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Scheduled release date:

Summer 2010

Publisher:

505 Games

Developer:

A2M

Number Of Players:

1-2

Genre:

Action/Adventure

Okay, all right, get your laughs in now. Because while most of are you saying, “yeah, like I’m gonna buy this,” I urge you to at least learn about this one before dismissing it. Trust me, while I often try to search for previews featuring original titles (it’s nice to take a break from the standard), I’m not always convinced that some ideas will work. I’m not entirely convinced with Naughty Bear but you can bet I’m harboring this twisted, childish, oddly comical desire to give it a whirl next summer, almost regardless of other titles on store shelves. Where else can you wreak havoc in a village full of stuffed bears? Since when do we play video games with the express purpose of causing mischief and simply annoying - and yes, maybe killing – those around us? Naughty Bear exists for the sake of being naughty and that word can encompass some pretty horrific acts of violence, even though we won’t be seeing copious amounts of blood as we did in the mediocre Fairytale Fights. But that won’t stop your once-cutesy character from stabbing another bear with a wooden sword!

I read through plenty of information and details and that includes IGN’s eyes-on session with the game, and the author emerged with the same kind of strangely gleeful glow. This is where I heard about the wooden-sword-in-the-gut bit, but again, there’s no blood so instead, we’ll get flying fluff. However, it seems as if the primary goal doesn’t focus on combat; it’s really more about making every other bear’s life miserable, which means we go beyond knocking the stuffing out of brutally ripped seams. Naughty Bear will also sneak into homes and steal stuff and while he’s there, maybe he’ll decide to set fire to the living room. Or maybe he’ll have to silence the irate homeowner who’s threatening to call the police. And this is where things get a bit more interesting- due to the sandbox style of the gameplay, you will have lots of freedom to do almost whatever you wish. So this little world is loaded with plenty of possibilities and exploration will likely be a definite requirement.

Of course, there has to be a point to all this nonsense, right? Well, there is: you need to rack up as many “Naughty Points” as possible, which will in turn increase your “Naughty Rank.” There are a grand total of 50 ranks and the higher you rise, the more abilities you will unlock. There are also 28 total levels spread across 4 separate areas and I really like the idea of fresh outfits that grants my bear more skills; i.e., the Robo Bear suit will give him talents he never had before. The game will also notice how you play; if you go berserk and start slaying everything in sight without bothering with the consequences, you might be branded “psycho.” If you’re sneaking about, seeking to cause the most damage and mayhem possible without suffering through too much danger, you’ll be called “clever.” The more I hear, the more it sounds like some sort of cross between the aforementioned Fairytale Fights and Grand Theft Auto, which is unassailably cool…on some level.

Naughty Bear is one of those games that probably should hold a lower price point (it’ll retail for $49.99 but I was thinking more like $39.99 or even $29.99), but then again, it could really surprise us with its extended addictive gameplay. Four multiplayer modes will also be featured for those who need to take their deadly mischief online, and in this generation, such an option is basically essential. Will you soon find yourself striking out with your angry teddy bear, bashing on other teddy bears and stealing their crap? Will you be causing craziness in the streets? Will you up your “Naughty Rank” to unbelievable levels? Be honest now! A2M brought you Wet; this may be a complete departure from that type of game…or is it?

12/14/2009 Ben Dutka

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StevieRV
Monday, December 14, 2009 @ 9:59:47 PM
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looks cool, is it downloadable or disc based?

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Geobaldi
Monday, December 14, 2009 @ 11:14:51 PM

Disc based

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Alienange
Monday, December 14, 2009 @ 10:00:49 PM
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A2M makes the worst games on earth. Here's hoping they've turned things around.

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Geobaldi
Monday, December 14, 2009 @ 10:57:01 PM

True but they're the ones making the Dante's Inferno PSP game.

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___________
Monday, December 14, 2009 @ 11:12:06 PM

WHAT!
wet was awesome.
certainly not the best game around, but at least it was fun.
more than i can say about allot of games.

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Fane1024
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 7:47:45 PM

I'm beginning to think _____________ lives in the Bizarro world.

Either that or he's (?) a contrarian troll.

