The Rub' al Khali
|The Rub al' Khali|
Nathan Drake crosses the Rub' al Khali's sand dunes.
|Game||Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception|
|Succeeded by||The Settlement|
The Rub al' Khali is the eighteenth chapter of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. The chapter follows an exhausted Nathan "Nate" Drake as he makes his way through the Rub' al Khali desert in the Arabian Peninsula.
After being sucked out of a cargo plane above the Rub' al Khali desert, treasure-hunter Nathan "Nate" Drake grabs onto a piece of cargo and engages the cargo's parachute, floating down to the sand below. Nate investigates the flaming wreckage of the crashed cargo plane, but all he is able to find is a KAL-7 belonging to a deceased agent. Taking the KAL-7, Nate begins to make his way through the desert, and after some time comes to a well. However, Nate finds the well empty, and as he continues on through the desert day turns to night.
That night, Nate attempts to locate using the stars, although he is unsuccessful and the next day, begins hallucinating as he sees his friend Victor "Sully" Sullivan motioning to him from the top of a nearby sand dune. Nate follows Sully and comes across an oasis, only to find that it is a mirage; instead of the oasis, there is the same well Nate has previously visited. As Nate criticises himself for going around in circles, he begins hearing Katherine Marlowe reciting "The Waste Land", a poem written by T.S. Eliot. As Marlowe continues reciting the poem, Nate continues through the desert, eventually coming to a red rock featuring a ledge where Nate seeks refuge beneath and falls asleep. After several hours of sleep, Nate wakes up at night, but as he continues on through the Rub' al Khali he collapses in a state of exhaustion. When Nate wakes up the next morning, he sees Sully stood above him. After Sully has helped Nate to his feet, the former dissapears, revealing that Nate was again hallucinating, and shortly after this, Nate comes to the top of a sand dune, from where he can see a desert village.
The Rub al' Khali features one Treasure:
- The Calcite Statue of Female Figure is in a pot next to the well Nathan Drake encounters twice during the chapter.
 Behind the scenes
The Rub' al Khali is the eighteenth chapter of the 2011 video game Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, sharing its name with a track on the official soundtrack of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. At the 2011 Eurogamer Expo, a commentary of a gameplay walkthrough of chapter 19, The Settlement, revealed how visual effects artists visited a set of sand dunes close to Los Angeles, California and shot footage that resulted in the enormous sand dunes that are seen in The Rub' al Khali.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Uncharted 3 Walkthrough: Chapter 18 (Part 18/22)" on YouTube
- ↑ "Uncharted 3: Treasure Locations in Chapter 18" on YouTube
- ↑ "Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception - Track Listings" on Amazon
- ↑ "Uncharted 3 - Desert Demo Gameplay FULL HD" on YouTube