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Uncharted sneaking into select retailers early?

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357w ago - The highly anticipated Uncharted is joining Ratchet & Clank as yet another high-profile PS3 game that's releasing earlier than expected. Various reports suggest that the game will be available at select retailers tomorrow. In fact, GameStop.com is already shipping the game.

When we contacted a Sony PR representative, they told us that the game is not meant to be sold early, and that these may be specific instances of stores breaking the official street date. Regardless, if you already have a pre-order, it couldn't hurt to call your local game store and see if they'll be giving you Uncharted goodness early.
 

Video proof: Why Uncharted is the best looking PS3 game to date

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357w ago - We go beyond the demo to capture some incredible action

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is undoubtedly one of the stand out PS3 games of the year, and one that we certainly can't put down. Due to hit US stores in a matter of days, 17 November, with the UK release following on 7 December, Christmas may well come early for owners of Sony's black box.

As those of you who have downloaded the demo from the PlayStation Store will already know, Uncharted is full off incredible visuals and set pieces and, thankfully, these don't end when the demo does.

Video can be seen here!
 

Obvious PS3 tricks you may have forgotten about

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357w ago - We love illusions, things sometimes referred to as magic. Regrettably, true magic does not exist in this dimension (except for in the eyes of our innocent youth ... oh, the fools), but Sony and the PS3 have a few tricks up their sleeve to keep us imagining magic does indeed exist. The following are some obvious tricks worth mentioning that your PS3 can, in fact, do. Remember, some people might not have known these things.

1. Play PS3 games from any country
2. Reset your video mode by continuing to press the power button on the console when turning it on (if you have an HDMI issue, this is always a good way to re-establish a poor handshake).
3. Tap the PS button to see your battery charge remaining (duh).
4. Google PS3 Game Saves, save some data onto a USB, then copy it into your save data folder. Voila, you magically beat a game you don't even own!
5. Six-person video/phone chat ... thanks PS Eye!
6. Multiple page mode in the browser (choose to open a new window in the browser, then use L3 to toggle between pages).
7. Easily upgradeable hard drives.
8. Share your PS Store downloads on up to five other PS3's!
9. Force a PS3 to show your files ... just stick stuff in folders called, verbatim, "VIDEO" or "PICTURE" -- if that doesn't work, hit triangle and choose "Display...
 

Major leaps in PS3 visuals for at least four more years

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357w ago - Insomniac Chief Creative Officer thinks the PS3 has the most advanced hardware.

Insomniac Games is in a pretty unique position. The company isn't owned by Sony, yet is responsible for two of the PlayStation 3's most important Sony published titles: Resistance and Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction.

Speaking to VideoGamer.com in an exclusive interview to be published tomorrow, Insomniac's Brain Hastings has given his opinion on the current state of PlayStation 3 development and what's still to come.

Talking specifically about the recently released Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction, Brian pointed out what the team has been able to do with the game engine this time around:

"The amount of action we're able to put on the screen at 60 frames per second really dwarfs what we were able to do a year ago at 30 frames per second," said Hastings. "What's most exciting is the way things are headed right now I think we'll see just as big a leap from our second generation engine to our third as we did from the first to second."

Looking ahead, he was equally as optimistic: "We're already seeing a big leap in what people are able to do with the PS3 now compared to a year ago, and we're going to see just as big a leap between now and the end of 2008," said the Insomniac Games...
 

Update: IGN modifies Assassin's Creed review after Destructoid's report

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357w ago - Yesterday I posted a report that IGN had critically slammed the PS3 version of Assassin's Creed, claiming the framerate issues were so bad, they affected the gameplay and that the former Sony exclusive fared poorly in comparison to the Xbox 360. Lo and behold, I wake up this morning to find the Internet set ablaze with reports that IGN has actually modified the review.

I'm not sure why IGN felt the need to do this -- pressure from Sony and/or Ubisoft, a need to impress PS3 fans and keep them reading, or maybe they just didn't want Destructoid on the case. Either way, this kind of activity makes sites like us, who don't have the luxury of IGN's cash and traffic, who have worked hard for our credibility, look bad. It's not professional behavior, and not behavior I condone. Even if I make a mistake on Destructoid, I keep it here, as my Elder Scrolls/MMO snafu proves.

I've already had a few people accuse Destructoid of making it up, though for what reason escapes me. If that's the case, then I'd also say that this Digg page and this IGN forum thread, which talks about IGN's framerate complaints, have to be suffering the same group hallucination as my colleagues and I. We're not the only ones who saw it.

IGN itself has forgotten to wipe all trace of the complaints. In the review, the article now...
 
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