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huh1678
Monday, December 14, 2009 @ 10:07:47 PM
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I love the screenshots of the bear :P hes awesome.

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CONTRABAND
Monday, December 14, 2009 @ 10:08:33 PM
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wow, after reading this i want it!!! just need to see some vids, and play a demo.

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kevinater321
Monday, December 14, 2009 @ 10:14:36 PM
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Wow! i want this! insta buy if it has split screen!

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fluffer nutter
Monday, December 14, 2009 @ 10:32:07 PM
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I was definitely interested after reading the description but seeing A2M doesn't sit well with me. I hope this comes out smooth because I can definitely see my kids and I playing this. This reminds me that they should make a new Fur Fighters.

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Scarecrow
Monday, December 14, 2009 @ 10:36:22 PM
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*stops self from comparing Naughty Bear to another known bear....*

Ahem, this should be interesting, to say the least lol

Hopefully it's not firt-person. With that out of the way this game might actually be a lot of fun.

In a sense it's almost like a Simpsons' game. Like using Bart to throw rocks at other kids, etc.

But yeah this could be fun, loving the fact that it's supposed to be all 'bout exploration, exploration's always good, in any game! In fact, that's one of the main things I love 'bout rpgs. There are so many hidden secrets/weapons, mini games, etc.

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Kiwi of DOOM
Monday, December 14, 2009 @ 11:11:47 PM

If they ever make a game on 'that' bear.. well.. i really don't know what would happen. Bad things i assure you.

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coverton341
Monday, December 14, 2009 @ 11:28:16 PM

you must be talking about the infamous "Running Bear"

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Scarecrow
Monday, December 14, 2009 @ 11:38:26 PM

It's just a coincidence I'm sure
But still it's a funny coincidence

And I also hope it's rated mature. I'd hate to see this game get slammed by the media. "It's teaching our children to be bad" blah blah blah

Yes even when there's no blood in it...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 14, 2009 @ 10:42:37 PM
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Interesting, but I like Naughty Dogs better :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 14, 2009 @ 11:52:39 PM

wow, there's Naughty Dog haters in here?

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WolfCrimson
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 2:43:16 AM

Of course. Xbots in disguise.

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BikerSaint
Monday, December 14, 2009 @ 10:55:41 PM
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Looks like he's already been to town......

http://talkingtree.org/photoblog/index.php?showimage=576

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coverton341
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 1:27:02 AM

MISTER FLANAGAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Geobaldi
Monday, December 14, 2009 @ 10:59:36 PM
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It's basically GTA: Hundred Acre Wood. But I'll try it nonetheless.

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therabbitkinge
Monday, December 14, 2009 @ 11:10:37 PM
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Im sorry im a big pushover for a creative looking character and there is just something so menacing about the simplicity of that damn bear... I'll buy it if everything compares to that bear in style ^_^ (yeah I buy crappy games if they look pretty so sue me T^T)

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___________
Monday, December 14, 2009 @ 11:12:46 PM
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OMG that pic is so psychotic.
thanks im not going to be able to sleep tonight.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 14, 2009 @ 11:16:41 PM

It's just an angry scuffed bear. I'm sure you'll sleep okay.

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Aftab
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 8:53:50 AM

That teddy's not f*cking around, and he's not taking prisoners either. Marcus Fenix's got nothing on him.

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coverton341
Monday, December 14, 2009 @ 11:15:03 PM
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If this is anything like Conker: Bad Fur Day count me in. That game was the bees knees and when they remade it for whatever system they remade it for I bet it was good then too, but on the N64 it was great since the system was Nintendo.

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Geobaldi
Monday, December 14, 2009 @ 11:21:39 PM

It was better on the N64. The Xbox version was censored lol.

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bOnEs
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 8:45:18 AM

conker's bad fur day was awesome, one of my all-time favorite games... but, this sounds a lot different than the linear kill-all-tediz missions from conkers BFD...

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556pineapple
Monday, December 14, 2009 @ 11:19:25 PM
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Haha, I'll have to give this a whirl.

