Nathan Drake is at it again, as he begins his long-delayed quest to trace his ancestor's trail to the Rub al Khali Desert. Artifacts from Drake and journals from T.E. Lawrence lead to an even larger journey to the lost city of Iram, in the center of the Empty Quarter. With the backings of his companions, Elena, Sully, and Chloe, he will face off against Katherine Marlowe and her society to uncover the secret of Sir Francis Drake's journey.
Make your way through locales in London, France, Syria, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia. Make your way through gunfights using the traditional method or through the improved melee system that includes counters and grabs. Brawling encounters include the environment as Drake can pick up and use objects like beer bottles, pans, oil lamps, and others to finish off enemies. Grenades were also improved, as players now have the ability to throw back those that enemies have tossed. No chapter in this story uses the same formula- twists and turns keep the story on its feet.
Multiplayer has returned to Uncharted 3 with significant changes. Developer Naughty Dog has introduced significant changes to the weapon system with loadouts, new abilities, and a kickback system for use when a player reaches a required amount of medals to activate the ability for a small duration of the match.
The Buddy System was also introduced to Multiplayer as a way to emphasize teamwork throughout a match. When a teammate has died, he can spawn on a buddy that is out of a firefight. If one player has started shooting at an enemy, and his buddy finishes the enemy off, the two can run over to the downed enemy and do a 'high-five' to get bonus cash and an additional medal.
Co-operative modes have also returned in the successor. Co-op Adventure allows up to three people to play an alternative storyline that spans various sections from the three games. Arena returns with rounds alternating between Survival (killing an entire wave of enemy soldiers,) Gold Rush (delivering two treasures while eliminating enemies en route to the drop-off,) and Siege (defending a point on the map while eliminating enemies.) Hunter is a new mode where two teammates face off against two other players in a two-round game; one side will try to claim as many treasures as possible while the other two have bots on their team to prevent any treasures from getting captured. The team with the most captures and kills at the end of the round wins.