About a week ago I published the second instalment in a series I am currently running on All Things UNCHARTED. Sarah Anderson is a newcomer to the PS3; she completed the first two in the series and tweeted her way through them, with very amusing results. We posted some of our favourite tweets as we were interested to see how a newbie would feel about the games we love. Sarah recently tackled the latest UNCHARTED title, and for the sake of completeness (and a fun article) here are the edited highlights;
Slept for 10ish hours. Starting to feel better, although I doubt I’ll get up to much today (other than #Uncharted3). Coffee time!
— Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 6, 2012
Poor Sarah hasn’t been feeling too well. But what else is there to do when cold-ridden but sit on the sofa, fire up the PS3 and play the heck out of an awesome game? Wish you well, though, Sarah.
Nate looks GOOD in a suit. Even when he is in a bar fight. #Uncharted3 — Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 6, 2012
Yes, yes he does. I seem to recall making a very similar comment when we were treated to the first proper trailer. I also seem to remember a large portion of Twitter took quite a long time to talk about anything else. Funny how someone we see always dress in a certain way can have such an impact when doing something different.
Young man, you’d better not be planning to steal from a museum! Again. #Uncharted3 — Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 6, 2012
Uh huh. Nathan certainly isn’t new to stealing. I find this early theft not quite as abhorrent as the jaunt in Turkey as he is more innocent, and has very little guidance at this point. The same of course could be said for his older self but you would have thought that by then he should have had the opportunity to assess what he was doing as fundamentally wrong. There are a lot of issues to consider, for sure, such as “being the only life he knows” but while I find I can forgive the child I can not forgive the man.
I have now learned two things: 1) Sully has always had that mustache and 2) Sully has always had bad taste in women. #Uncharted3 — Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 6, 2012
I like to think that in Among Thieves, when Nate is in jail and along comes Chloe, Nate’s “you haven’t always been the best judge of character. Especially when it comes to women!” was all a set up for Sully and Marlowe. I actually wouldn’t be surprised.
They are SHOOTING at a little boy. Geez Sully. It’s a good thing Drake showed up to save you. #Uncharted3 — Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 6, 2012
Yeah… interesting theory that Sully is to blame. We will never know where Nate was going to go if he hadn’t met Sully. I suspect it wouldn’t have been a good life, but who knows. Did Sully ruin him? Did Nate make Sully a better man? Of that I am almost certain, as it happens. We don’t know anything really of Victor pre-Nate, but how he reacts to Nathan in the museum is one of genuine concern. Perhaps he saw a little of himself in him, perhaps he just doesn’t think that slapping a kid across the face is a nice thing to do.
You get to run around the London underground in #Uncharted3 – that is so cool — Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 6, 2012
Well, you do and you don’t. I am a Londoner, and a fairly nerdy one at that. And by ‘nerdy’ I don’t just mean I like Doctor Who, but I have… (confession time) done some reading for fun around the history of the London Underground. There are a lot (lot) of disused stations dotted about. Some you can see from trains that still use the tracks (The British Museum, for example) and some that have been bricked up entirely. Some of them still have their above ground buildings (South Kentish Town) which are used as shops and the like.
But there isn’t, nor ever was there, a station called North Atwood. It doesn’t particularly bother me, but with my knowledge of the history of the Tube it stood out. Anyway, quite a while ago, shortly after the release of Drake’s Deception I was in email contact with Amy Hennig, and one of the things we talked about was ‘why not use a real station?’ I am sure she won’t mind me quoting her here (and if she does; well, there goes my career), but this was what she had to say;
The reason we made up a disused tube station, rather than using a real one, is that we try to avoid being *too* specific with the places we visit. Like, I obviously don’t mind naming the country, or even the city per se, but I don’t want to nail it down too specifically. Partly because I want the freedom to invent our own version of reality, partly to avoid being called out on inaccuracies, or to avoid unintentionally offending anyone.
Anyway, back to Sarah and her tweets. Sorry for the dalliance into London Tube history.
I like how Drake runs his hands over walls and things when you walk by them. Nice detail. #Uncharted3 — Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 6, 2012
Me too. It’s a nice touch.
