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PS3 Slim news: All they want for Christmas…

The people behind the video games you love tell us what they’re looking forward to playing over the Christmas break.

Draw up a fantasy list of dream careers and the job of video games developer would surely feature. You get to make and play amazing titles all day long, right? Make them, yes, but play them? Not always. That’s why the people involved in creating the biggest video games of 2012 – some of the most passionate fans there are – look forward to the chance to down tools over Christmas and catch up on the games their fellow developers have crafted.

Discover what the talented minds behind the likes of Wonderbook: Book of Spells, Dishonored and Need for Speed Most Wanted are hoping to unwrap on Christmas morning.

“Given all the superb releases in the last few months I wouldn’t normally have any time to leave the house. However, this year I’ve got a few great games to play on my PlayStation Vita, including LittleBigPlanet PlayStation Vita, Assassin’s Creed III Liberation and Need for Speed Most Wanted, while on my PlayStation 3 must-play list this Christmas are Wonderbook: Book of Spells, Sleeping Dogs and Hitman: Absolution.” (Robert Karp, producer, XDev Studio Europe)

“Obviously, Christmas is the season of goodwill, but I also like to think of it as the time when Santa dumps a load of wicked games down the chimney, and I take time off work to blast through them.

“This year, while my family busy themselves exchanging gifts, eating mince pies and enjoying a little quality time together, I’ll be battering my friends’ high scores and driving my way to the top of my Most Wanted List in Need for Speed Most Wanted on PS3. And if my family insist on me making an appearance at the dinner table, I’ll bring my PS Vita version and just keep on scoring.” (Rob O’Farrell, producer, Criterion Games)

“I’m looking forward to playing Dishonored on PS3 and having the time to finally finish Rayman Origins on my PS Vita.” (Warren Spector, vice president, Junction Point Studios)

“I’m way behind so I am looking forward to finally playing Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. I’m also going to be catching up with The Walking Dead on my PS3.” (Paul Weaver, senior director, Junction Point Studios)

“I’ve started playing the adventure game, The Walking Dead, and I really like it. The branching choices are great and make it feel like my experience, my story. Harvey Smith [see below] and I are both playing XCOM: Enemy Unknown, along with people from the Dishonored team in Lyon and in Austin. There’s a good chance we’ll be starting it all over again during the holiday.” (Raphael Colantonio, president and co-creative director, Arkane Studios)

“XCOM: Enemy Unknown. I need to start again because my entire squad, in Iron Man mode, got slaughtered. All of them were named after friends and family. Raphael Colantonio and I died last, at least. Also, my wife is a PS Vita fanatic, so she will be playing LittleBigPlanet PS Vita and Sound Shapes. I love to watch her play and hear her commentary on what she likes in games and in the PS Vita system itself.” (Harvey Smith, co-creative director, Arkane Studios)

“I’ll be replaying Journey, squeezing in some fights on PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale and working my way through Papa & Yo. I love a good beat ‘em up, so I’m playing Double Dragon Neon which I got free through PlayStation Plus. I’m also travelling a lot over the holiday, so I have my PS Vita stocked up. I’m playing through LittleBigPlanet PS Vita, Gravity Rush and also Assassin’s Creed III Liberation.” (Brandon Laurino, executive producer, CCP Games) “My daughter and I have been discussing some themes and ideas for our next LittleBigPlanet PS Vita level. The plan is to get that up and running and play-tested (by Mummy), and then I have some serious catching up to do in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.” (Atli Már Sveinsson, creative director, CCP Games)

“I’m going away for the holidays with my family, so it’s all going to be about PS Vita. LittleBigPlanet PS Vita and Sound Shapes I’ve already started, and Christmas will be the perfect time to play them some more. Plus I’m really looking forward to playing two new exciting games, Surge and Big Sky Infinity, which I’m hoping everyone else picks up so I can challenge them on the leader boards.” (Paul Rustchynsky, design director, Evolution Studios)

