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Why Uncharted 3 Will Become The Greatest Game Ever

Blanket statements aren't my bag. The "absolute" doesn't exist in any entertainment industry; where there's even the slightest ounce of subjectivity, there will be no universal conclusion. And because everyone is well aware of this fact, absurdly bold and definitive headlines like the one above can - and often do - chafe. And yet, I'm saying it.

First, we turn your attention to our Uncharted 2: Among Thieves review; I agree with every word of Arnold's analysis. Furthermore, I added my own commentary, which I still remember writing. And of course, we can remind you of the ten zillion Game of the Year Awards it dragged in; many will consider it to be the greatest game of the generation, or at least in the top three. Now, I keep all this in mind and combine it with the improvements made between Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and Among Thieves; they're clear and significant.

Then, I look forward to Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception and try to imagine what Naughty Dog will do... In so many ways, I find it difficult to say, "hey, guys, fix this." Even though it has been a year since Uncharted 2 released, many will agree that nothing has managed to top the nearly-flawless sequel. For some bizarre reason, it almost seems as if the Naughty Dog team isn't susceptible to the standard pitfalls; they're like...omnipotent. It's very weird but one of the reasons the critics were so blown away by Uncharted 2 is because there's virtually nothing wrong with it. One has to get really anal to spot flaws. And it was the unbelievable cinematic experience and blending of various elements, all of which were wonderfully implemented. Nothing is perfect but we were just so shocked at how close it came to perfection.

The foundation exists. We have a studio that seems immune to common drawbacks, filled with talented people who now completely understand the PlayStation 3. We have an example of enhancement and improvement between one title and the next. We have an appropriate two-year time gap that implies no rushing. And finally, based on the initial information, it seems clear that the designers aren't stupid enough to mess with a winning formula. Sure, we get an entirely new adventure, but the core mechanics and overall gameplay will undoubtedly remain the same. When you add it all up, it's more than likely that Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception will end up vying with Uncharted 2 as...well, maybe the greatest game ever made.

Side note- I just realized...it's odd how the human brain deals with subjectivity versus objectivity. Even when we acknowledge that our personal preference plays a role, we want to assume that no other human alive could disagree, thereby turning our opinion into an incontestable a priori truth. Perhaps it's an underlying desire to control the universe or as D.H. Lawrence outlined once, man's unending struggle with the will. It's the drive to attain dominance of the will so as to fit into a mechanical perfection of life; such a struggle supersedes all, including love. ...sorry, philosophical I will sometimes go. ;)

Related Game(s): Uncharted 3

Tags: uncharted 3, drakes deception, naughty dog, new uncharted

12/9/2010 10:27:07 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (101 posts)

Alienange
Thursday, December 09, 2010 @ 11:04:34 PM
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I think even anal people can't spot anything wrong with UC2. That game was just silly good. Entertainment at its finest, if I do say so.

As for UC3, well, most anticipated of 2011 to say the least. Sorry about that Batman.

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Inception
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 1:15:00 AM

"I think even anal people can't spot anything wrong with UC2. That game was just silly good. Entertainment at its finest, if I do say so."

Am I the only one that think's these said gamers are the hidden girl gamers...

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Godslim
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 5:24:51 AM

hidden girl gamers WHAT?!

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Underdog15
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 11:42:06 AM

Yeah, WHAT?!

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Fane1024
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 2:59:12 PM

FWIW, the stealth could be executed better.

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Brows
Monday, December 13, 2010 @ 5:00:41 PM

The only thing I didnt like about Uncharted 2 was the lack of the sixaxis controller for when throwing grenades. Just made me have to guestimate more - thank goodness for my days of Hogs of War using the mortar. Other than that, pure greatness.

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manofchao5
Monday, December 13, 2010 @ 7:32:53 PM

By yet again making a fantastic title they make the old titles benefit them, as anybody who sees this is popular might want to understand the past games so they will buy those too

another fact that actually is sad is this game was even if played as a movie with the cutscenes, beat the crap out of a lot of movies hollywood made

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Kiryu
Thursday, December 09, 2010 @ 11:22:58 PM
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All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.

A quote or Inspiration by Sir T.E Lawrence or Lawrence of Arabia.That's what Drake says in the Teaser Trailer.