Drake doesn’t read Shakespeare. #Uncharted3
— Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 6, 2012
“Who the hell is MacDuff?” “Is there no bottom to your ignorance?” Throwaway lines like these aren’t throwaway lines at all. This tells you that a man like Nathan reads what he needs to; he appears to have an endless supply of knowledge. But take him out of his comfort zone, away from what he needs to have learned in order to get him to where he is today, and he has no clue whatsoever. Amy Hennig described him as “almost savant.”
“Look Sully, your first car!” Hahaha #Uncharted3 — Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 6, 2012
Aaannnndddd that is one of *many* references to Sully’s age. Poor Sully.
Did the devs have themselves painted into these Chateau paintings in Renaissance attire? Because I totally would’ve. #Uncharted3 — Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 6, 2012
Actually, yes they did. You can pick out Christophe Balestra fairly easily (it’s his castle, remember?). Also, Josh Scherr can be seen in the newspaper photo on the bar in the first scene in London. Which eventually turned out to be a Last of Us reference. Jeez, Naughty Dog.
I wonder what Nate does with all the treasure he finds. Sell it? Decorate his house? Does he have a house? With Elena? In my head, yes. — Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 6, 2012
Ha; no spoilers, but one of the things Nate says in Golden Abyss when he finds a treasure is “I’m going to need bigger pockets…”
SO MUCH WORSE THAN GOLLUMS *sob* #Uncharted3 — Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 6, 2012
Wait, you can throw grenades back in this game?! Fun. #Uncharted3 — Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 6, 2012
Oh you can. Whether or not you can actually kill people with thrown back grenades has yet to be proven, but the symbol that tells you that you *can* lob ’em back from whence they came is a good indication that if you don’t, and you don’t move either; you will be dead.
I took so long on that puzzle that Sully offered to do it for me. How embarrassing. #Uncharted3 — Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 7, 2012
Wait; even *Sully* helps out!? Seems Sarah has become used to the lazy AI.
There was something implied in that last scene with Sully…I really hope I was just imagining things. #Uncharted3 — Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 7, 2012
Yeah; there are a lot of things throughout the game that lead one to the conclusion that Sully is not what he seems. He messes with your head. I just hope he turns out to be on Nate’s side after all.
Ok look. I’ve been holding back on the WHERE IS ELENA tweets, but seriously…Where. Is. Elena? #Uncharted3 — Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 7, 2012
Very restrained of you. But her absence is incredibly noticeable. No one mentions her, no one even references her… so what the hell happened? Presumably she isn’t dead because otherwise you would expect them to remember her fondly from time to time. So… the other option is that Nate was Nate and screwed it up. And now no one will mention her lest he goes postal.
Dear spambots, I have no interest in appearing in your upcoming Drake music video unless it features Nathan Drake dancing in boxer briefs. — Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 7, 2012
A-frickin’-men. In case you are unaware, should you mention ‘Drake’ in a tweet, you can bet your bottom dollar some spammer will try to convince you to click their link that promises stardom; as an extra in a Drake music video. How one ‘stars’ as an extra, I don’t know. But that is beside the point. It gets annoying.
This part of the game reminds me of when I was a kid and we used to jump from couch to couch because the floor was lava. #Uncharted3 — Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 7, 2012
Happy memories. We did that too. Probably got on the nerves of our parents, though.
I see London I see France… I’m still waiting to see Drake’s underpants. #Uncharted3 — Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 7, 2012
I have nothing to say here…
@sarahjla Maybe it’s just me, but I just kept feeling like she deserves better through all of them :p — Amanda T (@fluidfyre) October 7, 2012
Or maybe Elena has worked out that actually, she can do better after all. And I am not the only person to consider it.
Nate is now tripping balls. This is kind of what I felt like yesterday after I had too much cough syrup. #Uncharted3 — Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 7, 2012
Hope you are feeling better, Sarah. No one should have to take so much cough syrup that you end up running through the streets of Yemen with a creepy voice in your ear.
Ugh I hate evil Miss Moneypenny SO MUCH #Uncharted3 — Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 7, 2012
This has to be one of the most emotional scenes, surely. What is revealed in this scene probably doesn’t come as a great surprise to anyone, but still; knowing what Nate has gone through and and what he has done to cope with that is nothing short of heartbreaking. The skill displayed by the animators in portraying that amount of emotion in the face of Nathan is nothing short of staggering.
