2011… ACTIVATE! Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

2011… ACTIVATE! Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

2011… ACTIVATE! Uncharted 3: Drake’s DeceptionGo away 2010. You were rubbish. It’s now all about 2011, and the games we can’t wait to play. That’s why throughout the first couple of weeks of January I’m going to be going through some of the games I’m most looking forward to in the coming year. Anyone excited about Uncharted 3?

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception The only negative thing we can think of regarding Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception was the fact that Naughty Dog let Jimmy Fallon play it before we did. That, and we’re sort of starting to wonder just how the team will manage to improve upon what was a seamlessly executed blast of a game.

The leap from the original Uncharted to its far superior sequel was tangible. The creases in the experience were ironed out, the pacing was streamlined, and Uncharted 2 became one of the defining games of this generation. But with the core mechanics now set in stone, it’s difficult to see how Naughty Dog will manage to truly surprise us – outside of more spectacular set-pieces moments and twists.

Naughty Dog has promised more variety in close quarters combat – mainly via a new system that allows Drake to duke it out with multiple enemies at once – but we really hope that Naughty Dog finds a way to up-the-ante without resorting to tiresome boss battles and stupidly strong surprise enemies at the end, ala the first two titles. The final boss battle in Uncharted 2 represented my only real complaint with the game, and I’d like to see Naughty Dog find a way to innovate in this area.

The main switch up, of course, will be in the visual design. The first Uncharted focused on its jungle setting, while Uncharted 2 changed it up a bit providing eye-candy with the incredible Nepal setting – but it looks like Drake’s Deception will do for the desert what Amongst Thieves did for snow. Lawrence of Arabia is apparently a big influence, so we’re hoping for some classic cinematography, and some swishy sand effects.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception will be a humdinger – of that I have no doubt. There are those that criticise the game for being nothing more than a linear series of set-pieces – but that’s like giving a rollercoaster shit for staying on the rails. Uncharted 3 will provide a supremely polished, well-written, brilliantly performed experience and I, for one, can’t wait to experience it.


  • “There are those that criticise the game for being a linear series of set-pieces – but that’s like giving a rollercoaster shit for staying on the rails.”

    I concur. I love the games that do this well more than anything.

    Sadly, it’ll be at least another year before I can invest in a new, working PS3, so I’m trying not to get too excited about anything Sony-related…

  • “There are those that criticise the game for being a linear series of set-pieces ”

    See, that’s why I like it. It’s a story, set in stone, Naughty Dog knows that, and they use that. They want you to have and experience they have crafted, and when people start complaining “Herp Derp, it’s linear, I want more open world/choice”, well, I think it’s a stupid thing to say. If you want open world, go play Fallout or RDR. This is a story, and they want to tell you that story.

    Anyway, rant aside, this is my most anticipated game of 2011. Hopefully SCEE doesn’t screw us over, and gives us an awesome collector’s edition (or at least an opportunity to win one). Still bitter over the not being able to compete for a Fortune Hunter’s Edition. And the crappy Collector’s edition they gave. And the fact that we don’t get an GOTY edition. Stupid SCEE.

    • I really think we will be getting something big this time around… Whilst not all games will get something to the large extent, Sony have put together 3 big packs over the last year.

      God Of War III – Ultimate Collector’s Edition – $299 (Granted it included, the remakes)
      Gran Turismo 5 – Signature Edition – $299
      Killzone 3 – Helghast Edition – $249

      With Uncharted now arguably Sony’s 2nd biggest franchise behind Gran Turismo, I’m expecting a pack that is within that $200-$300 range come November.

      • That is true, but 2 things:

        – The price is just ridiculously inflated.

        – And the LittleBigPlanet 2 CE just destroyed my hope again. Hopefully they will deliver, but if they don’t, I honestly wouldn’t be surprised.

        • I’m not denying that it isn’t expensive, Sony got my money though for all 3 of them! :p

          On the subject of the LittleBigPlanet issue, when the details of the pack were released I think they answered us already as to why there was nothing special in that pack…

          “There is also going to be some cool brand new licensed merchandise on sale, as well as all the goodies that are already available to purchase like the Sackboy plushie.”


          There is already so much merchandise available in store they are making millions from already. Why add that to a CE pack when people are going to buy it for a premium individually.

          I know I have the Controller holding Sackboy as well as a few of the other smaller ones. Wallet am cry sometimes! :p

  • I agree with the comments above re a linear experience vs an open one. Since when does every game have to be open world and let you do whatever the hell you want whenever you want? There’s no shortage of games like that, so if you want that go play one of them.

    There’s nothing wrong with a linear series of set-pieces if it’s as incredibly well executed as Uncharted 2 was. No, you don’t get the freedom of an open world game. But on the other hand, open world games don’t give you anything like the shootout in the collapsing building from Uncharted 2 (immediately followed by the best use of a ticking clock in videogame history).

  • “There are those that criticise the game for being a linear series of set-pieces ”

    Seems to have worked for COD…..

    I have never played an Uncharted game, but has always been one of the most intriguing exclusives. This is the year i will have to buy a PS3 it seems.
    Also is THIS where we can start the petition for Mark Serrels to replace Marky Mark in the movie??

      • So we convince producers that the fans want to see Simon Pegg as Nathan Drake.
        We then say we can give them the full Pegg experience for half the price, Mark is hired.
        First day of shooting we sneak in Nathan Fillion in Marks place and BAM
        Everyone is happy!!!!!!!!!

  • because of the trailer for 3, as soon as i got my ps3, i got uncharted 2 xD

    almost finished it as well, and may i say, it’s freaking amazing, when some things happen in levels, i am shocked at how much effort has been put in by the developers, can’t wait to finish it then can’t wait for 3!

  • I thought the first two games just had too much shooting. I would have preferred quicker fire-fights between puzzlin’ and platformin’, but both were ultimately excellent. I’m looking forward to blowing the dust off my PS3 for both this and Infamous 2.

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