Uncharted 3:Drake's Deception is going to be Epic Again!Making it an Epic Gaming or Movie Trilogy!

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PorkChopGamer
Thursday, December 09, 2010 @ 11:25:02 PM
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Next year is going to be amazing.

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HighOnFire
Thursday, December 09, 2010 @ 11:26:25 PM
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Im going to go ahead and agree with you on that bold statement. Uncharted set the bar, Uncharted two kicked the sh*t out of that bar, and 3 will probably be the best game ever made. Just finished 2 for the fourth or fifth time, and it was like the first time I had ever played it. It is unparalleled on any level.

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BeezleDrop
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:29:14 AM

Nice avatar man! Finally someone else shows there love for the Boondocks!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 3:21:05 AM

My buddy talks it up, but I have yet to catch an episode.

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FullmetalX10
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 3:42:30 AM

Tis the greatest animated comedy series EVER

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fstop
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 7:25:46 AM

I loved Boondocks too! You guys are not alone.

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booze925
Thursday, December 09, 2010 @ 11:31:18 PM
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i would wait 4 some footage before i would make such a blunt statement...
but given ND's track record, it may be possible

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PAKINIPS
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 3:10:41 AM

Given their track record...
I cant see this being worse than uncharted 2 and so unless all other games suddenly dramatically step their game up even if its just uncharted 2 with a bit more polish it will outshine them all

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BTNwarrior
Thursday, December 09, 2010 @ 11:36:22 PM
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that is untill 4 comes out

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AshT
Thursday, December 09, 2010 @ 11:38:20 PM
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ND are amazing developer, U3 will be epic, it will be the greatest game ever...until...well Uncharted 4 arrives :)

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playSTATION
Thursday, December 09, 2010 @ 11:39:51 PM
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all men dream.. but not equally. im dying to play this game.
i remember when i got uncharted 2. the moment i popped the disc in i couldn't stop playing. finish the entire game in 24hours. than i played for trophies sake :D

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MadKatBebop
Thursday, December 09, 2010 @ 11:45:42 PM
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I don't like making such statements either, but I fully agree with you. Uncharted 3 2011's GOTY, YEAH!!!!.

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BeezleDrop
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:30:57 AM
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It will certainly be among the best and brightest I know this for sure, but my best game ever would somehow be multi-genre in a way that works. And is well, the greatest game ever somehow.

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BeezleDrop
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:40:42 AM
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Oh, and if anyone votes Black Ops for any phase for GOTY, you fail at life. No questions asked, you FAIL.

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kevinater321
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 3:39:03 PM

I liked black ops a lot... It's actually a good game.

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Lawless SXE
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:51:56 AM
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Forget about it. Uncharted 3 will redefine what is perfection in gaming. There is some contestation between UC2 and MGS4 as to the best PS3 game, but Naughty Dog are the best developers in the world, and Drake's Deception will be ridiculous. I just wonder to what the title refers. What is Drake's Deception?

As to people being unable to find fault with UC2... The XBot I know did. He complained about the unrealistic graphical style, relatively slow pace, and then I tuned him out. Although, I do hope the puzzles are slightly harder this time around.

Actually, it doesn't matter. This is Uncharted f****** 3... and it will go down in the annals of gaming history.
Peace.

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Highlander
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 10:29:51 AM

I don't believe that there is any serious discussion between those two. MGS4 is a great, truly great game, but Uncharted 2 is...well, Uncharted 2. In so many ways, it virtually redefines what a video game can be. Each generation there are an extremely small number of games that drive the entire industry forwards, they stretch and re-shape the definitions of what video gaming is, and can be. We've seen several games that do that this generation, Little Big Planet, Heavy Rain, Uncharted 2, there are others. Not sure about games on the 360, in terms of multiplatform games, there are the Call of Duty games, but they are multi-platform. They do, however, fall into this category because they have generated just unbelievable sales and online gaming volume, they are almost a textbook definition of a phenomenon, effectively reshaping the landscape of online video gaming.

Games like God of War and Grand Theft Auto 3 would be in the running for this kind of redefining game during the last generation.