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Dridion
Monday, December 14, 2009 @ 11:30:14 PM
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Today is a sad day. MY PS3 just got the YLOD. I never thought this would happen or was even true for that matter. Not once did a Sony product fail till today. *TEARS* I'm actually crying lmao it was my precious 60 gig. Man this hurts. I pray you guys wont have to suffer this loss EVER.

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Scarecrow
Monday, December 14, 2009 @ 11:36:07 PM

Dust

People need to understand that dust is ps3's biggest danger. At least with the "fat" ps3

Vacuum the crap out of it at least once a month and your fat ps3 will probably never die.

Sorry to hear. At least it gave you many years of gaming. The other console would've given you 5 months tops.

It's a 60Gig, you better man up and get that repaired from Sony ASAP. Yes it'll be $150 smackers but hey it's worth it. Precious 60GB model. Just make sure to vacuum it when you do get it back.

PS: Getting a slim might be a good option too. Either way hang in there dude. Hopefully you have the ps2/psp or even ps1 around.

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coverton341
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 12:57:04 AM

Dust or the fan failed and it is not sending it's start up signal to the board.

Try leaving it off for a few hours then turning it on again. I mean completely off too. Switch in back and all. If you can turn it on and it tries for a bit and then switches off and does it's infamous double beep listen for the fan. If it starts up then dies you probably just have some crap tying up the motor. If you are out of warranty already it is worth it to open it up and clean out the fan really well. There are videos online of how to get to the fan. If that works you are golden, but if the fan motor has burnt out you are pretty much left with the option of calling it dead or paying 150 to have it replaced.

Good luck to you.

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Dridion
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 1:54:39 AM

Thank you Scarecrow and coverton341 for your condolences. They are much appreciated at a time of great loss. I need to ask both of you guys questions. First of:

@Scarecrow

I have no problems with paying $150 if it means that my precious monster will be brought back to life. However my biggest concern is that they might just give me another person's refurbished model or a new model. I want my own monster back. Will that be possible or is it just wishful thinking? Also if they do fix it and send me the original, will it last long or will it eventually YLOD again? Last question, what kind of vacuum will I need? I have a portable one that has the long plastic nose....do those work without damaging the system? Also, yes I still have my original PS1 and PS2, as well as my phat PSP so BC is no problem. Still I love my Phat 60gb and all it's beauty. If I got a slim that would mean no card readers and only 2 usb ports :( (I use my card readers and the extra 2 ports).

@coverton341

I tried turning it on, unfortunately, after an hour and 30 mins (hadn't seen your advice). When I touch the power button the fan kicks in but than stops after the YL appears. I've been out of warranty for a very LONG time now. Hypothetically speaking, if I opened the system and cleaned the dust out but the fan still stops after the YL, should I still try other method of fixing the fan or might it be another problem? Last question, if I open the system up and attempt to fix it by myself, will I still be able to send it in for repair and pay the $15?

Thank you guys in advance. Your help is very much appreciated. I think I'm exaggerating with the whole tears thing lol, but it still hurts. Oh well, wish me luck!

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LegendaryWolfeh
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 2:14:17 AM

Well they don't make any new 60gb models and most of the time they'll just send you a refurb of the same model. and about the vacuum, you just need one of those small hand-vacs.

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Dridion
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 2:20:25 AM

Thanks LegendaryWolfeh for the reply. Wow, that sucks. Looks I might just have to go and get the slim. :( A very sad day indeed. And I'll be sure to get the small vac. Thanks again!

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 2:35:21 AM

@Dridion,
Aye,
Well to be honest I'm not sure if they'd taken in your ps3 if you opened it (though they might)

'Bout the vacuum. Any would do, as long as its suction is not too hard. The lowest suction setting should do it. Basically you want the vacuum to suck in dust/particles but not anything else. So don't focus on suction, rather, focus on getting the dust out as "pleasantly" to the console as possible. Treat it like a baby lol.

On the question of it getting clogged up again or the fan failing. Yeah that's a tough one, I guess it depends on how much one takes care of it. It last you at least 2+ years, so imagine if you dusted it out every month. Would probably last you 4+ years.

I think for you sending it back might be the best option. You can always get a Slim in the future if you want to. But ultimately it's up to you.