“My stack of must-play games grows ever taller. I feel shame. But the annual mini-holiday grants me the opportunity to turn my attention to the pile. Beautiful, shiny, unopened PS3 versions of Far Cry 3, Dishonored and Deus Ex: Human Revolution (I am fully aware how long ago that came out) wait to be enjoyed with eggnog, turkey sandwiches and sometimes cake…in fact, most of the time cake.” (Matt Turner, scriptwriter, Ubisoft Montreal)

“Maybe I’ll put Heavy Rain back in the tray for a replay, or some XCOM: Enemy Unknown. As a lot of us are just taking a break after finishing Assassin’s Creed III, there’s also the threat of some four-player Borderlands 2 action, but the wife is already giving me the death stare and I’ve only just typed this.” (Alex Hutchinson, creative director, Ubisoft Montreal)

“I’ll be playing God of War Collection followed by God of War III as there’s nothing like a bit of Spartan spirit to warm up the festive period.” (Ben Walke, community manager, Codemasters)

“I’m hoping for a few new 3D Blu-ray movies from Santa to watch on my PS3. I’m also looking forward to Ratchet & Clank: QForce as it’s awesome in stereoscopic 3D and is good for all the family – I can buy it for the kids and play it myself when they’re in bed!” (Simon Benson, senior development manager, Evolution Studios)

“I can’t wait to play Assassin’s Creed III and FIFA 13, as well as watch trailers for Dead Space 3 and The Last of Us on my PS3 at home.” (Brian Hayes, creative director, EA SPORTS)

“2012 has been a busy year for London Studio – and this Christmas I fully intend to reap the rewards. My kids love Wonderbook: Book of Spells already and when their cousins are over at Christmas we will definitely be playing it. Let’s face it, everyone loves levitating a jar of eyeballs…

“I know that LittleBigPlanet Karting is on at least one wish list in our house as well as Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two and LEGO The Lord of the Rings. And we won’t forget our party favourites: SingStar and DanceStar Party Hits. Doubtless these will be a big part of our post-lunch afternoon. My niece has a grudge match with me on DanceStar Party as I beat her hands down last year. Merry Christmas everyone!” (Dave Ranyard, director, London Studio)

After a certain game yourself this Christmas? Why not head over to Facebook.com/SonyPlayStation and tell us what you’re most looking forward to playing. You never know, someone might spot your comment and take the hint…

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Posted on December 17th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

news: Weekend Essentials 117

Looking for a great PS3 game to play this weekend? FIFA Street, Journey and Twisted Metal are out now – which means you can stay in.

The Journey begins

Discover a beautifully compelling world combined with an emotional experience that you won’t forget on PlayStation 3 this weekend in Journey. The latest title from the makers of Flower and flOw is available to download from PlayStation Store and gives you the chance to immerse yourself in a world full of mystery and intrigue as you cross a vast and awe inspiring landscape to discover the history of an ancient civilisation.

Experience a mesmerising adventure on PS3 now. 

Free your game

Inspired by street football styles and stars from around the world, FIFA Street on PS3 promises to be the most authentic street football game ever made. Enjoy a unique and fun-filled experience where everything from the environments to the music is true to the sport and its culture.

Take it to the streets on PS3 this weekend.

Release your road rage in Twisted Metal

The most insane motoring tournament on PlayStation 3 has arrived. Twisted Metal, dreamed up by lethal lunatic Calypso, invites you to test your racing skills in its carnival of high-speed chaos as a member of the Holy Men, Skulls, Clowns or Dolls gangs.

Tokyo’s final hope

The popular Yakuza series branches out in a new direction in Yakuza: Dead Souls on PS3. As one of four characters, it’s down to you to eliminate the undead hordes causing havoc in the Japanese capital using a wide variety of guns and upgrades.

Plan your escape

Head over to PlayStation Store this weekend to download Warp, a puzzle–based, stealth action game where you play as Zero, a little orange alien with a big score to settle. Have you got what it takes to help Zero flee the underwater research facility where he is held captive using his arsenal of unique abilities?

The ultimate Uncharted challenge

Download the Co-op Shade Survival Mode pack for Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception from PlayStation Store this weekend and prepare to face some of the toughest enemies in the Uncharted series to date. Team up with up to two friends via PlayStation Network and tackle wave after wave of incoming enemies, using astute teamwork to survive.

