Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Preview - New Villain Reveal

We take a look at Nathan Drake's new archnemesis and see how much more terrifying a burning building can be in 3D.

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Sony and Naughty Dog were on hand at last week's Game Developers Conference to show off a bit of new content in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. And when we say "a bit," we really mean it. The press got to see a quick cutscene revealing the game's primary villain, and then it was on to the same burning chateau demo we saw back when the game was introduced in December. Fortunately, Sony did bring along some 3D glasses so we could see how the gameplay looked with the Z-axis all poking out and whatnot. So how's it all coming along? Well, this will come as a surprise to approximately zero people, but Uncharted 3 looks great no matter how many dimensions you're experiencing.

Let's start with this new bad guy…or rather bad lady in this case. Her name's Catherine Marlowe, and according to developer Naughty Dog, she's quite the evil mastermind. Marlowe is the head of a highly powerful cabal (read: shadowy organization) that began during the reign of Queen Elizabeth. We're not entirely sure what sort of conspiracies this cabal gets up to, but we were told that they operate with a brutal task force of former special forces agents to get whatever it is they need done. Now Marlowe is after the ring that Nathan Drake carries around his neck (the yin to his half-tucked shirt's yang) because of its connection to Sir Francis Drake. Obviously, Nate would very much like to hold onto it.

Marlowe was shown being all snide and villainous in a cutscene plucked right from the game's storyline. Sully and Drake are violently knocked from a doorway into a dimly lit urban alley, likely somewhere in London judging from the well-armed guards with English accents standing by to keep our pair of heroes from doing anything stupid. To drive home the point, these guards give Drake and Sully a pretty good beatdown despite the fact that the two are dressed in surprisingly snappy formalwear. Soon enough, Marlowe shows up and has a less-than-pleasant conversation with Drake. If we had to describe her look and sound, it would be Dame Judi Dench's fun-hating evil twin. With Helen Mirren's hair. And a giant umbrella knife. Listen, we're getting sidetracked--this lady is nasty. That's the important thing.

You call that a knife?

After this brief look at the game's new villain, Sony and Naughty Dog passed out the shutter glasses to show how Uncharted 3 looks in 3D. We were situated too far away from the TV to see if there was a noticeable impact on the game's resolution with 3D enabled--an issue with recent games like Killzone 3. However, we did notice that the game's 3D effects add a pretty substantial sense of scale to the climbing and platforming sequences. In this burning chateau demo, Drake and Sully are trying to flee a burning mansion as crackling walls and support beams are toppling down around them. During those moments when Drake has to balance across a narrow beam above a massive pit of fire, or shimmy his way along a narrow ledge, the 3D effect makes the drop below seem that much more ominous. The effect is substantially more subtle during combat sequences, where nothing really popped out at us. But when you're staring down a potentially deadly ledge, the effect is much more pronounced.

Sony's GDC demo of Uncharted 3 was an impressive showing, though we'd be lying if we said we weren't hoping for more substantially new content out of the event. Still, we've got plenty of time to go until the game's November release, so we'll just bide our time knowing that Naughty Dog--with all those Game of the Year trophies on the shelves--probably knows what it's doing.

Discussion

115 comments
cyrus151
cyrus151

Just finished the 2nd uncharted about 5 mins ago...so looking forward to drakes silly a$$ humor!

studfly
studfly

DAY ONE PURCHASE FOR ME. BEST SERIES EVER

minidantheman
minidantheman

ah i finished the first one again today and started the second one again just to be ready for this! looks amazing i can not wait i just want it to be in shops now :P i loved the multi player on the second one was gr8 fun!

02050muh
02050muh

dun say that...360 is also worthy..but i like games that are exclusive to one platform because it is much easier to develop and can push the the console's capability even further. developers need to focus on one platform to cut time and cost...see what happened to FF13 when they decide to develop 360 n ps3 separately. look at FF12 n god of war 2 on PS2 quality. at that time,their graphic is comparable to ps3..how's that even possible???

LauRa-LovELaDy
LauRa-LovELaDy

I LOVE the whole Uncharted series! So glad it's only on ps3.. Xbox isn't worthy. haha x

KillerDrake14
KillerDrake14

@DennisRider y wwould this game not hav multiplayer and unch2 would

kunkki
kunkki

This game or whole series is a lesson how to do the things right!!! There is a amazing story whit recent gameplay and i think that superb graphic doesnt could kill the mood? sry my bad language!!!