By the way, if ya wanna know more, check out the quick reference: http://www.playstation.com/manual/pdf/PS3-01-1.0_2.pdf

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Aftab
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 8:48:56 AM

I have a 60gig fatty, but I'd rather have a slim, because I don't play ps2 games very often, and I used those extra ports just once in the past 3 years, so I'd rather just save money with the slim's improved power efficiency. Problem is, with all this talk of the fatties crapping out, I wouldn't feel comfortable selling it to someone.

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Fane1024
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 7:55:06 PM

Okay, I also just got the YLOD and I read up on it and then talked to Sony yesterday, so here's what I know.

Sony will service an opened PS3, but it will cost you $150 even if it would have been under warranty and they will return it unrepaired if there is any sign on tampering/modding. You might be able to get away with the heat gun trick, but I wouldn't risk it myself.

You may get your own system back, but it is up to the service guys to decide, based on the nature of the repairs needed (they try to send you the best system they have). I requested my own system back, but the support guy wouldn't promise anything.

Any vacuum will do, but make sure you don't touch any of the circuits. I recommend that you vacuum only from the outside. A can of compressed air is also useful. You wouldn't believe the amount of fine dust that came out of mine.

I thought about getting a slim (mostly because of the power efficiency), but decided to repair my fatty.

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Dridion
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 11:34:58 PM

A lot of decisions to make. Thanks you guys for all the info, it's helped me a lot. Hopefully I can get it fixed within the month. Don't know how I'll survive without my main source of entertainment. It did EVERYTHING, and now it does nothing.

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Fane1024
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 4:03:25 PM

Dridion,

I just shipped my PS3 out for repairs today. Send me a PSN message (PSN ID: fane1024; I can receive it on another PS3) if you want me to give you an update (when I get it back) on how things went.

p.s. Mine's been dead for one month exactly and it has been a pain to do without it.

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Fane1024
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 5:16:35 PM

I can't believe I asked Dridion to send me a PSN message knowing full well his PS3 was dead. Just because I have access to another PS3 doesn't mean everyone does. Brain fart. :(

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Robochic
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 1:06:03 AM
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Sounds like a really cool game, agree with maybe a different price point but whatever still a game I would get for a good laugh, i loved conker games not for the game play just for the humour and gore LOL.

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Mamills
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 5:54:34 AM
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WET SUCKED
don't have very high hopes for this game

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just2skillf00l
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 6:19:50 AM
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So what if Wet sucked. Some people like pixel junk monsters, some people like pixel junk eden, and some people like pixel junk shooter. But not all people that like pixel junk monsters like pixel junk eden and shooter collectively, etc. Ladies, and mostly gents, can we please give the game a shot first? Just this once, we might learn a valuable lesson. Never judge a studio by it's failure, judge it by the response to it's failure.

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bearbobby
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 3:43:13 PM

I tend to agree about not judging a book by it's cover, or publishier in this case, but these guys released that Iron Man game... (shudders)

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Mamills
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 6:27:47 AM
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lol
its based on the studio man, they havent made any games worth noting in a long time in my opinion, i mean by all means give the game a shot but hey next year ill b spending my hard earned cash on games like God of war 3, FF13, gran turismo, heavy rain, the last guardian etc etc. you know, games that are definitely gonna be worth it

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bOnEs
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 8:48:24 AM
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is this a PS3 exclusive?! lol, i like the idea of this game... it's like GTA san andreas with the breaking and entering, lol... and like GTA with the rampages and everything else... everything except for driving but, i wouldn't be surprised if the teddy bears drive around in cute little cars either... do they, ben?

yea, i'm sold... i need to do some research on this game right now...

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Geobaldi
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 9:26:24 AM

It's not exclusive.

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Banky A
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 2:43:52 PM
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Naughty naughty ;)
Bear looks badass.

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furbiesmustdie
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 3:39:48 PM
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i don't know this game just screams fairytale fights/ ninja-bread man and we all know how well those games went.

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just2skillf00l
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 11:15:38 PM
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Well, this one might be the exception. This one might be a bug in that eternal repeating occurrence of failures. This one, might be THE ONE!

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