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The Last of Us – Neil Druckmann on Creating a Future Classic

Fred Dutton's Avatar + Posted by Fred Dutton on Jun 07, 2013

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As many of you will have seen, the review scores are finally in for The Last of Us – the brand new PS3 title from Uncharted studio Naughty Dog. At the time of writing, its Metacritic score sits at a mighty 95/100, cementing its place as one of the very finest video games of this console generation. In just seven days’ time you’ll be able to judge for yourself, but in the meantime I caught up with the game’s Creative Director Neil Druckmann to delve into the project’s origins, its development and the studio’s thoughts on the finished product.

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Rain: The Story Behind 2013’s Most Intriguing PSN Release

Fred Dutton's Avatar + Posted by Fred Dutton on Jun 06, 2013

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Hopefully you found the time last week to take a look at the haunting new trailer for Rain – the new adventure game from Japan Studio heading to PlayStation 3 later this year. It’s shaping up to be one of the most intriguing PSN titles of the year, channeling the same sense of freewheeling creativity that made Journey, The Unfinished Swan and Tokyo Jungle such stand-out experiences.

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The Last of Us: Ashley Johnson on Bringing Ellie to Life

Fred Dutton's Avatar + Posted by Fred Dutton on May 31, 2013

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As you’ll find out in just two weeks’ time, Naughty Dog’s rabidly-anticipated new survival adventure The Last of Us does a phenomenal job of making you really care about its two protagonists, Joel and Ellie. To find out a little more about how Naughty Dog pulled it off, we sat down for a quick chat with Ashley Johnson, the young actress bringing world-weary teen Ellie to life.

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Watch_Dogs: Behind the Scenes with PS4′s Rule-Breaking Action Epic

Fred Dutton's Avatar + Posted by Fred Dutton on May 16, 2013

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As detailed in our coverage last week, the game’s core conceit – that its central hero, hacker Aiden Pearce’s primary weapon is not a gun, but an entire city – is one of the boldest, most ambitious ideas to come along in some time. To find out more about the game’s attempts to re-write the action rulebook, PlayStation.Blog sat down with the game’s creative director Jonathan Morin.

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God of War: Ascension Q&A: Taking Kratos to the Next Level

Fred Dutton's Avatar + Posted by Fred Dutton on Mar 08, 2013

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With God of War: Ascension’s launch just a few days away now, we sat down with the game’s Lead Combat Designer Jason McDonald and Lead Game Designer Mark Simon to find out how they’ve kept the formula fresh six games into the series, and what challenges the addition of multiplayer presented to the team.

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Piecing Together the Weird World of Tearaway

Fred Dutton's Avatar + Posted by Fred Dutton on Feb 06, 2013

Hopefully you all took the time to enjoy the new trailer for Media Molecule’s forthcoming PS Vita adventure, Tearaway, last week. In the eyes of PlayStation.Blog, it’s one of the loveliest titles inbound for any platform, bursting at the seams with invention, wit and creativity.

We stopped by Mm’s Guildford HQ late last month to check up on progress, and grabbed director Rex Crowle for a quick chat about the game’s unusual inspirations and influences. Read on to find out more about the eccentric themes that the team are pulling in an effort to make a truly unique video game…

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Killzone: Mercenary – Behind-the-Scenes Interview, Single Player Details

Fred Dutton's Avatar + Posted by Fred Dutton on Feb 04, 2013

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For a series that’s always been at the bleeding edge of modern FPS design – both in terms of technical performance and muscular gameplay – it’s fair to say that expectations are sky high for Killzone: Mercenary – the first PS Vita entry in Guerrilla’s acclaimed franchise.

Until last week’s reveal, all the studio has shown off was a brief teaser clip at Gamescom last September. But earlier this month, in a very snowy Amsterdam, it finally took the wraps off the game, showing off big chunks of both the single and multiplayer modes.

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Interview: Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert descends into The Cave

Fred Dutton's Avatar + Posted by Fred Dutton on Dec 12, 2012

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If, like me, you grew up in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s it’s likely that Ron Gilbert is responsible for many of your formative gaming experiences. While at LucasArts he was responsible for a red-hot run of bona fide adventure game classics, including Maniac Mansion, Zak McKraken and the beloved Monkey Island series.

In January, he returns to the fray with The Cave, a delightful Sega-published 2D romp that, in true Maniac Mansion tradition, sees you picking three characters from a wildly diverse line-up of seven oddballs and descending into the titular caverns for all manner of puzzle-centric adventure.

From the brief section we’ve played, it’s clear that Gilbert has lost none of his flair for fiendish puzzle design, barmy dialogue and madcap storytelling. It’s shaping up to be a charming, challenging and wonderfully eccentric title that will both delight his core fans while being accessible enough to win plenty of new ones.

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