The Unsolved Mysteries of Uncharted 3

After finally completing the campaign in Uncharted 3, we were left with a lot of questions. There were certain moments that were just left unanswered. Whether or not it was intentional, it was still puzzling.

*Be warned as there are spoilers for anyone who hasn’t finished the campaign.*

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TrendyGamers2102d ago

Yeah, or maybe Golden Abyss.

CynicalVision2102d ago

Golden Abyss is a prequel. :P

TrendyGamers2102d ago

But they could always explain where Nathan Drake got his name.

Sugreev20012102d ago

I doubt it.Golden Abyss is supposedly following a different timeline to the main series.

SIX2102d ago

Amy Henning explained everything already. I'm sure you can all look it up it's not hard to find. The hint is in the title. The game is all about the magic and deception.

LarVanian2102d ago (Edited 2102d ago )


I just assumed that Talbot was wearing some heavy body armour when he was shot. But I really can't get my head around on how he managed to up and vanish after he tranquillized Cutter in Syria.

TrendyGamers2102d ago

Yeah, but I don't think you could wear anything useful under that sweater vest he was wearing.

colonel1792102d ago

Yeah, that's a big mystery too. About him getting shot, there is no way he was wearing a vest. Naughty Dog failed to tell the story this time. If they think those mysteries were left for the next Uncharted, they did it the wrong way.

Another mystery (which is gameplay wise though) is that Drake is dying in the desert because he doesn't have water, but after arriving to the ghost town, he just forgot he was almost dying.

LarVanian2102d ago

When Drake got to the desert town he drank a little bit of water in a well. Afterwards, he got into a massive gun battle with Marlowe's men which probably unleashed a heavy dose of adrenaline in his body, thus giving him the energy to get up and fight. Towards the end he actually gave up (most likely due to exhaustion), going as far to say "this is the end" before being rescued by Salim.

ziggurcat2102d ago

you mean just how drake seemed to have all that energy after climbing the destroyed train and fighting off all of those enemies in U2? not to mention the fact that he's not wearing any winter clothes and probably should have suffered from severe frostbite?

did they do it the wrong way then as well or are you just complaining for the sake of complaining?

ChocolateGiddyUp2102d ago (Edited 2102d ago )

After the train wreck in Uncharted 2, he's coughing up blood and struggling to walk.

After wandering the desert for two days with no food or water in Uncharted 3, he's suddenly okay - same as he is at any other point in the game.

Knushwood Butt2102d ago

That whole lost in the desert bit was poor. It was trying to be arty/different but just failed.

And yes, the fact that he got to the deserted town and then was suddenly fine again made no sense at all, and in fact just renders the previous 15 minutes or so of wandering around in the desert totally pointless.

An example of where they were trying to be arty/different and got it right, was the bit where Drake got drugged. I never expected it would then let you play as Drake in that state - just thought it would be a cut scene. That was very cool.

Overall though, the story and characters were poorly done. My least favourite campaign of the 3 games.

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frelyler2102d ago

When cutter was hit with that dart it had a hallucinogen in it similar to what Drake had, I just thought Cutter was hallucinating like Drake did with the flaming skull guys. I must say the ending was anti-climatic and I was a little disappointed, still awesome game though.

Convas2102d ago

"I must say the ending was anti-climatic and I was a little disappointed, still awesome game though."

This sentence describes my feelings about the game in their entirety.

r212102d ago

heres how i think how talbot disappeared. his men were above him and he was pulled up quickly with a rope or some sort of pulley device. they are a secret society after all.

ginsunuva2102d ago

Cutter was hallucinating and simply thought he shot him.

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Fez2102d ago

<<<<<<<&l t;<<SPOILERS>>>& gt;>>>>>>>

This is a silly article, it answered most of the "mysteries" itself. Talbot was most likely wearing a bullet proof vest, Nate was raised at the 'Sir Francis Orphanage' so most likely would have been influenced by Francis Drake, having no suspense as to whether Sully was dead or not would suck, having a mercenary kill drake meaning the game was over would suck... It seems the writer forgets U3 is a video game?

