So, when I was asked the other day about my thoughts on Uncharted 3, I said ‘more of the same,’ with the biggest grin on my face.
Naughty Dog has proved time and again that they are technical perfectionists, you see. Rather than radically alter a game’s premise or mechanics throughout a series to keep it fresh, it looks to evolve and grow what it has already established. With Uncharted 2 still being the game of choice for most PS3 owners, the Californian studio is starting Nathan Drake’s third adventure on a pretty high note.
In gameplay terms, it means more dramatic, action-packed adventuring, with a heavy dose of third-person run-and-gunning to boot. I was given the chance to see an area of the game at length, which featured plenty of witty Drake-isms and running through gunfire whilst shouting ‘Crap!’ a lot. This area was an extended version of the Chateau segment that has already been passed around on Youtube, but seeing it on a high-def TV from a gaming distance makes for a much more immersive experience.
A few tweaks here and there have been made to allow for a more fluid control of Nate - he’s now nimble enough to perform backwards climbing, and can travel across gaps from balance beams. At the start of the demo session - before enemies burned the place down - I was shown a section where the plucky adventurer threw himself from a second-floor wall onto a chandelier, only for the thing to fall a few inches under his weight before leaping onto a rotten beam on the ceiling.
These kinds of action movie-style elements are more prominent than ever, and really take you by surprise - those of you that remember the intro sequence to Uncharted 2 will know what I’m talking about here.
With Sully on your side, you’ll get a few leg-ups to higher areas and some support in crucial shootout moments. But you will have to look after him as well - after setting down a beam for Sully to cross, Nate spots a trio of enemies about to shoot him off. You’ve got to protect your friend and gun these guys down in these sections.
There’s no doubt in my mind that Uncharted 3 will be an absolutely stonking rollercoaster ride of a game, and even this supposedly small segment of the game is packed with more action scenes than you could shake an Arnold Schwarzenegger at. It’ll hit stores later this year - we’ll have more on it in the coming months.
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