Caduceus89
Caduceus89

A great announcement marred only by 3D nonsense.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

99% of all games released wish they could be half as good as Uncharted. Infact make that 99.9%. Haters are only haters because it's Sony's flagship game. There's no logical reason to not like the games, they're gaming perfection. Jealousy may be a bad thing, but I wouldn't know :)

GreenC4T
GreenC4T

Can't wait! I love the Uncharted series!

BAJennings
BAJennings

Can't wait! Simply the best was Uncharted 2 (Uncharted 1 was riddled with technical problems). Uncharted in 3D must be awesome!

ersten
ersten

I want Jak and Daxter on my PS3, not Uncharted 3. And btw the first Uncharted was much better than the second.

Dark-4-Life
Dark-4-Life

i just hope they dont stop making uncharted series !!

pattyp77
pattyp77

I never care enough to buy games on Day 1... But I will definitely buy this game Day 1.

Dennisrider
Dennisrider

The sure thing is that i am going to buy it and i hope that is has multiplayer!!!!!!

Hig1134
Hig1134

I don't care for 3D, with the price and the glasses and what-not. However, this is just one of the reasons why PS3 is the console to have right now. Go ahead X-bots, cry about it!! lol

king0s
king0s

yeah she's bad ass xD can't wait to be 20 times almost dying a day. I feel sory for xbox 360 fan boys... uncharted 3 ||| infamous 2 ||| lbp 2 ||| killzone 3 ||| portal 2 ( better version)...

CaptainSam
CaptainSam

5 Stars. The best game of the year.

calebcop
calebcop

Wish there was local CO-OP.

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

games like this and Deus Ex are the reason i let gameing take over my life....for the greater good lol

kidunique
kidunique

oh man can't wait. still not buying 3D yet. I hope they never completely stop 2D because everyone does not want to do 3D everytime they watch a movie or play a game.

sc_skullz
sc_skullz

I am sooo getting one of them 3D tvs.

kuda001
kuda001

I need a 3d tv... just for Uncharted.

Viperdx
Viperdx

Nice to see a women as a vilian in a videogame. It really adds something new.

Duke_Dude
Duke_Dude

A woman! What an awesome change from the generic enemy we see in games these days :D! Looking forward to this game!!

killer690
killer690

Indiana Bond, that's the best way to describe Drake, Can't wait - Though I need to buy a ps3 first XD -

DGonlag
DGonlag

Uncharted is always fun. Although i'm not so sure about the 3d. I'm afraid the 3d will be like Grean Turismo 5: Great 3d, but with distortion and less resolution.

Ranma_X_basic
Ranma_X_basic

So many awesome games coming out this year and this is one of the top 10 on my list. Uncharted 2 was a fantastic game and this one will be just as awesome!!!

amplex007
amplex007

Wow... So this and Skyrim are coming out only 10 days from each other? I think that'll be the happiest two weeks of my life. :-D

TheGamerClubber
TheGamerClubber

This game is gonna come out in my birthday...that's awesome. Uncharted games are getting better and better each time a new one comes out. But no one can deny how full of cliches and copies of others games (like the explosive sequences of Alone Inferno...like a collapsing building...a wrecked train or helicopter...rapel...and so on) and others movies (like Indiana Jones or 007) this game have. Anyway, can't wait to play it...in 3D, even better. Nice interview. P.S: Sorry my english, I'm brazilian.

tetrissanity
tetrissanity

@Mcspanky37. I think Skyrim is more likely going to take that title, but still this can still settle for being the best action adventure game, on ps3 and 2011

ghostomg
ghostomg

@TevoxZi sorry for my wrng dates but 11-1-11 is m-d-y but 11-4-11 is d-m-y .-_-. i want uncharted 3

Makbar_Ramirez
Makbar_Ramirez

I gotta admit, the burning house demo did not impress me. But, after watching this interview, and remembering all the past great set pieces, I'm totally stoked for this game! Is it November yet?

Mcspanky37
Mcspanky37

I can already see this being game of the year

ersten
ersten

I want Jak and Daxter on PS3!

Walker42
Walker42

This cinematic feels a little different then anything in the previous Uncharteds, Still awesome though!!

funfan123
funfan123

i want this game sooo bad!!!!!!!!

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

This is my most wanted game of 2011.

carmona96
carmona96

AMZING. I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

fablesway
fablesway

really looking forward to the new installment of this great game series