Uncharted 3: Latest viewing excites, game of the year 2011?

During most games presentations it's standard procedure to look at the screen for a bit, then quickly at your pad of paper to scribble down some notes, then back up again and repeat until you hear '... and that concludes the demo. The bar is now open'. But sitting here watching Uncharted 3, we daren't miss a frame of what's happening with Nathan Drake and his buddy Sully. It's nothing short of bloody brilliant, and we don't even mind that our no-look writings skills are jumbled all over the page. Uncharted 3 is that good.

We're bearing witness to the chateau scene that was doing the rounds on the internet a while back. This one...

... but we're seeing far more than this. The demo in front of us shows the very beginning of this mission - the stuff before the fire and the soon-to-be dead bad guys. It's your classic platforming section with Drake being thrust into action to find a way out of the dilapidated chateau. Cue shimmying across beams, leaps of faith and creating hastily knocked up walkways for Sully to catch up with you. The banter between the two as Nathan swings from a wobbly chandelier just highlights the great script writing too. And the doom of almost plummeting to his death.

This is a chance to see a host of new animations that make our hero far more flexible in his actions. Backward climbing, for example, allows Nathan to leap back from a ledge and grab an over-hanging platform - think Ezio from Assassin's Creed minus the moody hood. There are also far more subtle animations to represent his nimbleness like when he has to jump from one moss-covered beam to another as he almost slips to his doom. It all adds to a sense of constant peril but  also makes Drake feel far smoother than ever.

Above: The fire inside the chateau licks up the walls in real-time

As Drake and Sully search for an exit they come across a couple of blokes dousing the run-down chateau with fuel. Cue the familiar duck and cover shoot-outs that brilliantly punctuate Uncharted games. From what we're looking at Naughty Dog have resisted the temptation to fiddle with the mechanics here. Quite right too. So the precise gunplay of old remains intact, but it's the hand-to-hand scuffles that have been tweaked for the better.

The cinematics focus closer in on the fisticuffs than before and as a result it really adds weight to each uppercut and head butt. Drake's also got more bare-handed attacks in his arsenal. Our favourite from what we see is the flying squirrel attack. Nathan leaps from a ledge like he's performing a free-fall, and smashes the head of the enemy into the floor as though he's powering home an alley-oop dunk. Ouch.

Also applied to Drake's repertoire is the ability to fight off two foes at once. There's one bit where he's restrained from behind by some goon and another one charges in to sucker punch him. With a quick leap up he delivers a blood-curdling dropkick to the chest of guy running in, spins, ducks a punch and - KAPOW! - KO's the other guy.

Above: Sully promises to play a far more prominent role in Uncharted 3

As the rest of the mission plays out we're unable to do anything but gasp as Uncharted 3 unfolds into an incredible rollercoaster of entertainment. The video above hints at the perilous situation that Sully and Nathan find themselves in but long after the footage ends the two are to be seen scrambling up walls as the fire wrecks everything around them. They're leaping over chasms as the floor just falls from underneath them or there's an absolutely epic moment as Nathan and Sully run up a staircase only for the bloody thing to collapse. Sully manages to get to safety but Drake is left using a fallen banister as an adhoc ladder. 

Honestly, we know you've come to expect these thrills from games, not just the Uncharted series, but the chateau escape is all kinds of exciting. 




  • 47CELL - February 23, 2011 6:11 p.m.

    This is my most anticipated game of the year, I cannot wait!! If ever there was a year to buy a Playstation 3, 2011 is that year. Judging by exclusives alone, Gears of war 3 is not enough to keep the 360's head above water. Little Big Planet 2,KillZone 2, Infamous 2, Resistance 3 and the crown jewel: Uncharted 3. Not to mention the stunning multi-platform tiltes that are on the way. Im bias, yes, but there really is no reason not to buy a Playstation 3 this year :)
  • grayguwapo - February 23, 2011 8:05 a.m.

    wow... just wow... i've seen this clip several times and it still wow's me... and hearing the new additions to the game wow's me even more... too early to say for GOTY but by the looks of it, it's in the running... this is day 1 purchase for sure then if all goes well and it goes GOTY, i'm sure to pick that one up as well... can't wait to hear more news about this...
  • Turboash - February 22, 2011 3:55 p.m.

    Fuck this over rated tripe.
  • fetalspray - February 22, 2011 1:56 p.m.

