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User Review : Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

  • Best Set Pieces Yet
  • Breathtaking Story
  • Best Graphics on PS3
  • Underwhelming Final Boss
  • Co-op leaves a bit to be desired

Always in pursuit of the latest legendary treasure, Nathan Drake comes back for a third outing

Nathan Drake is no ordinary man. At least, by the end of Uncharted 3, the amount of thrills experienced in this "game", which is more like a cinematic experience, is nothing short of inhuman. The characters, most notably Nate's mentor Sully, are believable and add to the atmosphere. As part of the minority who thought that Uncharted 2 was a tad overrated, Uncharted 3 improves on its predecessor hugely, with a revamped melee and stealth system that actually works, the game looks and feels better than either of the ones coming before it. The sound is beautiful, as are the graphics which take the PS3's crown for best visuals. Aside from the letdown on an underwhelming final boss, the whole adventure is incredibly satisfying.

Throughout the single-player campaign, the Uncharted series trademark over-the-top set pieces remain as spectacular as before. Players will jump from one exotic locale to the next, with a story that combines them sensibly. With level design that makes the next area a treat to explore, and with no loading times during the campaign, it is a treat to fully be immersed in the role of an explorer.

The game plays very well. With fixed issues about aiming, the shooting feels fast, fluid, and frantic. Hand-to-hand, although much improved over the last game, still leaves a bit to be desired, and can prove tiresome at times. Stealth, which was practically broken in Uncharted 2, is a viable option now. Nothing beats silently eliminating a small-army of thugs by sneaking up and snapping their necks. The platforming, linear as ever, does still have its fair share of thrills and has a pleasure that isn't experienced in many dedicated platforming games. Puzzles are back, and although the game does feed you the answers at times, they are simple enough that you would have figured them out on your own anyways.

In the sound department, the voice-casting for all of the characters, bar none, is spot-on. Each actor breathes life in their character with the help of an excellent script. With a mix of older songs and new themes, the music in Uncharted 3 is on the top of the industry.

Storywise, the game is stronger than ever before. It maintains its spectacular pacing even as it flawlessly connects outrageous set-piece to outrageous set-piece, and it is easy to get the emotions of the characters mixed up with your own. When Drake feels angry, so do you. Again, like the previous games, the story is broken up into chapters, which allow there to be a feeling of success every time one is completed. Everyone may have their own favorite chapter in the game, as they are all excellently directed. Sadly, there is a bit of a let down with the final boss in the game, which leaves the campaign off on an awkward note, but it doesn't change the fact that Uncharted 3's singleplayer campaign is a breathless, fast, and dynamic tour-de-force.

Co-op is fun, but cannot match the quality of the singleplayer. It sometimes relies a little too much on constantly respawning the same enemies, which succeed in adding to the frustration of the player rather than the difficulty level. Still, taking down baddies in co-op still has its charms, and is definatly worth a try with a friend.

Online Multiplayer is great, and requires serious skill to succeed in. It is lag-free and smooth, and the level of customization is fun and exciting when you see the cash roll in from your successes. It isn't the best online to ever grace a system, but it does its job well.

The medal system returns, which gives bonuses to all manner of actions in Co-op and Competive Multiplayer, and keeps things fresh.

Uncharted, which originally started off as simply a "Tomb Raider clone", has become a mammoth in the industry, catapulting developers Naughty Dog into the forefront of the industry. The third in the series will be familiar to veterans, but that is not a bad thing at all.

All in all, Drake's latest outing is arguably his best. It builds on the strengths of the previous title, and is carried by its great cast. This adventure is not one you want to pass up.

The best on the PS3
The voice-acting and music are better than ever
Smooth controls, but constantly respawning enemies get a bit tiresome.
Fun Factor
You won't want to put it down. Seriously.
Competitive online is fun, and requires skill. Co-op is a little dull.
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ZombieAssassin2267d ago

"Sadly, there is a bit of a let down with the final boss in the game, which leaves the campaign off on an awkward note"

Completely agree I loved the whole game but when I got to the end and seen the game was over I was like "wtf u serious where's the epic last boss fight"...still though it's a great over-all experience and it was nice getting to see a little bit into how Drake became who he is.

ABizzel12265d ago

Honestly I think the stage is more so the final boss rather than the old hag and the fight.

Also there were way too many forced fight scenes IMO.

StraightPath2263d ago

great game wasnt impressive as Uncharted 2 was but amazing visuals.

But Batman Arkham City just destroys UC3.

dinkeldinkse2267d ago (Edited 2267d ago )

It was stupid.

Btw does anyone else think the gunplay is off? I don't know what it is, but it didn't feel right to me.

coolbeans2267d ago (Edited 2267d ago )

I've always found the gunplay to be off throughout the series, in one aspect or another. UC3's is the only case where it felt more like I'm required to get used to it, rather than it coming off like a design flaw.

MsclMexican2267d ago

I found the gunplay in Uncharted very smooth. But that also might be due to the fact Uncharted 1 was my first real TPS.... and that control scheme and feel always stuck well with me.

Also, ND did not want to make a final boss for the game.... they felt that they did not do a good job with the Navarro and Lazaravic boss fights, so they wanted to make the end feel very organic, which is why the fight with Talbot was a normal fight. Because they did not want to add any radicals to the fight ( shooting sap on the trees)

Most gamers need that final boss in a game to feel the pay off, I really am inconsequiential about the whole thing.

Capt-FuzzyPants2263d ago

I wouldn't even call it a last boss. I haven't played a game with good bosses since the PS2.

fei-hung2262d ago

well I recommend you play Bayonetta, God of War and Ninja Gaiden 2 Sigma then!

other than that, I agree, the ending felt rushed and could have been a lot better. Felt a lot like Uncharted 2 ending but without nail biting boss fight.

shammgod2261d ago

Correct about the boss. Each level in this game is ridiculously intense...this is one of my favorite games ever. I can play the water/boat levels over and over. Amazing

kikizoo2261d ago

The best on the PS3"

so best graphics on console..(and best graphics on all platforms for a 3rd person adventure game)