Uncharted Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Uncharted RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Uncharted Movie Filming Has Apparently Started https://www.gameskinny.com/itb8x/uncharted-movie-filming-has-apparently-started https://www.gameskinny.com/itb8x/uncharted-movie-filming-has-apparently-started Wed, 15 Jul 2020 13:59:45 -0400 Josh Broadwell

The Uncharted movie has been in the news a lot since it was first announced, but not always for positive reasons. Finally, though, after multiple delays and changes in director, it seems the Uncharted movie has started filming.

The news comes from an Instagram post by Tom Holland that USGamer spotted. Tom Holland plays Uncharted protagonist Nathan Drake in the film adaptation, said to be a brand-new story in the Uncharted saga. Holland posted an image showing a strip of fabric from a set chair with "Nate" on it in big red letters riddled with bullet holes.

Lest there's any confusion that Holland just decided to buy a chair for himself at home while waiting for filming to begin, though, a post with the Uncharted hashtag and "Day One" accompanies the image.

That's good news considering the Uncharted movie release date is set for next summer — for now, at least. Sony's shuffled the Uncharted movie around for years now, going through multiple directors and scenarios before settling on Venom and Zombieland director Reuben Fleischer.  And it also suggests preliminary filming is going well, since stunt work already started back in February.

Hopefully, we'll be seeing more from the Uncharted movie in the coming months. We'll be keeping our eyes peeled for it, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Uncharted movie news as it develops.

[Source: USGamer]

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Sony Changes Uncharted Movie Release Date Yet Again https://www.gameskinny.com/0lhze/sony-changes-uncharted-movie-release-date-yet-again https://www.gameskinny.com/0lhze/sony-changes-uncharted-movie-release-date-yet-again Thu, 30 Apr 2020 12:23:44 -0400 Josh Broadwell

The Uncharted movie's history is long and torturous, spanning multiple directors, revisions, and delays before landing on a setup even the actors are excited about. Now, Sony has even more good news. After being delayed to October 2021, the Uncharted movie release date was pushed up to July 2021.

The news comes from an updated Sony film release chart IGN spotted.

It lists the Uncharted movie's release date as July 16, 2021, three months earlier than the previous October 8, 2021 release date.

Naturally, this release schedule is highly likely to change at any moment, depending on how COVID-19 impacts the Uncharted movie's filming schedule and general production. If it does stay like this, though, Uncharted movie is taking the untitled Marvel Spider-Man Far From Home sequel's release spot; the Spidey film is now slated for a November 5 release date.

Delay or not, at least there's finally a set cast and director, which is more than we could say a few months ago.

The original story is over on IGN.

If you can't get enough Uncharted, you still have some time to download Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection for absolutely freesies as part of the PlayStation Play at Home initiative. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Uncharted movie news as it develops.

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Three Familiar Faces Join the Uncharted Movie https://www.gameskinny.com/5g27r/three-familiar-faces-join-the-uncharted-movie https://www.gameskinny.com/5g27r/three-familiar-faces-join-the-uncharted-movie Thu, 05 Mar 2020 18:23:02 -0500 Josh Broadwell

The Uncharted movie's cast just got several star-studded additions, according to Variety. We already knew Tom Holland (Spider-Man, Onward) would be playing young Nathan Drake, and now Antonio Banderas (Zorro, Interview with the Vampire), Sophia Ali (Grey's Anatomy, Truth or Dare), and Tati Gabrielle (FreakishChilling Adventures of Sabrina) are joining the Uncharted movie.

Ali will be the female lead, while Gabrielle plays a "key" role. Since the script only just had its most recent draft finished by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Ironman, Men in Black: International), we don't have any idea who any of their characters might actually be or what their roles are like.

The same goes for Antonio Banderas, but given his acting history, it's probably safe to assume he won't be "Nameless Extra 3."

In other Uncharted movie news, Reuben Fleischer finally signed a deal making him the film's seventh director. It was basically known Fleischer would take up this role previously, but it's now officially official.

So, it seems like the Uncharted movie is moving forward at last. Holland mentioned the script this time around is quite good, and true to form for PlayStation Productions' vision, the Uncharted movie won't be re-telling the game's story. It's something completely new and unique on its own.

That's something to look forward to, at least, seeing as the film's anticipated release was pushed back to next year.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Uncharted movie news as it emerges from the jungles of the Internet. 

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Uncharted Movie Will Start Shooting Sooner Rather Than Later https://www.gameskinny.com/puje2/uncharted-movie-will-start-shooting-sooner-rather-than-later https://www.gameskinny.com/puje2/uncharted-movie-will-start-shooting-sooner-rather-than-later Wed, 19 Feb 2020 17:58:42 -0500 GS_Staff

Although Sony has yet to name a director for the upcoming Uncharted movie, star Tom Holland said that the film is set to begin filming in about four weeks. The quote comes from an IGN interview with Holland at the premiere of Disney and Pixar's Onward

When asked what his favorite video game is, Holland quickly responded with Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. He then went on to say the game is "unbelievable," and he confirmed that he will begin shooting scenes for the origin story sometime in March. 

Lots of the inspiration for the film has come from that game in particular. But it was interesting, when I sat down with Tom Rothman and we were talking about video games, and I was like, "Ah, I've just finished Uncharted," he was like, "Well, why don't you play Nathan Drake?" And I remember being like, "I would do anything to play Nathan Drake." Please, that would be amazing.

So yeah, we start shooting in like four weeks.

Holland (Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home) continued, saying that some of the film's stunts have already been prepped, specifically those in Berlin. Previously, Holland said he thinks the Uncharted film will succeed because it's an origin film, and not a movie directly tied to a story from the games. 

The currently-untitled film has been in development for more than a decade and has seen many directors and writers come and go. To date, six directors have been hired for the Uncharted movie, alongside a larger handful of writers.  

As of writing, Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Venom) is the latest director affiliated with the project. Though Sony has not confirmed his involvement with the film, multiple outlets have reported that he is at the top of the studio's wishlist. 

You can see the full interview clip over on IGN's Twitter. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on the Uncharted film as it develops. 

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Tom Holland Says Uncharted Movie Will Have Success Where Others Have Failed https://www.gameskinny.com/ktmd0/tom-holland-says-uncharted-movie-will-have-success-where-others-have-failed https://www.gameskinny.com/ktmd0/tom-holland-says-uncharted-movie-will-have-success-where-others-have-failed Mon, 17 Feb 2020 11:35:22 -0500 Josh Broadwell

It seems like the Uncharted movie might finally be on track. After countless delays and six directors, Tom Holland — young Nathan Drake — says he's seen the script and thinks it's one of the best he's read.

The quote from Holland comes from an IGN video interview. He also mentioned he believes the Uncharted movie has the chance to succeed where other video game adaptations have failed and failed hard. Why? Because "...it's an origin story to the games."

The Uncharted movie isn't trying to re-tell the Uncharted games in film form. Instead, it's a completely separate story that anyone can enjoy, whether they're familiar with the games or don't even know who Nathan Drake is.

So far, even with the recent delay, Ruben Fleischer of Venom and Zombieland remains the (sixth) Uncharted movie director. It's planned for a March 2021 release date now, pushing back some of Sony's other projects in the process.

Still, Holland's comment about the movie's focus and purpose are a nice fit for Sony's own video game adaptation philosophy. When the entertainment giant first announced PlayStation Productions, it said the goal was creating experiences consumers couldn't find in the games — which is exactly what the Uncharted movie is doing.

You can check out the full interview here.

Ideally, the next time we hear about the film, it'll be in the form of a trailer or some other promotional material and not another delay. Whatever comes our way, stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Uncharted movie news as it (hopefully) develops.

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Surprise! The Uncharted Movie is Delayed Yet Again https://www.gameskinny.com/kz7r8/surprise-the-uncharted-movie-is-delayed-yet-again https://www.gameskinny.com/kz7r8/surprise-the-uncharted-movie-is-delayed-yet-again Tue, 28 Jan 2020 12:45:29 -0500 Josh Broadwell

See "Uncharted movie" in any news story, and chances are, you'll immediately know what the story's about. And in this case, you're right. Sony Pictures Entertainment announced the Uncharted film has been delayed once again, this time to March 5, 2021.

The news comes from The Hollywood Reporter, and it follows close behind the late 2019 delay, after the film's sixth director left. Reuben Fleischer of Venom and Zombieland fame is the latest Uncharted director. For now. 

Sony offered no specific reason for the film's delay, though it has impacted the studios' other film projects as well. Masters of the Universe was originally planned for Uncharted's March 2021 release date. Now it has an unspecified release date, while Sony's also considering selling its He-Man project to Netflix to be done with it.

All in all, it seems a bit of a mess. Fortunately, Sony Pictures is separate from the recently launched PlayStation Productions studio devoted to turning video game franchises into films and TV series. While production calendars are notoriously prone to delays and unforeseen obstacles, at the very least, we can hope the promised Final Fantasy 14 TV series won't suffer the same fate as the Uncharted movie.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Uncharted and Sony video game movie news as it rolls out.