Shoot down the robot apocalypse

The side-scrolling shooter genre gets a mischievous makeover in Shoot Many Robots this weekend. Download it now from PlayStation Store to your PS3 system and team up with up to three friends via PlayStation Network to stamp out the robot invasion with a wacky assortment of weapons and costumes.

Level Up your PS3 knowledge

PlayStation 3 turns five on 23 March 2012, so what better way to celebrate the upcoming celebrations than to test your knowledge in our PS3 themed edition of Level Up, the official PlayStation quiz. Tackle Level Up over at eu.playstation.com/levelup and show the world how smart you are. While you’re at it, head over to the official PlayStation Forums at community.eu.playstation.com and you can send in your very own birthday messages to the mighty home entertainment system.

Keep an eye on PlayStation.Blog at blog.eu.playstation.com for the latest PlayStation news.

Visit eu.playstation.com/competitions for your chance to win great prizes.

Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/PlayStationEU.   

Join in with a variety of activities on the Official PlayStation Facebook page at facebook.com/SonyPlayStation.

Have your say in the official PlayStation Forums at community.eu.playstation.com.

Sign up to Inside PS Vita at eu.playstation.com/psvita for exclusive updates on the games and features of PS Vita.

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Posted on March 17th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

Slim PS3 news: PlayStation Game and Community Awards 2011 – the results

Find out the best games of 2011 as voted for by the PlayStation Community.

At the start of the year, we asked you, the PlayStation Community, to tell us which games rocked your PlayStation 3 and PSP systems in 2011 over at community.eu.playstation.com.

We’d like to thank you all for sending in your nominations and voting for your favourites. You can view the full list of winners below.

PS3 Game of the Year: Uncharted 3: Drake´s Deception

“Uncharted won a crushing victory. Keep up the good work Naughty Dog and you´ll have more success and great sales in the future.” (javi_vcl, Spain)

Best Multiplayer: Battlefield 3

“Great result for Battlefield 3. It´s a real pleasure to play on its servers.” (AIPadrino, Spain)

Best PlayStation Network Service: Official PlayStation Forums

Most Anticipated PlayStation Game of 2012: The Last of Us

“There´s great expectation for The Last of Us. I’m really looking forward to something new from Naughty Dog after the success of Uncharted.” (AIPadrino, Spain)

Best PlayStation Video Game Art and Design: Uncharted 3: Drake´s Deception”With three wins, Uncharted 3 is the big winner.” (Aluai, Portugal)

Most Wanted Trophy: Uncharted 3: Drake´s Deception platinum “Naughty Dog has proved itself again this year.” (d1capo, Netherlands)

Downloadable Content of the Year: Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand

Downloadable Game of the year: Limbo

“I’m very happy for Limbo.” (curre, Italy)

Best Video Game Character: Nathan Drake

“Nathan Drake had a clear victory over the other candidates.” (Midgar_01, Spain)

Most Anticipated PS Vita Game: Uncharted: Golden Abyss

“In my eyes it’s well deserved. This is also the reason why I pre-ordered my PS Vita.” (steven_dutch, Netherlands)

PSP Game of the Year: Patapon 3

Keep an eye on community.eu.playstation.com for more great ways to share your favourite gaming experiences with the PlayStation Community.

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Posted on February 20th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

news: Trophy Cabinet – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Treasure, trailblazing and trophies combine in the outstanding adventure of 2011. Here’s how to max out your trophy list.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception puts you on the trail of mystery, glory and some of the most challenging trophies on PlayStation 3. Luckily, the PlayStation Community are on hand with expert advice to help you unlock every trophy and achieve platinum status.

For the next Trophy Cabinet instalment, we’d like you to think about the explosive Battlefield 3. Head to community.eu.playstation.com and tell your fellow PS3 gamers how you tackled the action-packed shooter’s trophy list. The best advice will be published right here on eu.playstation.com.

In the meantime, your path to platinum in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is mapped out below.

