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Uncharted 3 Will Outstrip Uncharted 2 "In Every Way Possible"

It's one of the greatest games of all time, but Naughty Dog isn't happy with that honor.

In speaking to Eurogamer TV, studio designer Jacob Minkoff said that Uncharted 2: Among Thieves was a "once in a lifetime experience" and that the game was a "genre-defining product." Of course, now they have to find a way to top that accomplishment with Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception and while some teams might be intimidated, Naughty Dog is pulling no punches. In fact, they plan to insure the third installment "outdoes UC2 in every way possible," which is a ridiculously tall order, but we won't question this developer's ability. Best of all, it seems we can expect something very special at E3 this year:

"We'll have a lot of really exciting stuff to show people at E3. I'm not really allowed to say more about where we are but, trust me, we're going to blow you away at E3."

There's almost no doubt that Uncharted 3 will be the class of the show, and yes, we're including all the other great games that will be in attendance. For some reason, Naughty Dog just always seems to be a step ahead...

Related Game(s): Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Uncharted 3

Tags: uncharted 2 among thieves, uncharted 3, naughty dog

4/26/2011 9:04:42 PM Ben Dutka

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 9:52:06 PM
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Meh, I don't doubt that it's on par with 2nd game but I just see this as the typical PR for an upcoming game. It's expected that the next game in a series outdo the previous games.

Make the SP longer and I will be content.

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SayWord
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 10:04:43 PM

No don't be so negative! If anyone can pull it off it would be naughty dog.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 11:00:05 PM

I think the SP length is just right. At a certain point (roughly 8-10 hours) any non-RPG just starts to become tedious. I'd hate to see them artificially extend the narrative for those purposes. There's nothing more bothersome than a story that overreaches just to fill space.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 1:13:43 AM

Well yes, I figured it was understood when I mentioned lengthening the game it was in combination with writing a story that would take up that much time.

I too agree that games that often are the longest are not always the greatest.

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AshT
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 2:05:29 AM

this is ND we are talking about, they can definitely outstrip UC2 and i think UC2 SP length was just fine.

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NoSmokingBandit
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 12:41:21 PM

Normally i'd agree, its the PR department's job to sell the game's image, but when its Naughty Dog I actually believe them.

Nobody believes Molyneaux when he brags about his games because he has been a proven liar over and over again, but Naughty Dog has yet to let me (and most people) down.

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Looking Glass
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 2:18:33 PM

I completely agree NoSmokingBandit. Naughty Dog has a very good reputation and there's no reason to believe Uncharted 3 will do anything but further that reputation.

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MartyRules
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 10:00:15 PM
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Can't wait for E3 this year. I just have a feeling Sony is going to have some fighting words/games at the comp and have just great exclusives. I wanna see some U3 footy and KH3 to have a release date.

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SolidFantasy
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 10:01:28 PM
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Them be bold words.
I'm really looking forward to E3 even more so.

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SayWord
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 10:06:56 PM
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I sort of trust his judgement. If they think its better it must be. Every game naughty dog makes gets better so.. lol

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booze925
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 10:07:51 PM
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if UC3 isn't better but on par with UC2, i'll be content.
if UC3 IS better than UC2... well, than we just got possibly THE best game of the generation.
and i have faith in ND

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Zen_Zarab
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 10:10:26 PM
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Multiplayer wise it will be a MAJOR improvment.

Singleplayer, All they have to do is give Crash Bandicoot and or Jak a cameo and it will be better then 2 xD.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 11:02:26 PM

What kind of cameo? You can't have human beings running into... whatever the hell Jak is. Maybe they could just have Nathan playing one of the games while Elena walks in to tempt him away from his games.

I can see it now, she stands in front of the TV in lingerie and Drake dodges his head left and right to see his game :)

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SolidFantasy
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 10:36:31 PM
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Ways ND can improve on U2

- More refined use of the PS3 can give us better graphics, smarter AI, and more physics calculations. That's not going to be an easy one, but ND are one of the few that could ever do it.

- Varied gameplay. There was already an article about this one. Keeping a balance of gameplay options while maintaining linear gameplay could
help

- Puzzles that some how reorganize them selves so you're always solving a new one every play through. Not sure how that's done, but if you want a bar setting game it should be an idea at least

- Improved multi player. That's an easy fix.

