Uncharted Trophy News by Anthony Barlow
July 30, 2008, 9:32 pm
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This was reported by a few places earlier this week I just haven’t gotten around to it, sorry. Anyway it has been confirmed that as of August 22nd Uncharted: Drakes Fortune will have trophy support. Yay!

It’s a shame that I got rid of that game when I did now I’m gonna have to go and rent it from somewhere (Boomerang have a 30 day trial if anyone’s interested) and hopefully grab me some Uncharted trophies. Plus, my current game save for Uncharted isn’t mine anyway due to my PS3 crapping out so it’ll be good for ME to actually complete the game now rather than some random dude from GameFaq’s.

The guys over at IGN spoke with Naughty Dog’s Arne Mayer about what players should expect when the patch hits and there’s more trophies up for grabs. Said interview is below:

IGN: How many Trophies will be available to nab in Uncharted?

Arne Meyer: You’ll be able to get up to 48 Trophies in Uncharted. There are 47 Trophies related to what you do in the game — finding treasures, hand-to-hand or gun combat and the like — and the last one is the Platinum Trophy for getting all the other Trophies.

IGN: What are some of the more notable or difficult Trophies that you’ve added?

Arne Meyer: Well, some of our more notable and tougher Trophies are hidden, so it wouldn’t be any fun if we revealed those, right? That being said, I think the Trophies for getting 100 headshots or defeating 50 enemies in a row without dying can present a challenge to most players. Of course, there’s also the Trophy for the Strange Relic, which some Naughty Dog fans might find familiar…

IGN: Is there a direct link to the treasures and unlockables that are already in the game with the new Trophies?

Arne Meyer: Yep. The Trophies are tied to the medal rewards which already exist in Uncharted. The requirement to get each Trophy is exactly the same as the one for the associated medal.

IGN: Will veterans be able to go in and nab all the Trophies in a single play-through?

Arne Meyer: No, that won’t be possible. It is possible to get nearly all of the Trophies on a single playthrough, but I think you’d have to be very good and extremely thorough to do that. We’d like to believe that some of the more difficult Trophies are enough of a challenge that even the most skilled gamer will have to play through Uncharted a couple of times.

IGN: Will any of them be able to be awarded retroactively?

Arne Meyer: That would have been nice, but it wasn’t something we would be able to do. We originally left our save games unlocked and portable so gamers could move them off the hard drive and their existing game elsewhere or show off some of the unlocked content at a friend’s house. This type of portability would have allowed gamers to get Trophies unfairly and we couldn’t let that happen. To receive Trophies in Uncharted you will have to start a brand new save game without any medals or rewards unlocked.

IGN: Will the update contain anything in addition to Trophies? We happen to be fans of the different rendering modes that you can unlock…

Arne Meyer: Aww, we like the rendering modes too. However, the patch only adds Trophy support to Uncharted. We didn’t add anything new. Sorry!

IGN: How long did it take you to go back and implement Trophies in the game?

Arne Meyer: Adding Trophies was a relatively simple task for us since we already had a reward system coded into the game with medals. It took about a month to go from deciding to go ahead with adding Trophy support all the way through testing and releasing the patch.

IGN: Was it fun to go back and give Uncharted a fresh coat of paint, as it were?

Arne Meyer: We definitely enjoyed going back and revisiting Uncharted since wrapping up development nearly ten months ago. Everyone at Naughty Dog has really been looking forward to getting the patch done and out the door. We’ve got a few people here who are just itching for the patch to be released so they can power through Uncharted and get the first Platinum Trophy ever… well, within the studio at least.

IGN: Do you wish to take this time and formally announce Uncharted 2: The Search for Atlantis? =)

Arne Meyer: Hey, look at the time, gotta run!

It looks like Naughty Dog have covered all bases there. Now Mayer said that you wouldn’t be able to get all of the trophies in a single playthrough, which to me ain’t good but i’ll give it a go nonetheless. 48 trophies is a lot too. I’m betting that the majority will be bronze ones then.

PS3 Platinum Games Launching Friday – Oh No! by Anthony Barlow
July 29, 2008, 8:26 pm
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The first of the PS3’s ‘platinum’ range is launching in the UK on Friday. The RRP for those games are £19.99 but there are a few places (Play.com) that are selling for less (£14.99). Some of the best games on the PS3 available for a discount price. But, there are two downsides well at least for me there is.

