John Swisshelm
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Uncharted 3


Naughty Dog


  • Melee Combat Design
  • Scenario Design
  • Level Scripting
  • Assisted Mocap Direction    

Project Highlights:

and Gallery of Awesome

Melee 'n Gun
Melee during Traversal Gunplay

Bar Brawl
Intro Scene & Tutorial

Horse Escape
Vehicular Setpiece

Boss Battles
Cinematic 1-on-1 Fisticuffs

Horseback Escape Combat Setpiece

  • A truck pulls in front of Drake then spins out wildly, spooking the horse.
  • The player has full aiming control while steering his mount.
  • Drake snags an rpg from a dead soldier.
  • The gates explode as Nate and the Bedouin escape the village.

When this scene was almost cut, I designed a new layout that optimized background art and animation so Drake's escape from the desert village could remain a playable setpiece.

We quickly developed a system that guided the player's horse while still giving them directional and speed control, avoiding the technical difficulties of free-roaming while giving the players agency in what might otherwise be an entirely on rails experience.


2014 John Bernhelm (formerly Swisshelm)
Uncharted 3 images and logos © Naughty Dog, SCEA