And when I say “kinda” I mean “unbelievably.” Yes, the environments look great, but they did in Uncharted 2 as well, so that’s not a surprise. But what I love about Naughty Dog are all the little touches, like Nathan Drake’s totally-exhausted-from-wandering-the-desert-for-god-knows-how-long running animation. Most game companies would make one run animation, and that’s it, but it’s all these specific details that make Uncharted so awesome. Also: Look at the variety in the fight scenes! I don’t just mean the guns, although there seems to be some improvement there, as well. Using your rifle like a baseball bat to smash some goon in the face? Awesome. Leaping from the top of the stairs onto some goon? Awesome. Picking up grenades and throwing them back? Awesome and extremely useful. I won’t deny that I’m still looking forward to Batman: Arkham City more (less than a week, people! Less than a week!) but once I’m done playing that, I think Uncharted 3 will slide pretty easily into first place.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.