Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception sees the return of quick-witted fortune hunter Nathan Drake in a search for the “Atlantis of the Sands“. Accompanied by mentor and friend Victor ‘Sully’ Sullivan, Chloe Frazer, Elena Fisher and newest addition, Charlie Cutter, they set out on a thrilling adventure in which they visit various locations around the world, such as England, Yemen and Syria. Of course Uncharted wouldn’t be Uncharted without the ‘bad guys’. In the third instalment, we meet Katherine Marlowe, an old acquaintance of Sully, she’s English, chillingly mysterious and with a strong army of men behind her she definitely doesn’t make this an easy ride for Drake and co.
As I expected, Uncharted 3’s narrative is definitely one of the games strong points. Naughty Dog have always made sure that the story remains important in the Uncharted games and they certainly lived up to the high expectations this time round. I found Uncharted 3 to be a truly amazing gaming experience. In fact, it’s hard to just call it ‘a game’, as it feels so much more than that; I always feel like I’m watching an action film when playing these games. The settings are works of art, graphic wise, it is just beautiful. I cant even begin to explain how amazing the desert scene is, it is just breathtaking. There are many action pieces that are just simply amazing and extremely intense. The Burning Chateau and and the Cruise Ship level are two of the most exciting and thrilling parts of the game, I was literally on the edge of my seat when playing through them. The gameplay, like the previous instalments, is a mix of third person shooting, treasure hunting, platforming and puzzle solving.
Although I personally didn’t find any major problems when playing Uncharted 3, some people found the shooting mechanics in this game to be quite ‘off’, there were some complaints regarding the aim, as some people thought it was difficult to use. However Naughty Dog soon brought out the Patch 1.02, to help fix the issues. The one thing that I personally found slightly disappointing about the game was the fact that Chloe was not included enough, I’d like to have seen more of her later in the game, especially as she was such an important character in the previous installment. One of the many great things about Uncharted 3, is the replay value is very high. I never wanted the game to end, and when it did, I found myself exited to start it again on the ‘Hard’ and ‘Crushing’ difficulties. The game has the great ability to keep you interested each time you play through it, and this is an extremely important factor that makes the Uncharted series so successful.
The online multiplayer was first introduced to us in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and although the games are known for their epic single player campaign, it was a refreshing addition to the franchise. In Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception the online multiplayer introduces the new Kickback system. Kickbacks are similar to the Kill Streak rewards that we have on Call of Duty. They are earned from winning medals, and once you reach the required amount needed, your character will either gain a new weapon/grenades or allow you to ‘Power up’. Another new added feature is you now have a wide variety of weapons to chose from, and the more you play, the better the upgrades get.
We are also introduced to the new ‘Legacy‘ system feature status once you’ve reached the highest rank online. This is basically ‘Prestige‘ mode with a different name. The ability to throwback grenades and sprint is also a fun addition to the multiplayer. I find that all these added features make the online experience much more competitive and enjoyable. In the next few weeks the first DLC will be revealed and will soon be ready to buy. Naughty Dog just brought out the patch 1.03 which you will need in order to play the new DLC.
Uncharted 3 is definitely up against some seriously strong contenders when it comes to awards this year, especially since games such as Skyrim, Arkham City and Battlefield 3 were also released in 2011. However Naughty Dog has already received some awards, and countless nominations. Uncharted 3 was awarded ‘Game of the Year’ by GameTrailers and given ‘Best Visual Design’ in ‘The Edge 2011 awards’.
The main ‘complaint’ i’ve seen regarding the game would be that it may not feel as mind- blowing as Uncharted 2. The leap from Drake’s Fortune to Among Thieves was so mind- blowing, that the incline from Uncharted 2 to 3 just didn’t seem as steep, however I believe Uncharted 3 definitely grew beyond Uncharted 2.
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception has everything you’d expect from an amazing game, and I can’t recommend it enough! It’s a must have for every PS3 owner, and if you’re an Xbox gamer, then you’re missing out big time on this fantastic franchise!.
What do you think of Uncharted 3? Does it live up to your expectations? What did you make of the gameplay and the narrative? Is the game a seminal title on the PS3?
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Zoë Ainscough is a musician, drummer and lover of Iron Maiden. A PS3 gamer, her favourite games are Uncharted, Tekken, and the Call of Duty games. She is based in Liverpool, has interests in gaming, music and football and Tweets regularly at @ZoeeA.