|The Middle Way|
Charlie Cutter chokes Nathan Drake.
|Game||Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception|
|Preceded by||The Citadel|
|Succeeded by||Historical Research|
The Middle Way is the ninth chapter of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. The chapter follows treasure-hunter Nathan "Nate" Drake, antique-dealer Victor "Sully" Sullivan, explorer Chloe Frazer and a spaced-out Charlie Cutter as they make their way into a tomb said to contain clues to the location of the lost city Iram of the Pillars.
After locating the entrance to a tomb in a Syrian fortress that is said to hold the next clue to the location of the mythical city Iram of the Pillars, Nathan "Nate" Drake, antique-dealer Victor "Sully" Sullivan and explorer Chloe Frazer make their way into the tomb with a spaced-out Charlie Cutter. Sully and Chloe go up ahead, leaving Nate to aid the claustrophobic Cutter through a series of tight spaces. After managing to climb through one small gap Cutter becomes agitated, and when Nate attempts to push him through a second gap, Cutter turns on Nate, engaging him in a fistfight. Eventually Cutter takes the upper hand and begins choking Nate, although Sully and Chloe double back in order to get Cutter off Nate, with Sully drawing his gun on Cutter. After Chloe manages to bring Cutter back to reality, the group continues on through the tomb, coming to a room containing a large rotatable globe. Nate and Cutter make their way around a series of flammable beacons and stimulate a water flow in order to engage the globe, and after Nate has matched up the globe to a series of lights shining down onto the map, the group are able to advance into the tomb.
In the tomb, the group discover a crypt containing the second half of the amulet that reveals the next clue to the location of Iram. Nate previously lost the first half of the amulet to Talbot in France, but he was able to record the markings on the first half in his journal. After matching up the two halves of the amulet, the group hear the voices of Marlowe's agents and make their escape. However, as they exit they come across Talbot and three agents. Talbot notes that it is a stalemate, until Cutter seemingly begins to fall under the influence of Talbot's drug again. Talbot orders Nate, Sully and Chloe to drop their weapons, and after they oblige Talbot orders Cutter to shoot Nate. However, Cutter turns his gun on Talbot and the agents and shoots them instead, revealing that he was only acting as though he was under the influence of the drug.
The group then make their escape, evading Marlowe's agents for some time. Eventually though, they come to a rooftop where the only escape is to jump onto a wooden beam. Nate, Sully and Chloe are able to jump onto the beam, but it collapses before Cutter can make the jump. Cutter is stranded on the roof, and Talbot then reappears, along with Katherine Marlowe and her agents. While Marlowe and Talbot taunt Cutter, the agents pour gasoline on the rooftop, and Marlowe throws a match into the gasoline before leaving. With the rooftop on fire, Cutter is forced to jump to safety, although the long fall breaks his long. Sully carries Cutter to the exit of the fortress with Nate and Chloe covering them, before the group make their escape in a stolen tour bus. On the bus, Chloe chastises Nate for being reckless, although Cutter urges him on in his adventure. Sully says he will accompany Nate to Yemen, and that he knows the perfect person to get them access to the country. After arriving in Yemen, Nate and Sully are greeted by Elena Fisher, who is now a foreign correspondent working in the country. Elena leads Nate and Sully into a Yemeni town, believing that they are carrying out "historical research".
The Middle Way features three Treasures:
- The King Bohemond III Coin is on the left-hand side of the room featuring the rotatable globe.
- The Antique Cuff Bracelet is on a wooden support beam on the right-hand side, above where Nathan "Nate" Drake and Charlie Cutter swim across a small reservoir.
- The Crusader Fleur-de-lis is in a coffin on the left-hand side immediately after Nate and his companions enter the tomb.
 Behind the scenes
The Middle Way is the ninth chapter of the 2011 video game Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, with the Syrian fortress featured in this chapter serving as the inspiration for the Syria map in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer. The Middle Way marks the final appearances of Chloe Frazer and Charlie Cutter in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, while also providing the first appearance of Elena Fisher in the game.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Uncharted 3 Walkthrough: Chapter 9 (Part 9/22)" on YouTube
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Uncharted 3 Treasure Locations: Chapter 9" on YouTube