Incidentally, I was just scanning Metacritic for reminders of 360 titles, and noticed that Pac-Man championship Edition DX currently has a metascore of 95. Um...what now? 95? Yet GT5 has a metascore of 84? Whatever the flaws that GT5 has, that's just wrong.

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White_Mocha
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 10:36:57 AM

Well you know them Xbots, they find 'something' wrong with every PS3 game, even if it beat downs Halo 3.

I'm thinking Drake's Deception might be like an even darker twist of Nathan Drakes adventure. He might be like an anti-hero but in the end realize that he hurt his friends and whip the main villian's ass

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nogoat23
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 12:52:24 AM
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Is "Blanket statements aren't my bag" a blanket statement?

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Underdog15
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 11:47:30 AM

not really.

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kokoro
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 1:04:13 AM
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Cannot wait to play this. Though I do find it slightly pathetic that it takes square enix more than 4 years to make a potential critically acclaimed game (FFV13- seriously, those idiots are still hiring programmers for the game), and yet it takes Naughty Dog around 2 years to assemble and create a masterpiece.

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Lawless SXE
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 1:15:11 AM

I'd say it's because ND know what they're doing this gen... S-E, not so much.
Peace.

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Geobaldi
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 1:41:32 AM

Working on just one platform doesn't hurt either. S-E develops for all of them.

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sawao_yamanaka
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 1:58:14 AM

SE have lost their mojo. Wether they develop multiplatform games or not. Their games have been seriously lacking this gen.

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Underdog15
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 11:48:59 AM

I think it has more to do with their focus. ND has a clear focus and mission, whereas SE are constantly working deals and changing. It's hard to make a run at a championship when you keep changing the coaches or players.

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spiderboi
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 1:25:56 AM
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Without a doubt this will be a real blockbuster.

But just a lil rant on the name. Why Drake's Deception? They already had "Drake" on the first title. Anyways, a great game this will be!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 1:29:43 AM

Well, Drakes Fortune referred to Francis Drake and his fictional discovery of El Dorado, so this could refer back to him and some deception he made or maybe it's something Nathan Drake did in his "career" that comes back to bite him in the ass. Can't wait to find out though.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 1:27:20 AM
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With the revealing of Uncharted 3 and this philosophical piece alongside the NPD numbers for Black Ops it does set a man to thinking.

You know ND is going set the bar once again, it's basically impossible for them to fail with this series, and the reason I still game as an adult is because this industry has come so far. This is the kind of developing I like to support the most. Is it enough to stick with what works and sells? I say no, you have to keep resetting that bar to achieve greatness over mediocrity. ND is doing this, Sucker Punch is doing this, Guerilla is doing this, Polyphony is doing this, Team ICO is doing this, Quantic Dream is doing this. What do they have in common? Sony. They make me glad to be a gamer, most others, while good in their own way, simply entertain my baser senses.

While I'd like to see games like this drive crazy sales, it will have to be enough to give them the kudos they deserve as pioneers who would rather move the industry forward than milk something to death for the sake of greed.

And when we look back at our halcyon days of gaming we always remember those mind blowing experiences the best. The greatest games ever aren't always your favorite games ever, but they are the reason things have advanced so far and also the reason we keep on playing no matter what they say about us.

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Kiryu
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 1:46:43 AM

Well Said

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sawao_yamanaka
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 1:56:08 AM
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Wonder what they will do after this? They made Crash during the ps1 era. I think the third is the best in the series then they made CTR which I believe is the better cart racer compared to Mario Kart. The made the Jake and Daxter series during the ps2 era. Again I believe Jak 3 is the best. Great story and awesome action. So with this they will create their masterpiece. Next is Uncharted Racing! :)

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Kiryu
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 2:04:31 AM

I don't think this will be their last uncharted.
According to Wells, 2011 marks the beginning of Naughty Dog’s push to make Uncharted a “transmedia” entertainment brand, with high quality, mythology-managed storytelling extensions of the Uncharted universe created for various entertainment media

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sawao_yamanaka
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 2:14:43 AM

So they will branch out beyond games. So they will work on others. They seem to work in 3s. I like that.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 2:17:23 AM

Kiryu, if what you say is true then they are going to have to shut down that Uncharted movie. It already sounds terrible.

