"Uncharted 3": "Nathan Drake Kicks Serious A** [Fighting] To Overcome His Deepest Fears"

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5 Reasons Why You Should Buy...: "Uncharted 3": "Nathan Drake Kicks Serious A** [Fighting] To Overcome His Deepest Fears"

Saturday, Nov 12, 2011 8:25AM

Written by Ken Margenau for SOHH

[With the new release of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception finally in stores, Naughy Dog Game Designer Kurt Margenau gives you his Top 5 reasons why this game is a must-have heading into the holidays.]

1. High Action, Enhanced Melee

At Naughty Dog we are always trying to come up with ways to create dynamic and cinematic gameplay. We added traversable physics objects to Uncharted 3 which open up a lot of opportunities for game design. Moving and climbing around Drake is now able to explore complex spaces in new unique and interesting ways. We also focused on making the melee combat expansive and enhanced. Drake's melee moveset includes new brawl mechanics that enable him to take on multiple enemies at once and take advantage of disarm moves that will leave the player ready to fire a new weapon. A real barroom brawl feel is evoked complete with contextual attacks and improvised weapons, such as broken bottles or a sledgehammer.

2. Set-Pieces Will Blow Your Mind

There was a ton of work put into the visual effects for Uncharted 3 and we feel it really shines. From the burning fires in the Chateau level, or the cargo plane that explodes and disintegrates in mid-air as Drake hangs on for dear life, or the cruise ship that rocks and sways on a procedurally generated ocean (yes, it's the ENTIRE ocean not the ship that's moving), Uncharted 3 is packed with memorable moments and epic cinematic scenes that you'll be talking about for a while.

3. Drool-Worthy Graphics

In addition to the visual effects work, new lighting, shading, rendering, and graphic techniques have all been implemented resulting in a game world that lets you see particles of sand drifting across the screen as Drake adventures forward. There was even a programmer who worked on how wet Drake should be as varying amounts of water hit his body, clothes, and hair. A lot of love and polish was put into making sure the game looks awesome.

4. Multiplayer Mayhem

Multiplayer became a major focus for us in Uncharted 3. We added a ton of new features, new content, and standout functionality such as Uncharted TV to the multiplayer aspect of the game. We had a multiplayer beta in June and July and were able to unleash the complete multiplayer this October in the Subway Taste for Adventure. Those opportunities provided us a lot of quality time to iterate on and tweak our multiplayer as feedback came in from the fans. We really focused in and honed in on making the multiplayer as much as fun as possible.

5. Bromance & Narrative Intrigue

We always want to push our characters further and go deeper into what makes them tick. From the beginning of development on Uncharted 3, one of the major touchstones was the idea of a "bromance" between Drake and Sully. One of the best ways to see what a character is made of is to push them to their limits, and we are certainly doing that with our characters in Uncharted 3. By the end of the game, we feel the player will have an even deeper understanding of our characters and their individual personalities.

You Decide. Will you buy Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception?

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