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User Review : Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Ups
  • The most technically impressive game on the PS3
  • Incredible Story and Multiplayer modes
  • The Characters
Downs
  • Difficulty spikes near the end
  • The City of Brass map in Multiplayer... I HATE THAT MAP!

A true treasure

I remember beating Uncharted 2 like it was yesterday. Never in my life had I played a game with so much quality. The characters the locales, the visuals, the gameplay... it was all incredible.

So isn't it natural that one would stop and say... "Man how can they top this?"

Without warning, Naughty Dog announced Uncharted 3 Drake's Deception and I was just so excited. It had become my most anticipated game without question and I could not wait to play it. On November 1st, I had purchased the collectors edition from my local Eb Games, sat down and played it. When I put it down... I immediately thought... "My god they topped it". Uncharted 3 Drake's Deception not only beat out Uncharted 2, but is probably one of my favorite games of all time.

Lets start with the story. While Uncharted games tend to have very powerful openings whether it was the boat fight in Uncharted 1, or the train wreck in Uncharted 2... Uncharted 3 started with Nate and Sully walking to a bar. The reason I think I love Uncharted 3 so much is the fact on how personal the story is. I loved these characters because of their personalities, but now I have a better understanding of who they are, and why they do the things they do. In this review I'm going to address people whom in their opinion think Uncharted 2 is the pinnacle of the series, I think Uncharted 3 is of the norm and that is why I love it. When we look at the plot line of Uncharted 2, it was really straight forward, with the only twist occuring in the second chapter. However with Uncharted 3, the story twisted and turned constantly. The second chapter of Uncharted 3 blew me away as I can honestly say I never expected it. Uncharted 2 was in which we knew the set up, so I was not surprised when we returned to the train, but rather that moment of revelation when I realized the game was leading to this point. However Uncharted 3 just made me wow everytime during the story. The subtle humor (Charlie Cutter 4 life), the contrast of Drakes ambition and his friends reaction, to the animosity and uniqueness Katerine Marlowe delivered that Lazarevic could not. All of these contributed to this great story. People are free to opinion of which game had the best story, but in my mind... no doubt Uncharted 3 takes that prize.

However, the story is not the only thing Naughty Dog did right with this game. The sheer technical and artistic sense of this game is incredible. Another thing I wondered with Uncharted 3 was "how could they beat Uncharted 2 graphically?" Somehow with the use of black magic Naughty Dog pulled it off. The elements are the star of the show and contribute to the wow factor. Where as Uncharted 2 focused on man made disasters with the use of vehicles like the helicopter and tank destroying everything, the elements in Uncharted 3 just contribute to the spectacle provided. Nate swaying with the wind while hanging behind the plane. The sand that clings to his face and hair as he stumbles in the sand. The realization and "holy sh*t" moment when you realize that the ship is no longer up right all just blow me away compared to when the tank in Uncharted 2 simply destroyed the village. Also the musical score is riveting and is with out a doubt the best Uncharted score, if not one of the best scores this year when compared to games like Batman: Arkham city and Deus ex. There are moment when I suddenly start humming along to "Museum Bust" and "Oh no, Chateau". These themes just added to an already great experience.

And I have not even gotten to the multiplayer. The multiplayer in Uncharted 3 is addicting. I have 2 games on hold ( Saints row the third and Assassin's Creed Revelations), but I can not pull myself away from this games multiplayer component. Even with the Starhawk beta coming out tomorrow, I can't get away from this multiplayer as new maps are being added tomorrow. The game just rewards the player, and makes every match feel like an accomplishment. Those long drawn out plunder matches, where the treasure is moved all across the map have become an addiction, and the co op adventures are replayed by both me and my friends as we try to increase our levels, and even attempt the crushing playthroughs and get our butts kicked. The Uncharted 3 multiplayer is awesome.

There are negative to the game, like the extreme difficulty spike near the end of the game, as well as the City of Brass multiplayer map (I HATE THAT MAP). But those are the only faults I could find.

