More Uncharted 3 Footage; Is it Ever Enough?
You all know how excited we are for Uncharted 3. We've been talking about it all year, and we even put it at the very of our most anticipated games of 2011, and you won't have any trouble finding Uncharted topics while searching through our archives.
But that's exactly the problem. We've already pretty much achieved the maximum level of hype when it comes to Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.
Or so we thought.
Naughty Dog was at Gamescom in Germany this week, and wouldn't you know it, they had some more gameplay footage to show us! At this point, every time we get a new trailer, it feels as if this is the one that's going to kill the hype, that's going to show TOO much. But Naughty Dog keeps proving time and time again that they know exactly when to end their trailers:
In Uncharted 2, we had Drake dangling off the side of a train, which was, in turn, dangling off the side of an icy cliff. The sequence was, in my opinion, one of the best and most exciting levels in any game I had played before it. Naughty Dog tries to top themselves again in Uncharted 3, with Drake hanging off the side of a moving plane. Should have seen that one coming.
The rest of the trailer mostly shows off the improved melee combat system, including a fight with an epic big guy wearing a turban, as well as a lot of running. Not to mention how bad of a situation Drake can get himself into at every turn. But it's not all just about melee, as Naughty Dog community strategist Arne Meyer says that Uncharted has always been about giving players choices when it comes to approaching combat situations, in this interview with VG247 (via Game Rant):
“I wouldn’t necessarily put a quantity on it. Stealth has always been introduced as an option to approaching a combat scenario, so it’s always an option here. We’ve given you more options – if you want to use stealth, you’re able to jump down and take out enemies from above [...] But that’s always your choice: there might be some parts where it’s going to be more advantageous to use a little bit more stealth, but there isn’t necessarily a quantity because we’ve tried to introduce as much player choice as possible.”
Overall, a good addition to the boat level and the fiery mansion level that we've already seen -- not to mention the multiplayer beta, if you played it -- showing off the incredible level-to-level diversity to the game, while focusing on the new mechanics. Naughty Dog is actually programming the environment around Drake, including the ocean, and oxygen in that fire level, which should make for some incredible cinematics and gameplay.
Meyer added the following in that interview, which is an interesting take on the future of the series:
“We definitely did not build out the Uncharted series as a trilogy. We’ve always said that as long as there are challenges for us, as long as there’s a story to tell, as long as our fans want more Uncharted, we’ll definitely consider doing it [...] At the end of every game, to be fair, we’re not entirely sure if we will make another Uncharted game. I will bet you it will be the same after this. Development is very exhausting and so you’d take a break and see what you’re going to do next.”
Obviously it's too early to talk about Uncharted 4, as we still have a movie to get through as well, but it's good to know that Drake's Deception may not be the series' endgame.
If all of this doesn't have you excited for Uncharted 3, Meyer also claimed that the game is currently OVER 50GB of data, which means that if they don't compress it, it will be the first PS3 game to require TWO Blurays. Compare this to the 25 gigs of Uncharted 2 and you gotta wonder what that other half is for!
"Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception" hits store shelves on November 1st, 2011 for the PS3.