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sawao_yamanaka
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 2:26:09 AM

@World

Exactly! If they want to expand the Uncharted mythos. Amy Hennig needs to write the movie herself! They wanted something similar to Star Wars if I remember what Evan said. That would mean films, comics, novels and other stuff. I'm foaming at the mouth thinking about Uncharted comics lol.

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Lawless SXE
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 3:08:35 AM

If there is anything that this world needs, it's more Uncharted. Just, make sure it retains the quality of the games.
Peace.

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Ricochet
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 2:36:45 AM
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What I would REALLY like to find out is how the heck are they going to outdo the collapsing building and the train scene?

I hope the game area is a lot wider and less cramped since, you know they're now at the desert.



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Shams
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 3:05:17 AM
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Anyone else observe Drake's change in appearance? I hope they didn't alter Nate's mug to resemble Walberg's for the upcoming flick. Drake came first, as far as the franchise is concerned, so if anything, they should be doing it the other way around.

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PAKINIPS
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 3:12:28 AM

That would be a pretty stupid thing to do bearing in mind all the backlash others have got this gen for doing that.
Trust the Naughty dog

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sawao_yamanaka
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 3:13:58 AM

He looks the same just a bit more rugged. Who knows how much time has passed since Among Thieves.

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Lawless SXE
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 3:17:19 AM

I noticed that as well, but just assumed that my eyes were playing tricks on me. However, the change doesn't appear to be overly drastic, and that's a good thing. Then again, maybe it just has to do with the further polish of the character, because there were differences between Drake in the first two games... Just a thought.
Peace.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 3:20:06 AM

I don't really see a change, if you watch his facial animations they are very dynamic. He can have a totally different look just by squinting against the sun and grimacing, as he appears to be doing here. We tend to think of him laughing though since he's so damn funny.

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Shams
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 10:36:49 AM

Not to make mountains out of mole hills, but he doesn't look just more aged or rugged. He looks different. His face proportion is off, and his build is different (more stout). I didn't notice the difference between Drake's Fortune and Among Thieves, but this change is glaringly obvious. It's clear after Wahlberg was selected over Fillion for the upcoming movie, they've tried to make the disparity in physical appearance less blatant by blatantly changing Drake in the game to match Wahlberg.

What, do they have to make Sully look like Robert Deniro or Joe Pesci before someone takes notice?

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Shams
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 11:20:46 AM

I hear ya World, but in all three pics i've seen here, he looks the same across all of them, but different from Uncharted 1 and 2. He's gained weight on his face, forehead and hair line are different, eyebrows are almost missing. His build is shorter, shoulders are more narrow, and his arms are stubbier. It's clear they're trying to make Drake look more like Wahlberg.

I couldn't care less about his exact appearance, it's just that after an icon has become widely recognized like Cole McGrath, or Nate Drake, they shouldn't F with it. I highly doubt it would actually affect sales either way, so why F with it?

We still got a year left, so we should start the clamour now.

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sawao_yamanaka
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 11:44:45 AM

@Shams

I really do think that you are looking for something that isn't there. I've checked out the pics myself and see very little difference. Again there's a time gap between games.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 1:30:15 PM

I don't see what you see, he looks nothing like Wahlberg and ND wouldn't change him to fit a movie.

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Shams
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 2:10:21 PM

@Sawao

My friend, why would i be looking for something that's not there? U1 and U2 are amongst my top 5 favorite games ever, as I'm sure U3 will be. You notice the difference is little. I think the difference is subtle but noticeable.

@World

I'm not saying he looks like Wahlberg to me. I'm saying they've changed up his look in a subtle, albeit a noticeable way that can't be attributed to aging or squinting at the sun, and I can't think of any other reason what motivated them to do that but to reduce the dissimilarity between Drake and the lead actor for the upcoming Uncharted flick.

I guess I'm alone on that one. As long as they keep Nolan North for the Drake's voice acting, I won't be so upset.

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DeusExMachina
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 4:43:40 AM

While I can see ure point. An Uncharted with environmental choice in it would be awesome, it kinda defeats the purpose of the game.

