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Uncharted 2: gamescom’s Best Console Game!

Arne Meyer's Avatar + Posted by Arne Meyer on Aug 31, 2009 // Community Strategist, Naughty Dog

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Just last week, one of our Senior Character Artists, Hanno, and I hopped on a plane to head over to Cologne, Germany, to work at Europe’s biggest videogames show, gamescom. It turns out that we absolutely had no idea what we were getting ourselves into.

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This was the first European show for Hanno and myself, as we had never been to the Leipzig Games Convention in the previous years. We weren’t prepared at all on how huge gamescom was – not only in importance, but in sheer physical size. There were four different halls at the Koelnmesse where games were being shown and EACH hall was about the same size of an airplane hangar. The PlayStation booth was probably one of the biggest booths we’ve ever seen and was split into four main sections representing racing games, family games, social entertainment and an 18+ area.

We were looking forward to going to Germany since we were hand-carrying over something really special with us – a fresh set of Blu-ray disks that would allow anyone at gamescom to have the first hands-on gameplay ever with the single player campaign of UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves! After we got all of our stations setup, we took some photos of the booth and over the next two days had the chance to take even more photos and video to give you an idea of what it was like for us down on the show floor.

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We kicked off the week attending the PlayStation press conference, which was filled to capacity and then some, where SCEE President Andrew House introduced a brand new trailer for UNCHARTED 2 which we put together just for gamescom. Then, Hanno and I spent the first two days of the show with a very full slate of back to back interviews with European press and some US press. You can read some of the interviews here.

We also set aside some time for behind-closed-doors meetings with press, which we used to demo a brand new area of the game where Nathan Drake and a Tibetan companion, Tenzin, must work together to explore and overcome a variety of obstacles inside a frozen cave deep in the Himalayan mountains. We caught a few articles about these demos here.

The rest of the days, gamescom was open to the public and hundreds of thousands of people attended to check out all the games being shown. As you can see from the gamescom Flickr page, there were TONS of attendees throughout the public days.

Over the weekend, we were extremely proud to learn that we were awarded the gamescom 2009 Award for Best Console Game! There was some tough competition at the show by some excellent games coming out this year and early next year, so winning this award means a lot to us at Naughty Dog.

Of course, this won’t be the only time we’ll be giving our fans a chance to get hands-on time with our single-player campaign. This weekend, PlayStation and Naughty Dog will be at the Penny Arcade Expo 2009 in Seattle and we’ll be bringing the single-player campaign code you may have heard about from gamescom and the Fan Expo in Canada!

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+ Kchow23 on August 31st, 2009 at 11:57 am said:

Definitely a first day buy… can’t wait for this game to come out :)


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+ piro_z on August 31st, 2009 at 11:58 am said:

next up, game of the year and then movie! =D


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+ jashwin on August 31st, 2009 at 11:58 am said:

im going to buy it!!!!il just wait for the demo..i was in the beta and coop was awesome!!


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+ ts23245 on August 31st, 2009 at 11:59 am said:

You guys deserve it.


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+ packy17 on August 31st, 2009 at 12:00 pm said:

Nice! You guys deserve it! Keep up the good work :)

Can you guys let us know if a single-player demo will be available on PSN sometime before release??


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+ Jim777 on August 31st, 2009 at 12:00 pm said:

You guys eanred it! Congrats!


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+ redtailman on August 31st, 2009 at 12:01 pm said:

makes me look forward to October 13th even more


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+ Homer-BY on August 31st, 2009 at 12:02 pm said:

Congratulations.
next is
Best Console Game 2009


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+ Tyrade on August 31st, 2009 at 12:03 pm said:

Game of the year, no doubt. Considering the first Uncharted is still the best game I’ve ever played…this game is going to blow minds.


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+ Gr00v3r06 on August 31st, 2009 at 12:04 pm said:

Congratulations.
I can’t wait to play the Best console Game of GamesCom.


