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The Five Sexiest Dudes in Gaming – #1: Nathan Drake

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

And here’s the big kahuna himself. Given how much we’ve verbally wanked off Mr. Drake in the past, I’m guessing this doesn’t come as much of a surprise to any of you. But regardless, can you disagree? Uncharted’s Nathan Drake is simply one of the most likable protagonists in the world of videogames, and he’s got roguish good looks to go along with it.

Drake has it all. He swashes and buckles with the very best of them, whether he’s hunting down gold, battling ancient curses, or rescuing damsels in distress. And no matter how dire his given situation, he always manages to have a damn good attitude about it – while playing Uncharted or Uncharted 2, you never have to go long without hearing one of Drake’s trademarked (and hilarious) cocky remarks. You just can’t keep the guy down, and that’s a fantastic quality to have – especially in his line of work.

But, as Uncharted 2 proved, the guy’s still a human being. He’s not always making fun of the situation he’s in – particularly when his lady love is in distress, or when things just literally fall apart around him. He certainly doesn’t spend much time moping (and he doesn’t need to) but even in the cases when Drake does have himself a good mope, it feels perfectly justified.

But enough about his character. He’s Nathan Fucking Drake. He’s the ultimate swashbuckling badass. He’s the jack of all trades. He’s Indiana Jones sans the mild anger problems. He takes down a dozen men with a pistol and some well-placed grenades. He solves riddles and mysteries that would stump Sherlock Holmes. He runs up moving trains while evading machine gun fire from enemy helicopters. And, at the end of it all, he gets the girl. Everyone wants to be this man, I don’t care what they say.

Nathan Drake is the kinda guy you’d never want to fuck with, but exactly the kind of person you’d want to sit and have a beer with. Or two. Or nine. And then see where the night goes from there.  Easy and indisputable pick for #1.

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Friday, March 12th, 2010


Why is it that every time we have a theme week devoted to a specific game, I can’t seem to get the Tuesday edition of HLL written?

Ah well. Half is better than nothing. And it’s Final Fantasy XIII Week! You should all be playing it non-stop, just like I haven’t been doing!

Seriously, I have like twelve hours. And God of War III comes out this Tuesday. I’m fucked.

BioShock2-1Ruh Roh: 2k Released BioShock 2 DLC That Was… On the Disc Already?

2K Marin recently released the first DLC pack for BioShock 2, entitled “Sinclair Solutions Tester Pack.” It included all sorts of fun stuff for multiplayer, including new weapons, characters, trials, and so forth. Not bad for $3.99, since, as we’ve already established, BioShock 2’s multiplayer doesn’t suck. (In fact, it’s pretty darned fun.)

But wait! Sharp-eyed gamers have noted the fact that the pack is a mere 24k in size on the PC version, and 108k on the 360. So. Either 2K Marin has come up with TEH BEST COMPRESSION EVAR or… the content was already on the disc, and the “DLC pack” was merely an unlock key.

Mull that over in your head for a moment. 2K Marin wants you to pay for what’s already on the disc.

I mean, I doubt they’re breaking any laws or anything, but the ethics of the thing are pretty sketch. Remember that long article I wrote last Sunday about DRM and piracy? Yeah, this is the sort of thing that encourages that. (VG247)

uncharted2Naughty Dog Thinks Uncharted on the PSP Would Be “Fantastic”

Speaking to Joystiq, Naughty Dog’s co-president Evan Wells said he thought Uncharted on sony’s handheld would be “fantastic.”

“I think it would be fantastic to see the game (move) onto a handheld system,” said Wells.  ”If we can find a partner to work with, I’d love to do that … we definitely wouldn’t do it ourselves. We’re trying to just focus on the PS3 technology and platform right now.”

Really? Would it really be fantastic? Because I don’t think so. I hate to sound like a graphics-whore, but the last thing I want to see is Uncharted 2’s ground-breaking visuals and technology watered-down for the small screen. The fact is that the visual aspect of Uncharted is a huge, huge part of the experience – take that away, and I’m not sure I want to see what the results would be. (VG247)

QUICKIE: Splinter Cell Conviction Demo Coming

In a recent developer diary for Splinter Cell: Conviction, creative director Max Beland confirmed that a demo will be available to the public sometime before the game’s release in April.

“Yes, there will be one. I can’t tell you what map or when it’s going to be released yet, my lips are sealed.”

And… that’s all. It’s interesting to note that Ubisoft already told us back in February that there wouldn’t be one. Guess they changed their minds? (VG247)

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Valve’s Gabe Newell on DRM

Speaking at GDC, Gabe Newell had this to say about DRM:

“One thing that you hear us talk a lot about is entertainment as a service,” he said. “It’s an attitude that says ‘what have I done for my customers today?’

“It informs all the decisions we make, and once you get into that mindset it helps you avoid things like some of the Digital Rights Management problems that actually make your entertainment products worth less by wrapping those negatives around them.”

Ride on, Mr. Newell. (VG247. Again.)

That’s all. There’s no more. Goodbye now. Go play Final Fantasy XIII.