    @misanthr0pe haha thats funny shit man how is the word 'sat' playing with tense? It works exactly the same way as sitting, it can be used in the present and past tenses eg. 'I am sat down', present, 'I was sat down' past, much the same as 'I am sitting down' and 'I was sitting down'. You see misanthr0pe its the verb 'was' or 'am' that changes the tense in this case not 'sat' or 'sitting' as those two words can be translated into past and present but not future and in this case when 'sat' is used after the conjunction 'but' in "But sat here watching Uncharted 3, we daren't miss a frame..." it makes perfect sense in the present tense, so Nathan the little twerp was in the right and you were wrong, I suggest you get a better grip of the english language before you try to grammar nazi people in future.
  • GamesRadar_NathanIrvine - February 22, 2011 9:58 a.m.

    @misanthr0pe Fixed. Here's hoping you never make a typo. You'd probably explode. Yours, Nathan 'little twerp' Irvine
  • Modroneman - February 21, 2011 9:55 p.m.

    While this does look like an amazing game (loved Uncharted 2), this game will not take game of the year for 2011. It will be going up against Dragon Age 2, Elder Scrolls V, and Mass Effect 3!
  • shawksta - February 21, 2011 9 p.m.

    This game, Skyward sword,certain 3DS games, and whatever is coming at E3 is gonna dominate 2011 I cant wait ^_^
  • nuno004 - February 21, 2011 8:57 p.m.

    i want this! this game won't be that different from the first two except for new moves n stuff, i just want to play through more of the uncharted story. fack yeah
  • ninjaemperor - February 21, 2011 8:52 p.m.

    I can't wait for this, the only thing that can possibly stand up for this for my GOTY is portal 2. Or the last Guardian, which I doubt will come out this year.
  • misanthr0pe - February 21, 2011 8:46 p.m.

    "But sat here watching Uncharted 3, we daren't miss a frame..." ok Nathan you little twerp, listen carefully... The word is SITTING ok?! I know you UK'ers think it's just OH SO FUKN COOOOL to mess about with tense but really that's enough now. Editors please take note: the moment has passed. Be brave and take a stand (or perhaps you would prefer "take a stood"?).
  • sleepy92ismypsn - February 21, 2011 8:16 p.m.

    I can't wait to play this game. Hasn't Naughty Dog already said there won't be campaign co-op in Uncharted 3?
  • d20Dark - February 21, 2011 8:03 p.m.

    If you're seriously going to have to break down and get a PS3 Chris, make sure you get Uncharted 1 and 2. Make it a 'same day' purchase as the system. I AM a hardcore- HARDCORE 360 fan and while most games don't move me in the slightest on the PS3, Uncharted is THE series to get/love/live on the system. I'd never, ever understand any idiot that sold their 360 to buy a PS3- that's just stupid- but to have both a PS3 and a 360 is just pure golden fun. I wouldn't worry about any other PS3 game aside from Motorstorm if you like racers (shooters suck on PS3, blame the dual shock) but action games like Uncharted and God of War are just awesome and amazingly fun. But make sure you don't miss out on Uncharted 1 and 2 or you won't really appreciate Uncharted 3! And both of those game- old or not- are brilliant examples of 10/10 review scores!
  • Cat_Mundy - February 21, 2011 7:53 p.m.

    Can't wait to see what part the subtitle plays in this! Will it show Drake's dark side? We all know he has one, after all, he is a theif, a murderer and impossibly handsome and charming. But, I'm most excited for what part love interests will play. I'd love to see another man come in the picture and woo Elena. It'd be heart-wrenching, but Drake will always pull through! In Drake We Trust.
  • inconceivable - February 21, 2011 5:51 p.m.

    So excited for this game.
  • Svage - February 21, 2011 5:36 p.m.

    What a tease! I thought the video would have the new extended demo =/
  • thefreakysurgeon - February 21, 2011 5:19 p.m.

    can't wait for this game! i want this and Skyward Sword for Christmas!
  • Nin10DOH - February 21, 2011 5:12 p.m.

    Holy shit. I could not possibly want this game any more than I do now! When will November come?!?
  • JakeDaCake - February 21, 2011 4:40 p.m.

    @SHANECEDT shut up! Ur retarded! on further note logged over an entire months worth play on the first and even more on the second i cant wait to play. i realy wanna se prequal of just sully.
  • babyhenchy1 - February 21, 2011 4:39 p.m.

    It's going to have to really deliver to outdo Mass Effect 3 for me, but I'm still very excited for Uncharted 3.
  • ShaneCedt - February 21, 2011 4:20 p.m.


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