26. When The Hotel Collapses In Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Drake and Chloe need to find a temple in Nepal, which is tricky considering the whole city is flooded with them. Their plan is to scale the tallest building in the city to get a better look at the surrounding area.
What follows is a death-defying climb up a colossal hotel building, from ground level, to the roof, then back down as the whole structure collapses under the strain of helicopter gunfire. It’s a timeless thrill ride from start to finish.
Why it’s great
If you bought a PlayStation 3 on the promise that it would deliver the best graphics of the current generation then, at the time, this chapter serves as the perfect showcase of what the hardware is capable of.
Otherwise it’s an immensely thrilling, hilarious, tense string of events, underlining Naughty Dog’s mastery of its trade. Plus the bit when the hotel collapses is just insane.
What the developer says
Evan Wells, co-president, Naughty Dog
It’s a big series of action-packed moments, so we went straight to Naughty Dog’s co-president Evan Wells for more insight, “The idea for the sequence evolved over time from a series of visual brainstorms that took place with the animators right after Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune wrapped up.”
“It combined a few different ideas that had been roughed out in animation like a giant statue crashing through the ceiling of a temple, Drake sliding down a floor after one side had collapsed, and a helicopter attacking from the exterior of a building.”
“This was all before we even had a rough plot of the game, so as the final plans for the story came together, we worked out how best to incorporate all of those ideas. E3 was the perfect deadline to get the whole sequence polished up so we decided on that sequence for our stage demo during the Sony press conference.”
“But we had a nasty texture streaming bug that we weren’t 100% sure we had fixed the day before the show. As a backup, we had our producer playing through the sequence on a separate system back stage, matching my every move, so if the bug popped up, we could switch to his feed and carry on with the demonstration. Fortunately everything went off without a hitch!”