See a game like Arkham Asylum still has to give you the little bit of choice or at least the illusion of choice as its an action detetective game. You know what youre looking for but clues have to be found to find the right way and there can be right ways, easier ways, more difficult ways, dead ends etc. Its to make you feel like youre a detective, youre looking for the enemy and youre either in a slump in need of clues or constantly dead on his heels adding tension.

With Uncharted its kinda the opposite in some ways youre a treasure hunter so youre after the treasure, not the enemy, and the enemy is after you and is either always one step behind you or virtually humping youre leg from behind. Environmentally wise, there can only be a right way or a dead end, as that's what adds the tension to a treasure hunting adventure, treasures have been hidden for 100s of years by masterminds, thus there is usually one specific way to get to it that usually only the mastermind would know and record it in code (eg. Francis Drake's Diary). Treasure hunters have to use this info then to find the one specific way before the opposition does.

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DeusExMachina
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 4:46:56 AM

Soz for repitition Im pretty stoned.

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FullmetalX10
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 3:43:18 AM
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60 (more if they make another awesome steelcase edition) bucks I'll gladly spend.

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JJJames
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 5:00:04 AM
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Man I havn't been this exicted about a game for awhile now! Glad Naughty dog came up with the Series. I needed a new franchise to replace MGS after the end of Solid Snake. Day 1 Purchase for me!

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Sir Shak
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 5:29:35 AM
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Never heard of this series, is it any good?

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Maiq The Liar
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 10:29:03 AM

Well its very very very far from rubbish..

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bloody_rootz
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 6:38:53 AM
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i just heard from a friend oversea's that a HEAVY rumour is that MGS: peace walker port to the ps3 is going to be the "announcement" at VGA. he seem's pretty confident.

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Dancemachine55
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 6:59:13 AM
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Has anyone else been noticing a trend where PS3 and Sony get all the awards and accolations for advancing games and the industry, but 360 and games like Halo Reach and Black Ops get all the attention?

Feels like Sony is the quiet achiever in the classroom who everyone either picks on or doesn't notice, while 360 stands tall, boasting about their greatness to their fellow classmates. Meanwhile, Sony lands a higher test score, gets more job offers and winds up being far more likeable in the future for their talent.
360 burns out fast, lives in a small apartment block trying to get by through performing the most basic of jobs but boasting it's just as good as anyone else.

All this console war is is a high school popularity contest where the loudest person gets the most attention. Kinect is awesome, yes, but it doesn't offer any killer apps right now, nor in the near future, that makes it stand out from the competition.

I'm sure people will get sick of dance and fitness games relatively soon. Then 360 will have no where to go. Kinect certainly isn't a good extension of the controller to add to gameplay, especially hardcore games.

PS3's 2011/2012 lineup
Uncharted 3, in 3D.
Killzone 3, with Move support AND in 3D
Motorstorm Apocalypse, in 3D
Twisted Metal
The Last Guardian
ICO/Shadow of the Colossus Collection, in 3D
Infamous 2
(Quantic Dream Project)
SOCOM 4, with Move support
Yakuza 4
Virtua Tennis 4, with Move support AND in 3D
Child of Eden, with Move support
Littlebig Planet 2, with Move support
Dead Space Extraction, with Move support
Gran Turismo 5, in 3D

360's lineup
Gears of War 3
Forza Motorsport 4
Child of Eden, with Kinect support
Steel Battalion, with Kinect support
Halo Reach

... with those kind of exclusives, WHY ARE PEOPLE STILL BUYING A 360?!?!?!?! SERIOUSLY?!?!?!
The numbers and the titles are all there in plain view!!!!! I looked up PS3 exclusives and 360 exclusives, no joke, this list IS official!!!

With Uncharted 3 now officially announced, PS3 has got 2011 in the bag. Now here's hoping they don't stuff up the release date like they did with GT5, kinda ruined what was meant to be a momentous occasion for the biggest PS3 game ever. Best racing game, but it kinda sputtered off the starting grid, bad press, etc. So unfortunate.

But then again, none of these PS3 exclusives slated for 2011 have Yamauchi as their director, so I think release dates are pretty much in the bag right now.

