Posted by John on December 4, 2011

‘Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception’ First Impressions (PS3)

The superbly written cinematic adventure game ‘Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception’ is game of the year material.

I’ve finally gotten around to ‘Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception’ for PS3 and it’s everything critics so far have been raving about. I’m not nearly far enough in for a full review, but so far it’s as solid a game as any I’ve played.

Developer Naughty Dog has put a lot of love into this game, and it shows in every little detail. When Drake passes by a wall his hand brushes out against it. When he jumps, especially at a run, he stumbles upon landing. He glances around as he walks. The movement is all so realistic it really makes the entire game feel real.

Of course, the graphics are extraordinary throughout. And the game is much more than its graphics. There are puzzles, difficult climbs, and races against time. The game play is challenging and balanced. And the writing is spectacular.

When video games are described as art or as coming close to films in terms of quality and ambition, the most convincing rebuttal is that the writing is just not there yet. But in ‘Uncharted 3? the writing really is there. It’s witty, intense, and the voice acting is great. The plot moves forward with twists and mysteries and little patches of dialogue that kept my short attention.

This is definitely Game of the Year material, and one of the best titles I’ve played in a long time. More to come as I delve further into the story.

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