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MomoCon 2018: Troy Baker, Nolan North Talk Creativity, Process, and The Last of Us Part 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/wk51n/momocon-2018-troy-baker-nolan-north-talk-creativity-process-and-the-last-of-us-part-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/wk51n/momocon-2018-troy-baker-nolan-north-talk-creativity-process-and-the-last-of-us-part-2 Mon, 28 May 2018 17:26:50 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Troy Baker and Nolan North are two of the most famous voice actors on the planet. Although they’ve worked in other areas outside of video games, both are most known for their work in series such as Uncharted, The Last of Us, and God of War, just to name a few. 

At MomoCon 2018 in Atlanta, GA, the duo took some time out of their day to speak with the media about creativity, process, and a little bit about The Last of Us: Part 2.

Although Baker obviously couldn't speak specifically to the story or plot of The Last of Us: Part 2 lest he incur the wrath of Naughty Dog's Vice President, Neil Druckman, he was able to talk about how the game compares to the original. 

The conversation about what The Last of Us: Part 2, or even if there was going to be a part two, has been, obviously, a five year conversation. It started at the BAFTAs one year in London outside of a bar late at night, and Neil said, 'I think I have an idea'. And at that point I didn't know -- and maybe he did -- but I had no idea we were going to do [a sequel] or not ....

[The Last of Us: Part 2] doesn't compare [to The Last of Us part one]. It can't compare. When we start comparing, we fail. So it in no way compares to The Last Of Us part one. It is part two. It is a a continuation of the story. It is not a comparison. 

Moving on from specific titles and moving into more generalized territory, both North and Baker also touched on what it means to be creative when voice acting, as well as how to channel personality into a wide array of characters and roles.

When asked how to take on established characters while still providing something new in each performance, Baker and North said there are two important things to remember: be the character that's been written but also be  yourself. Putting pieces of your personality into each character you play makes the performance even more believable.  

Baker said it's very important to honor the character and not try to make it better. When voice actors try to make characters better by either competing with themselves or other actors, the performance doesn't come off as genuine. 

North echoed that sentiment, saying it's important to  

Impart your own sense of who you are... If you're playing a character named Mark, don't go in saying 'How does Mark walk and think?', it's like 'OK, it's Nolan who happens to be Mark'. 

Nathan Drake was just me. And for some reason [Naughty Dog] chose me. 

The duo also touched on working with writers and directors to achieve a specific, collective vision. Staying both within and venturing outside of the confines of a script or story, they talked about the importance of flexibility, creativity, and the writer/director/actor relationship.

Nolan said 

Ideas occur to you. There were a couple of times we've done things where it's scripted and we've said 'You should take my line, and I'll take yours' because it just seems like [one character would say that over the other]. Fortunately, we work with a lot of people -- good writers -- that are also humble enough to say 'Yeah, that's a good idea. Switch that up'. 

A good director/actor relationship ... you will give them what's on the page, what they want, and then they will allow you to go, 'Can we try something?,' and they go, 'Yeah, let's roll one.' They can decide later in editing [if it works or not]. But for them to be cool enough to go, 'Yes, you gave me what I think I need, show me what you're thinking and it might change my mind' ... it's a collaboration. 

Baker agreed, saying

A good director will allow themselves to be surprised and allow their vision to be fluid ... I always bring up Neil Druckman because he'll ask you, 'What do you think?', but he has an answer in his back pocket. His goal is not to lead you to his answer -- his goal is to understand your answer. That's what, fundamentally, I think makes him a really good director because he's truly open to your interpretation to his idea. 

A precious writer is only precious because they're afraid that that line is the last good line they're ever going to write. If they're a really good writer, they don't care. They're literally having to flush the good ideas out. They're like, 'I don't care if you change that line because I've got a thousand other one behind it.' So be wary of precious writers. 

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Thanks to Nolan North and Troy Baker for taking the time to meet with the media and all of the fantastic content creators at MomoCon 2018 this past weekend. 

Be sure to check out Retro Replay on YouTube, where Baker and North play some of gaming's greatest hits like Spiderman for NES and Secret of Mana for the SNES. The weekly show is set to air its fourth episode May 31. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and info on The Last of Us: Part 2, as well as the other games both North and Baker are currently working on, including Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Hellraid, and Deathstranding

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Top 7 Gaming Subscription Services for Your Money https://www.gameskinny.com/0i56a/top-7-gaming-subscription-services-for-your-money https://www.gameskinny.com/0i56a/top-7-gaming-subscription-services-for-your-money Tue, 31 Oct 2017 17:22:02 -0400 Sarah Elliman

We’ve all heard that cliché, the unavoidable "Netflix for gaming," phrase, but who can really take the top spot? There are surprisingly more gaming subscription services than you would expect that can offer you different services. But which ones offer you more bang for your buck? What subscription offers you the greater variety of games? We’re here to answer your questions and give you the top 7 list on gaming subscriptions.

7. OnePlay

This service mainly came in dead last for me as it felt less clear on what services it offered for your money. There are a variety of options from a basic package, to VIP membership, then to renting and buying. It appears you get some games for free as part of your subscription, but other titles you buy at a discounted rate. The distinction didn’t appear to be very clear when browsing through their site.

OnePlay does boast one of the most extensive list of video games with over 2,000 titles and new games added weekly. Furthermore, it is both a PC and Android games subscription, so you get games for both platforms within the bounds of your subscription.

The price is pretty good at $9.99 for the month which also gives you 10% off your purchases. If you’re not sure about the service than you have a 7-day trial to give it a go. However, the confusing nature of the website and the lack of clarity on what titles are playable, rent-able or to buy is worrisome. There are other gaming subscription services with greater transparency and with a similar number of games.

 

6. PlayStation Now

PlayStation Now is a great subscription service if you want to play PS3 classics or perhaps don’t have access to a PS4. PlayStation Now features over 500 games for PS4 and PS3 with more being added every month to the gaming subscription service. However, it is the price that lets this service down.

As you will see throughout the article, PlayStation Now is the most expensive service going. A one-month subscription will set your bank balance back by $19.99 and a three-month long package will take you back by $44.99. Compared to other gaming subscription services, PlayStation Now is incredibly pricey.

The saving grace for the service is being able to use it without owning a PS4. You can use PlayStation Now on PC and even on some smart TVs if you have a compatible controller. This is perfect if you want to experience those PlayStation exclusives like Uncharted or The Last of Us without investing in a console. Furthermore, for as long as you hold your subscription you have unlimited access to PlayStation Now’s library.

Sadly, with the higher price tag and the 7-day trial it puts PlayStation Now in second to last place. The range of games and cross platform play is fantastic. However, there are other services that offer a similar range for a less expensive price.

5. Xbox One Pass

The Xbox One Pass ranks slightly higher than PlayStation Now simply because of the pricing. The service is relatively new, which is why you have a much more limited selection of games. The service boasts only 100 titles, which is the second lowest of all seven.

Nevertheless, Microsoft are slowly adding new games to the roaster which include both Xbox One and Xbox 360 games. Additionally, when you have a 14 day free trial and a monthly subscription for $9.99, you get way more for your money.

You will receive unlimited access to the Xbox Games Pass library and get discounts on select games and season passes for Xbox One games. Fantastic titles like Halo 5: Guardians and Payday are already available with Xbox Game Pass, with more to be added along the way.

The Xbox Games Pass saves you money while still offering you the chance to play classic Xbox games. The price tag is on the lower end of the scale and once the games roster has been bulked out, it’ll be worth more than the money you pay.

4. GameFly

GameFly offers you a gaming subscription without having to buy an expensive console. No PlayStation, no Xbox, no PC? Don’t worry because GameFly has got you covered.

GameFly works through certain smart TV’s and through Amazon Fire. All you need is a compatible controller or your handheld device and you’re good to go. This is the perfect service for anyone who can’t purchase a console for any reason, but still loves gaming! The app is applicable to certain Samsung, LG and Phillips TV models, but if you don’t have that model then don’t panic. An Amazon Fire Stick will turn your TV into a smart TV and you can access the app there.

The subscription service is less than $10 a month with a growing list of games and unlimited access. It is one of the best gaming subscriptions out there. GameFly also saves your data to the cloud so you won’t have to worry about losing all the hard work you put into a game. There are already notable games on GameFly, such as Borderlands 2, the Batman series and the Bioshock series.

GameFly is the perfect middle ground gaming subscription service. It allows for flexibility without burning a hole in your wallet. You can play some great games as much as you want without having to fork out the cash for a console.

3. EA Access

EA Access is a personal favorite of mine, mainly because of the incredibly cheap price tag and the access to games you receive as part of your subscription. If you haven’t already guessed, they are all EA games which is why it is in third place. But, the type of access you get for the price is astounding to say the least.

For a one-month subscription you will pay $4.99--this is the cheapest subscription price yet! Even better is that if you invest in a year of EA Access it will only cost you $29.99. It feels like you're practically stealing from the company, especially when they throw in a further 10% discount on digital EA purchases on games not included as part of Access. You really get incredible value for money. You can access the service through Origins or through Xbox One, giving you more freedom of movement with the service.

