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PlayStation 4 Uncharted Bundle Drops To $299 On Black Friday

Sony has announced a major black Friday deal on a PlayStation 4. The Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection bundle is dropping under $ 300 for this weekend only.

The package comes with a 500 GB PlayStation 4 and the single-player campaigns for Uncharted, Uncharted 2, and Uncharted 3. You’ll also get access to the Uncharted 4 multiplayer beta.

In the United States, you can pick this up at a variety of retailers for $ 299 from Thursday, November 26, through Monday, November 30. Canadian gamers can get in on the action for $ 369.99 CAD from Friday, November 27, through Monday, November 30.

[Source: PlayStation Blog] – The Feed

Classic Postmortem: Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune

Half-tucked hero Nathan Drake made his debut eight years ago today. Here’s Naughty Dog’s detailed postmortem that first ran in Game Developer magazine. …

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If Nathan Looked Exceptionally Hurt In Uncharted 3, It Was Probably Because Nolan North Had Two Broken Ribs

A new video from Did You Know Gaming looks at the Uncharted series, and the tribulations Nathan Drake's performer, Nolan North, endured during the third game.

Alongside the tidbit about North's injuries, the video also looks at why the character Charlie Cutter ducked out of the adventure early, as well as some of the Easter eggs hidden throughout the series.

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You can check out other videos from the Did You Know Gaming channel covering Super Mario Maker, Silent Hill, Sonic Adventure 2, Jak & Daxter, amiibo, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Persona, Dr. Mario, Dragon Age, Zelda: Majora's Mask, Tetris, Monster Hunter, Grand Theft Auto, Halo, more Halo, The Last of Us, Pokémon, more Pokémon, even more Pokémon, Pokémon Snap, Assassin's Creed, Mario, Jet Set Radio, Mega Man, Fire Emblem, Donkey Kong, Killer Instinct, Rayman, Mass Effect, Dragon Quest, Guitar Hero, Final Fantasy, Castlevania, Star Fox, Punch-Out, Metroid, Zelda, more Zelda, even more Zelda, Final Fight, Doom, Dragon Ball Z, multiple Super Smash Bros. videos, Team Fortress 2, Harvest Moon, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, the history of the NES, Genesis, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Nintendo 64, the DS, the PlayStation, PlayStation 3, and two covering the Game Boy by hitting the links.

[Source: Did You Know Gaming] – The Feed

Uncharted 4 Multiplayer Beta Kicks Off December 4, See It Action Now

Get ready to dive back into the dusty, explosive world of Uncharted 4 multiplayer. At Paris Games Week, we had a chance to see the game in action, with familiar characters Nate, Sully, Elena, and Chloe.

The action features a great deal of verticality, rope swinging, and (of course) explosions. There are also supernatural elements that can be summoned in during the fight.

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The multiplayer beta launches on December 4. To get in, you'll need to have purchased The Nathan Drake Collection. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End drops into our lives on March 18, 2016. – The Feed

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 here). To ring in Nathan Drake's current-generation bundle, we've gathered together our original review scores and highlighted some of our thoughts for the original three titles.

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune – 8.75

"Uncharted [Drake's Fortune] isn’t destined to be a classic; I don’t think there are enough new ideas here to put it in the genius category. However, this is game that is very sure of its identity and does the things that it set out to do very well. It’s a fun, fast, and memorable thrill ride, and perhaps the closest video games have come yet to approximating the experience of an interactive summer blockbuster." – Matt Helgeson

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – 10

"Uncharted 2 is a masterstroke of game creation. This is the killer app PlayStation 3 owners have been waiting for, and I’d even be saying this without the outstanding competitive and co-op multiplayer. Given the complexity of the character relationships, I urge players to play the original game before venturing into the sequel. Some of the jokes and references fall flat if you don’t have the knowledge of Nathan’s previous exploits.

Uncharted 2 is a ringing testament to the power of both games and storytelling. It pulls you in, keeps you engaged, and concludes with a thunderous bang." – Andrew Reiner

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception – 9.5

"Around the edges of Uncharted 3, there’s the vague sense that things are a bit too pat, that it’s all beginning to feel a little formulaic. You could draw comparisons to Call of Duty, another series that relies heavily on high production values and popcorn-movie bombast. However, Uncharted 3 still affects me, not only because it’s such sublime fun, but because it’s telling the tale of characters I have a real affection for. In the end, you hope Drake makes it out of his latest impossible predicament, that Sully lives to deliver another wry one-liner, and that maybe – just maybe – Drake and Elena will finally settle down. Uncharted 3 is one of the biggest, most impressive games ever made, but the scene that stuck with me the most was a small one: a tired Drake resting his head on Elena’s lap and saying, 'I’m sorry.'" – Matt Helgeson


What were your initial thoughts on the Uncharted games when they first came out? Have they all held up against the test of time? – The Feed

Uncharted PlayStation 4 Bundle Arrives Oct. 9 With Nathan Drake Collection

This fall is going to see a number of bundles from both Sony and Microsoft. The latest to be announced is a standard black PlayStation 4, complete with Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection.