And Naughty Dogs added support for the fans is incredible. Patch 1.02 is a stand out as the game added much requested features like the option to toggle Uncharted 2 aim on for those struggling with the gunplay,and a cutscene viewer which I had wanted quite badly in Uncharted 3. This sign of developer support is great,and is a sure sign of patches that make this the game that the fans really want.

In conclusion, Uncharted 3 is the definitive Uncharted game, the pinnacle of the series. If you own a PS3 I employ you buy it.... the 10/10 I give this game does not mean it is a perfect game, but rather a great experience that must be played by all. If you own a PS3... it is your duty to get this game now.

Score
10.0
Graphics
Without a doubt the best graphics on a console game, period. Naughty dog has pushed the limits of what the PS3 can do to a point where we will not see better graphics than what Uncharted 3 has delivered
10.0
Sound
The voice acting and musical score is superb.
9.5
Gameplay
Sure the difficulty spikes near the end can be frustrating. But other than that, the gameplay is ridiculously fun, even if you have to adjust to the aiming.
10.0
Fun Factor
Uncharted 3 is an experience that adds so much to what we should call a game. Uncharted 3 goes to the point where it can be considered an experience.
9.8
Online
The online has become my new addiction. Sure I took of points for the City of Brass map... but no one votes for it.
Overall
10.0
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Blastoise1650d ago

Before I read, is it spoiler free? Still playing through the single player :P

j-blaze1648d ago (Edited 1648d ago )

"Uncharted 3 is the definitive Uncharted game, the pinnacle of the series"

lol Bio, no way i'm taking this serious, plus i expected you to give this game a fair/reasonable score, not the " oh i liked the game i will give it a perfect score!" -_-...

you see, if there is something bad in a game, criticize it! criticism will only make the next game better....and there are a lot of things to criticize in this game "to me at least":
-The story in general
-First half of the game was slow and boring
-The lame boring puzzles
-an old hag as a villain
-Drake's drunk animations
-Lack of boss battles
-Clunky gunplay
-Stiff platforming

this game SUCKS imo! especially the first half of the game.... it bored the hell out of me! all you do is fist fight mobs 70s movie style, walk, solve boring nonsensical puzzles, climb, jump, shoot, solve more stupid puzzles.

Edit: lol 2 guys want me to gtfo....NO! i posted my comment and i feel like a boss! Bio, your review doesn't make sense, face it this game sucks! oh Mexican what's up -_-...
you guys are so friggin rude!

Bioshocking1648d ago (Edited 1648d ago )

Dude.... do me a favor....

GTFO my review...

I don't care for your opinion, nor do many people here

Also... im going to address every bs complaint you made

-First half of the game was slow and boring
That was intended by ND, to create pacing... I and many others enjoyed the slow start and that of Nates story getting the ring

-The lame boring puzzles
Really? Most of the puzzles were more creative this time. The globe, medival tablets and the stabbing ones were well designed

-an old hag as a villain
You have got to be joking me... Im not even going to get into this because of how stupid you sound

-Drake's drunk animations
ND wanted to make the animations more realistic, but for the people who did not like it, the patch they released gives the option to use the stiffer Uncharted 2 animations

-Lack of boss battles
Why would this game need a boss battle? Boss battles are not done that great in TPS games, and Im glad ND skipped it.

-Clunky gunplay
Adjust or use the new aiming patch they released 2 months ago. Or GTFO

-Stiff platforming
The platforming is the same as Uncharted 2!

Honestly, you hate ND, you hate their games, you troll all the time...

You probably did not expect anything with Uncharted 3... you rented it, played through it... just so you could bitch about it on the internet. Or you did not even play it at all, just watched someones walkthrough. Because all the complaints you made are a joke

So here is pretty much what me and a lot of people think about your opinion

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

MsclMexican1648d ago

Mate... J-blaze will never change....

I agree with everything you said about him...

Probably just played the game with a closed mind.

For what it is worth... your review was well written. People love to over react to scores. That is your opinion, and leave it at that.

Don't give the troll of satisfaction by addressing his "complaints"

We all know he bitches about ND, his opinion of their games are worth less than nothing.

If you have this animosity towards a studio... why the hell should we expect reasonable critisms from him?

J-blaze... GTFO

Hovis1647d ago

Although I see where you are coming from with some of your criticisms your just being silly.

