While it seems just about everyone and their mom has weighed in on the Natal debate, when Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter speaks, people listen, whether it's to criticize him for his bold predictions or not. Pachter recently predicted that Natal would outsell PS3's Arc -- five to one in fact -- simply due to the fact that it will likely be cheaper. He's not the only one who thinks the device has potential. Co-founder of Naughty Dog, Jason Rubin, recently expressed his thoughts on Natal during the latest episode of GameTrailers' Bonus Round.
"I think Natal and things like Natal are going to revolutionize more than gaming," said Rubin. "Putting Natal in the Xbox gives it the opportunity to become a lot more than just a gaming machine. The things you can do outside of gaming justifies buying Natal. If Microsoft plays its cards right it can sell far more Xbox's to people who don't buy games."
Microsoft wants Natal to replace your TV's remote control. Is that what gamers want?
We all know them, love them and are aware of the great games that they make, but what makes Naughty Dog such an excellent developer?
The studio has a tendency to create a new IP every generation for the Playstation. As we all know, they are the creators of the hugely popular Crash Bandicoot franchise on the Playstation. They moved on to their Jak and Daxter series. While boasting rather similar platforming, the sequels brought guns into the mix. Of course, on the Playstation 3, they began their Uncharted franchise, which boasts amazing visuals and an incredible cinematic experience.
I list the following reasons why Naughty Dog is one of the best developers around.
Naughty Dog's website gets an upgrade as more stats are available for Uncharted 2 players to check out.
Naughty Dog's Arne Meyer writes:
"It’s been a while in the works—we recently made a major update to NaughtyDog.com to add a ton more detail to everyone’s multiplayer stats and we think you’ll really like this website update. There’s still a few things here and there that need tweaking and updating, but this update brings us quite close to our original vision of displaying multiplayer stats from UNCHARTED 2."
Naughty Dog, the developer behind the critically-acclaimed PS3 exclusive Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, praised the Wii in a recent interview with G4TV. However, the studio is also a subsidiary of Sony, so we won't be seeing any Wii titles from them any time soon. Naughty Dog co-president Evan Wells was asked if the developer was considering motion controls for any of their next projects.
"I'm not a Wii hater at all, in fact, it’s probably one of my most played consoles in the house," he responded. "I have a 3-year old son which might account for some of that, but I think Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort are some of the best experiences of this generation, honestly. They’re immensely playable and competitive, and just great fun with a group of people in the same room.
In an interview with G4Tv, Naughty Dog co-president Evan Wells commented on the prospect of more content for Uncharted 2's co-op. It's certainly a possibility the company is exploring, but nothing's set in stone, and it doesn't sound like they're too firm on the topic.
"The objective-style co-op that we have where we have those little narrative moments…It's something that we are considering and we'd really like to do, but it's a much, much bigger investment of time because we have to do a lot of motion capture with the actors and record a lot of voices," explained Wells. "So we would absolutely want make sure that we talk to our community and make sure there was the proper demand for it."
Below is a list of what is different:
- Added Version number to game menu – should display 1.03 after this update
- Added Clan Tags – all players can now add a custom four letter Clan Tag in the Profile Menu (square) to display on-screen before their PSN ID
- Load times have been decreased significantly
- Added “Rematch” functionality
- Adjusted some Boosters for balance
- Addressed issue with Player’s Met screen in game menu and XMB displaying incorrectly
- Addressed issue with Double Cash not doubling medal cash rewards
Its official, Uncharted 2 wins Game of the Year at the 2009 Video Game Awards. A well-deserved game that definitely did deserve Game of the Year. Selling millions of copies and receiving critical acclaim from around the world, Naughty Dog has created a masterpiece.
Yes, I know that no game is perfect, how can one be? However, it does deserve a solid 10/10 due to it being not just technically better than pretty much all games out there, but the sheer content and fun factor will make this game enter the history books in my opinion.