- A Story that doesn't resemble Indiana Jones or any other typical cheesy Hollywood adventure film. The acting and presentation of U2 was stunning, but at the end of the day the story needed more unexpected twist and an original plot to begin with.

- Maybe a crawl button. That could be useful.

- Some even more crazy action scenes that are still interactive the whole time and less of a cut scene.

- IMO: I know this goes against the PG13 theme, but I would like to see more blood and a deeper explanation to how Drake can kill so many people and not even flinch.

That's all I can think of. I'm sure ND has some other ideas up there sleeves. November can't come fast enough.

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tornado03
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 10:57:49 PM

Lol! Yep good point Drake does kill a lot of people and just keeps on smiling like he's crazy.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 11:04:02 PM

So you want to strip all the adventure-charm out of the game and make it a human drama? No.

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SolidFantasy
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 7:24:47 AM

Nah, There can still be a primary adventure theme, but I just want it to be more clever; have a few scenes that explain the history of what's going on. Something that blows the crap out of any other cliche movie. As for the "killing with out a flinch" issue. Yeah, I'm guess I don't want any sort of a drama, but I just wish there was a way to address it. Maybe Drake is an ex-marine and is used to it...? Not sure.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 8:38:55 AM

Nah, Drake's no Marine. He's cooler than that. He certainly isn't disciplined or regimental. He never thinks ahead! That's his thing!

And I think that Indiana Jones-esque approach to writing is what makes it so charming and appealing.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 8:57:16 AM

Maybe they can implement a backstory about Drake and his crime family :P

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SolidFantasy
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 6:04:22 PM

World's idea sounds like a feasible one. In retro spec the story idea was just a personal preference of mine and I do enjoy the reckless damn the torpedoes side of Drake.

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Codeez
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 10:45:11 PM
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BRING IT ON!!!

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JSwayze
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 10:46:06 PM
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Yeah I just beat SOCOM 4 on Elite and up next Uncharted 3.....bring on that cover system

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tornado03
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 11:04:58 PM

Cool! My Socom is still in the package I'm scared to opened it. To many mix reviews some people like Socom 4 some say it's the worse game ever kinda lost thinking about taking it back to Wal-mart. What do you all think is it a keeper?

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Clamedeus
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 11:43:56 PM

I would say try it out, even if I get people telling me how bad a game is I will always try it before I pass judgment on said game.

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maxpontiac
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 12:18:43 PM

I just started Elite, and in my book SOCOM 4 is one my favorite shooter experiences.

In my opinion, any reviewer who keeps bringing up past versions is not to be trusted as much.

I do find it puzzling though how GT5 can get ripped for being the same thing, but SOCOM 4 changes things up and shredded over it.

Go figure.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 11:05:26 PM
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Based on what we know it WILL be a more advanced game in every way. The question is whether or not all the plot elements and characters and pacing come together as spectacularly as in U2.

For some reason though, I'm willing to give ND the benefit of the doubt on that.

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Qubex
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 11:36:59 PM

World, I think the story should hold out quite well. You are right though, if those plot elements and pace disappoint it doesn't matter how nice it looks... its the whole package that counts...

Similarly, I have no doubts at this stage that ND should blow everyone away... we will see at E3 just how powerful that blow is...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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SvenMD
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 8:28:08 AM

Yeah, I gotta say with their first 2 outings, they've done quite well with plot, characters, and pacing. They do quite well at integrating quiet funny/witty dialogue in one segment and then intense action in the next. They also blend platforming and gunplay very well.

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Riku994
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 11:12:58 PM
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E3 is gunna be absolutely amazing this year. Skyrim, Uncharted 3, hopefully Versus XIII, probably Twisted Metal, a new Nintendo Console, maybe KH3... My God, this will be a show to remember.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 11:19:48 PM

I want a peek at WKC2 as well! And FFXIII-2.

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Riku994
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 11:45:14 PM

I forgot about WKC2 honestly, and I don't really care about 13-2.

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Mog
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 12:51:12 AM

KH3? Man, I have lost all patience with that game. Doubt it will shown but it might be. Have the developers even mentioned that they will be making it or are the fans just assuming?