  1. The Boxes – The ‘platinum’ boxes are terrible. They’re all silver, yellow and tacky looking, not good. The ‘greatest hits’ boxes in the US look so much better. They’re just like the originals but have a nice red box.
  2. The drop in price – For me, not good. The price drop means that after Friday (and more than likely before) I won’t get anything for those games when trading them in. Damn!

Anyway it’s cool that Sony are looking after it’s customers.

I’ve got the full list of titles right here (or at least some of ’em):

  • Resistance: Fall Of Man
  • Uncharted: Drakes Fortune
  • Assasins Creed
  • Ratchet & Clank: Tools Of Destruction
  • MotorStorm
  • Heavenly Sword

I’m surprised that not all of the ‘Greatest Hits’ games from the US have made their way to Europe. I at least WarHawk would’ve been in there.

Kaz Hirai: PS3 Has Best Exclusives by Anthony Barlow
July 29, 2008, 8:07 pm
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Kaz Hirai has said that the PS3 has the best exclusives out the three consoles. Kaz says that the software out of Sony Computer Entertainment’s Worldwide Studios is “unrivaled”. Mr. Hirai said “Our first-party product is obviously platform exclusive and is the best out there,”. Kaz obviously took the time to namecheck games like LBP and Resistance 2 as well as emphasising the power of blu-ray.

Nice to see that not all execs like to make asses out of themselves *cough* Miyamoto *cough*.

Bionic Commando Rearmed Dated For North America by Anthony Barlow
July 29, 2008, 7:59 pm
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The highly anticipated PSN and XBLA game Bionic Commando Rearmed has been officially dated for North America. Capcom has announced that the game will be arriving on your system of choice on August 13th for a price of $10 (800 MS Points). Very good news indeed. I hope it has trophies.

Hells Highway Delayed Again – Whoo For Me! by Anthony Barlow

Ubisoft’s Brothers In Arms: Hells Highway hasn’t had the easiest road to release but it was announced that it was coming in August and now the game has slipped one month to September. Not too bad I guess but it does allow me to pick it up now without sacrificing anything in August (it’s supposed to one game a month for me).

It has been revealed that there will be a collectors edition for the game (above). This is currently only announced for American release but it’d be cool if it came out here. For an extra $10 you get a US Airbourne figurine thing, a comic book and a map of the upper Rhine. Is all of that really needed, especially the map.

Nice though.

Kojima Talks About ‘New Snake’ by Anthony Barlow
July 29, 2008, 7:36 pm
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According to Kojima himself MGS4 was Snake’s final mission but does this mean it was the last of the Metal Gear games to feature undoubtedly the greatest ever gaming character (yeah, take that Mario!)? Yep it was but Kojima says there could be a new ‘Snake’ for a new era. Thankfully Kojima explains himself:

The heroes in most animations and movies don’t age. They are often immortal. Snake, on the other hand, has aged with the times. I made him this way because of the unique characteristics of the game medium. Snake is a fictional character, but at the same time he represents the players themselves because of the interactive nature of games.

This is very different from other types of entertainment mediums in which you just watch or listen. Therefore, Snake’s memories become the players own journey. In that sense, I believe that interactive games are somewhat similar to live shows that reflect the signs of the times. Therefore, this allowed me the opportunity to bring the character of Snake to life and make the story more realistic by showing signs of his aging.

One decade has passed since the release of Metal Gear Solid. I believe that fans have shared these past 10 years with Snake. The final story of Snake equals closure for these fans. Therefore, the Snake that has existed over the past 10 years could have only existed during this time.

I would like you to think that this good-bye to Snake is a good-bye to this era and represents closure to your old self. If there ever were to be a new Snake (might have a different name), he will be a Snake for a new era.

Sounds good. You’ve gotta believe there won’t be another Metal Gear game to feature Snake. A remake of MGS1 would be really nice! Obviously Kojima wants to move on but do the fans? This one doesn’t think so.

Here’s Your MK Vs. DC Joker by Anthony Barlow
July 29, 2008, 7:27 pm
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Well it was announced at Comic Con that The Joker (along with the Green Lantern and some new additions to the MK side) would be making their way into Midway’s MK Vs. DC fighter.

Well now it’s been revealed. The image above shows how The Joker will look in the game. Hey he looks pretty cool, but more like he does in the comics and cartoons. It’d be nice if he looked more like the Heath Ledger/Dark Knight Joker. An unlockable costume perhaps? Probably not.