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.