Chapter 13 – off to rescue Sully. Everyone Nate shoots here – he’s all “that’s for my friend!” and “that was for Sully!” #Uncharted3 — Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 8, 2012
And each and every one of them deserve it.
I have loved every minute of the pirate ship/ocean fighting/swimming in these last few chapters. #Uncharted3 — Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 8, 2012
It is certainly one of the high points of the gameplay.
And kitty got wet. Literally. Because we’re on a boat. And it’s raining. #Uncharted3 — Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 8, 2012
Well, the kitty didn’t get wet, because the kitty is not a kitty. Pedantic brit is pedantic. (But not a thug.)
I have the worst feeling in my gut right now. Please don’t be a set-up please don’t be a set-up. #Uncharted3 — Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 8, 2012
You know what is going to happen. It wouldn’t be that easy for Nate, now would it?
Aaaaaand. Set-up. #Uncharted3 — Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 8, 2012
Of course. And all we have done is take Nate even further away from Sully.
Aw Elena is fussing. Thanks. That was kind of rough. #Uncharted3 — Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 8, 2012
It is lovely how easily these two slip back into being what they should be to each other. There’s no awkwardness about it, at all. Elena has done what she needed to do (“For Sully? Yeah.”) and now she can focus on Nate. Who for once isn’t a wise-arse idiot about it. This was probably how things were between them when things were good. No explanations, no excuses, just… love.
I’M IN A GLASS CASE OF EMOTION #Uncharted3 — Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 8, 2012
Honestly? I cried.
I remember reading a story once about how stowaways do things like that and then freeze to death in the air. #Uncharted3 — Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 8, 2012
And here it is. It doesn’t make fun reading. In fact it is tragic.
“I will show you fear in a handful of dust.” #Uncharted3
— Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 8, 2012
This poor guy. He’s been in the desert for 3ish days with no water or food. Every well is dry. And now…men with guns. #Uncharted3
— Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 8, 2012
It doesn’t let up. There’s one agent that amuses every time; Nate busts through the door, and lands almost at the feet of the chap who drops his water bottle, looks stunned for a moment, then grabs his gun.
Frankly I have no idea how he isn’t dead. Except for visions of Sully. #Uncharted3 — Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 8, 2012
And I think that is it. That is enough to keep him alive.
Wait what? Am I going to have to fight genies?! #Uncharted3 — Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 8, 2012
Uncharted wouldn’t be Uncharted without some form of supernatural element. Or would it?
NOOOOOOOOO Sully!!! I can’t even. I’m going to need to pause for a moment here. #Uncharted3 — Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 9, 2012
This scene, despite the horror, is breathtaking. There is barely any music, or at least it is very quiet, Nate doesn’t cry out, but his shock is plain. He gently lays Sully down, whose eyes appear not to move, but simply die. Who *didn’t* cry rivers here?
You’re such a coward magic man. You shoot an old man in the BACK and then you use smoke and mirrors to escape?!? I hate you. #Uncharted3 — Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 9, 2012
Talbot is an easy man to hate.
OH THANK GOD #Uncharted3
— Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 9, 2012
Is Sully alive!? It is going to be… terrifying for Nate when Sully finally does leave him.
He swapped it for something better. Perfect ending is perfect. #Uncharted3 — Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 9, 2012
Yes it is. Well… almost. Not quite. The only remaining hope is that these two compromise, rather than Nate give up his lifestyle for good. Nathan is not a man to hang up his boots, but maybe now is the time that he needs to start considering other people, the two that love him the most would be a good place for him to start. But those two also need to meet Nate somewhere in the middle or else what hope for them, and Nathan in particular, is there?
And I’m really glad my whole Sully-turning-out-to-be-in-on-it theory was wrong.
— Sarah Anderson (@SarahJLA) October 9, 2012
We all are, Sarah. This was one of the many deceptions that underpinned the game. So very many.
And here endeth the journey. I hope you have enjoyed following Sarah’s plough through; I certainly did. What I have posted here are the edited highlights; I had to cut so many great little insights and witty comments. What I found interesting were the bits that were left out as well; for example, Eddy Raja didn’t get a look in, but he is often hailed as people’s favourite character. There were also parts Sarah had so much fun in that she forgot to tweet. And I can understand that.
Thanks for being such a good sport Sarah. Seriously; thank you.