Will Nathan Drake make that leap into the Uncharted trailer?

The time it takes Drake to move vertically is exactly the time it takes him to move horizontally. This means that I can use horizontal motion to calculate time and then use that amount of time in vertical motion to find its final vertical position.

When Drake makes his jump, he must rise to a vertical position of zero meters; this is the position of the ramp and the place where I set the start. If this end value is less than zero meters, it lands Below The plane. And that would be bad.

Determining the horizontal movement is not too difficult. Since it has a constant velocity, I can find its final horizontal position with the following equation:

Look at this: I know the starting position on x (x1 = 2.4 m) and the final x-position (x2 = 0 m) so that I can use the x-speed to decide the time required to complete the jump. (It moves to the left, so it will be minus 3.37 m / s.)

Note that we don’t see the whole jump in the trailer, but if we did, it would take 0.71 seconds to get to the back ramp of the plane.

Now I can use this time and include it in the vertical kinematic equation. This gives the final y-position of negative 1.79 meters.

This is below zero, so there is nothing below it but air. And remember: this is bad.

We’re not ready yet, but it’s worth taking a second to wonder why it’s even short than he started. This is because although its initial velocity is in a positive (upward) direction, the jump takes so long that gravitational force stops its upward movement and causes it to move downward at a faster and faster speed.