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Riku994
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 1:07:31 AM

Nomura has mentioned it. I don't have a link on hand but it has been mentioned by name a few times.

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SvenMD
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 8:30:26 AM

I think Team ICO will have to give us a little more about The Last Guardian as well....just to keep us excited about it.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 8:42:21 AM

@Gunblademaster

Well, Riku and Sora did get a letter from King Mickey!! There MUST be something afoot!

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Mog
Thursday, April 28, 2011 @ 5:19:58 AM

Are you talking about the ending of kh2? Because if you are, then the letter was the begining of kingdom hearts coded. I havent played it so i took the time to read a uncointable page summary of the whole series, not in detail of course. Besides, i could never take kingdom hearts coded seriously simply because it is played on the phone. Seriously whats up with square enix and their stupid mentality of switching between consoles.

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LittleBigMidget
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 11:28:43 PM
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Uncharted 3 will need the thing Uncharted 1 & 2 didn't have: blood. It always kinda bothered me how I completely waste an enemy, only to see him with no blood.

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Riku994
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 11:45:56 PM

There is definitely blood... Maybe not pools of it around his dead body but there is.

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SvenMD
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 8:34:42 AM

I'm sorry, but I don't think turing Uncharted into every other CoD is exactly the way to go here.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 8:44:20 AM

eh... there's no blood really in Indiana Jones when people got shot either. And let's face it... Uncharted is the modern age much better version of Indiana Jones.

Of course, there's still blood in obvious story moments, still. Like the start/midpoint of Uncharted 2.

but yeah... don't start throwing in blood all over the place. I like the charm of the game as is.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 8:58:35 AM

There's blood.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 10:15:38 AM

eh, I'm more referring to when Indie is shooting bad guys. Lots of wilheim screams, and jumping/spinning deaths when hit by bullets, but no blood pools on shot baddies.

Obviously there's blood at key story line points like ripping a guys beating heart out.

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LittleBigMidget
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 11:42:12 PM
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T games have blood and Uncharted 3 won't be an E game so..........

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Kiryu
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 11:44:16 PM
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Is he talking about the 3D will blow u away or the Gameplay?

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FatherSun
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 11:56:02 PM

Hopefully all of the above.

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FatherSun
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 11:59:32 PM
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Oh how I wish today was Halloween. 11:59pm to be exact!

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Keeng
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 1:01:46 AM
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Bold words, indeed. On one hand it does sound like what PR is supposed to say but A) He's not PR and B) The important part is that Naughty Dog has an awareness of how important Uncharted 3 is. They seem to totally understand that it can't just be a great game; it has to be better than one of the greatest games of all time. I doubt they've ever designed a game with that in mind. November will be epic!

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kraygen
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 3:27:38 AM
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I have no reason to doubt him as what I've seen of UC3 looks pretty awesome. This does however make me wonder something.

How is it that naughty dog and sucker punch in this one gen so far will be releasing a 3rd and 2nd game in their respective series. In both cases the new iteration appears to be leaps and bounds, not only above previous games in series, but of other games in their respective genres.

Now if these 2 studios can accomplish this, why is it that so many other studios are taking longer to produce less quality experiences?

I'm thinking there needs to be a school for devs. Naughty dog and Sucker Punch should provide the teachers.

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___________
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 5:50:36 AM
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I'll believe it when I see it!
I just hope they fix the broken controls!
If I had a penny for every time I went to roll but instead took cover, or vise versa, or tried to do a stealth kill but instead drake stood up and swinger in thin air, I'd be a, well, I think you know the drill by now................

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Mog
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 6:33:04 AM

You also forgot to mention. 'when i try to jump he jumps in some random direction'. That sometimes happened to me and unlucky enough, i happened to be next to a cliff.

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SvenMD
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 8:41:40 AM

I don't think that your lack of skill should cause ND to go back to the drawing board to fix their "broken" controls....

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Underdog15
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 8:46:57 AM

The controls are actually very deliberate if you pay attention to the tutorials.

Last night I finished crushing, and have it all but platinum'd (apart from the online trophies, LOL!).

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slugga_status
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 9:06:44 AM

The controls weren't broken at all. If you tried to roll but took cover then you were likely too close to the cover object..