When you sign up to EA Access, you will be able to play games from the EA vault. These games are free to play and for an unlimited period, as long as you keep the subscription. I personally downloaded all three Dragon Age installments for free and all the DLC’s came with them. It really gave me incentive to re-play this beloved series. If Dragon Age isn’t your style then other games in the vault include Mass Effect Andromeda, FIFA17 and Battlefield 1, with many more that I haven’t listed. You don’t just get old forgotten games nobody wants to play anymore, but hot new releases as well. If that wasn’t enough, you also get to try EA games before they are even released!

EA Access has incredible value for money with some fantastic AAA titles to keep you entertained. However, because it is simply EA games it won’t be to everyone’s taste and that’s why they only win the bronze.

2. Jump

Jump is a wonderful gaming subscription service if you’re mad for Indie games. Jump specializes in giving their customers access to award winning Indie games; you won’t find an 8-year old's attempt to make their Halo fan game here. It’s the perfect way to discover magnificent pieces of work that you may not have heard of before.

Jump offers you a 14-day free trial which then turns to a $9.99 charge after the trial period ends. With that subscription cost you get unlimited access to their Indie collection. The only negative is that their roster is just over 60 games. It is the lowest roster in our list, but is comprised of high-quality games. A lot of services may throw in a lot of titles that don’t give you the quality that Jump does. Some intriguing titles that have been added recently include Along the Edge, The Bridge and Always Sometimes Monsters. Furthermore, you can also submit a game to the company that you think should be added to the list.

Even though Jump offers the lowest number of titles, it is still a fantastic service. Indie games are the soul of the gaming community, and Jump brings the best together for you to play. Without any constraints as well. It may not be the most extensive, but the quality of the games is the highest.

1. Utomik

Last but not least by any means is the grand gaming subscription service Utomik. Combining a low price with a larger roster and a high number of quality games puts Utomik in the top spot. They have partnered up with companies such as TellTale Games, SEGA, Paradox and even Disney to bring you quality games at a low price.

 So how low can Utomik go? For one user you will pay $5.99 for the month and this will give you unlimited access to Utomik’s library. This consists of over 640 games, with 20 new games being added every month. You’ll never be able to get through them all! Even better if you’re in a family or you and your roommates want to join than there is a family plan. This is only $9.99 a month and allows 4 users unlimited access and for any family’s parental controls as well. You even get a 14-day free trial to test it out!

Saint’s Row, Dead Island, Borderlands are just some of the games you can access through Utomik. They also have a whole host of Indie games that are ready at your disposal. Kid’s giving you hassle? Roommate won’t budge from the couch? Throw in Utomik and you’ll be able to enjoy the gaming subscription service too.

My Verdict

Utomik, to me, is the best service out there. It combines a great price, range and quality of games with unlimited access to those games. Why not check them out for yourself? All services have been linked so you can see which one is right for you.

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Do you agree with the list? Did I miss your favorite gaming subscription service? Comment below and let us know what you think!

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Can Video Games Affect Our Lives? https://www.gameskinny.com/z7teg/can-video-games-affect-our-lives https://www.gameskinny.com/z7teg/can-video-games-affect-our-lives Tue, 24 Oct 2017 15:18:32 -0400 Sarah Elliman

We have all heard the controversial arguments around video games and whether they have good or bad effects on our lives. Personally I believe there is more evidence that suggests video games have a positive effect, and the personal stories I have heard confirm this. I won't deny that some cases, a very minute number, may have turned to violence because of their influence, but I believe they do more good than harm.

 

The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting is a tragic reminder of the harm and devastation people can bring on one another. Killing 20 children and six adults were killed in December 2012, and it is considered to be one of the worst mass shootings in America to date. Adam Lanza (the shooter) was said to have played a lot of violently video games. An official "investigation report links 12 video games...which had violent content," and many people believe that this content led to the shooting. 

It was a truly devestating event, but there was more at play than just video games. The mental health of the shooter and the access to guns became a massive debate at the time as well. It was said that it was:

"...a meticulously-planned attack and (he) kept photocopies of newspaper articles on shootings of children dating back to 1891."

- Ed Pilkington 

Perhaps you cannot deny the influence that video games had on this horrific event, but they cannot be blamed entirely. Furthermore, there are millions of players of violent video games who don't harm the people around them. 

The science to video games can be tricky and hard to define. Are certain gamers less empathetic naturally and their outlet reflects their views? Naturally violent people may veer towards aggression inducing games, whereas someone drawn to a narrative driven story will be less drawn to real world violence.

There is evidence to suggest that video games can increase your attention span and memory, but it is worth noting:

"...psychologists claim that video game players who favor more violent “shoot-em-ups” games are more likely to be aggressive,"

and also less empathetic in areas such as sexual harassment.

This debate draws on numerous pieces of evidence to confirm varying theories. I, however would like to share some personal stories I have discovered.

 

Scientific evidence for the potency of gaming is fantastic, but we’re all people after all. Hearing the stories of others reminds us how important video games are in our lives, and if they’ve created a positive experience, surely that is fantastic evidence in itself.

Firstly, I would like to start with my own experience. Video games have been a perfect outlet for me for many years and I have formed a lot of friendships from this mutual hobby. Most importantly, video games allowed me to discover what I wanted to do with life. The craving mainly started last year with the release of Uncharted: A Thief's End.

 

I have always been an avid fan of Uncharted and it was both exciting and sad to see the end of Nate’s story line. However, it was the sense of adventure that hit me the hardest. I had been stuck in a vicious cycle of hopping from job to job, hoping to find some meaning somewhere. I felt incredibly trapped and the only way I could escape was through Uncharted.

It took me some time, but I realized that what I really wanted to do was go travelling. I wanted to be Nathan Drake, in my own and slightly less dangerous way. So, I left an incredible dull, soul-destroying sales job and set out. I even bought a Nathan Drake journal to take with me to record my own journey. I have never been happier and I owe everything that I’ve done since to Uncharted. Without its influence I don’t think I would have realized my desire for travelling, at least not until it was too late.

 

Even more life changing was the experience of an ex-convict that I had the privilege of talking to. They asked not to be named but wanted to talk about their experience. While in prison, this ex-convict didn’t have a lot of hope--feeling as though there was no escape looking at the same walls all day and seeing some of the horrific things that occur in prison. However, there was something there that helped him to keep going.

That something was Skyrim. Being able to play Skyrim was ‘an escape from the horror’s of the world I was in,’ it offered an opportunity for redemption. "Skyrim was a world away from where I was. I got to be who I wanted to be," it is incredible how one game can have such an effect on someone’s life. Powering the drive in a person to make the best of their life and have the strength to change it as well.

 

Video games can affect us in a variety of ways. They can change our lives even if that wasn’t the intention. They can inspire and provoke thought the same way that a book or a piece of poetry can. They resonate with our lives and make us evaluate what we want. Surely that creates a positive environment and changes people for the better.

What are your opinions on the matter? Have you had a similar story? Leave a comment below and tell us your story.

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No Nathan Drake in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy https://www.gameskinny.com/iustd/no-nathan-drake-in-uncharted-the-lost-legacy https://www.gameskinny.com/iustd/no-nathan-drake-in-uncharted-the-lost-legacy Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:18:00 -0400 ReverendShmitty

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Naughty Dog’s latest pulp-action adventure, will not feature series protagonist Nathan Drake.

“We’re not going to touch on Nathan Drake in this, at all.”

- Game Director Kurt Margenau told PlayStation Blog.

Writer Josh Screrr previously said Naughty Dog had...

“...entertained a few possible ideas around including Nate as a secondary character... but everything we did felt superfluous because we tied it all up with Uncharted 4.”

This makes sense considering the complicated relationships the two stars of Lost Legacy, Chloe and Nadine, have had with Drake. Chloe being being a former lover (and occasional antagonist), and Nadine being an enemy who nearly killed Drake several times. Scherr also said the two may mention Drake in their conversations, along with other notable characters, who could potentially make cameo appearances.

Set six to twelve months after Uncharted 4, with “the single largest level” Naughty Dog has ever made, Lost Legacy follows Chloe and Nadine as they hunt for the Tusk of Ganesh in India.

You can get your hands on it as a standalone title later this year or bundled with the Uncharted 4 Digital Deluxe Edition.

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11 Awesome Video Game Bromances https://www.gameskinny.com/1g5yb/11-awesome-video-game-bromances https://www.gameskinny.com/1g5yb/11-awesome-video-game-bromances Sat, 18 Mar 2017 21:59:59 -0400 Ricardo melfi

Since the conception of the term "bromance," we've seen more and more examples of this type of friendship in all forms of pop-culture. To those who still don't know, a bromance is the relationship between two male friends that breaks the walls of mere friendship; they become "brothers." If there's one thing women hate the most, it's their man in a bromance.

We've had movies (mostly comedies) portraying this inseparable bond between buddies but (all alliteration aside), video games have used many bromances in their own stories, Here are STG's 11 Best Video game Bromances, bro... 

Mass Effect Trilogy

Commander Shepard & Garrus Vakarian

Garrus:"Nobody would give me a mirror. How bad is it?" 

Shepard:"Hell, Garrus, you were always ugly. Slap some face-paint on there, and no one will even notice." 