“I spent about 18 hours chasing down the platinum trophy. When I bought the game I played it at my own pace to experience the story. After completing that, I played through again on the Crushing difficulty setting, where it takes more skill to kill enemies and stay alive.” (Zamunda, Portugal)

“Playing about two hours per afternoon, I managed to obtain the platinum trophy roughly 11 days after buying the game. Finding solid cover was crucial to my success – I did this 1,000 times, according to the in-game stats.” (Netweb, Portugal)

“Unlike many of my friends, I hunted for my platinum trophy backwards. I played the Hard and Crushing settings first, and then started all over again on Easy so I could explore all the nooks and crannies. I found it a phenomenal game.” (Aluai, Portugal)

“The hardest trophy to get is Dyno-Might Master, where you have to kill two enemies by returning a grenade. It’s impossible to earn it on the Easy difficulty setting because the enemies don’t throw grenades. In the harder modes the enemies do lob bombs, so it’s easier to find the right moment.” (Ghri, Italy)

“The Crushing difficulty setting will give you a hard time, so you cannot play as Rambo. Eliminate your opponents, take care of your ammo and be prepared to restart from checkpoints until you get the right result.” (Pioterek2010, Poland)

“Finishing some sections in Crushing mode took me up to ten attempts, and ultimately I survived these with lots of patience. You won’t have to try many sections too often if you remember to choose the best possible weapons in difficult shoot-outs, and stay behind cover as much as possible.” (Jyyste, Finland)

“Complete the game on any difficulty level to unlock the Crushing setting. Just enjoy the process and don’t pay attention to the trophies for this run-through. Don’t rush straight into gun battles and you’ll eventually succeed. You will also need to collect the treasures in at least one level and take part in at least one match in two different online modes. I recommend Chapter 19: The Settlement for earning the trophies. Good luck!” (Unostar, Russia)

“Some treasures are placed in very obscure locations. For example, some are located not on the floor, but in the ceiling. Shoot to dislodge them, and watch carefully to see where they fall.” (totAntoxaxa, Russia)

Need a little friendly advice about trophy hunting? Then put your questions to the experts of the official PlayStation Forums at community.eu.playstation.com. Don’t forget to come back next month to find out how to strike platinum in Battlefield 3 on PS3.

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Posted on January 17th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

PS3 Slim news: My PlayStation highlight of 2011

As another fantastic year on PlayStation draws to a close, industry experts tell eu.playstation.com their video game highlights of 2011.

“The unveiling of PlayStation Vita in January all the way through to the launch in Japan on 17 December 2011 has been great. On PlayStation 3, the launch of Killzone 3, LittleBigPlanet 2 and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception stood out, along with the announcement of The Last of Us.” Shuhei Yoshida, president, SCE Worldwide Studios

“What a year it’s been: we started with three massive games in LittleBigPlanet 2, Killzone 3 and MotorStorm Apocalypse, and rounded it off with Resistance 3 and the incomparable Uncharted 3. Add to that some great new PS Move experiences like DanceStar Party, Start the Party! Save the World and Medieval Moves, and there was truly something for everyone in 2011.” Michael Denny, senior vice president, SCE Worldwide Studios, Europe

“There was a ton of great stuff in 2011, and if you were to twist my arm, I’d have to say Uncharted 3. The game just looks amazing and continues a great narrative in a way that few titles have been able to accomplish. No other game gets closer to film quality cutscenes.” Dayne McClurg, community manager, Gotham City Impostors

“Showing off WipEout 2048 and Little Deviants on PS Vita for the first time in public at E3 2011 was a big highlight for me. And playing Uncharted 3 in stereoscopic 3D with my youngest son – it’s just such an awesome game, great story, brilliant pacing, Hollywood style action and all in superb, quality 3D. Hats off to the ‘Dogs’ for another truly amazing game.” Mick Hocking, vice president, SCE Worldwide Studios

“It’s got to be Uncharted 3. I’m a huge fan of the series and it’s a stunning title to experience.” Nick Craig, vice president, Codemasters

“For me it’s been inFAMOUS 2. I loved the first game and I think the second one is just so much better. I’m playing it through for the second time as the villain right now.” Simon Bursey, art director, BigBig Studios

