Gaming Roundup: New Tricks from Naughty Dog


Game developer Naughty Dog is no stranger to making waves in the PlayStation world, having pioneered the PS3’s flagship franchise in the Uncharted series and one of the console’s best games of all time in The Last of Us. Last night’s PS4 All Access exclusive let us in on the developer’s latest projects, and fans of both of Naughty Dog’s hit franchises will be very, very happy.

One of Naughty Dog’s crowning achievements for the PlayStation 3 was their ability to push Sony’s old hardware to new graphical heights, and nowhere was this more apparent than in The Last of Us. We’ve made no secret of our love for the game, and are firmly of the opinion that in producing one of the last great PS3 titles, Naughty Dog also succeeded in making what could be considered the best PS3 game, ever. Thankfully, we learned last night that the end of The Last of Us did not signify the last we would hear of Joel and Ellie. An upcoming single player DLC, entitled Left Behind, thrusts gamers once more into the role of Ellie in a time just prior to her fateful meeting with Joel, in which she is attending boarding school in a quarantined Boston. Ellie’s companion this time out is Riley, a boarding school classmate who so happens to be Ellie’s best friend. Much of this DLC appears to be based off of Dark Horse’s The Last of Us: American Dreams comic, so if you’re interested in learning more before the DLC launches in January or February 2014, track it down.

Naughty Dog wasn’t done there, as the developer also teased its next-gen debut project, which turned out to be—unsurprisingly—Uncharted for the PS4. The freshly-released teaser doesn’t tell us much, but does enough to get us hankering for Nate and Sully all over again, in all their next-gen glory. We can’t wait to see what new technical feats and adventure game innovations Naughty Dog manages to pull off with the PS4’s horsepower at their disposal.

In other gaming news this week, BioShock fans can now return to Rapture, the Assassin’s Creed movie gets delayed, and a cool new indie game launches. Read on!

  • The backlash over Sony’s announcement that the PS4 would not support MP3 files or CD playback on Day 1 caught the gaming giant by surprise, and has caused the company to re-evaluate their timeline for rolling out MP3 and CD support.
  • BioShock fans can now return to Rapture in BioShock Infinite’s latest DLC, Burial at Sea – available now via the Xbox Live Marketplace and the PSN Store.

  • Here’s something new: Diablo III’s new expansion pack, Reaper of Souls, opens up with you battling the undead! Just like Diablo III did. And Diablo II. And Diablo. Hmm.
  • Rockstar’s launching a free Beach Bums expansion for GTA Online next week that enables activities such as beach-based races, parachuting, gang attacks, and more.
  • The Assassin’s Creed movie (starring Michael Fassbender) has been delayed by two months, pushing its projected launch to August 7, 2o15.
  • Hearthstone, Blizzard’s hotly-anticipated venture into the card playing genre, will reportedly feature cross-platform play, meaning gamers on iOS, Android, PC, or Mac will all be able to play each other.
  • Meet Contrast, an indie platformer set in 1920s Paris featuring a girl and her shadows. Stylistically, the game looks a treat; if you want to learn more, check out IGN’s review here.

  • Finally, while many around the world have already mistakenly (or by happy accident) received their PS4 consoles, the PS4 officially launches today—seven days before the Xbox One officially hits the shelves. If you’re one of the lucky few to get your hands on a next-gen console early, we’d love to hear your thoughts below.

If there are games you’d like us to cover or blogs you think we should be following for more news, please let us know @tdelucci or @pritpaulbains.


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