Garrus:"Ha-ah! Don't make me laugh, damn it. My face is barely holding together as it is. Ah, probably for the best. Everyone was always ignoring you and hitting on me. Time for you to get a fair shot at it."

Throughout their adventures in the Mass Effect series, Shepard and Garrus form a strong bond while trying to save the galaxy. If you played as fem-Shep, then you could have formed an even tighter relationship... Ahem.

But this is about the bros, so it stands to reason that sharing multiple near-death experiences would have only strengthened their friendship. Having similar personalities and a sense of humor helps, at least in our play-through.

Gears of War Trilogy

Marcus Fenix & Dom Santiago

Marcus: "What are you doing here?"

Dom: "Getting you out. Here, put this on." 

Marcus: "You could get into a lot of trouble for doing this."

Dom: "Not anymore. Things have changed. C'mon."

Another tale of friendships strengthened through battle and near-death experiences -- all while trying to save the world -- Marcus and Dom shoot their way through multiple alien species, as their mission is to eradicate all and save humanity. Two muscle-bound bad-asses carving their way through tough-as-nails aliens, all while spouting one-liners? This would definitely solidify a bromance.

Assassin's Creed II, Brotherhood, & Revelations

Leonardo Da Vinci & Ezio Auditore Da Firenze

Leo: "The blade is finished, though it will require the removal of your ring finger. It is the way the blade has been constructed."

Ezio: "Bene (fine). Do it, quickly."

Leo: "I'm just joking with you Ezio. In the past such a sacrifice was required but I have found a way to modify the blade."

This was always going to be a good combination. A master craftsman, painter, engineer, and all-around genius working with a sneaky, efficient master assassin. Ezio and Leo are the prime example of a great bromance, willing to risk their lives for one another and achieve their goals together. A bromance spanning across decades and countless Templar conspiracies sees this relationship to the list. 

Jak & Daxter Series

Jak & Daxter

Daxter: "Please, Jak, you're such a wimp. I could have taken them myself! Maybe you should sit on MY shoulder for a while."

This mischievous duo requires no introduction to many gamers. The Jak & Daxter series scored a massive following due to the captivating platforming, dialogue, and beautiful graphics. Naughty Dog definitely know how to create their characters/worlds and these two are no exception.

Daxter is usually riding Jak, pushing him forward and showing a somewhat false, yet still inspiring, sense of bravado from atop Jak's shoulders. However, when the time comes, Daxter has proven to be the ultimate ally as they go on a quest to not only change the furry friend back to his original form, but also to save their world as they know it.

Ratchet & Clank Series

Ratchet & Clank

Ratchet: "If I can get that, I can get past those robot guards."

Clank: "Robots are not so easily fooled."

Ratchet: [trying to trick Clank by pointing at something] "Ahh! What's that?"

Clank: [falling for the trick, Clank turns his head] "What?"

Ratchet: "Uh-huh..."

The only other duo that seemed to pick up hot on the tails of Jak & Daxter, this ingenious little robot and his marsupial accomplice span their known galaxies going on bounty hunts, stopping villainous henchmen and bosses along the way.

Ratchet & Clank are right up there with the Jak & Daxter games (though they have released a few more installments than the former).They have amassed their own cult following, even managing to take part in one of the most dangerous combat sports arenas in the universe and survive!

Street Fighter Series

Ryu & Ken

Ryu: "Let's leave the talking to our fists!"

Ken: "Can these things even talk?"

Everybody's favorite fighting duo from the Street Fighter series undoubtedly belong in this list. With a bromance spanning decades now (how do they stay so damn young?) and more than a few ways that it could have ended very, very badly, these two show us what true brotherhood and friendship can be. 

Hadouken! 

Contra Series

Bill Rizer & Lance Beam

Considered one of the hardest game series ever made, Contra puts games like Dark Souls and Battletoads to shame with its insane difficulty system (a true SNES staple). Many controllers have been broken against walls via fits of rage and epic moments of completion in this game, which solidified its place in history.

Contra brought forth two bad-ass bros, Rizer & Beam. Shwarzenneger and Stallone got nothing on these two. Side scrolling, shooter action at its finest.

BRING IT!

Army of Two

Tyson Rios & Elliot Salem

Phillip: "No problem, fuck-o."

Rios:  "Fuck-o? Who says that?"

Phillip: "I'm gonna kill you both, slice you open and go to an aerobics class wearing your intestines for leg warmers!"

Salem: "I mean... does that even make sense?"

Elliot Salem & Tyson Rios, two bad-ass dudes who clearly live through hundreds of death-defying moments together, covering each other's hides. Their job? Being a complete 'Army of Two', with Salem & Rios, flanking, tactics, firefights and one-liners are literally their life.

Playing as these two mercenaries really pulls everything together if you have your very own bromance buddy sitting next to you playing co-op, even if things get a little weird.

Telltale's The Walking Dead -- Season 1

Lee & Kenny

Kenny: "Hey. Lee. You know how to pick a lock, right?"

Lee: "No, why would you say that?"

Kenny: "Well. You're... you know... urban?"

Lee: "Oh, you are NOT saying what I think you're saying."

Kenny: "Jesus, man! I'm from Florida! Crazy shit comes out of my mouth sometimes. Sorry."

Lee first meets Kenny at Herschel's farm after saving Clementine from a couple of zombies and bringing her along with him. Kenny has his wife Katja and his son 'Duck' there with him and things seem to be going kind of well.

As this is Telltale's TWD, this peace and serenity is short-lived. After a chaotic and surprising zombie attack, Herschel's son is killed and the gang are banished from the farm.

Lee and Kenny continue to do what they can with the ragtag group of survivors they meet up with but Kenny starts to lose his wits. This forces Lee to make some seriously hard decisions for all of them. A bromance that stands the test of time (or at least until the last episode of Season 1), Lee & Kenny are the perfect example of a true bromance, looking out for each other (and their subsequent 'families') no matter what happens; arguments, punch-ups, and all. 

Uncharted Series

Nathan Drake & 'Sully' Sullivan

Sully: "I'm sweating like a hooker in church!"

Drake: "You took a hooker to church?"

Sully: "Nate, let's just pretend for a minute that I don't really care about any of that and cut to the chase will ya?"

Drake: "Man only interested in the climax. You must be a real hit with the ladies."

Sully: "Never had any complaints."

Now there can be the argument made here where Sully isn't really a 'bro' and more of a father figure, however as they are not related by blood, this still counts as a great bromance. 

Throughout the Uncharted series, Sully is Drake's mentor and partner, keeping him focused and getting him to continue using his head and not his, erm, other head. Regardless of how you personally view their relationship, Sully is bonafidede bro in all aspects of the term and continues to be there for Drake no matter what.

Now Nathan's real brother, on the other hand.

Sonic the Hedgehog Series

Sonic & Tails

Sonic: "We good to go or what, Tails?"

Tails: "I've built a TV out of paper clips..."

Sonic: "Yeah..."

Tails: "...and reprogrammed a super computer using dish washing detergent and a toothpick..."

Sonic: "I know..."

Tails: "...So look, fixing a propeller on a biplane? That's about as difficult as taking a nap."

Sonic: "Kay, I did not need your whole life story. A simple "good to go" would have been cool."

Tails: "Alright. Good to go!"

These two heroes need absolutely no introduction to the gaming world (unless you've been living under a rock you're entire life). Sonic & Tails are the ultimate bros, taking part in adventures throughout the entire Sonic the Hedgehog franchise.

Once thought to be a female, Tails' first name is actually Miles, so show us one woman with that name, but I digress. Tails can fly and Sonic can run really, really fast. Put these two together and you have a bromance that spans across decades and still moves strong to this day.

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So there you have it. The 11 Best Video Game Bromances that STG thought deserved some attention. Next time you pick up any of these games, see how much you notice.

So what did you think about the list? Any that should have been mentioned or that we seemed to forget? What did you think of the bromances listed? Leave a comment below and look out for our next article!

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Naughty Dog Takes Platinum in the 2016 PlayStation.Blog Game of the Year Award https://www.gameskinny.com/jicrb/naughty-dog-takes-platinum-in-the-2016-playstationblog-game-of-the-year-award https://www.gameskinny.com/jicrb/naughty-dog-takes-platinum-in-the-2016-playstationblog-game-of-the-year-award Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:29:41 -0500 TL Bickler

Over half-million fans took part in Sony’s 2016 PlayStation.Blog Game of the Year Awards and we have the results! Out of fourteen categories voted on one game company soared above the rest: Naughty Dog. Naughty Dog snagged seven platinum awards -- including the game of the year and the studio of the year.

Naughty Dog’s Hero: Uncharted 4

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End claimed 40% of the total votes and stole most of the platinum awards. Uncharted came in on top for game of the year, best story, best performance with Nolan North taking platinum and Emily Rose taking silver, best soundtrack, and best visuals. But Uncharted didn’t stop there; they also won the gold for best post release game content. With six awards just with one game, it’s no wonder they took the platinum for studio of the year.

