Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception PS3 User Review
Super Gamer Dude
It is hard to believe that we are already at the third Uncharted game. The first one was a passable action game had its moments, but Uncharted 2 was an incredible game that had what still seems like an impossible combination of a beautiful game with great characters, well-written dialogue, and excellent gameplay. The only weak point of the game was its multiplayer, which seemed like an absolute afterthought. No game has managed to surpass Uncharted 2 since it came out, and now we finally get to find out if the game's own sequel can finally become Uncharted 2's superior.
For starters, Uncharted 3 still looks absolutely incredible. Every texture has been painstakingly built piece by tiny piece to look as realistic as possible, and the light shining on them makes them look even better, with some of the best shadows that exist in video games today. There is certainly a reason that Sony always uses Uncharted when they want to show off what the PS3 is capable of. All of that said though, the game doesn't really look all that much better than Uncharted 2, though that's not really a knock on the game.
Just like Uncharted 2, the story sort of boils down to a relatively simple Indiana Jones type story. You are hunting for a treasure that it just happens some bad guys are searching for, and the treasure is hardly ever what you were expecting it to be. Even though the story might be mediocre, the characters are as well written and well acted as they ever were. Every character you come across, from the primary protagonists to villains, to faceless thugs, all feel alive thanks to their acting and motion captured animations.
As long as we're talking about things that are just like Uncharted 2, lets talk about the gameplay. Here, absolutely nothing has changed. There are no new combat features, and you'll be doing just as much climbing, running towards the camera, and puzzle solving as you did in the last game. The multiplayer also hasn't really changed, and still contains a bunch of modes that are certainly fun, but the game's multiplayer doesn't come anywhere near other third-person shooters that are already on the market. That said, its a fun diversion, and since you already own the game you might as well try it out, at least for a little while or until you get tired of it, as its not bad by any means.
If you haven't picked up on the common thread that has run throughout this entire review, Uncharted 3 is extremely similar to Uncharted 2, almost to a fault. That's not to say that this game is bad in any way, but it certainly doesn't manage to do anything new or all that interesting compared to the last game. That said, since no other game has even come close to the level of quality that Uncharted 2 demonstrated, this game is still definitely worth both your time and money.
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.
Super Gamer Dude
Uncharted 3 Drakes Deception on the PS3 continues the story of Uncharted in a big way! Continuing with industry leading graphical prowess, Uncharted delivers one action packed platformer, laced with the turns of an intense story line it has become known for, all topped with the most beautiful and realistic environments you will see next to opening your front door. Actually there may be parts of Uncharted more beautiful than real life. It is that good.
Uncharted's developer, Naughty Dog, struck gold with the franchise, as both previous titles; Uncharted Drakes Fortune, and Uncharted 2 Among Thieves were both coveted as Playstation hits and boasted awards and honors alike. Not to be outdone, Naughty Dog aimed for Drakes Deception to build on everything the first two created, but this time do it even grander and utilize all of the Playstation 3's power they possibly could.
The single player campaign may easily be the best for any action game of all time (yep, I said that!) Ranging from burning buildings to desert lands full blinding sand and hills, Uncharted Drakes Deception takes you on the ever so mystical hunt that the series has led us to become so involved with, this time in search of the city known as the Iram of the Pillars. This time, more so than ever, the cinematic elements are heavy handed and quite frankly mind-blowing. It has become a trademark of Uncharted games, those cinematic yet playable moments; however Uncharted 3 makes it flow so perfectly it genuinely feels as if you are controlling a movie. It isn't just on occasion either, the game is filled with moments that take your breath away or leave you on the edge of your seat. Emotion is high, as you can be swept over by terror just as seconds later joy blossoms. This strong campaign may lead to the only actual gripe of the game, however, as you want to keep playing it but generally an initial play through will take under ten hours. Though the extras and multiplayer keep the game alive, let's not joke - the campaign is what you buy Uncharted for.
On to the multiplayer, not much has changed from Uncharted 2. The most notable change being more customization and a general improvement in design and graphics, but for the most part they simply built on the success of the multiplayer dynamics in the second game instead of entirely rebuilding it. The improvements and familiarity was a good move by Naughty Dog, as for a game that is known for its single player campaign the multi-player is fantastic and keeps you engaged and coming back!
As any review of this game will mirror, it is hard not to rave. Uncharted 3 is on levels most can never dream of reaching, and it a perfect showoff of the power of the PS3. I don't think it is possible to not be impressed and to say it is perfect would almost be an understatement - it is simply that good!