“Killzone 3 showed clearly how far you can push the rendering power of PS3 – great look and feel, and a very well executed game. Batman: Arkham City was a fine successor to the beautiful Arkham Asylum and it’s fantastic to see a small studio like Rocksteady create such a strong new Batman series.” Tore Blystad, game director, Hitman: Absolution

“Not strictly this year, but it has to be Gran Turismo 5. It hasn’t been taken out of my PlayStation 3 since 2010, and it has basically helped me become an actual racing driver.” Jann Mardenborough, GT Academy winner 2011

“It’s been a stupendous year for the discerning gamer, hasn’t it? Call me biased, but seeing EA SPORTS FIFA 12’s online stats go through the roof this year stood out. Also, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Battlefield 3 and Batman: Arkham City – Deus Ex: Human Revolution too. That’s about three months of non-stop playing right there.” Matt Prior, associate producer, EA

“I always enjoy seeing how game series I used to work on go: Dead Space 2 and Need For Speed The Run are two of those, and both are great.” Glen Schofield, general manager, Sledgehammer Games

“I loved The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and I found Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Batman: Arkham City to be pretty epic.” Ara Demirjian, assistant producer, SCE Worldwide Studios

“Killzone 3 was a lot of fun. I’m about big guns: the bigger the shells the better, and that missile launcher in Killzone 3 [the WASP] was immense.” Randy Varnell, producer, Gearbox Software

Check out our video to view more PlayStation highlights from 2011, including the pick of the year as chosen by Jim Ryan, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

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Posted on January 1st, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

Slim PS3 news: Brand New Uncharted 3:Drakes Deception Wallpaper at 1080p Along With 9 Others

Latest news: Uncharted Central.com: Here is an exclusive brand new Uncharted 3 wallpaper at 1920×1080 resolution along with 9 other Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception wallpapers. Our site is updated several times every day with the latest Free Slim PS3 news.

Posted on December 25th, 2011 by  |  No Comments »

Slim PS3 news: Have a 3D Christmas on PS3

Enter the third dimension with stereoscopic 3D on PlayStation 3 this Christmas.

Stereoscopic 3D continues to go from strength to strength in 2011 with more and more movies and video games adopting the eye-popping formula that has changed the way we watch High Definition films on Blu-ray Disc and how we experience PlayStation 3 games.

Accessing this brilliant entertainment on PS3 is simple. First, make sure you have a compatible TV, such as a BRAVIA 3D TV, and 3D compatible glasses or, if you’re feeling fancy, Sony’s HMZ-T1 Personal 3D Viewer. Then read on to find out about some of the best Blu-ray 3D discs and games available to buy this Christmas from your nearest store.

Stereoscopic 3D games on PlayStation 3

If you’re looking out for the most mind-blowing stereoscopic 3D gaming there is on PlayStation 3, then check out Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception from developer, Naughty Dog. Packing in award-winning storytelling, blockbuster action and competitive and co-op multiplayer, Nathan Drake’s latest adventure is a must. Mix in stereoscopic 3D and you’ve got yourself one of the most immersive and thrilling game on PlayStation 3 in 2011.

Looking for a first person shooter that not only tests your mettle, but transforms your living room into a living, breathing war zone through the power of stereoscopic 3D? Then grab yourself a copy of the epic sci-fi action title, Killzone 3. Dropping you right into the heart of the battle, you’ll have to dodge bullets as the combat rages all around you on the treacherous planet Helghan.

Racing fans, rev your engines for the Real Driving Simulator, Gran Turismo 5, which comes rammed with over 1,000 stunning cars, more than 20 locations, over 70 track variations and stereoscopic 3D. That means car aficionados can ogle at some of the world’s greatest supercars from the likes of Ferrari and Bugatti in a whole new way.

Whipping up a storm in 2011 and hailed as the greatest superhero gaming adventure of all time, Batman: Arkham City allows you to slip into the batsuit and take on Gotham’s notorious villains inside the walls of the gargantuan Arkham City maximum security prison. Packed with a batcave full of gadgets and – best of all – stereoscopic 3D, Batman: Arkham City is the most fun you’ll have this Christmas in a pair of tights.