The Last of Us Part II

But Uncharted wasn’t Naughty Dog’s only star. The Last of us Part II brought home the platinum for most anticipated game of 2016. Since The Last of Us took platinum for Naughty Dog back in the 2013 PlayStation.Blog Game of The Year Awards, it’s not a real shock it won most anticipated game of 2016.

Here is a quick rundown of the other Platinum winners for the 2016 PlayStation.Blog Game of The Year Awards.

Best PS Vita Game

World of Final Fantasy

Best Independent Game

Firewatch

Best Use of PS4 Pro & Best Multiplayer

Battlefield 1

Best PlayStation VR Game

Batman Arkham VR

Best Post-Release Content

The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt

Most Innovative

The Last Guardian

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Are HD Remakes Worth It? https://www.gameskinny.com/1sz5x/are-hd-remakes-worth-it https://www.gameskinny.com/1sz5x/are-hd-remakes-worth-it Wed, 04 Jan 2017 07:00:01 -0500 DannyPTP

Over the past few years, there has been a major number of HD remasters of games, such as Skyrim, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, and more. Many have argued that these are pointless as you can already get the original game for cheaper, while others have said that they are worth buying due to the amount of content that is presented in the HD version, such as expansion packs or additional missions for example -- which normally served as DLC in the vanilla games.

It's understandable why some people can be hesitant towards buying a remaster of a game. It's more expensive, there's nothing new added to the game to make it worth buying, it's taking the game and giving it a somewhat new coat of paint to make it look good along with other games available on the system, while not adding anything new to give a breath of fresh air to the game itself.

HD remasters began to appear mostly during the seventh generation of consoles (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii) with titles such as Jak And Daxter Collection, The Sly Trilogy and Prince Of Persia Trilogy, since then, it seems there's no stopping the onslaught of HD remasters welcoming themselves into the current generation and onto future console generations we have yet to witness.

Jak & Daxter

But is it really worth it for you to spend money on a slightly prettier version of the game you already own? I say YES.

A HD remaster is a perfect way to introduce someone to a series you yourself have enjoyed in the past, especially if the remaster itself is a trilogy (Such as Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection) as well as give yourself the chance to try out a series yourself that you may have missed the first time around.

Perhaps you've sold a game from your PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 collection, but want to sink your teeth into it again, chances are it has been made available on PlayStation 4/Xbox One.

And whilst not many remastered games have any additional content, there are a few games out there which have heaps of content to keep you occupied well after you've finished the main story. Square Enix released Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and 2.5 which housed the Final Mix versions of Kingdom Hearts (1.5) Kingdom Hearts II and Birth By Sleep (2.5) on PlayStation 3 in 2013 and 2014 respectively. The games will be released again on PlayStation 4 in March of this year, giving gamers yet another chance to experience the series before the release of Kingdom Hearts III.

Each of these games were at first, released in Japan only, and offered additional challenges and bosses for players to try. With updated visuals and music made for the remasters, it was an absolute delight to be able to enjoy these additions that Western fans had been asking for at last.

KH1.5

Now, of course, no remaster is perfect, you'll most likely come across bugs which were present in the original game, and may also have bugs of their own (looking at you, Silent Hill HD Collection) you should at least give a remaster a chance before you decide to cast it aside, in favour of the original.

What do you think? Should remasters continue to be made or should developers leave their games alone? Let the comments roll!

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5 of the Best Voice Actors in Games https://www.gameskinny.com/yqv6h/5-of-the-best-voice-actors-in-games https://www.gameskinny.com/yqv6h/5-of-the-best-voice-actors-in-games Tue, 25 Oct 2016 01:58:55 -0400 Aaron Grincewicz

Since I was very young, I recognized certain voices on my favorite shows as being performed by the same person.  As I got older, I learned just how talented these actors are.  One great example is Hank Azaria of The Simpsons, who voices at least a dozen regular characters like, Moe, Chief Wiggum, and The Comic Book Guy. Needless to say, The Simpsons has one of the greatest casts in history. Seth Macfarlane, the creator of Family Guy, is also an insanely versatile voice actor.

As great as those actors are, they are well known. It's often the ones who don't appear on TV that have the longest resumes. For those reasons, and more, I support these actors in the SAG-AFTRA strike.  Some of their voices (like Homer Simpson) pop in my head when I think of just about anything, making it tough to imagine a world without them.  It might seem like an insignificant thing to lose but for me, and many others, they've been a big part of my life. 

In recent years, video games like Call of Duty have started using well-known actors from movies and TV. While this makes the games more like blockbuster movies, there isn't always a guarantee that the actor will give the same Emmy-winning performance in a game as out. Veteran voice actors sometimes don't have the red carpet looks to be motion-captured in games, but they set the bar for the screen actors trying to step into their shoes. So without any further delay, I'll name five of the best voice actors in games today.

#1: John DiMaggio

Games he is best known for; Gears of War series (voice of Marcus Fenix).

Also known for; Futurama (voice of Bender), Adventure Time (voice of Jake the Dog).

"I don't like it when celebrities get voice work. But then again, if I was the producer, I wouldn't want a bunch of no-names doing my show and have to worry about word-of-mouth. I see both sides of the story."

 
 

#2: Jen Taylor

Games she is best known for; Halo franchise (voice of Cortana), Left 4 Dead (voice of Zoey).

 Also known for; the voice of Cortana on Microsoft devices. 

"You know, when I was initially cast, something the guys at Bungie said to me was, 'This character is in your head all the time. She is your best guide and the best aid that you have — the only guide and the only aid really. So we don’t want her to sound naggy, we don’t want her to be a pain.' They wanted her to be like the girl next door, your best friend that you want to hang out with.

And she's that and so much more because she is so smart. Obviously, she knows more than we could possibly know. It's always fun to play a character that is powerful in that way."

 

#3: Mark Hamill 

Games he is best known for; Batman: Arkham series (Voice of The Joker).

Also known for; Star Wars (Luke Skywalker), voice of The Joker in DC Animation.

"I never saw myself as much of an actor. I wanted to be a cartoonist like Charles M. Schulz and create my own world and be able to have a studio at home and not commute and be able to be with my family. I just didn't have the skills to pull that off and so I've gravitated toward theater because I like all of it."

 #4: Troy Baker

Games he is best known for; The Last of Us (voice of Joel), BioShock Infinite (voice of Booker Dewitt), Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (voice of Ocelot), Far Cry 4 (voice of Pagan Min).

Also know for; Voice of The Joker in several DC Animation productions.

"I don't ever want it to be about me. A friend of mine told me, 'The difference between fame and notoriety is fame is when people know you, and notoriety is when people know your work.' The first one is not respectable, but the second one is, because that leaves a legacy."

  #5: Nolan North

Games he is best known for; Uncharted Series (voice of Nathan Drake), Assassin's Creed Series (voice of Desmond Miles), Shadow Complex (voice of Jason Flemming), Batman: Arkham Series (voice of The Penguin), Destiny (voice of Ghost).

Also known for; General Hospital (Chris Ramsey '97-'03), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-Nickelodeon (voice of The Kraang), extensive work with Marvel.

"The Penguin from Batman: Arkham City is a real departure from what I'm most known for. People actually didn't realize it was me. That's the one thing about doing voice over work that people don't realize, and you can interview anybody in this industry, you have to be a good actor as well as having a good voice."

There are several more notable voice actors worthy of mention, but the ones I've listed have the most extensive resumes, acting range, and well-known games.  Their performances often help make the games they are in great.  I should also mention Kevin Conroy (voice of Batman), Tara Strong (voice of Harley Quinn, Twilight Sparkle, etc.), Frank Welker (he has possibly the longest voice acting resume being the voice of Scooby-Doo), and Peter Cullen (voice of Optimus Prime).

Celebrity voice actors are often used to spruce up a marquee, and attract attention, but it's the career voice actors whose names you might not know, that often bring life to the characters they portray.  After reading this article, I hope you'll take notice of the credits from your favorite games, and animation.  You might notice the same names appearing dozens of time, often for more than one voice.

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Adventures of a Lifetime: Uncharted's Top 10 Setpiece Moments https://www.gameskinny.com/abq1m/adventures-of-a-lifetime-uncharteds-top-10-setpiece-moments https://www.gameskinny.com/abq1m/adventures-of-a-lifetime-uncharteds-top-10-setpiece-moments Thu, 01 Sep 2016 08:22:50 -0400 Jeremy Brown

For most PlayStation 3 owners, the flagship franchise for the console was Naughty Dog's Uncharted trilogy. Nathan Drake's charisma and wonderful cast of characters put the first game on the map, but what really set the games into gaming's highest regards was Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and its incredible setpiece moments that made it into one of the most cinematic and adventurous stories in a long time. But out of those unforgettable bombastic moments, which were the best? We break it down in this Top 10 of Uncharted's best setpiece moments.

[WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD FOR ALL FOUR MAIN ENTRIES OF UNCHARTED.]

10. Cat and Mouse (Uncharted 2: Among Thieves)

"Tenzin! RPG! RPG? ...What's Tibetan for RPG?" - Nathan Drake

It's definitely more overlooked than other setpieces, but the Cat and Mouse chapter of Among Thieves is a tense blend of story and gripping action. As Nathan and Tenzin leave the mountain, they realize Tenzin's town is under siege. When they arrive, Drake takes on a new threat- a tank that solely wants him dead. Through cliff-hanging platforming and a lot of near misses, he eventually takes the beast down with a lot of RPG shots.