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maxpontiac
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 7:55:37 AM

A - The 360's they own keep breaking
B - They want a back up 360.
C - They don't have an education on the PS3.
D - Their friends all have one.
E - All of the above.

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slugga_status
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 7:57:55 AM

It's simple..people buy 360's because they're extremely cheap. Most pawn shops have them on sale for $75. Talk about value of a next gen machine..smh..

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sonic1899
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 8:33:15 AM

Actually child of eden is a multiplat and halo reach was already released. Seeing that small list makes me think about the day whe they say the PS3 "had no friggin games". Ironic considering the way things are now xD
BTW no jrpgs on that list? :(

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sonic1899
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 8:36:29 AM

@slugga_status
Yes american consumers have always put price over value, even before the recession.

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JCARROLL
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 10:04:04 AM

u forgot resistance 3 and ratchet and clank one for all :)

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big6
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 10:44:57 AM

It's official, the roles have now reversed... the Xbox360 has no games! lol

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Highlander
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 9:41:11 PM

White Knight Chronicles 2.

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slugga_status
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 7:59:50 AM
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I agree with the bold statement as well. Just Uncharted 3 will be the best thing out. Now gamers need to go out and let it be known this time around on release date.

I'm anticipating the release of this already. 2011 can't get here fast enough..

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NinjaRaiden2k
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 8:13:48 AM
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I would say that Uncharted is relatively more polished in execution than MGS 4, but MGS 4 is far more ambitious and has a more meaningful and denser story than Uncharted 2. Nathan Drake is a fantastic character, but Solid Snake is legendary.

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Kiryu
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 8:40:59 AM

Kiryu Kazuma From the Yakuza Series is Super Legendary!

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fstop
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 8:22:03 AM
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"...sorry, philosophical I will sometimes go. ;)"
And please don't you ever stop getting philosophical when you write your articles Ben.
I for one come here because of the way you write the things that you do. Though I may not reply in each and every one I do read them all and feel the same sense of pleasure I get from completing a fantastic game like Uncharted 2.
I'm all over the internet everyday and find it hard read articles by anyone else since their level of articulation lacks greatly. Proper communication and articulation is fast becoming extinct in this age of LOL's, GOTY's, IMO's, short tweets and even shorter attention spans.
Keep up the great work Ben.

Now, on to the topic at hand. I can't help but agree with that bold statement about Uncharted: Drake's Deception and though there are some fantastic games coming I feel as though Naughty Dog's level of quality and detail are unmatched, much like Pixar is unmatched in the work of Animated films.
Seriously, take the time to watch every move and animation in Uncharted and Uncharted 2.
***SPOILER ALERT IN VERY NEXT SENTENCE***
I get chills when I think about how much I actually cared for Elena's predicament after defeating Zoran Lazarevic. Look at how Nate and Elena bicker and fight yet they still have this spark that most game developers only dream of duplicating. And for my last point, listen, (actually listen) while playing the game to what Drake and his companion's say to each other. This game has it all and I wasn't even talking gameplay yet.
With such an amazing formula and an even greater track record one can't blame Ben or any of us on this site who agree that Uncharted 3 will be The Greatest Game Ever.

I also feel the need to point out that the world has changed and statements like these tend to go forgotten the moment something new comes along.
So, for now, I will enjoy the fact that I too believe in it whole heartedly since nothing other than a Team Ico project can come close.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 10:20:36 AM

Well, thanks. :)

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Fane1024
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 3:12:53 PM

Thanks for the spoiler alert...and your avatar.

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fstop
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 11:29:09 PM

No problem and thanks.

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Amazingskillz
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 8:45:42 AM
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Guys lets not get to carried away here. Don't get me wrong I am obsessed with and love the Uncharted series too but lets be honest about a few things. 1)The graphics in UC2 were not that much better than UC1 if better at all 2) The story in UC1 was much, much better then UC2 3) The final Boss fight in UC2 was some bullsh.t..basically running around in a circle shooting the resin. It was weak 4)Take away the insane multiplayer and you have a game not that much better than its predecessor. Don't get me wrong, it was outstanding and I can't wait for part three but there are definitely some areas for improvement. I hope they improve on the issues I mentioned above. I've been gaming since the early eighties and I disect games very closely. Naughty better have a better story and final boss if it truly wants to reach such a hallowed, vaunted, and legendary place in gaming history.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 10:42:08 AM

I smelled BS at the first point.