Blu-ray 3D discs on PlayStation 3

Battling with the family for a piece of the action on that BRAVIA 3D TV? Then be sure to grab a handful of some of the best Blu-ray 3D discs around this Christmas to avoid all-out war in the living room, including the complete Toy Story 3D collection. Each one is available separately and packed with Oscar-winning animation, witty scripts and some of the most memorable characters in film history. Oh, and did we mention that they’re all in stereoscopic 3D?

One of the most successful film series of all time came to an end in 2011 with the arrival of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, and now you can own it on Blu-ray 3D disc or download it from the Video Store of PlayStation Store this Christmas. Filled with tons of extra features and behind the scenes snippets, this final chapter in the epic series sees the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizard world escalate into an all-out war.

It’s hammer time and that can only mean one thing: no, not an MC Hammer revival, but Thor on Blu-ray 3D disc. The first of two mighty Marvel comic book movies to explode onto screens in 2011, Thor sees the arrogant warrior, played by Chris Hemsworth, banished to Earth from his home world of Asgard, where he must fight to reclaim his lost powers and learn what it takes to become a true hero. If you’re looking for more superhero action this Christmas then make sure you also pick up a copy of Captain America: The First Avenger on Blu-ray 3D disc to add to your collection.

Fancy something a little darker and perfect for the grown-ups at home? Then get ready for one hell of a ride in Drive Angry 3D. Nicolas Cage stars as Milton, a hardened criminal who has broken out of hell for one last chance at redemption. Intent on punishing a vicious cult who murdered his daughter and kidnapped his granddaughter, he has three days to stop them before they sacrifice her child under a full moon to raise the devil himself.

With loads of PlayStation 3 games and Blu-ray 3D discs to choose from, there is plenty to get you started this Christmas. This is just a taste of the growing catalogue of 3D compatible games and movies on PlayStation 3, so be sure to check out eu.playstation.com for all the latest stereoscopic 3D games and eu.playstation.com/ps3/movies/ for the best Blu-ray 3D discs headed your way in 2012. The revolution is only just starting!

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Posted on December 17th, 2011 by  |  No Comments »

news: Game Talk – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Recent news:

Justin Richmond and Arne Meyer reveal all about the stars of the latest in the blockbuster adventure series.

Ever wondered what Nathan Drake would be doing if he wasn’t a globetrotting explorer? Or what crafty old fox Victor Sullivan used to do before he met his protégé? Well wonder no more, as our exclusive video interview with two of the team behind Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception will fill in the gaps.

Naughty Dog’s Justin Richmond and Arne Meyer, game director and community strategist respectively, sat down to give eu.playstation.com a peek into the past of some of the biggest stars on PlayStation 3. 

Watch the video to discover how Nolan North, the voice of Nathan Drake, is becoming more like his alter ego; why Graham McTavish, who lends his tones to series newcomer Charlie Cutter, is the last person you’d want to meet in a dark alley and how festive Bill Murray movie, Scrooged, inspired Nathan’s latest nemesis.

Don’t miss out on this essential insight into one of the best-loved games on PS3.

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Posted on December 13th, 2011 by  |  No Comments »

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – review

PlayStation 3; £39.99; Naughty Dog/Sony; 16+

Games exclusive to a single console have apparently been subjected to 1940s-style rationing these days, but rumours of their death have clearly been exaggerated. In recent years, the burden of providing a reason to buy a PlayStation 3 rather than Xbox 360 or Wii has been shouldered by Naughty Dog’s action-adventure franchise Uncharted, so the third iteration, subtitled Drake’s Deception, is the company’s great white hope for this Christmas. So it’s a good job that, like a polar opposite of the England football team, it seems able to feed off the pressure and achieve new heights.

As ever, Uncharted superficially adheres to the blueprint established by the Tomb Raider games, in that the game’s protagonist, Nathan Drake, divides his time between acrobatic leaping, climbing and swinging around, shooting and solving puzzles. That’s where the resemblance ends though. Uncharted 3 has a cinematic grandeur that would make Lara Croft choke with envy.