9. Zoran's Final Fight (Uncharted 2: Among Thieves)

"You don't have the will." "Maybe not. But they do." - Zoran and Nate

All of the final boss fights of the Uncharted series hold special places in my gaming history, but the best of the bunch is against the menacing villain Zoran Lazarević. While the other fights focus more on thematic approaches, this fight forces Nate to use all of his skills and put them to the test (except melee- I don't advise that one.) As Zoran has consumed resin of the Tree of Life, you need to blow up flammable pockets of the resin to defeat him, as he hunts you in a small arena with a shotgun and grenades.

8. Run and Gun (Uncharted: Drake's Fortune)

"Not good, not good, NOT GOOD!" - Nathan Drake

While the original Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is not nearly as much a classic, it did have some fine ideas about what it wanted to be- even if the final act twist was jarring for many. When the cursed Spaniards chase you down for the first time, the game changes expectations in one simple move showing that it's not just a simple cover shooter. It introduces the run 'n gun mechanic, when the player needs not to fight using their aim, but rather a more fluid approach for combat. It may not seem like the biggest, but this moment paved way for what the series was to become.

7. The Burning Chateau (Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception)

"You always seem to forget, I got twenty-five years on ya." - Victor Sullivan

Oddly not always mentioned as one of the standout sections of Drake's Deception, the moments leaving the Chateau are among the best in the game. Katherine Marlowe's goons decide to burn the beautiful scenery with you in it, but Nate and Sully don't go down without a fight. Instead, the experience keeps ramping up, with the stairwell collapsing into a ladder sequence, and even having the floor underneath crumble as the two run off the roof to safety. It's a thrilling sequence, even if it gets engulfed because of the game's later, bigger moments.

6. Stowaway (Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception)

"No no no - let's, let's talk about this!" - Nathan Drake

And then, there's the later moments. This was the most covered moment of Drake's Deception before its release, and what a reveal. The cargo plane is headed to the Iram of the Pillars, so Nate sneaks on to go save Sully. Of course, it doesn't go too well, as the game literally throws Drake out the back of the plane, making him cling to dear life to keep going. The plane blows up (go figure) and a free fall sequence happens, just to top it all off. Unfortunately, this is also one of the shortest sequences in the whole game- lasting less than 2 minutes. This definitely makes the walk of contemplation in the desert right after, feel all the more slow.

5. Libertalia's Watchtower Collapse (Uncharted 4: A Thief's End)

"Something tells me they've had enough of us!" - Sam Drake

Just when things were peaceful for Sam and Nate in Libertalia, Shoreline decides there wasn't enough explosions. When you reach another glorious rooftop of a watchtower, Nadine Ross's men shoot a rocket at the building, leading to an incredible chase. As seen above, the building falls sideways, and using their grapples the Drake brothers need to climb up and get the Hell outta there. The PlayStation 4 graphics have definitely helped the awe of this fight-and-flight, but the solid gameplay makes it earn a spot in the top 5.

4. Nepal Hotel Collapse (Uncharted 2: Among Thieves)

"Hehe, we were, we were almost in that! Heh." - Nate

This was a shining example of what Uncharted 2 was meant to be- the adventure of a lifetime. In a large, civil-war torn city in Nepal, Nate and Chloé make their way to discovering the location of Shambhala- yeah, you know, Shangri-La? But then, the helicopter shows up, and royally screws up the simple journey. At its climax, the action sequence has the chopper blow out lower floors of a hotel our heroes are in, thus requiring you to jump into the next building on a very close call. Then, a calm clock counts the seconds. 

3. Sam's Pursuit (Uncharted 4: A Thief's End)

"Are you outta ya goddamn mind?!" "Yep, probably!" - Sully and Nate

Definitely the most shining setpiece of A Thief's End, this long and complex sequence has Nate and Sully zooming down the streets of Madagascar's King's Bay, then hooking onto the convoy (see above) to catch up to Sam. Though the convoy sequences in both Among Thieves and Drake's Deception were excellent and could easily be on this list as well, this one just expands the scope of the level into possibly the best action sequence of 2016. Nate hops from jeeps to bikes, and trucks to drive, smash, and of course, explode various enemy goons all over.

Then when you think it's over, it doesn't stop there- Nate hops on his brother Sam's bike and they make an unbelievable nail-biting escape from the relentless armored vehicle that's been hounding them the whole time. If only players hadn't seen this sequence in its entirety at E3, the "wow" factor might've been strong enough to make the top of the list. 

2. Cruisin' For a Bruisin' (Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception)

"See you in Hell, Habibi!" - Rameses

For many fans of the series, Drake's Deception almost suffers on a narrative front because of how much colossal setpiece moments intervene with a seamless plot. But that doesn't stop the game from having one of the most impressive scenes of 2011- the cruise ship. Pirates kidnap Sully, and its up to Nate to stop them. When he gets to their ship, he realizes he's been duped- and, as always, improvises.

Blowing a hole in the hull wasn't the safest plan, but it leads to the level design showing its its functionality, as you need to run from walls of water, and climb up hallways, using the doors as platforms. Once Drake is back in the main hall, the pirate captain Rameses makes one last shot- at the once-ceiling now-wall of glass. The only thing that truly holds this back is the narrative supporting it- the reason it's in the game is such a tangent in plot it's near irrelevant. 

1. Locomotion (Uncharted 2: Among Thieves)

"Sorry boys, just needed to punch your tickets." - Nate

Did you really think it was going to be anything else? Yes, the train sequence in Among Thieves is the most groundbreaking, fully realized, and narratively satisfying moment in the entire series. The train, from a programming standpoint, is a work of art. It's not just a stationary train with changing environments- it's actually a moving train in motion.

If being on this crazy ride wasn't enough, it also has not one- not two, but three miniboss encounters as you make your way to the front of the train. It goes on for multiple chapters of the game, and in the end Drake makes a daring move to derail the train- and give a massively satisfying and emotional impact to the game's opening moments. Rarely any moment in gaming can say that for itself, but the train sequence completely earns the right.

What about you? What were your favorite moments? Do you agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments section, and as always, thanks for reading.

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Stop and Hear the Music: 10 Pieces of Video Game Music to Please Your Ears https://www.gameskinny.com/bbcm0/stop-and-hear-the-music-10-pieces-of-video-game-music-to-please-your-ears https://www.gameskinny.com/bbcm0/stop-and-hear-the-music-10-pieces-of-video-game-music-to-please-your-ears Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:00:01 -0400 Richard Sherry

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This is just the tip of the auditory iceberg. There is so much to discover, enjoy and feel when it comes to video game music. I hope this article has helped introduce you to something you love to listen to, and that it inspires more people to enjoy the music from their favorite games.

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Dragonborn (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)

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Few pieces of music match the sheer badassery of Skyrim’s main theme, and what better piece to finish up than with this Viking-inspired masterpiece?

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A choir of barbarians elicits images stormy seas, fierce battles and breath-taking landscapes. The linguistic features of Skyrim’s Dragon Language further add to the magnificently epic scale of "Dragonborn".

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Skyrim’s OST is a standout affair, as it maintains its consistency throughout in a way not many soundtracks can. There’s hardly a tune that isn’t worthy of great praise, and it rises and falls beautifully between triumphantly powerful pieces like "Dragonborn" and more soft, lyrical ones.

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If you like this, you’d be wise to check out:

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A Fight of Light and Darkness (Prince of Persia)

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Composer: Inon Zur & Stuart Chatwood
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Prince of Persia’s (2008) opening track is full of Middle-Eastern, Persian influences suited to the game.

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Use of traditional modal scales, a harp and the "ney" flute all contribute to the piece’s Arabic sound, having adapted ideas from the Lawrence of Arabia theme. With intelligent orchestration, the theme takes on an air of mystery and magic that befits the game’s gorgeous art style and setting.

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Inon Zur is a master at using these sorts of styles to great effect; so be sure to check out his work on the Dragon Age: Origins soundtrack for more marvellous music.

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For more pieces of video game music using influences from around the world, see the following:

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Dark Skies (Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance)
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Composer: Jamie Christopherson
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Doing away with subtlety, Metal Gear Rising’s soundtrack reflects its gameplay with a raw slice of mental heavy metal/electronic techno fusion. In "Dark Skies", a wall of sound hits you through guitar riffs and electronic noise, whilst the super punchy techno rhythm pounds away.

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The music perfectly complements Revengeance’s insane and frenetic gameplay and style, and its electronic industrial components sit right at home alongside the game’s cyborgs and robots.

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For fans of this track, these pieces are also worth a listen:

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Nascence (Journey)

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Composer: Austin Wintory
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The whole Journey soundtrack by Austin Wintory is near flawless. "Nascence" is a short but strikingly emotive piece that makes you yearn for more. Its rich opening cello tone is intimate and enchanting, before changes in timbre and texture take the same theme and build upon it beautifully.

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The phrase “music to my ears” has never been more literally applicable.

