Uncharted 3 Drake's Deception: Game of the Year PS3 User Review
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!