I have to say that Uncharted 3's story was not so great, but easily made up for by the great gameplay, but you don't have to have your hand held throughout to answer these "mysteries".

LarVanian2102d ago (Edited 2102d ago )

I don't mean to nitpick but Drake was actually raised in 'Saint' Francis' Orphanage.

Fez2102d ago (Edited 2102d ago )

Ah, well spotted, I'm guessing St Francis... of Assisi? Which has no link to Francis Drake. Surely it would have made much more sense to have him grow up in an orphanage surrounded by the history of Sir Francis Drake as a link to why he took his name and became a treasure hunter? ...rather than a Catholic friar.

Cenobia2102d ago


I don't think he needs to grow up around Francis Drake stuff. IMO that would make less sense since he would essentially be pretending to be related to Drake and not actually related.

I think the assumption is that he traced his bloodline back to Drake somehow, or a relative revealed this to him when he was young. Then he got wrapped up in the stories (he was specifically looking for the ring at the beginning) and became an adventurer.

JoeReno2102d ago

@ cebobia

You haven't played the 3rd game have you? Or did you skip cutscenes?

Fez2102d ago

But Nate just believes himself to be related to Francis Drake. There is no actual evidence that he is and it is hinted that he isn't... at the end of chapter 3 when Sully is talking to young Nate he mentions that Francis Drake had no heirs with Nate replying... "at least not with his wife back in England". I'm pretty sure Nate is not actually related to Francis Drake and is just wrapped up in the story of a charismatic adventurer.

The best explanation as to why he would believe such a thing would be that he grow up around the history of Francis Drake, not St Francis of Assisi... maybe the writer thought it made more sense that the nuns at the orphanage introduced him to Francis Drake and encouraged him to live a life on the streets?

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jetlian2102d ago (Edited 2102d ago )

forgot another! At the end marlowe told drake to be better than his ancestors but earlier she claimed he wasn't truly a drake. So which is it?

Unless he's from some other famous family which would give ND another set of adventures

Another thing that didn't make sense is Marlowe and crew already had a means of controlling people why waste time getting iram! It was the same stuff

SoapShoes2102d ago

You're looking too deep into it. The truth is she was just trying to rile him up at the beginning by lying or she was telling the truth but at the end she was lying in a last desperation to be saved by him. Does it matter which it was? I don't think so.

They just had stuff to make people hallucinate. Again, looking too deep into something. They could get information but couldn't control them and it was implied that the stuff they were after was better.

Wintersun6162102d ago

I think Marlowe only said that Drake isn't his real name, that doesn't mean that Nate can't be a descendant of Francis.

jetlian2102d ago

more than just him not being a drake. She also went into parts of his life. The iram drug cause him to hallucinate so what was the point when she did it to him in yemen. if it was better why not take a sample from the well where drake drank from?

So it was a foolish journey. I don't think nathan is related to drake. Which is why he no longer needed the ring. And that was his deception!!

other than that what did he do to deceive anyone

ChocolateGiddyUp2102d ago

What was the point of the pirate ship bit?

Nate passes out in Yemen, goes on a completely unrelated sea adventure and wakes up pretty much in the same place he passed out. If they'd cut this whole sequence, the story would have been exactly the same.

Getting out of the sinking boat was cool and all, but the whole thing was so random. It felt like they were struggling to make the game an hour or so longer.

SoapShoes2102d ago

I disagree. The point? The pirate guy wanted info/treasure so he took him because he was useless to Marlow and she did not want him to the point of even wanting him dead.

Knushwood Butt2101d ago

Doesn't make any sense, because if Drake then told the pirate what he wanted to hear, the pirate and his small army would then head out and be direct rivals to Marlowe.

Of course, you could work around this massive nonsensical story development by reaching the conclusion that Marlowe and crew are all idiots.

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Knushwood Butt2102d ago

Yep, that whole boat section (which is looooong) is pointless.

rezzah2102d ago

If your not being sarcastic, play the game again if not 10 times until you realize how wrong you are about the boat's connection to the story.

Or you could just read the comment above you ;)

You're welcome.