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If you want to be captivated by more melodic gold, listen to:

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Fight Club (Assassin's Creed III)

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Composer: Lorne Balfe
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Another piece of music that is full to the brim with energy, “Fight Club” draws from Irish music roots with its furious violins that explode into a foot-tapping reel. It could just as easily be the backing to a bar brawl in Assassin’s Creed III’s Revolutionary-era Boston as a traditional Riverdance concert.

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Underneath this there’s more fusion, such as the Spanish flamenco-style strumming of a guitar.

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If you like this small taste of Assassin’s Creed’s plethora of music styles, there are over five games’ worth of soundtracks to check out. Notable mentions go to:

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  • Ezio's FamilyAssassin's Creed II - Jesper Kyd
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  • Main ThemeAssassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - Brian Tyler
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For more authentically and thematically-inspired music, you can't go wrong with the following:

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Central Highway (Mega Man X)

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Composer: Setsuo Yamamoto
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From Grammy-winning choral pieces to a classic SNES game! The Mega Man series is full of frantic and fantastic 8-bit chiptune and 16-bit synth music that became synonymous with video games in their early days.

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"Central Highway" from Mega Man X, whilst not 8-bit itself, is especially synthy and just makes me want to bop my head along as I listen. It’s the sound of arcades, childhood wonder and 2D side-scrolling goodness.

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If you like this sound, have a listen to: 

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For a more chilled, ambient synth feel:

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  • MiamiHotline Miami - Jasper Byrne
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Baba Yetu (Civilization IV)

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Composer: Christopher Tin
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"Baba Yetu" was the first video game piece to win a Grammy award, and part of the album "Calling All Dawns", a Grammy-winning work itself.

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Christopher Tin’s pure and uplifting song takes significant influences from African music and culture. "Baba Yetu" is The Lord’s Prayer in Swahili, and the classic prominence of vocal and percussive influences in traditional African music are the backbone of this song.

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This is of course aided by amazing performances from Soweto Gospel Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As it builds, "Baba Yetu" introduces more orchestral backing and rousing harmonies from the choir. At its apex, the song carries the charisma and spirituality of traditional African musical performances, from Zulu music to choirs such as Soweto or Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

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There’s a lot of fantastic choral music out there. If you’re going for a more epic than uplifting feel, try the following:

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  • Ebrietas, Daughter of the Cosmos - Bloodborne - Ryan Amon, Tsukasa Saitoh, Michael Wandmacher, Yuka Kitamura, Cris Velasco, Nobuyoshi Suzuki 
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  • Insidious, Consumer of All - Bayonetta 2- Masami Ueda
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Main Theme (L.A. Noire)

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Composer: Andrew Hale
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Put on this smooth jazz masterpiece by Andrew and Simon Hale and close your eyes. You’ll be whisked back to a noire 40’s bar, a stiff drink in hand and the band playing its woes away as the rain patters down outside the window on a stormy night.

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Hale’s BAFTA-winning L. A. Noire score absolutely nails the atmosphere of the game (let’s just not talk about the disappointing ending) whilst invoking the jazz greats such as Miles Davis. The music is relaxed and easy to listen to, yet full of melancholy.

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If you’re a fan of jazz, swing and big band music, you might also like the following tracks:

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Nate's Theme (Uncharted Series)

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Composer: Greg Edmondson
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"Nate’s Theme" checks all the boxes for being an awesome cinematic tune. It instills a sense of expansive adventure and triumph through its brass motif in a fanfare-like phrase, before introducing sweeping strings. All of this is underscored by powerful percussion that keeps the piece moving forward and emphasizes the more reflective middle section.

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Greg Edmondson’s work throughout the Uncharted trilogy brought the globetrotting games and treasure-hunting characters to life, and "Nate’s Theme" is the pinnacle of that vision. Edmondson is also known for his work on the Firefly TV show score.

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For more stunningly cinematic music, listen to:

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To Zanarkand (Final Fantasy X)

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Composer: Nobuo Uematsu
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No list of video game music can be complete without mention of the king of video game composers. Nobuo Uematsu’s music is adored across the world, and his work on the Final Fantasy series is unmatched. He is one of the most well-known and respected video game composers, and concerts of his music sell out all over the world.

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Throughout his library of work, Uematsu has written a huge variety of pieces, from Final Fantasy VI’s “Opera Maria and Draco” to FFXI’s Baroque-inspired “Ronfaure”, taking in everything else along the way.

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"To Zanarkand" is a prime example of this musical genius, delivering a piano piece that wouldn’t sound out of place alongside something by Claude Debussy.

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If you don’t know of Uematsu but like this piece, you’re in for such a treat my friend! A good starting point for Uematsu’s work are the “Distant Worlds I & II” albums, compiling some of his best pieces.

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If you like this music, here are some more suggestions to look up:

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As Victor Hugo said, “music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”. Music has unbelievable power to move and inspire us, and as such is a sturdy cornerstone of many of our lives. As a wonderfully creative art, music thrives alongside and within video games, and is often as integral to their success as gameplay or story.

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Try to imagine the same scenes and experiences that stick in your memory long after you play a game, but as if they existed without the music. It's unpleasant to say the least. At times it’s the themes and soaring melodies that we remember more than anything else. And, as in so many other facets of games, music is testament to their variety with influences from all genres -- including jazz, rock, classical, romantic, techno and various world music to name but a few.

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Some styles of game and film music have been dubbed the “new” classical music genre -- and it is so highly regarded now that it is regularly featured on Classic FM, the UK’s premier classical music radio station. Even more surprisingly, 12 game soundtracks made it onto Classic FM’s 2015 Hall of Fame

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If you haven’t taken the time to just sit back and really listen to video game music, here are 10 tracks (and a few extra suggestions) to get you started. This is not at all a “top 10” or “best of” list -- that’s an almost impossible task. Instead, I’ve tried to include an eclectic assortment of styles. You might not like all of them, but it will hopefully give as many people as possible a launching pad through which to enjoy game music -- and celebrate the vision and achievements of its composers.

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Play PlayStation Games On Your PC & Use The DualShock 4 Wirelessly! https://www.gameskinny.com/m9s74/play-playstation-games-on-your-pc-use-the-dualshock-4-wirelessly https://www.gameskinny.com/m9s74/play-playstation-games-on-your-pc-use-the-dualshock-4-wirelessly Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:22:55 -0400 Angie Harvey

PlayStation has announced via the Official PlayStation Blog that PlayStation Now will be launching on PC in Europe and North America in the near future.

Launching on Windows PC for the first time, PS Now subscribers will have a brand new way to access some of the most critically acclaimed franchises to date. Uncharted, God of War, Ratchet and Clank, The Last of Us and Journey will make up just some of the 400 game library that subscribers will have access to on their PC.

Along with the PS Now announcement, PlayStation is set to introduce a brand new device that will allow the DualShock 4 Controller to be played wirelessly on PC and Mac. The adapter will be connected via the USB port and will allow players to have access to all current DualShock 4 features. The DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor will launch in early September at a suggested RRP of $24.99

Finally, PlayStation has revealed the recommended specifications for running PS Now on your PC.

  • Windows 7 (SP1), 8.1 or 10
  • 3.5 GHz Intel Core i3 or 3.8 GHz AMD A10 or faster
  • 300 MB or more; 2 GB or more of RAM
  • Sound card; USB port

Having the ability to use the DualShock 4 wirelessly without having to be attached to your PC is a fantastic new feature that will surely be a hit among the community.

Will you be taking advantage of PS Now on PC or the new wireless adaptor? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Uncharted 4 Double Relic Weekend Starts Friday https://www.gameskinny.com/covsz/uncharted-4-double-relic-weekend-starts-friday https://www.gameskinny.com/covsz/uncharted-4-double-relic-weekend-starts-friday Thu, 04 Aug 2016 04:41:38 -0400 Angie Harvey

Starting this Friday, Naughty Dog is hosting another Relic Bonus weekend in Uncharted 4's multiplayer. The bonus weekend will last from Friday, August 5th at 11am PST/8pm CEST until 11am PST/8pm CEST Monday, August 8th, where players will be able to earn an additional 50% Relic Bonus by completing challenges.  

These Relics can be used to unlock a number of cool items such skins, weapons, characters and taunts. This is your chance to splash out in the in-game store and deck out your characters, as no chest will ever provide duplicate items.

Along with the announcement, Naughty Dog has rolled out a new live update that helps continue to balance the game's multiplayer. The most notable changes are the reductions to both the Blindfire and Recoil mods to specific weapons, price changes to Sidekicks and Mysticals, and also the heavy weapon, Harbinger -- which will now straight KO on a headshot!

Full details on the update and bonus weekend can be found on Naughty Dog’s official website.

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10 Games Every PSVita Owner Needs https://www.gameskinny.com/ica0m/10-games-every-psvita-owner-needs https://www.gameskinny.com/ica0m/10-games-every-psvita-owner-needs Tue, 19 Jul 2016 06:33:15 -0400 Donald Strohman

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1. Uncharted: Golden Abyss

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There's a reason Uncharted has always been a system seller. From the first game in Drake's Fortune, Naughty Dog captured the thrills of what it means to be a treasure hunter. Fighting mercenaries and pirates after the same treasure as you, betrayal after betrayal, and a wise cracking smart ass to follow along the way -- what more would you need in an exploration game?

