all about the evolution of Nathan Drake for Uncharted 4 in this video.

The video is an hour long, but if you ever wanted learn an exhaustive amount about Nathan Drake's arms, or building a human being that technically doesn't exist, check out the video below.

For more on Uncharted 4, you can check out some gameplay showcased during the PlayStation Experience.

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[Source: PlayStation on YouTube via: Kotaku]

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