The $ 399 bundle includes a 500 GB PlayStation 4 and a digital copy of the game. Additionally, Sony dropped an early look at a commercial for the bundle that will be premiering on television soon.

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For more on Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, check out our previous coverage. The bundle and the standalone game will be out on October 9.


Our Take
I expect that we’ll see more bundles like this (standard console plus game) from all three hardware manufacturers this year. It’s an easy way to nudge interested customers without committing to a price cut. – The Feed

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Arrives At The Dawn Of Spring

If you are eagerly anticipating Nathan Drake’s next adventure, then you can now mark your calendar for March 18, 2016, just two days before spring is officially sprung. That’s the day that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is set to launch on PS4. In addition, if you’re an especially big fan, you can now make a decision regarding whether one of the more expensive editions of the game is right for you.

Sony has detailed a bevy of pre-order options, so strap in. 

If you’d like more than the $ 59.99 game, a $ 79.99 Special Edition of the game includes the Blu-ray disc, a collectible steelbook case, a 48-page hardcover art book, a sticker sheet, and a pack of in-game currency for use in purchasing multiplayer content.

For the true connoisseurs, $ 119.99 will net you a hoard of treasure as part of the Libertalia Collector’s Edition, including everything that is part of the special edition above, plus a 12” Nathan Drake figure from Gentle Giant, three multiplayer outfits and two weapon skins, along with a ball cap and Madagascar sidekick outfits. 

You thought we were done, but we’re not. 

The digital deluxe edition includes a digital copy of Uncharted 4, as well as what Sony is calling the Triple Pack, a set of upcoming content akin to what many companies have called a season pass. With the Triple Pack, you get future access to a single-player story add-on and two future multiplayer packs that unlock rare and legendary items. In addition, the digital deluxe edition includes two undetailed multiplayer-customization items.

Players who want to buy the Triple Pack separately can do so for $ 20, an offer that is also available to folks who have already pre-ordered.

I wish I could tell you that's everything, but there's so much more.

Sony has also revealed that anyone who pre-orders any version of Uncharted 4, whether digital or physical, will also get a bonus pack that includes the original Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune multiplayer customization options, the golden weapon customization, and a pack of Naughty Dog Points for use in multiplayer.

If you’re still reading, then it’s clear that you care deeply about Uncharted 4. And so, I’m happy to tell you that Sony is also exploring separate pre-order bonuses for different retailers, on top of everything listed above. 

Pre-order at GameStop, and you get a Multiplayer Booster Pack that includes a bunch of one-time multiplayer boosts, as well as a special dagger inspired by Uncharted 2. [Disclaimer: GameStop is the parent company of Game Informer]

Assign your pre-order to Amazon, and you pick up a Snow Camo weapon customization along with a reskin of Drake in multiplayer that has the intrepid explorer decked out for desert discovery.

Turn in your pre-order through the PlayStation Store, and you get an Uncharted 4 Dynamic Theme to grace your PS4’s home screen, along with some desert weapon customization options in multiplayer.

[Source: PS Blog]


Our Take
That’s too many pre-order bonuses for me to keep straight without a reference guide (which I’ve just written for you). It seems like a lot of options to ask your consumer to keep track of. Nonetheless, it’s clear that Naughty Dog and Sony are hoping that multiplayer cosmetic items are intriguing enough to fuel some big pre-order numbers. For my part, they had me at "new game from Naughty Dog." – The Feed

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection Gets Speedrun And Casual-Focused Explorer Mode

While Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection won’t be coming with the series’ multiplayer affairs, it is getting beefed up in other ways. The three-game story collection is getting a host of new modes targeting a trio of different play styles.

For those who just want to cruise the stories (and bounce from one near-death experience to the next), there’s Explorer mode. Here, you’ll get the full effect of the puzzle-like platforming, but combat is significantly easier.

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If you’re at the opposite end of the spectrum, you’ll be happy to know that after beating the appropriately-named Crushing difficulty, there’s a new challenge. Brutal difficulty should keep you busy on your quest to break a PS4 controller, especially as it only unlocks after conquering Crushing.

For speedrunners, there’s a timer you can toggle on to keep track of your pace. (How come more games aren’t doing this?)

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection will be out on October 9 for PlayStation 4. – The Feed

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
(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. – The Feed

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.

Original Story:

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. – The Feed