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With the series' success, developer Sony Bend decided to bring the series over to the PS Vita, and with it spawned the system's killer app. Combining all of the best elements the series had to offer on the PlayStation 3, Uncharted: Golden Abyss absolutely needs to be in every Vita owner's collection. Beautiful graphics, smart dialogue and story, treasure hunting expeditions, it's all here and at home on the PlayStation Vita. It also serves as a great appetizer if you haven't gotten your hands on the fantastic Uncharted 4 just yet.

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Regardless of all ten of the games on this list, the PS Vita is definitely a system worth owning. Perhaps its introduction to the market was too late, but these great titles prove that, despite being abandoned by Sony, it wasn't without its place in the world. And anyone who hasn't quite made the jump yet, we hope this list helps sway you into snatching one up. 

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Did we miss one of your favorites on the PlayStation Vita? Are you a fan on the system and agree it's greatness was too short lived? Be sure to comment below and tell us how you feel about Sony's powerhouse handheld!

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2. Killzone: Mercenary

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Sure, maybe dark dreary space shooters have become the norm in today's market, but Killzone has always been a step above the rest thanks to its fun multiplayer and pushing hardware to its limits. Such is the case with Killzone: Mercenary, which sets itself as one of the PlayStation Vita's best looking, habit forming shooters period.

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Completing missions is bolstered by its fast-paced gameplay that rewards the player in combining kills and performing execution melee attacks. And as masochistic as it sounds, Killzone's death moves are likely some of the most fun ones to date. Every owner of the PS Vita needs to give this game a try, as it serves to be the best FPS the system ever offered to its fan base. 

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3. Tearaway

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From Media Molecule, the creators of Little Big Planet, Tearaway has to be one of the most beautiful and outstanding platforming games to ever grace the video game market. With paper inspired graphics that look like something out of a child's imagination, Tearaway benefits not only from an incredible art style, but also how well it implements the PS Vita's capabilities.

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With gameplay elements that utilize the twin touch screens and gyroscope, Tearaway was perfect proof of what the system was capable of. It's just a shame the Vita didn't last long enough to see more phenomenal titles such as this. 

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4. Gravity Rush

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Sure, this title was eventually ported to the PlayStation 4 (as a way to keep the series alive before the announcement of Gravity Rush 2,) but it's hard to argue that this title truly belongs on the PS Vita handheld system first and foremost.

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Utilizing the PSVita's gyroscope for air combat and puzzles, Gravity Rush was an incredibly inventive and original title to befall Sony's system. With the ability to manipulate and bend the environment to your whim, you'd be hard pressed in finding anything quite like Gravity Rush. It's also great seeing that Japan Studio hasn't given up on the series just yet in bringing it to the PlayStation 4, but it certainly would have been nicer to see it keep the Vita alive. 

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5. Little Big Planet Vita

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A staple in the Sony brand ever since it was conceived for the PlayStation 3, Little Big Planet gave players the freedom to create any level they wanted, all they were limited by was their imagination. So what better way to expand an already great game than by porting it to a powerhouse handheld with a touchscreen to help create levels more freely?

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Sackboy managed to find a great home on the PS Vita, thanks to the acclaim it received from players and critics alike. Even if you already have Little Big Planet on your PS3 or PS4, be sure to check this one out too, I guarantee you won't be disappointed!

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6. Unit 13

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Oh Zipper Interactive, how we miss thee. You gave us some of the best tactical shooters any gamer could have ever asked for. You also happened to give us an addictive third person shooter with Unit 13, a sort of spiritual successor to your beloved SOCOM franchise.

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Containing some of the most thrilling tactical shooting any handheld could ever offer, Unit 13 managed to be a great last hurrah from Zipper Interactive before having to close its doors in 2012. If you happen to see this title sitting on a game store shelf somewhere, do yourself a favor and pick it up. If not for the fun missions or exhilarating shooting, do it for the memory of Zipper. 

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7. Soul Sacrifice

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Easily one of the greatest strengths of the RPG genre are the magical worlds we get explore throughout them. And in the case of Japan Studio's Soul Sacrifice, that world can occasionally be outright terrifying.

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The basic game mechanic of the game is the ability for the player to sacrifice parts of the protagonist's body to unleash destructive attacks. These sacrifices will then be permanently slashed onto the character's body, indicating they are not an unlimited resource to be tapped into. Thanks to its plethora of disturbing-looking creatures and interesting mythos, Soul Sacrifice is one of the system's finest RPG games to date. 

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8. Wipeout 2048

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Wipeout remains one of Sony's longest lasting racing franchises to date, receiving at least one new game on every one of Sony's platforms (currently excluding the PlayStation 4.)

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Released as a launch title for the PlayStation Vita, this futuristic, anti-gravity racing combines high speeds and ridiculous tracks to keep the thrills lasting for all who choose to play. It still remains as one of the system's highest praised racing titles, and anyone looking for some racing mechanics and beautiful graphics will most definitely find it here. 

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9. Freedom Wars

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Most of the new games arriving on Sony's latest handheld have largely been JRPG games. Some of them are good, some of them are bad, but you will occasionally find one that actually makes for an excellent system seller.

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Enter Freedom Wars, an addictive role playing game that combines gun-play and strategy to take down larger scale enemies. Not only does this game provide plenty for players to accomplish in its 30+ hours of campaign length, but it was also the second highest selling game for the PSVita in Japan! You know a game must be worth checking out if an entire country appears to appreciate it. 

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10. Lumines Electronic Symphony

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This long-running puzzle series first found its place on the original PSP, so it only seems fitting one of Lumines' eventual sequels would find a home on the PSP's younger brother. Lumines Electronic Symphony carries over the addictive gameplay with an all new soundtrack devoted to original electric beats.

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If you find yourself in need of a challenging puzzle game on a handheld system, or just have been a long time fan of the series, you definitely can't go wrong here! 

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Oh, the PS Vita -- the little handheld that just quite couldn't. Despite being the most powerful gaming handheld during its release, Sony couldn't quite get the PlayStation Vita rolling, thanks to Nintendo handhelds and smartphones becoming most people's go-to mobile gaming systems. However, those who did fork out the dough for what is likely to be Sony's last handheld system, did manage to find some great games that made the system worth owning. 

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So while the PS Vita's future certainly appears muggy, it did manage to get a substantial fan-base during its golden days, and many of its owners will defend the handheld, despite its less than stellar performance in the market, as being "too much too soon" in today's smartphone dominated market. So if you're still interested in purchasing a PS Vita, or are looking to dust it off once more, here are ten games every owner of the system needs to play.

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The Best PS4 Hard Drives for Your Money https://www.gameskinny.com/5zeni/the-best-ps4-hard-drives-for-your-money https://www.gameskinny.com/5zeni/the-best-ps4-hard-drives-for-your-money Sun, 12 Jun 2016 09:19:35 -0400 Pierre Fouquet

Have you ever wanted to upgrade your PS4s hard drive (HDD), to install Uncharted 4: A Thief's End or any number of PS4 games, but you aren't sure what to look for? This guide will take you through a few options, from the more expensive, to the cheapest, but each will give you the best value for money.

Get yourself an external drive - 2TB Seagate Expansion

While the PS4 doesn't let you store games on an external drive, inside the plastic case is housed a surprisingly good and cheap 2.5" HDD, simply use a screwdriver and pry the drive out (note: the 1TB version of this drive doesn't have the correct connections, but the 2TB one does). What is inside is a Samsung Momentus Spinpoint ST2000LM003 with 5400rpm spindle speed and 32mb of cache. The drive alone is more expensive than if you buy it inside the Seagate enclosure.

Alternatively, you can look for an older model of this same drive.

Hybrid Drives, the best of both - 1TB Seagate SSHD

A hybrid drive combines the speed of an SSD with a HDD, without the high price of the SSD. While the drives don't have a massive amount of SSD space, they will speed the PS4 OS up to lighting speeds, without slowing down loading times of games or apps -- which will also speed up, due to the 7200RPM drive, but it won't be as significant as with the OS.

Alternatively, you can opt for a 1TB WD SSHD.

Full speed With An SSD - 1TB Samsung 850 Evo

If you have a good amount of cash floating around, and want the absolute fastest speed you can get, you should get an SSD. These are more reliable, faster, and will live longer than any HDD. However, an SSD will cost you a pretty penny -- but gone are the days when 1GB was $1.

Alternatively, you can get a 1TB Crucial MX200.

If you simply want more storage space, you don't need the PS4 Pro...

... or to buy a whole new console, but before you get started upgrading the one you have you will want to backup all of your save data to an external hard drive or flash drive. Once the drive has been swapped out you will need to perform a new installation of the PS4's operating system (OS) -- backup and reinstall can all be done from the same flash drive.

To get the PS4s hard drive, you need to simply take off the top-left side panel (the smaller one). Upgrading the drive is easy from there. Just make sure you have a few small philips head screwdrivers, and you are good to go!

[Header image source: PS4Experts]

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