Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is a refreshing break from all the first person shooters currently flooding the market. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, was a wonderful sequel to Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is a different animal altogether. This game raises the bar for how inclusive and engaging a video game can be. If you loved the first 2 Uncharted titles, you'll be blown away by Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception.
This franchise is known for well crafted storylines, which is a big reason why it's become so popular. Drake's Deception builds and expands on the first two Uncharted titles. The characters are well formed and dialogue is fantastic. While Among Thieves was mostly a continuation of Drake's Fortune, Drake's Deception is an opening of the characters and their world.
The main plot of the game is focused around Nathan "Nate" Drake and Victor "Sully" Sullivan trying to find the legendary Atlantis of the Sands. We are presented with a well crafted background story for Nate and Sully, which plays out in flashbacks. The game has a great mix of action, drama and humor. Just like previous Uncharted titles, Drake's Deception knows how to make key moments memorable by adding strong emphasis on emotion.
It isn't all positive however. The storyline does have some frustrating blunders. For example, the villains in the game are not very well explained, Chloe is now a barely used and mostly irrelevant character, there is no real boss showdown.
Drake's Deception has everything you loved from Among Thieves and Drake's Fortune, except more polished and finesse. The Artificial Intelligence is greatly improved as enemies are now smarter, able to diverge on your position quicker. The weapons system has been updated and improved.
The shooting mechanics and hit detection did seem to take a step backward from the two previous titles. It is now more difficult to take enemies down and head shots don't register with the same regularity.
As is always the case with this series, graphics are amazing! The graphics have greatly improved from the two previous titles. While the game looks a lot like the two previous ones, it's the added detail that makes it so much better. Drake's Deception pushes the cinematic feel that Uncharted has become famous for. When it comes to graphics, Drake's Deception is almost impeccable. It is one of the finest games ever in this regard.
Adding online mode to Uncharted 2 was what propelled this franchise in a new direction. While the online play was not perfect, it did capture the spirit of single player adventure wonderfully. Drake's Deception follows in these footsteps with an exciting multiplayer experience. Online content is similar to Uncharted 2, but runs much smoother. Multiplayer mode is centered around team-based matches of up to 8 players. There are also free-for-all matches that can be played. The biggest change is seen in the maps. Uncharted 3 multiplayer maps try to replicate the cinematic aspect of the campaign. Other progressive aspects of multiplayer are, leveling of characters, a medal system, and perk-like-boosters.
If you're still on the fence about buying a PS3, Drake's Deception might just win you over. It's graphics are known to push the limits on PS3. The storyline is solid with only a few nuisances and gameplay is better than ever. It's no wonder it won PS3's "GAME OF THE YEAR" award in 2011.