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+ ye11owpharmacy on August 31st, 2009 at 12:04 pm said:

Uncharted 2 won best game at E3 and now GC. Call me crazy but I think this game might be good. ;)


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+ livefreeordieha8 on August 31st, 2009 at 12:06 pm said:

sony i love you your the best. and ps3 4 life.


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+ Enigma777 on August 31st, 2009 at 12:06 pm said:

When are you guys gonna announce the Collector’s Edition?


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+ HongoXIII on August 31st, 2009 at 12:07 pm said:

Awesome news. Congrats, Naughty Dog!


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+ SirTrigalot on August 31st, 2009 at 12:08 pm said:

awesome. Game has already been paid for! Can’t wait


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+ SpitFireAce on August 31st, 2009 at 12:09 pm said:

Great game keep up the good work ND.I heard
there is a beta coming in Sept.How do we
get into the beta i did not get a chance
at the first beta.


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+ Nader-Abudiix on August 31st, 2009 at 12:12 pm said:

my favorite ps3 series


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+ Korbei83 on August 31st, 2009 at 12:13 pm said:

Can I have it now?


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+ SPARDA on August 31st, 2009 at 12:14 pm said:

I want that FIAT 500 !!!!!!!!!!…..LOL

Can’t wait for the game to release

SPARDA


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+ darkwing75 on August 31st, 2009 at 12:15 pm said:

Where is the Collector’s Edition?


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+ oGGe45 on August 31st, 2009 at 12:21 pm said:

Congratz! :D

I can’t wait for this wonderful game! Thanks!


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+ inveigle on August 31st, 2009 at 12:22 pm said:

Played it at Fax Expo, very awesome!


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+ Dice_for_Death_ on August 31st, 2009 at 12:26 pm said:

Looking forward to this one. If the multiplayer beta was any indication to the quality of its online component, I can only imagine deeply as to its SP campaign. This one has me in a calm frenzy.


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+ FlatulentGhost on August 31st, 2009 at 12:28 pm said:

299 PS3 Slim
Gran Turismo PSP
Persona PSP
Demon’s Souls
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2
Uncharted 2
Ratchet and Clank Crack in Time
Gran Turismo 5
God of War 1&2 PS3 Remake

Epic.


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+ wolverine81 on August 31st, 2009 at 12:33 pm said:

Are you guys at Naughty Dog going to release a Special Edition of Uncharted 2?


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+ FFObsessed on August 31st, 2009 at 12:44 pm said:

Congratz. Definitely gonna be GOTY.


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+ Ruffday on August 31st, 2009 at 12:45 pm said:

I’m sorry this is so off topic, GoW collection on Ps3 mwahh ha ha !!!!!!!!


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+ Miles514 on August 31st, 2009 at 12:50 pm said:

1st day buy definently! Epic sp with cool MP


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+ KazeEternal on August 31st, 2009 at 12:52 pm said:

Is it October yet?


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+ zombie9 on August 31st, 2009 at 12:53 pm said:

Best video game line up ever This holiday I will be broke!

Uncharted 2 is game of the year!! Can’t wait beta will start in couple of weeks also!!!


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+ haran_elessar on August 31st, 2009 at 12:57 pm said:

Congratulations Naughty Dog! This game will be huge! I loved the first game and enjoyed the beta for this one. I’m trying to keep myself from viewing/reading any more previews since I don’t want to spoil the amazing moments in the SP campaign. I already saw in an interview the falling-building-shootout and was amazed but I stopped watching after that LOL. Those set-pieces are better left for the actual game.

I remember that with Uncharted 1 you had a “policy” of sorts of not using any screenshot to promote the game that wasn’t completely in-game. Since the game looked so amazing, there wasn’t a need to add photoshop effects to screenshots. I wonder if you are still doing that with this game because that huge Nathan poster looks unbelievable, and I know that it’s taken from an in-game scene but the attention to detail is so much that it’s hard to believe it’s in-game.

will we also be able to take screenshots during single player? The graphical beauty of this game is begging me to take screenshots of every scene for me to use them as wallpapers :D


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+ bigblack404 on August 31st, 2009 at 1:05 pm said:

It deserves it. I bought Uncharted yesterday to get me ready for Uncharted 2 and already beaten it. Great game. Can’t wait for this and now the GOW 1&2 collection.