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sawao_yamanaka
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 11:38:47 AM

Yea. The graphics in 2 were shined to near perfection. So yea bs. Also the multiplayer was considered pretty great considering it was their 1st time!

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Kiryu
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 1:15:13 PM

Yeah i admit UC2's Story was not as good as UC1 but u gotta admit Lazarevic and Nathan Scenes were pretty fricken Awesome.Whenever i replay UC2 i only play Lazarevic Scenes!

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NoSmokingBandit
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 9:26:03 PM

The only thing i liked more about Drakes Fortune was Sully. He wasnt in Among Thieves enough. Hopefully he gets more involved in Drakes Deception.

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RebelJD
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 8:57:16 AM
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Uncharted 3 is going to be an amazing game, as was Uncharted 2. Lets hope the numbers do it justice by being through the roof.

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NoSmokingBandit
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 10:20:10 AM
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ND always makes huge jumps with their games. Jak 3 was way ahead of Jak 2, Crash 3 was a huge step forward from Crash 2, and i believe Uncharted 3 will succeed in making Uncharted 2 look obsolete by comparison.

ND really is the best in the business, theres no question about that.

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Snaaaake
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 10:34:17 AM
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Maybe it can, but I'm doubting it, not saying ND isn't capable, but this is a godly place to get to.
Beside, I'm not gonna judge on it until I see gameplay footage.

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hadouken
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 10:34:26 AM
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Thank you naughty dog.

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Amazingskillz
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 1:23:38 PM
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@Liamdaniels & Sawao....I meant the insanely fun multiplayer. I was saying it was good. I've logged over 400 hours in it. But honestly the graphics were not that much better then Uncharted 1. I've got the full 1080P HD tv and there was no huge leap in the graphics period. In fact some of the lighting and animations of the trees moving in the jungle were unmatched in UC1. Regarding the story, it basically turned to bull...t after they discovered the Cintamani stone didn't exist. The sudden earthquake and crumbling of the lost city happened for no apparent reason. Then the final boss fight took no skill whatsoever. The running in circles shooting the resin was wack! Anticlimatic in my opinion. Aside from that the game was a masterpiece. Let keep it real guys. Sorry to be a downer.

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sawao_yamanaka
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 1:45:36 PM

There's quite a lot of reviewers who said the stoy in UC1 was weaker. UC2 was more cohesive and everything flowed naturally. Also everyone compared graphics on both games, you can take the snow scenes on how well their graphics were revamped. They had screen tearing in the 1st and not on the 2nd. But story wise I believe 2 was better in my opinion.

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Amazingskillz
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 1:35:17 PM
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By the way is Drake supposed to be a redhead now?

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Amazingskillz
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 2:15:30 PM
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The graphics comparison has come up before so I studied them closely. I took out one disc and put in the other then switched them again and there was no real big difference. Yes the snow was very well done but there wasn't any snow in UC1. I suspect if there had been it would have looked great too. If you analyze the stories closely UC1 had far more questions answered then UC2. Especially considering the crew of the submarine and the monsters. In UC2, it was never explained as to why the lost city self destructed. I mean every great movie or game should have its fair share a explosions and big bangs in the ending but there has to a reason for it. I played the game through twice and it just didn't make sense. In fact, I know that not one person on this blog can explian it. Regarding the reviewers, some said that movie the Watchmen and that movie the Spirit were great. Those were two of the worst movies I've ever seen and their box office number proved it.

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sawao_yamanaka
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 2:33:24 PM

I've heard the opposite on those films. Especially the spirit that movie was horrible but alas I think Watchmen was great, the city destroying is simple. You remember destroying the the tree of life? That was the essence of the city.

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Highlander
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 9:40:13 PM

Spoilers ahoy!

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Well, I think I may have what you're looking for. At least is the way I understood it...

