Review: Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

UNCOVER THE TRUTH

Developer: Naughty Dog
Genre: Action Adventure
Platform: PlayStation 3
Release Date: November 1, 2011
Compatability: 1GB Mininum Space | DUALSHOCK 3 Vibration Function | HD 720p | Network Players 2-10
Rating: 9.5

What makes a great game? It is a question that many gamers ask, and many developers attempt to answer. All games aspire to be the best through a number of things: storytelling, action, cinematic occurrences, intense and deep plots, and so on. Most games fail, some come close, and a few achieve making a masterpiece. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception’s predecessor, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is widely known to have done just that. However, with such enormous shoes to fill, does the next installment in this critically acclaimed series live up to expectations, or come up short?

Nathan Drake is back for another sweeping adventure in Uncharted 3. This time, he delves into the heart of the desert, braves the angry seas, and reminisces about his troubled past. We get a real glimpse about who Drake and his mustached mentor Sully really are. Drake, as usual, is looking for some coveted treasure to get his hands on. Naturally, when Sully hears the word “riches” or anything of the sort, he immediately counts himself in for the ride. Together, they search for the fabled Atlantis of the Sands. To get there, Drake must face hundreds of enemies, treacherous villains, and multiple obstacles, all doing their best to kill him.

Once again Uncharted offers various kinds of colorful environments. The visuals are astonishing.

First, as would be expected, the single player should be addressed. In short, it is amazing. When playing Nathan, you get to experience some of the most adrenaline-fueled occurrences of the saga, from pirate ships to exploding planes. You constantly strain Drake until his bones should be completely shattered, but he slugs on nonetheless. This iteration has quite a bit of action and hand to hand combat, making Drake and the player feel like seasoned veterans of their trade. Story wise, Drake’s Deception shines, even if the end feels a bit rushed. There are some plot lines that Naughty Dog seemed to put emphasis on, but they are never fleshed out, leaving you wanting more when the credits roll. While the relationship between Drake and Elena is evident, it is shunned to the side, leaving room for Sully and Drake to have their bromance. This game almost has the feel of an epic transition, opening up many different plot lines and possibilities, showing more about the characters, and showing a more complex friendship between Drake and Sully. All of the flaws are feeble when compared to the sheer fun that will be experienced in the single player, and it should not leave you disappointed.

Multiplayer is back in Uncharted 3 and this time it is here to stay. Here to stay for some, that is. Multiplayer in Uncharted games was first introduced in Among Thieves and saw a decent amount of praise. The experience is much deeper this time around, adding fresh ideas such as power plays and kickbacks. Power plays are occurrences that happen periodically mid-game to spice things up. If one team is performing poorly, they may get a little help in the form of extra damage, spotted enemies, and other enhancers of the same caliber. Kickbacks are essentially kill streaks, awarding you something when you accumulate medals in place of kills. While these new additions make for a well-rounded experience, it suffers from the same problem as multiplayer in Uncharted 2: It gets boring. While this may not be the case for all, I found myself asking, “Why play this, when dedicated multiplayer experiences are waiting for me?” They really try to amp things up with so many unlocks and how everything needs to get purchased. However, there never feels like a motivation to nab these unlocks, and the whole experience may not feel worth your time.

The desert parts are one of the best experiences in gaming history. You are really playing a movie.

Co-op is particularly one-noted. There is an excuse for a story present to keep things chugging, but it is essentially a survival mode. It is fun with a friend but feels tacked on. It was there in UC2, and it is here, but it still needs work to become a real and enjoyable Uncharted mode.

While the game is great, it is not Uncharted 2. I don’t think it was supposed to be, however, and it is more of a chapter in the series rather than a gaming innovation like Among Thieves is considered. It is a great game, and I still put it on a pedestal with its predecessor as two of the greatest single player games of all time. While there is some that is wished to be had, they are splotches on a work of art, and should not damper the enjoyment. This is another iteration in the single best saga in the current generation and the expectations for Uncharted 4 are just as high as they were for Drake’s Deception.

Reviewed by thomasaisbell – November 18, 2011

Graphics
The best of the best graphics can be found in the Uncharted series. Drake’s Deception is truly a work of art. Flawless.
Sound
Another perfect characteristic of Uncharted 3. The voice acting is top notch, the sound effects are real and the soundtrack is great.
Fun
One of the best (if not the best) single player campaigns around. Like Uncharted 2, this game makes you go to the main menu and select New Game just after you complete it. The multiplayer is better than its predecessor and keeps you coming back for more. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is a complete package. Wow.
Final Score

 

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Responses

  1. Nice review. The story should ve been better, still its a great game

  2. This is one of the best games around. I expected a better ending, it was too short. You didn’t mention the 3D aspect of the game. I tried it and it’s awesome.


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