In a deal so good everyone’s questioning whether or not it’s a glitch, Uncharted 3′s single player campaign has just been listed as free to download for all PSN members.
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That’s PSN, meaning so long as you’re signed up with Sony's free online service, you don’t need a paid PS Plus subscription. You know, the thing that usually gets you free games.
The download has been tested and does indeed work, indicating that this may not be a glitch after all, and could be some sort of promotion for the series heading into E3 where we’re bound to hear a lot more about the upcoming Uncharted 4 from Naughty Dog.
The multiplayer portion of the game has been free for a while, but single player costing nothing is a new development as of this morning, and is an obvious pick-up for anyone who owns a PS3. Though Uncharted 2 is perhaps heralded as the best game in the series, Uncharted 3 is pretty stellar as well, and certainly one of the better games available for the system.
This would be a very strange, very specific glitch if this truly wasn’t an intentional move by Sony/Naughty Dog. The assumption would be that with a boatload of Uncharted 4 information forthcoming, they want anyone not caught up with the series to give it a try before E3 next week. When a game this well-known is available for free for essentially all PS3 players, the news is likely to spread like Nathan Drake setting an ancient sacred village on fire. And with E3 starting in full on Monday, the next few days and the weekend is more than enough time to beat the single player campaign.
If you’re asking whether or not you need to play the first few games before playing the third, I’d say no. I mean, you should, as both are great games and they’ll round out the characters a bit more, but I don’t think you’ll be completely lost if you don’t. Each Uncharted is pretty good at being a self-contained adventure, like series it emulates, Indiana Jones.
Uncharted 4 has experienced a number of shake-ups recently, with director Justin Richmond and writer Amy Hennig leaving Naughty Dog, their slack being picked up by The Last of Us’s Neil Druckman and Bruce Staley, who are now leading development on the game. It’s still not quite clear precisely what happened to cause these high profile departures, but at least with Druckman and Staley, the series remains in good hands.
Rather than continuing to read this article, you should be on PSN downloading Uncharted 3 before this entire thing turns out to be an accident. But hopefully it isn’t, and it’s a mix of generosity and good marketing as we wait to learn more about the next game in the series.
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