Opinion: Should Naughty Dog Stick Or Twist?

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If there is one thing that us fans of ND love to do, its trying to guess what the studio are working on (the stuff we don’t know about of course) and what will be announced next. Even days after completing The Last of Us, I kept trying to guess what the guys over in Santa Monica, California would do next.

“Will it be a new Uncharted?”, I said to myself. “Maybe a sequel to The Last of Us” I thought or will it be a totally new IP tackling a genre that we didn’t expect the talented guys over at Naughty Dog to try their hand at. When you love a studio and what they do so much, it’s actually fun trying to guess what will be their next move. I have been doing it for years and there isn’t any chance that my little bit of fun and curiosity will end anytime soon, I can assure you.

As well as trying to guess what will come next, I get asked quite a lot as to what type of genre I would like to see the studio try out in a future game. We’ve had platform games in the past with the incredible Crash Bandicoot and the equally as good, Jak and Daxter. We’ve also had racing titles in the form of Crash Team Racing and Jak X: Combat Racing and the guys at Naughty Dog have even given us a fighting title all the way back in 1994 when they released Way of the Warrior on the Panasonic 3DO. Yep, the 3DO.

Moving on to 2007 and we were given a new chapter in Naughty Dog’s life in the form of the start of one of the most influential action-adventure series in video game history with the Uncharted franchise. It was completely different to what we had previously and this was the start of a series that would go from strength to strength and on to pick up numerous awards with the release of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune in 2007, Uncharted 2:Among Thieves in 2009 and then Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception in 2011. It was safe to say, that Naughty Dog had the action-adventure genre locked down with Nathan Drake and chums in the Uncharted series.

To read the rest of the article that I have written over at NDW please click here.

I'm a huge fan of the PES, MGS and Uncharted series', and anything else in between. If you love a good gaming discussion or want to talk about anything else, then feel free to get in touch.

@GariClark

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