Posted by John on November 7, 2011

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception [PS3]

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Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception [PS3]

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception [PS3]

Xbox has Halo, Wii has Mario, and PlayStation has Uncharted.  There’s a good reason why Sony decided to package a new PS3 system with Uncharted 3: It’s the reason why we buy these consoles.  The “killer apps” are nothing new; I’ve spoke about them in previous articles, however if you haven’t had a chance to play any of the Uncharted series before, Drake’s Deceptiondoes not fault you for coming late to the wedding.I tell people Uncharted is closer to an Indiana Jones movie than Crystal of the Kingdom Skull was to Indiana Jones.  As much as I enjoyed the movie, Unchartedtakes it a step further by pointing to the bleachers and smacking the next pitch into the fans.Uncharted 3 is unique: It’s fun, it’s deep with storytelling and adventure aspects while not taking itself too serious.  I enjoy games where the light-hearted humor shows and brings the characters more to life than any of the previous games, and for this reason alone: you must play this game.

The problem with Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is this: There’s too much to do.  You will lose sleep, fall out of touch with reality, and have cell phone batteries die while you immerse yourself into a different world; a beautiful world filled with vivid colors and sounds which suck your soul more into the game than every before.  My friend Bill is stuck in Batman: Arkham City (he bough his own copy after I complained enough) and I haven’t had a chance to open the Xbox to even put in the game.  Although in comparison, Batman: Arkham City and Uncharted 3 are close, the immersion level of Uncharted takes Batman and asks if he’s ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight.

In Uncharted 3, you play Nathan, the same character in the other Uncharted games, however this time he’s looking for a ring Drake wore, which might be the key to unlocking several clues you need to unlock to solve specific mysteries.

Before I go any further, Trying to write a review of the plot of this game is like watching Sixth Sense and trying to tell someone who’s never seen it about the story without giving away too much.  So I’ll say this:  “If you haven’t played any Uncharted game before, go get this now.”  It’s a sure fire contender for Game of the Year and and experience you’re not going to forget any time soon.

However, if you’ve played the other two Uncharted games, Drake’s Deception is closer to the original with the cut scenes and small issues the first game had but the second one fixed.  I’m not sure why Nathan can’t spin around and shoot someone with a gun, but he can kick and punch around him with no problem.  Small issues.  Annoying issues.  Graphics and storyline are on par with the previous two games with the fluidity between movies and game-play sequences seamless.  All this technical nonsense only means one thing: It fits right in with the other two Uncharted games.  If you enjoyed the others, you’ll enjoy this.

The addition of multiplayer is a nice touch and one that took me awhile to grasp.  There’s a “King of the Hill” type 2v2 style (all the way up to 5v5) and than you add other types of standard multiplayer elements to the game itself.  The downside is due to this being a primary single-player game, I can’t see many people playing multiplayer.  Similar to the second Unchartedgame, Multiplayer still feels more of an afterthought rather than a feature.

Bottom Line: Go.  You must own this.  If for no other reason than to have a good game amongst all your sports titles.

 

- Chris Tallant

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