E3 2011: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Preview Impressions

Nathan Drake is up to no good again, and we got to see a glimpse at Sony's E3 2011 press conference.

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Sony opened its E3 2011 press conference in style, at least where game demos are concerned. The first game to be shown off was Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, the highly anticipated sequel due to arrive this November. Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra from developer Naughty Dog took the stage to show us what protagonist Nathan Drake will get up to--and if the demo was any indication, it involves the platforming, action, and visual splendor we've come to expect from this quality series.

The demo begins with Nathan Drake on the upper deck of a swaying cruise ship. Drake tries to keep his footing as he moves across the deck, jumps below to the pool area, and then moves into the ballroom just beyond. Like most of the series' environments, this room is highly atmospheric. Two enormous chandeliers sway above, casting roaming lights and shadows below, and across the walls. From here, Drake performs a number of signature stealth kills on his way to a side deck. Drake again struggles to maintain balance but manages to catch another unsuspecting guard from behind for another brutal kill. Back inside, a long shadow announces the presence of another guard, and Drake dispatches him with ease.

Drake finds his way to a cargo area and proceeds to jump and shimmy to the floor. But now he appears to have nowhere to go and proclaims, "Dead end!" At this point, guards approach from the walkways above while their leader approaches him. Drake takes a chance and head-butts the approaching enemy, kicks him down, and shoots a guard above. He also throws a grenade, but that move doesn't turn out so well. The resulting explosion rips open the ship, and water begins to flood in.

Here begins the high-octane cinematic action fans expected to see. Drake runs from the oncoming watery threat while shooting and punching the enemies coming at him. He is then plunged into the water but swims and climbs to safety. He navigates his way through the ship, which is now tilted to the side, all while water rushes his way. Falling debris then pins him underwater, and escape is possible only by pounding on the triangle button. Drake surfaces finally, but he isn't safe: the final shot is of Drake running toward the camera as a wall of water roars behind him.

We'll need to wait until November 11, 2011, to see exactly what mess Drake has gotten himself into. If you want to see more Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, however, never fear: the game will be featured on day one of GameSpot's Live Show, so be sure to tune in and submit your questions then!

Discussion

28 comments
Wensea10
Wensea10

the single player will obviously be great

Pedros10
Pedros10

I am a big fan of uncharted, uncharted was a good game, uncharted 2 was the best game of 2009 and in my opinion the best game ever for PS3, not wanting to dismiss games like Metal Gear Solid 4, Oblivion, Red Dead Redemption and more. The bad in uncharted 2 was the stealth... I'm counting the time remaining to exit uncharted drake's deception, this game looks awesome, all details are fascinating. November will be a great month...

JackHoleFace00
JackHoleFace00

I'll probably get some thumbs down for this, but I actually think Chloe had the worst voice acting in the UC 2. I mean c'mon, it's pretty dead pan. Having said that though... this game looks awesome! Rarely do I pick up a game on day one, but even if it's similar to UC2, I'll take more of that any day. UC2 was so fun, not just the gameplay but the story, production values, voice acting--all gravy. It's like a summer action flick for video games.

Koi-Neon-X
Koi-Neon-X

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is my most anticipated game for 2011 and it has been paid for in full. November is going to be a great month!:)

yixingtpot
yixingtpot

@Ravenchrome, no it's not just an opinion it's a fact... not just about specs and pushing PC graphics cards which NEVER get fully optimized... EVER, they just move onto the next GPU and sloppily pump out a game that pushes it only so far, until the next sloppy usage of GPU/CPU matching. On consoles you have the potential to FULLY max out a CPU/GPU combo and even then developers can get inventive with code where true creativity lies. Regarding XBROKE2 dvd player FF13 proved where it's at, it's non HD format that can't support Blu-ray level games due to storage capacity... so large seamless games like GTA or Uncharted would be dumbed down on XBROKE, but yes those games could be better on PC but we aren't talking about PC gaming at all. Uncharted is state of the art for console gaming and IT IS ON PS3. You're like saying a book is better just because it's printed on gold leaf instead of regular paper, it's the words, feeling and creativity that matter... but you're probably the typical shallow PC gamer.

Ravenchrome
Ravenchrome

yixinggypot- It's an opinion. It would be better on better hardwares.

yixingtpot
yixingtpot

It really is the best game engine out on the planet right now... seamless integration of all game play elements, perfect transitions from cutscene to action. I feel that when certain Japanese developer state they are 5 years behind, they are probably referring to the technology displayed in this one game franchise.

alvarokike
alvarokike

i love how they combined their traditional atmospheric music with a sweet distortion guitar : D and the gravity effect is amazing D:

Cyrus-thevirus-
Cyrus-thevirus-

All action all the time, great stuff :-) between this and BF3 its gonna be a great christmas...

chyng85
chyng85

He is really brave and smart~!

hella_epic
hella_epic

the month of november,the month in which my wallet died

plainpain93
plainpain93

dang...i just look at the trailer..i'am speechless now.:| CAN'T WAIT!!!!

X-The-Doctor-X
X-The-Doctor-X

This one the first of November. Then Skyrim on the 11th, then Assassins Creed Revelations on the 15th. The month of November will run my wallet dry

fend_oblivion
fend_oblivion

It was absolutely kickass. Kudos to Sony for that awesome conference!

matercode
matercode

Looking foward to this game. Always liked the Uncharted series.

bugbag
bugbag

The water effects were crazy. Truly amazing. I'm really looking forward to this.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

That demo was excellent. Very good way for starting the conference.

Jir11
Jir11

I'm picking up this game for sure. If it's anything like the last game its going to rock.

mc_snap
mc_snap

wow this looks awesome .... especially after i worked all day i could come home and watch it lag free. gamespot sub canceled recommend you do the same g4tv posting vids no lag

Sidewinder-7
Sidewinder-7

Was hoping they would show some of the multiplayer, but the single player looked great.

MrKirios
MrKirios

I'm glad Chloe's back for this one

Zephol
Zephol

very cool nathan drake!!

tesked
tesked

good very good game

Neosword
Neosword

Looks fantastic, makes me want to go back and play the first two again.