The city didn't self destruct - as such, the Tree of life sorta kinda did, and took the city with it. If you remember there were roots and sap from the tree everywhere in Shambala. The city and it's environment was sustained by the tree and it's power. When Lazarovic completely absorbs the power/whatever from the Cintamani stone - the resin from the Tree - he sort of becomes linked to it and his fate and that of the tree become linked. You may remember that the formerly bright ans sunny city suddenly turns dark and stormy - I took this to indicate that Lazarovic was absorbing the power of the stone.

Remember that one of the more successful tactics for causing Lazarovic damage is to shoot the resin on the tree. Because the Tree and Lazarovic are linked, when you defeat him, you effectively defeat the tree and it starts to withdraw all of it's roots and tendrils. As it does this, the power that has sustained Shamballa also disappears. Without the support of the tree, the ancient city falls to ruins.

Well, that's the way it seemed to me. I would also guess that he original builders of Shamballa were not so enticed by the power of the cintamani stone, and so were able to live peacefully with it's assistance for many years, before they finally succumbed to the power, which is why there was the huge uninhabited city and all the temples and things that were linked to it.

Perhaps someone who knows the official story can correct me, but this is more or less what I got from it.

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sawao_yamanaka
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 9:59:13 PM

@Highlander


Thanks for popping in. He should have just asked you. Also I thought Lazarovic was killed by the guardians? Anyways 2 is better yadda yadda yadda Uncharted 3 FTW!!!

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Highlander
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 10:25:10 PM

Hmmm.. you may be right, the guardians may finish him off, but he's defeated by then.

I was scanning the comment section and hit reply to answer, it was only after replying that I realized you'd already answered.

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STAY3R
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 3:41:04 PM
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As we enter 2011, it is becoming quite apparent that gamer might just have to rob, steal or pillage to afford to play the list of sheer epicness (is this even a word ) gracing the PS3 starting in a matter of months. KILLZONE 3, Little Big Planet 2, SOCOM 4, inFAMOUS 2, Twisted Metal, Motorstorm Apocalypse, Disgaea 4, Yakuza 4, Resistance 3, Ratchet All 4 One, The Last Guardian and the recently announced Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception which will be playable in stereoscopic 3D are just some of the highlighted titles only to played across the PS3 console in 2011. If memory serves me well, this line-up is reminiscent of the PS2 days and to be quite honest, I think this PS2 blueprint is working better than we think.

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kevinater321
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 3:41:32 PM
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I already consider the second in my top 3 favorite games ever.

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Drake88
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 10:17:46 AM
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i remember that no one cared about the 1st one, and now its on top of the world... makes you wonder bout gamers... and the cover is fly too... :)

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Highlander
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 10:32:27 PM

Oh, I cared about the 1st one, it's hat made me absolutely want UC2 on day one. I preordered UC2, and UC3 will be on pre-order as soon as it's listed. If they do a Special or collector's edition, I'll get that instead.

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Kevin5
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 10:51:52 AM
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It's a tough ask i think. Uncharted 3 will no doubt be undeniably amazing, i'm expecting sand effects that will blow the mind. But topping Uncharted 2 is a BIG ask, having said that if anyone can top their own work, it's Naughty Dog. They're always striving to outdo themselves & 9 times out of 10, they succeed.

Hell, they even wanted to take Uncharted 3 to the desert because of the challenge of doing visual sand. That takes big balls.

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dveisalive
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 5:55:50 PM
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Uncharted 2 showed how cinematic gaming can be achieved to a high level, Uncharted 3 will show the true power of the PS3 just wait and see. The funny thing is, is that this game still wont max out the PS3's hardware xD.

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Highlander
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 10:35:20 PM

Uncharted 2 and Heavy Rain showed, each in their own way, how cinematic video games can be. Both were to a lesser or greater extent an interactive movie. UC2 was obviously an action adventure movie, and Heavy Rain was film Noir/Mystery. But the thing is, both worked perfectly in terms of bringing that cinematic feel to the game. Both offer exactly what I have wanted ever since I first picked up a controller, they put me into the movie.

I expect that Uncharted 3 will build further on this, and I'm not sure that the PS3 won't be effectively maxed out by it, ND are one of the best developers when it comes to squeezing performance out of the Cell.

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Robochic
Sunday, December 12, 2010 @ 8:21:27 AM
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Al Uncharted games are epic, and the 3rd will just add to the awesomeness of the franchise.

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