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+ spoonTRex on August 31st, 2009 at 1:11 pm said:

I’m super-stupid excited about this game. Seriously, I’ll be getting dumber until the game comes out because all my excitement is pushing out rational thought.

Speaking of which, Arne, could you answer this nagging question? You guys have previously said that there will only be another MP beta for the game, and no SP demo.

The reasoning behind this was because, as Amy Henning said (about the Uncharted 1 demo in regards to a Uncharted 2 SP demo), “Some people loved it; some people thought, ‘eh.’ I read over and over people saying, ‘Oh yeah, I played the demo and I didn’t think much about it, but I bought the game and it’s the best game ever and I love it to pieces.’ And, well, how do you solve that? A 15 minute slice just doesn’t give you all that.”

And yet at gamescom you had a 5-7 minute SP demo doing just that! Huh? What? Huh? What?

Looks like Naughty Dog CAN give us a downloadable SP demo. :) Please do, please!


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+ poodude on August 31st, 2009 at 1:12 pm said:

Naughty Dog you guys are the greatest dev’s of all time. Crash Bandicoot was a huge part of my childhood and Uncharted is now one of my favourite franchises. You guys do great work. Keep it up.


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+ THE_LIGHT_05 on August 31st, 2009 at 1:13 pm said:

Uncharted 2… get in the stores already….

i want to play your epic game naughty dog!!!


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+ sam_i_jam on August 31st, 2009 at 1:13 pm said:

Man, October 13th is getting closer.

But, not close enough.

Cannot wait.


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+ Commando_XPS on August 31st, 2009 at 1:15 pm said:

Dam!! Since Uncharted 1 rocked hard, I wonder how Unchared 2 is going to be, Congrads Naughty Dog. I hope you guys make more games like Ucharted for years to come!


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+ Enforcer_X on August 31st, 2009 at 1:28 pm said:

This game is going to ROCK!
Congrats on the best console game of Gamescom!
Can’t wait!


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+ Pretender2545 on August 31st, 2009 at 1:33 pm said:

Im killing myself on what I should spend 60$ on…Batman or this. I mean best console game vs guiness book for most critically acclaimed super game…I cant stop playing the batman demo but Uncharted has over 20 hours of story and online. And its a platformer. Someone help!


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+ ShadowOfEden on August 31st, 2009 at 1:39 pm said:

First E3, then Gamescon, next the WORLD!


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+ Mobius_124 on August 31st, 2009 at 1:47 pm said:

OMG UNCHARTED 2 AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!


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+ AOGDoomsday on August 31st, 2009 at 1:51 pm said:

yeah dude this game is gonna be sick. i work at gamestop and i have talked so many people into gettin this. ps3 greatest next gen console playstation greatest gaming brand extreme sony loyalist ps3 rulez!!!!!!!!


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+ Sigmakan on August 31st, 2009 at 1:51 pm said:

Please no online trophies, please.


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+ ndw4 on August 31st, 2009 at 1:51 pm said:

Uncharted 2 Among Thieves=Game of the Year!


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+ HatmanTc on August 31st, 2009 at 2:15 pm said:

the way this game keeps dominating the trade shows awards if it doesnt win Game Of The Year, that will be a huge let down


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+ station3fever on August 31st, 2009 at 2:25 pm said:

Go Naughty Dog Go, Aku Aku. Other companys should learn to also add some nice vivid colors to their games. heck uncharted kicks butt so uncharted 2 will kick super butt :)


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+ Ejsponge61 on August 31st, 2009 at 2:37 pm said:

That booth is badass!


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+ TheGuardianFID on August 31st, 2009 at 2:45 pm said:

Congrats guys, well deserved!!! :D


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+ TeeDog on August 31st, 2009 at 2:56 pm said:

I wasn’t a fan of the first one but I’ll be getting Uncharted 2


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+ Azure-Edge on August 31st, 2009 at 3:12 pm said:

Maybe not a first day buy for me but I know I will be getting this.


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