Uncharted 3 documentary: What does it mean to be a hero?

Friday, 21st October 2011 14:54 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Sony has released the short Uncharted 3 documentary it commissioned from The Last Samurai director and Shakespeare in Love producer Ed Zwick.

The Hero’s Journey, inspired by the events in Drake’s Deception, explores the action adventure genre, and what it means to be a hero.

Zwick said he was originally “unaware of the extraordinary advancement of games such as Uncharted 3,” and the notion that one can have “a more complex hero while still providing the obligatory action” opened up a new range of creative possibilities.

The documentary short was filmed in LA and features responses from actors such as Sam Rockwell, Diane Kruger and Michelle Rodriguez, as well as Zwick, Naughty Dog creative director Amy Hennig and Nolan North. Each respondent provides an answer to the question: what does the idea of the hero in action adventure evoke?

“The Uncharted Franchise is an exploration of what heroism means in the action adventure genre and it was interesting for us to explore these themes that we share across entertainment genres – as entertainers we are all posed with similar questions as to how to bring heroism to the fore in such a blockbuster category,” said Hennig.

The documentary is posted below.

Uncharted 3 is out November 1.



  1. YoungZer0

    To be honest, the character of Drake is one of the reasons why i don’t enjoy Uncharted as much as i should. The character was always the funny smartass, without any flaws.

    I hope this game makes it right, shows us a dark and flawed side of that character.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Dannybuoy

    Damit! Spoilers ahoy. Not watching

    #2 3 years ago
  3. burrsalem

    Just a small correction Stephany. Ed Zwick didn’t direct Shakespeare In Love. That was directed by John Madden.(Not to be confused with the legendary football coach/announcer and video game namesake.) Zwick did direct The Last Samurai and other sweeping epics such as Blood Diamond and Legends of The Fall. You may have been thinking of his most recent directorial effort Love And Other Drugs which marked a departure of sorts in his previously action-centric career.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Ireland Michael

    I love the Uncharted franchise, but that has to be some of the most pretentious and pseudo-intellectual waffle I’ve heard in a long time.

    How the hell is Nathan Drake an anti-hero anyway?

    #4 3 years ago
  5. lexph3re

    An anti-hero is the guy who honestly has no intentions of saving everyone else and just wants to get the job done. And, in the end turns out his usually selfish actions have helped save the world. For instance, in Uncharted 2 he broke into a museum, vandalized an artifact, and then fled a crime scene. None of which are the actions of a hero. Then his quest after that had zero to do with any form of redemption but finishing of where he left in his own private investigation and get revenge on his old friend.

    Then his saving the world from the evil dictator was more on a whim than to actually stop a evil master mind from becoming extremely powerful. Heck he is a ninja/pirate/thief. Do those equal a hero to you?

    #5 3 years ago
  6. mathare92

    @4 Have to agree with you there. That kind of feature would make sense for something like Heavy Rain (and I believe there was something similar made for HR, featuring Samuel L Jackson), not an Uncharted game. Just a bit too pretentious.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. ultramega

    As much as I love Uncharted, taking the game as a strong philosophical statement is totally unfounded.

    Unless Uncharted 3 is somehow going to change all that.

    But I don’t really care either way.

    #7 3 years ago

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