The VGAs have revealed a first look at gameplay for the vaunted PS3-exclusive Uncharted 3.
Uncharted fans didn't have to rely for very long on the revoltingly short Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception teaser released a couple of days before the 2010 Spike TV Video Game Awards. At the event, the teaser became a full-on trailer, and it even snuck in a few snippets of gameplay.
The trailer begins the same way as the teaser, panning across a table covered with various objects that an Uncharted character might own, such a gun, ancient dagger, compass, map, passport, and diary likely found in a tomb once sealed for centuries. However, once the pan finishes, we see Nathan Drake himself walking across a fiery desert, but how he got there is anyone's guess.
My presumption is that the crashed cargo plane has something to do with it. It's also nice to see that Drake is still acquiring weaponry the only way he knows how, from the rigor-mortised hands of perished foes.
In Uncharted 3, Drake and previous acquaintance Sully are back in cahoots to discover the "Atlantis of the Sands" in the Arabian Desert. It doesn't look like there's much to climb there, so Drake is likely to encounter areas other than the desert too.
At the end of the trailer Naughty Dog included five brief gameplay scenes, which are our first look at what Drake will have to face in Uncharted 3. They confirm that Drake will have to jump between buildings, escape precarious situations involving an abundance of water, smash down doors in tandem with Sully, and engage in aquatic gun battles. According to Naughty Dog's twitter account, this trailer is "all from in-engine + actual gameplay," meaning that quite evidently the studio has topped itself again with the series' third entry.
Naughty Dog invites PlayStation 3 owners to "uncover the truth" in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception on November 1, 2011.