If you tried to stealth kill but Drake throws a punch then that means you weren't as close as you thought..

Haven't seen one time were I tried to jump and Drake jumps in a random direction either..

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Clamedeus
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 9:45:21 AM

Same here, everything worked fine. I didn't have any problems with the controls it works great for me.


2 Top Post:

I'm not sure what you guys did to jump in the wrong direction and die off a cliff.

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___________
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 9:54:41 AM

I was directly behind him and closer and I would run into him.
One area it always happens is the part where you have to plant thhe bombs in the jungle.
A enemy is sitting on a log, I take cover right up against it, push forward and square and drake jumps up and swings at thin air.

Having roll and take cover as the same button is just stupid!
It's like having the engine start button be the same as the self destruct button!
I hope they make this allot harder too.
Un hatted on crushing I found so hard, took me weeks to finish!
Kept getting stuck on certain levels and could not finish them.
Uncharted 2 on crushing though I finished it first go!
Only part I found really hard was the final battle, everything else was a cake walk compared to the original!

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Underdog15
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 10:17:46 AM

Double tap that circle button, chum! Then you'll roll and not take cover.

As for that log, I know what you mean now. I did the same thing, but scan that camera over. That's a wide log to reach across.

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maxpontiac
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 12:19:59 PM

Broken controls? Are any games good enough for you!?

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Mog
Thursday, April 28, 2011 @ 5:27:25 AM

Uhhh yeahhh.. My comment did sound stupid. Its hard to explain but its with the camera control and as it moves, i jump then i jump weird. Only happen once soo yeah. I take my comment back.

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slugga_status
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 9:09:19 AM
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I think we can trust ND on this. Even if it doesn't outstrip U2 I'll still be satisfied. Everything I've seen so far kind suggest that it has the potential to do so..Especially the multiplayer appears to be worlds ahead of U2.

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Clamedeus
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 9:47:21 AM

I have confidence in ND to deliver what they say. I can't wait to see it in action though it's going to be amazing when we are able to play it.

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slugga_status
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 11:12:57 AM

I'm thinking we'll get to see a pretty long gameplay demo at E3. We got a pretty descent sized one before U2.

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Clamedeus
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 11:57:35 AM

Indeed.

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maxpontiac
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 12:20:26 PM

Exactly. Naughty Dog will deliver the goods.

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ps3sownsxbox360
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 12:50:32 PM
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Cant wait for Uncharted 3

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LittleBigMidget
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 5:13:49 PM
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@SVENMD
I'm sorry, I didn't know COD was the first video game to have blood/gore. Pffft LOL How is having blood in Uncharted going to turn it into COD? ITS A 3RD PERSON GAME FFS

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SvenMD
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 6:54:52 PM

I don't need a gallon of blood pouring out of an enemy to have a good time. Uncharted did it very well and I think they can continue just like they have. The uncharted franchise doesn't need any "gore factor" to get fans.....it does it in a more intelligent way, and that's what makes them different yet still successful.

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Robochic
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 7:21:07 PM
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ND get's better and better everytime.
I'm so excited for E3 and for the release of this game.

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BigBoss4ever
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 7:21:23 PM
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i don't believe the U3 will beat U2 in every way, this is more like a typical "get attention generating hype thing" that developer these days use as a standard lingo for upcoming new episode. However, on the other hand, I do believe the U3 is at least as good as U2, just I don't accept that type of lingo that new one beats the old one especially in every way possible. that's all. I have no doubt they will do an awesome job again, that much I am sure.

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Lairfan
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 8:59:30 PM
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Hell yeah! Impress me once again at E3 ND! I'm counting on you to give us a hell of a showing.

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KidCallaway123
Thursday, April 28, 2011 @ 8:06:56 AM
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I agree with WEWM about 10 hours to play through is fine. Especially if you like to go back and play it through again find things maybe you didn't find the first time through. Looking forward to UC3!

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tanner1
Thursday, April 28, 2011 @ 1:38:23 PM
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As far as i'm concerned, N.D really are the dogs bollox!

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SirLoin of Beef
Friday, April 29, 2011 @ 10:17:13 AM
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Awesome. To me, UC2 is the best console game ever released and if Naughty Dog can make UC3 better, I will be in video game Nirvana.

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