Uncharted 3 Drake's Deception
My god... what a game! Although Batman
Arkham City may have the upper hand on action, Uncharted 3:
Drake's Deception is far superior when it comes to storytelling and
creating an insightful interactive movie/game experience. From the very
first cinematic, you immediately know that you are in for a treat as
gamers are re-introduced to the world of Nate and Sully, two treasure
hunters who always find themselves in hot water and nearly getting
themselves killed in the process. It's the perfect formula!
game is highly reminiscent of the Indiana Jones series with a touch of
James Bond, especially with the main protagonist in the Uncharted
series, Nathan Drake. Nathan Drake or "Nate" to his friends has the
looks, charm and wit to be the perfect action hero and although he can
take his fair share of punches and bullets, this man has a history and
the latest game in this series, further explores this. Unlike Uncharted
2: Among Thieves, the third game in the series definitely explores the
history of its main characters which was huge a highlight in the story
but needless to say, the game does not crimp on action.
The story of Uncharted 3 revolves around the fabled "Atlantis of Sands"
which sees Nathan Drake and his mentor/father figure Victor Sullivan
(Sully) up against a shadowy clandestine organisation. Although part of
the game is set in the Arabian Desert, there are several other
interesting areas such as England and a few places that I won't spoil.
It's the perfect action adventure story that once again pushes the hero
to breaking point. With these facts, the game starts with a bang and
when a deal to trade the legendary ring of Francis Drake goes sour, Nate
and Sully must fight their way to freedom. The first chapter of the game
also acts as a tutorial to the player as the game teaches you the basic
mechanics of the title. However if you played the previous games, you
should have no problems at all.
you do finally escape, something interesting happens and without
spoiling the plot, the player is treated to a brilliant chapter that
involves around the first meaning between Nate and Sully which is a key
plot to the main theme of the game. Just like James Bond and Indiana
Jones, the story is filled with humour, action, intrigue and even a
touch of romance with some great one-liners thrown into the mix. The
camaraderie between Nate and Sully is brillant, especially their little
digs at each other. Needless to say, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is
easily one of the best games written thanks to its witty dialogue, it's
action scenes and the intricate story that weaves with the gameplay,
graphics and audio together.
Although there's quite a bit of exploring to do in the game, combat
plays an integral role to the game and whether you're punching enemies,
shooting guns or using the environment to gain the upper hand on your
fights, everything feels considerably smoother and flawless than the
previous games. I really enjoyed how you could maximise the environment
around you to dispatch your enemies such as banging a door onto their
heads, smashing a bottle over their head or throwing them to the floor.
Combat is quite versatile and the game gives the player a variety of
satisfying ways of killing your enemies from grenades to sniper rifles
or good old fashioned fisticuffs to name a few.
is also a mixture of quick-time events and when the buttons start
flashing, it sometimes creates a sense of panic as it creates an
emotional connection between you and Nate. Using guns is still similar
to Uncharted 2, however there is plenty of cover to be found in the game
and it should be noted that as you progress, some of the enemies can
take an awful amount of bullets, especially near the end of the title
and those damn clandestine soldiers!
In terms of difficulty, there are a variety of levels to choose from,
however if you want a challenge, it's best to play around medium to
hard. Add in a few difficult yet entertaining boss battles and the
combat works perfectly with this over the top action game but don't
expect to try and grab a bosses gun and smash it over their head. Bosses
are a little tougher than your regular Uncharted thugs. Nonetheless,
combat is thoroughly entertaining in this game, thanks to its diversity
and my only annoyance with the combat is that sometimes the AI is a
little stupid. The key word here is "sometimes" and on a higher
difficulty, they will kick your butt repeatedly.
However action is only just one aspect of the story and puzzles are the
next difficulty that you may encounter. Like the last two games, your
journal is sometimes required to solve these puzzles and whether it's
shining torches on bricks with light triggers or precariously climbing
some vertigo dropping ledge, it's pure gaming goodness. In reference to
climbing which you'll do quite a lot, the gameplay does offer quite a
few different paths to reach your destination and one wrong slip can
sometimes mean the death of Nate. Aside from climbing, sometimes you
need to use objects like signs and poles to swing from section to
section. Fortunately the game is quite forgiving with deaths and
generally spawns you to the place just before you died and thankfully
the auto-save feature is quite decent.
Opposed from single-player, the game does contain multiplayer maps for
some awesome uncharted action and even a co-op mode. Needless to say,
there's quite a bit of replay value in this game and whether your
fighting friends online, joining in on a co-op game or increasing the
difficulty once you have completed the game to start again, Uncharted 3
is a very well made game and delivers on all levels.
co-operative mode is quite fun as the developers have taken five levels
from the last two games and created a multiplayer environment as you
take on a variety of different enemies and without co-operation from
your fellow gamers, things will fall apart quickly. Another change of
pace for online co-operative is Hunters, which is requires teams to
either steal or protect treasures and all three modes are very fun to
play. Online also awards the player with experience which allows you to
purchase additional items for your character. Brilliant!
Graphics & Audio
Graphically, the game is a visual delight on the PS3 with its
outstanding High Definition graphics that really create this Hollywood
movie atmosphere. The attention to detail with the in-game graphics
boasts everything you want in a AAA game from perfect animation,
especially the fight sequences to realistic facial features and some
great texture details. Add in some realistic lighting and some rather
cool special effects and you'd think that Stephen Spielberg was involved
in the production.
Cinemas on the other hand, compliment the in-game graphics and although
its reminiscent of the game graphics, they have received a slight
makeover to make them stand out more. The soundtrack of Uncharted 3:
Drake's Deception is one of the best scores on any game that really tugs
at your emotional heart strings, whether it's the action or some key
moment in the game, it definitely enhances the gameplay. Sound effects
are great, especially through surround sound but the highlight of the
audio is the professional voice acting and once again Nolan North does a
brilliant job at playing the hero known as Nathan Drake.
I thoroughly enjoyed this game from start to finish and even though
there are a few glitches with the gameplay, they are truly few and far
between. From the mateship between Nate and Sully to the amazing action
packed journey that they undertake, the gamer definitely gets drawn into
this remarkable and interactive universe. Best of all, there are
different ways to complete certain tasks in the game and whether that's
finding an alternate way to a goal or using the myriad of weapons and
unarmed combat available to Nate, this is all part of the fun. Not only
does the game offer an extremely sturdy single-player mode but the
implementation of the online levels is a real treat to this franchise
and definitely fleshes it out considerably. Uncharted 3: Drake's
Deception is not just a game but a true masterpiece in the gaming world
which is a must have title for all owners of the PS3.