'The old hag' and 'lack of boss battles' Christ you must nitpick the games you play to death. What other enemies would you have like to fight as a boss I wonder...oh wait other then that knife fight there weren't any. It made sense storywise to not have any. Old hag wise that's an aesthetic problem for you so that's fine.

Also saying the game SUCKZ! is ridiculous because then you would be putting it on the same layer as something like Amy, which it isn't.

Just calm down a bit :)

Drekken1647d ago

J-Blaze you must be high as hell to say such dumb things.

Bioshocking1646d ago (Edited 1646d ago )

lol... yeah your such a boss...

Your opinion does not mean shit to anyone here... and you can't reply back since you have one bubble...

Dude... your an idiot, I feel stupid replying to you, and I feel like my IQ points are dying.

Almost everyone on N4G hates you, due to your sheer stupidity.

Yeah such a boss

Get a life

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Luc201648d ago

Good read. The boat level was like nothing I ever experienced in a game. Everything is almost perfect in this game. You can buy soundtrack from the PSN store. The music is so amazing it could be used in a movie.

therealminime1647d ago

It certainly is not perfect, and it is not nearly as surprising and important as Uncharted 2, but it is a fantastic game. While I felt it really followed an almost identical formula to Uncharted 2, there is still no other game series that is so cinematic, so beautiful, and has such wonderfully written characters. I do agree that the difficulty was a little hit and miss in the latter half of the game, but that didn't hinder my enjoyment too much.

In the end I think Uncharted 2 is the better and more important game, but Uncharted 3 is one hell of an accomplishment and hot damn if it isn't the best looking console game out there.

Hovis1647d ago (Edited 1647d ago )

Good review.

My biggest problem with the game was the story, bare with me.

I just recently finished playing number 1 and it was interesting to see at one point in the game Drake calls it quits because he values his life over some treasure that might or might not exist. Fast forward to number 3 and Drake is constantly being asked if it's all worth it? (Especially when his enemies are clearly not to be messed with). He never gives a proper response. Drake ends up coming across as very short sighted. Maybe he's got his fingers crossed that it's a 3rd time lucky and the treasure is haunted this time.

*Spoilers* The other problem I found with the story was the set pieces are just getting ridiculous. Getting thrown off a second floor building and winning the fight in the bar, fine. Surviving for days in the desert and then kill loads of highly trained mercenaries, ahhh. Surviving being shipwrecked and washing up on shore where he needs to be, ok guys that's too much etc.

As someone who values his story those moments took me right out but I would agree that if you have a PS3 you should buy it and this is pretty much the best reason to buy a PS3 if you don't.

p.s Also being English I would also point out that we do not all look like that, only most of us.

coolbeans1647d ago (Edited 1647d ago )

I recall ND saying they come up with set pieces first, then build the story around that idea. It couldn't be more obvious in Uncharted 3. Although you bring up a fair point about Drake's pursuit for treasure, I have to disagree with you in certain respects.

I think Drake's character 'evolution' (with what little he's had) through the series makes him feel that it's morally imperative that he stops the 'bad guys' in 3. Whereas in the first one hehe wanted to quit early on because he suspected he was only going after treasure.

Hovis1646d ago (Edited 1646d ago )

This is my last bubble, just saying.

My problem with the Drake in 3 is not that he goes after the treasure and the enemies but that he never explains it. He's asked multiple times throughout and just shrugs. If he had gone, 'look, I feel morally obliged to stop them because I may have accidently helped them'. Then It would've been fine because he gave his reasons but no, shrug and away we go.

As for the set pieces maybe for 'The Last of Us' or 'Uncharted 4' (if they do it) I just hope it can be more intertwined with the plot and not stand out so much (you know what I mean).

coolbeans1646d ago

"My problem with the Drake in 3 is not that he goes after the treasure and the enemies but that he never explains it. He's asked multiple times throughout and just shrugs. If he had gone, 'look, I feel morally obliged to stop them because I may have accidently helped them' "

I can certainly agree that it comes off as 'iffy' but it gets away with that because the question itself could argueably be aimed more towards the GAMER, rather than Drake himself.

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