Gamescom 2011: Uncharted 3 Extended Gamescom Demo Impressions

We went behind the scenes with Naughty Dog's Arne Meyer to see more of that epic aerial demo from the Sony press conference.

Following an impressive demo at the Sony Gamescom 2011 press conference, we were itching to find out how Drake would get out of his latest ordeal, hanging out the back of an airborne plane. Well, luckily we got to meet with Naughty Dog's community strategist, Arne Meyer, to see a little bit more of the plane-based level. If you've yet to see the Gamescom demo, be sure to check it out, especially if you're a fan of cinematic action set pieces.

The Gamescom demo ended with our hero, Nathan Drake, hanging out the back of an airborne plane, clinging on to some netting for dear life. He'd just dispatched an evil henchman by opening a parachute attached to a vehicle, thereby emptying the plane of its cargo, along with the enemy and Drake himself. He managed to catch onto the netting holding one of the vehicles, only just stopping him from hurtling to his death in the desert below.

Leaving off where the demo ended, Arne Meyer hauled Nathan Drake along the netting and back toward the plane. But as he progressed, more henchmen appeared and began opening fire, while other enemies got sucked out of the plane and landed on the netting. In one amazing move, Meyer was able to pull the bad guy off the netting and take his gun, using it to take shots at the two guards on the loading ramp. Gradually, he hauled himself from one vehicle to the next, eventually making it back onto the plane, taking the enemies out for good measure.

Things weren't all good for our hero at this stage, though--more bad guys came down the plane and started opening fire. Meyer gradually moved Drake up, using whatever he could as cover, although the erratic movements of the plane meant such cover slid around and was useful only temporarily. The stress of the open cargo bay had also caused the plane to start ripping itself apart in midair, with a large hole appearing in the side. The resulting draft pulled out the remaining enemies and also caught Drake, sending him hurtling through the air in yet another cliff-hanger moment.

It was a cruel moment to end the demo on, but Naughty Dog knows how to keep us wanting more. Before we left, we were able to talk to Meyer about more of the game. Naughty Dog plans to reveal more about the game's antagonist, Katherine Marlowe, before release, shedding light on her psychological torture methods. Meyer also claims that the developer has learned a lot from the recent multiplayer beta, with gameplay and traversal mechanics currently being tweaked at the studio's Santa Monica home. We got to play a new multiplayer desert-themed map behind closed doors, which provided many hiding places and high ground for those who like their Uncharted multiplayer a little more tactical.

It's fair to say that Uncharted 3 enjoyed a great reception at Gamescom, but there's clearly more the team has up its sleeve. As always, keep it locked to GameSpot to be the first to hear more about the game ahead of its release.

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toms123
toms123

Is the survival mode going to be playable offline this time? I mean if the developers are going to go the the trouble of make a mode with bots they could at least make it playable offline. I have not played the second game since I finished it 6 months ago because I do not play much online, too much trouble with my internet. Also why was the director or film mode also online only? I want to buy the game straight away but it is not worth it to me if all the modes other than the single player mode are online only.

GreyFox1980
GreyFox1980

So many good games coming out soon! Have to decide which ones to buy. However, Uncharted 3 is a no-brainer! Can't wait!

xw1ng
xw1ng

guy cocker......ffffwwaaaahahahahahaahahahahaaaa! oh that's funny. glad i got that out of my system. but seriously he's a cool guy i've met him before.

MrGoldfish1
MrGoldfish1

The Beta was fun, I wish it lasted longer.

Kyrylo
Kyrylo

Can't wait for it! It looks awesome!

JSJ22
JSJ22

Uncharted 3 box art looks like it gonna be GOTY

JSJ22
JSJ22

@Melas300 u know that they will still have surprises for us

Koi-Neon-X
Koi-Neon-X

WOW! O_O! is it November yet?! (sigh)

superdude100
superdude100

brilliant game have all of them so far and will definately be getting this one

Melas300
Melas300

Uncharted is one of my best games, if not the best, and I am very excited about it. The thing is that they've shown so many gameplay videos, trailers, they even released a beta, so after all these, most of my anticipation excitement is gone. Not that it won't still be a great game, neither that I won't preorder it. Of course I will do. But the element of surprise has been spoiled and not only in this one but in most of my best games like AC: Revelations. It would be much cooler if we knew nothing about it and finally getting it into our hands full of awesomeness and impatience to play and see how it looks. Don't you think? Still, I can't freaking wait to play it!

joker_with_card
joker_with_card

it is cooooooooolest game i cant wait it to be out so excited

the_requiem
the_requiem

@Zaled: So now you comparing apples and Spinach, huh? A graphics card is a hardware, a piece of technology with quantifiable metrices that it can be measured up against. A game is an experience and experience is subjective to one's opinion. Though, even in case of your example it can boil down to one's individual choice or use required for it. McLaren F1 is definitely a "better" car but you'll never catch one ploughing fields on a farm just as you'll never see a tractor on a GT racing track. Context, is everything.

xmanoox
xmanoox

UNCHARTED3 :D !!!!!!!!!!! so excited

xmanoox
xmanoox

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Zaled
Zaled

@the_requiem How can there be no such thing as "better". What you are talking about is opinion. There is stuff that is "better" than others. I'll give one quick example... A geforce GTX 590 graphic card is BETTER than a geforce GTX 480. Somethings are just "better" than others. Now about uncharted 3... I can't wait til it comes out. I'm going to pick up both uncharted 3 and tomb raider..both games are fun to play and i'm pretty interested to see how the reboot for tomb raider is gonna be like.

the_requiem
the_requiem

@Ljiggaman: I disagree as I think there is no such thing as "better" as it is a matter of opinion and taste. I think UC is better than COD and BF coz am not a fan of FPS [on consoles at least]. But I consider ACB to be the "better" experience coz it is a unique MP in a field full of shooters. I don't think I enjoyed any MP as much as I did ACB, except for CS during early days.

marlobc
marlobc

EPIC mustache,epic gameee

biagio55
biagio55

this makes you wonder why B3 and COD get so much attention........ naughty dog excells on every product adding ew stuff and listening to fan feedback and yet it still takes backseat to both those games

xpudy
xpudy

EPIC! Cannot waiit!!

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

I was shocked how naughty dog pretty much did the impossible: blurring the lines between cinematic and gameplay to the point I don't recognize between them

Slim_Lyrics
Slim_Lyrics

I love Uncharted but seriously, enough with the demo and trailers. I've seen so much of U3 that its seriously starting to ruin my anticipation.

norman69
norman69

Pre-ordered. And looks like this plane sequence will be U3's version of the train sequence from U2. Just much more epic. :p

endorbr
endorbr

Already pre-ordered my copy.

Ljiggaman
Ljiggaman

People should buy this game instead of battlefield and call of duty. Uncharted is much better all around experience