Talk of adhering to blueprints, commendably, is slightly misleading in Uncharted 3’s case. From the beginning, it makes clear its intention to avoid the predictable and obvious, mixing up its gameplay and exotic locations cleverly. It begins with Drake and his mentor Sully, unarmed, taking part in a great brawl in a London pub. Which illustrates two things: first, the game’s hand-to-hand combat engine has been massively improved (although it takes a back seat once weapons enter the equation). And second, that the franchise has raised its game in terms of virtual acting to a level only previously occupied by LA Noire. Those tiny incongruities that remind gamers they aren’t actually controlling a Hollywood movie have been ruthlessly eradicated, and the dialogue is vibrant rather than clunky.

The game’s narrative flow, as tortuous as we have come to expect, also provides an extra level of immersion. It soon busies itself by filling in a crucial chunk of back-story, as you flash back to control a teenage Drake in Cartagena, Colombia – where he first encounters Sully. The game then returns to the present day, apparently competing with itself to take you to ever more exotic locations as Drake’s treasure hunt takes shape.

You wouldn’t say that Uncharted 3’s gameplay is fantastically innovative. It’s very much a traditional game, and takes care to be forgiving for those who wouldn’t describe themselves as hardcore gamers. It does, nevertheless, feel fresh and ground-breaking. It flows magnificently, and is much more tightly plotted than the average movie, despite lurching across the globe. Drake and Sully’s banter compares favourably with that of the best-buddy movies, and is leavened by the occasional reappearance of various allies from previous Uncharted games. The (British, and nicely observed) baddies dog you every step of the way, so bouts of adventuring are usually followed (or even preceded) by shoot-outs. Drake even gets to show off his horsemanship skills at one point. As ever, the shooting places great emphasis on plundering guns and ammo from dead enemies, and different classes of enemy (including heavily armoured tank characters), keep that side of the game interesting. Uncharted 3 is gratifyingly keen to make its shoot-outs more challenging and hectic than its predecessors.

Graphics-wise, Uncharted 3 is beyond impeccable – it is one of the finest looking games ever. The trademark rich, colourful and vibrant environments are present and correct, and the cities are better populated, and therefore much more convincing, than before. And there are a couple of unexpected aspects to the game. At times – thanks to a baddie with a habit of firing darts filled with mind-bending drugs – proceedings become positively psychedelic. And Drake and his cronies have become much more humorous than before, never knowingly sparing the wisecracks.

Decades ago, all the talk in the world of games centred on beating Hollywood at its own game – but what we got, instead, demonstrated how difficult that was. But Uncharted 3, perhaps for the first time, represents what we all hoped games would eventually evolve into. Its production values are sky-high, and it puts you at the centre of a gloriously rich and irresistible world, controlling a character who is heroic, but also convincingly human. It’s also mildly didactic, and feels less dumbed-down than any mainstream movie we’ve come across in years. For once, you’re able to forget that it’s a mere collection of ones and noughts: the sheer slickness and believability of Uncharted 3’s production and characters ought to induce widespread self-flagellation in Hollywood.

Rating: 5/5

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Posted on October 25th, 2011 by  |  No Comments »

PS3 news: Get a taste of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception in PlayStation Home

Prepare yourself for one of 2011’s biggest releases with Uncharted Fortune Hunter.

Excited about the release of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception on PlayStation 3 later this year? Then head to PlayStation Home and get stuck into Uncharted Fortune Hunter – an action-packed space dedicated to the upcoming blockbuster.

Set in the sun-baked streets of Yemen, Uncharted Fortune Hunter challenges you to step into the shoes of adventurer Nathan Drake and explore your surroundings while collecting hidden treasure. But wave upon wave of ruthless gunmen stand between you and your loot, so hunt down hidden weapons to help you on your quest – there’s a pistol, a machine gun and even grenades to get your hands on if you’re wily enough to spot them. Use your weapons wisely to take down enemies and complete objectives, hunt out all of the treasure and battle fierce bosses.

With three waves of Uncharted Fortune Hunter to battle your way through, once you complete one of the waves, you will unlock the next one when it’s released. Complete all three mini-games and you’ll unlock the Kickback Endurance Booster to customise your character’s skills in the Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception multiplayer mode when the game launches in November 2011.

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Posted on October 13th, 2011 by  |  No Comments »